President's Message

 
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ottawa!
 
2015-2016 is shaping up to be quite a year for Rotary – around the world and here at home! We have already celebrated Nigeria going a year without any new cases of polio; this brings us even closer than ever to making polio once and for all! Here in Ottawa, we are busy gearing up for celebrating 100 years of Rotary service to the community and abroad.  There has never been a more exciting and engaging time to be a Rotarian and truly “Be a Gift to the World.” With Rotary, a world-wide volunteer organization of over 3 million members, we can move mountains together in the pursuit of access to better health, water, education, and vocational development for children, youth and young adults.
 
Our Club is particularly involved in bettering the lives of children and youth through all of our fundraising efforts and programs.  Of note, we are proud of the ongoing support to the Ottawa Rotary Home, a world-class respite care facility.  We have also celebrated the grand opening of the Miracle League of Ottawa, a full-accessible playing field, and continue to take pride in our scholarship recipients continuing on to post-secondary education from Operation Come Home. 
 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa also has a proud tradition of leading the annual Adventure in Citizenship program, which welcomes 200 high school students each year, as well as sponsoring and hosting youth exchange students each year.  Through the exchange experience, students from our community get to study high-school abroad for a year and foreign exchange students have the opportunity to live and study in Ottawa.  Furthermore, post-secondary education is strongly supported, namely through Peace Scholar and Global Grant Scholar nominations to the District. 
 
I invite you to explore our programs here on our website, join us on Facebook, and share your ideas of how to continually improve the lives of citizens, both at home and around the globe.   I also invite you to reach out and attend one of our meetings and events – our dynamic membership is always growing!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Julie Cugalj
President, Rotary Club of Ottawa

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ottawa!