Our Vision

We see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our community, and in ourselves.

 

Our Mission

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

 

You join Rotary because you believe in the

  • development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • high ethical standards in business and professions;
    • recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations;
  • dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 
  • application of the ideal of service in personal, business, and community life; and 
  • the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Rotarians live and work by The 4 Way Test
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary Programs
  • Rotary programs at Our Club and internationally are designed with the objectives of:
    • developing the next generation of leaders;
    • making the world a better place; and 
    • making peace a priority.
  • Rotary focuses on the following six areas to build local and international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world:
  1. Promote peace. Rotary Peace Centers’ Fellowships to empower tomorrow’s leaders and strengthen today’s leaders.
  2. Fight disease. EndPolioNow campaign to immunize the world’s children against polio.
  3. Provide clean water, sanitation & hygiene. Supports local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day.
  4. Save mothers and children. Expands access to quality care so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.
  5. Support education. Strengthens the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
  6. Grow local economies. Carries out service projects that enhance economic and community development and creates opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.
To qualify to become a Rotarian, you are
  • of good character that hold or have held a position with discretionary authority in business or profession;
  • serve as a community leader and builder; or
  • a Rotary Foundation alumnus.
When you join the Rotary Club of Ottawa (Our Club), you become part of
  • a global network of over 35,000 local clubs with 1.2 million members; and
  • a group of individuals who share a passion of community service and friendship.
Our Club offers 3 types of membership
  • Individual 
  • “Under 40” Individual 
  • Corporate 
  • Dual membership for Rotaractors 
The Dues and Fees Schedule is available on Our Club’s website: Dues and Fee Schedule
 
The benefits of being a Rotarian include:
  • participation in a service organization with a rich history capable of assessing and responding to a diverse range of needs within the community and our country;
  • increased awareness of your community and its leaders through association with Rotary and the many programs that are supported by Our Club and other charities;
  • participation opportunities with Rotary hands-on projects;
  • receiving Rotary Global Rewards, our membership program that offers discounts on various products and services; 
  • attending the annual Rotary International Convention to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future;
  • meeting people who share similar interests through Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups.
Additional benefits of being a Corporate Member of Our Club:
  • opportunity to give back to the community through the well-organized systems and structures of Rotary; 
  • for your staff to develop public speaking and project management skills; and 
  • elevate your corporate/organizational profile in Ottawa and Canada through the following benefits:
    • Meeting Hosting. An opportunity to shape and lead one of Our Club meetings every 12-18 months.
    • Social Media & Website Recognition. Entitled to annual sponsorship advertisement through Our Club’s social media channels and website.
    • Team Building Opportunities. Our Club will work with you to facilitate Corporate Team building opportunities associated with Rotary’s volunteer opportunities. 
As a member of Our Club, you are expected to:
  • participate in at least one service project that benefits our community, country and/or the world; 
  • sustain or increase our membership base;
  • support The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation;
  • developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond Our Club level; and
  • Participate in club activities and meetings.
Rotary International Structure
 
 
 
 
Our Club Governance Structure & Committees 
BOARD & COMMITTEE MANDATES
 
Board of Directors. Members must be elected and are responsible for all decisions affecting Our Club.
 
CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEES
 
eNews. Helps promote better communication with our members. Committee members will be asked to prepare a brief outline of any given Rotary meeting ready for email to members. Participation is on a rotating basis.
 
Sergeant at Arms. Ensure that all Rotary paraphernalia is set up and packed away at meetings. Participation is on a rotating basis.
 
Public Relations / Media Communications. Promote the work of Rotary, and Our Club in particular, through various social media channels.
 
Program. To arrange speakers/programs for Our Club meetings that will be stimulating, that will expand the interest of members, and enhance the image of Our Club. Meets at the call of the chair.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEES
 
Adventure in Citizenship (AIC). Organize and implement a five-day program designed to enhance students’ awareness of Canadian citizenship. Meetings are usually monthly from September to April, becoming more frequent closer to the program date of the first week of May. 
 
Ways and Means. To undertake fund raising projects to finance Our Club’s commitment to various charitable activities. Meets at the call of the chair, usually bi-monthly either in the evening or before luncheon meetings.
 
International Service. To promote understanding of, and participation in, the International Community Service and International fellowship activities of Rotary. Meets monthly, usually prior to a luncheon meeting.
 
Community Service. Working with a predetermined budget, the committee reviews requests for funding from Ottawa area charitable community organizations. They also identify local opportunities for hand-on service and projects. Meets at the call of the chair - usually quarterly prior to luncheon meeting.
 
New Generations. To administer the International Youth Exchange Program and liaise with selected High Schools for purposes of offering vocational information and to select exchange students. In addition, this committee oversees the Interact (Rotary for high school students) and Rotaract (Rotary for university students). Meets monthly in the evening.
 
BOARD & COMMITTEE MANDATES
 
Board & Committee Mandates (continue)
 
Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Program. Annually, this committee will interview applicants for the Rotary International Scholarship Program and select a suitable candidate to represent Our Club at the District level of the competition. In addition, mentorship will be offered to any successful scholars. Meets once a year, usually March/April. Mentoring is continuous.
 
ARM’S LENGTH COMMITTEES
 
Although the following organizations are not part of Our Club’s official committees, they are so directly related to our Club that many of our members have been asked to join their Board of Directors. If you are interested in any of them, please contact their respective Chairperson.

Ottawa Rotary Children’s Foundation. Foundation’s board members must be appointed. This foundation oversees an investment portfolio and promotes the contributions of testamentary bequests, life insurance policies and individual donations which provide an important capital base to support all Our Club’s charitable activities.

Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation. Foundation’s board members must be appointed. This foundation oversees an investment portfolio which provides capital support to the Ottawa Rotary Home.
 
Ottawa Rotary Home. The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Rotary Home is charged with the responsibility to maintain overall management and to supervise the implementation of the program of the Home. The Home is to provide short-term out-of-home residential relief to parents of physically disabled children, up to the age of twenty-one. Meet monthly at the Rotary Home.

Our Club’s Finances
 
  • One-third of the membership fees are used to cover Our Club’s operation, with the remaining fees contributed to the District and Rotary International in support of their respective operations and programming.
  • All Our Club’s programs, other than Adventure in Citizenship (AIC), are funded through various fundraising activities and Our Club’s Charity Fund, a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency. The AIC program is funded by fees from participating Rotary Clubs across Canada and a grant from the Government of Canada.
  • Our Club’s 2018 -2019 program funding breakdown:
    • 65% - AIC;
    • 15% - Local community service, including Operation Come Home;
    • 20% - International Service & New Generations, such as the Youth Exchange Program and Rotaract Club.
 
 
 
Welcome to Our Club
www.rotaryottawa.com
Phone: (613) 860-1521
Email: admin@rotaryottawa.com
Meeting Venue - Impact Hub Ottawa
123 Slater Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H2
 
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