Thank you so much for your interest in the Rotary Club of Ottawa.


Our Vision


The Rotary Club of Ottawa (the “Club”) sees 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.

About Rotary

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.


Rotary, through its 35,000+ clubs, work together to:


  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
What is Rotary?

For more information about Rotary, please visit the Rotary International website


Why Become a Member?

Participation as an active member of the Rotary Club presents a number of advantages that 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 The Rotary Club of Ottawa; and charities;
  • participation opportunities with Rotary hands-on projects; and
  • membership in an organization dedicated to assisting and supporting community, national and international needs and activities.
  • immediate access to the global Rotary network of Rotary clubs, partner organizations and charities;

Qualified candidates for Rotary club membership are adults of good character and business, professional, or community reputation who fit one of the following criteria:


  • Hold or have held a position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession
  • Serve as a community leader and builder
  • Is a Rotary Foundation alumnus

Responsibilities of Club Membership


The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary members are responsible for these key elements:


  • Participating in at least one service project that benefits our community, country and/or the world;
  • Sustaining or increasing our membership base;
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation; and
  • Developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.
  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Payment of annual membership fees ($295.00 per year)


What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. These membership requirements are designed to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.

Rotary’s Guiding Principles


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  •  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s 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.

How to Become a Member


We encourage you to attend at least two Club meetings prior to submitting your membership application for consideration. During this time, you will be contacted by a member of the Club to arrange an interview to discuss any questions you may have about the merits of joining the Club. Once you have completed and submitted your application, it will then be passed on to the Board of Directors for final approval.


An individual, who is interested in membership but does not know any Rotarians, may contact the club directly at


There is much opportunity for service in our club and we are happy to have service orientated people join our midst. For more information, please contact us. 


Margot Nicholls