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Our Club Motto:  We are a club that has fun by serving our community and the world with meaningful projects

 

Rotary Club of Invermere  - A History

In 1977, a group  interested in forming a Rotary club in Invermere, held several formation meetings in the old Invermere Inn .  We were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kimberley.  On January 28, 1978 we were admitted to Rotary International and celebrated our Charter Presentation on April 22, 1978. This wonderful event was attended by  Rotarians from many clubs in our District 5080 who, in turn,  generously provided gifts such as the Club Banner, bell, flags, etc. necessary for the conducting of our weekly meetings.   Our first President was Ron Ede.  There were 23 Charter members. 

We were off to a flying start. Six days after the Charter night, we held our first fundraiser, a Rotary Curling bonspiel. The $1,500 raised started a fund to provide our own Rotary meeting room in the Eddie Mountain Memorial arena. This project involved fundraising with many members of the club physically involved in its construction. It was completed in 1979. ...

 

Our club has since sponsored two additional clubs (Golden – 1984) and Radium Sunrise (2003). In 1989 Rotary International started integrating women into Rotary clubs world wide. Winnifred Weir, long-time Editor of “The Valley Echo” newspaper and colleague of Ron Ede, was one of the first women to join.  

 

The Club has been involved in many International and community projects over the years.  Major fundraisers have many and varied.  Currently “Loop the Lake”, a community walk and run event, which was started in 1996, raises the majority of the funds we give to local and international projects. 

 

Community major projects include public toilets (1990), gazebo for Columbia Care House (1995), fireproof vault in the Museum (1996) Memorial Wall-Columbarium, Windermere cemetery (1997), Splash & Spray kids water park (2013) to name a few. Collaboration with the District of Invermere has resulted in the popular Mt. Nerlson Athletic Park (2009).  

Some ongoing projects involve Seniors (annual Christmas dinner) Youth (International student exchange; Adventures programs; Leadership camps; Bursaries) Community (“Citizen of the year”; Visitors appreciation day).

We hosted the District 5080 annual District Conference in 1995. Russ Daggett was the District Governor at this time.

Invermere Rotary has sponsored International projects and is actively supporting Polio Eradication, Shelter-Boxes disaster relief programs and micro-bank projects around the world.

Although the faces of the Club have changed since it began, there are two charter members still active: Richard Andruschuk and Andy Stuart-Hill.  Two of the additional members to join in 1978, Hermann Mauthner and Wayne Rossington are still very active members. 

The membership comes together at 11:45 every Wednesday at the Rocky River Grill in the Kanata Inn for a luncheon and to discuss current projects and plan for new ones that will better the valley in particular and the world in general.  These ideals are in keeping with our motto “Service above Self”. 

History provided by Andy Stuart-Hill, un-official historian of the Rotary club of Invermere