Rotary Club of Invermere

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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 of men interested in forming a Rotary club in Invermere, held several formation meetings in the old Invermere Inn (that burnt down later that year).  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 gala 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 Rotary 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.  This Rotary room is still in use today as our meeting venue.

Our club has since sponsored two additional clubs (Golden – 1984) and Radium Sunrise (2003). In 1989 Rotary International started accepting women into the club and they were welcomed with open arms.

Winnifred Weir, long-time Editor of “The Valley Echo”, 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.  Our major fundraiser “Loop the Lake” was started in 1996.  Other major projects include public toilets (1990) gazebo for Columbia House (1995), fireproof vault in the Museum (1996) Memorial Wall-Columbarium, Windermere cemetery (1997)  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.

Although the faces of the Club have almost completely changed since it began there are three charter members still active: Richard Andruschuk; Todd Fisher and Andy Stuart-Hill.  The first three new additional members to join in 1978, Hermann Mauthner, Ken Adams and Wayne Rossington are still active members.  The club has grown from an all male membership of 23 to a current 31 members,  6  of whom are female.

The membership comes together every Thursday in the Eddie Mountain Memorial arena for a luncheon to meet with other business people, 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