History of the Rotary Club of Vancouver


The Charter and the official recognition of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, was presented at a luncheon on April 22, 1913. The Roster of the day listed 94 members, a recruiting accomplishment unequalled in our history. There was little doubt that "Vancouver was ready for Rotary".
In 1988, Ted McRae, Past-President and Paul Harris Fellow, was asked to write a History of the Vancouver Club commemorating its 75th Anniversary. In honour of Ted, his dedication and commitment to the Vancouver Club, the text of his research follows:

 

THE FORMATIVE YEARS 1913-1917

ADVENTURES IN COMMUNITY SERVICE 1918 - 1938

A FIRM HAND ON THE TILLER 1939 - 1963

PEACE - NOT WAR,  BUT SOCIAL CHANGE 1964 - 1988
 

THE EXPO LANDS

The Rotary Club of Vancouver has had a significant impact on many events in Vancouver, not the least of these was the building of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in 1986.  Watch Paul McCrea's video below:
 

 

ICE CAPADES

The Ice Capades was an important fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Vancouver for many years.  Watch Wilf Wassersleben's video below: