Membership Committee

Driven by members, for members.

The Value of Membership

The membership committee prioritizes the interests of our Rotary club members, and organizes relevant events that involve member recruitment and mentorship. It is responsible for getting to know club members and helping them thrive both personally and professionally. This may include fostering connections, building networking opportunities, and developing skill building and fellowship activities.


The membership committee motivates members to connect with their passions. 

The committee facilitates member engagement Rotary events to help form networks and communities, and encourage volunteering and participation (eg: Bike-a-thon, joining committees)

Uniting our community

The membership committee inspires participation from Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike, including university and high school students involved in Rotaract and Interact programs. It keeps our Rotary community diverse and growing.


The membership committee is also in charge of recognizing hard work and dedication in the club. This is often done through awards.

Paul Harris Award

Rotary International recognizes any donation of US$1,000 to Rotary International with a Paul Harris Award, named in honour of Rotary’s founder. Paul Harris Awards can recognize monetary and non-monetary contributions to Rotary. The recipient receives a special Paul Harris pin.

Oscar Olsen Award

The Oscar Olsen Award celebrates generous contributions from members towards the Rotary Club of Vancouver Foundation, which funds our club’s many initiatives. The award is named for Oscar Olsen, who founded the “Oscar Olsen Foundation”, which became the Rotary Club of Vancouver Foundation in 1998. Oscar Olsen’s foundational donation, and those who have received this award in years since, have been instrumental in allowing our programs to thrive, locally and internationally.

District 5040 awards

Rotarian of the year

The award recognizes District 5040 Rotarians who, through their Rotary service, have made the community locally and internationally a better place to live and work and have made significant contributions to Rotary and the community in the form of leadership or in the advancement of ideas and service.  The District 5040 Rotarian of the Year Award may be presented to any Rotarian (other than honorary member) who has been a member of a Rotary club in District 5040 for at least three years. Our club is proud to have had our members win this award in 2021 and 2022.

John Bathurst, 2021 Rotarian of the Year

Jack Zaleski, 2020 Rotarian of the Year

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The Most Young Members in District 5040

The Rotary Club of Vancouver was recognized by District 5040 for having the most members under 40 years of age. We are proud to foster a community of young professionals in Vancouver.


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The membership committee is the backbone to our community, and is oriented to the well-being of the club and its members.

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