Mission Rotary Clubs have contributed thousands of dollars to causes, projects

District of Mission council joined others across the province in proclaiming a Rotary Week

Mission council joined other B.C. municipalities in proclaiming Jan. 24 to March 2 Rotary Week in honour of the 100th anniversary of Rotary in British Columbia.

In 2012, B.C. Rotary Clubs donated $8.5 million to charitable works in communities and internationally. Mission’s two Rotary Clubs have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the district since their inception in 1946.

The local hospital, health centre, tennis courts, the outdoor pool, sports parks, Silverdale Wetlands, and Heritage Park’s Rotary Heritage Walk are only a few of the facilities that the organization has contributed to over the years.

In addition, Rotary has promoted youth development through activities, such as the Soap Box Derby, the annual Children’s Festival through Rotary leadership camps, graduation scholarships and exchange trips.

Seniors and those who are ill have benefitted through contributions to hospice, the extended care units, wheelchairs and Seniors’ Week events.

Internationally, Mission Rotary Clubs work to improve health in third world countries through water and dental projects, eradication of polio, and sports equipment, technology and necessities of life to those who are most needy. Rotary has had a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a goal of completely eradicating polio within the next five years.

Rotary cannot do its work without the aid of the community supporting its fundraisers.

Next Saturday (March 16), the two clubs will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dance at Silverdale Hall, and tickets are available at World Odyssey Travel or from any Rotarian.