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Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program - 65th Yea May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
Posted by Margot Nicholls on Jun 25, 2014

In recognition of our 100th Anniversary, The Rotary Centennial Scholarship Program will provide scholarships of up to $100,000 (over a minimum of 4 years) to at risk and homeless youth that graduate from the Rogers Achievement Centre, the on-site high school at Operation Come Home.  Scholarships will cover Community College or University tuition, books, computer, supplies, etc.Image

Posted by Margot Nicholls on Jun 02, 2014

The annual Russell Hammond Award for outstanding involvement in the Rotary community, international or club service goes to Ms. Erika Desmarais,
Rotaractor, The Rotaract Club of Ottawa.  The award recepient receives a plaque and an monitary reward of $200.00.  Congratulations to Erika, pictured here (center) with Rotarian Eva Hammond (left) and President of the Rotary Club of Ottawa 2014, Angela Wellman (right).



Posted by Margot Nicholls on Jan 22, 2014

Posted by Linda Scales on Nov 11, 2013

A Miracle Coming to Orleans


The Rotary Club of Ottawa has joined the Miracle League, the City of Ottawa and the greater Ottawa community and other Ottawa-area Rotary clubs to build the first fully-accessible baseball diamond and children's play centre in our capital city -- a $900,000 project. Representing the Rotary Club of Ottawa at the kick-off ceremony on November 9 were (above from left) Miao Tsai, Angela Wellman (president) and Nabil Oudeh.

The Miracle League provides children, young adults and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a purpose-built Miracle Field, a custom-designed field equipped with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries. The field may also include wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

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Posted by Margot Nicholls on Oct 16, 2013

York Street Public School Students Receive Rotary Dictionaries 4 Life

Happy faces greeted Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ottawa as they arrived with armloads of Rotary Dictionaries 4 Life. More than 500 of the picture dictionaries were distributed to public school students in the Ottawa community by Rotarians representing many of the local clubs. The books belong to the children recipients to keep throughout their educational journey. For more information about Rotary International's promotion of literacy and the Dictionary 4 Life Project, visit


Posted by Linda Scales on Sep 28, 2013

55 Successful Years of Flying 

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Fly Day 2013 a tremendous success. To those in the Ottawa community who came out to enjoy Ottawa's impressive beauty from the skies above, and to the volunteers from the Rotary Club of Ottawa and the Ottawa Flying Club, we once again accomplished our goal of supporting the Ottawa Rotary Home. 

See you again ... in September 2014!


Rotarian Alan Action ( Event Chairman 2013) Marc Desjardins ( Ottawa Flying Club) Chloe Hillier (Ottawa Rotary Home) John Lark (Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation Chair) present a cheque for $9,500 to the Ottawa Rotary Home.  The proceeds for the 2013 Fly Day.

Posted by Linda Scales on Sep 23, 2013

Rotary in Today's China

During a September visit to Ottawa, Randall Eastman, spoke to the Rotary Club of Ottawa about rekindling the Rotary organization in China. In addition to being a former member of the Ottawa club, Mr. Eastman is the past president of the Rotary Club of Shanghai, the mini-district governor for the Rotary Clubs of Shanghai and Beijing, and the special representative for Rotary International in China.  

In the 1940s, there were 32 active clubs in China, but with the Cultural Revolution, these were disbanded in 1952. Today, two clubs are at the forefront of building upon Rotary's image in China and introducing Rotary to the Chinese people. Through fundraising efforts and a humanitarian project in China, and the growth of active Rotaract and Interact clubs, the future looks positive. 

Posted by Linda Scales on Sep 16, 2013

Rotarians Play Vital Role in Ending Disease

On Fri., Sept. 13, 2013, The Globe and Mail published an article acknowledging Rotary International's leadership in defeating polio:

"About a quarter-century ago, Rotary International, a service club that now has 1.2 million members worldwide, decided that instead of only hosting lunches or building tennis courts, it wanted to take on a more serious, global challenge. One of their members thought about polio....

So much so that an end to the disease may actually be in sight – one estimate puts the timing at just 16 months away. Certainly, the numbers so far are impressive: Billions of children have been vaccinated; the record is 175 million in two days in India. Last year, there were only 223 reported cases of polio."

Read the complete article by journalist Alanna Mitchell at

Posted by Mark Jessop on May 21, 2013

Rotary Club of Ottawa Invests 63 Years in Canadian Youth 

The Rotary Club of Ottawa's Adventure in Citizenship Program celebrated its 63rd anniversary in 2013 when 220 outstanding senior high school students, from across Canada, spent four days in Ottawa. The program is designed to develop the participants' potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society.

Plans have started for the 2014 program from, May 4 to 7, 2014.

For Canadian Rotary Clubs interested in participating please click here.  
For Ottawa-area families interested in billeting students, please contact the club directly.



In 2013, 220 Adventure in Citizenship participants from every province and territory in Canada spent a morning on Parliament Hill. 

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