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©Past district governors greet Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis, second left, during a special Rotary levee held in Charlottetown Jan. 1. The club is celebrating its 100th anniversary on P.E.I. this year. From left are Duncan Conrad, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Tom Wilkinson, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty and Bob Moffatt, Rotary Club of Charlottetown/ chair of the Centennial committee.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —2017 marks 100 years of Rotary service on Prince Edward Island.
"A hundred continuous years of service is a very significant milestone,” says Bob Moffatt, chair of the Centennial committee.
In recognition, the committee hosted a special Levee involving all six Rotary Clubs on the Island and some of the descendants of the first Island Rotarians. That event took place at the Rodd Charlottetown on Jan. 1.
And that’s only the beginning.
Moffatt says in true Rotary fashion the clubs will also be undertaking special community projects to celebrate the anniversary during 2017.
Activities include Rotarians planting trees, provided by the City of Charlottetown and the provincial government at various P.E.I. locations. There will also be Island Youth exchange student events in August, prior to Old Home Week.
A charter night dinner, planned for Oct. 1, will include a visit from the RI president, Ian Riseley.
“We will also celebrate the year with a publication including the history and activities of all the Rotary Clubs on Prince Edward Island. The publication will contain the history and projects both local and international of the six Island Rotary Clubs.”
In addition, a 100-year commemorative pin has been designed and will be distributed during 2017.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was chartered in the fall of 1917 and counts itself among the oldest Rotary clubs in Canada.
There were 21 charter members of the new Rotary Club of Charlottetown and their community work grew until today when hundreds of Rotarians are active in six clubs from Summerside to Montague.
In 2017, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown providing leadership for 100 years of Rotary in the province, which includes all Island Rotarians and the six Rotary Clubs.
Chartered in 1917, the Charlottetown Club has been active in promoting the concept of Rotary throughout the province.
- The club has sponsored four of the other five clubs currently on the Island.
- These include Summerside (1943), Hillsborough (1979), Montague (1985) and Charlottetown Royalty (1987). The Rotary Club of Stratford is the other Island club (2002).