The Rotary Club of Winnipeg
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg, founded in 1910, was the first Rotary Club established outside of the United States, thus making Rotary an international movement. We say that we are the “Club that Made Rotary International”.
Today, Rotary has more than 1.2 million members and 34,000 Clubs around the world. Our motto is: “Service Above Self”. When asked what we do, we always say, “We are creating leaders for tomorrow”.
Ribfest, one of our signature events and a major fundraiser, is a family friendly event organized annually to raise funds to support local youth projects and the Rotary Club of Winnipeg.
See the "100 Years" section for a hundred years history of our club.
What We Do

In 1945 Rotary representatives played a leading role in the finalizing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. In the first 12 years of the UN, 5 Rotarians served in the office of president of the General Assembly.
1. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg has supported a Model United Nations Assembly for over 62 years. Hosting upwards of 150 students and their counsellors from 2 US states and 3 provinces.
2.This Club is a Rotary Action Group for Peace, PeaceBuilder Club. We formed our District World Peace Partners over 12 years ago and this Rotary and Community Partnership is now an international standard for all Rotarian PeaceBuilders.
In 1987 Rotary International announced the Polio Plus campaign for the global eradication of polio. Because of the efforts of 35 thousand Rotary Clubs worldwide, 18 million people are walking today who otherwise would have been paralyzed.

Rotary Career Symposium:
Along with the other Rotary Clubs in Winnipeg, we have been running this symposium for over 20 years. This program helps to provide opportunities for young people to find their way to maximize the use of their talents.
Rotary Leadership Circle
This Club helps support a 6-week summer program for underprivileged youth ages 10 to 14 who have demonstrated leadership potential.

Established to focus the Rotary Club of Winnipeg’s participation in reconciliation with our indigenous people. It is part of the national Rotary HIP Movement.

Each August, our Club organizes and runs RibFest, a 3 day fundraising event at The Forks. The funds that are raised support local youth projects, that help to "create leaders for tomorrow".

Dadaab, Kenya: One of the largest refugee camps in the world with almost half a million inhabitants. South Africa: Teacher training and the supply of computer equipment.
Guatemala: Supply of basic scientific equipment.
South Sudanese: Students in Kenya.
Bangladesh: Plans are under way to support the education of Rohingya children.
Ghana: Scholarships for children to continue schooling through OSU Children’s Libraries.
Zimbabwe: Help supply water to a number of villages. One of the benefits is that girls are now able to go to school, freed from the onerous task of making several trips each day to fetch water.
See the "Our Projects" section for further details of other community projects we organize.
Board of Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary/Director
Fundraising (Giving)
Public Relations
Youth Services
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Chair, Satellite Club
New Technology
Club Advisor
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6 humanitarians honored for their work with refugees

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World Polio Day cheers major achievements toward global polio eradication

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