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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”.
See the "100 Years" section for a hundred years history of our club.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Rotary Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Charity Navigator consistently awards the Rotary Foundation a perfect score for financial health, accountability and transparency.
Visit the Rotary Foundation's page to learn more.
What We Do

Peace Builder Committee The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Builder Committee is an inspirer and facilitator of a grassroots movement working together for positive peace locally, nationally and internationally. As Peace Builders, Rotary is committed to a vision, mission and set of values that encourage, facilitate and inspire understanding, positive peace and goodwill. See the Peace Days website
Rotary Adventures in Human Rights
This program is held in conjunction with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg for high school students during 1 week in August.  
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.  In 2020 Africa was declared polio free, leaving only Pakistan and Afghanistan to be rid of Polio.

Model United Nations Assembly: The Rotary Club of Winnipeg has supported a Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) for over 62 years. Hosting upwards of 150 students and their counsellors from 2 US states and 3 provinces. MUNA helps young people get a valuable opportunity to learn about the workings of the United Nations in a realistic simulation of its operation. It also helps them develop an understanding of foreign affairs in general. In 1957, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg became the first Rotary Club to sponsor a MUNA. See the "MUNA website" for more details

Rotary Leadership Circle
This Club helps support a 6-week summer program for youth ages 10 to 14 in Winnipeg who have demonstrated leadership potential.  It is held at 18 sites throughout the city.  Youth apply to be included.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 
A summer camp for youth to develop and enhance leadership skills. In 2020 this was held virtually
Rotary Adventures in Citizenship
A one week adventure to Ottawa to develop an understanding of the government.  200 youth from across Canada attend.  The Rotary Club of Winnipeg usually sponsors 2 high school students from Winnipeg for this life changing experience.
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.  See the HIP website

Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya: One of the largest refugee camps in the world with almost half a million inhabitants. We support the Humankind International school for the youngest children, in one of the camps. In 2019 we helped to build 2 additional classrooms so that more children could be accommodated.
Kenya: Scholarships for South Sudanese refugees.
Bangladesh: Plans are under way to support the education of Rohingya children.
South Africa: Ongoing support for iKhethelo Children’s Village; Water Projects at 2 Children’s Villages in Kwazulu-Natal  province; Teacher training, Computers, TVs and training for teachers in rural schools; Building of toilet facilities.
Zimbabwe: Competed the supply of 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.