Joining Rotary
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.
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

United Nations Charter: 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.

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.
PeaceBuilder Club: 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 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.
Guatemala: Supply of basic scientific equipment.
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: 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.
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