The Rotary Club of Whitby - Changing Lives!
The Rotary Club of Whitby has been actively helping the Durham Region community and, particularly, those in need, for more than 80 years. The Club held its first meeting at the Royal Hotel on Brock Street North in Whitby on February 16, 1933. This was followed up with its inaugural event – the Charter Night gala on May 2, 1933 at the Ontario Ladies College (now known as Trafalgar Castle School).
Since its inception, the Club has supported many services and organizations, and specifically those aimed at improving the health, education and opportunities of youth, people with disabilities and seniors.
To achieve its philanthropic and community-minded goals, the Rotary Club of Whitby has undertaken a wide variety of events that we like to call ‘fun’-raisers. The Club hosts fundraisers that include: an annual golf tournament, comedy nights, pink mitt, daffodil sales, pancake breakfasts, a car rally and car draws. The Club has also sold everything from Christmas and Easter hams to hamburgers out of the mobile Rotoburger trailer at fairs.
In addition to fundraising, Rotarians give back to the community through initiatives such as the annual Rotary Day of Giving that offers spring clean-up for seniors, participating in the Whitby Santa Claus Parade and helping building a deck and walkway at WindReach Farm – a place for people with disabilities to enjoy country life. The Club has also partnered with the Sunrise Rotary Club to establish a ‘green’ gym at the Whitby waterfront.
Today, members of the Rotary Club of Whitby still carry on the principles of Rotary as stated in Rotary’s 4-Way Test. They continue to enjoy fun and fellowship as they strive to make our community a better place.