Rotary Club of Renfrew Celebrates 100 year anniversary
Members celebrate century milestone and look forward to continuing the club’s legacy of
“Service Above Self” for Renfrew and Area
This year marks the 100th anniversary for Renfrew Rotary, a service club, chartered in 1922, that has raised more than 2 million dollars for local organizations, worthy causes, and international projects. Members plan to honour the rich history of the club with a renewed focus on increasing membership diversity and dedicating club efforts to “Rotary Helping Kids” in 2022.
“Rotary Helping Kids” projects this year include:
  • $75,000 in improvements to the Rotary Splashpad at Mateway Park
  • Assisting Central Public School to build a $120,000 playground in partnership with No Frills and Canadian Tire – The fundraising campaign begins in Spring 2022
  • Continue to facilitate international exchanges for Renfrew students
  • Provide additional support for Renfrew Teachers Against Poverty (TAP)
  • Fund four post secondary scholarships
For many years, Renfrew Rotary has been focused on improving access for youth to mental health care and resources by supporting The Robbie Dean Centre.
“In 2011, I lost my 18-year-old son Robbie to suicide.  After this loss I became determined to ensure Renfrew County families would have somewhere to go to get help for their youth. The Renfrew Rotary Club was one of the initial funders that believed in me and with their help, the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre was born. The on-going support from Renfrew Rotary is crucial to the Centre's sustainability and growth” says Monique Yashinskie, founder and Executive Director of The Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.
The club is well known for the “World Famous Bacon on a Bun” booth at the Renfrew Fair in addition to the successful International Youth Exchange Program that has sent over forty local students on a one-year adventure in a foreign country. An equal number of local families have hosted students from all over the world as part of this exchange program. 
“As a 51 -year member of Renfrew Rotary, I continue to be inspired by the generosity of the good people of Renfrew and the hard work of club members in supporting the community and the immediate impacts of our efforts.  My most vivid memories are what we accomplished with Meals on Wheels, Rotary Club Homes and the Music Festival” says Dr. Ron Lavigne.
More recently, Renfrew Rotary initiated annual multi year $5000 donations to:
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • Renfrew Hospice
  • Robbie Dean Centre
  • Renfrew Food Bank
“When I joined Rotary, I was amazed at the incredibly diverse portfolio of causes the club has supported in the past 100 years. From helping eradicate polio worldwide to building Rotary Club Homes  for low-income seniors to helping returning WW2 vets to supporting Easter Seals for disabled children to helping build Hospice Renfrew and Rotary Hall at Bonnechere Manor. The club has made a notable impact both globally and within the local community.” says Bruce Rozycki, current Club President.
                                                                                                         (Youth Exchange and Interact students hold a BBQ at town square)
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The motto of the Renfrew Rotary Club is “Rotary brings community minded people together to exchange ideas and take action to improve the local and international communities – and we have fun doing it!”
“One of the things I find most rewarding about Rotary is the collaboration between our members and the community to achieve hugely impactful results. I encourage anyone interested in joining Rotary to contact us to learn more about our work.” says Rotary Member and Past Club President Marg McNab-Tubman.
For media inquiries or information on membership  please contact Bruce Rozycki, President, Rotary Club of Renfrew
Phone Number:613 880 8114