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Rotary Clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo

Proudly serving the community for over 100 years.

Proudly serving for 100 years, the five core Rotary Clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo are dedicated to supporting local charities, institutions, and international humanitarian projects. Our Clubs engage community leaders to support the work of Rotary International with a local, city-core focus on community, families, and children in need.
 
Each Club offers a unique experience and are open to you exploring your options before diving in! We want you to find the Club that suits your schedule, skills, ambitions, and service needs.
 
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Learn more about each Club below!

Meeting Times

Monday – Varying times (see website)

2nd and 4th Tuesday

7:30 AM

Every Friday

Noon

Every Wednesday

Noon

2nd and 4th Tuesday

6:00 PM

Preferred Charities

  • KidsAbility
  • African Women’s Education Fund
  • International Projects
  • Nutrition4Learning
  • Better Tent City
  • KidsAbility
  • Nicaragua Health Care Fund
  • Pride Stables
  • Send ’em Off Smiling
  • Nutrition4Learning
  • House of Friendship
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Grand River Hospital
  • KidsAbility
  • International
  • KidsAbility
  • Grand River Hospital
  • Hospice of Waterloo
  • KidsAbility
  • Supportive Housing of Waterloo

Popular Events

  • Car Lottery
  • 50/50 Lottery
  • Rotary Online Auction
  • MudPuppy Chase Family Race
  • Skate48
  • 50/50 Lottery
  • Dream Home
  • Turkey Drive
  • Lobsterfest
  • 50/50 Lottery
  • Canada Proud
  • 50/50 Lottery
  • Golf “Fore” KidsAbility
  • 50/50 Lottery
  • Annual Citrus Fruit Sale

Meeting Times

Monday

Varying times (see website)

Preferred Charities

KidsAbility

African Women’s Education Fund

International Projects

Nutrition4Learning

Better Tent City

Popular Events

Car Lottery

50/50 Lottery

Rotary Online Auction

Meeting Times

2nd and 4th Tuesday

7:30 AM

Preferred Charities

KidsAbility

Nicaragua Health Care Fund

Pride Stables

Send ’em Off Smiling

Nutrition4Learning

Popular Events

MudPuppy Chase Family Race

Skate48

50/50 Lottery

Meeting Times

Every Friday

Noon

Preferred Charities

House of Friendship

St. Mary’s Hospital

Grand River Hospital

KidsAbility

International

Popular Events

Turkey Drive

Lobsterfest

Ribfest

50/50 Lottery

Meeting Times

Every Wednesday

Noon

Preferred Charities

KidsAbility

Grand River Hospital

Hospice of Waterloo

Popular Events

Canada Proud

50/50 Lottery

Meeting Times

2nd and 4th Tuesday

6:00 PM

Preferred Charities

KidsAbility

Supportive Housing of Waterloo

Popular Events

Golf “Fore” KidsAbility

50/50 Lottery

Annual Citrus Fruit Sale

Established in 1922, Kitchener Rotary was the first Rotary Club established in Kitchener-Waterloo. Kitchener Rotary is a group of vibrant and highly visible community leaders supporting our community and the work of Rotary internationally The efforts of Rotarians led to the establishment of the Rotary Children’s Centre in 1957 – renamed KidsAbility in 2003. We were the first club in Kitchener-Waterloo to support the inclusion of women in Rotary and co-founded the Rotary African Women’s Education Fund.

The Rotary Club of Waterloo was founded in 1963 and has been built upon the loyalty and hard work of dedicated and positive members and friends. The strong track record won by its faithful and hardworking contributors has led to many endeavors and successes in its history. We support and contribute too many community initiatives and proudly support KidsAbility, Supportive Housing of Waterloo and many other local not for profit agencies. We run many fundraising events within our community including the Mayor’s State of the City Breakfast, our Golf4KidsAbility tournament and our Citrus Fruit sale. Our goal as Rotarians is to support our community locally as well as participating in Rotary International humanitarian projects.

The Club was founded in 1971 with the purpose of expressing the objectives of Rotary, by supporting local community causes and international projects – a direction that continues to this day. Over the 50 years our club has existed we have been actively involved in numerous fund-raising campaigns to support our charitable projects, distributing over $14 million in total with over $3 million directed to international projects.  The Dream Home Lottery raised millions of dollars over its 30 year life to help make a difference for many local agencies and our hospitals. Turkey Drive raises nearly $400,000 a year to support House of Friendship and other agencies at Christmas. And Lobsterfest has been the primary fund-raiser for our international projects. Of course, all this is done through wonderful fellowship and fun, both at our weekly meetings and the many social events throughout the year.

Kitchener Grand River Rotary is a breakfast club in Kitchener-Waterloo. We are a diverse and engaged community organization dedicated to supporting children, youth and future leaders. Kitchener Grand River Rotary is the organizer of two major community fundraising events: Skate48 Charity Hockey Challenge and Mudpuppy Chase Family Race, in support of local charities and international humanitarian projects. For details on these and other initiatives, please visit our website.

In March 1981 members from the three existing local Rotary clubs in our Region came together and formed the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount. Seven original members from the Rotary Club of Kitchener, the Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga, and the Rotary Club of Waterloo gathered another 31 and with a total of 40 members were chartered as the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount. The Kitchener Westmount Rotary Club is making positive changes in our community and the world. Our members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship, connecting a diverse group who share a drive to give back.

Rotary is so much more than anyone might expect. Being a member is a way to connect to your community on a deeply personal level.

Judy N.

Being a Rotarian has expanded my professional network. I have developed valuable friendships and made meaningful contributions to my community and internationally.

Kathy L.

The day I was inducted and the day I became a Rotarian are different…the former was a ceremony, the latter an epiphany.

Andrew W.

Rotary has enhanced my life in many ways – meaningful volunteer service, broadened knowledge, and friendships beyond my normal circles.

Karin V.

The way to start is to quit talking and begin doing….countless opportunities abound, many old and traditional and even more not yet considered.

John T.