CLUB HISTORY

Rotary Club of Victoria-Harbourside (Rotary International Club # 55) was chartered September 17, 1980 with 38 charter members.  Six of those members are still very active in the club.  All have served as Club president over the years.  Our first President was Fred Barlett who went on to become District Governor in 1987/1988.

Some of the early projects included building a jungle gym at a women's abuse shelter and providing funds and sweat equity in the Boys and Girls Club in Esquimalt.  This contribution was later honoured when they changed their name to the "Harbourside Boys and Girls Club".  Harbourside started to participate in youth exchange within a year or two of being chartered and hosted incoming and supported outgoing exchanges for many years.  There are currently around 85 members all of whom either live and/or work in downtown Victoria.  Service priorities are set periodically through strategic planning sessions, the latest had an emphasis is on education/literacy, youth, health, poverty, international understanding and community enhancement.