About Our Club

Service Above Self

Our Mission

The Rotary Club of Courtenay's mission is to enhance lives by meeting the needs of local and international communities. Our success comes from fostering fellowship amongst business, professional and community leaders who actively engage in service above self.

Our Four-Way Test

The Rotary Test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages for the many Rotary Clubs throughout the world, has the following questions that we always ask ourselves:
Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

We Are Part of a World-Wide Team

Our Club is a member of Rotary International that has member clubs throughout the world. Like us, the mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship.
Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within its individual clubs. It encourages clubs to include those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines. Rotary International states that a club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its own future.

Rotary History

Paul P. Harris


Rotary International is a 1.2 million-member organization that started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
The Rotary Club of Courtenay was chartered on November 27th, 1936 at the Native Sons Hall.  Sponsored by the Vancouver Rotary Club, we are part of Rotary District 5020 that includes Vancouver Island and Western Washington State.
Some of the Club’s landmark accomplishments locally have been funding the construction of the first Lewis Park Swimming Pool and Changeroom Complex, Waterpark, Simms Park and Pavilion, Rotary River Walk, Rotary Trail beside the Rail, and other significant parks and recreational facilities.