The Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga
The Club was founded on June 25, 1971 with the purpose of expressing the objectives of Rotary, by supporting local community causes but also having a strong international focus – a direction that continues to this day.
The Club meets every Friday at noon at the Westmount Golf & Country Club to enjoy fellowship and a guest speaker. On special event Fridays, the location of the meeting may change depending on the purpose. Club members are expected to maintain an average attendance of 66% or better, and are able to attend the meetings of other Rotary Clubs to fulfill this requirement. Developing new friendships, as well as professional and business associations, is a major benefit of membership in Rotary. Since its inception, the Club has remained one of the largest in Waterloo Region, with 60 to 80 members.
In addition to the regular Friday meetings, there are other events for members and also for their significant others. These include Golf Days, the Family Picnic, Oktoberfest Luncheon, Ski Day, President’s Night, and the annual Rotary International Convention.
Our Fundraising Events and Charitable Projects
Since the beginning, it is estimated the Club has raised over $10 million for charitable causes. Over the last number of years, it has raised approximately $500,000 annually. While we are involved in and support a number of projects during the year, our main efforts are focused on sponsoring the following
The Dream Home Lottery
Each year, the Club enters into a contract with a builder to construct a luxury home, for which a maximum of 10,000 tickets are sold. After expenses, the net profit is given to a charity or charities within Waterloo Region. The winning draw is made in early December.
Occurring on the first Friday in June, Club members sell over 1,000 tickets and host members of the community to an “all you can eat” buffet of lobster and ribs, and a night of live entertainment and dancing. The proceeds fund our international charitable projects.
The Christmas Turkey Drive
Every November and December, the Club members solicit friends and family to donate money for the purchase of turkeys for less fortunate families within the Waterloo Region. This effort is a part of the regular House of Friendship Christmas Hamper program. Our members, along with many others in the community, also help distribute the hampers.