The Rotary Club of Comox Valley celebrated its newly-minted charter status on Feb. 20 at the Black Fin Pub in Comox with a standing-room crowd of Rotarians, city officials and charter members of the new club.
Many Rotarians from Comox Valley’s other four Rotary groups were in attendance to give their well-wishes to the new club. The Rotary Club of Comox, the new club’s sponsor into Rotary, showed its support with a gift of its original Rotary 4-Way Test banner from its chartering in 1974 and a generous gift to help the new club get off to a great start. Also in attendance were Rotary District 5020 Governor Tom Carroll, who presented the club charter and led the installation of the inaugural board, the Mayors Paul Ives of Comox, Larry Jangula of Courtenay and Leslie Baird of Cumberland, and several councillors and directors from the municipalities and regional district.
One of the biggest draws to this new club is its focus on offering a flexible meeting schedule and keeping mandatory costs as low as possible. The new club will meet twice a month, on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday, giving members more flexibility to be able to make one meeting per month even as professional and family schedules change.
The club will also emphasize using modern technologies to promote communication and transparency so members can stay up to date and participate in decisions even when they are not able to make meetings. Marrying the Rotary principles with a more flexible format and keeping mandatory costs low opens up an opportunity for many talented, energetic and community-driven people to become Rotarians and contribute through volunteering their time and expertise to the new club’s projects and goals.
If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary and whether the new club might offer the right opportunity for you to become a Rotarian, please visit comoxvalleyrotary.ca or contact the membership director Greg Chadwick by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.