Summerland Rotary Club president Bob Van Balkhom, at right, and past president Linda Van Alphen, seated at right, present a cheque to Summerland Secondary School’s leadership class to assist with their plans for a refresh of the school’s courtyard. The Rotary Club of Summerland is working in partnership with students and with the high school. (Contributed)

Summerland Rotary Club president Bob Van Balkhom, at right, and past president Linda Van Alphen, seated at right, present a cheque to Summerland Secondary School’s leadership class to assist with their plans for a refresh of the school’s courtyard. The Rotary Club of Summerland is working in partnership with students and with the high school. (Contributed)

Summerland Rotary Club continues tradition of service

Club has operated in Summerland more than 75 years

Serving Summerland for more than 75 years, the legacy of the Rotary Club of Summerland is front and centre in the community.

The familiar Rotary wheel logo can be found in parks, at the beach, on the Giants Head Grind, at the Sunday Market, in schools, at West Summerland Station, and more. These are signs of Rotary service work with many valued partnerships over the years.

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In 2020, Rotary in Summerland faced the same incredible challenges as everyone when COVID-19 hit the world. Membership initially lagged, projects and fundraising were put on hold, and the fellowship of regular meetings and gatherings were reduced to Zoom and distanced connections.

However, Rotary thrived due to the will and commitment of a strong core of members and a dedicated leadership team that has seen unprecedented growth in the local club, and renewed interest in the core values and guidelines of the club’s parent organization, Rotary International.

For more than 100 years, Rotary International’s guiding principles express to the world, in words and actions, a commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership.

Service About Self is Rotary’s motto and the four-way test, cited at most Rotary gatherings, has long been its ethical guide.

Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary in Summerland should contact a local Rotarian, visit summerlandrotary.ca/ or find and follow the club on Facebook.

Rotary club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

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