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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kingston

Members of the Rotary Club of Kingston are dynamic volunteers and local community leaders. We join 35,000+ Rotary Clubs with 1.2-million members worldwide that make up Rotary International, the largest service organization in the world. We are non-political, non-religious, and welcome people of diverse backgrounds. If you want to make positive changes in our community and the world with dedicated people who share a passion for community service and fellowship, we hope you will consider joining our club.

The Rotary Club of Kingston

Meets THURSDAYS, 12:15 pm. In-person at Kingsbridge  (lunch at 11:45 am) or join with  Zoom.

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President: Alicia  Gordon (email)
Secretary: Garrett Cole (email)
Mailing Address
Rotary Club of Kingston
P.O. Box 484
Kingston, ON
K7L 4W5
District 7040 - Club #4576
Charter 872 - April 1st 1921
Charitable No. BN11912 4931 RR0001
Club Promotion
Club News
The first day of spring each year, symbolically at least, marks a new beginning to a “growing” year in most of Ontario. It is a time we like to get “back outside” and experience nature and often renew our friendship with “the neighbours.”
What is a Rotaract Club you might ask? Even though you can opt to join a Rotary Club at age 18 or for that matter at age 30 you won’t find many members in that age group. This was especially true in the past when Rotary Clubs were all men. Interestingly, women were admitted to Rotaract clubs right from the start.
Dave Hallett, a member of our sister club Kingston-Waterfront joined the ShelterBox Response Team in 2007. Today Dave spoke to us as the District’s lead ShelterBox ambassador.
The focus of Hallett’s talk was ShelterBox work in responding to shelter needs as a result of war in the Ukraine and the earthquake in Turkiye/Syria.
Justin, a young man in his early twenties, learned to golf last week; from a Toronto pro none the less! It was March the 3rd and the snow was piled deep, while the temperature hovered below the freezing point, yet there they stood with a pristine green fairway spread out before them, with the golf ball at their feet, all teed up.

Launched in 2015, by The Rotary Club of Kingston, the Community Outreach Grants this year go to 14 different organizations in a total amount of $28, 391.
The meeting has become known as the club’s “Annual day of giving”. This year there were a total of 26 applications requesting nearly $54,000 in funding! These were reviewed by a committee of 14 members headed up by Rtns Lindsey Foster and Paul Elsley.

Funds for the grants were raised through such activities as The Rotary Gala, Rotary Cash Calendar, Rotary Nut Drive, Oktoberfest, and Online auctions.

The community grants were broken out into three categories: eleven “outreach” grants, two youth grants and 3 “campership” grants. Families, young adults, campers, seniors, women, those who are living with food insecurity and a lack of housing will in some small ways feel  the impact and benefits of these projects and programs.

Community Outreach Grants:


$ 18,891


Bereaved Families of Ontario


Lisa Cassidy

Bloom Skills Centre


Amber Potter

Community Friends in Motion


Jan Calder

Council on Aging


Debbie Newton

Dawn House


Maggie McLaren

Dress for Success


Lindsay Macdonald

Extend-a-Family Kingston


Ian Cholmondeley

Loving Spoonful


Caitlin Nevey

Martha’s Table


Ronda Candy

RKY Camp


Darcy Munn

St. Vincent de Paul Society


Judy Fyfe

On February 23rd, Don Heath provided a presentation on The Rotary Foundation. Unfortunately, it was not recorded on Zoom. Using Don's slides, modified for video, I have rebuilt the presentation as it highlights some of the key milestones in the growth of The Rotary Foundation and describes the heart of The Foundation today, plus puts a focus on the club's unique approach to it.


Rotarians are constantly finding ways to support others and to build the community. We have many service partners.


Join local and international projects to Support the Environment; Build Peace; Combat Disease; Provide Clean Water; Enhance Sanitation and Hygiene; Improve Maternal and Child Health; Boost Literacy and Economic Development.


Rotarians help each other and help others. Rotary members consist of a cross-section of the community. Rotarians are well connected in our community and beyond.