Rotary Club of Red Deer is still accepting grant applications from local groups. (Contributed)

Rotary Club of Red Deer is still accepting grant applications from local groups. (Contributed)

Rotary Club of Red Deer looking to grow membership

Oct. 31 deadline for grant applications from local groups

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Rotary in the city, the Rotary Club of Red Deer is hoping to see its membership increase to 100 people or more.

Club president Darcy Mykytyshyn said currently there are about 70 members, but membership has surpassed 100 in the past, so it can be done.

“We want to grow our membership,” Mykytyshyn said.

“The more people we have out in the community to raise dollars, the more we can re-invest back into the community.”

He said new club members have already been inducted in recent months as the pandemic has eased.

“People are interested in being active again, getting into their community and helping their community.”

He said Rotary’s global motto is ‘Service above Self’ but in addition to doing good work in the community, members also meet new people, have fun, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with Rotary.

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Rotary in Red Deer was officially incorporated in 1923, and the Rotary Club of Red Deer is celebrating the 100th anniversary until next June.

“It’s pretty special looking back on the impact our club has had across this community for a century, but also at what the future holds,” Mykytyshyn said.

“Our members really like supporting projects that are proactive, innovative and leverage support in the community. We want to support projects that impact the community so we are also very interested in hearing about the results achieved through our grants.”

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Each spring and fall the club invites community groups to apply for Rotary grants. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31.

“There was a lot of request for support during the pandemic. It seems to have eased off a little bit, but we would expect we’re going to see a rise in asks over the course of the next year due to inflation.”

In the spring, the club donated $15,000 to three organizations in Red Deer and announced support for the new Cycling Without Age project.

Funding applications are available under the Community Support section of club’s website at: portal.clubrunner.ca/975.

For more information on how to join the club email membership@rotaryclubofreddeer.ca.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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