Rotary International comes to Fort St. John.
ESTABLISHED APRIL 1963
Meeting with Jack Mackie, President of the Grande Prairie Rotary Club, the men voted to apply for a charter in Rotary International, thus adding the North Peace River region of British Columbia to the list of more than 11,000 communities in 128 countries.
They needed 20 people for the charter, and eventually got nearly three dozen. At the organization meeting, the following officers were elected: President Frank Spicer, Vice President Mel Stevenson, Secretary Jim Barton, and Treasurer Keith Baldwin. Directors were Dr. Jack James, Don Godberson, Dudley Wagner, and Cliff Morris. The new club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.
Our first regular luncheon meeting took place on April 4, 1963, at the Fort Hotel, and meetings thereafter were held each Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Fort Hotel.
Fort St. John Rotary Club Milestones
April 22, 1963
The Fort St. John Rotary Club receives its Charter. The former Rotary Wading Park in the centre of Princess Crescent was among Fort St. John Rotary's first projects after it formed.
Planning begins in collaboration with the City of Fort St. John to construct a day use camping area and RV park at the south end of Charlie Lake.
Health clinic is built.
Started scholarship program for graduating students.
Sent first exchange student out.
Sent books to the Philippines for our first international project.
Installed community sign at Fort St. John city entrance.
Official opening of Charlie Lake Rotary Park.
The first Rotary Community Mega Lottery is held.
The first community Rotary Mother’s Day Run is held.
The Rotary Skate Park is built.
The Rotary Spray Park is officially opened.