The Burlington Lakeshore Rotary Club was chartered on Oct 27th, 1972 at the Estaminet Restaurant. This is where the Club of just 23 members would meet until a brief foray at the Holiday Inn and finally to their present location at the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Since its inception, the Club has grown and today 67 people meet together, work on projects and truly make a difference to many people’s lives in Burlington, Ontario.
The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore (RCBL) is now known as Rotary Burlington Lakeshore (RBL).
Rotary Burlington Lakeshore’s largest money-raising event is Canada’s Largest Ribfest (or “Rotary Ribfest”) which is held each year on Labour Day weekend in Spencer Smith Park. In 2015 Ribfest celebrated its’ 20th anniversary and during those 20 years the RBL has been able to support: Joseph Brant Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Rolling Horse, Salvation Army, Sew on Fire, Camisole Project, MS Residence, Easter Seals, Burlington Emergency Flood Fund, to name just a few. For more details, check out our Community Service page.
Rotary Burlington Lakeshore is also big on youth projects too and annually offers 10 academic awards, 4 sports awards, and 1 Post-Grad award, giving annual awards totaling a staggering $50,000. Find out more about these on our youth page. We also support the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program and Leadership skills for exceptional local students and run a Youth Exchange Program where we send one lucky local student to a foreign country for a year of amazing experiences.
If you would like to help us make a difference, please contact our Membership Director who would be happy to invite you for lunch to meet our members. If you are a visiting Rotarian we would love to have you join us for lunch so you can share your Rotary story with us.