Posted on Sep 29, 2017

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island celebrated its 70th Anniversary on September 25, 2017, exactly 70 years to the day that the Club received its charter from Rotary International.


The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island celebrated its 70th Anniversary on September 25, 2017, exactly 70 years to the day that the Club received its charter from Rotary International.  The celebration occurred at a regular Club meeting held at St. Barnabas Evangelical Church.  A review of some of the notable achievements that have occurred in the life of the Club was presented.

 
 

Past Club Presidents and former members joined the meeting to reflect on how the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club has been a model of the Rotary International motto of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”.

 

While many people think of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club for its annual Auction & Rummage Sale, they may not realize the impact the Club has had on our community.  Some of the accomplishments include:
 
 
  • Helping build (1960 and 1961), expand (1996) and remodel (1991 and 2016) the Bainbridge Island Public Library (total grants of $280,000)
  • Helping establish the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation District (1965)
  • Funding grants to other non-profit organizations for their support of the community (178 grants for over $873,000 during the last eight years)
  • Supporting Island youth by:
    • Helping build sports fields and recreational facilities  (1962, 1971, 1989, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2013 - total funding $620,000))
    • Providing college and technical school scholarships to Bainbridge Island students and residents (91 scholarships for over $258,000 during the last eight years) 
    • Co-sponsoring Bainbridge Youth Services programs (2013 and 2915)
    • Helping fund the composite program at Bainbridge High School (2015 - $56,000)
 
The Club has also completed many International humanitarian projects such as: drilling wells in Uganda and providing educational and sanitation equipment in Guatemala. The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club provided over $200,000 seed money that has resulted in over $2,000,000 for these projects during the last 16 years).