History of Calgary West
The Calgary West Rotary Club was chartered in 1967. The club was sponsored by the Manchester Rotary Club which became the Rotary Club of Calgary South.
There were 31 Rotarians from the Manchester Club who came to celebrate the launch of the new club in Canada’s Centennial year. The meeting included explanations about the benefits of Rotary, how clubs typically operated and the opportunities for service. There were also two guests at that first meeting.
The Can-Do Club
Calgary West soon earned the nickname of the ‘Can-Do’ club. It quickly became highly integrated with the community.
The Rotarians quickly identified needs within the community and began developing ways to meet them. Sometimes projects were brought to the club by various community organizations.
Other times club members were made aware of a community need and took it upon themselves to bring it to the club for consideration for funding, volunteering or both.
Even today ideal community projects involve members engaged in hands-on work accompanied by a donation to the organization. That has been the nature of partnerships with organizations like the Calgary Inter Faith Food Bank, Feed the Hungry or N’Step, an organization that helps single Moms graduate from High School.
The first meeting was held at the Summit Hotel. When first built, it was and one of the tallest buildings in Calgary.
The hotel was built and operated by Sam Switzer. What made the hotel an icon was that it was round and soon became a destination for visitors from around the world. Sam joined Calgary West while it met at the hotel and became a lifelong Rotarian.
- Summit Hotel
- Danish Canadian Club
- Elbow River Casino
- Servants Anonymous Banquet Room
- Holliday Inn on Macleod Trail (North)
- The Italian Club
- The Grey Eagle Hotel (Present)
In 2017-2018 the Club celebrated its Jubilee Year see the photos. A series of historical documents were compiled by various Presidents. Download:
- History Book IV: from 2014 to 2015, a 24-page 1390 KB PDF file.
- History Book III: from 2008 to 2014, a 19-page 968 KB PDF file.
- History Book II: from 1992 to 2008, (updated version uploaded October 6, 2010), is a 62-page 748 KB PDF file.
- History Book I: from 1967 to 1992 "The First 25 Years", is a 44-page 6.53 MB PDF file.
or read them online as FlipBooks, courtesy of Calaméo.com
Click for a List of Past Presidents and Photos