The Estevan Rotary Club is celebrating its centennial anniversary tonight. The volunteer-based club works to raise money for many organizations in the community and internationally.  

Allison Holzer, a member of the Rotary Club and head of the 100th Committee said being part of the Rotary Club is a rewarding experience.  

“It’s a combination of the socializing and then the ability to be able to do something for a community.”  

She added that it is a great way to network with others in the community that you may not normally have a chance to network with. The Estevan branch has a dedicated group of members that fluctuates between 35 to 40 each year.  

“We’re lucky right now that we’ve got a lot of young people coming into the Rotary. And when we talk to the neighbouring Rotary Clubs, we find that lots of times they have older members and we’re very fortunate in Estevan to have younger members join the club.” 

The Rotary Club holds several large fundraisers every year with the proceeds going to many local organizations. They have raised money for many different sports teams, the Souris Valley Theatre, and the fire department to name a few. They have also donated money for the helipad to be added to St. Jospeh’s hospital, which was the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.  

“Our saying is service above self and so that’s what we’re doing. We’re volunteering and we’re raising money so that we can spread that money around not only in the community but also internationally.”  

The Rotary Club is holding its celebration tonight at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course Clubhouse. During which they will reflect on everything they have done over the last 100 years.  

Dennis Moore will be a guest speaker at the event. He is an honourary member of the Rotary Club after having spent 40 plus years with the club. They will also enjoy a performance by Last Birds.  

The District Govenor will be giving out the Paul Harris awards or fellowships out. Those are given to members who have donated money towards Rotary, help towards Rotary International, and the Rotary fund.  

“We’re looking forward to our 100th celebration. We’ve put together a really nice program that shows a lot of the projects that we’ve done. It’s showing all the past presidents that we’ve had. So, it's going to be a fun evening.”