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We are Rotarians
Do you want to make positive change in our community and around the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.

The Rotary Club of Southampton was chartered on March 21st, 1938. The Club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Owen Sound and the Charter Night was held at the Walker House on Thursday, May 5th,1938.

 

As a nod to Southampton’s Fishing and Furniture/Plywood industry the Menu and Order of Proceedings was in the form of a fish printed on a piece of plywood.

 

The Charter was presented by Geoffrey A. Wheable, District Governor from London, Ontario and there was a presentation of gifts:

 

  • USA Flag – Flint Michigan
  • Canadian Flag – Woodstock
  • Gong and Gavel – Owen Sound
  • Pins – London

 

 

Southampton, Ontario Club made a donation of 200 GB Pounds (the equivalent of 13,000 GB Pounds or around 22,000 Canadian Dollars in today’s funds) to the Rotary Club of Southampton UK club to help support the city right after it had been heavily bombed during WWII.

The Rotary Club of Southampton was the original donor
 
In 1945, as World War II was drawing to a close Southampton Mayor Ellis Millard had a dream to open a hospital as a memorial to the men who gave their lives in this ultimate sacrifice.
 
The project was first supported by the Club who in September 1945 pledged $15,500 towards the purchase of Hillcrest Lodge as the site of the new hospital. The total cost of the project was around $50,000. The Hospital was opened on October 16th, 1947 and boasted 21 adult beds and 7 infant cubicles according to the first Annual Report.

The Club built the Rotary Scout and Guide Hall at 39 Grey Street, South (Now Rotary Hall).

 

The Girl Guides still use this space, and many community organizations hold meetings and gatherings in the Hall