Children & Youth Committee at Rotary Club of Guelph
Committee Co-chairs 2020-2021:   Judith Martin and Terrie Jarvis
Our committee meets once a month and welcomes current and potential members, any time. Just contact the Committee Chair or any other member of the Committee (listed in our Club's annual Membership Roster book).
Since Rotary began in Guelph in 1920, a focus on helping children and youth has been important to us. The pages in this section capture important parts of our history with thanks to Barb Holmes for researching and compiling it. You may be surprised to see Rotary's role in launching charities such as KidsAbility, 2nd Chance Employment, Food4Kids Guelph and the Integrated Youth Services Network (IYSN) hubs. 
Today, our club has an active Children & Youth Committee that continues many traditional supports while also initiating new programs and responding to current needs.  Each year, we proactively review our Committee's purpose, which is currently stated as follows:


  • Extends practical assistance, where appropriate, to children and youth (up to age 19) facing challenges.  
  • Provides financial support to selected local programs supporting children and youth.
  • Provides annual Youth Awards to deserving high school students.
  • Coordinates Club support for the annual Adopt-A-Family program.
  • Helps various community activities to connect with each other for enhanced synergy. 
The following sections touch on some of our club's most important history and contributions over the years, right up to our present  activities. Our Rotary Club of Guelph takes pride in all these efforts.