City Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, was the place. The date was February 24, 1928. Sixteen community-minded business people met with city officials to receive the charter of the Rotary Club of Sarnia and become part of an international service organization whose humanitarian contributions continue to be felt around the world. 

Today, the Rotary Club of Sarnia is supported by the activities of it's members, representing local business and community leaders from a wide range of professions.
The Rotary Club of Sarnia was instrumental in starting the Rotary Club of Sarnia-Bluewaterland in 1990 and the Rotary Club of Sarnia-Lambton After-Hours in 2007. The total number of Rotarians in the Sarnia Area currently is well over 100 and more are always welcome.
Continuing to live their motto, "Service Above Self", local Rotarians maintain an ongoing program locally and internationally in Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus:


The club’s fundraising projects, including the annual Mackinac Pancake Breakfast under the bridge (July) and the Rotary Online Auction (November), contribute greatly to the diversity of popular events and the high-quality lifestyle that Sarnia residents and visitors enjoy. 

In March 2012, the Rotary Club of Sarnia become one of only 18 clubs in Canada to earn the designation 100% Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Club. 

Our club works with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  in all Areas of Focus;  especially in our number one priority of eradicating Polio from the face of the earth. The club and has also built a locally based fundraising body, the Rotary Club of Sarnia Charitable Foundation, with a powerful presence in the community. Through donations and bequests to this foundation, the Rotary Club of Sarnia has supported many worthy causes locally. Among the most significant donations are toward the Bluewater Health Maternal and Child unit, the YMCA Rotary Aquatics Centre, the Inn of the Good Shepard and to Lambton College facilities. In addition, the club has contributed over 2 million dollars toward the development and operation of the Pathways Health Center for Children (formerly  known as the Rotary Children’s Place). While the club’s foundation focuses centre around helping children with special needs and the education and well-being of young people, many other groups have benefitted over the years from the hard work of Rotarians and the generosity of their supporters in Sarnia. 

Of course, fundraising is only a part of the spirit of goodwill maintained by the club’s members. The fun and fellowship of regular weekly meetings at the Dante Club and numerous community-centred events also serve to keep the membership active. 

Equipped with the knowledge that their efforts can improve the quality of life for others, members maintain that their club’s first years are only the beginning. The club continues to advance and generate lots of new ideas and projects for the good of Rotary and for the service of those in need, both in Sarnia-Lambton or across the globe. 

If you'd like to make "Service Above Self" a part of your life, why not look into being a member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia? 

For further information, please contact: 

Rotary Club of Sarnia 
P.O. Box 22014 
Twin Lakes Postal Outlet 
Sarnia, ON N7S 6J4 
or e-mail