Town Proclamation:

Aaron Stone has Proclaimed that September 20 is Rotary Club of Ladysmith Day and the Week of September 20 through 26 is Rotary Week.
The Rotary Club of Ladysmith wishes to thank all of the businesses in the Town for helping make our Community a better place to live.



Historical Projects and Events

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith was founded On September 30, 1970 by Bruce Coleman. Current member Pat Bryan was a founding member. Some of the Club's Projects over the past 34 years include:

Ladysmith Boat Ramp and services building 1971, 1980, 2004, 2006
  • Baseball Dugouts – South Ladysmith - 1972

  • Ladysmith Golf Course Construction; 1974-1980

  • Polio Plus – over $20,000 raised by Ladysmith Rotary to help eradicate Polio worldwide

  • Scholarships, leadership and vocational opportunities

  • Sauna at Jamison Centre and Transfer Beach Picnic Tables

  • Holland Creek Trail Bridge

  • Toddlers' play area at Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith.

  • Historical Artifacts Restoration on First Avenue, part of the Town's historical walk program. 

  • Breakfast with Santa each year with L.A.F.F.

  • Garden Tour - the 9th annual in 2006

  • Rotary Lookout – extension of Holland Creek Trail 

  • Developing World, Water and Education Projects, 2002-4.

  • Gazebo and arbor for the Ladysmith Community Gardens

  • Shelterbox - Rotarian Alan Lomax founded the Canadian Branch, and the club made the first donation of a box

  • Formed and sponsored the Disaster Aid Program 2010

  • Covers for spectator bleachers at the community soccer fields

  • Wheelchairs and eye glasses to Mexico 2007

  • Rotary Memorial Peace Garden 2006/2007 Raised over $40,000.00

  • Electric Transformer for children’s hospital in Mexico 2009

  • Numerous community donations and programs support annually for over 35 years

The Ladysmith Rotary Student Exchange Program has brought 18 international students to Ladysmith, with an equal number of local students being sponsored to study in foreign countries.


Recent Projects Created or Supported by Rotary


Money raised through our own fundraising events including Golf Tournaments, food sales, Garden Tour, and lottery grants

Forrest Field All Access Walking Trail, $9,000 plus labour
  • Cowichan Hospice Gardens, raised around $17,000.00

  • School Bursaries Yearly - Approx $5,000 to $8,000 each year

  • High School First Nations project 2017 - $500.00 plus Pig BBQ and all supplies. More than 50 volunteer hours in preparation and cooking

  • LaFF Fundraiser Yearly Pancake Breakfast - we feed up to 800 attendees

  • Bear Reading Yearly - $1,000.00 annual for primary school books and readers in the classroom

  • Ladysmith Golf Course 2017 - $2,000.00 - Donation for grounds repairs

  • Transfer Beach sod and disabled picnic table 2016 - $7,300.00 plus volunteer hours

  • Intermediate School - $350.00 for food for kids

  • Maritime Search and Rescue 2016 - $6,600.00

  • Chemainus Theatre 2017- $6,500.00 - for education program

  • Donated in excess of $12,000.00 towards health and water projects in Guatemala

  • Participate in or coordinate:

    • Ladysmith Lights Up

    • Ladysmith Days

    • Kids Pirate Days

    • Lanterns for Hope

    • Breakfast with Santa

    • Food Hamper Drive

    • Coldest Night of the Year

    • Annual Garden Tour


Rotary Club of Ladysmith is the Sponsoring Club of Disaster Aid Canada

  • Governed and managed by Rotary Club of Ladysmith members

  • Donated in excess of $15,000.00 for Disaster Aid - 2016/2020

  • Founding Member of and partner with Disaster Aid International

  • DAI is an Official Collaborative Partner of Rotary International

Disaster Aid Canada Projects (partial) in 2016/2020

Fort McMurray - Food, hygiene and comfort supplies for fire victims
  • BC Fires - Food, hygiene and comfort supplies for fire evacuees

  • Hurricane Dorian Bahamas - over 100 family sized tents, hygiene and comfort supplies (Approx $60,000)

  • Australian Bush Fires - Raised over $60,000.00 to be distributed to fire victims through Rotary Australia

  • Fort McMurray Flooding - Distributed $14,000 in relief and rebuilding supplies through Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oil Sands Club

  • Guatemala Indigenous Villages - Distributed $15,000.00 in Food and PPE relief to 500 Covid-19 struck families supported by Rotary Clubs in Ladysmith, Chemainus and Nanaimo (ongoing).

  • Water filtration, Hygiene and comfort supplies for Syria and other devastated countries