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Title Rotary Club of New Westminster fonds
Description Level Fonds
Fonds No. MSS 446
Creator Rotary Club of New Westminster
Material Type textual record
graphic material
Date Range 1943-1986
Title Source Title based on content of fonds.
Physical Description 1 cm of textual records
52 photographs
History/Biographical The Rotary Club of New Westminster was organized in 1928. Since then the Club has raised millions of dollars for health care, education, and other charitable needs. It also has awarded bursaries and scholarships to New Westminster students. It has been involved in a number of projects including the Fresh Air Camp at Boundary Bay, the Semiahoo Camp near White Rock and the construction of Rotary Towers, a senior citizens's high rise complex.
Scope & Content Fonds consists of records pertaining to the Rotary Club's "Roll Out the Barrel" contest. An annual lottery which consisted of a barrel being launched into the Fraser River at Lytton, BC. Tickets were sold entitling holders to estimate how long the barrel would take to reach New Westminster. A fund-raiser, a portion of the proceeds would go to a charity. There is a file containing a history of the charitable event, correspondence between Jack Boothe of the Globe and Mail newspaper and Harry J. Sullivan disputing the origin of the event, two tickets issued for the 1949 event. There is a number of loose photographs and a photo album that contains newspaper clippings and colour photographs from the 1986 revival of the event (which have not yet been described or scanned.)
Accession No. IH 1999.21
Name Access Rotary Club of New Westminster
Subject Access Organizations - Service Clubs