Rotary Club of Summerside    

Grand Opening!

 
The Rotary Club of Summerside is pleased to welcome the community to the grand opening of our Inspire Learning Centre on Monday, October 2, 2017.
The Rotary Club of Summerside is excited and honoured to announce that on Monday, October 2nd, Rotary International President Ian Riseley of Australia, will be the special guest for the Grand Opening of the Rotary Inspire Learning Centre.
 
In 2013, the Rotary Club of Summerside recognized a great opportunity to "make a difference" in the community. The club determined the old Summerside Rotary library had outgrown its space, making it impossible to meet the needs of the seventeen non-profit user groups and educational institutions, as well as the library’s weekly staff programs.
 
In order to meet the community's requirements, the Summerside Rotary Club purchased “the old post-office” from the federal government in 2014 and began the process of transforming the space into the new regional Inspire Learning Centre.  Rotary relied heavily upon its club members’ various skill sets to help with the fundraising, marketing, renovations and legal aspects throughout the process.
 
Through the generosity of the community and the contributions of all three levels of government, $2.8 million was raised to make the new Inspire Learning Centre a reality. Summerside Rotarians themselves contributed over $300,000.
 
As incoming Rotary International President, Ian Risely defined the 2017-2018 Rotary theme as: Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better."
 
Fittingly, the community's new center includes the library, learning programs for children, and meeting rooms and space for non-profit groups taking up 15,000 square feet of the 27,000-square-foot building. The federal government remains as a tenant in the remaining space. 
 
The Rotary Club of Summerside, with a history of making things happen, has once again brought a “legacy” project to life for the benefit of all ages, and is certainly "making a difference" for future generations.