The Rotary Club of North Vancouver was chartered January 29th, 1951. Robin Dick, representing the District 151 Governor Jim Woodford and with the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, enlisted the interest of twenty-two North Vancouver business people to form the Rotary Club of North Vancouver. The inaugural meeting was held on Monday, January 9th, 1951 at the Olympic Hotel. Dinner cost $1.25; annual membership dues were $25.00. The Club established the practice of holding dinner meetings each Monday and embarked upon the publication of a weekly bulletin “Wheel Squeals”.
As its first community service project the Club was instrumental in the formation of a branch of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society on the North Shore. Since then the Club has given active support to such worthwhile community organizations as the North Vancouver Sea Cadets, the North Vancouver Public Library and the Little League Baseball Association.
The Club is best known on the North Shore for The Great Capilano Duck Race which it ran for 12 consecutive years. Duck Race profits were used for many community projects including installation of a Medic Alert System for seniors, the Sage House Building and the lookout on the Capilano River. North Vancouver Rotary also contributed $20,000 for the new skateboard park at Kirkstone Community Centre.
Klahanie Park Housing project, a joint venture of the four North Shore Rotary Clubs and CMHC was completed in 1992. This development was built in order to supply affordable housing to low income people.