THE DRYDEN ROTARY CLUB 1942 CHARTER MEMBERS

Dryden Rotary Club 5493 was organized in the spring of 1942 and received its charter on April 15th at a meeting in the Central Hotel, Dryden. Assisting in the ceremonies were representatives from other clubs: District Governor Jack Abbott; Past President Fred Osborne of Calgary; fom the Winnipeg Club, Jack Buffie and Gordon Konantz; and from the Fort William Club, Bill Eastwick. Alfred Pitt, first President of the Dryden Club, accepted the charter from Fred Osborne, representative of Rotary International and its President, Tom Davis. Regret was expressed for the inability of Judge Earle Popham of Kenora to attend since he had contributed much to the forming of the Dryden Club.

CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE DRYDEN CLUB

President

Alfred Pitt

Vice-President

Harvey Humphreys

Secretary

Jim E. Gibson

Sergeant at Arms

Art Kunza

Directors

John Wilson

Hugh H. Hill

Alex McIntyre

 

 

ORDINARY MEMBERS

Dr. D. G. Dingwall

Elbridge Pidgeon

Dr. Harold Morison

John L. Skillen

Bert Hinchleffe

Jack Pitt

Johnny Jack

Dr. E. M. Dutton

Frank Petursson

King Johnston

Alex Wilson

 

 

Participation in and support of community enterprises has always been a mark of the Dryden Rotary Club. One of the biggest projects in its early history was the organization and management of a drive for funds for a new community hospital to replace the one operated by the Canadian Red Cross. Committees of the club accepted the responsibility of raising all the funds necessary for construction as well as of obtaining furniture and equipment. Tremendous support was obtained from the Dryden and surrounding communities with the result that a fully equipped new building received the patients transferred from the old hospital during Christmas week. Members of the Dryden Club were chosen as chairman and members of the new board. In ensuing years, members have continued to serve in these capacities and grants to and support of the hospital has been and continues to be a major interest of the club.

 
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