The Rotary Club of Ottawa South has been serving the Ottawa and international communities for nearly half a century, raising funds for youth, health care, the Aboriginal community, and international education organizations.
We work at making significant and positive changes through involvement in our local and international community. We have put our focus in many areas such as the Ledbury Banff and the Ottawa South Community Centres. We are committed to youth and are involved in many area schools promoting literacy and distributing Dictionaries 4 Life, a program dedicated to encourage self-directed learning about the English language by donating dictionaries to schools. We encourage and support our youth by giving bursaries to students who have completed high school with honours and dedication. Financial assistance is also provided to persons with disabilities to attend summer camps.
Wesley Clover Parks is an outdoor recreation and learning hub that promotes health and education through connections with nature and the outdoors, within Canada’s National Capital Greenbelt. The facility was established in 2014 when the Wesley Clover Foundation took over operations of the former Nepean National Equestrian Park and the adjacent Ottawa Municipal Campground. The new combined site, Wesley Clover Parks, is planned to grow into a robust community asset that benefits Ottawa residents and all Canadians with education, positive health effects and local economic impacts.
Our plans and initiatives over the long-term are guided by six objectives:
- Elevate equestrianism in the National Capital Region
- Inspire and promote outdoor recreation
- Connect residents and visitors to nature and the outdoors
- Promote sustainable agriculture and food
- Enhance the National Capital experience as a community hub
The Ottawa Polo Club has its roots in rumoured matches early in the 20th Century, with matches hosted at the Governor General’s residence at Rideau Hall. However, polo only started in earnest in the Ottawa region in 1986-87, when the National Capital Polo Club was formed after a meeting at the University of Ottawa. The initial matches were played indoors in North Gower at Stobie's Farm. By 1989 outdoor polo started at the RA park in Kars with well over a dozen players. Two years later, a full size regulation field was inaugurated at the Velthuis Farm in Dalmeny, near Osgoode. After a few years the original NCPC was dissolved, and games started at several venues within a short time: the Kilreen Farm in Manotick, the North Augusta Polo Club, and the Huntingford Polo Club near Carleton Place. After the latter two locations closed, polo resumed at the Kilreen Farm after a short hiatus and a change of owners. By the 2010's the Ottawa Polo Club had well over 20 playing members. As such, it prides itself on its diversity, with men and women players ranging from 12 to 71 years of age, and from countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe, including Canada.
In 2014 the directors of the Ottawa Polo Club decided to incorporate as a not-for-profit organization in order to solidify its organization, and starting in 2015, to play in several venues within the Ottawa region.
The Ottawa Polo Club encourages new members to join us, either as playing or as social members.