Our mission is to benefit the community and our world through action, integrity, service and fellowship. 
Together, through a collaboration of business, professional and community leaders, we take action to create lasting change.

For decades our club has been a leader: donating time, money and expertise to our Island community.
Schools, parks, cultural activities, events and local non-profits have been our focus and beneficiaries

Fellowship events are not just fun! Our meetings also provide a forum for business, civic and academia leaders.

The best way to learn more about our club and the work we do, is to experience it first hand.

Rotary Meetings
Visitors are welcome!

Our Club holds meetings every Monday with the exception of holidays. The meetings take place at either Noon or 6 PM in the evening at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 1187 Wyatt Way NW.

Once a month we hold a Monday meeting at a different and unique venue on our beautiful island. View our club calendar here for time and location. Many of our meetings are also shown on Zoom. Sign up for our newsletter HERE.

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

Learn more about Rotary International

Check out our video collection. It includes recent guest speaker presentations, club history footage and Auction & Rummage Sale highlights.

Igniting Magic in the Lives of Our Children

Sunday, May 21, 2023 By: Vince DiCarolis

There is nothing more inspirational than the BI Rotary Club Literacy Program. In truth, it makes us as happy as the children we help.

Led by Rotarian Karen Howard, our Literacy program for children, mentoring kids from Kindergarten through the 3rd Grade, has over 50 volunteers. Working in concert with the Bainbridge Island School District, each week we deploy 24 of the volunteers over four schools and provide over 44 hours in one day of mentorship, touching the lives of somewhere  between 88 to 105 students in one day. What an Impact!

Over the course of the 13 week program we will provide 572 hours of volunteer mentor service to students. 

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BI Rotary Club Awards $50,000 Grant to the BARN

Friday, May 19, 2023
Charlie Averill, head of the Huney Grants Committee, presented a $50,000 check from the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island to the BARN (Bainbridge Island Resource Network).

Pictured here with Charlie and Club President, Vince DiCarolis, are Grae Drake, the BARN's Executive Director, and Sallie Maron, BARN Board President.

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Amazing Story About Piracy, Rotary and Humanity

Monday, April 24, 2023 By: Vince DiCarolis

“Why I will always be a Rotarian"

Why are we members of the Rotary Club?…

Because it enables us to give back to community in ways we couldn’t do alone.

Because we enjoy the fellowship of new friends that we’ll have for the rest of our lives.

Because we are able to help people in other countries that are seemingly beyond help.

Yes, of course, these and many other very good reasons. But as the future unfolds my personal commitments will change. I’ll move to another community or I simply won’t have the time to participate as much……..but I will always remain a member.

Here’s a story to tell you why:

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$170,000 in Community Grants Awarded

Friday, April 7, 2023 By: Vince DiCarolis
The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has a long and proud history of providing grants to support diverse community projects, dating back to the Club’s founding in 1947.  This year's grants were announced on April 3rd by Committee Chair Chuck Everett and Co-chair Rosemary Shaw.

This year, the grant total was the most awarded in our Club's history - $170,000!

As a direct result of our last Auction & Rummage Sale, the grants went to 34 different non-profit organizations  on Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.  For a complete list of this year's recipients go to: 

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Serving Our Community: 2023 Rotary Auction

Thursday, February 9, 2023

The 2022 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale was a big success. Our return to an in-person event at Woodward Middle School was everything we hoped for.

Building on that success, we are now preparing for the 2023 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale on July 8 at Woodward Middle School. 

Our goals for this event are simple. We want to make the best possible use of the generous donations we receive, re-invest 100% of the net proceeds back into the community and provide a safe, fun event for our local residents. 

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Rotary Auction Has a Record Year!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Thanks to everyone in the community and the scores of volunteers, this year’s Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale resulted in an all time record.  Gross proceeds were in excess of $725,000.

Pictured here, ready to make their Auction purchases are State Senator Christine Rolfes, Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer and Rotary President Vince DiCarolis.

It’s a big win -win for everyone. After expenses every bit of this is given back to the community in the form of Scholarships, Community Grants to needy organizations, World Community Service projects and special non-profit projects….. on and off the island.

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The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale Returns

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

We are excited to share our plan to return to Woodward Middle School this summer for our traditional, one-of-a-kind community event – The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale!  The event date has been scheduled for July 2.

For our Auction, the community comes together in a big way….. donating items, volunteering, shopping for bargains and more.

Please know that we are assuming large gatherings will once again be safe, and we’ll make adjustments to follow all public health protocols.


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BI Rotary Wins Humanitarian Award

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The BI Rotary, along with six other Island organizations, was recognized by the Bainbridge Community Foundation with its 2021 Humanitarian Award for the set up and administration of the COVID vaccination clinics here on Bainbridge.

Rotarian Doctor Fred Hoffer, aka “The Vaccination King” is shown here with the award presented at a ceremony on November 4.


BI Rotary Wins Humanitarian Award For Vaccine Clinic Efforts.

The BI Rotary, along with six other Island organizations, was recognized by the Bainbridge Community Foundation with its 2021 Humanitarian Award for the set up and administration of the COVID vaccination clinics here on Bainbridge.

Rotarian Doctor Fred Hoffer, aka “The Vaccination King” is shown here with the award presented at a ceremony on November 4.

It was a team effort. More than 600 volunteers, including over 60 members of the BI Rotary and dozens of organizational leaders made the Bainbridge Island–led COVID-19 vaccination effort a success, administering more than 25,000 vaccine doses in under six months. 

More and more volunteers signed up as the process was streamlined and the roles were further defined and focused. Other volunteers found new ways of helping, such as by eliciting meal donations from local businesses to sustain the volunteers or by playing music at the vaccine clinics.

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New Grants Given to Local Non-Profits

Thursday, December 29, 2022 By: Vince DiCarolis

With a focus on the youth of our community, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island presented large grants to two worthy non-profit organizations at our December 12th Club Meeting.

Charlie Averill, the chairperson of our Huney Committee, presented the grants. One for $55,000 was given to the Battle Point Astronomical Association and a grant for $30,000 went to the First Years Children's Center.  Through its many programs, the BPAA supports a child's natural creativity and joy for learning.  The First Years Children's Center not only provides much needed day care, but is the only child care facility on the Island offering infant care.

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About Bainbridge Rotary

Established in 1947, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is the largest, most active and well-known service organization in the community. We are a leadership organization working together to make a difference. Our members include local business, nonprofit, professional and civic leaders. We form lasting friendships through our shared Rotary experiences including weekly meetings with interesting speakers, committee meetings and projects, social events and group service projects within our community and internationally.

Diversity & Inclusion

Having a diverse and inclusive Rotary Club means we value and welcome individuals of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, and races to our Club. We invite younger people, women, and minorities who support Rotary’s values, ideals, and mission to join our members in service to our community, and we strive to give all members equal opportunities to serve as leaders within our Club.
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