June 18, 2010 12:33 ET

Canada Post Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - Canada Post is today issuing a single domestic rate stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Rotary club in Canada.

The stamp features a person wearing the traditional Rotary vest, symbolic of Rotarians past, present and future. The first day cover, booklet and postage-paid postcard provide a glimpse of a Rotarian's workspace—with meeting schedules, Rotary mementos, awards and lapel pins scattered on a desk. The map on the back of the booklet and postcard is focused on Montreal where the 2010 Rotary International Convention will take place.

"This stamp will raise awareness of the role Canadian Rotary clubs play in providing humanitarian services and promoting goodwill and peace around the world," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post. "Our stamp program honours our country's—and Rotary International's—history in a way only Canada Post can."

"Rotarians across Canada are delighted that Canada Post is issuing a stamp to recognize one hundred years of service and contributions by Rotary clubs in Canada," said Wilfrid Wilkinson, who is Rotary International's fifth Canadian-born President.

Since the first club outside the United States was formed in Winnipeg, and Rotary became international, the organization has grown into one of the largest and most successful service clubs in the world. Today, Rotary International represents approximately 1.2 million members who belong to more than 32,000 clubs in some 200 countries and geographic areas around the world. Canada now has 729 Rotary clubs. With Service above Self as their motto, Rotary members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat world hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio.

About the Stamp

The stamp measures 38 mm x 24 mm (horizontal) and has simulated perforations. Printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in six colours plus varnish, the stamp is pressure sensitive and general tagged on four sides. The official first day cover will be cancelled in Montréal, Quebec. The stamps are available in booklets of eight stamps.

Additional information about Canadian stamps and photos of these new stamps can be found in the news section of Canada Post's website. Stamps and other products are available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1-800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902-863-6550.

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