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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs
The seeds for
the Montreal Club lie with
projects of the Club focused on Youth and Social Service. The first main
project saw the erection of a cottage in 1917 at the Boys Farm and
Training School, Shawbridge - a school for problem boys - cost $15,000.
The cottage was named after Rotarian John S Lewis who was killed in
action at the Battle of the Somme, 1916. Fro over 20 years, Montreal
Rotary Club overwrote the cost and Rotarians served on the Board of
Directors. The Club were also involved with the Boys Home of Montreal
inspired by Rotarian Owen Dawson who worked in the Juvenile Courts.