Habourside was chartered on September 17, 1980 with 38 charter members.  Six of those members are still very active in the club.  All have served as Club president over the years.  Our first President was Fred Barlett who went on to become District Governor in l987/1988 - the only Harbourside Rotarian to-date to have become a District Governor.

Some of the early projects included building a jungle gym at a women's abuse shelter and providing funds and sweat equity in the Boys and Girls Club in Esquimalt.  This contribution was later honoured when they changed their name to the "Harbourside Boys and Girls Club".  Harbourside started to participate in youth exchange within a year or two of being chartered and hosted incoming and supported outgoing exchanges for many years.  There are currently about 91 members all of whom either live and/or work in downtown Victoria.  Service priorities are set periodically through strategic planning sessions, the latest was in June 2008.  The emphasis is on education/literacy, youth, health, poverty, international understanding and community enhancement.