The Vancouver Island Branch is one of thirteen semi autonomous branches in Canada affiliated with the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada headquartered in Ottawa. RCS Canada is affiliated with RCS International headquartered in London, England.
In 1919 a charter was granted to the Royal Colonial Institute, Vancouver Island Branch. In 1928 the name was changed to the Royal Empire Society and in 1957 to the Royal Commonwealth Society.
The main focus of the Branch is to gain a greater understanding of Commonwealth through presentations and education, to promote a better understanding of the Commonwealth, and to help young people learn through involvement and participation in Commonwealth related programs. We support the annual Student Commonwealth Conference and annually pay the registration fee for two students to attend the Student Commonwealth Forum in Ottawa.
Except for December, the Branch holds lunch meetings on the third Thursday of the months: September, November, December (Second Thurday), February, April and May. These Meetings are held at the Royal Oak Golf Club, Elk Lake Drive, Victoria BC.
We have a special luncheon on Commonwealth Day, which is the second Monday of March. Hosted by our Patron, the Lieutenant Governor and held at Government House, a message from the Queen is relayed at the event.
The Annual General Meeting is held in June where the Branch members elect the new officers to take office.