Markham-Unionville Rotary Club






                                                                                                    We meet every week on Mondays at 6:30pm
District 7070                                                                                At Al Dente Restaurant (39 Main St. Markham North)

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Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

A well attended, charity golf tournament was organized jointly by the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of York on June 2nd at the Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.

Tai Young, the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club and the 2013 Santa Claus Parade...
Markham-Unionville Rotary Club awarded first prize for its non-commercial float in the 2013 Markham Santa Clause parade.

DG Valie Wafer and Kenneth Chin presented the Paul Harris Award to Mayor Frank Scarpitti. Rotarian Peter Wong took over from Nirmala Armstrong as the Club President.

Click on the link to see pictures from the change over meeting.


50 years of community engagement with the Markham Fair, which celebrated its 168th year this year!
Read all about how the core Rotary values, Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service were brought to life by our Rotary Club at the Fair.

To see the pictures from the fair, click the Markham Fair 2012 photos link.
A hero celebrated and a possible new member for the Club!
An inspiring talk by Gem Munro on the population and literacy challenges of Bangladesh.
Steve Rutledge and Michael Yap's presentation on the devestation in Laos and efforts to revive and introduce hygiene and literacy in many of the remote areas...


Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....

Upcoming Events



Jul 28, 2014
Lesley Sims
Aug 04, 2014
No meeting
Civic Holiday
Aug 11, 2014
Special meeting - Club members only
Strategic Vision Session, starting @ 6:00pm
Aug 18, 2014
DG Brian Thompson
District 7070 in 2014-15
Aug 25, 2014
Steve Rutledge
Club Water Project in Laos
Sep 01, 2014
No meeting
Labour Day

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