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...


Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the job for former Rotary Peace Fellow
As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and decisiveness. Peele is one of 2,000 DS agents who protect U.S. diplomats and embassies around the world. The Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. State Department, is the most extensive global security agency in the government, operating in more than 160...
Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
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...

Upcoming Events



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
Sep 08, 2014

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