Markham-Unionville Rotary Club
April 2014

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Al Dente Ristorante
39 Main Street North
Tel 905-471-5670
Markham, ON  L3P 5T3
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About Rotary and Being Involved in Your Community

Posted by Wally Buczkowski 
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.

There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Are you interested in being involved and volunteering in Markham? The Markham-Unionville Rotary Club welcomes you to visit one our friendly dinner meetings and consider becoming a part of the Rotary Club. We are a group of 20+ professional men and women who meet on a regular basis to see what we can do to make a difference in our community, and beyond.


Our Club assists many local charities, events, and organizations like The Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Unionville Home Society, Markham Museum. Markham Fall Fair, Evergreen Hospice, Markham-Stouffville Family Life Center, Milne Park Forest Restoration, Student Awards for the local High Schools, Walk For Life, Markham Santa Claus Parade, Markhaven Seniors Home, Markham Farmers' Market, The Unionville Jazz Festival and Student Exchange Programs. We are also involved in helping to eradicate Polio and numerous other charitable causes around the world.


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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.
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...

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.


A hero celebrated and a possible new member for the Club!

Click on the link to see pictures from the Golf tournament.


This past Saturday afternoon, the Markham-Unionville Rotary Choir was out once again, this time at Bethany Lodge. The residents responded a 1000 fold to the Choir's hard work, great hearts, Rotary spirit and musical gift to bring good cheer.


A little over a year ago, the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club choir took shape.  Today this 20 plus member group is performing incredibly and touching the hearts of anyone within an earshot.

To see pictures of the group, please click on the link.


The annual Santa Claus Parade took place this year on Saturday November 24, 2012 on Main Street Markham.  There was bright sunshine and a fresh cool breeze to accompany, but kids and adults alike lined up along both sides all the way from Highway 7 to north of 16th Avenue, patiently waiting for the main with a white beard, and a twinkle in his, dressed in red, yes SANTA!

Click on the link to see pictures from the parade.

Rotary International 2012-2013 President Sakuji Tanaka, in the July Rotarian Rotarian, asks us to put Peace Through Service at the forefront of our Rotary work this year,and to commit to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world.


Changeover 2012-2013, held at Willow Springs Winery, was outstanding.  President Kenneth Chin handed the gavel to President-Elect Nirmala Armstrong, and Rotary year 2012-2013, our 51st year, was officially launched.  The suprise highlight of the evening was the presentation of Paul Harris Fellow awards to Mike Cubitt, Alan Ho and Art Moad. reflecting long overdue recognition of their commitment to our club and to Service Above Self. 

On Monday, June 18th, Markham Fire Chief Bill Snowball was welcomed as an Honourary Member in recognition of his lifelong service to the Markham community.  Chief Snowball presented an interesting and informative review of the development of our town's (soon to be city) fire and emergency services, from a small volunteer service to a fully functioning full time force of 270. Rotarian Mike Crompton, who has known the Snowball family for more than 50 years, introduced and thanked the Chief for his service and presented him with his Rotary pin and plaques.


On behalf of our Honourary Chair, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Gala Co-Chairs Nirmala Armstrong and Alan Ho, we want to thank our entire club membership and the Rotarians and Friends of Rotary that made our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration a success.  We are happy to report that over 400 people were able to join us on Saturday March 31st  at Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall in Markham for a wonderful evening of dining, prize wining draws and raffles, music and dancing.  "Where Were You in '62?" exceeded our fundraising and community service goals and expectations.  Proceeds will be contributed to the club's Buy-a-Bed program for Markham-Stouffville Hospital and to Rotary International's PolioPlus campaign.
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Our fledgling Markham Unionville Rotary Club Choir is up, running and growing !

We started a few short weeks ago, and have really accomplished a great deal.


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