Here’s a feel good story for you! Diane Shaw was the winner of hockey tickets when her name was drawn from Corks’n Kegs tickets purchased in October. But she didn’t keep them for herself…she paid it forward and donated them to Chopped 55 via Officer Glen Pablo from 55 Division. So, two lucky kids participating in this great program will get to go a Leafs game! Chopped 55 is a volunteer initiative that helps build relationships between kids in at-risk neighbourhoods and volunteer community police officers. The project is the winner of Toronto Beach Rotary’s Youth Grant competition this year. Thanks Diane!
Toronto Beach Rotary is hosting Santa at the Cottage again this year on Saturday, December 10, 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your children to visit Santa at the Gardener’s Cottage, Kew Gardens (foot of Lee Avenue). Bring your camera! Hot chocolate and treats provided. Donations of non-perishable food items to Community Centre 55’s Christmas food drive gratefully accepted.
Welcome to The Free Reading Program! Toronto Beach Rotary is thrilled to provide you access to this educational online program designed for children in grades K-6.
The literacy activities in The Free Reading Program were designed to help children learn new skills, and reinforce skills they have already developed at school. Spend some time with your kids and grandkids while they enjoy these engaging activities wherever they are – on the home computer, or anywhere you have internet access.
Sign up, check it out, and spread the word! Anyone in the world can use it!
Join us Thursday, October 27 at 10 am for “Senior Movie Morning at the Fox”, sponsored this month by Pet Valu in the Beach (2210 Queen St E). The movie will be Bridget Jones’s Baby, starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.
Only a month to go before our biggest fundraiser, Corks’n Kegs! Purchase your tickets between October 1-31, 2016, and you will be entered to win two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Air Canada Centre! Get your tickets now to this great community social event featuring wine, beer, spirits and great food bites from local restaurants.
Join us Thursday, September 29 at 10 am for "Senior Movie Morning at the Fox", sponsored this month by Buster’s by the Bluffs (1539 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1N 1R9). The movie will be Bad Moms, the story of three under-appreciated moms who are pushed beyond their limits, starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristin Bell.
Save the Date! Our biggest annual fundraiser will be held this year on Friday, November 4. The regular ticket price is $60, but you can get an Early Bird special of 2 tickets for $95 if you buy before October 1, 2016. You don't want to miss this fun social event in the Beach, which is raising funds this year for Chopped 55, the winner of our Youth Grant Competition, and many other deserving community projects. Get your tickets here!
Toronto Beach Rotary manned the Leslie Street spit water station during the Jazz Run last weekend, providing re-hydration and encouragement to all the participants. Congrats to the organizers for another successful fundraiser!
See you at the Jazz Run this Sunday morning! We'll be the ones manning the water stations and cheering on all the participants in this fundraiser for the Michael Garron Hospital.
Congratulations to the Beach Community Edible Garden, recent winners of a $3125 grant from Toronto Beach Rotary (TBR) after our successful application to the TD Friends of the Environment Fund! We are very pleased to continue our support for this growing initiative after it won our Youth Grant Competition last year. The activities, workshops, and events that go on at the Garden are of great benefit to children and families, not to mention the local food bank. We encourage you to visit the Garden at Ashbridges Bay park. In the photo (l-r): TBR President Judy Orr; Alex Rochon-Terry from the Garden; and Marcel Greaux, incoming President of TBR.
Toronto Beach Rotary is thrilled to announce the winner of our 2016 $5000 Youth Grant Competition is Chopped 55! This project brings kids and police officers together to create great food and stronger relationships. Looking forward to being involved with @TPSChopped55 this fall! Check it out on Facebook.
Toronto Beach Rotary hosted Breakfast with Your MP on May 24, for members and guests. Beaches-East York MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, and his Parliamentary Assistant, Andrew Goodridge, spoke about their experiences serving local constituents, and their responsibilities in Ottawa. They were very open in sharing what parliamentary life is really like and the challenges faced by the government.
Nate's office has spent a lot of the last six months helping local agencies and constituents with the immigration process. They also shared insight into how community groups can access government funds to support projects that will help Canada celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017.
(Photo by Toronto Star)
Disaster relief organizations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, are set up to respond immediately to short-term needs when calamity strikes. Others, like Rotary International, are focused on longer-term development and rebuilding, in partnership with community groups in affected areas.
As wildfires threatened Fort McMurray, Rotarians from the Toronto area reached out to the Rotary district in Alberta to see how we could help. The District 5370 Governor, who is from Fort McMurray, and the president of the Fort McMurray Rotary Club recommended that the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation set up a "Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund", which the public and corporations, as well as Rotarians can make donations to.
When the disaster is over, and the focus turns to rebuilding the city, an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary Club and the municipality) will advise where the greatest needs are and how the funds should be dispersed.
If you would like to make a donation to this rebuilding fund, you can do so online, or send a cheque to the address below. In either case, note "Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund" on your donation.
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
c/o Rotary District 5370 Office
16030 –104 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 0S3
16030 –104 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 0S3
Toronto Beach Rotary is very happy to have helped Community Centre 55 run their Kidproof program this past year. Kidproof is safety programming that helps children and youth ages 5 to 16 avoid and manage dangerous situations. Courses include Cybersafety/Social Netiquette, Never BEE Lost, Strangersmarts, At Home Alone, and Babysitting Training. CC55 ran 14 workshops and served 206 participants from September 2015 to January 2016. For more information about the great programs run at Centre 55, visit their website.
We served up a turkey and ham supper for Out of the Cold on Monday, March 14, 2016. As usual, we thoroughly enjoyed preparing the meal, working with the wonderful people at St. Aidan's Church, and hearing all the compliments from those who filled their bellies. We love doing this every year, sincerely appreciate getting to spend time with the grateful people who take a meal there, and sharing the bounty of our community. A special thank you to St. Aidan's, Cobbs in the Beach for the delicious hot cross buns, and Remarkable Bean for the muffins.
Above: Toronto Beach Rotary members Mark and Bob mash up the potatoes. Check out all of our photos here.
We are "this close" to eradicating Polio! This year there have been only 50 new cases of polio reported, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. To ensure that no child anywhere in the world will have to suffer from a disease that is completely preventable, every dollar donated to Rotary's End Polio Now campaign is matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit www.endpolio.org to learn more or to make a donation.