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We meet 3 times a month: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at -The Old Mill- at 12pm, 3rd Wednesday of the month is a Evening Meeting held at various locations, please consult the calendar for details
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21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON  M8X 1G5
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For the fourth year, Rotary Etobicoke's Hands-On Group is purchasing and packing items for student backpacks to be distributed to women's shelters, youth shelters, community centers, Salvation Army, refugee/newcomer families, health centers, police backpack fundraisers and community partner outreach programs    Gillian, Andre, Samantha, Lincoln and Louise have already started delivering over 320 filled bags across Etobicoke.     Each bag is colour coded according to grade and has a label "Proudly Provided by Rotary Etobicoke".

Thank you everyone,

As I pass the torch to new leadership, I sit back and ask myself “how did the year go by so fast?”

The answer lies within the members of the club, and the many hands on activities that occurred within the community. This would also include the many many hours members volunteer to ensure that the club’s “major fundraising” activity is successful.

As the year winds down, the truth is, I only facilitated the hard work and generous outpouring of selflessness behaviour by members that made my role easier. 

The Etobicoke Rotary Club is a gem of a club, and I now have a better understanding of why. I hope everyone else feels this too.

Thank you.


Our Club member and International award-winning Canadian photographer Peter Dusek presented Serenity his second art exhibit at Abbozzo Gallery on the 17th of May. Serenity is inspired by the philosophies of Japanese Zen and Chinese Tao, Serenity is an exhibition of contemplative minimalist photographs distilling the elements of Ontario’s Muskoka and Georgian Bay region into their purest form. Like slowly sinking into a warm bath, the exhibition will remove the viewer from the chaos of modern life and instill a feeling of Serenity in the heart and mind.
Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends came out to this wonderful evening of art, wine, food and fellowship. Peter talked about his art and took the visitors on the journey of his work.
From the proceeds of the evening we purchased two bed kits for Sleeping Children Around the World.
Past President Jack is receiving Paul Harris recognition from President Greg for his contribution to Polio Foundation
Past President Jack, Membership Committee Chair Liz and President Greg are with the newest member Swaroop Rangam after the Induction Ceremony. Welcome to the Rotary family, Swaroop!
On Tuesday, May 23, Andre and Gillian, on behalf of Rotary Etobicoke's Community Services Committee, presented a cheque for $2,500 to Mike McGinnis, President of St. Vincent de Paul Society.     Our funding comes at a most opportune time to ensure that more children from disadvantaged homes, single parent families or challenged financial home environments will find themselves on the list of attendees for summer camp.    St. Vincent de Paul's goal is to send over 1,600 children to camp this year.   Marygrove Camp for girls aged between 5 and 13 is located in Penetenguishene.     The previously rented but recently purchased Camp Ozunam for boys aged between 7 and 12 is located in South River, north of Huntsville.     The  number of children who will benefit from attending camp is always growing and St. Vincent de Paul is hoping to extend the boys camp for one extra week.    Many of the children selected to attend summer camp have phoned St. Vincent de Paul's help line themselves.    After a home assessment visit with the children and families , as well as offering other forms of support, St. Vincent de Paul seeks community funding to help send the children to camp.   Most are city children who have never been able to participate in the camps' programs such as canoeing, fishing, swimming,  hiking, BBQs,  team challenges and games along with campfire songs and making new friendships.      In the photo are St. Vincent de Paul's President Mike McGinnis, Vice President John Menary,  Secretary Jolanta Galazka,  Youth Camp Director Alan and Etobicoke Warehouse Manager Stephen.
On Thursday, May 18,  Rotary Etobicoke's Community Services Committee was pleased to present a cheque for $1,000 to Dorothy Ley Hospice to support their annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser.    Melody Courtney, Senior Fund Development Officer, was very grateful to receive our financial contribution and commented how important and active Rotary Etobicoke is in our community.  Melody confirmed that with our cheque the total amount raised for their May 2017 fundraiser was $115,000. Hands on Etobicoke also provided a 17 member team of volunteers to assist at this important community fundraiser and Rotarian Mark's team raised another $1,000 doing a 50/50 lottery during the event.

On 16 May, on behalf of Rotary Etobicoke's Community Services Committee, Gillian presented a cheque to Tiffany Jay from Suitcase Theatre Arts and Education Outreach.     Our funding will provide six performances of Suitcase Theatre's "All Aboard - An Adventure Across Canada" at schools and community centers in Etobicoke.     The fun, interactive, educational show celebrates Canada's 150th birthday and takes children on a journey by train, canoe and dog sled to learn about the people, the different cultures and the beautiful geography that make up our incredible country.     The original musical production  carries messages of friendship, co-operation and overcoming obstacles while helping children safely explore themes such as inclusivity, bullying and acceptance.    With  Rotary Etobicoke as a community partner  Suitcase Theatre will be able to bring the All Aboard educational show to children and their families in low-income, high priority neighbourhoods in Etobicoke who would not normally be able to enjoy a live coast to coast adventure showing the diversity of our people through song and dance.   

In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, Hands on Etobicoke team of Gillian, Andre, Samantha and Lincoln made and delivered bags of assorted cookies and decorated cupcakes to Ernestine's Women's Shelter, Anduhyaun First Nations Emergency Shelter, Nekenaan Second Stage Housing Shelter and Salvation Army Kipling Temple and extra cupcakes to Youth Without Shelter.
Khajija Kathy Ali, Ernestine Coordinator, Engagement and Volunteers received the items from Gillian while standing in front of the portrait of Ernestine who inspired the first women's shelter in Toronto.     Jannies Le, Program Coordinator received the bags of cookies and cupcakes on behalf of Nekenaan and Anduhyaun Women's Shelters.     Rosemarie Bryan, Coordinator at Salvation Army Kipling received 30 bags of goodies and distributed to clients ahead of Sunday.  

At this afternoon's luncheon at Old Mill Toronto, longtime club member Doug Hartry (pictured here with his three daughters, Rotary Etobicoke president Greg Dobson and guest speakers Rector Stephen and Ted Hampton) presented a donation in memory of his late wife Maxine to St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Islington - Toronto's Out Of The Cold program. Over the past year, the program gave overnight accommodation to 430 men and shared food with more than 700 men. These men in need were also given winter clothing, boots, shoes, toiletries, medical attention, laundry and shower facilities. 

On May 7, Rotary Etobicoke for the third year, provided an important support team of 17 volunteers to assist at Dorothy Ley's annual Hike for Hospice Fundraiser.    Gillian is grateful for all the Rotarians, family and friends that donated their hard work and dedication to ensure this special event was successful.    Gillian was able to divide up our Rotarians to provide water bottles from our Rotary Etobicoke tent along with Ribfest volunteer information; volunteers to transport and set up a booth to provide water, fruit, hot chocolate and energy bars at the mid way point at Alderwood United Church; volunteers to assist with general set up for the courtyard BBQ and Closing Ceremony;  a team to cover 7 Route Marshal locations and a team to conduct a 50/50 lottery campaign.  Special thanks to Mark Winson for transporting and set up of our Rotary Etobicoke tent and for again leading the 50/50 lottery campaign which resulted in $1,000 in donations.  At the closing ceremony,   Melody Courtney, Dorothy Ley's Senior Fund Development Officer and Organizer of the Hike for Hospice Fundraiser, thanked Rotary Etobicoke for again providing a much needed team of volunteers and gave encouragement to all the hikers in the audience to consider volunteering at our Rotary Ribfest this summer.    Thanks again to our Hands on Etobicoke team of  Mark, Andre, Hugh, Fern, Roman, Laura, Sandra, Steve, Tiffany, Maggie, Samantha, Lincoln, Vaughan, Michael, Megha, Iosif and Gillian.  

On Tuesday, May 9, the sponsoring Rotary Club of Toronto West and Rotary Club of Etobicoke celebrated the charter of The Interact Club Of Richview Collegiate Institute. Rotarian Patti Wright organized and lead the induction of the 21 founding members along with District 7070 Governor  Jim Louttit and Interact Chair Andrea Tirone and introduced the new Interact Executive Committee and their members.    Each new member was presented with a certificate and pin.   The guests included representatives from 8 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs and families of the new interactors.    

Gillian and Andre assisted with the preparations of the event along with members from the Toronto West Rotary Club and newly inducted Richview Interactors.  Andre delivered left over salad, dessert, snacks and vegetables from the charter dinner to Judy Leroux, manager of development, at Youth Without Shelter .  

Andre and Gillian got a head start on the purchasing and packing of 120 bags of  goodies for LAMP CHC's belated Easter Lunch on Wednesday, April 26 for guests attending the Drop In Centre lunch and for their youth programs.    Hands On Etobicoke Team of Andre, Samantha, Lynda and Gillian will also be cooking and decorating all the desserts for this Community Lunch and helping, along with LAMP's own volunteers, with the set up, serving and take down for this Easter event.      LAMP's Adult Drop-In Center serves between 40-150 individuals who are homeless or living in poverty every day.  

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