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We meet 3 times a month: 2nd & 4th Wedensday 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
Old Mill Restaurant
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON  M8X 1G5
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Rotarians Making a Difference...
Feb. 7 2017,  Gerald Lue from Rotary Club of Etobicoke (First picture, Left) , Susan from Palgrave Rotary club (First picture, Right), Laura Latham from Franklin Horner Community Center (2nd picture,Left)  and Toronto City Councellor Mark Grimes (Third picture, Center) are at Sandy Lake First Nation community as part of the Hockey Equipment Drive initiative this year, which have supplied 10 northen communities with 91 pallets of hockey equipment, toys and other sundries. 
Thanks to all the volunteers. See more pictures...
On Friday, February 3, a number of Rotarians  (and family) from our club, friends from Franklin Horner Community Centre and John Muto from the Rotary Club of Toronto West canvassed for Tokens4Change in support of Youth Without Shelter. John also enlisted 10 students from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute who were a big help!!
Tokens4Change took over the city...youth supporting youth, creating awareness about youth homelessness!
Together with all participants $97,614.26 was raised for essential youth transit needs and empowering support programs at Youth Without Shelter (YWS)
 At the Rotary Etobicoke canvassing location, Islington Station a total of $1,877.84 was raised! $230.77 of this was raised Single Handedly by our secret weapon Lincoln, Gill and Andre Dugas' grandson. Thanks Sam for bringing him!
Click "Read More" button to see the Thank you letter from Youth With Shelter...

Every year St. Matthew's Church and St. Margaret's Church provide overnight accommodation, dinners, showers, winter clothing, breakfasts, lunches, friendship, comfort and compassion to  30 homeless men during the winter months.    And every year churches in Etobicoke reach out to Rotary Etobicoke to request our assistance in support of their Out of the Cold Program to provide the above services.   Along with financial support,   Rotary Etobicoke's Hands-On group has been responding with the provision of lunches through November, December and January to both Etobicoke churches.  

Today, January 29,  lunches were provided to St. Matthew's for their OOTC Program.    30 sandwiches of bologna, cheese and lettuce, along with bags of cookies and chocolates, oranges and apples and tins of orange juice were prepared and delivered by Gillian and Andre.   

Social Think Tank – Me to WE – focusing on social entrepreneurship in a third world country
Held On Saturday January 21, 2016 at York University
Rotarian Greg Dobson, Gord Duncan, and Iosif Ciosa attended
Also present were Brian Spencer, Patti Wright and Liegton Reid from Toronto West club

On Thursday, January 5, Rotarian Gillian presented Rotary Etobicoke's cheque for $1,500 to Haven on the Queensway's  Director Bev Hynek and Director of Development Susan Carbone.   The funds were provided to support Haven's First Care Program which meets the material and nutritional needs of pregnant women and parents of newborns and infants up to age one by providing food aid, clothing, diapers, formula and moral support. 


Volunteers are needed to help us sort through the equipment before being shipped out to the remote northern Ontario communities.

Saturday, 14th January 10am - 5pm
Illumineer warehouse
6503 Northam Drive
Mississauga, ON  L4V1J2

If you need further info you can reach us at: 416 251 2226 Thank you for your help! 
Original news from By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News posted on Jan 05 2017.
That giant pile of hockey equipment you're looking at? Here's what's in it:
  • 18 tonnes of miscellaneous gear
  • 5,000 jerseys
  • 1,000 pairs of skates
That's a lot of gear. And the Etobicoke group that plans to donate all of it to indigenous communities in northern Ontario say they hope it will make a lot of kids very happy. 
Anyway you put it, it's a lot of hockey gear — and it's going to make a lot of kids, very happy.
That's a whole lot of hockey gear that's destined for northern Ontario. (CBC)
Gerald Lue is making his second annual hockey gear delivery. (CBC).
Gerald Lue, a member of the Etobicoke Rotary Club, came up with the idea after visiting Fort Hope, Ont., a community some 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
The Rotary Club of Etobicoke would like to wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!
Rotarians helped Rexdale Alliance Church put together a Christmas Dinner Party for 60+ refugee families from Syria and other countries. Rotarian Gillian Dugas (Back row Right), Andre Dugas (Back row Left) and the Syrian family they sponsored are in the second picture. Clink "Read More" for more pictures



On Monday, December 19, Rotarians Gillian and Andre Dugas, along with daughter Samantha and grandson Lincoln did a volunteer shift at the Salvation Army Kipling Temple to assist in the distribution of Christmas toys.   Every year Rotarians join with Salvation Army and community volunteers in sorting and displaying the thousands of donated toys, games and other items.     Volunteers also greeted and assisted each parent in selecting gifts from the many tables of new  toys, games, sport equipment along with stocking stuffers, toiletries, clothing, books, gift cards and food.     A really great way to spend a morning as part of a team of wonderful volunteers and to meet many  happy parents who left with Christmas gifts for their children.        In the photo is Major Kester Trim, Rotarian Gillian and grandson Lincoln.    

On Monday, December 5, Reverend Mark Gladding and Cara Wigle, Co-Ordinator of Lakeshore Out of the Cold Program, an outreach ministry of St. Margaret's Anglican Church presented The Rotary Club of Etobicoke with a plaque for their continued generosity in support of St. Margaret's Out of the Cold Program. For many years The Rotary Club of Etobicoke has provided financial support, dinners and lunches and winter clothing to St. Margaret's OOTC program. St. Margaret's OOTC program provides up to 35 homeless men with overnight accommodation, friendship and compassion, snacks, dinner, shower facilities, laundry, medical advice, winter clothing, breakfast and take away lunch from late November to early April.  

Rotarian Lynda Ryder, Laura Latham and Michael Lu and their organizations National Silicates, Franklin Horner Community Center and Nurse Next Door Home Care Services prepared and delivered lunches to Out of the Cold Program at St. Margaret's Lakeshore & St.Matthew's church for homeless people on the street to come in out of the cold and have a good meal
Reverend Mark Gladding "gladly" received 9 pairs of winter boots for the Lakeshore Out of the Cold program at St. Margaret's Anglican Church donated via Rotary Club of Etobicoke's Community Services Committee and Hands On Etobicoke. The LOOTC program provides hot meals and emergency overnight accommodations to people who are homeless or hungry from November - April each year at various churches in the area.  Our Hands On Etobicoke team also provides lunches for this program.   Heavy boots are a coveted commodity at this time of the year. Reverend Mark was also overjoyed to receive the grocery bags that the boots came in...apparently they could use these too!

On December 8, Rotarians Gillian and Andre Dugas presented a $1,000 cheque to St. Vincent de Paul's President Mike McGinnis. Along with the cheque Gillian presented  toys, children's clothes, household items and seniors gifts to support St. Vincent de Paul's many programs, one of which being the home visits that St. Vincent de Paul's volunteers make to shut-ins offering a compassionate ear and assistance to those challenged in our Etobicoke community. Gillian and Andre also toured the store and warehouse located in Lakeshore and visited with St. Vincent de Paul's Women's Shelter. Also in the photo are John Menary, Vice President and Jolanta Galazka, Secretary. 

Over the last two years, Rotary Club of Etobicoke had supported the Visions of Science by supporting the purchase of experiment equipment. Last year we helped purchase the MyScope microscope units. This year we helped purchase the Squishy Circuits! See photos of kids enjoying the new Squishy Circuits sets. It makes learning fun and engaging. 

On December 7, Rotarian Gillian Dugas delivered toys and beautifully knitted vests to Theresa Stewart, Volunteer Services Administrator for LAMP Community Health Center's Toy Room. The toys will be distributed on December 14 to LAMP families in need for 400 children aged newborn to 16 years. In the photo is Keddove Dias, Director, Community Programs and Shannon Ashman, Manager, Youth Programs. LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based... 

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