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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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Our Club member and International award-winning Canadian photographer Peter Dusek (www.peterdusek.com) presents Serenity: 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. Serenity is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and will take place at Abbozzo Gallery at 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 128, Toronto from April 29 to May 27 with the opening reception with the artist on Saturday, April 29th, from 1 to 4pm.

On Friday, March 17 Rotary Etobicoke's Hands-On Etobicoke provided a team to sponsor and volunteer at St. Margaret's Lakeshore Community Dinner.    Gillian organized our sponsorship and participation along with Rotarians Andre and Theresa.    Every month St. Margaret's provides a community dinner for 120 plus guests at 5 p.m. on the third Friday.     Gillian arranged for 6 large trays of chicken penne to be made at a local restaurant and included her own 3 large cakes and three dozens muffins and bagels which Andre collected and delivered to St. Margaret's at 4 p.m.   Theresa purchased mixed salads, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers and salad dressing and brought her great cupcakes.    The dessert table was extremely impressive with 10 or more choices.    Many folks

5 new members were inducted as Rotarians in Rotary Club of Etobicoke during the evening club meeting on March 15th. In picture there are new members Vicki Malo (2nd from right), Sandra Ornella (4th from left), Steve Ellero (5th from left), Jon Bozdogan(3rd from left), and Jerry Podgorski (3rd from right) along with Past President Jack Fleming, President elect Donna Cansfield and Membership Director Liz Read. Welcome to Rotary!
A fun lunch meeting with guess speaker Garry Ford on topic of "Life is Sales". Photo courtesy of Peter Dusek 

Rotary Etobicoke has again helped sponsor CAFA (Canadian Friends of Aniquem) camp for 50 youth ages 10 to 18 all of whom have suffered significant burns in Lima, Peru.     As CAFA has reported in addition to physical recovery, children who have suffered burns need support to address physiological trauma, social isolation and loss of self-esteem.    The camps are integral to supporting this part of their recovery.    We are proud to continue our support for the third year as we know these camps promote play and the building of friendships and to create opportunities to build self-confidence.     We are also delighted to provide Rotary Etobicoke t-shirts every year for the youth and camp counsellors.     Gillian sorted and delivered the Rotary t-shirts and CAFA Vice President Murray Jones took the t-shirts to Lima in time for the February camp. "Notice the sea of blue and white".      One of the many wonderful projects around the world that Rotary Etobicoke supports.      

Monday February 27_2017 at Lieutenant Governor's reception in honour of Honouring Indigenous Peoples. Gerald Lue, Laura Latham, Michael Bell and members from Palgrave Rotary Club recognized for Rotary Club's Hockey Equipment Drive to Sandy Lake Indigenous Community initiative.
On Saturday, February 25, Haven on the Queensway "Coldest Night of the Year" fundraising walk took place.  Walkers were taking part to experience the conditions of the homeless and needy in Etobicoke during the winter months.      Rotary Etobicoke is proud of our club members that walked to raise money for Haven's Community Center in cold temperatures and high winds.     Gillian, Michael, Joann, Jon, Laura and Hugh took on the 2 km route while Vicki did the full 10 km walk.     Vicki also did a wonderful job of raising pledges totalling $400 from her many supporters.    Many thanks to club members who personally pledged money to our team.   Gillian believes the total amount, after all pledges are received, should exceed $1,300.      Rotary Etobicoke was acknowledged and thanked several times during the event from Haven organizers for our ongoing support over three years.     

Rotarian Liz Read and Ron Miller are working at the Government and Community Services Fair on Saturday Feb 11 at Cloverdale Mall.  This fair is co-hosted by Yvan Baker MPP and Peter Milczyn MPP and features over 110 exhibitors from the provincial government, along with community agencies and organizations. 

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 Newshttp://www.cbc.ca/1.3922503 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!
 
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