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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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Rotarians Making a Difference...
On Tuesday, May 7, Gillian, on behalf of Rotary Etobicoke, presented $1,500 to Mike Fanning, Director of the Michael Power Drum Line, for the acquisition of a Quad Drum Set.  The mission of the Michael Power St. Joseph Drum Line is to develop young people into outstanding adults through the performing arts.     Its seeks to create young people who are engaged and contribute in their community in a positive way.    The Michael Power St. Joseph Catholic High School Drum Line performs for upward of 100,000 annually.     They will be performing at Rotary Etobicoke's Ribfest, Music and Food Festival on Canada Day.
 
On the Windy Sunday, 28th of April  Rotary Etobicoke and Rotary Toronto West members joined with students from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute Interact Club and Richview Collegiate Institute Interact Club spent the morning collecting and dividing trash from the grounds of James Garden.   
Gill and Andre were joined by their daughter Samantha and grandson Lincoln and friends also supported this important project.
Many James Garden walkers, bikers and joggers greeted and thanked us for our commitment to clean up our community garden.
On Thursday, April 16 the Rotary Clubs of Toronto West and Etobicoke (Greg, Andre, Gord, Tom, Iosif and Gillian) joined with students from RCI to pack 50 boxes of food destined to be shared with churches and orphanages in Haiti and Etobicoke  community food banks and shelters.      68 students with RCI advisor Andrea Brozyna and RCI teachers made a formidable team to bring about a very successful project.     .     Rotarians from both clubs worked alongside the students and later transported the food boxes to 5 locations around Etobicoke.      Two representatives from the Toronto Argonauts were also packing with our group.  Special thanks to RCTW Patti Wright and photographer extraordinaire John Stevenson.   
On Friday, April 12, Gill delivered, on behalf of Rotary Etobicoke,  6 attractive bags filled with hand towels, face towels, packets of new underwear and socks, soaps, toiletries, wipes and hundreds of tampons, pads and liners along with chocolates to The Period Purse for their April blitz to provide free menstrual products to marginalized women in Toronto.      All donated products are packed with a TPP comforting, motivational note and given to shelters and centers in Etobicoke and the GTA.      
Anyone wishing to donate items may let Gill know as she will be doing up more bags for delivery before April 26. 
      

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke presented a cheque for $1,000 to support the league which provides a hockey league for power wheelchair players from across the Toronto region. In this photo Rotarian Kester Trim is presenting the cheque to Esther Dzura, President and Co-founder, Ron Celsie, the General Manager and Matt De Costa a player from the league. The teams scheduled for the morning watched in appreciation of the support offered by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.

After the February Winter Wonderland Cancellations, Rotarians were out in force presenting cheques to  community healthcare institutions.
 
St. Joseph’s Health Centre:

Gill met with Darlene Kingsborough, Community Campaign Officer, to present the Community Service Committee's cheque for $2,500 to be put toward Emergency Department improvements.

St. Joe's Emergency Department has a significant space challenge and they are streamlining systems to make sure visitors see a doctor as soon as possible. Follow the link for more info about St. Joe's Emergency Department’s Super Track Program:

https://hospitalnews.com/emergency-department-supertrack-n…/

St. Joseph’s Health Centre has among the highest number of programs for mental health. Annually their Mental Health Emergency Services Unit (MHESU) cares for more than 6,600 emergency visits for mental health and/or addiction care. They have been fundraising to renovate, expand and improve the space where mental health patients come when they are in crisis and need emergency care. Darlene said that this unit will be ready for patients by mid-April and Rotary Etobicoke will be invited to the opening of the MHESU where we could tour the unit and learn more about the Supertrack system.

 

Osler Health Foundation - Etobicoke General Hospital

Anne Wood presented a cheque to William Osler Health Foundation - Etobicoke General Hospital for $2500 from the Community Service Committee. These funds will be used to provide a specialized feeding pump.

An enteral feeding pump is an electronic medical device that controls the timing and amount of nutrition delivered to a patient. Enteral feeding is a procedure in which the doctor inserts a tube into the patient’s digestive tract to deliver liquid nutrients and medicines to the body. This is administered to patients who cannot eat normally due to oral cancer, surgery, injury, or another condition that affects the normal ingestion and digestion process in the gastrointestinal tract. The enteral feeding pump ensures that the right amount of liquid is administered to the body over the course of a day. Rotary Etobicoke is on the Donor Wall at Etobicoke General Hospital.

 
Trillium Health Partners Foundation:
Gill presented $2500 from our Community Service Committee to Kathleen Cymek from Trillium Health Partners Foundation, to support the purchase of a new x-ray machine. They are currently using old, equipment which is expensive to maintain and ergonomically outdated. The vital new unit will bring new technology to reduce exposure and help handle expected increases in Urgent Care year over year.
Our club has been supporting Trillium since construction began which means that our donations have been mounting up for a long time and we hold a distinguished position on the Donor Wall under "Community Gift of $500.000 to $999.999". Kathleen pointed out that Rotary Etobicoke is also on the Donor Walls of all the three Trillium Hospital sites; Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre.
She also spoke about the impact of community donors and the impact donations, big and small, have on Trillium hospitals and patients. Five Mississauga Rotary Clubs appear on the donor wall AND Rotarian, Ralph Chiodo appears in the $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 donation group! Makes us all proud to be Rotarians.
On November 15, The Rotary Club of Etobicoke hosted the third annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fundraising Celebration at the Mimico Cruising Club. The evening included delicious food, live music, and a raffle with dozens of fabulous prizes! Sponsors for the evening included DUCA, Wise Riddell Financial Group, Northwest Protection Services, Active Green + Ross, Peter Dusek Photography,  Cobs Bakery,  Taissa,  Gabby's Grill + Taps, and many more. All funds raised will go to support CUSO International, providing birthing kits for mothers in Ethiopia. Rotarians from many clubs and guests came out to support the great cause while enjoying the 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau! Have a look at the fun evening: Photo Album or Peter Dusek Photography.
 
The Rotary Club of Etobicoke in partnership with DUCA Financial Services and supported by Illumineer conducted the first Neighborhood Food Drive. 
Rotary volunteers  from our club with the help of  Interact Volunteers from Richview Collegiate and Etobicoke Collegiate Institute , distributed on the 17th of October approximately 500 DUCA shopping bags in the neighborhood with a flyer printed by Illumineer asking for non perishable food donation that will be taken to a food bank. On the 21st of October the volunteers gathered to pick up the filled bags left by the front doors.
 
On Saturday 20th of October 22 Police Division held a community Meet Your Neighbourhood Officer at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate. Unit commander, Inspector Riyaz Hussein introduced the new Neighbourhood Officer Program to residents of East Mall & West Mall. The event was organized by the CPLC (Community Police Liaison Committee), led by Sylvia Kwan, with support from the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.   Community members were introduced to the Neighbourhood Officers, Officers of 22 Division, Police Auxiliary volunteers and YIPIs (Youth in Policing Initiative).
 
 
On Saturday, April 14, Gillian Dugas on behalf of Rotary Club of Etobicoke and Dr. Robert Sexton on behalf of Rotary Club of Toronto West each presented a cheque for $1,000 to Carlos Rastidas, Conductor of POP Orchestra.   Each bursary will support a promising young student and recent graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music for the performance season 2018/19.   Awards are made annually based on the recommendation of the student's teachers and examiners at the Conservatory.     The POP Orchestra hopes to ignite the potential in youth to bring high quality music to their community.     The program included music from Star Wars, E.T., The King's Speech, Space Odyssey 101, Jurassic Park and Star Trek.    Humber Valley United Church was full in spite of the challenging weather and the orchestra received a much deserved standing ovation.         In the orchestra were several music teachers from Etobicoke schools as well as violinist Rotarian Paul Collier.    Also POP provides a wonderful opportunity to young  musicians from different local high schools  to rehearse for 4 weeks with the orchestra and play with them in a concert.    Last night's performance had 5 violinists from Martingrove High School. 
   
 

Rotary Etobicoke is pleased to be partnering with Chartwell Scarlett Heights Residence's Knitting Group to provide hats, gloves and scarves for families and homeless in Etobicoke.

 
 Under the leadership of Mike Fanning the new drum line at Michael Power is developing fast but only has a limited number of drums, cymbals and sticks and is seeking funding to provide instruments for the many more students enrolled in the group.     Rotary Etobicoke was pleased to provide funding for a Yamaha Marimba to expand the bands' melodic percussion section.   This was a much desired instrument that was needed to enhance the performance of the band at parades, festivals and concerts and at national competitions.  Mike added that students who participate in extra curricular programs like the drum line show better grades, a more positive outlook and the development of important life skills.    Gillian presented the cheque for $3,400 to John MacDonald from Michael Power High School.         
 
Richview Rotary Interact Club new member Induction Ceremony happened on February 7,2018 at Richview Collegiate Institute. The Richview Interact Club is co-sponsored by the Etobicoke and Toronto West Club.
Patti Wright, Terry Donohue, Bob and Rea Sexton from Toronto West Club; Gregory Dobson from Etobicoke Club; 20 students (10 new inductees to club)
 
On February 24, our Team Rotary Etobicoke Ribbers got a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness and hardship during the winter.    We joined with 20 other community teams to raise funding and awareness for Haven on the Queensway Community Centre who provide services for the hurting, hungry and homeless in our community and programs for families, youth and seniors.     We raised $1,450 with thanks to all who walked and donated.   
 
 
Gillian reports that on Friday, February 2, Rotarians and community friends once again braved the bitter cold to fundraise for 12 hours in support of Youth Without Shelter's Token 4 Change Campaign.   Working with YWS,  Rotary Club of Etobicoke took over the fundraising role at Islington Subway Station.   
 
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Ian Webster, The Financial Fighter
May 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Financial Mistakes Canadians Make
DG Beth Selby
Jul 24, 2019
Official District Governor Visit
Eugenio SGRÒ - Consul General of Italy
Aug 14, 2019
The Consul General will be speaking about the role Italy is playing in Canada.
Lunch - Speaker TBA
Aug 28, 2019
 
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