Rotary Etobicoke - Welcome!

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
Old Mill Restaurant
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON  M8X 1G5
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Rotarians Making a Difference...
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.   
 
Luke Anderson is the founder of StopGap, and the executive director of the StopGap Foundation. Luke got a job in B.C. shortly after graduating in Engineering from Waterloo U. During his first year out in the work force, he had a terrible mountain bike accident leaving him a quadriplegic. He returned to Toronto where he continued to work in his field for 5 years and lived in the Roncesvalles/Junction community where he became frustrated with the lack of access to local shops. This is when he designed the StopGap ramp that you see through-out Roncesvalles, the Junction, and Toronto.
 
Hands-On Etobicoke's team made pasta, chicken and vegetables with a mixed salad and dessert to over 190 guests (women and children) at Women's Habitat Drop In Centre's Celebration on Wednesday, 13 December.    Also, Rotary Etobicoke donated toys and games for their Santa Claus distribution. Photos shows  Andre, Samantha, Lincoln, Bex and Gillian with the Man in Red and Bex and Andre busy with the 10 trays of pasta before turning their talents to cutting up and serving the desserts.      
 
On November 25th Rotary Etobicoke funded and led their annual Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Project.   Rotary Etobicoke members along with their families and partnered with Rotary Club of Toronto West  invited youth volunteers from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Richview Collegiate Institute, Air Cadets from Squadron 700, Rotaract Club of York University, Rotaract E-Club and many community families and friends to join together to pack food for local food banks and outreach programs. Over 120 volunteers filled 70 boxes each containing 36 packets of nutrious rice. Distribution of the boxes of rice to eleven agencies was completed within the week to allow our rice to reach Christmas programs and hampers.  
 
Rotary Club of Etobicoke is pleased to report that on Sunday, December 3 Rotarians Gillian and Andre prepared and delivered 30 sandwiches, 30 bags of oranges, and 30 bags of cookies and cakes, along with bottled water for St. Matthew's Church Out of the Cold Program for homeless men.   This was followed on December 10 by Rotarians Samantha and Lincoln Dugas providing 30 sandwiches, bags of oranges, bags of cookies and bottle water also to St. Matthew's Church to support their OOTC program.    Today, Monday, December 11, Lynda Ryder and her team provided 54 sandwiches, oranges and cookie treats/beverages to St. Margaret's Church Lakeshore to support their OOTC program.   Rotary Etobicoke's Hand on Etobicoke members supporting our community partners to help those in need during the winter months.  
 
Saturday December 9th, 2017 Major Kester Trim a member of The Rotary Club of Etobicoke presents a cheque for $1,000 to Malini Sattan of the SHAKTI Association, which stands for Sharing Hope and Kindness through Involvement. The Rotary Club of Etobicoke's grant supports the SHAKTI Associations Holiday Jamboree for neighbourhood children to be held December 17th at the Legion Hall on Irwin Street in North Etobicoke.
 
On November 16, The Mimico Cruising Club was host to the second annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fundraising Celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. The evening included a delicious buffet, live music, and a raffle with dozens of fabulous prizes! Some of the sponsors for the evening included DUCA, Wise Riddell Financial Group, Cobs Bakery, Active Green + Ross, La Veranda Osteria, Simply Chic, Gabby's Grill + Taps, and many more. In addition, they celebrated the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine from France that is making quite a splash worldwide! All funds raised will go to support the victims of the devastating storms that are rampaging through the Caribbean. Everyone came out to support a great cause while enjoying the Primeur Vin of the Season!
 
 
 
Darlene Swinton, Community Campaign Manager,  forwarded a photo of our Rotary Etobicoke snowflake which recognizes our $2,500 donation in support of the renovation to St. Joe's Emergency Department.   Our snowflake is on display in the main entrance of St. Joe's.   

 

 
Lisa Neilson of Rexdale Community Health Centre receives 2 boxes of nutritional rice mix packed at our Kids Against Hunger Canada HANDS ON day at The Salvation Army Etobicoke Temple.  These 2 boxes will provide 432 meals in support of the Pre and Post Natal program. This group provides social and nutritional support to women and teens during pregnancy and in the first year of their child's growth and development.  Teamwork at it's finest to help in the community!
 
André presented Community Services Committee cheque for $1,000 to President Mike McGinnis, Vice President John Menary and Secretary Jolanta Galazka to support St. Vincent de Paul's Christmas Program.     Rotary Etobicoke also provided over 200 rice packets to go into St. Vincent de Paul's Christmas Hamper for their clients and to assist in their Christmas Dinner for singles alone at Christmas.    A donation of ladies clothing and bed linen was given to their Community Store.
 
Club Meetings
Aaron Goertzen, Senior Economist & VP BMO CM
Oct 24, 2018 12:15 PM
Aaron will discuss the economic landscape in Canada and consider prospects for the year ahead.
Rocco Rossi
Nov 21, 2018 12:00 PM
The outlook for small and medium sized businesses in Ontario.
TBA
Dec 05, 2018 12:00 PM
TBA
Jan 09, 2019 12:00 PM
 
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