2023-2024 Theme
November 2023
Club Meetings & Speakers
In Person Meetingh at Jakes on Main
Dec 04, 2023
Nominations for 2024-2-25
Zoom Meeting
Dec 11, 2023
Elections for 2024-2025
In Person Meeting at Jakes on Main
Dec 18, 2023
Board Meeting Format - Confirm Election to RI
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2023
Christmas & New Year Holidays
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2024
Christmas & New Year Holidays
Club Community & Social Events
About Rotary and Being Involved in Your Community
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Are you interested in being involved and volunteering in Markham? The Markham-Unionville Rotary Club welcomes you to visit one our friendly dinner meetings and consider becoming a part of the Rotary Club. We are a group of 20+ professional men and women who meet on a regular basis to see what we can do to make a difference in our community, and beyond.


Our Club assists many local charities, events, and organizations like The Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Unionville Home Society, Markham Museum. Markham Fall Fair, Evergreen Hospice, Markham-Stouffville Family Life Center, Milne Park Forest Restoration, Student Awards for the local High Schools, Walk For Life, Markham Santa Claus Parade, Markhaven Seniors Home, Markham Farmers' Market, The Unionville Jazz Festival and Student Exchange Programs. We are also involved in helping to eradicate Polio and numerous other charitable causes around the world.  We even have our very own Choir!

Markham Rotary Community Rotaract Club .   The Rotary Club of Markham  Sunrise and the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club are proud to announce that  the Rotaract Club of Markham received a Certificate of Organization on May 21, 2018. 

 Contact Info:       https://www.facebook.com/markhamrotaract/              RotaractMarkham@gmail.com

What’s Rotaract Club?  There are roughly 10904 Rotaract clubs 250792 Rotractors from 184 countries.  Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun while providing service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.

   Markham Rotary Community Interact Club

What is an Interact Club ?   Interact club brings together young people from the ages 12 – 18 to develop leadership skills, discover  the power of service to others above  self and at the same time have fun while implementing initiatives and projects.  There are more than 20372 Interact Clubs and 468556 Interactors from 159 countries as of April 2018.

How do I join?   If you live in Markham you can contact Markham Rotary Interact Community by email : markhaminteract@gmail.com or facebook page at www.facebook.com/markhaminteract or following them on twitter and instargram @markhaminteract. For other locations, please visit http://www.rotary7070.org/sitepage/interact-1 to find out other interact clubs within Greater Toronto Area. 

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Nov 29, 2022
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Markham-Unionville Rotary Club will joint the MDVA Remembrance Day Parade at 10:15 a.m. and participate in the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Markham's Veterans Square and Cenotaph at 10:45 a.m. Saturday November 11th, 2023.

Remembrance Day. 

The Public is invited to join us in the Upper Hall for a Service of Remembrance & we would ask that everyone arrive by 9:30 AM – Service will start promptly at 9:45 AM.

After the service, there will be a Parade up Washington St. to Centre St. & south on Main St. N. to the southeast corner of Hwy. 7 & 48, at the Markham Cenotaph.

The Remembrance Ceremony at the Markham Cenotaph will begin promptly at 10:45AM. The Master of Ceremony is Lloyd Robertson OC (retired CTV News Anchor).

 The Rotary Foundation  As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. To get ideas how the Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world, please Read more....... 




District  Governor John Burns and his District Conference Committee hosted  the 2023-2024 District  Conference at the Oshawa Marriott Courtyard over the prior weekend.  With about 200 respectfully distanced Rotarians, Exchange Students, Partners and Guests  in attendance, and excellent conference speakers,  a vibrant program focused on the theme  Building a Better Tomorrow.  Be sure to go to the District 7070 Website Photo Albums and see just some of the photos from a great District Conference.
Hats off to DG John (Agent 7070) for an excellent conference.    All were invited by DGE Virginia O'Reilly to register for next year's conference, Be Irresistible, to be held at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston on October 25, 26 & 27, with 'early bird' pricing available. 

Tuesday October 24, 2023. Markham Rotarians raise the End Polio Now flag at Markham Town Centre and receive the Mayor's Proclamation on World Polio Day citing Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio.  



Donation of backpacks and school supplies to Aldergrove PS.
Thomas Chu - Treasurer/Youth Director, and Kenneth Chin - President, accompanied by Ron Lynn - YRDSB School Board Chair, Ed Law - YRDSB Trustee, Superintendent, and school administration staff.
Treasurer Thomas Chu and President Kenneth Chin presented this year's Mitch Mitchell Award to Unionville High School graduate Aidan Wong at the 2023 Markham Jazz Festival.  Aidan's primary instrument is the alto saxophone and he is enrolled in the concurrent music education program at Queen's University.  At UHS Aidan participated in the UHS Jazz Band, the Showtime pit-orchestra/ class and also formed his own Jazz quartet.
See p. 17 of the Festival  program for full description of award and this year's recipient: 
In President Gordon McInally's  July 2023 Message, he says that Rotary takes care of its members and those we serve, works to build lasting peace, and embeds belonging and inclusion in everything we do. That is why he is asking everyone in Rotary to Create Hope in the World as we prioritize projects to support mental health, continue our journey in diversity, equity, and inclusion and as we build peace within, we become more capable of bringing peace to the world..........

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Rotarians, partners and guests invited to Club's 2023-4 Changeover, 
6:00 p.m. Tuesday June 27th at Old Country Inn, Unionville, Ontario
rsvp to Amar Banerjee
On April 29th Markham-Unionville Rotary completed our 2nd annual Food Drive in support of the Markham Food Bank. Thank you to our partners - Amica Unionville, the York Regional Police and to our many student volunteers. We had terrific participation from Markham-Unionville residents and we had a great time collecting food for an excellent cause!    https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10623793-markham-unionville-rotary-club-holds-first-food-drive-for-local-food-bank/ 
The Markham-Unionville Rotary Club is proud to partner with Amica-Unionville and the Markham Food Bank on a food drive in this community.
The Markham Food Bank is a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members.  With the help of volunteers and donations, the Markham Food Bank offers food supplies and other basic necessities to community members. The Markham Food Bank is committed to creating a welcoming environment of fairness and equality for everyone that walks through our doors. 
During the pandemic the needs of the Markham Food Bank has increased. Food bank usage has increased by about 46% since the start of the pandemic. The current inflation caused by pandemic supply-chain issues and the war in Ukraine will make this even worse.

2023 Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup - April 22, 2023 

Our 3rd Annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Event (GLWC) was another great success as many clubs in District 7070 helped the clean ups on Saturday April 22 (Earth Day).  Thank you to Rotary District 7070 GLWC Chair Dan Coombes and Nilam Bedi of the District 7070 Environmental Action Committee. Be sure to see the New photo album of the District website ( https://rotary7070.org/PhotoAlbums/great-lakes-watershed-cleanup-april-2023 ) 

Markham-Unionville Rotarians, at Table 8, celebrating Chinese New Year at Rotary Club of York's Lunar New Year Friday January 27th

2022-Santa Claus Parade - Sat 26 November, 11am

Prior to the 11:00 Remembrance Day ceremonies, Rotarians and family gathered at the banner placed to honour the memory of late Rotarian Michael Cubitt.
President Sal and past President Neil represented the club and placed the Rotary memorial wreath at the Markham Cenotaph.


For those who missed the marching of the Nov 5th 2022 Remembrance Day parade, here is the link that we had live streamed.

The Markham District Veterans Association will be observing Remembrance Day on Saturday November 5th, 2022

http://mdva.ca/.    MDVA announcement copied below"

With deep regret, we report the death of Dr. Ed Meade on Thursday October 13th, 2022. A charter member of the Unionville Rotary Club,  Ed was club President in  1993-1994, received a Paul Harris Award and was a member and director of the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club for  several years.  Visitation 6:00-9:00 p.m., Sunday October 16th at  Dixon Garland, 166 Main Street, Markham; Funeral 10:30 a.m. Monday October 17th at St Patrick's, 5633 Hwy 7, Markham.  
On Monday July 4th club members and guests will congratulate President Anthony Abhumhen for navigating  club through  our 60th  year and emergence from Covid restrictions as the gavel is passed to 2022-23 President Sal Vella.
After two years of online changeover formalities, Rotary has renamed July from Changeover to Transition  Month.  Markham-Unionville's 2022 Transition will be a traditional partners night at The School.  Details to be sent to members and friends.

An evening of Celebration and Fellowship
Markham-Unionville Rotary Club
60th Anniversary 
Friday June 17th, 2022
Cocktails 5:30 p.m.  Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Willow Springs Winery
5572 Bethesda Road,
Stouffville,  Ontario L4A 7X3
Tickets $100, Includes 3 course Dinner and Wine
RSVP by Friday June 3rd to:  trcmu62@gmail.com
District 7070 - 1; Covid - 0
District  Governor Ron Dick and the Oshawa Rotary Club hosted  the 2021-2022 District  Conference at the Oshawa Marriott Courtyard this past weekend.  With about 200 respectfully distanced Rotarians, Partners and Guests  in attendance, and excellent conference speakers,  a vibrant program focused on the theme  Be a Driver for Change was delivered to the first D7070  in person audience in two years.
Incoming RI President Jennifer Jones  delivered closing remarks on a video and introduced her  Imagine Rotary Canada Tour.   Incoming DG Iosif Ciosa invited everyone to participate in Toronto area projects when she will be in Toronto, July 5th.  
Hats off to DG Ron Dick for an excellent conference.    All were invited by DGE Iosef to register for this year's conference, We Have A Dream, to be held at the Nottawasaga Inn in Aliston on October 14,15 & 16, with 'early bird' pricing available. 
Catherine Coleman Flowers reveals Americas dirty secret

Flowers discusses the inadequate management of wastewater in rural communities, bridging partisan divides, the ways those two topics intersect — and how Rotarians can be part of the solution

Water for Peace

The Supurunda Water Supply Project in Papua New Guinea has been a successful example of how Rotary is advancing peace and providing clean water and sanitation.

Club innovation: The expat experience

For the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai International, Thailand, virtual meetings were a lifeline.

Former soccer star leaves it all on the field to improve education in Tanzania

Here’s how joining a Rotary club helped enhance Ashley Holmer’s work

How we got there: WHO African region is certified free of wild poliovirus

In a challenging time, Rotary members and partners have shown drive in overcoming challenges.

Club Information
We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 6:00 PM
[Jakes on Main]
[202 Unionville Main Street]
Unionville, ON L3R 2G9
Meetings In-Person 1st & 3rd meeting and On-Line 2nd and 4th meeting each month.
Club President
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Youth Services
Photo Albums