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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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June is Rotary Fellowships Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Rotary Fellowships in the month of June 2021, or anytime of the year for that matter?   Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members, spouses, and Rotaractors who: Share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions,  Further their vocational development with others in the same profession or field and enhance their Rotary experience by exploring new opportunities and making connections around the world. 

Moving to Step 1

Ontario will be moving to Step 1 of the roadmap on June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m 


GTHA Mayors and Chairs committed to following the province's safe and cautious Roadmap to Reopen  (May 25, 2021)


The three steps of the Roadmap, which will be applied provincially, are the following :

Step One

Step One ........ the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

Step One will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not limited to :

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table;
  • See full list  below

Step Two

Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days.........Step Two will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not limited to :

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • See full list below

Step Three

Ontario will remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. ........Step Three will permit the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place, including but not limited to :

  • Outdoor gatherings with larger capacity limits;
  • Indoor gatherings with larger capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Indoor dining with capacity limits;
  • See full list below
Provincewide State of Emergency to remain in effect
Ontario extends Stay-at-Home Order to June 2 
Provincewide State of Emergency to remain in effect to further reduce transmission of COVID-19 variants

MARKHAM, ON – May 13, 2021 – Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order and third provincial State of Emergency will be extended to June 2 while vaccination efforts are expanded. Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures currently in place remain unchanged and all measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only) will continue to apply. The Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework (colour-coded zones) remains paused.  

No gatherings are permitted indoors or outdoors. Everyone is required to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.   
Ontario’s case numbers have gradually declined as vaccinations have increased. However, the threat of COVID-19 variants to the public and to the province’s healthcare system remains high, and more time is required before transmissions in the third wave can be controlled and the Stay-at-Home Order can be safely lifted. The variants are more infectious and result in a higher risk of death and hospitalization, including in younger populations.  
The City of Markham’s COVID-19 affected services are as follows: 
  • Outdoor, in-person recreation programs remain cancelled  
  • Library, recreation and fitness programs continue to be offered virtually  
  • City-owned community centres, arenas, pools, fitness centres, the Markham Museum and the Varley Art Gallery will remain closed 
  • The Flato Markham Theatre is streaming select virtual performances
  • The Varley Art Gallery continues to offer virtual school programs and will offer online exhibitions and related programs  
  • Markham Public Library will continue to offer select online services    
  • Markham Public Library curbside pick-up of holds and returns will be available at Markham Village, Thornhill Village and Unionville locations  
  • The City continues to provide critical services to residents and businesses virtually and in-person (services requiring in-person assistance require an appointment)  
  • Markham Recycling Depots will remain open  
  • All park facility washrooms remain closed  
  • All outdoor recreational amenities are closed  
Club Members invited to support Markham Sunrise Rotary location for the District 7070 Bottle Drive, at Longo's in Box Grove.

Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive - September 26, 2020

 Posted by Mark Chipman, District 7070 Governor 2020-21

Are you ready for some fun and community engagement? Join clubs across the District as we hold a Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26. This will be an opportunity to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke, right through Toronto and east to Picton and Belleville and from downtown Toronto north to Alliston and Newmarket. Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event; the District will help promote on social media.  Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. Let’s make this happen!!!! 

Join (ON-LINE) with club members and guests as we congratulate President Sharda Still for navigating  club through perhaps the most memorable year in recent history and pass the gavel to President-elect Thiva Kulasingam as club prepares for a post pandemic  future. 
Please watch your email for WebEx invitation from Sal Vella, same procedure as with weekly meetings. 

March 23, 2020 -  COVID-19 Update from District 7070

March 23, 2020

Dear District Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,

The COVID-19 situation in Canada is evolving on a daily basis and even changing by the hour. The Federal and Provincial Governments, and medical advisors are asking all Canadians to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus. At this critical time, we need to practice the necessary hand hygiene practises, social distancing, and self-isolation if you have returned from travelling outside Canada.
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Thank you for keeping me apprised of your Clubs’ response to COVID-19 with respect to meetings and events. Many Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have cancelled their regular meetings and events for the foreseeable future. We strongly encourage clubs to suspend all in-person meetings and events until further notice.   [emphasis added]

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Beth Selby,   District 7070 Governor 2019-20

See Read More  for District Governor's full message and RI Notice of Cancellation of 2020 RI Convention in Hawaii

This year's raffle is for a 2020 Ford Escape and will be held in August 2020, so please CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!

Due to the current covid-19 pandemic we have been unable to continue with our Rotary raffle. We are in a holding pattern until we have authorization from the AGCO and the City of Markham to terminate our license. All funds will on termination be paid to the purchasers of the tickets to date.
To celebrate a busy month - District Conference - Car Raffle Kick-Off - Santa Claus Parade - members and guests Rocked In the holiday season at our annual Christmas Party, held on Saturday November 30th at Crystal Fountain with rock'in  entertainment by The Tone Dogs.  The club collected donations of (new) socks and underwear for 360 Kids https://www.360kids.ca/ which was named one of Canada's best charities, and top 10 in class,  by MacLeans magazine  .
Markham's 47th annual Markham Santa Claus Parade, organized by the Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise and Markham-Unionville Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Markham, was  held on Nov. 23 on Markham's Main Street. This Holiday Season tradition  brings together our community for a joyful celebration.  We had over 80 floats, including marching bands, supported by local businesses and many civic and cultural groups. 
8 January 2020 Breaking News:  

Markham-Unionville Rotary Club's  entry in the Markham Santa Claus Parade was selected as First Place Non-Commercial.

This year’s award ceremony will be on January 28, 2020 at 1pm, at the Markham Civic Centre Council Chambers.

A certificate presentation will be made by Mayor and Honorary Rotarian Frank Scarpitti.

Link to Markham Sunrise Rotary coverage of 2019 Markham Santa Claus Parade .  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1136
Link to YouTube coverage ( 5:20 for club float) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULsYkYYEWQU
November is Foundation Month
Following a recap of DG Beth Selby's  District Newsletter review of the role of the Rotary Foundation, George  noted that, for the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.   President Sharda attended district  leadership  meeting Saturday and said focus was on Foundation, and District's "A Mil for Bill" campaign.https://www.rotary7070.org/Stories/a-mill-for-bill-campaign-to-raise-1-million-for-the-rotary-foundation-where-are-we-now
November 9th 2019:   Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

With the theme Connecting for Good, this year’s event will focus on community-based solutions to the global refugee crisis. We’ll also honor six members of the Rotary family as Rotary People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders and see how their inspiring work has addressed the crisis.


On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Rotary club members participated  in Markham's Remembrance Day Parade from  Veterans Hall to the  Markham Cenotaph, where President Sharda Still and Past President Neil Thomas placed a Rotary wreath in the 11:00 Service at the Cenotaph.  The  Markham Remembrance Day Parade and Service is organized each year by the Markham District Veterans Association and is held at the revitalized Veterans Square and Cenotaph in historic Markham Village, to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada's freedom.



Rotary Muskoka Style Thank You from our District Governor


Thanks to everyone who attended the 2019 District Conference!  Almost 350 Interacters, Rotaracters, Rotarians, and friends enjoyed a spectacular autumn weekend at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort & Spa. 

The extraordinary plenary session speakers including Amanda Lindhout, The Military Generals, and Erin Davis were inspiring, engaging and transforming.  Our fantastic breakout session presenters highlighted the topics of Human Trafficking, the Global Water Shortage and the Role of Rotary, Literacy Initiatives, Poverty Reduction and S.T.E.M., and Saving the Lives of Indigenous Mothers and Children in Guatemala.  We learned more about our Inbound Youth Exchange Students from their one minute videos and the Fireside Chat on Saturday night.......


Top 5 Reasons to Eradicate Polio
Join us on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Markham Civic Center when The END POLIO NOW flag will be raised.
October 24th is proclaimed World Polio day to raise awareness of polio, its impact on our lives and efforts to eradicate this disease as we fulfill our promise to the children of the world.
Amar Banerjee outlined a project developed by Rotarians and others in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, to protect a lesser known endangered species - the sea turtle - from poachers.  Coincidentally, the October Rotarian featured a story about "Piggy Bank", a sea turtle that was, incredibly, fed coins for "good luck" , but not for her.  https://www.rotary.org/en/viewpoints-small-change
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.

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[Old Country Inn]
[198 Main Street]
Unionville, ON L3R 2G9
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