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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!

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With deep regret we report the death of Arch Evans on Monday August 5th, in Nova Scotia.  A long time Rotarian and recipient of two Paul Harris Awards, he was a member and past president (1981-2) of the Markham Rotary Club and has been a member of the Port Perry Rotary Club since 2010.  http://smithsfuneralhome.com/19042.htm
Club members supported Rotary Rib Fest events in Etobicoke and Markham over the last two weekends - weather was favourable and events successful fundraisers for local causes.  Markham Sunrise Rotary RibFest was in support of Markham Stouffville Hospital's Dr. Bear Fund, which helps children prepare for their hospital experience..
Annual Student Awards Night - presentation of high school leadership awards to 2019 Markham area high school graduates.
Taking a break as the Markham Canada Day Parade passed the Rotary Forest in Markham"s Milne Park.

   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. 

The club's annual joint Chinese New Year celebration was held with Rotary Club of York on Friday February 11th at the Golden Abalone Restaurant in Richmond Hill.  Attended by more than 200 Rotarians, partners and friends of Rotary, the Year of the Pig kicked of with twin dragons and prizes for all.  
At our regular meeting on January 21st. Ms. Jan Pearce, Executive ,Director Evergreen Hospice, updated the club on the operations and goals of Evergreen Hospice and also received a modest cheque, as named beneficiary of the recent 50:50 Raffle held at Markham Fair.  Markham Rotary has supported Evergreen (formerly Hospice Markham Stouffville), since it was founded more than 20 years ago.
Club President Kenneth Chin, President Elect Sharda Still and Community Service Director George George at 360 Kids delivering much needed supplies for youth at risk in time for Christmas 2018.
Fifty Rotarians, partners and guests attended the club's annual Christmas Party - this year at out new meeting venue, Old Country Inn, in Unionville.
The Rotary Clubs of Markham  presented the annual Main Street Santa Claus Parade.  Nearly 100 floats, bands and groups braved the inclement weather and  participated in this years parade, which marched north on Main Street from Highwy 7 to the Markham Museum at 16th Avenue.  

Markham District Veterans Association - Remembrance Day 2018

Markham-Unionville Rotary Club members joined 

over 300 guests gathered at Veterans Square and Cenotaph on Saturday to honour those

who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for Canada's freedom.


Club members and partners attended the 2018 District 7070 Conference in Picton, Ontario on weekend of October 26-28, 2018.

The City of Markham officials and staff alongside Rotarians from the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club, Markham Sunrise Rotary Club, Richmond Hill Rotary Club to commemorate World Polio Day 2018.  The END POLIO NOW flag was raised at the Markham Civic Centre by the Kenneth Chin and Markham's Deputy Mayor Jack Health.  We were also honoured to have Councillor Alan Ho in attendance.

On board the historic York Durham Heritage Rail train with our guests in two cars on a fun Halloween themed Fall event with food, music and merriment.
Continuing an over 50 year tradition, after winding up the legacy Food Booth last year, Markham-Unionville Rotary Club is again supporting the Markham Fair.  A 176 year tradition, Markham Fair is one of Canada's longest running agricultural events.  This year Rotary will run an electronic lottery, a newly licensed event by the AGCO.  
On Sunday September 30th, the winning number of the first Markham Unionville Rotary Club 50:50  draw  was drawn at the Markham Fair.  The winning number is A-2084175.  The winning amount is $5,880.  The winning ticket has not been presented to claim the prize.

Club members welcomed our 2018-2019 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Chile.  Enrolled in grade 11 at Markham District Secondary, she is one of 12  inbound students expected to be hosted by Rotary clubs in District 7070 this year.   Last year our club sponsored an outbound student to Taiwan as well as an inbound student from Germany.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by  Rotary clubs every year
Martkham-Unionville Rotary Club, as a Constituency Group under the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, a Citizenship and Immigration  (CIC) Sponsorship Agreement Holder, formed the Markham Rotary Refugee Response (MRRR) to sponsor a family under the CIC program for refugees processed by the UNHCR.  A family of five. assigned to MRRR under this one year program,  arrived July 18, 2017 and successfully completed their transition to life in Canada during the sponsorship year - children in school and loving it - father well on his way to resuming his career as a heavy equipment operator,  To mark the year, the family welcomed a new son in June and are living quite independently.  Our sponsorship agreement with the MCC(O) and CIC was formally concluded at the end of the sponsorship year.  Our thanks to members, friends and all who contributed to this worthwhile humanitarian project.
The City of Markham has designated Rotary Week in Markham, from June 22nd to June 28th to coincide with Rotary International Convention taking place in Toronto from June 23rd to June 27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Congratulations to Past President (PP) Neil Thomas on his year and President (2018-19) Kenneth Chin for his second term as President of the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club.
Indian real estate investor donates to The Rotary Foundation

Indian real estate investor donates $14.7 million to The Rotary

Teaching to save babies

Two Rotarian pediatricians – one in Ethiopia and the other in California – connected to save babies’ lives with the help of a vocational training

Go on journey with polio vaccinator in Uganda

Climb every mountainA Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of

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