2021-2022 Theme
September 2022
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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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. 
On April 16th Markham-Unionville Rotary completed our first Food Drive in support of the Markham Food Bank. Thank you to our partners - CadK Inc., the York Regional Police and to our many volunteers. We had terrific participation from Markham 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 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. At the Markham Food Bank, we strive to create a welcoming environment of fairness and equality for everyone who walks through our doors. 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 25% 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.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we have been unable to continue with our Rotary car raffle. Pursuant to the cancellation plan filed with the City of Markham,  as Licensor of raffle M716910, we are in the process of confirming the name and mailing address  for refund by cheque of the $20  face value of each ticket.   Ticket holders are being asked to send confirmation by email to markhamcarraffle@gmail.com or by mail to Markham-Unionville Rotary Club, PO Box 54079, RPO Galsworthy/Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3P 7Y4. 
 April 2022 UPDATE:  refund cheques have now been mailed to confirmed ticket holders.     Holders of tickets  71, 73, 82, 169, 173, 176,  321, 603, 655 & 760 requested to confirm correct name and address by  email to markhamcarraffle@gmail.com or by mail to Markham-Unionville Rotary Club, PO Box 54079, RPO Galsworthy/Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3P 7Y4. 
Rotarians and Friends
In this most joyous of seasons, I want to extend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Markham-Unionville Rotarians and their families. Also, in this season of reflection and looking forward I thought it would be a good opportunity to review where we’ve been and where we’re going.
Despite Covid, this past year, the Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville has grown and thrived. We met the challenges of this time in our history and figured out ways to achieve our goals while meeting virtually. 
2021 saw the continuation of Markham-Unionville – Saturdays walk in the woods, we provided school supplies to 3 schools in Markham (Little Rouge, Coppard Glen, and St. Kateri) to be distributed to deserving students by respective schools and just recently we were able to make a $1000 donation to help Markham Food Bank in its food drive program. We distributed over 300 bottles of water in our community outreach initiative (Framer’s market in Markham and Unionville) and was able to interact with members of the community to spread the gospel of Rotary and reintroduce who we are and what we stand for and because of this initiative, we have 1 confirmed and 1 prospective member.
Internationally, we donated 1030 reading glasses to a community in Nigeria, in partnership with a resident Rotary club (Rotary Club of Ogba, Benin City) for testing and distribution to those in need. We raised $2200 in wine fundraising to support the various projects we have undertaken.
I would be remised if I didn’t mention the passing to glory of Wally Buczkowski, who served the club for decades in various capacities, and most importantly, he introduced me to the club and was my sponsor. Our pray is, God will give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
As we look forward to the year ahead and the next big initiative, the 60th-anniversary celebration, I want to thank each and every one of you for the support you have given the board and to implore you to remain steadfast in our drive to ensure, the Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville is present and relevant in the city of Markham.
Here’s to another great year!
President Anthony Abhumhen
President Anthony Abhumhen presented a $1,000 cheque to the Markham Food Bank today, great to see our club contributing to the wellness of our community.
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Rotary club members participated  in Markham's Remembrance Day Ceremonies.  President Anthony Abhumhen and Past President Neil Thomas placed the Rotary wreath at the 11:00 MDVA Service at the Cenotaph.  The  Markham Remembrance Day 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.



Sunday October 24th is World Polio Day.  
Link to joint statement by WHO-UNICEF-ROTARY:

Sunday October 24th, 2021 is United Nations Day. "Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world.

"Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries. Rotary is the world's largest Non-Government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid."

In 1942, Rotary clubs from 21 nations organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. That event was a precursor to UNESCO. In 1945, 49 Rotarians went to San Francisco to help draft the UN Charter. Rotary and the UN have been close partners ever since, a relationship that’s apparent through PolioPlus and work with UN agencies. " 

From the history of Rotary and the United Nations, https://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations

MARKHAM, ON – July 13, 2021 – As of Friday, July 16 at 12:01 AM, the Province of Ontario will enter Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen. The decision to move to Step Three of the reopening plan is based on the continual improvement to public health and health care indicators, province wide vaccination rates and consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions

  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people

  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing

  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect

  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities can open and are subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space

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 City of Markham to terminate our license. All funds will on termination be paid to the purchasers of the tickets to date.  January 7, 2022 :  City of Markham requested plan to issue refunds.   
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[198 Main Street]
Unionville, ON L3R 2G9
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