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October 2019
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Jan Pearce
Oct 21, 2019
Evergreen Hospice
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Oct 28, 2019
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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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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
Harvey Meek, Chair of Car Raffle Committee, announced the October launch of car raffle ticket sales and the success of the club's booth (actually the BIA booth) at  Saturday's Markham Farmers Market.   The club ran successful car raffles in the past and this raffle is for a 2020 Ford Escape .   Thiva has the website up and running at:  markhamcarraffle.ca

Toronto, ON (September 8, 2019) – Over 200 members of Rotary clubs in District 7070 (South Central Ontario, Canada) and their families joined together today in the annual Rotary District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This year’s Walk was held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 8, at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus and in Colonel Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke......

The Foundation Walk started 27 years ago to raise money for The Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that helps fund humanitarian initiatives.

“The Foundation offers two types of grants,” explained Michael Bell. “The district grant funds small-scale, short term activities that address needs in local communities, while the global grants support large international activities like the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.”


ROTARY CLUB AWARD 2019 Markham Jazz Festival

The Mitch Mitchell Award is presented to an up-and-coming young jazz performer by the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club at each year's Markham Jazz Festival A Festival co-founder and Past President of the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club, Mitch was an accomplished musician and major Jazz fan This year, the memorial plaque and cash go to Alexander Mak. Alex is a string bass major in the Arts Unionville program at Unionville High School. This classically based program has allowed Alex to explore both traditional and contemporary music as well as develop ing his true love, guitar. He has been an active member of many ensembles at UHS and has organized jazz combos for several years, playing the drums. Alex has become an incredible advocate for music of all genres. He is pursuing his interest in jazz and contemporary music by attending the Berkley School of Music in Boston. Congratulation Alex! 
We're confident you will continue to grow as a performer and an advocate!

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.
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.
6 humanitarians honored for their work with refugees

6 humanitarians honored for their work with refugeesSix humanitarians who are members of the family of Rotary are being honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders during the 2019 

The plus in PolioPlus

We’re doing so much more than eradicating polio.

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive

Nigeria reaches crucial polio milestone

Nigeria reaches crucial polio

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International

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