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Welcome to Our Club! celebrating 67th anniversary

Richmond Hill


We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, ON  L4B 1B2
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Upcoming Event
12 Years of dedication 
Please help us to fight cancer / Terry Fox Run
Event Details
Date: Sept 16, 2018
Registration: 7:30 AM
Start: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Distance: 5 km
Location: Mill Pond Park 

Terry Fox Run Info

  • Bicycle, Rollerblade, Wheelchair and Stroller accessible
  • Dog friendly but please have your dogs on a leash.
  • Main Intersection: Corner of Trench Street and Mill Street
  • Accessible by VIVA and York Transit. 
  • Children activities will be provided.
  • Parking is available on site. 
  • View the Route Map
Club Address
 10620 Yonge St., 
PO Box 30568
Richmond Hill
 ON L4C 3C9 
Home Page Stories
We are very happy to announce the newest member of Rotary to our club here in Richmond Hill: Sergiu Hirtescu.  Congratulations Sergiu!
Sergiu is a Financial Advisor at Investors Group.
Below is a photo from the induction ceremony, with Club President Richard Housen, Sergiu, and Membership Chair David Obadia.
At our most recent club meeting, we were honoured to have Mary Lou Harrison, Rotary District 7070 Governor come speak to us.  She spoke about the Rotary International theme for 2018, Be the Inspiration.  The theme, created by Rotary International President Barry Rassin, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. To quote Barry, “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Mary Lou, thank you for coming to inspire us!
Below, left to right, is a photo from our meeting of Rotarians Noel, Graham and Noeline, visiting Rotaractors Saanmugi and Mamta, District Governor Mary Lou, Club President Richard, and our Assistant District Governor Andy Tang.
The Richmond Hill Rotary Club was awarded "Best Themed Non-Commercial Float" at the 2018 Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade.  But the real work was done by the Richmond Hill Rotaract Club!  They conceived, created, and manned the float.  Congratulations to them for a superb effort!
Rotaract, a Rotary-affiliated organization, is an organization of young adults (ages 16 to 30) who help to serve our local community.  We are proud of them all.
Are you looking for a way to find out how to give back to the community?
Are you interested in meeting and working with like minded professionals?
Want to meet some Rotarians?
Come to the Richmond Hill Rotary Satellite Club's Open House: Wednesday, November 21, 6 to 9pm at the King Henry's Arms Pub, 9301 Yonge Street (the No Frills mall at 16th Avenue).  There is no cost, drinks or food may be purchased if desired.
Meet Rotarians and find out what they are like.  Everyone is welcome!
We had some very special visitors at our last club meeting: representatives from Sunshine Foundation and L'Arche Canada.
Gary E Sim, President & CEO of L’Arche Canada Foundation was one of our speakers.  L’Arche helps people with intellectual disabilities find a meaningful life.  Many parents of children with intellectual disabilities do everything that they can to support their children throughout their lives.  But what happens to their children when they are gone? In L’Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities live, work, learn, and grow together.  Learn more at
Ralph Marascio and Tammy O’Sullivan from Sunshine Foundation also spoke to us about Sunshine Dreams for Kids. The Sunshine Foundation of Canada makes dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.  Sunshine Dream Programs are once-in-a-lifetime experiences for kids that ignite a sense of newfound independence, build confidence, and create joyful memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. By having their dreams come true, kids are inspired to keep dreaming, are willing to try new things, and have a more positive outlook on life.  Learn more at
Below is a photo of Tammy, Nash, Ralph and Gary.
Rotarian Dr. Emmanual Abara has recently been travelling to the Pacific Rim area.  He returned and presented Rotary Club President Elect Nash Azam with a banner from the Gambiar Rotary Club, in Garbiar, South West Australia.
Below is a photo of Dr. Emmanuel presenting to Nash.
Rotary International, together with the local Rotary clubs around the world, recognize October 24th as World Polio Day. This day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines for prevention of polio. Rotary is committed to immunizing every child until transmissions stops and the world is free from polio. With your support, we can immunize every child. To learn more, contact the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.  To donate, go to
By Noeline Paul, Chair of Community Services at the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
The Rotary Wine and Cheese Festival 2018 was a great success!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support Rotary.  We enjoyed some excellent wines, phenomenal cheese, beautiful music and lots of prizes!  Great fun was had by all...
Special thank you to our sponsors:
Glass Sponsor, Oak Ridges Retirement Residence,
Cheese Sponsor, Grande Cheese,
Table Sponsor, Dr. C.P. Giri, Dentist,
Table Sponsor, Richard Housen, Lawyer,
Table Sponsor, Marshall Funeral Homes,
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is thrilled to announce our first ever Wine & Cheese Festival 2018! Come join us for an enchanting evening of wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and more! A string quartet from the Richmond Hill Symphony Orchestra will be play.  In support of local community and Seniors’ Projects.
The festival will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 6pm at the beautiful Oakview Terrace Reception Centre, 13256 Leslie Street, in Richmond Hill.
Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at    Ages 19+.
Drinking and driving is extremely unsafe.  Please arrange for someone in your group to be a designated driver, or have someone pick you up at the conclusion of the event.
PFA CANADA inducted 28 new Fellows at a grand ceremony which was held Aug 24th 2018, spectacular PEI. Honorary Fellowship is bestowed upon an individual who has made a valuable contribution to the advancement of the ART and Science of Dentistry.
Our Own Dr. CP Giri was inducted as Fellow PFA Canada.


Club President Richard Housen recently paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Kingston, Jamaica at the Pegasus Hotel.  On the photo below, left to right, Richard, Richard's wife Dorset, Kingston Club President Linval Freeman, and Richard's son Richie.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is now live on Instagram!  Please follow us @Richmond_Hill_Rotary.  Currently, we have photos of our upcoming Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, August 11.  Check them out at #RHBeer2018
On Saturday, August 11th, The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be holding their sixth annual Craft Beer Tasting Festival to raise funds for charities supported by Rotary. 
The event will be held at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, so there is VIVA bus service along for those that consume a few drinks.  Entry ticket prices are $20.  But if you buy in advance, 5 beer tickets are included in the price.  Details are available on-line at  Tickets can be purchased at
Ten local Ontario Craft Beer Brewers will each bring a few different types of beer to sample.  A 4 oz sample is $1.  So you may end up trying a lager, or an ale, or a stout, bitter, pilsner, porter, bock and lemon beer-cooler too!  For those that do not drink beer, there will be cider and wine available.
There will be live music from bands.
Food will also be available from area restaurants King Henry’s Arms and Tastes of the Island.
Come enjoy a great day of drink, food and music!  Come support a worthy cause!
Golf Tournament on Monday, May 28th at the Richmond Hill Golf Club.  Please join us in raising funds for humanitarian causes in our community!  To reserve, please contact Richard Housen at (905) 884-3800 or email:
The Ontario Provincial Elections are only three weeks away...Thursday, June 7th.  Who should you vote for?  Well, I am not allowed to state my opinion here.
How about you listen to the candidates, ask them questions, and choose the best candidate yourself?
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill be one of the sponsors for two debates for candidates representing Richmond Hill's two ridings:
Aurora - Oak Ridges - Richmond Hill Riding
Oak Ridges Community Centre & Pool
Wednesday, May 16, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Oak Ridges Community Centre & Pool, 12895 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2
Richmond Hill Riding
Langstaff Community Centre
Thursday, May 24, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4P9
Hope to see you there!
On May 10th, hundreds of elementary and high school students from Richmond Hill participated in the 10th annual Richmond Hill Rotary Tree Planting in the Oak Ridges Moraine Park.  They came to reforest the spectacular Oak Ridges Moraine Park and Conservation Reserve in North Richmond Hill. The planting site this year is across Old Colony Road from Bond Lake Public School, west of Bayview.
High school students arrived for "planting leader" training in the morning. The main groups of 350 Grade 5/6 students arrived for lunch and a spectacular Raptor Show.   Afterwards, they planted 800 native tree and shrub seedlings. Students participated from Bond Lake Public School, Oak Ridges Public School, As-Sadiq Islamic School, Bayview Secondary School.
The program was funded by Richmond Hill Rotary, Toronto Dominion Bank Friends of the Environment Foundation, Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society and supported by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Town of Richmond Hill
The program has reforested nearly 20 acres with native species in its 9 years of operation. As important is introducing thousands of high school and public school students of all York Region schools to active support of nature and to this unique Park in north Richmond Hill which has grown to nearly 5 square kilometers, which include the corridor park, Jefferson Forest and other lands managed by TRCA. Richmond Hillers and York Region residents need to discover this wonderful natural area by foot or bike. The Planting Program encourages that discovery.
Special thank you to Michael White, who coordinated the project.
At our meeting this evening, we were honoured with three guests.
Firstly the incoming district governor for District 7070, Mary Lou Harrison.   Mary Lou updated us on many issues, including the upcoming Rotary International Conference in Toronto this June.
We also had Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning and Programs, and MIckey Palha, Associate Director, Individual Giving for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection come to visit us.  They spoke both about the gallery, and the excellent outreach programs that they have to introduce Ontario school children to art in general, and the Group  of Seven in particular.  Keep up the great work McMichael!
Below is a photo of Anna Stanisz, Club President Richard Housen, Mickey Palha, Mary Lou Harrison, and Club Youth Services Director Joanne Modugno.
April 28 was the highlight of Richmond Hill's social calendar: the Richmond Hill Rotary Gala 2018!  500 people came out to support our main beneficiary, The York Centre for Children, Youth and Family and other charities supported by Rotary.  Everyone had a super time!
Thank you to everyone who came out!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to SmugMug, who took the photos below!  The complete set of photos can be viewed at
The Richmond Hill Liberal published a great article entitled "Raising money in Richmond Hill for childen's mental health".  In particular, the article discusses our upcoming Gala tomorrow, and the main beneficiary, the York Centre for Children, Youth and Families, . Check out the article at
Thank you to Rotarian Nash Azam for writing the article!
Below is photo of Dean Rokos, executive director for The York Centre with Richard Housen, president of Richmond Hill Rotary.  Photo by Mike Barrett of Metroland.
Rotarians from the Richmond Hill Club will celebrate Earth Day will be planting trees on April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre & Veterans Care Facility, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.  We will be joining other Rotarians from the District 7070.  
Rotary International President Ian Riseley's has challenged Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees this year, one for each Rotarian.  Let's all help the earth, and plant trees!
Sylvia Francis of TET, Tamil Entertainment Television, interviewed Rotarians Rajasri (Raj) Sriskandarajah and Peter Szoke.  Discussed were issues such as:
  • What is Rotary?
  • Who can and should join Rotary?
  • What sort of benefit projects is Rotary involved with?
  • Our upcoming fundraising Gala at Le Parc on Saturday, April 28 in support of Children's Mental Health Programs
Please watch on Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm on TET, Rogers ch.663 or Bell Fibe ch.842
On March 26, Richmond Hill Rotary inducted five new members into our new satellite club.  Left to right, Club President Richard Housen, Marj Andre, Neil Appalsamy, Norma McCullough,  Bill McCullough, Yaser Barghi and Satellite Club Leader David Obadia.  They join the 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries worldwide.
Congratulations and welcome to our new members!
We were honoured to have Tolga Nizam, president of one of the Rotary Clubs in Istanbul, Turkey come visit us today.  Rotarians from around the world drop in at our meetings when they are in town.  Likewise, many of our members visit other Rotary Clubs while out of town, or out of country. 
Below is a photo of our club president, Richard Housen with Tolga.
Mental disorders account for a large proportion of the disease burden in young people in all societies. Most mental disorders begin during youth (12–24 years of age), although they are often first detected later in life. Poor mental health is strongly related to other health and development concerns in young people, notably lower educational achievements, substance abuse, violence, and poor reproductive and sexual health. The effectiveness of some interventions for some mental disorders in this age-group have been established, although more research is urgently needed to improve the range of affordable and feasible interventions, since most mental-health needs in young people are unmet, even in high-income countries. Key challenges to addressing mental-health needs include the shortage of mental-health professionals, the low capacity and motivation of non-specialist health workers to provide quality mental-health services to young people, and the stigma associated with mental disorder. Addressing young people's mental-health needs is crucial if they are to fulfil their potential and contribute fully to the development of their communities.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is organizing a fund raising Rotary Charity Gala evening on April 28th, 2018 at Le Park Banquet Hall.  Tickets are $100 each include a full three-course meal, live music from the Borealis Band and the Junior Band, door prizes, silent auction and lots of fun!
The largest portion of the proceeds of the event will be in support of The York Centre for children, youth and families.  A portion of the funding will also go to other humanitarian needs.
The York Centre provides a range of mental health services for children, youth and families who live in the Region of York. Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team based upon a holistic approach to social, emotional, academic and familial needs.
For more information contact Dr. CP Giri at 416-919-9911
During the Feb 12th meeting, two presentations were made by Nash
1. Elections process and update
Members were reminded and updated with the Schedule of Elections process for the selection of 2018-19 Board and Office bearers
Introduction of complete slate with positions, for which the elections will be held on March 19th.
Qualification for President Elect and Directors and explanation of Nomination form and procedures.
Nomination forms and various positions description will be sent to the membership this week, All members are encourage
to come forward and participate in the future leadership role.
2. Rotary Golf Tournament
  • Fellow ship event, our own tournament, target to get 40 golfers with 10 - 4sum
  • Spousal Night – After game and Dinner or some wants to join earlier
  • Prizes – 3 Golf (donations)
  • Door Prizes – 5 (donations)
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50
  • Small Raffle items ($100, $500, or $1000) donations (smart TV etc.)
  • This tournament would be in lieu of a meeting
  • Sponsorship
Banner, pull up signs or any other signs provided by Sponsor
Hole Sponsor signs – Target 18 sponsors out of Club members
   ($120 each plus cost)
A committee will be formed, as it is decided by the club during meeting to have the tournament with RH, and selection is done for Richmond Hill Golf Club, pricing and menu were also shared with the membership. Stay tune with the update.
Rotary Golf Tournament , Monday May 28th 2018 - Tee Off 12:30 PM
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
Selective Members joined York Club to celebrate Chinese New Year,
everyone had a Great Time, Fellowship and Fun
without Christa, Zahra, Linda and Elaine together with Sam and Dave,
we could not stop our laughter
 Xīn  nián  kuài  lè!
Congratulation to Dumo Saziba, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and of District 7070.
We are delighted to have Dumo join us in #Service Above Self as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. He is an aspiring entrepreneur with classification of "Legal Business Consultant"
Dumo practicing as lawyer, lives in Richmond Hill, great to meet with his wife Maureen and two children at the induction ceremony. Welcome to Rotary International family Dumo!
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