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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 
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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!
Professor Darryl Reed with Jason & Nash
Ethics in Business and 4-way Test
Presentation by professor Darryl Reed - York University
The outline of the presentation were:
  • Initial Questions about the Four-Way Test
  • The Field of Business Ethics
    • 4 Tasks of Business Ethics
    • Theoretical Approaches to Business Ethics
    • The Scope of Business Ethics
    • The Problematic of Business Ethics
      Positive Analysis (How business functions)
      Social science disciplines
      levels of analysis (firm, industry, business system)
      Empirical and Theoretical analysis
      Normative Analysis (How business should run)
      Criteria from ethics and political theory
      Application of criteria to particular case
      • Different objects and at different levels
                     Strategic Analysis (How to change business)
                     bringing business practice in line with norms
                     professional fields (in the aid of justified norms)
  • Relating Business Ethics to the Four-Way Test
    • Important features of the 4-way test
      • recognizes different concerns/criteria
        • Fairness, goodness, relationships, etc.
  • Some challenges
    • need to be applied at different levels
      • easier at interpersonal, group levels
      • difficult at policy, organizational, societal levels
    • Questions require further reflection/discussion
      • What is fairness? What happens when criteria conflict? Who decides how to apply the questions?
50th Richmond Hill Winter Carnival
The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival is a weekend of affordable fun and entertainment organized by volunteers to celebrate the community of Richmond Hill in welcoming atmosphere.
Pancakes were served by Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
Thank you all for coming out and serving in true Rotary fashion.
Special thanks to the organizing committee lead by Ngozi and her demonstrating leadership as part of Rotary.
Job well done!!! Congratulations 
Ngozi Ojeh, Anita Buknell, Zahra Najirad, Heeseung, Tamanna C & Dorset Richard
Richard Housen, Glen Waugh, Paul Vyrostko, Gordon Vendyke, David Obadia, Peter Szoke
Dumo Siziba, Richard Jr & Rotaractors
We are proud of our members and their commitment in making the difference in our community.
Be a Vibrant Club - Presentation by Nash Azam
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
     Serving Our Community for over 65 years
  • Rotary International
  • Rotary Structure
  • The Rotary Foundation & Polio
  • 2018-19 Rotary Theme & Strategic Plan
  • Club Structure - Organization, committees, activities including Fund raising projects, International & Local Community support
  • How to engage and be a part of a vibrant club
  • Presentation will be on website, for future reference by Members and Chairs
Highway of Heroes
Tree Campaign
Join us in planting 2 million trees along the 401 Highway of Heroes, a tribute to the men and women who fought for Canada in our wars, and a living memorial to the 117,000 who died for freedom. A pledge to the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign has a threefold benefit: you will be honouring our military, cooling the environment and beautifying the most travelled highway in North America.

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, Jan 14th 2018, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarian/s and the community at large.

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”



We are very excited to announce the inaugural meeting of the Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.

The intention is that we meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 12 pm for lunch at Big City Gourmet Catering on 1550 16th Avenue Unit #1 in Richmond Hill.  This fantastic location has been secured by our wonderful member Suresh Natesan.  

The initial focus of this club will be community, but we would like to have a lively discussion as where we see needs in our community and how we plan on raising funds for those causes.  There is a great need for youth services along with healthcare that could be areas of focus for the club.  Our first meeting will be a meet and greet on the 17th of January at 12 pm. Also, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or two, just make sure that we know so as to ensure that we have enough food for all.

There will be plenty of opportunity to socialize and network at this club. 

We look forward to seeing you there, and to a successful launch of the Satellite Club of  Richmond Hill.

For any further details and costs, please do not hesitate to contact

David Obadia - Satellite Club Chair

Phone: 416-258-7911


Rotary Club of Richmond Hill donated Food Bags to our 360°kids
Making a gift to 360ºkids indicates your willingness to support the future of our youth. With your generous support, 360ºkids can continue to assist the most vulnerable in our communities to become safe and stable.
You can make a donation and have an impact on the lives of our Region’s youth immediately. 
Mr. Michael White with President Richard Housen
It all began after the Save the Oak Ridges moraine of the 1990's and 2000's, in 2006 the then government of Ontario set aside the Oak Ridges Moraine and first called ORM corridor park. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority took over the management of it.
 Rtn.Bill Harris (late) found this conservation area ten years ago and Rotary Club of Richmond Hill got working on this each spring ever since. This will soon become Richmond Hill Central Park as the one we have in New York USA. For the last 10 years Richmond Hill Rotary, have been sponsoring and managing the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation funding. This has meant the 1500 and more native tree and shrub seedlings the 500 kids plant each spring for which beside Rotary Club of Richmond Hill Financial support and Admin volunteers hours, TD FEFF adds from $10,000 to $15,000 each year. The conservation authority and the Town of Richmond Hill's Urban Forestry department put another $3 to $5,000 worth of site preparation and organizing each year, including bringing the Canadian Raptor Conservancy Bird show. Each year project is worth from $18,000 to $25,000. Soon we would like to work with Michael White, who has been instrumental and coordinating this project past 10 years with all entities and we would like to give a name to the more than 20 Acres of new woods we have planted in the north east corner of the Reserve in these 10 years. We believe these woods could be the Bill and Shelagh Harris woods and a Rotary RH sign also be installed, after all the Rotary work that has gone in them.
President Richard on behalf of Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, thanking Sri kopo of Sheraton for his contribution and dedicated service to our club through out the year and for many years. We are honoured to have conduct our weekly meetings and other salient events at Sheraton Parkway Hotel RH, and we are equally thankful to the Management and Chef staff for their efficient and cordial services to Rotary. We wish every one very warm season greetings and happy new year.
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill celebrated 90th Birthday of Rtn. Cam Smith at well attended spousal Night meeting on Dec 4th 2017
Jim Louttit  Yvonne  Smith  Cam Smith  Richard Housen
President Richard Housen congratulated Cam on his 90th Birthday, He welcome Yvonne and announced on behalf of the club's one of the Annual Scholarships will be named after Cam and Yvonne.
Graham shared about Cam’s achievements with his career and with Rotary and his and Yvonne contribution, specially for Rotary bridge donation and organizing the Richmond Hill High School students Rotary Scholarship for years. Graham noted that Cam exemplifies the rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’ as Cam was deeply involved in a lot of projects in and out of the Rotary.
Joanne Modungo - Youth Director
Presenting and updating the club on HOC event
The hospitality event is on June 25, 2018 hosted by Richmond Hill and Woodbridge Clubs
Rotarians are attending from all over the world
Maximum attendance room capped at 200 members
All attendees need to register to attend (Richmond Club need to register by telling Joanne)
Event will be held at Art Gallery in Kleinburg
There is no registration cost to members but guests will be charged $25
Suresh of Big City will be catering the food at the event
Rotoractors will be showcasing their projects
$3,000 has been allocated toward the event
Joanne asked that our members come out to show their support
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