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Richmond Hill

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, ON  L4B 1B2
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 10620 Yonge St., 
PO Box 30568
Richmond Hill
 ON L4C 3C9 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Richmond Hill organized Terry Fox Run @ Mill Pond Park was a big success again on last Sunday.  Lots of fun.  Lots of VIPs. (MPP, MP, Mayor and both Deputy Mayors with nearly all the Councilors), 315 participants, 40 volunteers.  6 York Region Police Officers  & St John Amb. Money raised around $15,000 with some more still coming in.
 
Below is a photo of Mayor David Barrow and Regional Coucillor Vito Spatafora at the event.
 
Welcome to Alex Ghani, Accountant!  Alex has been inducted as a member of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club.  Below is Alex, with Club President, Richard Housen, and Director of Membership, David Obadia.
 
Richmond Hill Rotary is organizing the Terry Fox Run at beautiful Mill Pond on Sunday, September 17 from 7am-2pm.  Register on-line at http://www.terryfox.org/run/
 
Everyone is welcome to participate in a Terry Fox Run, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the Run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation we do ask all participants to fundraise or make a donation.   You can raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or make a donation at the Run site. Whatever your choice, please know that every dollar counts.
 
The 2017 Rotary Craft Beer Festival was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone in the community who cam out to enjoy some wonderful craft beer, delicious food, and great entertainment.  Many thanks to our participating breweries, food vendors and musicians.  And a big thank you to all our volunteers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, August 12th, The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be holding their fifth annual Craft Beer Tasting Festival to raise funds for charities supported by Rotary.  Entry ticket prices are $20 at the door.  But if you buy in advance, 5 beer tickets are included in the price.  Advance ticket sales end Friday.
 
Nine local Ontario Craft Beer Brewers and a Craft Distiller will each bring a few different types of craft beer, cider and spirits to sample.  A 4 oz beer sample is $1. 
 
There will be live music from Doug Christie, Ravyn Red, S&M, and Monica Guzman
 
Food will also be available from area restaurants King Henry’s Arms, and Big City Gourmet.
 
The event will run on Saturday, August 12th from 4-11pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
 
If you are planning to drink a few beverages, please be responsible.  Go with a designated driver.  Alternately, Uber will be providing a $15 discount on your transport to and from the event.  Use promo code BEERFESTAUG
 
Tickets can be purchased on-line at https://richmondhill.snapd.com/events/view/1055894  Details about the event are available at http://www.RotaryBeerTasting.com  Or social media with #RHBeer2017
 
Come enjoy a great day of drink, food and music!  Come support a worthy cause!
 
 
Above is a photo of our beer committee during their recent strategic operations meeting at the King Henry's Arms Pub.  Thank you to MetroMedia's Steve Somerville for the photo, and thank you to Simone Joseph for the article https://www.yorkregion.com/whatson-story/7473086-pick-of-the-week-richmond-hill-rotary-beer-tasting-festival/
 
Rtn. Richard Mewhinney and Ted Bird from the Newmarket Rotary Club came to present our cheque for $7,600 proceeds from the Golf Tournament!  Funds raised will go to a water project to a war devastated village in Sri Lanka. Receiving the cheque are Nash, President Richard, Glen and Paul Thomas.  Congratulations to all the organizers!  Thank you for all the participants and volunteers!
Last Monday, Rotary International's 1.2 million members were joined by four superb new members.  They are:
 

Anita Bucknell     (Mentor: Gordon Van Dyke)

Debbie Flom        (Mentor: Peter Szoke)

(Sri) Sritharan Thurairajah  (Mentor: David Obadia)

(Karuna) Kathiravel Karunananthan:  (Mentor: Dave Tate)

Below is a photo of Richmond Hill Rotary Club President Richard Housen putting a Rotary pin on the lapel of new Rotarian Anita Bucknell.  The Rotary pin is the internationally recognized symbol of membership in the Rotary organization.

Below is a photo of Richard pinning new Rotarian Debbie Flom.

Below is a photo of Richard pinning new Rotarian Sritharan Thurairajah

Below is a photo of Richard pinning new Rotarian Kathiravel Karunananthan.

Below is a photo of the new members, with their sponsors.

The Richmond Hill and Newmarket Rotary Clubs held their joint golf tournament on June 20th at the beautiful Cardinal Golf Course.  The Richmond Hill Club raised $7400 for a fresh water project in Sri Lanka.  Way to go!!!
 
Immediately preceding the golf tournament were heavy rains.  As a result, some of the holes may have been more suitable for kayak than golf!  But good luck was on our side, with very little rain during the golf itself.  Below is a photo or Rotarian David demonstrating his golf prowess on a damp course.
 
 
Rotarian David Tate had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for $10,000 to Sheila Darnowski and Heidi Bonner of Hospice King-Aurora Richmond Hill. The funds will be used to launch a new .community-based hospice in Richmond Hill in August or September.  If you have a friend or a family member who may need their service, please go to www.hospicekingaurora.ca for more details.
 
Happy Birthday Canada!  Rotarians and Rotaractors from Richmond Hill were at Richmond Green on Canada Day to participate in the festivities!
 
25,000+ plus Rotarians from around the world converged on Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Conference.  Among the inspirational speakers were Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and Chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Bernice A.King, daughter of US Civil Rights Hero, Dr. Martin Luther King.  Above is a group from among the Richmond Hill contingent.
 
The 2017 Richmond Hill/Newmarket Rotary Golf Tournament was held at the Cardinal Golf Course in Newmarket.  Richmond Hill Rotary dedicated funds raised to develop clean water for a impoverished village in Sri Lanka.
 
The annual turn-over BBQ is where the 2016-2017 President and Board of Directors hand over responsibility to the new President and Board of Directors.  In the above photo, you see incoming President Richard Housen receiving the gavel, the symbolizing power, from outgoing President, Dr.C.P. Giri.
 
In addition to the handover ceremony, Rotarians enjoyed a wonderful BBQ Party at Shelagh Harris' beautiful home.
 
This evening, we had two speakers from Hospice King-Aurora-Richmond Hill: Sheila Darnowski, RN, Coordinator of Day Hospice Program, and Heidi Bonner, Executive Director, Hospice King-Aurora Richmond Hill. They will be opening a community based hospice in Richmond Hill in August or September.  If you have a friend or a family member who may need their service, please go to www.hospicekingaurora.ca for more details.
 
Below is a photo of Sheila and Heidi speaking at our meeting.
 
The Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra presents:
 
Last Night at the Proms
 
June 18, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.  at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
 
The wildly popular annual Proms concert continues to delight audiences with a new docket of symphonic music every year. This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th featuring Canadian composers and their music, to complement the standard 'Proms' repertoire. Our enthusiastic audience will have plenty of opportunity to hear your faves, wave your flags, sing with the RHPO, blow your horns, and celebrate Canada’s heritage, to bring an invigorating conclusion to the RHPO season.
 

Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.

To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

“In 2016, fewer children were paralyzed by polio than ever before, thanks to the dedication of Rotary members and our partners,” said Germ. “The paralysis of even one child by a preventable disease is unacceptable, and I'm proud to see our members redoubling their commitment to ensure we reach every single child with the polio vaccine.”

In a partnership spanning a decade, Rotary and the Gates Foundation, along with the other Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, have led the effort to end polio worldwide. This funding extension reaffirms a commitment established at the 2013 Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, when the Gates Foundation pledged to match Rotary contributions two-to-one, up to $35 million per year through 2018. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated more than $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

“The vision of eradicating polio began with Rotary, and its support of that effort has been unwavering for more than 35 years,” said Gates. “Rotary’s commitment to raise $150 million over the next three years to end polio forever is a testament to the compassion, generosity, and kindness of more than a million Rotarians around the world.”

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the news that world governments and other donors have pledged to contribute US$1.2 billion total to the GPEI for polio eradication efforts. The government funding—also announced today at the Rotary Convention—will substantially help to close the US$1.5 billion funding gap, allowing partners to immunize 450 million children every year and support rigorous disease surveillance in both endemic and at-risk polio-free countries. While the government funding announced today makes considerable headway in the fight to end polio, continued support from donors remains vital to achieve a polio-free world.

The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF – the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year at the start of the initiative to just 37 cases in 2016.

Below is a photo of earlier today of Bill Gates with RI President John Germ.
 
Lots of fun and learning for school children at the Tree Planting at the Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park. 
 
Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment for helping us fund this wonderful activitity!  https://fef.td.com/ 
 
Thank you to Toronto Region Conservation for organizing the event! https://trca.ca/
 
Special thanks to long time champion of the event, Michael White!
 
 
     The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill had another successful “Camp Enterprise” experience for many Grade 11 and 12 students from our local High schools at Cedar Glen Conference Centre this past weekend.  Rotarian volunteers were present to help out as the young people broke up into teams of seven or eight to undertake “The Negotiation Challenge 2017”.
     In this exercise the teams represented either the Union side of the negotiation or the Company position in arriving at an acceptable solution on all outstanding issues – such as Wages, Length of the contract, Vacations, Layoffs, Dental plans and Retroactivity.
    As advisors to each team, the Rotarians provided guidance to the student negotiators and helped to keep them on track and on time respecting the timetable.  
    At the end of the negotiations the teams came together to provide their solutions so that each contract could be tabled and shown on video.  Each elected spokesperson was given time to explain their “new” contract terms.
    Truly, this was an admirable learning experience for our High Schoolers as they approach the end of their first level of learning and decide on their future move to their careers.   And a most worthwhile choice of volunteer time for those Rotarians present.
 
This story was also published by the Richmond Hill Liberal newspaper: http://bit.ly/2pIrr2o
 
article by Shelagh Harris
 
 
For the 9th year in a row, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is sponsoring a tree planting at the Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park.  Come join hundreds of local school children this Thursday, May 11!
Words and photos from Richmond Hill Rotary club member Dave Morrison:
 
For those of you who believe all I do in Panama in the winter is play golf ... I have attached some pictures from a project we completed in the village of Farallon Panama .
The school was in need of a classroom for special needs children. I found the project and asked for the support of the Rotary Club in Coronado. The cost was $2400 ( largely donated labor). The expat community contributed $1200 and the Rotary Club of Coronado contributed $1200 plus some desks . The Rotary Club of Coronado has a lot of expats (some you might recognize from Toronto. A small project completed but a good impact.
Dave Morrison
 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation supports thousands of worthwhile charitable endeavours around the world.  We take special pleasure when a Rotarian has gone above and beyond in helping support the foundation.  This last week, distinguished Rotarians came to honour our members who have gone above and beyond.
 
Above,PDG Michael Cooksey and PDG Michael Bell Awarding Dr. C.P. Giri membership of Paul Harris Society (PHS).  A recognition for a life-time donation of USD 1000 annually to Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Above, Rtn. Raj Rajasri also inducted to the Paul Harris Society for his lifetime commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you very much!
 
Above, Rtn. Hira Joshi is awarded his incredible 9th Paul Harris Fellow from DG Jim Louttit.  What a bar for us to aspire too!
 
 
Above, Murray Lukawitz awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding contribution to our annual TV Auction event. Presented  by Rtn. Jason Cherniak and a Rotary Past District Governor Micael Cooksey.
 
Above, Rtn. Graham Jones is awarded a 5-time Paul Harris Fellow from District Governor Jim Louttit. Way to go Graham!
 
Above, Past President Dr. Emmanuel Abara received his 3rd and 4th Paul Harris award, and thanks for being president last year from Past District Governor Michael Bell.  Thank you!
 
Above, District Governor Jim Loutitt presents cheque to CFLI Interact Club.
 
Thank you very much to Rotarian Edwin Ibude for supplying the photos!
 
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