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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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 10620 Yonge St., 
PO Box 30568
Richmond Hill
 ON L4C 3C9 
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Gem Munro of the Amarok Society came to speak to our club about the truely inspiring project of education.  Gem and the Amarok Society are teaching mothers in the large city-slums of Bangladesh reading/writing, mathematics and english.  These are women with no previous education.  These woman make a commitment to go out into their communities, and teach 5 children what they have been taught.
Many of these women have continued their education for 10 years.  Many of the children that they taught are now going out into the community to teach other children.  Their motto is "Teach a mother, change the world"
Not only has this project brought education to children across Bangladesh, it has empowered woman who previously had no hope or future.
There work is now being replicated in Pakistan.
In recognition of their work, Gem and his partner Tanyss were awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.   If you are interested in more information on the Amarok Society, go to
Below, Rotarian Aunali Moledina thanks Gem for his tremendous contribution to society!
Our club has decided to introduce new club membership formats starting effective immediately.  Rotarian David Obadia outlined them for us.
1.       Family Membership – Additional cost of $200.00 per member (spouses and children), if more than 1 member attend then they have to cover cost of any additional meals.
2.       Corporate – Additional Cost of $400.00 per additional member plus meals where more than 1 attends a meeting.  (Minimum 2 maximum 4), primary member must pay additional $160.00 to cover cost of full meals.
3.       Only 1 Corporate or Family member can serve on the Board.
Rotarian Anita Bucknell gave an inspiring talk today.  Having arrived in Canada at age 14, she initially worked for a bank and then Mackenzie Health.  8 years ago she launched her own business in wealth planning, and has grown it into a very successful enterprise.  She currently provides life insurance, mutual funds, planning financing for education, and even funeral insurance.  Anita has the ability to help with financial planning, even to those with no previous knowledge, in an easy to understand way.
To speak to Anita about financial needs, you can contact her at
Maple Leaf Hams are for sale again this year for Christmas as an effort to raise money for the club.  They are 5lbs each for $26.  Comes in a decorative box.  Flavours are Black Forest and Regular Ham.  Please provide your requirement to David Tate ASAP.  He needs to order them.
This Tuesday, October 24 is World Polio Day.  Be sure to get ready for the 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington at 5:30 pm by going to  
World Polio 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. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
It is with great sadness that the Richmond Hill Rotary Club announces the end of the Rotary TV Auction. Due to changes at our local broadcaster, it is no longer possible to reach our audiences in Southern York Region.  Running on the first weekend of December for 37 years, the auction had become a York Region institution.
We would like to thank all of our many charitable partners, donors, volunteers and bidders for their support of this auction over the years. We have raised approximately $2 million for local charities and we could not have done it without their support. We also appreciate the support of Classicom, Shaw and Rogers, without whom the auction could not have been broadcast to the public. 
Our club is considering an online auction to replace the TV auction, but this may not take place until 2018. We will let you know when we finalize our plans.  In the meantime, we would welcome your support at our upcoming events:   Rotary Charity Gala on Saturday, April 28, 2018, Rotary Craft Beer Tasting Festival on Saturday, August 11, 2018, and the Terry Fox Run at Mill Pond on Sunday, September 16, 2018.  To get updates on any of these events, go to, on twitter @RotaryRichmondH or on Facebook at
The Rotary TV Auction was broadcast throughout York Region reaching viewers in Markham, Vaughan, Aurora, Newmarket, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, West Gwillimbury, King Township and Richmond Hill.
The auction was always held on the first weekend in December to take advantage of those looking for holiday shopping deals. Many of our TV Auction viewers were regular followers who watched year after year.  Some organized parties with family and friends.  Some would search the TV dial on weekends prior to Christmas hoping to stumble on to the show.  Many would impatiently contact us asking for the date for “this year’s event”.  Without the support of our dedicated viewers, the auction could not have been a success.
Over the years, literally hundreds of local York Region businesses have donated Leaf and Raptor tickets, jewelry, sports memorabilia, toys, electronics, gift vouchers, gift baskets, clothing, spa packages and golf packages.  Without the support of the local businesses that believed in the benefits to our community, the auction could not have been a success.
Some of the charities that have benefitted from the Rotary TV Auction include: Canadian Spinal Research Organization; Eva’s Initiatives, Sunshine Foundation, My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region, Caribbean North Charities Foundation, 360 Kids, High Notes, Ontario Lung Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation – York South Region;  Helpmate, Community Information Services and Volunteer Bureau; The York Centre for Children, Youth and Family; York Region Multiple Sclerosis; Community Circles of Richmond Hill; Big Brothers Big Sisters of York; The Canadian Hearing Society; The Curtain Club; Unionville Home Society; Victim Services; Easter Seals; Hospice Richmond Hill
The auction started 37 years ago with the assistance of Classicom Cable based in Richmond Hill.  In 1995, Shaw Cable took over from Classicom.  From 2000 until 2016, Rogers Cable TV York championed the TV Auction throughout York Region.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill was very happy to welcome Hannah and Raul from Horizons of Friendship
Our club donated $1045 to a project of the Horizons of Friendship called the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: (MNCH).  That $1045 was matched by the Global Affairs Canada to reflect over $6000.  For every $1 raised for the MNCH project Global affairs Canada matches with $6!  This money goes a long way in training midwives in the villages of Central America to help deliver babies safely and healthy and increase the life expectancy of these children.  The Coburg-based non-profit organization helps a few different projects both in Canada and in Central America.  
Another project they are involved with is with AMICA against gender violence and Indigenous rights in Central America.  They also help migrants who are farm workers in Coburg with filling out forms, understanding the health programs available, financial literacy, etc.
Visit their site for more information or @horizonsfriends 
Below is a photo of Rotarian Edwin, visitors Hannah and Raul with Club President, Richard.
Last Monday, we were treated to a special presentation hosted from the Rotaratct e-Club in conjunction with the Interactor club performing "The Taming of the Dragon".  The students put together some truely inspiring presentations.  Good work and good luck when you compete at the District 7070 Conference on November 3-4 at Niagara on the Lake.
On September 25, the Rotary Clubs of Woodbridge and Markham-Unionville joined us in greeting District Governor Neil Phillips! 
Below is a photo of DG Neil with Richmond Hill Rotary President Richard Housen sharing a story.
Below are photos of Rotarians enjoying a meal and fellowship at the meeting!
Whitby-Sunrise Rotarian Steve Rutledge came to speak to our club about his life passion: helping remote communities in Laos to access clean drinking water.  What could be a more noble cause!  For many years, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill have been purchasing clean water filters that are each shared by four families in Laos.  Keep up the great work Steve!
For more information on the "Adapt a Village in Laos" project, go to
Below is a photo of Rotarian Jason Cherniak and President Richard thanking Steve.
Below are photos of Laos villagers with the water filters.
Congratulations to Noeline Paul, who was inducted as a member of Richmond Hill Rotary on September, 18, 2017.  Rotarian Noeline is a lawyer. 
Below is a happy Noeline with Club President Richard Housen and Membership Chair, David  Obadia.
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
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  Details about the event are available at  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
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 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.
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