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Welcome to Our Club! celebrating 66th 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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Thank you for all your support and donations.
May the next year be a prosperous, joyous and
 'service above self' year for all.
Club Address
 10620 Yonge St., 
PO Box 30568
Richmond Hill
 ON L4C 3C9 
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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
Nutre Hogar (nutrition house) is an NGO that focuses on the nutritional health and rehabilitation of undernourished Panamian children aged 1-5 years. The sanitary facilities were 30 years old and designed for adults. The Rotary Clubs of Richmond Hill, Newmarket and Playa Coronado combined resources to complete a total refurbishment of the washroom facilities not only renewing but also making it child safe and friendly. We raised $3700 to contribute to the project which is now complete. 
This is the 2nd project we did for Nutre Hogar...last year kitchen facilities.  The 3700 was 1200 from district , 500 from Newmarket  and 2000 from Richmond Hill . The money was spent on tiling, plumbing, toilets... and some electrical.
More information (in Spanish) can be found at
Some photos of the project and children are below.
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
proudly inducted two new members 
Zahra Najirad - Orthodontist of My Smile Orthodontist RH
Tamanna Chowdary - Identity Theft Analyst - CIBC
Treasurer’s 2016/2017 Rotary Year Club Financial Report
David Tate did an intricate presentation of the 2016/2017 Rotary Year Club Financial Report, including:
Club Commitment and Community Accounts
Year to Date Meeting Collection and support to 50/50 causes and Foundation
International and Local Charities commitments
2016 & 2017 to date Beerfest P&L report
2016 TV Auction P&L report
June 20th, 2017 Golf tournament
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill 
participated in Santa Claus parade
Our Club's entry was with a decorated pick-up truck ("the float") with inflatable costume mascots (a beaver and a moose)  and a walking group with our Banner.
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!
Last Monday, Richard Mewhinney from the Rotary Club of Newmarket came to speak with us regarding Water Collection for Sustainability, a project in partnership with the Ongutoi Medical Centre in Uganda.  Over the years, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has provided financial support to fund multiple projects with the Ongutoi Medical Centre.
Below is a photo of Club President Richard Housen (left) and International Projects Director Paul Thomas (right) handing a $2,500 cheque on behalf of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill to Richard Mewhinney (centre).
Thank you to the many supporters of our fund raising projects who could make this donation a reality!
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!
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