Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 18, 2017
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.
 
Terry Fox Run Peter Szoke 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 18, 2017
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.
 
Welcome Alex Ghani! Peter Szoke 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 31, 2017
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.
 
Terry Fox Run 2017 Peter Szoke 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 27, 2017
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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Tasting Festival! Peter Szoke 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Richmond Hil Craft Beer Tasting Festival Aug12th, 2017By Rotary Club of Richmond hill  2017-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 10, 2017
 
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/
 
Last Call! Advance ticket sales end tomorrow... Peter Szoke 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Free Beer at Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Tasting Festival Peter Szoke 2017-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 24, 2017
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!
Golf Tournament Cheque Presentation Peter Szoke 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 20, 2017
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.

New Rotarians inducted... Peter Szoke 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 19, 2017
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.
 
Rotary Golf Tournament raises $7400 Peter Szoke 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Hospice King-Aurora-Richmond Hill in the news! Peter Szoke 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2017
 
Happy Birthday Canada!  Rotarians and Rotaractors from Richmond Hill were at Richmond Green on Canada Day to participate in the festivities!
Happy Canada Day 150! 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 30, 2017
 
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.
Cheque presentation to Hospice Peter Szoke 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 30, 2017
 
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.
Rotary International Convention 2017 in Atlanta Peter Szoke 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Come join Rotarians on Canada Day at Richmond Green! Peter Szoke 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Out Going President Dr CP Giri and Incoming President Richard Housen 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
 
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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Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 12, 2017
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.
 
Hospice King-Aurora-Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Last Night at the Proms! 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 12, 2017

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.
 
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio Peter Szoke 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Looking for volunteers? Peter Szoke 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotaract Club Invitation 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Peter Szoke on May 15, 2017
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!
 
 
Tree Planting at the Oak Ridges Moraine Peter Szoke 2017-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 10, 2017
     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
 
 
Camp Enterprise 2017 Peter Szoke 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 09, 2017
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!
Oak Ridges Tree Planting Peter Szoke 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 05, 2017
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
 
 
 
Richmond Hill Rotary in Action in Panama Peter Szoke 2017-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edwin Ibude on May 04, 2017
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!
Awards for Exemplary Contribution to Rotary Foundation Edwin Ibude 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 04, 2017
Our 5th annual Richmond Hill Rotary Beer Tasting Festival will be held on 12t.  Various sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please let a Beer Fest Committee member know what you are interested in.
Beer Festival Sponsorship Opportunity Peter Szoke 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 28, 2017
The Rotary Leadership Institute held courses at Centennial College on April 22.  Photos below show our paritipants, President Dr. CP and Raj.
 
 
Rotary Leadership Institute Peter Szoke 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Joint meeting with the Board of Trade Peter Szoke 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
CFLI Interact Club 2017-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 05, 2017
A club is born!  We are very delighted that a new Interact Club, CFLI Interact will be chartered on April 9th at 4pm to 6pm. The venue will be the Rouge Woods Community Centre located at 110 Shirley Drive, Richmond Hill, ON  L4S1Y9.
 
The CFLI Interact team will be having a silent auction to raise funds for their upcoming projects.
 
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored, youth service club.  There are already two other Interact clubs operating in Richmond Hill, at Bayview Secondary School, and at Richmond Hill High School. For more details on these clubs, see https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/SitePage/about-our-club/interact-clubs
 
Everyone is welcome to attend to our new Interact Club launch!
 
New Interact Club for Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 04, 2017
Do you know a youth age 19-25 who has shown exceptional leadership and commitment to the community?  Encourage them to apply for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  Winners receive an all-expenses paid leadership development camp May 14-19 at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.  The camp is organized and run by Rotarians in District 7070. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our club.
 
To live for one week (from Sunday May 14, 2017 to Friday May 19, 2017) on campus (at Loyalist College in Belleville) to attend a leadership training course, all expenses paid by the sponsoring Rotary club - See more at: http://www.rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/the-award#sthash.40JG3HQl.dpuf
To live for one week (from Sunday May 14, 2017 to Friday May 19, 2017) on campus (at Loyalist College in Belleville) to attend a leadership training course, all expenses paid by the sponsoring Rotary club - See more at: http://www.rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/the-award#sthash.40JG3HQl.dpuf
To live for one week (from Sunday May 14, 2017 to Friday May 19, 2017) on campus (at Loyalist College in Belleville) to attend a leadership training course, all expenses paid by the sponsoring Rotary club - See more at: http://www.rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/the-award#sthash.40JG3HQl.dpuf
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Peter Szoke 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 03, 2017
Saturday evening was the highlight of the Richmond Hill social calendar: the much loved Richmond Hill Rotary Progressive Dinner.  Great food and drink was prepared and consumed; many friendships were created!  Photos from just two of the events below.
 
Progressive Dinner Peter Szoke 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 02, 2017
Spring is here Tuesday, and that gets everyone thinking of....the Rotary District Assembly.  :-)
 
This year, it's being held at the BMO Institute for Learning on Saturday, May 13, from 8.00 - 14.00.  Register from the District website, http://rotary7070.org/
 
The annual district assembly is the major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world.  Workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairs of each club.  Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects.  The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.   
 
This year, based on feedback and requests from Clubs (via your ADGs and Presidents), we have sessions and workshops on conflict management, fundraising, Toronto 2018 convention how-tos, public image, Foundation Walk, Conference, youth programs, the environment and more.  It's not just for Club officers, but any Rotarians keen on learning more about their district.
 
The cost to attend is $75, which includes lunch.  Note the cost of the day is partially subsidised by the district to encourage attendance.
Rotary District Assembly on Saturday, May 13 Peter Szoke 2017-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 30, 2017

Please accept this invitation to our:

17th Annual Brush-a-mania Kick-off Day

on

Friday March 31st, 2017

St. Margaret Public School

235 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 1X5

(416) 396-6550

9:30am to 11:00am

 

Brush-a-mania is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among children in Canada from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6. It was started in 2001 by the Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills and has already reached over 600,000 students. Our purpose is to educate and motivate children and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and parents to create a celebration around proper dental care.

 

We are very pleased to announce that over 100 schools and 50,000 students are participating in this year’s program.


We ask that all guests arrive at 9:30am for a reception. The assembly will start sharp at 10am with guests entering the assembly and end at 10:30am. Pictures, media interviews and reception to follow.

  

Kindly RSVP your attendance by email at jennifer@brushamania.ca or call 416 705 7608. 
 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For details on Brush-a-Mania, see http://brushamania.ca/
 
 
 
17th Annual Brush-a-mania Kick-off Day Peter Szoke 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 29, 2017
At our meeting this week, we were honoured to be joined by Syrian refugee and new immigrants to Canada: Rami Katti,  his wife Iman, and their daughters Reem and Natalia.   The interpreter was Bassouma Kassof.  We wish you all the best in Canada!
 
Syrian Refugee Family Peter Szoke 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 20, 2017
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is very pleased to announce the induction of our newest member, Mr. Haqi Al-Ganabi, President of the Canadian Engineering Group www.cegengineering.ca
 
Below is a photo of Club President, Dr. CP Giri giving the Rotary pin to "Al".
New Rotarian Induction Peter Szoke 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Fire Prevention Peter Szoke 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
112 year rotary 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
PDG Rtn. Linda Ryder pinning Paul Harris +5 to Rtn Rick Sulker 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Feb 27th Meeting- Guyana Help the kids 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
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65th Anniversary Birthday Bash 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 14, 2017
Last week, we had one of the highlights of the entire Rotary calendar: the presentation of the cheques to the various participating charities in the Rotary TV Auction!  There are few things that we at Rotary like to do more than provide cheques to well deserving charities!  www.tvrotary.com
 
Below, Elaine Vyrostko presenting cheque for $626 to Paul Thomas on behalf of Carribean North Charities Foundation. http://www.guyanaburncareunit.com/
 
Below, Elaine Vyrostko presenting cheque for $678 to Joanne Gray of Chorus York. http://www.chorusyork.ca/
 
Below, Jag Awatramani presenting cheque for $683 to Peter Still of the Markham Unionville Rotary Club. http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1137
 
A representative from Opera York was unable to attend.  We mailed them a cheque for $686. http://www.operayork.com/
 
Below, Gordon and Christa Vandyke presenting a cheque for $1,003 to Haran Vijayanathan of Rainbow Resources.  http://myhouseyr.com/
 
Below, Binni Rana presenting a cheque for $5,580 to Ingrid Taheri of High Notes Avante.  http://highnotesavante.ca/
 
Below, Gordon Vandyke, Graham Jones, Rick Sulker and Paul Vyrostko presenting a cheque for $12,684 to Barry Munro of CSRO.  http://www.csro.com/
 
Below, Raj Sriskandarajah  presenting a cheque for $15,709 to Richmond Hill Rotary President Elect Richard Housen and President Dr. CP Giri.
 
Rotary TV Auction Cheque Presentation Peter Szoke 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 06, 2017
On Friday, February 3, many of our club members joined with the Rotary Club of York and the Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville to usher in the "Year of the Rooster" at their annual Chinese New Year celebration.  There was great food, lots of fun, and much fellowship!
 
Below, being told our fortune for the upcoming year.
 
Below, popping balloons to ward off evil spirits,
 
Below, the Lion Dance.
 
Below, the Lion dancing among the guests.
 
Below, the Lion at our table.
Chinese New Year Feast and Celebration Peter Szoke 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 31, 2017
Pub night at the London Pub!  With a few of our friends, we solved the world's problems over a few beers.
 
 
 
Pub Night! Peter Szoke 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 24, 2017
We have great speakers within our own club!  Yesterday, new Rotarians Joanne Modugno and Dr. Kan Chandra told us about their background and careers.  Very interesting!  Thank you both so much. 
 
Below is a photo of Dr. Kan Chandra giving his presentation.
 
 
 
Below is a photo of Joanne speaking.
 
Meeting of January 23, 2017 Peter Szoke 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 22, 2017
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill makes supports local and international charities that help us all in countless ways.  Recently, the club made a donation to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund in memory of Rotarian Rev. Gerry Loweth.  This organization is the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice.  More details are available at www.pwrdf.org.
 
Rotary Donation Peter Szoke 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 16, 2017
In honour of the upcoming Chinese New Year, it was our great pleasure to have two wonderful speakers come to our club.  Vicky Wu from Tan Long Premium Tea, www.TanLongTea.com, showed us a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.  We also got to taste some wonderful Tangerine tea.
 
Jane Pang from Clearview School of Arts & Culture, www.clearviewschool.ca, was our second speaker.  Jane spoke about the Chinese calendar and its background.  She also explained how it may be applicable when dealing with friends, colleagues or customers.
 
Both Jane and Vicky are volunteers for Shen Yun, a magnificent show that merges dance, acrobatics and Chinese folklore with entertainment.  Details available at www.ShenYun.com
 
In tonight's meeting, Sargeant-at-Arms Raj collected money from Stephen.  Photo below.
 
Chinese Tea Peter Szoke 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 09, 2017
We held our annual year end party at the Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club.  It was lots of fun, including music...
 
 
 
Great food...
 
 
 
Prizes...
 
 
 
Auction....
 
Year end party! Peter Szoke 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 12, 2016
The 2016 TV Auction was held on December 3 and 4th.  The final numbers are not yet in.  At this point, approximately $45,000 appears to have been raised for the 10 participating York Region charities.
 
We would like to thank each and every TV Auction participant - bidder - winner.  Your bids are driving great project in our community!
 
Thank you to the many volunteers who participated in the TV Auction.  You are what turned the items into hard dollars.
 
We are extremely greatful to the many generous businesses in York Region that donated their products and services for auction.  Without items, there is no auction.
 
Thank you very much for to Rogers TV York for your commitment to the auction and our community.  www.RogersTV.com
 
Below we have photographs of our auction volunteers in auction!
 
 
Rotary TV Auction 2016 Peter Szoke 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 12, 2016
On December 12, we had some great speakers at our meeting.
 
New Rotarian Kula Sellarthuraispoke gave a fascinating "classification talk". Kula is the founder and president of local IT companies, including Netwyn Solutions, http://www.netwyn.com/. Kula co-authored a business book to be published next year.  Thank you for an inspiring talk!  Above is a photograph of Club President, Dr. CP Giri thanking Kula.
 
Past District Governor (D7010) John Van Laar and his wife Cora spoke to our club about the work Rotary is doing to help school children in the Philippines.  We saw the class that our donations have supported.  Above is a photo of Club Foundation Chair Glen Waugh thanking John.  More details about the school project can be found at www.backtoschoolproject.org
Great meeting...again Peter Szoke 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary TV Auction in the news! Peter Szoke 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 01, 2016
Any chance you are a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan?  We have great tickets for auction at the Richmond Hill Rotary TV Auction broadcast this weekend on Rogers TV York.
 
Tickets available are:
 
Calgary Flames on January 23, 2017
Buffalo Sabres on January 17, 2017
Anaheim Duck on December 19, 2016
Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, 2017
Detroit Redwings on March 7, 2017
 
Maple Leaf Hockey Tickets for auction Peter Szoke 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 30, 2016
There are a few hundred items at this weekend's Rotary TV Auction www.tvrotary.com, so I can't possibly highlight all of them.  But one of my favourites is the Big Green Egg BBQ - Mini donated by Backyard Pool & Spa.

The Mini Big Green Egg, is the portable version of world's best charcoal BBQ. It grills, smokes, bakes and roasts and all foods taste better, as all the juices and flavours are locked in. Quick to light, precise temperature control, easy to clean and lasts a lifetime, it is the Ultimate Cooking Experience.  The BBQ comes with an Ash tool, Grill Gripper, Box of Non Toxic Firestarter and a 10lb bag of Premium Natural Lump Charcoal. Taxes in Retailer value $850.89!
 
Backyard Pool and Spa has been York Region's leading Hot Tub and BBQ store for over 23 years. Now located in a new 13,000 square store at 1 Vata Court, they sell leading brands such as Maax, Weber and Big Green Egg.  They also offer a full service division for Hot Tub and Pool repairs. Other services offered are open and closing of pool and hot tubs, water testing, pool heaters and cleaners. They can be contacted at 1 Vata Court Aurora, Ontario 905-713-2317
 
Big Green Egg BBQ at Rotary TV Auction Peter Szoke 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Organizing hundreds of TV Auction items Peter Szoke 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 23, 2016
The Canadian art world was rocked yesterday by the record setting sale of Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris' painting, Mountain Forms for $11.2 million.  Unfortunately, my bid came in a little low.  But there is a second chance for all of us!  At the Rotary TV Auction, www.tvrotary.com, there will be dozens of framed, numbered prints of group of seven artists, including:
 
Lawren Harris - Snowfall
Lawren Harris - Houses in Winter
Lawren Harris - PineTree & Fence
Lawren Harris - Northern Lake
Lawren Harris - Early Houses
Lawren Harris - Mount Lefroy
Lawren Harris - Oxtongue River
Lawren Harris - Load of Fence Posts
Lawren Harris – Pine Tree & Fence
Lawren Harris - Agawa Falls
Lawren Harris - Mountain Peaks
 
And then we also have great selection of Franklin Carmichael, Tom Thomson, A.J. Casson, Emily Carr, Arthur Lismer, Norval Morrisseau
 
Below is photo of a Lawren Harris framed, numbered print, entitled Mountain Peaks.  This beautiful print will be available for you to bid on!
 
 
 
 
Lawren Harris painting sells for record $11.2 million Peter Szoke 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 23, 2016
As usual, our most recent meeting was very event filled.  See photos below:
 
 
Above is a photograph of Richmond Hill Rotary's Foundation Chairman Glen Waugh presenting a Certificate of Appreciation from Rotary Internation for our club's effort's in raising funds for Polio Plus in the past year.  Accepting on behalf of the club is Past President, Dr. Emmanuel Abara.
 
 
 
Above, President Dr. CP Giri presenting the prestious Paul Harris award to Rotarian Gord Vandyke
 
 
 
Above, Club President, Dr. C.P. Giri and Membership Chair David Obadia induct into the club our newest member, Heesung Ko.  Welcome Heeseung!
Meeting of November 21, 2016 Peter Szoke 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 14, 2016
Meet the newest member of Rotary's worldwide 1.2 million members: Joanne Modugno.  Congratulation Joanne!
 
Below is a photo of David Obadia, Membership Chairman of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club, and Dr.CP Giri, Club President, welcoming Joanne.
 
 
 
New member inducted... Peter Szoke 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Your week with Shay on Rogers TV York... Peter Szoke 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 07, 2016
Suresh Natesan of Big City Gourmet www.BigCityGourmet.ca spoke to our club about his career and the catering business.  Big City Gourmet was a very popular food vendor at our own Rotary Craft Beer Festival www.RotaryBeerTasting.com.  We recommend him highly!
 
Below is a photo of Richmond Hill Rotary President, Dr. CP Giri thanking Suresh for his talk.
 
Suresh Natesan of Big City Gourmet Peter Szoke 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 03, 2016
We are very excited to announce the 37th Annual Rotary TV Auction will be broadcast live on Rogers TV York on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday December 4th, 2016.  Some of the auction advantages:
 
  • Get really great deals
  • Enjoy the excitement of competing with others in a live auction
  • Shop from the comfort of your home
  • Find many unique gift ideas – such as autographed sports memorabilia – that are simply not available in stores
  • All purchases are FREE of HST, as all proceeds go to charity
  • Support worthy York Region charities
Check out the inventory at www.TVRotary.com
 
Charities participating in the 2016:
 
 
  1. Eva’s Initiatives http://www.evas.ca/
  2. Canadian Spinal Reseach Organization www.csro.com
  3. Sunshine Foundation http://www.sunshine.ca/
  4. My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region http://myhouseyr.com/
  5. Caribbean North Charities Foundation http://www.guyanaburncareunit.com/
  6. 360Kids http://www.360kids.ca/
  7. High Notes Avante http://highnotesavante.ca/rhcpa/
  8. Ontario Lung Association http://onlung.ca/
  9. Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville www.m-u-rotary.com
  10. Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
 
37th annual Rotary TV Auction Peter Szoke 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 31, 2016
The first weekend in December will be the 37th annual Rotary TV Auction.  Broadcast live by Rogers TV York to a market of over a million affluent York Region residents - just in time for year end shopping.  This is your chance to promote your company's product or service!  Please refer to the invitation letter from our club president:
 
Promote your business in York Region Peter Szoke 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Richmond hill Rotary Club - Some members @ the Event 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 23, 2016
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill takes great pleasure in supporting school children in Cebu, Philippines.  We thank you for your support of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club, so that we can make things like this happen!  Below is a letter of appreciation:
 
Back to School Project, Cebu, Philippines Peter Szoke 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 23, 2016
 
Today is World Polio Day!
 

There are generations of children growing up who have never heard of polio let alone seen its effects first-hand. 

In fact, the few reported cases of polio are now limited to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, and other Toronto area Rotary Clubs continue the important historical work of Rotary with efforts to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Polio Plus was launched in 1985 by Rotary which became the first and largest internationally coordinated private sector support of a public health initiative.

Today, Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with Rotary International, the World Health Organization, Unicef as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have joined forces to continue efforts to eliminate polio from our planet.

In its worst form, polio can cause paralysis.

In Richmond Hill yesterday, we raised the End Polio Now flag to bring awarenewss of our struggle to rid the world of this terrible disease.  We were honoured to be joined my Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, Dr. Bob Scott, former head of Rotary's worldwide polio committee, and Dr. Raffy Chouljian and Jennifer Boyd who climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds against polio. 

To see more of Raffy's and Jennifer's story, go to  http://www.conquerpolio.org

To donate in the fight against polio, go to www.endpolio.org

World Polio Day Peter Szoke 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 23, 2016
Yesterday, we were honoured to have The Push for Change come to the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill.  For those of you who have not heard, Joe Roberts, an entrepreneurial CEO and former homeless person, is pushing a shopping cart across Canada to raise awareness of funds for Youth Homelessness.  He was joined by other The Push for Change members, Dr. Sean Richardson and Marie-Marcoux Roberts.  They came here to help us raise funds for 360Kids, York Region's Youth Homeless Shelter.
 
Among the guests present were Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, MP for Richmond Hill Majid Jowhari, MPP for Richmond Hill Reza Moridi, Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Councillor David West and Councillar Tom Muench, District Governor 7070 Jim Louttit, former Trustee of the Rotary Foundation and former Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee Dr. Bob Scott, and Richmond Hill Rotary President Dr.CP Giri.
 
If like us, you believe that youth homelessness is an important cause, you can still donate at http://www.thepushforchange.com/ or http://www.360kids.ca/the-york-region-community-housing-hub/
 
Thank you to our many event sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor, TrinityTech Inc. http://www.trinitytechinc.ca/ and TNEXT Communication Inc. http://www.tnext.ca/
 
The auditorium awaiting Joe's introduction
 
 
Aaron Pathmasri of Youth Leadership Training speaking about homelessness in Canada.
 
 
 
Joe Roberts speaking to the auditorium
 
 
 
Richmond Hill M.P. Majid Jowhari thanking Joe
 
 
Some of the many Rotary supporters of Joe Roberts and The Push for Change.
The Push for Change comes to Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 17, 2016
In anticipation of Joe Roberts and his upcoming visit this Sunday to Richmond Hill, the Richmond Hill Liberal will be publishing an article.  Thank you very much Kim Zarzour and the Liberal for your support!  See the article at http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/6914611-skid-row-ceo-pushes-grocery-cart-through-richmond-hill-for-homeless-youth/
 
Tickets for $25 are still available at https://richmondhill.snapd.com/#/events/view/990050
 
 
 
Joe Roberts and Push for Change in the Richmond Hill Liberal Peter Szoke 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 17, 2016
 
Rev. Gerald Loweth 1926-2016
 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing last Saturday of Rev. Gerald Loweth, Gerry to us all.  Gerry was a prominent Rotarian, good friend, Priest, Professor of Theology at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, community organizer, World War II veteran, former Richmond Hill Citizen of the Year, and great human being.
 
Gerry’s loving wife, Elizabeth, and their family will be greeting visitors at Marshalls Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016.  A service will be held for Gerry at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge Street, at 11am on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
 
 
Gerry Loweth Peter Szoke 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 16, 2016
 
On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the Rotary “End Polio Now” flag will be raised at Richmond Hill City Hall by Mayor Dave Barrow, Richmond Hill City Councillors and other dignitaries. The flag raising is to mark Polio Awareness throughout York Region. 
 
Also on hand will be Dr. Raffy Chouljian and Jennifer Boyd who on June 25, 2016 climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise $500,000 for Rotary International to help eradicate polio.  To support the cause, please donate at http://www.conquerpolio.org
 
People will congregate at Richmond Hill City Hall, 225 East Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4, at 7:30am, Sunday, October 23.  The flag raising will take place promptly at 7:45am.
 
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
 
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.
 
Immediately following the flag raising, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be a sponsoring a breakfast event at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel for Joe Roberts, The Push for Change and 360kids.  The event is to help promote and raise funds for youth homeless.  For more information, go to: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/the-push-for-change-coming-to-richmond-hill  Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased ($25 per person) at https://richmondhill.snapd.com/#/events/view/990050  Everyone welcome!
 
 
Flag Raising at City Hall Peter Szoke 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
PRESS RELEASE - The Push for Change coming to Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 09, 2016
With debate number two of the US Presidential debate now over, everyone has an opinion on this election.  You may wonder if I were an American, who I would vote for?  Well, I will tell you.  But you will have to come to our Richmond Hill Rotary meeting to personally ask me!
 
But I can say that I fully endorse the article in The Rotarian magazine, by Steve Almond, entitled Elect to be civil. Like many of the articles in this publication, this one is a great read.
 
 
 
Elect to be civil Peter Szoke 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 03, 2016
Yesterday, our club gathered to have a strategic planning session.
 
Strategic Planning Session Peter Szoke 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
 Raj - Classification Talk 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 26, 2016
At the September 26 meeting, two new Rotarians received their Rotary pins.
 
Below, Richmond Hill Rotary President Dr.CP Giri presents Rotary pin to new Rotarian Kula Sellathurai.
 
 
 
Below, Richmond Hill Rotary President Dr.CP Giri presents Rotary pin to new Rotarian Sam Veerasingham.
 
New Rotarians receive Rotary Pin Peter Szoke 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 23, 2016
Last week, Lesley Sims from 360Kids York Region came to speak to the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill about the challenges facing our homeless youth in York Region.  360Kids recently opened the Richmond Hill Hub, a multi-service complex in the heart of Richmond Hill, custom designed to support youth throughout the entire transition from homelessness to independent living.  The motto of this organization is "Every kid matters".  More details about this wonderful organization are at http://www.360kids.ca/the-york-region-community-housing-hub/
 
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and Rotary District 7070 is very proud to be sponsoring an event with Joe Roberts and Push for Change to Raise funds for 360Kids.  More details about this very worthwhile event are at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/the-push-for-change-coming-to-richmond-hill
 
Below is a photograph of Richmond Hill Rotary President Elect, Richard Housen, thanking Lesley for her presentation to us and her commitment to our community.
 
360Kids Peter Szoke 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 23, 2016
Don't miss the culinary event of the season!  Richmond Hill's Tastes of the Hill at Elgin Mills Park on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11am-8pm.  Come enjoy foods from around the world.  There will also be films, a fashion show, a Citizenship Ceremony and kids activities.  More details at http://www.richmondhill.ca/subpage.asp?pageid=tastes_of_the_hill
 
Tastes of the Hill Peter Szoke 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 19, 2016
The Terry Fox Run 2016 was held across Canada on Sunday.  The Richmond Hill Rotary club sponsored the Richmond Hill - Mill Pond event.  It was a lot of fun for all the participants!  Thank you to:
  • Our 40 volunteers
  • Six York Region Police officiers who volunteered
  • Rotarians who came out in support
  • Our local, provincial and federal representatives who came to show their support
  • All our participants and donors!
 
With some donations still to be included, the run has so far raised $11,341 for Cancer Research.  Thank you to everyone for making the event such a success!
 
Photos below courtesy of Samuel Veerasingham.
 
 
 
Terry Fox Run 2016 Peter Szoke 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 14, 2016
Puccini's classic opera Tosca will be presented by Opera York at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on November 3 and 5. Book your tickets now to get best seats! For more information, go to http://www.operayork.com/fallseason.html
 
Puccini's Tosca Coming Peter Szoke 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 13, 2016
On Remembrance Day, November 11, please come join the Festival of Praise and Remembrance.  Honouring our Veterans with Music, Dance and Poetry.
 
Festival of Praise and Remembrance Peter Szoke 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 12, 2016
Entrepreneurial CEO and former drug addict Joe Roberts is pushing a shopping cart across Canada to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in Canada.  Joe and the Push for Change team will be taking a break from their cross-Canada trek in Richmond Hill on Sunday, October 23.  Come out and hear an inspirational speech from a charasmatic leader at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel from 8am to 1pm.
 
The Push for Change coming to Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 12, 2016
Yesterday, President Paul Bath and Peter Ginsberg, of the Rotary Club of Newmarket presented a $500 cheque to President Dr.CP Giri of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.  The money will be presented to Joe Roberts of The Push for Change, for 360 Kids at October 23, 2016.  Thank you Newmarket!  The homeless youth of York Region appreciate it!
 
Newmarket Rotary Club donates to The Push for Change Peter Szoke 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 06, 2016
From Richmond Hill Liberal, Thursday, August 25, 2016
 
BY NASH AZAM
 

Organizers of the Mill Pond Terry Fox Run want participants to register and volunteers to come forward, ahead of the Sunday, Sept. 18 run to fight cancer in Richmond Hill.

The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event held in 9,000 communities across Canada each year, where people get together as individuals, families and groups to raise money for cancer research in the name of Terry Fox.

It is a day of celebrating Terry’s original cross-Canada legacy run and helping to keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer.

Terry Fox Runs take place in 31 other countries internationally.

At home in Richmond Hill and across Canada, the events are accessible to anyone, with no entry fee, no minimum pledge and a non-competitive atmosphere.

Participants can run, walk, and most of all have fun while raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

At the Mill Pond event, corner of Mill and Trench streets, set-up will take place between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.; registration, warm-up and opening remarks from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; and continuous registration and start is ongoing until 1 p.m.; with cleanup at about 1:30 p.m.

For further information about the run and to inquire about volunteer positions, contact Rotary Club of Richmond Hill organizer Nash Azam at nazam@trebnet.com or call 416-450-1196.

Get ready for Mill Pond Terry Fox Run in Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker Intro - Dave Morrison                        2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Aug 29, 2016 meeting 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
CP with RI President 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Kula Sellathurai , Sam Veerasingham, 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Induction Ceremony – Kula Sellathurai , Sam Veerasingham, 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 15, 2016
The Smiles Foundation was founded by Elina Katsman to help bring badly needed dental care to the rural centers in the Dominican Republic,  Thank you to a wonderful organization performing a needed role.  See www.smilesfoundation.org for more details.  The foundation is greatly assisted by the members of the Willowdale Rotary Club.
 
Below is a photo of Jay Llave, Laurie Back and Howard Back, all of the Willowdale Rotary Club, Elina Katsman, Founder and President of the Smiles Foundation, and Richard Housen, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.  Photo credit to David Obadia.
 
Smiles Foundation Peter Szoke 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 08, 2016
The Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival was held on Saturday.  What a party!  At closing time of 11pm (city by-law), the place was still packed!
 
Thank you to all our beer drinkers, participating brewers and sponsors for making this a tremendous event.  Many benefitting charities are appreciative of your support.  The total amount of profits raised is still being calculated...
 
Photos below:
Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival Peter Szoke 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 04, 2016
In case you were not yet aware, the Richmond Hill Rotary Beer Festival is tomorrow!  From 3-11pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  Beer, great food and live music of course.  If you don't like beer, cider and wine too!  Please come by.  Details at www.rotarybeertasting.com.  Tickets will be sold at the door.
 
Richmond Hill Rotary Beerfest is tomorrow! Peter Szoke 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 03, 2016
During the Richmond Hill Rotary Beer Fest, post a fun photo of the event to any of Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with hashtag #RHBeer2016 to receive a free beer ticket!  Limit of one free ticket per person.  This promotion ends 9:30pm on Saturday.
 
 
Free Beer! Peter Szoke 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Raise a Glass to Rotary Beerfest in Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 02, 2016
The line-up for the 2016 Rotary Craft Beer Festival is has been finalized.  Come hungry and thirsty!
 
Beverages:
Southbrook Vineyards http://www.southbrook.com/
 
Entertainment:
Coco Saviour
Jaded Etiquette
 
Food:
Big City Gourmet Catering http://www.bigcitycatering.ca/
 
Ticket Sponsor:
 
Special Thank You to our beer glass sponsor:
Rajasri CPA – Professional Chartered Accountant  www.Rajasri.ca
 
 
Craft Beer Festival Partners Peter Szoke 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
District 7070 DG Coming to Beer Fest Peter Szoke 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 26, 2016
Tickets for the 2016 Richmond Hill Rotary Beer Fest are now also available through YorkScene.com at http://www.yorkscene.com/tc-events/rotary-craft-beer-festival/
 
Entry tickets are $20/ea for the event.  But if you buy tickets in advance, you also get 5 free beer/food tickets included!
 
Tickets are also available through SNAP Richmond Hill https://richmondhill.snapd.com/#/events/view/946045, the King Henry's Arms at  9301 Yonge St, Richmond Hill (opposite Hillcrest Mall), or from Rotarians.
 
Beer Fest Tickets available through YorkScene.com Peter Szoke 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 23, 2016
Attention all videographers, artists and film students:  This is your chance to win fame and free tickets to the Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival!  Here is how it goes:
 
1. Attend the 2016 Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival and create a short video of your experience.
2. Upload your video to YouTube and send an email to peter.szoke@rogers.com with a link to your video. You will receive a confirmation email.
3. Deadline for entries is Friday, September 16, 2016.
4. The Richmond Hill Rotary Beer Festival committee will choose the best videos. 
5. The best three entries will receive a pair of complementary tickets to the 2017 Richmond Hill Craft Beer Festival!
6. Winners will be announced by Monday, October 3, 2016 on our web site, plus through Twitter and Facebook.
 
Best of luck to entrants!
 
 
Win Fame and Free Tickets to Rotary Craft Beer Fest Peter Szoke 2016-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 19, 2016
So I was talking to my buddy Jake from the Annex, and he said “Ya, I like beer…but is it worth travelling all the way to Richmond Hill for the Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival?”
 
Listen to Mike:
 
 
 
Testimonial Peter Szoke 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 18, 2016
Below is a photo of Rotarian Paul thanking Steve Lee for his inspirational talk on climate change.  Steve is working on a cross-Canada tour to motivate and empower youth to tackle the climate change challenge, and solve the problem in their generation.  Way to go Steve!  More details at www.3percentproject.com and www.FESplanet.org
 
 
 
Below is a photo of Ms. Varaaki Wijayaraj with our club president, Dr. CP Giri.  The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill sponsored Varaaki's very worthy participation at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) training seminar.  RYLA details at http://www.rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/what-is-ryla
 
Meeting of July 18, 2018 Peter Szoke 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 17, 2016
For the  2016 Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival, ten local Ontario craft brewers will be joined by a boutique winery and a apple cidery.  The official beverage line-up is:
 
Beverage Lineup for 2016 Beer Fest Peter Szoke 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 13, 2016
Below is a photo of Past President Dr. Emmanuel Abara pinning the brand new president, Dr. CP Giri. Congratulations CP!!!
 
Below is a photo of Glen Waugh, presenting a Past President Dr. Emmanuel with a Foundation Citation for every Rotarian giving's in 2015/2016 matching or exceeding $100.00 US to Foundation and $20.00 to Polio.  Few clubs achieve this goal – we can all feel proud!
 
Below is a photo of our newly inducted board of directors.
 
Meeting of July 11, 2016 Peter Szoke 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 24, 2016
On Saturday, August 6th, The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be holding their fourth annual Craft Beer 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. Ticket prices are $20. But if you purchase in advance, 5 beer tickets are included.  More details are available on-line at www.rotarybeertasting.com  Tickets can be purchased at https://richmondhill.snapd.com/#/events/view/946045

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 alcohol, there will be cider and wine available.

There will be great live music from our own local artists Ben Crosby, Matt Groopie, Caveen, and Coco Saviour.

Food will also be available from area restaurants King Henry’s Arms, Aneal’s Taste of the Islands.

Come enjoy a great evening of drink, food and music! Come support a worthy cause!
 
Rotary Craft Beer Festival Peter Szoke 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 05, 2016
Download your free app about York Region Festivals, including our own Rotary Craft Beer Festival.  When you go to the Beer Festival, or one of the other festivals, you can earn points towards a chance for a Free Trip to China! 
 
To get the app: Go to the App Store or the Playstore on your phone or tablet and search for York Region Festivals
 
 
Win a free trip to China! Peter Szoke 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Photos of events in Richmond Hill SNAPD Peter Szoke 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 31, 2016
On Monday, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill held their awards ceremony! Many distinguished members of the community were recognized for their contributions to society.  Many hard-working Rotarians were also recognized for their dedication to "Service above Self".  Thank you to the award winners, and the countless volunteers whose work goes unrecognized.  Photos of the event below.
 
Awards Ceremony Peter Szoke 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 17, 2016

An alarming number of impaired driving-related charges have been laid by officers across York Region over a 30-day period from April 15, 2016, to May 15, 2016.

In just 30 days, officers arrested 139 people and charged them with 185 offences that are all a result of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of the 139 arrests, 16 came as a result of motor vehicle collisions.  R.I.D.E. spot checks and general patrol accounted for 107 of the arrests. Concerned citizens calling, 9-1-1 to report possible impaired drivers resulted in 16 arrests.

Of the 139 people that were arrested, 130 were charged as a result of impairment from alcohol and nine were charged with impairment from drugs.

Officers also issued 81 three-day driver’s license suspensions.

Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. When you drink or use drugs and drive you not only risk your life and those of your passengers, but the lives of every other driver and pedestrian on the road.

The York Regional Police R.I.D.E. program is a year-long initiative. York Regional Police urges all drivers to take proactive measures if drinking by arranging for overnight accommodations, appointing a designated driver, taking a cab or using public transit.

We continue to urge citizens to report impaired drivers. We consider these calls a potentially life-threatening crime in progress and we respond to these calls promptly. The message is clear:  DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

A video of Constable Laura Nicolle speaking about this incident is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/PFsBf_8ap-k

For more information contact York Regional Police Corporate Communications, at 866-876-5423, ext. 2664.

MORE THAN 185 IMPAIRED DRIVING-RELATED CHARGES LAID IN 30 DAYS IN YORK REGION Peter Szoke 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 16, 2016
 
Last night, Beth Frise from Canadian Blood Services https://www.blood.ca/en came to speak at our club.
 
 
People ages 17 and up (no upper limit), who have not travelled to a malaria area are generally able to donate blood.  For us, nearest location is Hillcrest Mall:
 
Friday 8am-1pm
Saturday 8am-noon
Tues/Thurs 4pm-8pm
Particularly important to donate before long weekends – many auto accidents!
 
 
Canadian Blood Services Peter Szoke 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 14, 2016
 
District 7070 held their annual assembly yesterday.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club was well represented!
 
District 7070 Assembly Peter Szoke 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 12, 2016
Hold the date: Tuesday, June 14th at the Cardinal Golf Course in King City. Calling on all serious and in particular "mediocre" golfers.  The highlight of the 2016 golf season will be the annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament 2016.  Held in conjunction with the Newmarket Rotary Club.  $175 includes bucket of practice balls, lunch, golf cart, shot-gun start at 1:30pm, and an absolutely delicious dinner in the club house.  Registration is at can be done on-line at https://cardinal.golfems2.com/event/rotary-charity-tournament
 
Rotary Charity Golf Tournament 2016 Peter Szoke 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 10, 2016
Tomorrow, 400 York Region students will descend on the Oak Ridges Corridor Park on to plant 1700 trees and shrubs. 2016 will be the 8th Year for this project sponsored by Richmond Hill Rotary, Garden and Horticultural Society and funded by TD Friends of the Environment, with TRCA and Town of Richmond Hill Urban Forestry. Neighbors and the public are invited to visit the planting on Thursday May 12, between 10 am and 3 pm. There will be a Raptor Show too (birds, not basketball) starting at 11:15am.
 
 
The planting site is just east of Bond Lake Public School and little William Bond Park on Old Colony Road east of Yonge St.
 
Participating schools include:
Bayview Secondary School
Oakridges Public School
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Secondary School
St. John Paul ll Catholic Elementary School
Father Henri Nouwen Catholic Elementary School 
Century Collegiate
As-Sadiq Islamic School
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
 
Rotary Tree Planting in Oak Ridges Peter Szoke 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise club president Clark Ferguson recently prepared training to help Rotarians understand the benefits of using My Rotary.
 
 
The Learning Objectives are:  
  • Recognize the importance of registering in “My Rotary”;
  • Identify the reports and services available to strengthen members and clubs; and
  • Understand what internet services (many free) are available to compliment Rotary services.
 
The presentation includes an overview of the club Collaboration and Communication Improvement project and process templates to help strengthen clubs and projects, and to reduce the administrative burden.
 
Test your knowledge and share feedback using the Session Questionnaire.
My Rotary Training 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 06, 2016
The Richmond Hill Rotary Internaitonal Gala 2016 raised funds for the dental care of children and families in rural areas of Guyana.  We are extremely thankful to all of our guests and sponsors.  In particular, we want to give a special thank you to the event's Sponsors.  Your contributions will make a real difference!
 
 
Booklet Sponsors:
 
M&Co., Chartered Accountants http://www.MandCo.ca
 
 
Silver Sponsors:
 
The Town Of Richmond Hill http://www.richmondhill.ca
 
 
Gold Sponsor:
 
Rajasri, Certified Professional Accountant http://www.smallbusinessaccountanttoronto.com/
 
Platinum Sponsors:
 
 
 
David Obadia, CIBC Wood Gundy http://www.cibcwg.com/web/david-obadia/home
 
 
Canadian Tamil Medical Association http://www.ctmainfo.com/
 
Thank you to our Sponsors Peter Szoke 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 06, 2016
Last night, nearly 500 people came out for the social event of the season: the Richmond Hill Rotary International Gala in support of Dental Care in Guyana.  And what a party it was, with great food, fellowship and dancing into the wee hours of the night.  Thank you to all who came!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 International Gala Peter Szoke 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Caribbean Night OUT CP 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 02, 2016
Yesterday, our guest speaker was Anne Marie Dean, Director Hill House Hospice in Richmond Hill.  They are a 3-bed hospice that has served 2000 clients over the last 17 years.Clearly 3 beds for 1.2 million people in York Region is very constraining. More information is available at http://www.hillhousehospice.com/
 
Photo below of Dr. Emmanuel Abara presenting certificate to Anne Marie.
Hill House Hospice Peter Szoke 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 22, 2016
 On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill presented a cheque for $1650 to the Richmond Hill Public Library to support literacy in our community, and in particular the Forest of Reading Author Festival.  In this program, famous authors are in house with kids from our public schools discussing all about writing and reading books.  Our own Shelagh Harris, Co-Director of our Literacy & Vocational Services gave an account of a day with 135 kids with an author recently.  She was impressed with the questions the kids had with the author and the conversation that went on.
 
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Richmond Hill Public Library Board was Mr. David Bishop.  Representing the club were club president by Emmanuel Abara, Dr. C.P.Giri, Mr.Stephen Knight and Shelagh Harris .
 
Rotary donation to Richmond Hill Public Library Peter Szoke 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 19, 2016
Thank you to our friends at Rogers TV York http://rogerstv.com for producing this excellent video on the Cheque Presentation Ceremony to the participating charities in the 2015 Rotary TV Auction.  You can see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeai34K2xsU
 
If you know of a York Region charity that may be interested in participating in the 2016 auction, please get them to contact Binni or Jason at binnirana@icloud.com or jason.cherniak@gmail.com.
Rotary TV Auction Cheques Peter Szoke 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 18, 2016
There are 1.2 million Rotarians in almost every country around the world.  But tonight, it is our honour to announce that the Richmond Hill Rotary Club has the world's newest member of Rotary, Suresh Natesan.  Below he is seen with Membership Chairman David Obadia, and Club President, Dr. Emmanuel Abara.  Welcome Suresh!
 
 
 
It was our great pleasure to have Hala Youssef from Cario Egypt's "October Shams" Rotary Club come be our guest and address our club.  Below, she is seen with Dr. Abara.  Thjank you Hala!
 
Introducing Rotary's Newest Member... Peter Szoke 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Peter Szoke 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 11, 2016

WILF WILKINSON PEACE AWARD

 

 

The Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award was inaugurated following Past President Wilf Wilkinson’s  term as Rotary International President in the 2007-2008 Rotary year.  It was commissioned to honour him for his specific efforts in supporting  the fourth avenue of service, namely the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.  Wilf has himself been honoured for these efforts, as he was the most recent recipient of the Donald MacRae Peace Award, annually bestowed by Rotary Zone 24 to recognize a significant demonstration of the advancement of the fourth object of Rotary through peace-making or humanitarian activity of international significance.

 

The Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award is given annually to a Rotarian, Rotary Club, friend of Rotary, or group in District 7070 that has, in the judgment of the District Governor, made a significant contribution to defending, preserving, nurturing and promoting a culture of peace and non-violence.  Previous winners of this award include:

 
  • Raseema Alam – Rotarian, Toronto-Earlscourt
  • War Child Canada – Dr.’s Erik Hoskins and Samantha Nutt
  • Craig and Marc Keilburger - Me to We
  • Jack Layton
  • Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – The Gaza Doctor

 

The award presentation is made each year at Rotary District 7070 Conference.

 

Candidates for this award are nominated by district Rotary Clubs.  I would therefore ask each club President to share this information with their membership, and encourage nominations of a Rotarian, Rotary Club, friend of Rotary, or organization that merits consideration.  Nominations should be forwarded to my attention, and include reasons why the nominee should be considered.

 

Kindly forward nominations to:

 

Dr. Emmanuel Abara, President of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club rhuppi@rogers.com
Seeking Nominations for Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award Peter Szoke 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 07, 2016
Do you know an aspiring leader, entrepreneur or business tycoon?  Camp Enterprise is looking for Grade 11 and 12 students in Richmond Hill for the 2016 program running May 8-11.  Ask your guidance councillor or send an email to our Directior of Youth Services, Dr. CP Giri at drcpgiri@gmail.com  Details at http://campenterprise.ca/
 
Camp Enterprise Peter Szoke 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 05, 2016
We are delighted in the good news announced that Canada has released $40 million in funding to support polio eradication activities in Pakistan. You can see the press release in English here: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1046019
 
This funding is from the existing commitment of C$250 million which was made at the 2013 vaccine summit. It’s worth noting that while this commitment was made through 2018, Canada has fulfilled the vast majority of this commitment well ahead of schedule.
 
Dr. Bob Scott, the Past Chair of The Rotary Foundation as well as the Rotary International PolioPlus Chair, was delighted to share this news of Canada's latest contribution of C$40 million to Pakistan’s polio eradication program.  He has traveled often to polio-endemic countries, and now that group is down to just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.Dr. Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg, Ontario said that Canada’s funds will help the World Health Organization and UNICEF to interrupt the transmission of polio in Pakistan and its neighbour this year. “If this is achieved, we will be one huge leap closer to polio’s endgame,” he added.  A photo of Dr. Scott administering the polio vaccine to a child in Pakistan is below.
 
There’s also a nice blog post by Bob Scott on the End Polio Now website to highlight the importance of this funding: http://on.rotary.org/1RUqpK6
 
 
Canadian Government provides $40m for Polio Eradication Peter Szoke 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 04, 2016
On April 4, 2016, a new Interact Club was born!  Richmond Hill High School was chartered as the 2nd Interact Club in Richmond Hill.  About 30 students were inducted into Interact.  For the chartering/induction ceremony, we were joined by DG Michael Bell, DG Elect Jim Louttit, PDG Ted Koziel and Doug Byers, Richmond Hill Club President Dr. Emmanuel Abara, President Elect Dr. CP Giri, Rotarian Shaista Ali, and Past Club Presidents David Tate, Glen Waugh and Gordon Vandyke.  My apologies to anyone that I may have omitted!
 
Good luck to the new Interactors! Let them live up to their own expectations!  Photos of the festivities are below.
 
New Interact Club! Peter Szoke 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 04, 2016
Kathy Downes of the Ontario Lung Association came to speak to our club about Lung Health and Lung Research.  This is an area of immense importance to our health.  We thank Kathy for coming to educate us on the matter.  For more information, please check www.on.lung.ca
 
We are also very pleased to announce that the Ontario Lung Association will be a new participant in the 2016 Rotary TV Auction www.tvrotary.com
 
 
 
Ontario Lung Association Peter Szoke 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 30, 2016
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is currently accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). 
 
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a program for young people officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.  RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 25.
It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community. 
Our club will be sponsoring a qualified individual to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.  
 
The District 7070 RYLA program, “Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.  Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.
 
If you know of a deserving individual ages 18 to 30, please encourage them to contact our Director of Youth Services, Dr. CP Giri at drcpgiri@gmail.com. 
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is a program for young people that was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.  Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among the young people of their communities.  
 
District 7070, which comprises Rotary clubs from Belleville to Toronto, has conducted RYLA programs continuously for many years.  RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 25. Each club may sponsor qualified individuals to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.  
 
The District 7070 RYLA program, “Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.  Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.  
 
RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year.  It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.  RYLA also has been instrumental in the formation of Rotaract clubs and complements all other Rotary youth activities.
- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/what-is-ryla#sthash.fb5iEoFP.dpuf
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is a program for young people that was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.  Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among the young people of their communities.  
 
District 7070, which comprises Rotary clubs from Belleville to Toronto, has conducted RYLA programs continuously for many years.  RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 25. Each club may sponsor qualified individuals to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.  
 
The District 7070 RYLA program, “Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.  Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.  
 
RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year.  It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.  RYLA also has been instrumental in the formation of Rotaract clubs and complements all other Rotary youth activities.
- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/what-is-ryla#sthash.fb5iEoFP.dpuf
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is a program for young people that was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.  Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among the young people of their communities.  
 
District 7070, which comprises Rotary clubs from Belleville to Toronto, has conducted RYLA programs continuously for many years.  RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 25. Each club may sponsor qualified individuals to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.  
 
The District 7070 RYLA program, “Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.  Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.  
 
RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year.  It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.  RYLA also has been instrumental in the formation of Rotaract clubs and complements all other Rotary youth activities.
- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/what-is-ryla#sthash.fb5iEoFP.dpuf
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is a program for young people that was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.  Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among the young people of their communities.  
 
District 7070, which comprises Rotary clubs from Belleville to Toronto, has conducted RYLA programs continuously for many years.  RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 25. Each club may sponsor qualified individuals to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.  
 
The District 7070 RYLA program, “Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.  Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.  
 
RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year.  It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.  RYLA also has been instrumental in the formation of Rotaract clubs and complements all other Rotary youth activities.
- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)-2/what-is-ryla#sthash.fb5iEoFP.dpuf
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Peter Szoke 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 28, 2016

“25th Anniversary Goldline Spinal Tap Charity Curling Bonspiel” will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 11:30am through 4:00pm ET at the Thornhill Country Club, 7994 Yonge Street (Yonge S. of 407) followed by a dinner/dance at 7:00pm.

 

After suffering a catastrophic spinal cord injury in a diving accident in 1990, Ryan Durham has devoted the last 25 years of his life acting as an ambassador for CSRO, assisting in their goal of finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.

 

Ryan was a competitive curler up until his injury, thus he created a charity curling event, the Spinal Tap, which is now celebrating its silver anniversary.

 

This year’s event will take the 25-year fundraising total over the $600,000 plateau.

 

The event consists of 100 participants playing two games of curling, a gala dinner/dance, and a draw challenge, where all participants will throw from a wheelchair.

 

Silver Anniversary Curling Event for Charity benefitting the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) Peter Szoke 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 21, 2016
David Goodman, CEO and President of Heaven Can Wait gave an energetic and persuasive presentation on the need for everyone to invest an hour in learning CPR and the use of a Defibrillator.  For more information, go to www.heavencanwait.biz
 
In the photograph below, Dr. Emmanuel Abara, President of Richmond Hill Rotary presents a certificate of appreciation to David.
 
Heaven Can Wait Peter Szoke 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 21, 2016
 
Please accept this invitation to our:
 
16th Annual Brush-a-mania Kick-off Day
on
Friday April 1st, 2016
St. Columba Catholic School
10 John Tabor Trail, Scarborough, ON M1B 1M9
(416) 393-5380
9:30am to 11:00am
 
Brush-a-mania www.brushamania.ca is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among children in Canada from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6. It was started in 2001 by the Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills and has already reached over 500,000 students. Our purpose is to educate and motivate children and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and parents to create a celebration around proper dental care.
 
We are very pleased to announce that 100 schools and 50,000 students are participating in this year’s program.

We ask that all guests arrive at 9:30am for a reception. The assembly will start sharp at 10am with guests entering the assembly and end at 10:30am. Pictures, media interviews and reception to follow.
  
Kindly RSVP your attendance by email at Jennifer@brushamania.ca or call 416 705 7608.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Brush-A-Mania Peter Szoke 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ingrid Taheri came to speak to us from High Notes Avante, a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting those in need of mental health assistance in our community.  Mental illness is an important issue that touches almost every family. 
 
This April 28, they will be having a fund raising Gala at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Luba Goy, comedienne from CBC's Air Farce is co-hosting the event with mezzo-soprano Jean Stillwell, from Classical 96.3 FM. For more details on this wonderful event, go to www.highnotesavante.ca
 
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Gerry 90th Birthday 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 07, 2016
Brush-A-Mania is coming to York Region for the first time...and Rotary is a sponsor.  Sign up for free prizes including and Xbox and Andoid tablet at www.brushamania.ca
 
 
 
Rotary to sponsor Brush-A-Mania Peter Szoke 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary TV Auction in the news! Peter Szoke 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 23, 2016
The 37th annual Richmond Hill Rotary TV Auction was held in December.  Over the years, Rotary has assisted various York Region charities to raise almost $2 million dollars.  Yesterday, we had the tremendous honour and privilege of handing out cheques to each of the presenting charities.
 
Above, Rotarian Paul presenting cheque to Pam and Andy of Caribbean North Charities Foundation
 
Above, Rotarian Paul presenting cheque to Amad and Cora from the Sunshine Foundation.
 
Above, Rotarian Gordon and Christa presenting cheque to Rainbow Resources' Haran
 
Above, Elaine and Brigitte presenting cheque to Firoozeh of Eva's Initiatives.
 
Above, Elaine presenting cheque to Diane from the York Centre for Children, Youth and Families
 
Above, Rotarian Jag presenting cheque to our President, Dr. Emmanuel
 
Above, TV Auction Chairman Jason presenting cheque to Ryan and Bill of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization
 
Thank you very much to Phil Shepherd of Shepherd Photography for the images. www.sheppho.ca
 
Rotary TV Auction Cheque Presentation Peter Szoke 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 23rd marks the 111 birthday of Rotary International.  Founded in Chicago by Paul Harris, today there are 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.  There are Rotary Clubs in more countries than the United Nations!  Guided by the motto "Service above self",  1.2 million Rotarians are working towards making the world a better place.  Happy Birthday Rotary!
 
 
 
Rotary 111 years old! Peter Szoke 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 18, 2016
Friday, February 6th was the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday.  Happy New Year!  The club celebrated with a wonderful meal at Mr. Congee restaurant in Richmond Hill.  The seven course meal features many delicacies including Peking Duck. We had a great time!
 
Happy Chinese New Year! Peter Szoke 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Satellite Club working on Literacy Peter Szoke 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 03, 2016

Sabrina DeToma, Doctor of Audiology from the Salus Hearing Centre gave a very interesting presentation on hearing and hearing loss.  Bottom line: if anyone in your family thinks your hearing is poor, go for a hearing test sooner rather than later.  Thank you for a very interesting presentation!  For more information, go to www.salushearing.com
 
Sabrina DeToma comes to Rotary Peter Szoke 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 18, 2016
On January 18, we had a wonderful meeting jointly with the Richmond Hill Rotary Satellite Club at the Limelite Cafe http://limelitecafe.ca/
 
 
Above, District Governor Michael Bell presenting Ismet with a special award for finding more Rotarians.
 
Above, DG Michael presenting Shaista with a pin representing her admission to the "End Polio Now Club".
 
Above, Pakistan Counsel General, his Excellency Asghar Ali Gogo receiving Paul Harris Fellow award.  Also in photo, President Dr. Emmanuel Abara, DG Michael, and Satellite Club Director Samir
 
Above, Rotarian Glenn, Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, President Emmanuel, His Excellency, DG Michael, Director Samir, Woodbridge Rotary Club President Renata.
 
Meeting with Satellite Club at the Limelite Cafe Peter Szoke 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 18, 2016
Rotarian Rodney Darwen sends his well wishes from dry dock in a warm Caribbean setting.
Greetings from Rodney Peter Szoke 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 16, 2016
At our meeting of January 11, 2016, we were delighted to induct and welcome into our club Ms. Binni Rana.  Welcome Binni!
Induction of new member! Peter Szoke 2016-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 04, 2016
 
Above, John Collie from Rescue7 is demonstrating a defibrillator.  For more details on Rescue7 and defibrillators, see http://rescue7.net/ca/
 
Above, Club President Dr. Emmanuel Abara, presenting a Paul Harris Award to Paul Vyrostko.
 
Above, President Emmanuel presenting a Paul Harris Award to Hira Joshi.
 
 
Above, President Emmanuel presenting a Meritorious Service Award for his lifetime achievements to Graham Jones.
 
 
Meeting of January 4th at the Sheraton Peter Szoke 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jan 04, 2016

Everyone had a wonderful time at our Christmas Party!  Thank you Phil Shepherd of Shepherd Photography for the great images! http://sheppho.ca/

  

 

Above, Richmond Hill Rotary Interactors receiving an award.

 

​Above, wonderful Christmas music at the party from the Salvation Army.

 

 

​Above and below, party revelers!

 

Christmas Party! Peter Szoke 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2016-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 06, 2015
The 36th annual Rotary TV Auction was broadcast live on Rogers TV York on Saturday evening, December 5th.  What a huge success!  
 
Thank you very much to Rogers for broadcasting such a superb production.
 
Thank you very much to our 11 participating charities for participating and working so hard to solicit auction items.
 
Thank you very much to all of the donors who provided auction items to the Richmond Hill Rotary, and to the other charities.
 
Thank you very much to all of our volunteers who worked so hard before, during and after the show.  In the photo below, see the "Auction Call Center" where volunteers took the bids on the auction items.
 
Thank you very much to each and every viewer who watched and bid on items during the show!
 
2015 Rotary TV Auction Peter Szoke 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 06, 2015
At our November 30, 2016 meeting, Ms. Sima Badri was initiated as the newest member of Richmond Hill Rotary Club.  Congratulations Sima!  In the photo below, Sima (in the middle) during the initiation ceremony.
Meeting of November 30, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 28, 2015
Rogers TV and the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill are thrilled to make a major announcement for this year's Rotary TV Auction.  As before, viewers throughout York Region will be able to watch the auction live on Rogers Cable #10 and #63.  But this year, people outside of York Region can watch too!  The auction will be broadcast live over the internet at http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=12&rid=17&sid=1714&ref=rotarytvauctionyork
 
36th Annual Richmond Hill Rotary TV Auction will be held on Sat Dec 5, 5-11pm.  Don't miss out on the shopping event of the season!  Buy great stuff and super prices, and support wonderful local charities!
 
You can pick up your items at the Rogers studio on Newkirk Road in Richmond Hill.
 
Some of the items up for auction are:
* Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Section 108, March 7, plus many more Leaf tickets
* Gift certificates to St Louis Bar & Grill, Amigos Mexican Restaurant, King Henry’s Arms, Crave Restaurant at the Sheraton Parkway, and other restaurants too
* Raptors vs NY Nets Section 107 March 8; and many other games too
* Glamma Gals Tween Party
*Hockey Legend, Jean Beliveau, Autographed Red Montreal Canadiens Wool Jersey. Other sports memorabilia including autographed hockey sticks and pucks, soccer balls, collector cards.
* Sanctuary Day Spa Refresher Package, other spa packages too
* Foursome at Eagles Nest Golf Club; other golf packages too
* Framed print of Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson's "Algonquin October", 22 x 23.  Many other pieces of art too.
* Bobby Hull Limited Edition Gold Bar
 
To view the complete catolog of items, visit www.tvrotary.com
 
Because all proceeds go to charity, your purchase is tax free!
 
The charities participating in this year's auction:
 
1. Canadian Spinal Research Organization
2. York Region Multiple Sclerosis
3. Hospice Richmond Hill
4. Easter Seals
5. Opera York
6. The York Centre for Children
7. Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
8. Eva's Initiatives
9. Sunshine Foundation
10. My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region
11. Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
Major Announcement: Rotary TV Auction Peter Szoke 2015-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 23, 2015
Rotary is active in supporting our local community.  Last month, the Salvation Army accepted 96 new winter coats for distribution to local school children who needed them.  In the photo, left to right, Mary Halbert from the Salvation Army, Rotarians David Tate, Rick Sulker and Paul Thomas, and also from the Salvation Army, Irene Vitalicio.
 
Please go on-line http://www.yorkregion.com/whatson-story/6132842-rotary-auction-takes-to-airwaves-dec-5/ to for York Region Media Group coverage of the Coat Donation, and the Rotary TV Auction.
96 New Winter Coats for our Community! Peter Szoke 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 16, 2015
Asst District Governor Darryl Patterson spoke -and demonstrated- the impact of digital media on Rotary and other businesses.  Thank you Darryl! Below, President Dr. Emmanuel and Ngozi present Darryl with a gift for his presentation.
 
November 16, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 16, 2015
Above, last year's club President David is presented an award by President Dr. Emmanuel on behalf of Rotary International for our club's achievements last year.  Congratulations David!
 
 
Above, District Governor David Bell was our special visitor to our meeting.
 
 
Above, Interactors (a Rotary sponsored youth service club) from Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill spoke about their activities.  With youth like these, our world's future looks bright!
Meeting of November 9, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 05, 2015
Tomorrow, November 7, will be Rotary Day at the United Nations. For details on the event, see http://riunday.org/  You will be able to follow the event live over the internet. For information on how to participate, see https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/news-media/watch-2015-rotary-un-day-live
 
In 1942, Rotary clubs from 21 nations organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. That event was a precursor to UNESCO. In 1945, 49 Rotarians went to San Francisco to help draft the UN Charter. Rotary and the UN have been close partners ever since, a relationship that’s apparent through PolioPlus and work with UN agencies.
 
“The invitation to Rotary International to participate in the United Nations Conference as consultant to the United States delegation was not merely a gesture of good will and respect toward a great organization. It was a simple recognition of the practical part Rotary’s members have played and will continue to play in the development of understanding among nations. The representatives of Rotary were needed at San Francisco and, as you well know, they made a considerable contribution to the Charter itself, and particularly to the framing of provisions for the Economic and Social Council.”
 
Rotary currently holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. Rotary maintains and furthers its relationship with a number of UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies through its representative network. This network consists of RI representatives to the United Nations and other organizations.
November 7 is Rotary Day at the United Nations Peter Szoke 2015-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrate our Veterans! Peter Szoke 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
ASEAN Presentation Peter Szoke 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 01, 2015
Professor Nancy Bodi from Seneca College came to speak to our club about the marketing challenges facing small not-for-profit organizations.  Very interesting.  Nancy illustrated her points by discussing a not-for-profit where she is actively involved, the York Region Festival Alliance.  For details see www.yorkregionfestivals.com  In the photo above, Richmond Hill Rotary Club President, Dr. Emmanuel Abara thanks Nancy.
Nancy Bodi about York Region Festivals Peter Szoke 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 01, 2015
On October 26, 2015, Ms. Abida Rawra, was inducted into Rotary.  Congratulations Abida!!  In photo above, Membership Chairman David, POD Leader Glen, President Dr. Emmanuel, new Rotarian Abida, and Satellite Club Leader Samir during the induction ceremony.
New Member Induction! Peter Szoke 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 01, 2015
On October 19, new Rotary member, Edwin Ibude gave his classification talk.  Great interest among our club members on making money from Solar Energy! In the above photo, Edwin assists club president Dr. Emmanuel Abara with the 50-50 draw.
Classification Talk from Edwin Ibude Peter Szoke 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 25, 2015
This last weekend Rotarians from the 50 clubs in District 7070, stretching from Toronto to Belleville convened at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto for the annual District 7070 conference.  Everyone had a great time.  A few photos of the event are below.
District 7070 Rotary Conference Peter Szoke 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 05, 2015
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is a proud supporter of the CBCF (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation) CIBC Run for the Cure.  In spite of the rain, many committed supporters ran to raise money for breast cancer research.  In the photo above, you can see Rotarians Ngozi and Arja at the Richmond Hill location at Richmond Green.
Run for the Cure Peter Szoke 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 04, 2015
 
The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the Richmond Hill riding All-Candidates Meeting for the upcoming federal election.  As can be seen from the photo above, the event was totally packed.  We had a lively debate with NDP Candidate Adam DeVita, Liberal Candidate Jajid Jowhari and Conservative Candidate Michael Parsa.
NDP CANDIDATE ADAM DeVITANDP CANDIDATE ADAM DeVITA
NDP CANDIDATE ADAM DeVITA
NDP CANDIDATE ADAM DeVITA
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/richmond-hill-federal-election-debate#sthash.2cSf8mfu.dpuf
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/richmond-hill-federal-election-debate#sthash.2cSf8mfu.dpuf
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/richmond-hill-federal-election-debate#sthash.2cSf8mfu.dpuf
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/richmond-hill-federal-election-debate#sthash.2cSf8mfu.dpuf
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1149/Stories/richmond-hill-federal-election-debate#sthash.2cSf8mfu.dpuf
Richmond Hill All-Candidates Meeting Peter Szoke 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 24, 2015
The annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure will take place on Sunday, October 4 2015 starting at 9:30am.  In this event, participants will run or walk 1k or 5k.
 
The Run for the Cure helps to raise funds for important breast cancer research, education, and advocacy initiatives.  The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is a proud supporter of the event.
 
For participants in Richmond Hill and Markham, the run will take place at Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill.
 
For more details on the Richmond Hill/Markham run, see http://cibcrunforthecure.supportcbcf.com/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=2356
 
 
 
 
CIBC Run for the Cure Peter Szoke 2015-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
District 7070 Conference Coming Up! Peter Szoke 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 21, 2015

Yet another successful Terry Fox Run at Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill, Ontario!
Thanks to all those who came and helped out. It is through your efforts that we are able to continue the legacy of 35 years and keeping this important cause alive!


Some of the salient features of Richmond Hill Ontario Run are as below:

*Total participants: 311
*  Volunteers: 25 

 

We are thankful to our friends, and our local media support including Liberal, Snap, Rogers, Asian TV, Observer and special thanks to Mayor Dave Barrow and his team, Vito S, Brenda Hogg, David West and others. also Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, President Emmanuel Abara and Past President David Tate, Glen Waugh and their team.

 

*  Amount Raised at Run on site $11,721.00

*  Amount raise Online $ 5860.00
*  Everyone indulged in various fun activities during the event. There was continuous music and singing etc.
*  Mayor Richmond Hill with his council was there to support the cause as usual and started the kick off!  
*  THANK YOU TOWN OF RICHMOND HILL FOR your EXCELLENT support AND COORDINATION, specially various departments of town, Karen, Pat , George & Security

*Excellent and Vigilant security by York Region Police, which not only provided us their great service but added color to our Ambiance during the event.  
*  Special Thanks to Tom Lalonde of Marshals, David Tate, Peter Szoke, Arja, Hira Joshi, Aunali, Bryon Wilfert, Shaikha & Erika and their team of your continuous support and help.

*  Lot of waters and Tim Horton Coffee were stationed by donation 
*  At the end of the RUN, long queue for getting the duly inscribed certificates by Shelagh Harris , THANK YOU SHELAGH for your devotion and help and continuous support
 
GREAT JOB NASH!
 
Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in Richmond Hil Peter Szoke 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 19, 2015
Today was the District 7070 walk to raise funds for Rotary Foundation.  We had great weather and enjoyed a splendid outing at Morningside Park in Scarborough.  Richmond Hill Rotary was well represented. 
District 7070 Foundation Walk Peter Szoke 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 14, 2015
35 years ago, Terry Fox started his courageous run across Canada, “The Marathon of Hope” to raise funds for Cancer Research.  As many of you know, he was felled by cancer before he could complete his run.  But his memory lives on with the annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. 
 
For the 34th consecutive year, you will be able to participate in the 5km Terry Fox Run in Richmond Hill at Mill Pond Park, at the corner of Mill Street and Wood Lane.  The run will be held Sunday, September 20th from 8am to 2pm.  Most people do NOT run, but walk the route.
 
Over the 34 years of its existence, Richmond Hill has raised $600,000 through the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research.  Worldwide, we have raised $1 billion!
Just last week, Richmond Hill created a permanent Terry Fox Tribute at Ransom Park in Richmond Hill.  Some photos are below.
 
Please come join us and support a worthy cause!  To download a copy of the pledge form, go to http://www.terryfox.org/Run/Download_pledge_sheet.html
 
Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research Peter Szoke 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 14, 2015
The Honourable Byron Wilftert, former Member of Parliament, Past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, and Honorary Console of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was the keynote speaker at our meeting tonight.  He provided background on Myanmar, as well as the many business opportunities available there.  For more information on Myanmar, refer to http://www.meottawa.org/
Business opportunities in Myanmar Peter Szoke 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Yesterday, people came from across York Region and beyond to pay tribute to Terry Fox, the heroic Canadian who inspired the annual Terry Fox Run.  A beautiful statue was unveiled at Ransom Park in Richmond Hill in tribute to Terry.  In attendance at the event were Hon Rezza Moridi MPP for Richmond Hill, RH Rotary Past President and local Terry Fox champion Nasir Azam, Hon Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario, Nazhia Nasir, RH Rotary President Dr. Emmanuel Abara, and his wife Nkeiru Abara.
Terry Fox Tribute Peter Szoke 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 12, 2015
Rotarian Shaista Ali is very happy to announce the official launch of the Limelite Cafe from Dubai in Vaughan, ON.  Everyone is invited to attend the festivities on Friday, September 18th at 7pm.  Please RSVP Shaista at 647-780-5200.  www.limelitecafe.ca
 
Limelite Cafe Launch Peter Szoke 2015-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 07, 2015
Richmond Hill honours Canadian hero Terry Fox and the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope at 2pm on Saturday, September 12 at Ransom Park, on Yonge Street (just south of Centre Str East) in Richmond Hill.  Everyone is welcome!  Join Mayor David Barrow, councillors, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and members of the Fox Family for a celebration including music, workshops, bubble dance party and free ice cream.
 
For more details, see www.richmondhill.ca/TerryFox
Terry Fox Tribute Peter Szoke 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 07, 2015
 
Read a story to a child, inspire a mind!  Today is International Literacy Day.
 
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is a proud sponsor of the "Back to School" project.  We have raised about $7,000 to provide essential school supplies to school children in Cebu, Philippines.  For more information, please see http://portal.clubrunner.ca/101185
 
Your support of our fund raising efforts, such as the Rotary TV Auction www.TVRotary.com makes it all possible.  Thank you!
International Literacy Day Peter Szoke 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 31, 2015
Edwin Ibude, joined by his family was inducted today into Rotary's worldwide family.  Welcome Edwin!
New Member Induction Peter Szoke 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 28, 2015
Above is a photo with Left to Right of Richmond Hill Rotary Club President, Dr. Emmanuel Abara, with our keynote speaker, Douglas Loweth from Catholic Community Services York Region, and his father, Rotarian Gerry Loweth.  Douglas spoke to us about the important services filled by CCSYR in Richmond Hill.  For more information, see http://ccsyr.org/
Catholic Community Services York Region Peter Szoke 2015-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 18, 2015
Our third annual Craft Beer Festival at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts was a huge success.   We have not yet been provided totals in terms of people and money raised for charity…but it appeared that we had “lot’s more” people than last year.
 
Thank you to the 400(??) people who came out drank really awesome Ontario Craft Beer, rocked to the best in indie music, and enjoyed great food.
Thank you to our great Craft Beer Sponsors:
  1. Beau’s Brewery http://beaus.ca/
  2. Granville/Creemore Brewery http://www.creemoresprings.com/
  3. Hobgoblin Brewery http://www.wychwood.co.uk/
  4. Side Launch Brewery http://sidelaunchbrewing.com/
  5. Flying Monkeys Brewery http://flyingmonkeys.ca/
  6. Hop City Brewery http://www.hopcity.com/
Thanks for the absolutely great bands:
 
 
Caveen
 
 
Thanks to our food sponsors:
 
 
Early in evening...
 
 
 
As the party was rockin...
Craft Beer Festival 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 18, 2015
Rotarian Dr.C.P.Giri at the Rogers Cup in York University on August 13, 2015.
Rogers Cup Peter Szoke 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 18, 2015
You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 29th  for an All Candidates Meeting at the Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Road, 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Richmond Hill Rotary Club along with The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, OnRichmondHill.com, York Region Media Group and the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association will be hosting the event.
 
As in past Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections a panel will be addressing questions to the candidates for office. Should you have any question(s) you wish to be asked to any or all of our candidates for MP, please email your questions to Glen Waugh at @gtwaugh@sympatico.ca
 
Below is a short bio of three of the candidates for the riding of Richmond Hill, courtesy  of York Region Media Group.
 
NDP CANDIDATE ADAM DeVITA
Adam DeVita is a professional engineer and community organizer who is ready to fight for constituent priorities in Parliament alongside NDP leader Tom Mulcair. He was nominated by local NDP members and the national party in February.
 
As an engineer, DeVita has 15 years’ experience in the high technology sector, designing software, computer electronics and quality management systems. He earned his engineering degree from the University of Toronto and also has a certificate in Preventive Engineering and Social Development, which considers environmental, technological and social-economic issues.
 
A father of two, he has lived in Richmond Hill for 39 years. For the last 18 years, he has volunteered at Richmond Hill United Church and for the Richmond Hill NDP, the last 10 as president. He has worked on several election campaigns — as a canvass organizer, financial agent, campaign manager and ultimately as a candidate.
 
Contact Adam DeVita by email at adam.devita@gmail.com or phone 289-292-0501
 
LIBERAL CANDIDATE MAJID JOWHARI
Majid Jowhari has been an active member of the Liberal Party since 1987, chosen to be the Richmond Hill riding candidate with Team Trudeau last September and has been a resident of Richmond Hill for the past 16 years.
 
He is married to his wife of 25 years and have two children. He is a professional engineer with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Certified Management Accountant.
 
A CEO of his own consulting firm, he brings 30 years of combined industry and consulting experience across many sectors, with senior management roles in corporations such as Deloitte Consulting, Apotex and Alcatel.
 
He has been a member of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and other cultural organizations.
 
His campaign office is located at 883-16th Avenue E, Unit #6, Richmond Hill.  To contact him call 647-693-9636, email majidjowhari@rogers.com or visit majid@votemajid.ca
 
CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE MICHAEL PARSA
The federal Conservative candidate for Richmond Hill is Michael Parsa, acclaimed as part of the Harper campaign team in July of 2014.
 
Michael and his wife have been married for 10 years and have been living in Richmond Hill since 2002.
 
Parsa has a degree in organizational management and is a senior member of the family business engaged in the retail sale of furniture and mattresses since the early 1990s.
In his community, he sits on the board of the local Optimist Club, which he joined in 2005 and served as president until 2009. He has participated in numerous local events, including the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade for the past five years, as one of the three judges, alongside the mayor.
 
To contact the Parsa campaign, call 905-762-0004 or visit www.MichaelParsa.ca
 
Richmond Hill Federal Election Debate Peter Szoke 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 10, 2015
Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the one year anniversary of "no new cases of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Nigeria".  Today, August 11 2015 is another major milestone in our quest to eliminate polio: No new cases of WPV in all of Africa in one year!
 
It is too far too early to declare victory on polio.  But perhaps it is time that we pause and celebrate a great achievement.  Please come and join us in a toast to this milestone at the York Region Craft Beer Festival, Friday August 14 2015 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  More details at www.rotarybeertasting.com
 
Information on polio at www.endpolio.org
Another Polio Eradication Milestone Peter Szoke 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Aug 10, 2015
Rotary District 7070 Governor Michael Bell joined our club for our August 10th meeting!  Photos from the some of the highlights below.
 
Some of the members enjoying fellowship at the Rotary Meeting.
 
Subhash Sharma is inducted at the newest member of the 1.2 million Rotary International Organization!  Left to Right, Richmond Hill Rotary Club President Dr. Emmanuel Abara, Subhash Sharma, DG Michael Bell, and Membership Chairman David Obadia.
 
Dr. Abara and Michael Bell presenting Peter Szoke with a Paul Harris Award.
District Governor Visits Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 27, 2015
Dr. Paul Thistle, Director of the Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, and his family, Padrinah, James, Alexander and Andrew, came to visit us on July 27, 2015.  Dr. Thistle spoke with passion and humour about a very serious subject, medical care in Zimbabwe.  For more information, see www.karanda.org
 
Below, is a photo of Richmond Hill Rotary President, Dr. Emmanuel Abara, Dr. Thistle and Gerry Loweth at the meeting.
 
Dr. Paul Thistle visits Rotary Peter Szoke 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 24, 2015
And the lucky winner is….Stephanie Karremans from Richmond Hill.  At the Richmond Hill Heritage Village Festival of May 13th, 86 people entered our contest for a free pair of tickets to York Region Craft Beer Festival.  Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations Stephanie!! 
 
The York Region Craft Beer Festival will be held on Friday, August 14th, at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts.  Twelve (12!) craft breweries will be selling 4oz tasters for $1/ea.  Sorry to the breweries that are not already confirmed.  We have no more room!
 
Entrance tickets are still available through Rotarians, the King Henry’s Arms Pub (9301 Yonge Str), or on-line at www.rotarybeertasting.com.
 
For the latest updates on breweries, food and live music, follow us on Twitter @RotaryRichmondH or like us on Facebook – Rotary Club of Richmond Hill Ontario.
 
Below is a photo of Stephanie with her tickets.
Winner of Free Tickets to the Craft Beer Festival Peter Szoke 2015-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 22, 2015
This 24 July marks one year since Nigeria’s last case of wild poliovirus. That’s the longest period the country has gone without a case of the disease. This achievement has particular significance, because Nigeria is one of only three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic. When the disease is eradicated in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the world will be free of polio. A few weeks later, 11 August will mark one year since the last case of polio in Africa: a case in Somalia that came at the end of an outbreak in the Horn of Africa. Africa’s countries have overcome significant challenges — including lack of security and difficulty reaching children in remote places — to protect their children from polio. Rotary has played an important role in reaching these milestones. Rotarians have dedicated their time and their personal resources to keep children safe from this disease by immunizing them, donating money, raising funds, and urging governments to support the cause. Rotary has donated $688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million designated for Nigeria. While this is notable progress, we haven’t finished the job yet.
 
Before Africa can be certified polio-free, all countries in the region, including Nigeria, must pass two more years without a case of polio. To achieve this, we must make sure all children in Nigeria continue to receive the polio vaccine, including those in hard-to-reach and underserved areas. Maintaining high-quality immunization campaigns and disease surveillance throughout the continent is essential. Now more than ever, we need the support of Rotarians, partners, and governments. As recently as June, Rotary granted $19 million to support polio eradication efforts in Africa, including $9.9 million for Nigeria. By continuing to support polio eradication in these final years of the campaign, we ensure the best possible chance that 11 August 2014 marked the very last case of polio in Africa. Spread the news that we’re making progress, but this is only one step on the final road to polio eradication. Support Rotary’s continued efforts to fight polio by donating at endpolio.org
 
You also help us support the fight against polio with every Richmond Hill Rotary fund raising event.  Thank you to all who participate in the Rotary TV Auction!  Thank you to those who come to the York Region Craft Beer Festival!
 
One year without Polio in Nigeria Peter Szoke 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 21, 2015
At our July 20, 2015 meeting, our keynote speaker was Peter Ginsberg, President of the Rotary Club of Newmarket.  He spoke to us about Daughters for Life, a scholarship programs to enable young woman from Palestine and Israel to obtain a university education in the West. For more details on the program, see http://www.daughtersforlife.com/
 
Below is a photo from our meeting.
Meeting of July 20, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 20, 2015
Dr. Paul Thistle will be coming to speak at the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill on Monday, July 27, 2015.  Originally from Scarborough, Dr. Thistle’s life’s calling has been to serve in a remote hospitals in rural areas of Zimbabwe.
 
In 2008, the University of Toronto-trained doctor was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award, created by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to recognize Canadian physicians who go beyond normal expectations to deliver health care worldwide. In 2008, the University of Windsor awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree.
 
Everyone is welcome.  Including dinner, the price is $20.  Please RSVP to the club as soon as possible (so your meal can be ordered!).  To get some background on Dr. Thistle, you can check some of the following interviews:
 
 
Below is a photo of Dr. Paul Thistle being recognized at a Rotary Meeting.
Dr. Paul Thistle to speak at Richmond Hill Rotary Peter Szoke 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 13, 2015
 
Last week, our own Ngozi Ojeh visited Nigeria and exchanged banners with members at Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Airfield.
Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Airfield Peter Szoke 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 13, 2015
At our July 13 meeting, motivational speaker and Unionville's Glama Gal Tween Spa franchise owner Elisabeth Mensher came to speak to our club and many young women visitors.  Whoever was planning to spend their life in the corporate world, should seriously consider running their own business!  For info on Glama Gal, see http://www.glamagalparty.com/
 
Below is a photo of Elisabeth Mensher receiving congratulations from Richmond Hill Rotary Club President Dr. Emmanuel Abara.
 
 
Meeting of July 13, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 08, 2015
Ou first meeting of the new Rotary year was held July 6, 2015 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel.  Thank you very much to Richard Housen for taking the accompanying photos.
 
 
Above Ted Bird from the Rotary Club of Newmarket presents a cheque to President Dr. Emmanuel Abara for funds raised at our Golf Tournament of June 16, 2015 at the Cardinal Golf Course (see photos of the event below).
 
Above our keynote speaker, Dean Colford, of Mind, Body and Soul Self Help Support Centre in Richmond Hill is thanked by President Dr. Emmanuel Abara.  His organization supports adults with intellectual disabilities, those with handicaps, and other mental health related issues including families of abuse and integration of new immigrants. They run a Charity Thrift Store to sell donations that support the program.  For more details, please see www.mindbodyandsoul.ca
 
Meeting of July 6, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 05, 2015
The Richmond Hill Rotary Club would like to sincerely thank those web sites that have assisted promoting our events.  If we forgot one, please let us know, so that we can add your site too.
 
 
Thank you to those who promote our events... Peter Szoke 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 02, 2015
Please mark your calendars for the social highlight of 2015!  The 3rd annual York Region Craft Beer Drinking Festival in support of Richmond Hill Rotary will be at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Str. on Friday, August 14th, 6-11pm.  The venue is along the Yonge Street VIVA bus routes, so you can leave the car at home.
 
Based on the huge success of the last two years, we have maxed out with ten  (that is not a misprint) local Ontario craft brewers, and have a brewery waiting list in effect!  We will also have three of Richmond Hill's top food vendors, and four hot local music groups.
 
You must be 19+ to attend.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Alternately, if you purchase on-line in-advance, $20 includes both entry and 5 FREE vendor coupons.
 
More details and tickets are available at www.rotarybeertasting.com , or contact a Rotarian.
 
 
York Region Craft Beer Tasting Festival Peter Szoke 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jul 02, 2015
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is very happy to offer Discounted Tickets Prices for the Rogers Cup Tennis at the Aviva Centre at York University running August 8-16.  This is your chance to see Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova playing live.
 
The discounted tickets are available for Thursday, August 13th, the 3rd round, either the afternoon or the evening session.  Not only do you save money on your ticket purchase, the club also receives a small contribution from Rogers.
 
To receive the discounted tickets, go the the web site https://tickets.rogerscup.com/Toronto/ and use our secret promotional code, that is PROMO CODE: RHROTARY15
 
This offer is available to Rotarians, friends of Rotary, residents of Richmond Hill, citizens of Canada, Canadian landed immigrants, visitors to Canada, and anyone else who is interested.
 
Rogers Cup Discounted Tickets - Promo Code RHROTARY15 Peter Szoke 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 23, 2015
Annually, at the end of June, we have our "turnover" BBQ. At this event, the Richmond Hill Rotary Board of Directors for 2014-2015 "turn over" the controls of the club to the the Richmond Hill Rotary Board of Directors for 2015-2016.  There is also fellowship, lots of fun and great food.
 
 
above, 2014-2015 President David Tate turning over the reins to 2015-2016 President Dr. Emmanuel Abara
 
above, taking in the festivities
 
above, hard at work, preparing the BBQ
 
above: Wow, look at all this great food!
Turnover and BBQ Peter Szoke 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 18, 2015
The Rotary Clubs of Richmond Hill and Newmarket held a joint Golf Tournament at the Cardinal Course in King City on June 16, 2015.  The caliber of the golf may not quite have been professional, but the fun and fellowship were fantastic!  And we raised money for many of the charities that our club supports.  A real win - win endeavour.  Thank you to all our sponsors who helped ensure the financial success of the tournament:
 
 
Photos below of the event courtesy of www.knight-image.com.
 
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament Peter Szoke 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Richmond Hill's Heritage Village Festival 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Jun 14, 2015
At our weekly meeting of June 8, 2015, we were joined by youth from our Community.  Hans Kumar came in to speak about his experience at RYLA, or Rotary Youth Leadership Camp.  And from the Bayview Secondary School Rotaract Club, we were joined by Michelle Li, Simran Chathenat, Sherie Tam, Dania Husain.
 
In photo above, Bayview Secondary Rotaractors are joined by Rotary advisor Stephen Knight.
Rotaractors joined our Meeting Peter Szoke 2015-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2015
FREE Contest to be run at the 2015 Richmond Hill Heritage Village Festival.  Come to the Richmond Hill Rotary booth this Saturday, June 13th between 9am and 5pm, for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 3rd annual York Region Craft Beer Festival in support of Rotary. 
 
Rotary Craft Beer Festival FREE CONTEST Rules
  1. All contestants must be at least 19 years of age.
  2. Only one entry per person.
  3. Rotarians and their direct family are not allowed to enter the contest.
  4. Contestants must supply their name and email address.
  5. The winner will be drawn randomly. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.
  6. The winner must allow his name to be announced.
  7. The value of the prize is $40.  Cash will not be awarded in lieu of the tickets..
  8. All contest entrants will receive an email reminding them of the Beer Festival prior to the event.
 
For more information on the 2015 Richmond Hill Heritage village festival, go to http://www.artsrichmondhill.org
 
For information on the Craft Beer Festival, go to http://www.rotarybeertasting.com
 
FREE Contest! 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 31, 2015
Two photos were published of Rotarians in action in Richmond Hill SNAPD paper:
 
Electronics Recycling Fundraiser for Richmond Hill Rotary in SNAP June 15, Page 2
 
Cleaning up Richmond Hill Rotary Park in SNAP June 15, Page 22
 
Plus our upcoming Golf Tournament in SNAP too
Richmond Hill Rotary in the News! Peter Szoke 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 25, 2015
Dr. Laurel Douglas -Shugarman came to present this evening about the problems of Domestic Violence faced by many women and children in York Region.  Thankfully, Yellow Brick House offers a safe refuge for many women and their children as they get their lives in order.  For more details, please check out Yellow Brick House
 
Below, Club President David Tate thanks Dr. Douglas-Shugarman for coming to speak with us.
Yellow Brick House Peter Szoke 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 25, 2015
Last weekend, we held our first ever Electronics Recycling Fundraiser.  What a success! We estimate that about 11 or 12 thousand pounds of electronic waste was collected.  Many members of the Richmond Hill community asked when the next one was going to be!  Below a photo of one shift at the Bayview Secondary School location.
Electronics Recycling Peter Szoke 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 22, 2015
Please drop off your old or scrap electronics for our fundraiser.  At Hillcrest Mall (Yonge Street and Carrville), the weekend of May 23/24.  At Bayview High School (Bayview Ave north of Major Mac) on only May 23.  Support a great cause!  Help the environment!
 
Electronics Recycling Fundraiser starts tomorrow! Peter Szoke 2015-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 12, 2015
Thanks again to all the Rotarians who participated in the Rotary Park cleanup. Below, there is a letter from Mayor Dave Barrow thanking our club’s contribution to “Pitch-In 2015”,
 
 
In the Globe and Mail’s April 23 addition, there was an article “Vanquishing a virus”, on polio eradication.  See http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/vanquishing-a-virus/article24072124/
 
 
Above see a photo of Dr. C.P. Giri accepting congratulations from Club President David Tate for his classification presentation.
 
 
Above see a photo of Ngozi Ojeh accepting congratulations from Club President David Tate for her classification presentation.
Meeting of May 11, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser Peter Szoke 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Electronics Poster Peter Szoke 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on May 06, 2015
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be holding our first ever Electronics Recycling Fundraiser.  We will be collecting scrap electronics for sale to help support the many community and international charities supported by our club.
 
The Recycling Event will be held on the weekend of May 23rd and 24th from 9am-5pm.  There will be two collection locations: Hillcrest Mall (South West Entrance) and Bayview Secondary School (Bayview just North of Major Mackenzie).
 
Please start collecting your electronics now.  Please encourage your neighbours, friends, and even enemies to start collecting their electronics too.  Feel free to distribute our attached poster to whoever may be interested.
 
We are looking for Televisions (all types), Computers, Printers, Batteries, VCRs and DVD Players, Laptops, Photocopiers, Telephones, Stereos and Speakers, Monitors, Networking Equipment, Cellphones, Wires, Computer Accessories, Ink and Toner Cartridges, Calculators, GPS, Electronic Cameras.
If you happen to have more heavy duty electronics, we can take that too: Surveillance Systems, UPS (uninterruptable power supplies), Computer Servers, Phone PBX or Key Systems, Rectifiers, other good stuff too.
What a wonderful way to help the environment, and raise funds for Rotary charities – a true win-win!
 
 
Our Electronics Recycling Fundraiser is listed on the internet:
 
 
 
Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Peter Szoke 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 28, 2015
It was our great honour to have as a our keynote speaker Wilf Wilkinson, past RI President, and currently on the board of directors of the Landmine Foundation of Canada.
 
 
News reports often talk about landmines from a military perspective.  Wilf brought the human side of the story to the audience.  He recounted the story of little girl Ema Alic.  On April 10th, 2000, the 11-year-old girl Ema and two of her friends were playing in a field north of Sarajevo and they were killed by an antipersonnel landmine. It’s tragic when young lives are cut short. It’s tragic that they died while they were playing. And it’s tragic that Ema didn’t die immediately, she suffered for some time. And the people of the area stood on the edge of the field unable to offer aid or comfort – because the children were in a minefield. But what is more than tragic is that the landmine that killed those children was put into the ground as part of a military conflict that ended 5 years before the tragedy occurred.
 
When wars end the surviving soldiers take their weapons and go home – not so anti-personnel landmines, they stay in the ground. They are ready; they are waiting. They don’t know the difference between war and peace. They don’t know the difference between the footsteps of a soldier and the footsteps of a child. They don’t wear out.
 
If you are interested in more information on landmines, please go to http://canadianlandmine.org/
 
Above is a photo of Dr. Emmanuel Abara, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, presenting a certificate of thanks to Wilf Wilkinson.
Wilf Wilkinson Speaks about Landmines Peter Szoke 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke
Members of Alliance Veterans Alliance- Les Amis, Inc.came to our meeting on April 27, 2015.  They presented Rotary International Past President Wilf Wilkinson with a $1000 cheque for the End Polio Now campaign.
 
 
Alliance Veterans Alliance – Les Amis, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, exists to honour veterans, raise awareness of the sacrifice of veterans, and inspire the youth on the virtues of good citizenship through collaborative educational, artistic, and cultural programs.  For more details, check out their web site at www.avalaorganization.com
Alliance Veterans Alliance- Les Amis, Inc. Peter Szoke 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 26, 2015
Last Saturday, 40 people came together to pack 11 thousand meals for the hungry in Uganda.  The team consisted of members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, and students from Bayview Secondary School’s Interact Club (a Rotary-sponsored youth service club), and their friends.
 
The event was held Saturday at St. Matthews Church on Crosby Avenue.  Two “production lines” of students were set up to pack dried food into six-meal servings.  The event was made possible through a $3,000 donation by the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill to purchase the food and materials.
 
 
The idea behind the meals comes from the organization Kids Against Hunger.  They are a humanitarian food-aid organization, whose mission is to help feed starving children throughout the world. Kids Against Hunger is not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group and does not discriminate on any basis when distributing its meals.
 
The organization’s approach to achieving its goal – the eradication of world hunger – includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the USA and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. Last year alone, volunteers at Kids Against Hunger’s food packaging centers across the USA and Canada packaged forty million meals for children and their families around the world and around the corner.
 
 
The Kids Against Hunger meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child’s body and mind. The food also accommodates to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world.
 
Bayview Students Pack 11 thousand meals for Uganda Peter Szoke 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 13, 2015
On April 13, our club had one of our semi-regular Fireside meeting.  For the evening, we changed the venue to the London Pub.  Beer, good food, and great fellowship was shared!  Oh ya, we strategized ways to improve our annual Rotary TV Auction too.
 
Fireside Meeting Peter Szoke 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Huang visit in Monsoon Times Peter Szoke 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 07, 2015
Richmond Hill Rotary has been published on-line with the York Region Media Group at http://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/5543602-rotarians-celebrate-polio-milestones-in-richmond-hill/ The article features Gary Huang an Rotary's fight to eradicate polio.  The article also talks about the TV Auction results.  Keep your eyes open for an identical version of the article in tomorrow's Richmond Hill Liberal newspaper.
Rotary in the Richmond Hill Liberal Peter Szoke 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 29, 2015
Minutes of Richmond Hill Rotary Meeting, March 23
 
In place of the meeting of March 23, we had RI President Gary Huang come speak to us on March 24 instead.  To see photos, please go our our web site at www.richmondhillrotary.com.  It was also published on my web site, www.truepulse.com
 
Over 300 Rotarians, politicians, dignitaries and Rotary supporters congregated at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill to hear Rotary International President Gary Huang speak.  Huang spoke at length about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio around the world.  But more importantly, he inspired hundreds of people to continue the struggle.
 
In Richmond Hill, Gary Huang was very pleased to announce that there have been no new cases of polio reported in Africa for the last seven months!  We are hopeful that it may have been eradicated from the continent.
 
The struggle against polio is focussed on the last major centers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Huang admits that “the situation in Pakistan is challenging”.  He challenged those in the room to help eradicate polio from the planet by 2018, the year that Rotary International will hold their worldwide conference in Toronto.
 
Gary told us about the old Confucius proverb, that “it is better to light just one candle, then sit and curse the dark”.  He challenged each of us to go out and light a candle in the world.  Hence our theme for the year to “Go light up Rotary!”
 
Minutes of Richmond Hill Rotary Meeting, March 30
 
In place of this meeting, we held our annual Progressive Dinner on March 21, followed by a party at Samir’s house.  We enjoyed an evening a great food and fellowship!  It was also an opportunity for members of the satellite club and our regular club to get to know each other better.  If anyone remembered to take photos, please let me know.  I will post them to our web site.
 
There is no meeting.on Monday, April 6 because it is Easter Monday.
 
The next meeting is on Monday, April 13, a fireside, at the London Pub.
Minutes March 23 and March 30, 2015 Peter Szoke 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Mar 28, 2015
Over 300 Rotarians, politicians, dignitaries and Rotary supporters congregated at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill to hear Rotary International President Gary Huang speak.  Huang spoke at length about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio around the world.  But more importantly, he inspired hundreds of people to continue the struggle.
 
Photo of Gary Huang speaking in Richmond Hill
 
In Richmond Hill, Gary Huang was very pleased to announce that there have been no new cases of polio reported in Africa for the last seven months!  We are hopeful that it may have been eradicated from the continent.
 
The struggle against polio is focussed on the last major centers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Huang admits that “the situation in Pakistan is challenging”.  He challenged those in the room to help eradicate polio from the planet by 2018, the year that Rotary International will hold their worldwide conference in Toronto.
 
Photo of Gary Huang and wife Corinna Yao with some of the members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club
 
Polio crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until the vaccine was introduced. It used to be called "infantile paralysis" or "the crippler"; because it could permanently damage nerve cells that control muscles.  Since there is no cure for polio, prevention is very important.  
With the help of the polio vaccine, there has not been polio in Canada for 20 years.  Worldwide, 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated against polio.  As a result, the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 350 in 2014.
The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe.
 
Photo of Karen Thompson (wife of Brian Thompson), Gary Huang, Corinna Yao, and Rotary International Districit 7070 Governor Brian Thompson
RI President Gary Huang visits Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 14, 2015
 
It is our club's great honour to have Rotary International President, Gary CK Huang, come to Richmond Hill on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  A dinner at the Sheraton will be held from 6 - 9 PM.  Below is the link to the District website to register. Cost is $55.  
 
This is a very special opportunity for our Club to have the RI President in our "very own backyard".  
 
Part of the evening activities includes President Gary to re-induct ALL new members to Rotary since the beginning of the Rotary year.  This would include all members of the Satellite Club plus C.P. & Ngozi.
 
Please mark this on your calendar and register today.  It promises to be a great Rotary evening!
 
Any questions - you can contact David T, Ted K, Paul V or myself.
 
If you have problems with the link - just got to the District website home page and scroll down for the info.  You can access the District site from our Club home page
 
RI President Gary Huang coming to Richmonnd Hill Peter Szoke 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett on Feb 09, 2015
ROTARY MINUTE - David Tate
David spoke about an article found in The Rotarian about Youth Building Projects within mixed cultures that are funded by The Rotary Foundation.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
David T:  
- No meeting next Monday due to Family Day
- Feb 23 will be a Pub Night at King Henry's Arms from 6-8.  Please RSVP asap to Nash and/or Anders
- Board will meet on Wednesday at Marshall's at 6:30
- The Newmarket Club has extended an invitation to the March 12 meeting at the Voyager Hotel.  The speaker will be Tom Deans.  Please RSVP to Ted Bird.
- The Newmarket and Aurora Clubs have extended a bowling challenge to all clubs in York Region to set up a bowling team(s) on March 28 in support of Big Brothers/Sisters.  Anyone not participating in our Progressive Dinner should try to attend.
 
Paul V:
- Reminder of our very special event on March 24 to welcome RI President Gary Huang.  Everyone is encouraged to attend especially any new members inducted in the 2014/15 Rotary year.  It will be in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton.  Registration via https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=e95d09bd-8261-44cf-9e21-655eea49de31
- May 7 is the Tree Planting at Oak Ridges.  It is planned to set up the club tent and distribute hot dogs.  More details to follow.
- April 25 is the Kids Against Hunger meal packing event.  11,000 meals are planned to be packaged.  Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.
 
Arja/Anders:
- Thank you to the team who came out and supported our BBQ'ing at the Winter Carnival.  The entire carnival is run by volunteers and it was a great success.
 
Paul T:
- April 30 is a gala "Truth & Reconciliation & Engagement" which will support Chippewa Youth Education.  Black Tie.  Go to www.ciecyr.ca for more details.
 
Hira:
- Presented a cheque of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation from Fidelity Investments.  Thank you Hira!
 
David T:
- Unfortunately our speaker for the evening has not shown up.  Stay tuned for the Foodie Truck Fundraising initiative at a future meeting.
 
Emmanuel:
- As President Elect, Dr Abara spoke about future plans to collaborate, grow and strengthen our club for the coming year.  All Directors will have co-chairs and committee members so that all members are engaged.  
- Will be looking at an international project for our club to lead.
- Looking at innovations in club meetings/procedures - for instance looking at pilot projects to utilize more social media platforms, electronic meetings, having an Advisory Team from the senior members of the club, etc.
- Announced the board for 2015/2016: Pres Elect - Susan, Secretary - Richard, Treasurer - David T, Community - Arja, Vocational - Jason, Club Service - Cyril, Youth - CP, Satellite - Samir, Fdn Chair - Glen, Fdn Secretary - Richard, Fdn Treasurer - Jag, Fdn - Gordon, Membership - David O, Publicity - Peter
 
Next Meeting:
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK.  PUB NIGHT FEB 23 AT KING HENRY'S ARMS.  PLEASE RSVP TO NASH/ANDERS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minutes February 9, 2015 Susan Hazlett 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett
Please join us in our fellowship evening on Feb 23rd at Pub night
This is a spousal night, “Beer is a proof that God loves us and wants us to be Happy.”
Date: Feb 23rd 2015
Venue: Kings Henry’s Arm
            (South Hill Shopping Centre)
            9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1V4
            Phone: (905) 787-0900  
Time6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dress code: Casual – Pub
We’re looking forward to seeing you all. Meet you at the Pub.
RSVP by email to Nash by Feb 20th to order meals and any restrictions
Pub Night Feb 23 Susan Hazlett 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, from the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, Alam Khwaja, Samir Dossal, and Richmond Hill Rotary President David Tate receiving cheque from TV Auction Chairman Jason Cherniak.
Richmond Hill Rotary Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Thirteen charities raised over $43,000 in the 2014 Rotary TV Auction. What a great achievement!  That money will be flowing back into our community in York Region.  The cheque presentation was held February 9 at the Sheraton in Richmond Hill.  Thank you to all the local businesses that generously donated items for the auction.  A huge thank you to our loyal supporters who bid and purchased great items!  And a special thank you to Rogers York Region TV for broadcasting the auction live!  Photos below courtesy of Phil Shepherd at ShepPho.ca.
Rotary TV Auction Cheque Presentation Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Canadian Spinal Research Organization Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Mary Ann Girard of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestral receiving cheque from Richmond Hill Rotary Club President David Tate.
Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Joan Sax and Phillip Trow of Opera York receiving cheque from Richmond Hill Rotary President David Tate.
Opera York Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Diane Legris and Dean Rokos of The York Centre receiving cheque from Rotarian Peter Szoke.
The York Centre Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Heidi Spannbauer of the Sunshine Foundation receiving cheque from Rotarian Peter Szoke.
Sunshine Foundation Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Cory Bartlett of Eva's Initiatives receiving cheque from Rotarian Paul Thomas.
Eva's Initiatives Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Kimberly Thomas representing My House Richmond Hill, Rainbow Resources receiving cheque from Rotarian Paul Thomas..
My House Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Kimberly Thomas of Hospice Richmond Hill receiving cheque from Rotarian Paul Vyrostko.
Hospice Richmond Hill Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Feb 09, 2015
Above, Tka Pinnock of Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation with Rotarian Paul Vyrostko.
Future Aces Peter Szoke 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett on Jan 19, 2015
Minutes January 19, 2015
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
David T:
- Jan 26 meeting Brian Berger will be speaking about Palliative Care - it will be a spousal night - RSVPs required
- Feb 2 meeting will be cheque presentation night from TV Auction - spousal night - RSVPs required
- Feb 9 meeting Suresh Doss will be speaking about a Food Truck Fundraising initiative
- Announced that Jay and Maryse have resigned from the club
 
Arja:
- Reminder Winter Carnival will be Feb 6/7/8 at Mill Pond.  Our club will be BBQ'ing Saturday.  Please let Arja know if you can participate.  
- At Winter Carnival we can enter a team for a Bed Race.  Enough members indicated interest, so we will be entering a team.  Details to follow.
 
DIRECTORS' REPORTS:
Club Service, Treasurer Report, and Vocational Service Report will be presented at another meeting upon the return of Nash, Richard and Jason
 
Community Service - Paul V and Ted
- Already reported to the club in November, but additionally would like to plan a Rotary Day at Rotary Park sometime in June.  The program will be geared toward families -- perhaps a BBQ, kids bouncy castle etc. They are looking for volunteers for a committee to organize.  Any ideas for activities are welcome.
 
International Service - Gordon
- The Adopt a Village in Laos program has been running smoothly and a speaker will be coming to a future meeting to present our progress
- 20 water purification & filtration systems at $75/each have been purchased and sent
- Last year we cooperated with World Vision and bought a couple of goats; this year we have purchased some goats, roosters and chickens
- Ongoing funds are currently being sent to the school in Philippines from our weekly 50/50 draw
- Other projects currently under investigation are:  a mine clearance project, a water project in Uganda and wells in Cambodia
- Gordon asks if anyone in the club has suggestions for any projects to please feel free to contact him
 
Youth Service - Steve
- The Interact Club at Bayview has been very active and have plans through until June including:
    - will contribute to our water purification/filtration in Laos
    - in Feb will go to Brookfield Retirement Centre to host a craft show and a talent show for the seniors' enjoyment
    - in March will participate with Paul/Ted's food packing program for Kids Against Hunger
    - March 10 will be another blood drive.  Hillcrest was so impressed with them last fall that they will be sending a bus to pick up donors at the school.  Anyone interested in making a blood donation is welcome
    - in April will participate in Annual Tree Planting
    - in Spring will participate in clean-up of Rotary Park
    - in June will do another Locks of Kindness (hair for cancer patients)
    - May 7-10 will be doing Camp Enterprise
- There are approx 20-30 Interactors, obviously very active and committed.  Peter asked if Steve could provide some photos for posting on our website.
 
Treasurer Report - The financial statements were handed out in Richard's absence and will be discussed another time
 
NEXT MEETING
January 26 at the Sheraton - Dr Brian Berger will be the speaker.  Spousal night.  RSVP to David T is required please.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minutes January 19, 2015 Susan Hazlett 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett
ROTARY MINUTE
- Presented by Mark reminding the club that January is Rotary Awareness Month
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
David T
- Next meeting (Jan 12) is DG Thompson Visit.  Board to meet at 5:30 prior to regular meeting to meet DG Thompson.  It will be a spousal night.
- Jan 19 meeting will be Directors Report to club.
- Jan 26 speaker will be Dr Brian Berger regarding palliative care.  It will be a spousal night.
- Feb 2 will be TV Auction Cheque Presentation Night.  It will be a spousal night.
- The Board discussed the issue of electing the next board by club members.  It was agreed that the incoming president should have full autonomy for the Board composition, ideally based on members interest in the various positions. It was also agreed that the 3 current and past presidents should collaborate closely, share suggestions and ideas to the incoming president.
 
Arja
​- Winter Carnival is coming up Feb 6/7/8.  Again, our club will be participating and BBQ'ing.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday afternoon for about 2 hours.  Times TBD.  Please contact Arya if you can help.
 
PRESENTATION - JASON CHERNIAK, POST MORTEM ON TV AUCTION RESULTS 
Prior to the meeting, Jason sent everyone spreadsheets categorizing items that brought in the most value and those that had poor results.  These were discussed in order to assist members when canvassing for items next year.  Final results after costs are not yet available, but overall results are very similar to last year with about $40,000 raised in total, and $14,000 raised for the club.  These funds will enable the club to continue our international and community projects and commitments.
 
The floor was then open to comments/review/suggestions from the club members:
CP - suggested that we need to find ways to avoid excessive handling of the items.
Mark - commended the improved efficiency of the process -- we are raising the same amount of money in less time with less work.
Cyril - questioned whether we could have sponsors of the show, ie a donor pay us for some publicity.  Jason and Peter said that Rogers will not allow that. Mark suggested Rogers might allow a sponsored segment.  This can be discussed further with Rogers.  
Paul V - suggested donors would receive more visibility if website was up and running earlier and items were donated early.
Peter - website was unreliable and crashed on Saturday during the auction.  Says online bidding did not work.  Reported that his survey results had many comments that the "website sucks" and users did not want to use the 4Pay feature.  Jason commented that he was aware of these technical problems and they are being addressed.
David O - because Jag has to now follow up with everyone regarding tax receipts,  it would be helpful if there was a "tick box" when inputting the items if a tax receipt is required.
 
Auction Captains' Comments:
Gordon - Reported 42 items had zero bids -- need better quality of items.  At deadline for input, there were not enough items -- deadlines must be adhered to esp by club members.  There were multiple computer glitches. Volunteers did not show up when/where they were supposed to.  Some items were overvalued.  Does not believe the auction was successful.
Graham - Agrees some items were overvalued.  Says we have stiff competition as other sources offer great prices on things this time of year, so we must get quality items.  Says our auction allows us to continue the projects that we want to do for the community and the funds raised were right on target.  Also says this was the easiest year so far in his experience because of the earlier deadlines.
Paul V - Agrees there were good and bad issues but says Rotarians brought in more items than ever before.  Emphasized that ALL club members must bring in items.  Commented that there is increased pressure in today's economy to get items so we need to go out much earlier to canvass for items (March or April).  Says we must look at the broad picture, that even though we had some difficulties, we raised over $40,000 for the York Region Community.
Jason - cited the other clubs who have Rib Fests, they start planning the next as soon as one finishes and we should be doing the same.
Rick - Hockey tickets and sports items bring in 93% of retail value, so more of this type of item is needed.
Glen - Agrees competition for the best bargains is difficult to compete with.  Says club should continue our efforts to be innovative and come up with other fund raising initiatives.
 
Jason - A committee has been formed to review all comments and will report back to the club in a month or two.  Thank you everyone for your participation both with the Auction and for a frank review of results.
 
 
NEXT MEETING
January 12 at the Sheraton.  DG Thompson will meet the Board at 5:30.  Spousal Night.
 
 
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 02, 2014
Tributes are pouring in for one of the legends of hockey, Jean Beliveau.  He won 10 Stanley Cups playing for the Montreal Canadiens 1953-1971.  On his retirement, he was the NHL's second all-time leader in goals and the NHL's all-time leading playoff scorer. Our hats off to a great Canadian icon!
 
This weekend's Rotary TV Auction www.TVrotary.com will have an autographed Jean Beliveau career jersey available.  It is item #11588.  The approximate value is $2000.
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 01, 2014
We see Eddie Sabat, heart donor receipient, and representative of the Trillium Gift of Life receiving a certificate of thanks from Richmond Hill Rotary Club President, David Tate at the December 1, 2014 meeting.  Though a touching story, Eddie persuaded the author to invest two minutes to go on-line and register as a organ and tissue donor.  I did it tonight!  It took 2 minutes.  Will you do the same?  www.giftoflife.on.ca
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 27, 2014
TV Auction in the news... Peter Szoke 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 27, 2014
The team is practicing to carry the banner for the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade, last Sunday November 23.
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Nov 25, 2014
The 35th Annual Auction is almost here.  Up for auction is this Daryl Sittler Career Jersey.  It is an autographed with only 199 ever made.  The jersey is embroidered with the accomplishments that highlight his career and comes with a matching Certificate of Authenticity.  More stuff at www.tvrotary.com
Rotary TV Auction December 6&7 Peter Szoke 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Below is a  photo and story from the Thursday, November 20 edition of the Richmond Hill Liberal newspaper:
 
The Richmond Hill Rotary Club donated brand new winter coats to the Salvation Army last week, just in time for cold weather.  Happy to accept the warm donation was Major Dave Paearo (far left) and Mary Halpert, from Rotarians Rick Sulker and Ted Koziel (far right).  Last year Rotary donated 60 coats; this year 96 coats from small child size to adult.  If you would like to donate a new or slightly used winter coat, drop if off at the Salvation Army, 55 Newkirk Rd., just North of the GO Station.
 
Other places where we see Rotary in the news:
Rotary TV Auction on Radio Station CHFI website: http://www.chfi.com/concerts-events/the-35th-annual-rotary-tv-auction/
Rotary TV Auction on OnRichmondHill: http://onrichmondhill.com/events.php?id=25057
Richmond Hill Rotary in the News! Peter Szoke 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett on Nov 17, 2014
MINUTES OF MEETING - RICHMOND HILL ROTARY - NOVEMBER 17, 2014
 
ROTARY MINUTE - David Tate
David presented the Club with the banner from RI Rotary Foundation awarding our club the honour of having 100% membership participation in the Every Rotarian Every Year program.  Well done!!
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF ROTARY
David T - He attended the Leadership Institute 3 day Phase 1 program.  Well worth going.  Anyone who would like to go to the next one on April 18 should contact David T.
David T - Hams can still be ordered until November 17.
Paul V - The Santa Claus Parade is Nov 23.  Please arrive between 11:30-12:30.  The parade has been shorted to 2 km from Elgin Mills to Major Mack (at library).  Please come and walk with our club.  All families, friends, Interactors, Rotaractors are welcome.  Let Paul know if coming.
Paul T - Christmas Party is Dec 15 at Oakview Terrace.  Tickets $30/member, $30/child, $50/guest.  Please RSVP to Paul T.
Paul T - Handed out announcement re the $3,000 club donation oto ABCD Tanzania project.  He was there and presented the cheque on our behalf.
Emmanuel - Friday Nov 21 at 6:30-9:30pm will be the Tree Lighting event at the McConaughy Centre presented by Arts R'Hill.  Free admission.  A donation to the food bank would be appreciated.
Jason - Reminder TV Auction Dec 6 & 7.  Items will be moved from Marshalls to Rogers on Dec 5 - will need volunteers.  More details TBA.
Susan - Passed around volunteer sheet for TV Auction.  Everyone should be participating as well as people are needed for pick-up dates post auction.  Nash will be taking over as Volunteer Coordinator so please liaise with him.
Peter - Presented TV Auction Poster.  Everyone please put up at your place of work, local shops etc.  
 
SPEAKER - CELIA ONG, RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Celia spoke about estate planning, wills, executor risks & responsibilities, power of attorney duties.  Emphasized how important it is to have everything in place.  She also reviewed what to do if one is an executor for someone else.  She reviewed the many options there are for estate planning.  Very informative - thank you Celia!
 
NEXT MEETING NOVEMBER 24 AT SHERATON.
 
 
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Rotary TV Auction - Dec 6 & 7 Susan Hazlett 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Last night Glen and I attended the District 7070 Rotary Foundation dinner at the Oshawa Golf Club.
 
The evening was full of Rotary Foundation information with Bill Patchett as host. 
 
Special guest speakers included Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson and Past Rotary Foundation Chair Dr. Bob Scott.
 
During the evening District Governor Brian Thompson presented certificates to 17 Clubs who had achieved or exceeded 2013 Foundation financial goals.
 
Then DG Brian announced a special recognition for Clubs who achieved 100% member participation in the “Every Rotarian Every Year” program.    
 
Surprisingly there was only one Club in the District to win this banner.
 
Yes  - it is Richmond Hill.  It was my honor on behalf of all of you to accept this amazing recognition.
 
Congratulations to ALL for your continuing support of your Rotary Foundation.
 
It was a fabulous evening.
 
Dave
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Elizabeth Baker, from the Thomas Center Service Dogs, accepting thanks from David Tate, for her talk on service dogs.  The club will be providing a service dog to Jean Doe, a severely diabetic young girl.  Elizabeth is currently training Jean's dog, Noah, a black labrador retriever.

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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Oct 27, 2014
Minutes of October 27, 2014 Meeting
 
ROTARY MINUTE
In lieu of the Rotary Minute, Pres David T asked members to observe a minute of silence for CPL Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dave T:
1.  World Polio Day was Oct 24: Thanks to Arja, Anders, Beppi, Cyril, Nash & Emmanuel who gave out flyers at the R'Hill GO Station.  And thanks to Gordon, Binni, Jason, Heather & Benjamin, and PDG Ted K who attended the End Polio Now flag raising event in Markham.  Special thanks to Peter who arranged for press coverage in The Liberal.
2. District Conference – joined by Ted & Paul V on Saturday. 3 major awards presented Saturday night: 1) Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award awarded to Bill Gates 2) Zone Alumni Service Humanity Award to Lars Hendrikson 3) Dr Bob Scott Award for contribution to War Child
3.  Our thoughts go to Bill Patchett, who is ill
4. TV Auction – get items in by this Friday
5. Thanks Peter for getting an ad in SNAP for Remembrance Day.
6. Nov 10th meeting will be a Fireside at London Pub. Topics – 1) nominations and elections of Club officers 2) agreement on the by-law changes
7. Hams will be sold again this year - $26 each. Pick up will be Monday Dec 8th at Rogers
Paul T:
Reminder of Christmas Party on Dec 15 at Oakview Terrace.  Tickets will be $30/member, $50/guest.  RSVP sheet was passed around and will be circulated at each meeting.
Susan:
Passed around sign-up sheet for volunteering at the Auction.  Everyone who is not already committed to a task should indicate what shift/duty they will take.  Please indicate your preference.  Anyone not signed up may be "volunteered".  Susan will be away during the Auction -- anyone who can take over her Volunteer Coordinator position please contact Susan directly.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PRESENTATION - Paul V and Ted, Co-Chairs
First in a series of Avenue of Service Presentations by the Chairs to the membership
- Club tent was purchased with Club and RI logos.  This will be used at every event.
- In partnership with the Salvation Army, winter jackets will again be donated by the club to R'Hill needy schoolchildren.  60 last year, will be donating 96 this year.
- As in previous years, Club will again donate a Remembrance Wreath to the event honouring our vets
- We will again be walking in the Santa Claus Parade November 23.  Interactors and Satellite Club will be invited to join in.  
- In March or April, we will be participating in the Kids Against Hunger meal packaging event.  Goal is 10,000 meals.
- Spring will be Rotary Park Clean-Up again.  In partnership with the town.
- May will be tree planting
- May/June will be a recycling day so please start collecting all electronics/TVs (anything with a cord)
- June - planning a Kids Day at Rotary Park.  Will hold events, games, BBQ - details to come
 
GUEST SPEAKER - PAMELA HARAKH, CARIBBEAN NORTH CHARITIES FOUNDATION
This is a Richmond Hill-based charity run by Pam and her husband, Harry.  They have done remarkable work over the past 15 years in Guyana including building a burn unit, facilitating an education program for nurses in maternal health and child care, as well as running childrens programs.
 
The burn unit was opened in 2002 and since inception the mortality rate has decreased by 60%.  Quite impressive!  
 
Pam explained about the nurses program as well --  the nurses are trained to Canadian standards in partnership with Sunnybrook Hospital.  Furthermore, when Women's College closed down, some equipment from there was donated.  Pam and her husband were also responsible for arranging the donation from York Region of 2 ambulances.
 
They have developed various programs for children including a music program, getting 10 barrels of donated soccer uniforms and equipment from the R'Hill soccer club, a mentoring program and a co-op program.
 
They have been able to donate a handicapped-equipped bus to the Cheshire Home for their patients.  And their organization also helped re-build St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana after a fire.
 
It's remarkable that all this work has been spearheaded by Pam and her husband, with no staff and through 2 yearly fundraisers.  They have a concert in August at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and a May brunch at the Thornhill Community Centre.  Everything else has been donated.  For more information please visit www.caribbeannorth.ca
 

 
NEXT MEETING
November 3 at the Sheraton.  There will be a new member induction and the speaker will be the owner of the Thames Centre who will give us an update on "Noa".  It will be a spousal night so please RSVP to David Tate by Thursday Oct 30.
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Posted on Oct 20, 2014
Carol Thompson from Treasures Charity Thrift Store receiving a certificate of appreciation from Richmond Hill Rotary Club President, David Tate at the October 20, 2014 Rotary meeting.
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Oct 20, 2014
Rotary Meeting from October 20, 2014
 
Rotary Minute: David T read a letter from RI President, Gary Huang, congratulating each and every member for their commitment since 1985 to eradicate polio.
 
Announcements:
 
Jason C: We desperately need more items for the TV Auction!  The deadline to enter items is the end of October.
 
Cam: Read a letter from last year’s graduation award winner from Jean Vanier HS thanking us for our support
 
David:
  1. Nov 10 meeting will be a fireside.  Main topics to be discussed include Membership and Leave of Absences.  David will circulate an agenda prior to the meeting.
  2. World Polio Day is this Friday.  Our club will participate in two events: promotion of the event at the Richmond Hill GO Train station from 6:30-7:30am; 2nd event is a flag raising with PDG Ted K. at Markham Civic Center at 10am.  Please let David know if you can participate in either event.
  3. District Conference is this weekend at the Weston Prince Hotel.  You can book the event and pay only for what you want (a la carte…).  Details at http://www.rotary7070.org/SitePage/2014-district-conference
  4. Everyone try to attend a satellite meeting in the next few months.  Meeting at Samir’s house on Tuesday evenings.  Just let Samir know in advance.
  5. Costa has moved to Mississauga, and has thus been forced to resign.
  6. Maryse has requested a leave of absence for family reasons.  She hopes to return in the new year.
  7. Norma is still suffering health issues related to her car accident.  She hopes to return soon.
Paul T: Christmas Party this year is December 15 at Oakview Terrace on Leslie.  $50/person for members and guests.
 
Speaker: Carol Thompson from Treasures Charity Thrift Store.
Treasures is a registered charity, and charity thrift store that provides social and vocational opportunities for people with mental health issues.  In addition they provide volunteering opportunities for high school students looking for volunteer hours.  Furthermore, they help the economy by diverting waste from land fill sites.  The store is located in Levendale Road at the No Frills plaza.  There are four ways that we can help them:
  1. Shop at the store
  2. Donate items that we no longer need, but still have value
  3. Volunteer to work in the store
  4. Talk about (that is promote) their store to our friends/neighbours
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Confirming next meeting of the Satellite Club of Richmond Hill
 
LOCATION:  16 Lisa Cres. Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3J4
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
TIME: 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 
Tea/Coffee will be served
 
As always, this will be considered a MAKE UP for Rotarians joining us. The more the merrier.
 
 
 
We were honored to welcome PDG Ted Kozeil and appreciate his insights on the concept of satellite club as we move forward. We will be inviting him more often.
 
We will continue our ongoing discussions on the  future line of action, Next Inductions for Members who have been approved. Membership dues. Responsibilities of each member, etc. 
In our last meeting we agreed to take on a Project at our Club
 
Rotarian Shaista Ali will update us on the project we as Satellite Club would like to take on. She has identified a few clubs who are interested to partner with us.We are all excited
 
See you all tomorrow.
 
Please RSVP by return. Please feel free to forward with a copy to us.
 
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Posted on Oct 19, 2014

GOOD-BYE, POLIO: THANKS, ROTARY

The world is on the verge of eliminating one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century -- poliomyelitis. This Friday, October 24, 2014 is World Polio Day.
 
During the first half of the 20th century, polio crippled over a half a million people every year. Even today, children in some developing countries continue to fall victim to the disease. But thanks in large part to Rotary International and to the 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, the disease will soon be all but a memory. 
 
Before celebrating this public health milestone, the spread of the poliovirus must be interrupted in the poorest and most populous regions of the world, and surveillance must continue for several years to be sure the virus is completely wiped out. This is no easy task. One of the greatest challenges to the effort is a funding shortage.  
 
To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary reaches out to governments worldwide to obtain vital financial and technical support. Since 1995, donor governments have contributed in excess of $6 billion to polio eradication, due in part to Rotary’s advocacy efforts. But much more is needed. More than twenty years of steady progress is at stake, and polio -- now on the ropes -- stands to stage a dangerous comeback unless the funding gap is bridged. Learn more ways to help at: endpolionow.org.
 
In addition to raising money for polio eradication, Rotary members offer their time and expertise in the field to fight polio by providing support at clinics, transporting vaccine, contributing medical supplies, and mobilizing their communities for immunization and other polio eradication activities. More than one million members of Rotary worldwide have contributed toward the success of the polio eradication effort to date, demonstrating the extraordinary impact civil society can have on a global public health initiative.
 
With our spearheading partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative-- the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Rotary continues to make progress toward a polio-free world.
 
Once eradicated, polio will join smallpox as one of only two diseases ever eliminated.  And the volunteers of Rotary will continue their humanitarian work, living up to its motto, “service above self.”
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Lesley Sims, Dr. Emmanuel Abara and Rob Spence - October 6, 2014 Susan Hazlett 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett on Oct 05, 2014

Rotary Minute - Presented by Dr. Abara about membership strategies and issues facing clubs today.

Announcements
- Simran (Interact Club) reminded that their club is looking for speakers in the community service, environment or eco-related fields for their upcoming Career Fair.  Please see earlier email to all club members and forward to anyone interested.
- Steve will be updating the Club Runner system to Version 3 shortly.  Any questions, please ask Steve.
- Reminder of Festival of Praise and Remembrance on November 9.  Will be a great show honouring our vets.  Please contact Dr. Abara for tickets.

Interactor Presentation
We were very pleased to welcome four executive members of the Interact Club tonight:  Simran Chathanat, Rapisna Ravichandran, Kathleen Qu and Afreen Ahmadi.  The Club is run out of Bayview HIghschool and now numbers about 30 students.
- Simram:  The broad vision of the Interact Club is to get their members more involved in community.  They have many events planned and would like to expand their events to include other schools.
- Rapisna: The club is now 3 years old and she feels their club has more direction now and it empowers students to get involved in their school, community and internationally, creating a larger awareness of the world around them.
- Kathleen: They ran many events last year including a book drive, a "dress to progress" event which raised Polio Awareness, Locks of Kindness where 25 pony tails of hair were donated for cancer patients, and a talent show at a senior's home.
- Afreen:  Told us about some upcoming events for this year including another Locks of Kindness event, an event promoting Rotary, some workshops and a blood drive.
The Interactors thanked Dr. Emmanuel Abara for his past work in getting this club off the ground and Steve Knight for his continued good work as Youth Services Chair.
Well done all Interactors!!  

Speakers Lesley Sims and Rob Spence from 360 Kids
Lesley explained that 360 Kids (formerly known as Pathways) has been assisting at risk youth for over 20 years.  There are about 300 homeless kids in Richmond Hill and only 26 emergency beds.  Lesley says about 1,400 youth come through their doors every year.  At 360 Kids, they provide a safe facility for these kids.  They teach life skills, personal skills, assist with housing, employment, clothing, counselling.  Rob explained about their latest project called Youth Hub.  This is a housing and support centre already approved and under construction at Yonge and Crosby.  Scheduled opening will be in 2 years.  Rotary can help by donating funds, clothing, food, bedding, or volunteering.


Next Meeting
There will not be a meeting next week due to Thanksgiving holiday.  Next meeting will be at the Sheraton on October 20.  Please RSVP to David Tate or Nash Azam.

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 Next meeting of the Satellite Club of Richmond Hill
 
LOCATION:  16 Lisa Cres. Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3J4
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2014
TIME: 5:30 to 6:30 PM - PLEASE NOTE REVISED TIME
 
Tea/Coffee will be served
 
This will be considered a MAKE UP for Rotarians joining us. The more the merrier.
 
We will discuss future line of action, who to invite over the next three months, Next Inductions for Members who have been approved. Membership dues. Responsibilities of each member, etc. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you ALL.
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Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 28, 2014

Chair: Dr. Emmanuel A

Rotary Minute: Paul T on the Importance of Fellowship within Rotary

Announcements:

Dr. Emmanuel A:  Sunday Nov 9 will be the Festival of Praise and Remembrance concert honouring our vets.  Tickets are $25/adult, $20/senior/child.  Please reserve your seats now.

Jason C: Please start to enter your items for the TV Auction.  Also, there are two more Debates amongst the candidates for the Municipal Election coming up.  Thursday, October 2 is the debate for Regional Concillors.  Tuesday, October 7 is the debate for Mayor.

Keynote Presentation: Daniella Ballan and Louise Wilson from St.Vincent de Paul Society.

They have 1200 volunteers in the Greater Toronto Area

Their services are aimed at the homeless, immigrants, working poor, drug addicts, seniors, and others in need.

97% of funds raised go the poor

Daniella and Louise’s group, consisting of 30 volunteers, cover only a subset of Richmond Hill.  Last year, they made 508 visits to 100 people/families in need.

They have a used/winter coat campaign.  Last year they collected 1500 coats.  Many people lined up to choose a coat.  The extra coats were provided to one of their partners, the Salvation Army, for distribution.

They also provide a Christmas Party to the poor, where they have a turkey meal, crafts for the kids, visit from Santa, with stocked hampers and gifts.

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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Sep 21, 2014

ImageNew members inducted at September 22, 2014 meeting.  Shown here (L-R): New member Dave Morrison, Satelitte Club Chair Samir Dossal,  new member Ismet Dossal, new member Saleh Jaleel, new member Angel Morales, President David Tate, new member Alam Khwaja, Community Service Co-Chair Ted Koziel

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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Sep 21, 2014

ImageFive new members were inducted at September 22, 2014 meeting:   Dave Morrison, Ismet Dossal, Saleh Jaleel, Angel Morales & Alam Khwaja.  Welcome New Members!

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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Sep 21, 2014

Rotary Minute - David T

A recipient in Grand Bend was awarded the Service Above Self Award, RI's highest honour, for the Global Literacy Project.  York Region Board of Education has agreed to contribute some supplies for us to contribute to this project.

Announcements

David T 
- At the recent board meeting, the purchase of a new tent was approved.  
- The Christmas Party this year will be held at the
Oakview Terrace on December 15.  Further details to follow.  
- Condolences are extended to
Maryse Francella and her family on the recent passing of her father-in-law.  
- Reminder to enter your auction items into the system
asap.  
- The Foundation Walk in Toronto was held on Sunday with unofficial total funds raised of $110,000. 

Anu - She will donate a bottle of wine each month to the individual who enters the most items into the Auction system for that month.

Steve - Met with Interactors of Bayview executive who are very excited about their projects for the coming year.  Reminder that they are looking for speakers in the non-profit, health & wellness, and environmental sectors for their Career Expo Oct 21-24.  Please get the word out and contact chanthanat.simran@gmail.com directly.

Emmanuel - Sunday Nov 9 will be the Festival of Praise and Remembrance concert honouring our vets.  Tickets are $25/adult, $20/senior/child.  Please reserve your seats now.

David T - The End Polio effort is now more than ever underway led by Wilf Wilkinson and Bob Scott.  They are on a mission to get government agencies in Canada to raise awareness of the campaign. This effort has been recognized by Stephen Harper.  Also reminder that Oct 24 is End Polio Day in Canada and at 11:00 am in Toronto, the End Polio flag will be raised at City Hall.  Please make an effort to be there.  It is also our Club's day to hand out information flyers at the R'Hill GO Station.  Please volunteer - let David T know if you can come.

Bryon acted as our Sargeant at Arms for the evening.

David T - The speaker for the evening, DG Brian Thompson, had to cancel due to a personal matter and sends his apologies.  However, we had a very special event planned as well, with the induction of 5 new members.  Four new members will be attending the Satellite Club:  Ismet Dossal, Saleh Jaleel, Angel Morales and Alam Khwaja.  Dave Morrison (formerly of the Newmarket Club) will be joining the main R'Hill Club.  

A warm welcome to all new members was extended by all.

Winner of 50/50 - Hira Joshi

Next Meeting will be September 29 at the Sheraton.  Speaker will be Louise Wilson, Co-president of the SSVP.  Topic will be: Addressing the many needs of struggling Richmond Hill residents.  Please RSVP to David Tate or Nash Azam.
 

Minutes of September 22, 2014 Meeting Susan Hazlett 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Szoke on Sep 21, 2014

Minutes from the meeting of the Richmond Hill Rotary Meeting, September 15, 2014

 

Rotary Minute: Arja spoke to us about the Rotary Club of Helsinki, Finland, founded in 1926.

 

Announcements:

Glen Waugh: Rotary Foundation Walk George Brown College’s new Lakeshore Campus on Sunday Aug.21.

David O: Board meeting Wednesday, Sep.21 at Marshalls.

Monday, Nov.3 Mark Wafer will be inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame for his work through Tim Hortons and Rotary.  If interested, ask David Tate for tickets.

Monday, Nov.22, our DG is coming to our meeting.  It’s a spousal night!

On October 17, meet RI President Elect at the Royal York.  With lunch included, tickets are $49.50.  Register on-line at http://www.rotarytoronto.com/SitePage/october-17-2014-zone-rotary-lunch-ravi-ravindran-guest-speaker

Jason: Everyone please update their personal information profile on Club Runner to include birthday, spouse’s name, vocation, etc.

Nash: Terry Fox run at Mill Pond was a huge success.  Thanks to all who helped.  Approximately $9,000 was raised!

Dr. Emmanual: Festival of Praise and Remembrance to be held at the RHCPA 7-9pm to be held on November 9.  $25 for adults, $20 for kids and seniors, $80 for a family of four.  Part of funds raised to support Rotary Polio Plus!

Les S:  Please come to the District Conference, Westin Prince Hotel, October 24-26.  Can book hotel or not, can book the entire weekend, or any day a la carte.  James Bond theme! Keynote speakers:

  1. Paul Henderson, 1972 Canada-Russia Hockey hero
  2. Gabrielle Scrimshaw, First Nations Entrepreneur
  3. Brad Howard, Rotarian

Other highlights: Tame the Dragon, high-school business competition, Saturday Night Casino, Karaoke.  Book tickets at: http://www.rotary7070.org/Event/44ee18f3-621c-4bd0-8d93-caf793ee937c

Stephen: Please let Stephen know if you can get involved with the new Interact Club.  Also, Bayview Secondary School is looking for speakers of people who can speak.  Details:

On behalf of the Creating Pa thways for Success Team at  Bayview Secondary School, please accept this letter as an invitation to participat e as a workshop presenter at EXPO  2014 to be held from  October 21-24, 2014,  at our school in Richmond Hill, Ontario.   

 

We are currently seeking presenters who work for non-profit or business organizations in the service industry, local and international charitable organizations, health and wellness and the  environmental sector.  Presenters would present information about their career path for one or two sessions over the course of one day during  EXPO 2014.   On  Tuesday, October 21, and Friday, October 24, 2014,  workshops will be presented to Grade 11 students who would be researching careers for the future.  On  Wednesday, October 22, workshops will be presented to Grade 10 students. Classes from any subject area may attend. 

 

If you are interested, please review the attached information and  complete the Survey Monkey Mandatory Questionnaire  at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W3LR9DH.  If you are having difficulty accessing Survey Monkey, you can also print and complete the questionnaire in the invitation package and email  it to  sally.joyce@yrdsb.ca  or fax at 905- 770-3580.  If you fax the documents, please email  sally.joyce@yrdsb.ca  to confirm receipt of your document. 

 

Keynote speaker:  Jason C, Chair of the TV Auction.  This year’s charities:

  1. Richmond Hill Rotary
  2. Opera York
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ontario, York South
  4. Spinal Research - CSRO
  5. York Centre
  6. Eva's Initiatives
  7. Sunshine Foundation
  8. Rainbow Resources of York Region
  9. Helping Homeless Pets

New

  1. Carnegie Future Aces
  2. Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Richmond Hill Hospice

Gone

  1. Newmarket Rotary

The key timelines for this year’s auction are:

  • Wed Oct 15:  Deadline to confirm auction timing.
  • Fri Oct 31:      Last day for entering auction items into the system. 
  • Fri Nov 14:     Last day to deliver auction items to Marshall’s.
  • Mon 1 Dec:    Online bidding begins.
  • Fri 5 Dec:       Delivery to Rogers.
  • 6 - 7 Dec:       TV Auction. 
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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Sep 08, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS
David T read the Rotary Minute about learning -- with a tie-in to the next Rotary Leadership Program Level 1 scheduled for Sat Nov 15.  Cost will be covered by the Club for 9 people.  Please let David T know if interested.

David T thanked Rick Sulker and his POD for July/August and welcomed Arja and her POD for Sept/October.

David T reminded everyone of Sept 22 meeting with DG Brian Thompson.  This will be a spousal night so please advise David or Nash by Sept 15 if you will be bringing a guest.  In addition to the presentation by DG Brian, there will be an induction ceremony for our Satellite Club.  More details will be sent by email.  Board members are to assemble at 5:45 at the Sheraton prior to the regular meeting to meet DG Brian and discuss your upcoming plans.

David T also reminded everyone of the District Conference October 24-26.  This is going to be a great event at the Prince Hotel.  Conference cost is $299 for the weekend or there are al a carte options as well.  More details are on the Diistrict website and Les Shernofsky will be sending out an email.

World Polio day is Friday Oct 24 and our club will be distributing flyers at the RHill GO station.  Trains start at 6:15am.  If you can help, please let David T know (and he will buy you breakfast after!!).

Glen announced that they had good success with great Rotary representation at the recent election candidate meeting.  Glen organized, David hosted, Jason was a panellist and Bryon moderated.  Glen encourages all members to consider being on a panel - please let him know if you are interested.

Glen announced that this is the last call if anyone requires a tax receipt for International Night last year.  Please advise.

Glen circulated the sign up sheet for the Foundation Walk on September 21.  This year will be a historical walk of downtown Toronto with all kinds of fun and interesting events and activities planned.  Bring friends, family members and even dogs are allowed so please consider participating.  He will send out more info by email.

Emmanuel announced that this year there is a event planned for Remembrance Day. The AVA-LA Inc. (Alliance Veterans Alliance - Les Amis) "Friends of Veterans" will be having a concert on November 9  It promises to be a wonderful event and he hopes all will attend.  Proceeds will go 1/3 to the Legion, 1/3 to a vet rehab centre outside Canada, and a 1/3 to Polio Plus.

Graham was the Sargeant At Arms tonight -- thank you Graham!

SPEAKER - RICHARD MEWHINNEY, ONGUTOI MEDICATE CENTRE UPDATE

Glen welcomed the speaker for tonight, Richard MeWhinney of the Newmarket Club, who almost needs no introduction as he is an active Rotarian and has visited our club many times.   He will be going to Uganda for the 7th time to visit the Ongutoi Medical Centre which is a project Richard and his wife have been very committed to over the past number of years.  The purpose of the presentation tonight is to give club members a Global Grant Status Report on the project.

Richard opened by saying "If a project is just a project.. don't do it.  If a project is about the people.. embrace it!"  He explained that a project must be about others and the relationships beyond the build to make it worthwhile.

To recap:  The local village elders donated land for the proposed Ongutoi Medical Centre in Uganda.  This project was designed with sustainability in mind, to be built by Ugandans for Ugandans.  It was proposed to build a pediatric and maternity ward, 2 additional wards, an HIV treatment centre, 2 water collection roofs, a water cistern, a water filtering system, to hire a water technician, to install solar power for water pumps, lighting etc., and to educate the local people on water and sanitation.

They accomplished: The pediatric ward and maternity ward opened in 2010, 2 additional wards and an HIV treatment centre were opened, 3 water collection roofs were built, a bigger cistern was installed, a water filtering system was installed, a water technician was hired, solar power system was installed, a septic system, toilets, showers were installed, and radio programs in English and local languages on water and sanitation are regularly broadcast.

The Cost:
Local Rotary Myuenga ($100), RHill/Newmarket/Belleville/Scarborough Rotary Clubs ($16,100), District 7070 ($10,863), TRF ($18,963) = Total Rotary     $46,026 + Non-Rotary Partners ($63,974) =Total $110,000

Since 2007:
- 108,000 patients have been treated at no cost
- 800 live births (with only 1 death due to a pre-existing condition) and 90% of pregnant women see the nurse 4 times (vs pre-centre mortality rate of 10%)
- Ambulances have been donated
- Active health education is in place
- Scheduled surgeries taking place
- Water collection, filtration, sustainability systems are in place

Next Steps:

Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS (affecting 15-17% of population) through testing, education and treatment.  The budget would be about $75,000-$80,000 US.

Richard asked "Is it worth it?" - the answer, a resounding YES!

Richard presented Pres David T with a framed collage of pictures of the work around the project.  And David presented Richard with an award certificate on behalf of the club acknowledging his outstanding contributions to Rotary.

Thank you Richard for coming to update the club on the great work you, your team and Rotary is doing.

NEXT MEETING

September 15 regular time/place.  Jason will be talking about the TV Auction.  Please let David T or Nash know if you will not be attending or if you have invited a guest.

 

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Posted by Stephen Knight on Aug 25, 2014


Meeting chaired by President-elect Dr. Abara and pod leader Rick Sulker

Announcements
Paul V. thanked members and spouses who helped out at the Taste of the Hill festival this past Sunday. He was proud of our efforts and many positive contacts were made.

Congrats to Jason and his wife who have welcomed a baby boy  “Benjamin”(9lb 2 on) into their home.

Dr. A thanked the pod leaders again for doing a great job!

Introduction

Paul V. introduced our guest speaker for the evening David Obadia. David is our membership leader and he is going into his second year in this position. We are looking forward to advances in Club membership.

Membership- David Obadia
 He leads a committee on membership that is made up of Ted, Dave T., Gord, Paul and himself. They are always looking for ways to enhance the Club’s membership. August is membership month.

Rotary International has set a membership drive as a priority and will recognize members with a special Rotary pin for every member that he/she introduces to the Club. This initiative was launched in Jan. of 2014.

Initiatives that our Club has started are Membership Nights, new process of membership, satellite Club and personal contact with absent members.

The new process of membership was put in place because of the past lengthy time frame .
Now it is streamlined so that a new member , if a good fit, can be a member in 2-3 weeks.

The Satellite Club has a different form and cost to meet the needs of these members. David will be interviewing them soon and many will become new Club members.They will be urged to participate with the Club.

An incentive plan has been suggested so that the member who brings in the most new members will be given 2 free tickets to our Christmas Party. Paul has initiated a mentorship program to keep new members engaged as well.

We have 36 members at this point and have met our goal of a 10% gain for the year.
Because of three new guests  this evening David outlined many of the years events and activities.
David also mentioned that in the past our Club has donated large sums of money to the local hospital. As an example, four rooms have the Rotary crest for being funded by our Club in the local hospital.

Cost of membership for the year is:
$175 to Rotary International
$20/ Week for meals
$25 per quarter for Rotary Foundation.

Gord thanked David on behalf of the Club for his presentation. Gord mentioned wearing his Rotary jacket on a holiday in the UK that lead to a Rotary contact. As a member of a large organization we have a lot of power to change the world for better.

50/50 winner- Richard

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Posted by Stephen Knight on Aug 19, 2014

Rotary Minute- Rick S.

Rick read a paragraph from the 2000 Rotary Convention.
“ Rotary is well positioned to serve the needs of the future. We need to create a vibrant spirit of Rotary and take our mission to every corner of the globe”.

Meeting today chaired by President-elect- Dr. Abara

Announcements

Taste of the Hill- Aug. 24- Paul V. is looking for volunteers to help at a Rotary station this Sunday. If free please contact Paul.

Beer Fest- Richard needs anyone who still has tickets or money outstanding for this event to please return to him by next Monday at the latest.

Guests- Ashoon from India was present. He is a speaker and author. He presented one of his books to the Club. Steve Ojeh and his wife also attended as guests.

Thanks- Dr. Abara thanked Rick S. and his team on behalf of all the members for his leadership for this pod.

Special Speaker- Ori Abara

Graham introduced the special speaker. Ori is the daughter of Dr. Abara and was chosen as a RYLA candidate for 2014. She wanted to share some of her experiences at the leadership camp.

Ori is going into her last year at university in the study of Urban Planning and was grateful for the opportunity to go to Belleville for RYLA. The RYLA program started after a Rotary event in Queensland in 1959 for Princess Alexandria. Rotarians were so impressed by the youth at the event that they wanted a leadership program to continue.
The goal of RYLA was to “train youth aged 14-30 in character, leadership and personality development.” To also encourage leadership training.

Ori mentioned that at the camp they-learned things about themselves, learned to communicate more effectively with the goal of hard work. They also looked at one’s Growth Zone-to help stretch ones’ personal and professional growth while learning new 
skills. They were given a chance to speak to their leaders informally as well.
They realized that different leaders can have different profiles and still be great. Her favourite activity at the end of the week was to work on the Trenton Community Garden as part of a service activity. She enjoyed the week and would recommend this opportunity to others. There is an application process to attend.
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 Rick S. thanked her for her professional presentation. It was a learning experience for members of the Club.

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Ted and members of St Vincent de Paul and Knights of Columbus , Jean Do and mother Stephen Knight 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Knight on Aug 11, 2014

Special Presentation

Ted introduced members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society as well as the Knights of Columbus. They were there to donate a cheque to the Jean Do Fund. Jean and her mom attended. Even though the fund has reached its goal the money will be used for future expenses related to the care of the dog.

Rotary Minute
A video was shown of John Germ speaking  to Rotarians. He will be Rotary International President from 2016-17.

Announcements
Dave-a reminder of the District Conference at the end of Oct. at the Prince Hotel. Total cost of staying at hotel ,including taxes will be $160 per night. Go on Rotary website for more details.

Rotary Zone meetings in Toronto-If anyone is interested in hosting members coming to the meetings from Canada, US., Bermuda, France please see Dave T.

Bill Patchet- Million Dollar Dinner- Sept.17 at David Duncan House. Get in touch directly with Bill for tickets on web-site.

20plus year Rotary members-the town is looking for info related to the sundial at the town Library. Our Club helped out here and the town is collecting any information available.

Sam of the Markham- Sunrise Club is very sick and has  just had surgery- for members interest.

Pres. Dave T. will be away for the next two meetings and Dr. Abara will assume duties in his absence.

For the Good of Rotary
Susan- Norma has been on a leave of absence-please keep her in your thoughts

Dr. A. Looking for Rotary to support the Festival of Praise and Remembrance on Nov. 9.

Jason- the Chamber of Commerce is having their AGM meeting Aug. 20. Paul mentioned that in raising our Club’s profile in the community he is looking for 4 members to be there for four hours. Members volunteered.

Video-Gary Huang- Rotary President
Aug. is membership month. Together we can make a huge positive impact in the world. Our goal is to increase membership to 1.28 million members by June 2015. Please take the time to ask someone to join Rotary. Look to Rotaractors to join. We must channel our passion to help clubs grow. “Light up the World”.

Classification Talk- Darby Darwin

Has now been working on the Royal Car. Cruise ship “Liberty of the Seas” for 6 years.
Rodney has been in the hotel business all his life. He grew up in England and at an early age got excited about the business as one of his friend’s father owned a hotel. He started working in a lot of hotels in London and landed a job at the Savoy. He worked in every department, as well as the kitchen. He trained in France for two years and became a food and beverage controller. He went back to the Savoy and happened to meet famous people like Charlie Chaplin, Maria Calais, Jimmy Stewart and Pierre Trudeau.

Darby came to Canada on a ski trip and ended up opening a ski hill. He then started specializing in opening hotels worldwide. He worked in Vancouver for 5 years, opened a hotel in Shang-lai and lived in Hong Kong for 5 years. He moved to Indonesia where he ran a number of hotels. He came back to Canada and has worked here for ten years. During the 2008 economic meltdown he took a job in the cruise industry. He joined Rotary in 1982 and has been in 10 different clubs in 7 different countries.

Member Discussion- President Dave- Would the Club be interested in re-engaging with the Terry Fox Run as it is seen as a community event and helps to get our name out there?

After considerable discussion from a number of members a vote was taken. The majority voted against re-engaging with the Terry Fox Run. 

 

 

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Posted by Stephen Knight on Jul 28, 2014

Rotary Minute- Jason “ When we give dignity to others- we give dignity to ourselves.”

Announcements

President Dave-  a reminder of the Foundation Walk on Sept. 21- walk will be at Harbourfront.     Sept. 22 meeting is with our District Gov.
Rotary Conference is Fri. Oct.24-26 at the Westin Prince Hotel( located at York Mills and Don Mills). Cost is $299 for the weekend. A la carte is also available. Theme for the conference is “James Bond”. Sat night will be casino style.
Notification that Dist. 7070 has a new annual award in honour of Dr. Bob Scott (just retired). He was the past chair of Polio Plus. The Award Cmte. will be deciding soon and is chaired by Ted. K.

Fireside Chat

Beer Fest-  Pres. Dave expressed his thanks on behalf of the Club to Anders for another successful event. A total of 12 brewers and 4 food vendors were involved. 250 tickets were given in at the door and the weather was great. Next time we need to support Anders and Arja better with set-up and clean-up.

Ted-people wondered if it might be combined with a wine event
Arja- suggested a separate event- possibly in the Fall.
Gerry- being outdoors with places to sit was great.
Jason-should we have cheap wine and pop? Should we make the tickets $20 and get $5 of samples included?
Anders was disappointed by the average dollar spent per person. Anders also suggested that it would be great to get a weekend date next time. The Thurs. had a conflict with Music in the Park.
Gord- one brewery he talked to was very pleased with the event and would be returning.
Susan- if we have a wine event- what is our liability? Anders said we would need Smartserve servers.
Ted- noticed some intoxication and we do not want that as a Rotary Club.

TV Auction-  Dec. 6 and 7, 2014

Jason mentioned that this year a group has met and a manual has been sent out to all members by e-mail. There is also a coloured letter signed by our President available. Eleven charities will be involved. The Auction site is up and running. Do not go to Rotary TV .com. This year the bids will be in $5 increments. Reserve bids will be allowed. Donations can be put in the computer now. At our Sept. 15 meeting there will be a presentation of how to put in computer. For tax receipts e-mail Jag( for amount sold).
We want donations with a clear cash value and are easy to tell their value. A problem could be like a piece of art that is hard to estimate its value. Only 10 of any one item will be allowed. We will need to confirm with Rogers by mid-Oct. how long we will need.
Oct. 31 will be the last day to add an item to the system. The earlier you get items in the system- the sooner that item is getting advertised.

David O. the Club should automatically send thank you letters to donors.
Anu- we want to get a lot of momentum for the Auction and are going to offer prizes for the most number of donations, etc. Sub-prizes will also be given out along the way.

Pres. Dave- we will defer Terry Fox Run to next Board meeting
                    Aug. 11- next Club meeting at Sheraton
                    Aug. 13- next Board meeting

We pass on good wishes to Jason and Heather!

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Posted by Susan Hazlett on Jul 16, 2014

We had a tremendous turnout at the Beer Tasting Event on July 17 at the R'Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  We had fantastic weather, lots of beer and food vendors and great entertainment on the patio!  We raised funds that will support all the worthwhile charitable projects that Rotary is involved with -- in the community and internationally. Thanks to all our volunteers, our suppliers and everyone who came out and supported the event!  

Special thanks go to all the organizers and to Anders who spearheaded the project. smiley

Visit the photo album on the right hand side of this home page to see the pictures.

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PAUL THOMAS PRESENTS CHEQUE FOR FUNDS RAISED FROM GOLF TOURNAMENT TO PRES DAVID TATE Susan Hazlett 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Hazlett on Jul 13, 2014

Announcements

David T introduced POD leader for July/Aug will be Rick Sulker.  Arrangements for Beer Fest on Thursday were reviewed.  All volunteers have been lined up, TV Auction banner will be hung, Int'l banners will be hung, R'Hill Rotary pamphlets and info will be on display table.  David acknowledged Peter Szoke who is doing a great PR job on Beer Fest with coverage in The Liberal and SNAP and other media.

David O suggested that next year we contact TV Auction donors and offer them free tickets as a thank you.  To be carried forward when planning next event.

David T announced our club has been given 6 awards: President Citation Award, President Distinction Award, Rotaract Community Award, Rotary International Central Award, Rotary International Community Service Award, Highest / Unique District Engagement Award for best performance.  Congratulations to our club and also to Nash for his "amazing work in 2013/14 and the driving force behind the achievement of these awards``. 

Nash announced he will be going to the York Club on Tuesday to promote Beer Fest.  It was agreed that he should offer the York Club $5 for every ticket they sell.

Jason announced he saw a notice that Florence Sherman passed away -- her husband Bill was one of our charter members.  Arja will send memorial information out to club members.

Paul T presented Pres David with a cheque for over $3,000 for our club`s portion of the funds raised at the joint Newmarket/Richmond Hill Golf Tournament.  Well done to the organizers!

Jerry read aloud a thank you letter he received from one of our recent scholarship recipients.  Aherthy Jeyasundaram graduated from Richmond Green Secondary School and she founded a Mental and Physical Awareness Club at her school.  

SPEAKERS:  DAVID TATE AND NEW BOARD: PLANS FOR 2014/2015

David opened by defining the words RICHMOND HILL, ROTARY, and CLUB.  He then summarized by saying all of us are special because we live and work in a special community, giving of ourselves for the common good in our community and abroad.  Rotary gives each of us the opportunity to serve both locally and internationally with this amazing organization and we have an amazing club that has done some great work.  But there is room to do more and serve more.

He would like in the coming year to increase our club's focus on our community, and he asked each member to give thought to any activity, no matter how big or small, that will raise awareness of our club and work within the community.  He would like to: update our club brochure; increase PR opportunities; leverage the TV Auction to promote us more; grow our new satellite club; plan for membership growth as well as keep up our regular work and fellowship activities.

In conclusion, David added a few general observations: He would like to emphasize club decorum during our meetings - ie no side conversations or interruptions when someone else has the floor.  Secondly, he would ask everyone to think about "Why Did I Join Rotary" to make sure all members are achieving their personal goals of membership.  Last but not least, to HAVE FUN!

The new board members then each briefly summarized their plans:

Glen - Foundation:  The Fdn is the fuel that funds humanitarian projects.  Part of the funding is used worldwide but some also goes to district which funds the grants and matching portions of local projects.   Part of it is from the $100 EREY, Polio donations, Fdn Walk and benefactors.  Goals for this year are to have 100% benefactor rate and a successful Foundation Walk  which is coming up soon.

Glen - Secretary:  Glen also will be Club Secretary - doing minutes of meetings, maintaining our insurance, reporting to RI and other administrative duties.

Richard - Treasurer:  Richard looks after our billings and club budgets.  Proposed plans include a yearly membership billing system and giving a semi annual budget review to the club at large.

Ted/Paul V - Community Service: Plans are to increase efforts in our community to show the Town who we are and what we do.  All regular activities will continue but plans are to add maybe a recycling event, community BBQ etc.

Jason - Vocational:  Jason proposes more vocational/business interest speakers.  Become more involved in the Chamber Business After 5 program -- perhaps host.  Review all member's classifications to see if we can target new members in categories we are missing.

Gordon - International:  Proposed  review of existing projects.  Will look to set up a committee to see if there is a need in any country(ies) often overlooked.  Please contact Gordon if interested in joining his committee.

Nash - Club Service: Assist President with weekly meetings.  Nash says fellowship very important so increased focus on social events including spouses and family members.  If anyone has ideas for different social events, please advise.  Nash also says very important to let him know if you are not coming to the weekly meeting...it wastes valuable money we work so hard to raise.

Steve - Youth:  Steve was absent but will be working with Interact and Rotaract clubs.

David O - Membership:  A membership night is in planning stage for the end of August.  More to follow.

Thank you to all Board Members for your plans - it will be a great year!

 

50/50 Winner - Hira Joshi

 

​Reminders:
- No meeting next Monday
- Beer Fest Event on Thursday
- Next meeting will be a Fireside at London Pub on July 28 - topics are post-mortem on Beer Event, TV Auction update, Terry Fox Run discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIRECTORS

 

President

President Elect

Secretary

David Tate

Emmanuel Abara

Glen Waugh

Treasurer

Past President

Community Service Chair

Richard Housen

Nash Azam

Paul Vyrostko/Ted Koziel

Vocational Service Chair

Club Service Chair

International Service Chair

Jason Cherniak

Nash Azam

Gordon Vandyke

Youth Service Chair

Rotary Foundation Chair

 

Stephen Knight

Glen Waugh

 

 

OFFICERS

 

Publicity Chair

Membership

 

Peter Szoke

David Obadia

 

Webmaster

Bulletin Editor

 

David Tate

Stephen Knight

 

Charitable Foundation President

Charitable Foundation Secretary

Charitable Foundation Treasurer

Glen Waugh

Richard Housen

Jag Awatramani

 

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President Tate presenting Maureen K. a certificate of Appreciation for Koziels' sons company donation Stephen Knight 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Minute- Dave T.

This year the Rotary Club of Thane Hills, RID 3140, India, is proud to have constructed 200 toilet blocks for 200 homes in village Sogav, Taluka Shahapur, district Thane, Maharashtra state. This will directly benefit 1000 men and women for life. As one of the villager’s pointed out- this project has also given dignity to women of Sogav village along with their safety.

Announcements- Dave T.- thanks to everyone for making our Turnover night a success. Again, thanks to Nash for his leadership. This week is Board meeting- Wed. at 6:30pm at Marshall’s.

Dave O.-message from Newmarket Club to invite us to their club this Thurs. to hear a special speaker- Dr.Dorfman. Theme is personalized cancer care.
David will e-mail members with more details.


Cam S.- thank you to all members who went to high school graduations to hand out awards. Cam read a letter from an award winner thanking the Club for our kindness and support.


Paul V.-a black serving spoon was left over from Turnover Night

Maureen K. presented a cheque for $4500 from the golf tourney profits that their son organized for their company. This will be put towards the Jean Do Fund and will make it reach its goal. Dave T. presented a certificate of appreciation to be given to their son and his company.

Special Speaker-introduced by Hiri- Anders on Beer Fest update

The event is July 17 at RH Performing Arts centre from 6:00 to 11:00pm. We reached our goal of 10 breweries participating with 30-40 different beers to try. 4 food vendors have been confirmed. If good weather- will be able to use the outdoor plaza. 4 live bands will also be taking part. Many are well known RH groups.
Need volunteers- a list was passed around. All tickets sales now should be profit to the Club. We have sold around 130 but want at least 400 there. It has been advertised in SNAPD. If anyone has Rotary banners or handouts please contribute to event. Arranging drive-home taxi services. Members are encouraged to spread the word on Facebook.
Jason mentioned the possibility of getting other Clubs to sell tickets.

Graham thanked Anders on behalf of the Club for his hard work and leadership to plan this event again.

50/50 winner- Jag

 

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Dave T. - wanted to recognize today’s get-together as being the most important of the year. Started out by thanking Nash for his leadership, for a great year and for getting so many members involved.

Highlights were- two major fundraising events- Beer Fest with great success and the joint Golf Tournament combining with the Newmarket Club. International Night was also a smashing success- a special thanks to the organizing members. The Club also grew by 4 members and we were able to meet all our goals. Our last successful initiative was the Satellite Club thanks to Ted and Samir. We are the first in District 7070 to start this club.
Dave wanted to thank Nash for serving the Club well with passion. Dave presented Nash with his Past- President’s pin as well as a special Rotary Bell as an appreciation gift.
Dave also presented Nash with a Paul Harris fellowship award.

Nash wanted to thank the Club for the vote of thanks. He also again wanted to thank-
David O. for membership drive, the Club  for exceeding our  fundraising goals.
Also a special thanks to Richard’s company for their financial contribution. Thanks  Jason and the Auction for raising close to $14k. Thanks to every one for without help and support none of this is possible. Nash wanted to especially recognize Jag’s wife Bridget for her help and support.
Benefactor certificates were presented to Susan, Gerry, Cam ,Kosta and Jason .Special thanks to Peter for marketing and pr.

Nash presented Richard with a Paul Harris fellow for his job as Treasurer. He received a pin and certificate. Thanks to David O. for membership . A Paul Harris fellowship to Samir for satellite club. Glen Waugh was given his 6th Paul Harris and Paul T. was given an award for his leadership of International Night.

 Two special Lifetime Awards were given to Gerry and Cam.

Rotarian of the Year- Glen. He has been on the Board for 15 years. Glen wanted to say that no one has worked harder with our Club than Nash.

Nash presented David T. with his President`s Pin.
David introduced the new Board-- Dave T.- Pres., Dr. A. -Pres-elect, Glen- Sec.,Richard- Treas.,Paul V. Community Service,Jason- Vocational,Nash- Club Service,Gord- International, Glen- Rotary Foundation,David O. membership, Steve- Youth,Jag-Foundation, Peter-marketing 

Nash presented flowers to Jill Tate and David presented to Shelagh Harris.

 

 

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Announcements

 Nash-Golf Tournament was a resounding success. Thanks to Cyril and Glen for spearheading the planning with the Newmarket Club . Special thanks to Paul T. We hope to have raised $4.5k to $5k.

Dave T.- reminder of  Turnover Night this Sat. at Shelagh’s. Dave will send map by e-mail link. Starts at 4:00 with Dinner around 6:00. Don’ t forget your food contributions!

Special Speakers- Lynn Bird and Frank Smith from Art Building Children’s Dreams
                                                                          (centered in Tanzania)

Nash introduced Frank , a retired visual arts teacher who went with Rotary in 2006 to Tanzania and soon after started ABCD.

Nash introduced Lynn Smith, Rotarian from Newmarket for over 20 years. She had done a presentation to our Club when the program was just beginning. Our Club was part of a grant to buy a kitchen in one of the schools there.

Frank started by thanking the Club for a warm welcome and our past support. ABCD is a registered Cdn. Charity with a volunteer Board of Directors.
The schools supported are in Tanzania in East Africa with the majority of students at the secondary level , educated in a British school system.

According to Unesco Statistics-
Primary school completion rate is 72%
Secondary school completion rate is 45%
Post secondary completion rate is 1%


 ABCD started at the beginning by paying the school fees for students to attend as well as their uniforms and supplies. This year they are also providing Breakfast programs. Students` academics and behaviour has improved. They also support Libraries in primary schools. Books have been donated from Canada and there is also a need for textbooks in the higher grades. Computer classrooms have been started in the Vocational Training Centre and Secondary School. They are now funding school kitchens of which our Club has supported.

They have also funded 3 school toilets and a real need for healthy toilets. They are working on a solar light program so students can study at night. There is also a Cow Loan program where pregnant cows are bought, given to families and the milk sold to support the family. A real need for Girl Personal Care Kits so girls can attend school during their menstrual days.

Paul Thomas has volunteered there with 6 others.
How the RH Club can help--
Cow loan program- $1300, laptops ( donation or funds to purchase), primary school library $3000., post-secondary scholarships-$2000., school toilets- $16-30k.

For more info or support e-mail is  www.abcdreams.ca

Glen thanked Frank and Lynn for a thorough and commendable presentation. Paul Thomas has often said  ``education is the answer``` Our Club will continue to support.
Glen now supports one of these students.

50-50 winner - Peppe

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Announcements

Golf Tourney-Cyril wanted to thank all the members taking part as well as all those who have volunteered and donated prizes. Looks like it is going to be a great day.

Beer Fest- Anders- 9 breweries and 3-4 bands have been confirmed. Will be selling tickets at the Golf Tourn. Last time our Club sold 130 tickets. Beer will be $1.00 per sample. 4 restaurants will be involved.

Heritage Village Festival- Susan wanted to thank everyone that had helped promote Rotary this past Sat. Thanks to Susan for being there all day!

June 11 Golf Tourn.-David O. mentioned that this event was a great success and looks like enough money was raised to reach our goal for the Jean Do Fund.

Pres.-elect David T.-a reminder of Turnover Night at S. Harris’s home starting at 4:00. There will be a photo booth and we might try and get a picture of each Club member for the website. Rick and Gord will BBQ.
 
Special Guest Speaker- Toni Urbanski from L’Arche- Daybreak

Gerry introduced our special speaker- Toni from the L’Arche. This centre is the first that was founded in Richmond Hill. The term L’Arche is French for Ark and meant to be a safe place for those in need. In 1999 Toni became a volunteer there and now is resources co-ordinator. Toni brought a member ( Tim) to support her.

Toni
Jean Vanier started the Ark concept with 3 men from an institution in France shortly after the second World War in France. Jean had studied to be a priest and realized that one to one contact with the disadvantaged could create a positive environment for everyone.

In 1964 a cottage was rented to start  and these patients wrote about their experiences to friends and family. Soon people form all over the world came to visit or be a part of the community. In 1969 Jean came to King City and a group of nuns offered him a convent and 7 acres of land in Richmond Hill. It was opened to serve people with developmental disabilities. At the start there were 25 people in the convent running the farm. It was noted for its diverse community.

In the L’Arche community all people live together while supporting each other. It is a model of  diverse peoples working together. From 1969-85 it ran as a farm with a bakery and woodery. Today- occupational therapy and physical therapy are offered on a daily basis.. They have a group called Spirit Movers who do artistic performances with the help of their wheelchairs or walkers. They also represent many faith traditions. There are now 8 homes in RH serving 37 individuals.

 Graham thanked Toni for a very informative presentation. He also thanked her for her dedication to working with  needy clients.

50/50 winner- Steve K.

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Special Guest/Presentation

Nash presented our Club’s honorary member- Mayor Dave Barrow - with a Paul Harris Fellowship on behalf of Rotary International and the RH Club. This was given in appreciation of his support of the Club and  his leadership in the RH community. The Mayor was born and raised in RH and attended RH High School. The Mayor thanked Rotary and was humbled in receiving this recognition.

The Mayor had a few words before he had to leave for a town meeting. The priority now seems to be in working with business leaders in the town to help create jobs. It is difficult for the town alone to do this-but the key is to build partnerships and find solutions for all businesses. Dave feels that job scarcity will be the biggest public issue for the next 20 years. The tech sector is eliminating old jobs but also creating new ones. Most university grads now will have to create their own jobs by being creative and innovative. Richmond Hill has a small business enterprise centre  to support upcoming businesses. Businesses like RH for a number of reasons- including great quality of life, skilled workforce with a positive economic climate

Announcements

Nash- see current Rotary magazine for a number of Rotary Fellowship groups that are organized on common interests of the group.

Turnover Night- June 28-please fill out the RSVP list and let us know your food contribution. Dave will be sending out an e-mail for this night

International Night- Just short 0f 300 attended. Overall $32k in revenues. RH Club brought 172 attendees. Net profits after expenses is $15k. Our Club will clear close to $11k. Thanks to Paul T. and his team!!

Golf Tourney- June 17- Cyril- need volunteers to show up at 9:00am that morning to set up.                               

            Lunch              11:30-12:30
           Shotgun start   1:00pm
           Dinner             6:00pm
Cardinal Golf Course(EAST COURSE) Newmarket- Highway# 9-just east of Highway #400..

Glen- represented the Club at all candidates meeting. Great questions were given. Others there were Jason, Dr. A. and Arya.
Susan- Heritage Village Festival this Sat. Will have a booth-Needs a team there by 8:30am.
Jason- we have a newly signed Auction letter that can be used
Beer Fest- July 17- Arya has posters and tickets. Yelp is onboard and will donate 500 beer cozies.
Cam- has given out cheques to distribute at graduations. A few night changes made.
Ted-70 golfers for his son’s golf tourney this week. Lots of items donated. Hope to make $3-4k for Jean Do Fund. Thanks to David O. and Rick for donations.

Special  Rotary Visitor

Glen introduced John Kirkwood , a visiting Rotarian from Uganda. We have been supporting a Rotary project there. Nash presented John with our Club`s  pennant. John spoke briefly about the need for support of their Tofta Educational Trust. This trust helps to educate youth in Uganda, especially with vocational training. In the last few years 2000 kids have been helped.

Special Speaker- Major Dave Pearo- Salvation Army

Nash introduced Dave, who has been a Salvation Army Pastor for 22 years, the past 11 years in the Richmond Hill community.

Dave started off by giving credit to his wife, Beth, as the best thing that has happened to him. Together they have 3 amazing kids- and will soon be empty-nesters. Their first position was in Montreal pastoring to a Spanish-speaking congregation-even though Dave could only speak English..
Their community church has an acute social conscience. Last Christmas for example- 434 families were served, including 802 children for a total of 1202 altogether. Many of the concerns in Toronto are now spreading out to the GTA and ``hidden poverty`` is becoming more prevalent. In the last kettle campaign $147k was raised- all going back into the RH community. With the help of Rotary they gave out 60 winter coats to kids from 16 different schools. A total of 273 coats have been given out.
Other programs run are-Woman`s Breakaway- for women new to Canada, Mom and Tots camp, Community Garden( 10% of everything grown goes to the RH Food Bank). SA Jr. Hockey League(265 kids play every Sat. morning)- 10% of spots are reserved for high -risk kids. For these 10% there is no registration fee and they get free equipment..

Matt Delaney( Youth Pastor) runs a Restorative Justice Program in the schools in the area. They also support a school backpack and supplies program.

Other Salvation Army Services-
Counselling, housing support, clothing, food assistance, addiction assistance, spiritual care and settlement support for new Canadians.

Rick S. thanked Dave on behalf of the Club and assured him of our Club`s continued support.

50-50 winner- Cam.

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Announcements

Nash- a few of our members are absent as they are helping out at the all-candidates debate at Langstaff Community Centre.

Golf Tourney- June 17- Cyril mentioned that we have 120 golfers and could still use about 30 more. 32 Golfers are from the RH Club. Need small prizes or giveaways.

Donation- Cam presented a cheque to the Club of $375 from the Rotary Couples Bridge Group that will be put towards the RH High School geography scholarship.

Gord- on his last boat cruise, while wearing our Rotary jacket, he met a fellow Rotarian from  New Jersey who has sent our Club their club’s banner.
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Jay - suggested that a brief  congratulatory letter be given from President Nash to each of the high school scholarship award winners. All agreed.

Peter- see the latest issue of SNAPD for pictures of our International Night.

Beer Fest- July 17- Anders now has tickets and posters. Hoping for 10 beer vendors and 10 restaurants. Anders will provide a list of duties for volunteers.

Turnover Night- June 28- members will need to RSVP . The event will be potluck. Gord has volunteered to BBQ.

Guest Speaker- John Var Laar , accompanied by his wife Cora
“Back to School Program”

Nash introduced John, past District Gov. from 2003-2004. They are members of the Collingwood Club. Cora is from the Phillipines. In 2014 John received the Rotary International Humanitarian Award.

John started the “Back to School” program in the Phillipines in 2006 and  there are now over 2000 scholars that the funds have supported. Hope is given to children to be educated and get out of the slums. John was challenged to start this program after seeing Fillipino children in the local dump looking for food. He realized the best solution was to educate them and let them help themselves.

In 2008 he took a team of Dist. Governors to see these children. The team then started to set up matching grants to start a number of projects like “harvest the rain’ to provide clean drinking water for the children . John has put together over $1.25 million in grants over the last 6 years. Because the island is prone to natural disasters-Rotary has shipped containers of supplies to help out. Through the medical grants 44 children were given heart operations-thanks to Rotary. The Rotary program to eradicate the Denge mosquito has saved thousands from this deadly disease. “Never give up hope-when Rotary is around!”

Peter thanked John on behalf of the Club. So many things have been done thanks to these grants. Funding is the key.

50/50 winner- Rick

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Guests this evening:
Bin and Jane Nicols from Alabama- Jane  is a Rotary member.
William Chui- Rotary member from Hong Kong.
Officer-Paul Chiang- York R. Police- supporting speakers.

Announcements

 Golf Tourney June 17-120 golfers so far-can still take up to 140-Cyril mentioned that right now we are breaking even- more golfers=  more profit. Still looking for sponsors. There will be a live auction. Glen suggested York Region Police put in a foursome-they offered prizes.

June 11- Ted’s son is running golf tourney with proceeds to our Jean Do fund. They are still looking for golfers.
 
Satellite Club- launched this past week. It was well attended and an induction of new members will happen soon. Samir thanked our Club for support. There are 12 potential members in this group.

School Scholarships- Our Club gives out 7- $500 scholarships to each RH high school at their graduation to deserving students. Cam was able to recruit 7 members to attend these graduations.

Beer Fest- July 17- Anders spoke to the fact that it is running along well. It is at the RH Performing Arts C. with the added space of the outside courtyard and the plaza suite. He is looking to get local bands to perform. 6 breweries have confirmed already. Richard will look after the collecting of monies for tickets.

Turnover Night- June 28 at S. Harris’s house
Nash will be sending an e-mail soon with the details. We will need to RSVP and be expected to bring potluck.

Glen- he is moderating an all-candidates meeting June 2 at Langstaff Com. Centre from 7:30- 9:30. Needs 3-4 members to help out.

New Member Induction

Rodney Darwin (hospitality) was inducted into the Club by David O. , Nash and Ted. Rodney is currently hotel director with Royal Car. Cruise Lines. Rodney currently lives in Newmarket and has been a member in 8  Rotary Clubs  before.

Special Presentation- York Region Police Presentation


Lead by Dep. Chief Tom Carrique and supported by Supt. Graham Beverly
Dep. Chief Tom has been a member of the force since 1990. He is a former Rotarian
Supt. Graham has been a member of the force since 1987 and is in charge of 2 District.

Top Priorities of Y R Police

Crime against property
Violent crime
Guns and gangs
Drug control
Traffic and safety

What is organized Crime?
3 or more persons involved in serious offences in or outside Canada.

The Criminal Element is motivated by:
Money. Recognition. Power. Excitement. Drugs/sex

Human Trafficking Victims
A lot of young women are being forced into this trade in our area. Many are being housed in the Highway #7 corridor. 33% are Juveniles(under 18) and the rest are Adults. Victims are usually recruited on-line  with the promise of money/gifts/affection. Some use this as a means to pay off debt. The Police often work with group homes to help victims go back to school or work and get their life back on track.

Drugs- often aligns with prostitution. Marijuana is a lot stronger today than it was 20 years ago and can often be laced with a stronger drug. Canada is the largest exporter of Ecstasy.

Gangs
70 identified gang members in Region.  Street gangs are getting a lot more attention. There are also 37 known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members in the Region involved in legitimate businesses.

How can you help?
Report crime to Crimestoppers or go on-line. Express community concerns to police.

Nash presented a certificate of service excellence to Deputy Chief Tom on behalf of our Club.

50/50 winner- Gord

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Announcements

Nash- International Night- a very successful evening. Paul wanted to thank Steve for piano music, Rick for wine contribution, Dean F. for a $500 donation and all Club members who donated wine. A special “thank-you” to all members of the RH Cmte. as well as to all who sold tickets. A reminder that the Town of RH donated $2000 and Samir donated $1100 towards our International project.

Camp Enterprise- Dr. Abarra- 52 kids from all over Dist. 7070 attended this past weekend. Our Club’s negotiation activity again went well. Thanks to Dr. Abarra for his leadership here.

Golf Tournament- June 17- Cyril
As of today we have 104 golfers between the RH and Newmarket Club. June 2 is the deadline to inform Cardinal Golf Club re: numbers. We have 14-15 sponsors but still need more. There will be a silent auction as well as prizes. Cyril is still looking for giveaways and prizes. $175 includes lunch, dinner, cart and golf.

NO Meeting next Monday- Holiday.

Special Presentation- Nash presented Club member Bryon Wilfert with his second Paul Harris Fellowship. For his leadership and efforts to the common good of Canadians and in the international arena.

Special Speaker- classification speech-  Bryon Wilfert.

Nash introduced Bryon, a 31 year member of the RH Club. Bryon was a member of the
Federal  Government from 1997-2011. He has received numerous national and international awards, including the “Honor of the Rising Sun”- the highest honor given in Japan.

Bryon- he is now an honary Counsel to Miramar( Burma). In 1962 a military coup took over the country and put it into ruin. Recently it has become a democracy and their goal is to modernize their economy. Canada and the UK. still refer to this country as Burma. 89% of the country is Buddhist. Bryon’s position is non-paying and his role is to provide more international exposure for the country- specifically in the areas of investment, education and tourism.

The country is situated between India and China and has tremendous natural resources. Bryon will be on the diplomatic circuit trying to connect with other countries. Their move towards democratization is unstoppable. Included in their population are 135 nationalities.
The Muslims and Buddhists have lived in harmony for hundreds of years- but now tensions are starting to rise. Canada has now set up an Embassy there with English being the predominant language. The people of Miramar want to learn about the outside world through a vibrant press. There is real growth of the middle class. So far- there is no Rotary Club..

Samir thanked Bryon on behalf of the Club for his enlightening and informative presentation.

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Announcements Nash- very successful District Assembly last Sat.(May 3). We had 10 members attend (probably the biggest contingent in the District).
Ted gave a Satellite Club presentation and now 3 other Clubs are interested in starting their own. Samir has already made plans for our Club and he has planned a get-together for May 20th at his place. When they meet- they will decide on the times and place they will be meeting in the future.
Nash -mentioned that every Club that has organized a District Conference has lost money(except ours). We actually made money! For this reason the District wants some of our members to be on a Conference Cmte. to give support and ideas to help keep out of the red on the next one. Nash mentioned that we were helped last time by a grant of $15k from the Town of RH. as well as a donation of $15k from CIBC Wood-Gundy.
We also now have a new set of flags and poles to help kick off the next year with up-coming President David Tate.

International Night- May 9- Paul T. mentioned that close to 265 tickets have been sold.
Final meeting is tonight. Richmond Hill Club sold 170 tickets!!

For Good of Rotary


Jason- Auction Cmte. met before tonight’s meeting. Jason will forward the key deadline dates to members soon. Two more charities have been added for a total of 12 now. Jason is looking forward to a bigger and better auction this year.
Ted- Jean Do Fund- an e-mail was received from the trainer indicating that they have found a dog for Jean. We have now raised just over $8k. Reminder of Ted’s son and his golf tournament. Date is June 11/14. Cost is $110 for golf and dinner. Donation to Jean here from the day.
The Jean Do story has hit the International Rotary publications. Should help to meet our goals.
Peter- showed picture of some members cleaning Rotary Park that was in the Liberal.
Dr. A.-this weekend is Camp Enterprise. We need  members to help out with the negotiation activity with the students. 9 students from RH are attending.

New Member Induction- David Obadia- introduced and welcomed our newest member to the Club-BEPPI MOTTES. All members came up to welcome him and wish him well. Beppi was supported by his wife Jennifer. David and Nash presented  the  Rotary pin and membership certificate.

Special Speaker- upcoming President David Tate (2014-15)
David presented a number of dates and ideas for the Club for next year. He will be e-mailing this info to all members as soon as possible. Feedback and responses will be greatly appreciated.

There is a meeting next week- May12/14!!!

 
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Announcements

Nash- This is our last Fireside chat for the current Board’s year.

District Assembly- May 3- Dave Tate- Confirmed a number of members that are attending this Sat. Make sure you have registered. You can do this on-line at the District website. Our Club will pick up the $100 cost.

Meeting of May 5- Dave T. will be presenting ideas for next year. It will be a working  and  interactive session. Come prepared to discuss.

International Night- May 9- Paul T. mentioned that we are about 50 tickets short of our goal for the evening. The Town of Richmond Hill has donated  $2k to the evening and will be given some tickets. Peter has already e-mailed past members but Dave T. will send out another e-mail.

Trump Aids Walk- Kostas thanked those participating as well as those who have donated to this cause. They have raised about $1k.

Rotary Park- thanks to Susan and all who helped clean-up Rotary Park this past Sat.
Pictures are posted on Facebook and the web site. Nash presented Susan with an Excellence of Service Award for her leadership

 A letter of thanks from the Deaf and Blind Services of Ontario was read because of the Club’s $500 donation to their cause.

Glen- mentioned that another Rotary Club is sponsoring an Annual Sports Dinner on May 8 from 6:00pm at the Weston Golf and Country Club. It is a sports celebrity dinner with the speaker this year being Mike Krychelensky form the Edmonton Oilers. The venue is known for its good food. Cost is $150 ( 50 tax receipt).

Golf Tournament- June 17- Glen- we now have 96 golfers and a few sponsors. Still looking for more of each. WE need to know how many members are going to play. Our Club now has 5- foursomes. You can go just to the dinner. Please register if wanting to golf. Contact Cyril G. for more info.

Satellite Club- Samir

This is an new concept  that Samir is promoting and he has started to reach out to potential members. Ted will be presenting the details at the up-coming Dist. Assembly. We need to slowly help people into the Club and be flexible with meetings, etc. It will be the first satellite Club in the District. The goal is to support Rotary’s drive to increase membership.


Fundraising Discussion- considerable time was spent on discussing the last fundraising opportunity presented to the Club. If you would like details please contact David Obadia.

Business suggestion- Ted- mentioned that we all work very hard to raise funds for the Club. He put forward a suggestion that all members should have a say in supporting the Board’s  financial decisions. Hopefully this will be put forward to consider.

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Announcements

No meeting April 21/14- Easter
Next Meeting April 28/14- Fireside at London Pub. E-mail Nash if you have items for agenda

International Night- May 9- Paul mentioned that 240 tickets have been sold-goal is to reach 300 sold. Tax receipts of $40 per ticket will be issued. Brief meeting tonight. Looking for items for silent auction. Wine bottles will be accepted.

Golf Tournament- June 17-registration going well-Now have food sponsors. Looks like we will be making a profit.
Beer Fest- July- sponsors are signing up and venue is booked.

Ted- will be sending a pledge form around to members to support Kostas and Ted who are taking part in the Trump Aids Walk on April 26. Please contribute.
The Fund for Jean Do has now raised more than $7k. We have signed a contract and goal is to raise $14k by summer.

Dave T.- District Assembly- May 3- 6 members confirmed so far. Please e-mail Dave if you want to attend
Next year’s Board to also include now-Vocational-Jason, Youth- Steve, Clubs- Nash, Membership- David O., Marketing- Peter, Community- Paul V. and Ted. Dave is still working on the position of International.
May 5 meeting-a lot of ideas will be presented for next year. It will be a working session with lots of feedback needed.

Susan- Community Initiatives
-thank you note read to Club expressing thanks for support form the RH Soccer Club
-Sat. April 26-need help from 9-10am at Rotary Park for cleanup. Bags and gloves will be provided by town. E-mail Susan if you can help out.
-April 22- Earth Day-The town will be doing tree planting at Richmond Green from 10-3. Susan will be send e-mails with all the details.

Dr. Abarra- Camp Enterprise- 6 students will be attending from RH and 5 are on a waiting list. If there are spaces left  from other clubs hopefully some of these students will be able to fill them.



Special Speaker-Betty Jo Parent- Toronto 2015- Pan Am Games

Nash introduced Betty Jo who is on the Organizing Committee that organizes, manages and delivers the Games next summer. She has spent 30 years in Logistics with Maple Leaf Foods and Kraft Canada. Mary Jo is a member of the Mississauga-West Rotary Club. She was a Rotary Exchange student to Australia in 1979-80 and her daughter an exchange student to Vienna in 2012-2013. Mary Jo is the newest member of the District 7080 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee.

Pan Am Games
  
In the summer of 2015 the largest international sporting event ever held in Canada will be coming to the GTA. The area covered by the events will include Oshawa to Hamilton and Minden to Welland. The Games will lead the largest peacetime shoutout for volunteers ever done in Ontario. This will be a massive cultural event. “The People’s Games” that will try to be intimate, authentic and accessible. 75% of the tickets will cost less that $45.
41 nations will be participating from July 10-26, 2015. The Paragames will run from Aug.7-15,2015. Between the two Games there will be 10,000 athletes/coaches/officials and 20,000 volunteers. 51 sports will be included.  Some of the events will be pre-qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.

New sports that will be seen are woman’s basketball and team golf that will also be included in the 2016 Olympics.

Some of the Events=
Minden- White Water rafting
Oro/Medonte- mountain biking
Caledon- equestrian
Whitby- Para Pan games
Ajax- baseball and softball
Toronto - Un of T. Scar. Campus- Aquatics
Exhibition- Pan Am centre- press and events
York Un.- 10,000 seat stadium
Rogers Centre- opening ceremony with Circque de Soleil
A quarter of a million visitors over the month

Free transportation on buses. Etc. for volunteers and those with accreditation. Game day tickets will also allow free transit. Transportation and Security is co-ordinated by other groups. LOOKING FOR 20,000 VOLUNTEERS.

Dave T. thanked Betty Jo for a great presentation. The logistics are certainly mind-boggling.

50/50 winner Aria.

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Announcements

Trump Aids Walk- April 26/14
Kostas mentioned that he has sent an e-mail out to Club members with the details. It is a 5k. Walk and we are looking for walkers and contributors. It is a fun time with poker/marathon walking held right at the beach. Registration fee is $15 which includes a box lunch and entertainment. All the money walkers collect goes to charity.

7070 District Assembly- Sat May 3/14 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Dave reminded us of this event held at the BMO training centre. All new Rotary members should attend. Please e-mail David if you are going. Our Club pays $100 registration.

Operation Clean Sweep -April 20-26
Susan mentioned that this clean-up is run by the town and they provide garbage bags and gloves. Perhaps we could help clean up Rotary Park.
Susan also brought to our attention Tues. April 22 which is Earth Day. There will be tree planting at Richmond Green Park from 10:00am to 3:00 pm.

Forest Hill Club
Paul V. met another Rotary member who is promoting the Forest Hill’s “President’s Gala”
It is on Fri. April 25 at the National Club ( 303 Bay Street). It is $85 for the event which includes reception/wine/ 3 course meal and dancing.

Bowmanville High School
Ted went to the activity supported by our club in which the students packaged 18,750 meals that will be shipped to the Dominican Republic. Thanks to Ted for supporting them!
Service Dog
Ted mentioned that $700 had just been donated and we are over half way in meeting our goal to buy the service dog. Ted’s son’s business is running a golf tournament and the proceeds will be donated to purchasing this dog.

Model Schooner- Gord has reminded us that this could be raffled and the money go to the Jean Do fund. Someone needs to step up and make this happen!!

TV Auction- Jason mentioned that the York Region Phiharmonic Orch. wants to get involved in the next auction. There are other new interested groups as well. Jason will  send an e-mail to Captains for a meeting.

Special Guest- Jane Pang

Nash introduced Jane who is a certified teacher and Principal of Clearview School of Arts and Culture. Her main focus is researching how arts and culture education can help children find their true self. She encourages her children and the Club to see the performance of Shen Yun to see classical Chinese dance and music inspired by Chinese history and legends.

Ancient Wisdom and Its Modern Application

The Clearview School is located at Shepard and Pharmacy. Her goal is to have kids want to keep the Chinese tradition and expose them to culture and the Arts while embracing other diverse cultures. Jane also wants other kids to experience Chinese culture.

Essence of Chinese Culture
-divinely inspired
-cultivation-based
-self- disciplined
_veneration for the divine
Culture is shaped and influenced by cultivation. One’s professional level is determined by his cultivation level.

The Tang Dynasty is “the” model as it reached such a high state of democracy in that time period. The Destruction of Traditional Chinese culture and morality started in 1949.

Local Access of  Chinese Culture
Jane promoted the performances of Shen Yun for non- Chinese people to understand the culture. On Oct. 16, 2014 @ 8:00 pm performers and instruments from Shen Yun will be performing at Roy Thomson Hall. 

Jason thanked Jane for her leadership at the Clearview School and informing us about the goals of the school.

Nash presented Jane a certificate of appreciation.

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Announcements

District Assembly- Sat. May 3, 2014 at BMO training Centre. All new members must attend. Club will pick up registration fee. Let Nash know.

Jean Do
David O. and Rick S. took Jean and her mother west of London to see the service dog  centre and trainer. The service dog will be trained to wake Jean up if she stops breathing. The Club is in the final stages of working out a contract with the Breeder. We are looking for a yellow, female Lab. It takes up to 1.5 years to train. A $2000 deposit was put down.
David O. reminded us to go to our website to donate. $6000 has been committed so far.

Golf Tournament -June 17 , 2014
Cyril reminded us that this tournament will be in the place of a meeting for the Club that week. If you are unable to play-please come for the dinner. There are 30 spots left and there will be a need for volunteers as well. There is the potential to make a good profit if we can get enough sponsors.

International Night- May 9, 2014
Paul- our Club is doing very well with tickets so far. There will be a meeting tonight. We are still looking for silent auction items. Funds to the Club will be pro-rated based on number of tickets sold.

Yuk Yuk’s-Sat April 5@ Newmarket
Ted has a table booked for this Sat. Tickets are $30. Contact him if interested.

Camp Enterprise- May8-11
Dr. Abara mentioned that all the applications are in. Our Club has the task of doing the business activity on the Sat.

Special speaker- Tom Manimanakis

David introduced Tom- the owner of Ethos Asset Management.

This company does on-line and live auctions of goods for charities,  foundations, commercial and industrial clients. Tom is a volunteer with the Humane Society, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

Fundraising Initiatives
Tom is usually hired to assess value to items that people donate to charities. With his three other employees they have a combined total of 60 years experience. They do
Live/online auctions
Liquidation sales
Wholesale brokering
Appraisal services.
Our Goal is to Remanage, Re-Purpose and Recycle

New purpose is to help charities. Challenges for them today are
Decline in fundraising
Decline in govt. funding
Slow economy
Credibility
Increased demand
Strict rules

What do we do now? We look to businesses with surplus goods and try to repurpose these goods with the charities helping to sell and getting a percentage from these sales.
Overall benefits- the Corporations get a higher value for their surplus goods while having reduced write-offs. The Corporation also maintains a stronger socially responsible image.
Benefit to charity is increased funding, more public exposure and a positive relationship with Corporate sponsors.

Why are we doing this?
Principle-The time is always right to do what is right.

Purpose- You must be the change.

Susan thanked Tom. She knows him to be a very ethical, imaginative person and has positive sales experiences.

50/50 winner- Glen
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Announcements

Nash- Thanks to all for a great Progressive Dinner! Special thanks to Ted and Maureen for organizing and to Hira and his wife for hosting the “after party“
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Welcome to Jean Do and her mom to Rotary tonight. Jean is the young lady that our club is raising money for to help buy her a service dog to deal with diabetes. Ted updated us by stating that our Club has donated $2000 towards our goal and the District $1500. The goal is $14000. Ted will be seeing the breeder/trainer this Sat. Jean’s mom thanked our Club for taking on this challenge and is especially grateful to Ted and Maureen for supporting her. Donations can be done on our web-page. Donations of $100 or more can receive a tax receipt. Gord presented two personal cheques for $200 and a donation from an elderly friend  of Rotary for $1000.The Club will be looking at other fundraising to reach our goal.

Special Presentation
Nash introduced Tom Lalond to the Club. Tom is a partner at Marshall’s Funeral Home where we have been able to use their space for the auction items as well as Board meetings. Because of his lengthy support of our Club he was made an honorary member.
Paul V.  and Nash presented Tom with his membership and a gift as a “thank you” for his support. The members welcomed Tom to the Club.

Financial Presentation
Richard’s company SBMB Law had a client appreciation night recently where they decided to donate the events proceeds to our Club. Half the money was raised and the other half donated by the Company. Richard presented a cheque for $5225 to our Club. Richard was then presented a certificate of appreciation by Glen and Nash .

District Assembly- Sat. May3/14 at BMO Training Centre-all new members must attend.

The $100 registration fee is paid by the Club.

Golf Tournament- June 17
Cost is $175 each. $250 for sponsors per hole. See Cyril to register.

International Night- May 9,2014 at LeParc
Paul provided posters to advertise. Reminder that each member needs to sell minimum of 4 tickets. Tax receipts may be issued for part of payment. Funds raised go to international projects to help those in difficult situations improve their life. As an example -we provided funds  for water in Niger so that people could start their own gardens-thus growing their own food. We are looking at funding an MRI for a project in Uganda. We saw a picture of some of our funds in action from last year.

Video- Nash showed a video of one presented by the Great Britain and Ireland Rotary in which the objectives of Rotary “to help others” was presented.

Special Speaker- Michael White
                     (Reforesting ORMCP)

Michael thanked the Club for the invite. Nash presented Michael who is President of the Richmond Hill Naturalists Society . His father ( Dennis White) was a long time Rotary member.

Michael met Bill and Shelagh Harris in 2009 and they convinced him to get together with school children to plant trees and re-forest areas of the Oak Ridges Moraine.(Michael showed a number of slides that demonstrated Rotary members(especially Jason) working with kids planting trees). There are a number of “kettle lakes” formed by the glaciers that have left pockets of water in the area. As an example- Bond Lake- is a kettle lake.


Various developers have bought land in this area but have agreed to save 1000 acres for re-forestration. There are many beautiful frogs thriving in this area. They show that “ What we are doing is making a difference”. Slides were shown of the planting from 2009-2014. Many students from grades 5 and 6 were involved. High school kids have been used as team leaders for the planting. A lot of support has been given by the Conservation Authority and Rotary helps manage the site. Thousands of small birds are also thriving here now. The main trees growing here are Red Oak, Ash and Silver Maple. When students get involved they are able to see what the ground cover is really like. Many will go on to pursue studies and related careers after being involved.


Shelagh Harris thanked Michael on behalf of the Club . She mentioned how inspiring it is to see kids becoming more interested in the environment. She also learns more about these issues each time she hears Michael speak.

Nash presented Michael with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Club. 

  
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Richard receiving certificate from President Nash and Glen Stephen Knight 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Michael White( Oak Ridges Moraine Project) with President Nash Stephen Knight 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Tom Lalond, new Honorary member with David O. and President Nash Stephen Knight 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements


Nash
- For members info- Graham is not feeling well and has not been able to attend recently. Please remember him in your prayers. Good to see Norma tonight as she has also been under the weather.
Thank you certificate presented to Arja as a dedicated Rotarian and for her contributions last weekend to the RH Winter Carnival.
Dave T. is away on business but Nash announced next years’ Board-2014-15
Pres.- Dave T.
Pres. Elect- Dr. Abara
Sec.- Glen W.
Treasurer- Richard H.
Past Pres.- Nash
Other members will be named in due course.
Presentation to Anders of the Paul Harris Award by Nash for his contributions.
Anders is working on a second Beer fest this summer-Possibly middle of July.

For Good of Rotary
Cyril- reminder of the Golf Tournament this June. We are looking for all types of sponsors.
$175 each for golf, lunch and dinner. E-mail Cyril for details of sponsorships if interested.
Brian W.- can offer two prizes to Club. First is to have lunch with him in the parliamentary dining room and then a tour of Parliament. Second is lunch with the Ambassador to Myramar for those who might have business interests there.
Jason- free skate at Bond lake Arena on Family Day from 2-4pm.

Issues


Nash
-great deal of frustration by members  who send e-mails for responses but get little response. Jason suggested that a date should be included for response. Richard agreed with a date as he gets hundreds of e-mails. Gord’s answer was simple- if you get a question- answer it!
International Night Fundraising- working with 4 other Clubs. Nash wanted feed back about tickets which will be $100 each. $40 of each ticket goes to charity. There was some feedback that members should not be expected to buy 4 each- especially if they
 are not going. It was left to discretion to donate if one can not be there. Charitable receipts are possible. The charity activity that will be supported by our club has not been 100% decided yet. Ted mentioned that we need to sell 300 tickets by all clubs.
Beer Fest- Anders- has booked time at the Performing Arts Centre for July 18-tentative.We will have use of main foyer and outside patio. Entertainment will hopefully be local bands. Summer is the best time of year for this Fest. It is possible to run 2 Beer Fests a year.
Gord- reminder to Club that the schooner  he built is still available to be auctioned off. It was valued at $12000.
Arja- thanks to those who were to BBQ at the Winter Carnival. Great attendance on a cold weekend.

Glen
Announcement- congrats to Mark L. who was recently married. An event will be held soon to celebrate.

No meeting on Family Day Holiday.


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Announcements

Les S.- Asst. District Governor-
Feb. 20- Rotary Club of North York is running a Distillery and wine tasting event.
Cost is $ 20.00 and guests are welcome. There is a Grant Management Seminar for Rotary in Oshawa this Sat. There is also a Rotary Leadership Institute April 9 at Seneca College.
May 3 is the District Assembly-details will be sent to you.

Cyril-a golf event is being planned for Tues. June 17 at the Cardinal Golf course. We are looking for golfers and sponsors. Cost is $175 for golf/lunch and dinner. Need to get groups of four. There will be a silent auction. Sponsors will pay $250.00.

Paul T. International Night- May 9- 60’s theme. Money raised can grow through Rotary’s matching grants to use for international projects. There will also be a silent auction.

Arja- reminder of RH Winter Carnival this coming weekend. Still need volunteers to BBQ on Sat. Please contact here if you can help out.

Susan- reminder to donate to the “Out of the Cold” program. Keep bringing in items to her to donate to the homeless.

Nash- Bowling Night winner to be announced at Fireside- which is our next meeting at the London Pub- Feb10.

Ted-reminded members of the Progressive Dinner on Mar.15- Please let Ted know your intentions.

Rotary Auction
Cheque presentations were made to charities.
Special recognition to member Sheila Harris for getting the most items donated to our Club.
Paul V. Special thanks to Marshalls for the use of facility and Rogers Cable for their services. Paul V. will let charities know what will be accepted and not accepted for the next auction. We need to always keep in mind the viewers perception. We are pleased with the results and know that the next one is going to be more successful.
 Peter S.- we partnered with Rogers and got lots of radio coverage. We try not to spend too much on advertising so that more money goes to charities.

Gordon- “green room”- where items are moved through studio worked well. This is thanks to all the experienced volunteers- who he hopes will help next year.

Susan

  A special " thank you’” to all the volunteers who helped out at the Auction.

Jason (Chair) -we raised $50,000 for the Community. We will need charities to confirm this years’ participation by the end of March. Will need items in earlier as well. On-line bidding is hoped to be up and running before the auction starts next time around.
Our Club raised $13,240.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to Rogers and Jason and Marshalls Funeral Home..



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ImageMonday Feb 4 was a special night for the club.  Guests were invited from our partnering charities that participated in the 2012 Annual Rotary TV Auction to receive their portion of the proceeds.  Pictured here is Ryan Durham of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization with Rotarian President Jason Cherniak. CSRO was the organization that brought in the most items for auction and raised the most money for their charity! Ryan says the CSRO has been involved in the auction for about 12-15 years and so far have raised over $150,000 by partnering with Rotary. Congratulations to all our charities!
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Past District Governor Bob Wallace presents the “Governor” banner to District Governor Ted Koziel David Tate 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
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The next Satellite meeting of the R'Hill Rotary Club will be tomorrow - Tuesday August 26 from 6:00-7:00pm Address: 16 Lisa Cres. Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3J4. Tea/coffee will be served.

This will be considered a MAKE UP for Rotarians joining us. The more the merrier.

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The next meeting of the Satellite Club will be Tuesday August 5 at 16 Lisa Cres, Meeting will take place from 6-7pm and informal networking to follow.  Richmond Hill where we will update all our prospective members on the next steps and plan on an induction schedule for the new members. 

Please RSVP to Samir Dossal at sdossal@gmail.com or 416 707 6387

 

 

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Meet Jean Do who lives in York Region. Jean is turning three years old and has recently been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. Jean has been undergoing intense treatment to manage her condition but because of her young age, she is not aware when she becomes low hypoglycemic.  Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly.  If left untreated, hypoglycemia can cause confusion, clumsiness, or fainting. Severe hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma, and even death.

Jean is very young to experience a life threatening disease and requires to be alerted when she becomes low hypoglycemic. There are diabetic alert dogs that are trained to save the life of diabetics in her condition.  However because of Jean's young age, she would not be a candidate for a service dog from any of the usual resources for many years.

Jean is at risk now and cannot wait for a service dog.

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has pledged their financial support, and District 7070 has added another contribution, but more help is urgently needed.  Please help Rotary help Jean Do by making a donation TODAY. Your donations will enable Jean to get a diabetic alert service dog NOW. With your help, Jean will be accompanied by a four-legged friend everywhere she goes to ensure her safety and well being. Your donation will make a difference to this child's life and to her family.

Any contribution you can make to help this child get a service dog is very much appreciated.  And you can be assured that your donation will be managed by the Rotary Club and the funds will go directly to this worthy cause.

Donations of $100 or more will get a tax receipt.  Please be sure to fill in ALL information when making your donation.

Thank you in advance.

 

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R'Hill Club is always up for some fellowship! See the Photo Albums Tab to view some photos of the annual Progressive Dinner (an evening of visiting different members homes for various courses of a meal and then a general party after). Thanks to Ted and Maureen for organizing, and Hira and Deepa for hosting the after-party!
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Please note there will not be a meeting on March 17 due to the Progressive Dinner on Saturday.  Regular meetings will continue March 24 at the Sheraton.  Guest speaker will be Michael White who heads up our annual Oak Ridges Corridor Tree Planting initiative.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nash:

  • Welcomed and introduced Wasim Jarrah, the Newmarket Rotary President.  Wasim handed out some flyers for their upcoming event at Yuk Yuk's on April 5.  The evening includes dinner, dancing and the show for $30/ticket and will be at the Newmarket Community Centre at Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket.  Please join them... all are welcome!
  • International Night is coming up May 9.  See Richard for tickets.  Paul T asked that everyone put their best efforts into selling all tickets.  Paul T also volunteered to visit any other clubs to make a presentation.
  • Golf Tournament June 17.  See Cyril for tickets.  Cyril said that he has some sponsors so far, but more are needed.  Please ask your contacts to sponsor at $250/hole.
  • Beer Fest date has now been set for July 17.  Once again, it will be the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  More details to follow.
  • Progressive Dinner is this weekend so there will not be a meeting on Monday March 17.  The envelopes for the progressive dinner were distributed by Ted and the after party will be at Hira's starting at about 10pm.  All are welcome to the after party.
  • Reminder of the Board Meeting on Wednesday.

Glen:

  • The Rotary windbreakers are here and will be distributed over the next few meetings.

 

David O/Ted:

  • A special request for funding has come in to help a family in Richmond Hill dealing with juvenile diabetes.  The funds would be used to assist in getting the family a service dog and possibly some help for the parent. Assistance from the JDRF is not available and other avenues for funding have been exhausted.  The Board will review on Wednesday.  A member made a personal pledge of financial support at the meeting.

 

SPEAKER - SUZANNE GAUDET, DEAFBLIND SERVICES OF ONTARIO

Suzanne explained that the DeafBlind Society assists clients who have "congenital" deafblindness, that is, people who have been deaf and blind from birth and who have never had hearing or sight.  These clients present many challenges because they have no frame of reference to communicate or negotiate their world.

Suzanne says that their clients are all different and have different levels of ability, and therefore, each caregiver or "intervenor" has to be very specialized to each client.

The Society currently has 17 residences across Ontario and about 50+ clients.  In the residences, which are designed to be small and homey rather than institutional, clients work on life skills with their intervenors.  They learn how to communicate, how to clean their rooms, how to manage meals etc.  The intervenors are a special breed of people and are very committed to their client's success.   They have about 200 intervenors that provide 24 hour care to the clients.  Suzanne says that some clients have no family and the Society and their intervenors will be their family for the rest of their lives.  

Part of the Society's work is to plan for Sensory Excursions for their clients.  These outings or experiences are chosen by the client themselves, and then planned for with their intervenor.  Usually the clients pays for at least part of the outing and putting savings aside is part of the learning process also.

The Society's participation in the Achilles St. Patrick's Day Walk is to support some of these sensory excursions.  Last year the Society was able to raise a total of $9,000.  This year, our club again is happy to donate $500 for this initiative, and tonight a cheque was presented by President Nash.

Thank you Suzanne for coming to talk with us tonight and we are happy to be able to help support the DeafBlind Society.

NEXT MEETING:  Reminder NO meeting next week.  Next meeting is March 24 at Sheraton.  Speaker will be Michael White re Oak Ridges Tree Planting


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Cheque presentation to DeafBlind Services of Ontario representative Suzanne Gaudet with Pres Nash Susan Hazlett 0