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The Rotary Club of Scarborough closed its very first “Tree of Remembrance” project with a ribbon Blessing by the Church of Holy Trinity Guildwood on January 10th.
 
This year, for the first time in Canada, we established “The Rotary Tree of Remembrance” project.  An idea initiated by one of our newer members, from Ireland, which is where the idea originated.  The Tree of Remembrance allowed people the opportunity to remember loved ones and front-line workers, while also raising funds that the Rotary Club of Scarborough will use to support our many and varied local community projects.
 
We, at the Rotary Club of Scarborough, have been serving the community since 1951. One of the alliances that was formed during the years is with the Church of the Holy Trinity in Guildwood.
 
The Ongutoi Health Centre provides free healthcare to villages and communities in North Eastern and Central Uganda. The is a highly professional centre, treating  750-1,000 patients a month, including approximately 1 birth every day, with a mortality rate of only 1% versus a 10% rate in other areas.  Ongutoi is the only regional facility where a patient can be assessed, receive a prescription and have the prescription filled at no cost to the patient.  The Ongutoi Health Centre has treated over 170,000 patients since 2007. 
Partnering with St. Stephen's Food Bank, our elves are buying gift cards, food items and gifts for local families in need because no child should go without over the holidays. 

A special thanks to our larger Rotary Club of Scarborough community – because of you, we were able to increase the number of families we can support from 12 last year to 20 this year! Thank you for standing by us and continuing to support our work during the pandemic, including your recent support of our Drive-Thru Rib Fest! 
 

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Supports Birkdale Residence

 

As members of the Rotary Club of Scarborough we are honoured to support the much-needed work done at Birkdale Residence, now and going forward.

Media Release -June 2020 – Part Three:
 
The Rotary Club of Scarborough and the Rotary Club of Scarborough Charitable Foundation continue to be busy doing our part in this Covid-19 Pandemic.  This is Part Three.
 
Scarborough’s YouthLink Emergency Shelter and Transition Home has, like many of us, had to cancel several of their fundraising programs, leaving them in need of funds to support their unplanned COVID-19 expenses.  The Rotary Club of Scarborough Charitable Foundation has provided $1500.00 to assist them in this unprecedented time.
The Rotary Club of Scarborough has been very, very, busy during this Covid-19 Pandemic.  Over the next few days we will be posting many of our projects.  This is Part Two.
 
Vulnerable Families Project – TDSB and TCDSB:
Through local Rotarian members and their local school board connections, it was brought to our attention that many families (known by principals in their respective schools) have no money for food and are struggling to pay rent.  With the support of Superintendents within the TCDSB and the TDSB, our Club purchased $4000 worth of $50 Food / Gift Cards which were delivered to Principals for distribution.   
This project was a special request from the TDSB.  Here is one letter we recently received.
 
“I am writing to you to thank you for your most generous donation of food gift cards to ten families from our school. As I am sure you are aware, our school services students and families from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and economic realities. We are situated in a designated area of economic need and we also welcome families who have made the journey to Canada to escape war and persecution in other countries.
 
Your donation will ensure ten of our families will enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having a solid base of food items they can draw from when things get challenging. It will also ensure that in the midst of this global crisis, they understand their needs are important and that there are individuals and larger organizations who are actively trying to help them. I therefore thank you on behalf of myself, the families who have been touched by your generosity, our School Board and the wider community which they serve.”
The Rotary Club of Scarborough has been very, very, busy during this Covid-19 Pandemic.  Over the next few days we will be posting many of our projects.  This is Part One.
During the Month of April, we assisted the newly formed House of Neighbours (founder Mohammed Mohyedin), working with Centennial College on Progress Avenue, in the packing and delivery of groceries to 60 families in our area.
 
This project was repeated in May for another 60 families, and is again in process, for another 60 families as this article is being posted.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The hospital's kitchen is only supplying patients, which leaves the hospital's Frontline Workers without meals.  These folks often stay on the one floor for the whole shift, and many do not get home.
 
For the third Wednesday, the Rotary Club of Scarborough has provided meals to Hospital Staff, this week to Birchmount Campus (Formally Grace Hospital).  These meals are being prepared by 5n2 Kitchens.   
 
Many of our members have volunteered to help with the deliveries, while practicing proper “social distancing”.  This photo includes Helen, Eugene and Gerard from the Rotary Club of Scarborough and two 5N2 Kitchen staff.
 
5N2 can be found on the web at https://5n2kitchen.com/
Rotarian Abhi Shah brought to our attention the need for food for hospital staff.   All sources of food in the three Scarborough hospitals are closed and many staff are not even going home! The hospital kitchen is only supplying patients. 
 
Our club contributed funds to provide food every Wednesday for six weeks beginning April 15. This food is being prepared by 5n2 Kitchens.   
 
Many of our members have volunteered to help with the deliveries.  Last week's meals went to Birchmount Campus (Formally Grace Hospital).  Proper “social distancing” is being maintained.  The photo includes two 5n2 employees and Ingrid and Bruce from the Rotary Club of Scarborough.
 
5n2 can be found on the web at https://5n2kitchen.com/contact/
No Frills Gift Cards
 
Through local Rotarian members and their local school board connections, it was brought to our attention that many families (known by principals in their respective schools) have no money for food and are struggling to pay rent.  With the support of a Superintendent within the  TDSB, our Club purchased $2000 worth of $50 No Frills Gift Cards which were delivered to TDSB Principals for distribution.    This project was a special request from the TDSB.
 
The stories are heartbreaking.  The folks are so appreciative.
House of Neighbours – Partnership with Centennial College – Supported by Three Rotary Clubs: The Rotary Club of Scarborough,  Scarborough Twilight and Scarborough Bluffs
This was a huge undertaking and had to happen fast.
Centennial College had food – masses of food – in their School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. They did not want it to go to waste and knew there were many hungry people in our community. After a couple of days of numerous calls and long days, and driven by Mohammed Mohyedin (House of Neighbours), and the Dean – Joe Baker- managed to get it organized.  Not easy when we were all under isolation, as rolled out by the Health Department and the Ontario Government.
 
 
The Interact Club of Scarborough presents their Milk Bag Mattress Event.  Consider dropping around and giving them a hand.  Interactors are Rotarians ages 12 - 18, and they are always on the look-out for more members.  If you are interested, drop around.
 
The Knotty Knitters are a wonderful, dedicated group of Guildwood women who put  their heart, soul and love of knitting into action. 
They provide hundreds of hand knit hats and mitts to young students in two of our local Scarborough schools through the Rotary Club of Scarborough program.       
 
Thank you Knotty Knitters, you are very much appreciated by all.
 
 
 
The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. More than 600 clubs and 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala.  The Rotary Club of Scarborough is a proud contributor to the GLP.
We are supporting a major effort in "Adopt A Village" in Laos. This photo illustrates a Water Tank under construction. This project is facilitating a permanent water supply, with a dam, 4km of buried pipe, water tank and tap posts throughout the village of Sandluangnoi. This marks their 17th permanent water supply.  If you would like additional information on Rotary's work in Laos, follow this link:  http://AdoptAVillageinLaos.wordpress.com
 
The Rotary Club of Scarborough has recently led a project to install solar panels and lighting at the El Arca orphanage in Peru.
 
Interact Club Members are 12 - 18 years of age and doing some great stuff along with the Rotary Club of Scarborough…Interested?  Drop in to their Open House on October 5th.
 
The Rotary Club of Scarborough inducts a new member…  The Reverend Stephen Kirkegaard
 
President Joan Barrett, Past President Sydney Baxter-Dennis, Rev. Stephen Kirkegaard, Past President Gary MacGregor
 
Stephen has been an Anglican priest for 25 years and moved to Guildwood in 2007 to serve as Priest for the Church of The Holy Trinity, in Guildwood.
He has studied, lived and worked around the world – Toronto, much of Europe, India and two and half years in Kenya and Zambia during the 70’s.
 
Stephen has actively studied the Art of Magic and Sleight of Hand since boyhood and has been fortunate to study with some great magicians and hypnotists.  He also loves music, dancing, reading and a walking along the shoreline or on the bluffs.
 
We are fortunate to have Reverend Stephen join our ranks … Welcome Stephen.

At our February 5th meeting the Rotary Club of Scarborough inducted Jenny Foster. 

Jenny credits her grandmother for inspiring her at a young age to serve others.  Her interests include charity work in West Hill, Yoga, Crossfitter and triathlete.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Seneca College.

Welcome Jenny!

Jenny Foster (left), President Joan Barrett (center), and sponsor Julie Gircys (right)

Andrew Scarry, President Joan Barrett, and Treasurer Gary MacGregor
 
At its meeting on October 23, the Rotary Club of Scarborough inducted Andrew Scarry. Andrew’s varied career includes: farming, fisheries, broadcasting, media, tourism, deep sea diver, and more recently Health and Safety management in the International oil and gas industry.  To quote Andrew: “Seeing the challenges that so many face, and acknowledging the blessings I’ve received, I began reaching out for a way to give back, which brings me to Rotary.”
 
Club members warmly applauded Andrew’s induction with a standing ovation.
 
 

Painting at Birkdale

The Interact Club, a member of the Rotary Club of Scarborough, spent all day October 27th over at Birkdale Residence painting. A good time had by all.
 
The Rotary Club of Scarborough had its 17th annual Ribfest this past week-end, and for the first time, conducted a 50-50 draw.  Sale of the tickets went on for the four days of the ribfest, and one ticket was drawn when ticket sales stopped on Monday evening.  The winning ticket will take home $10,395.00 – 50% of the total tickets sold.
 
The winning ticket number for this year’s Scarborough Ribfest 50-50 draw was ticket number 26513405008.
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Doing our part to reduce personal interaction, club and committee meetings are now being held electronically,
until at least April 1, 2020.

 

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