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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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The Interact Club, a member of the Rotary Club of Scarborough, organized a trash pick-up day at Thompson Memorial Park. They concentrated their efforts to the Hydro field that is not cleaned as often. It was a fun day!"
 
 
VIBE Arts -- A Project in Action
Currently the folks from VIBE Arts are assisting the students in Birkdale Residence, who are in turn assisting Rotary, by creating two large murals in support of the Rotary International Convention coming to Toronto in June of 2018. 
One mural is a portrayal of their community, and the other illustrates what their community means to them.
These murals will be on display in a nearby subway station for a few months and in June, will be featured at the International Convention as well.
For more information on VIBE Arts:  https://vibearts.ca/
 

We would like to invite you to lunch ......

 
Look down this long list of projects that have been accomplished by the Rotary Club of Scarborough.  If you would like to join us, or just come out for a visit, drop in for lunch.  We are always looking for new projects, new members, and more friends who are willing to assist with us in our many projects, both here in Canada, and internationally.  Give us a look.

 

 

The Rotary Club of Scarborough, along with other clubs in the area, provided a contribution to the Vimy Ridge Wreaths for this past November 11th.

 

Antoine Hirsch of the Rotary Club of Bay-Bloor was present in Vimy and laid the wreaths on behalf of several Toronto / Scarborough Clubs.

Past President Gerard Baribeau. Past District Governor Jim Louttit,
President Chris Musselman, and one of our newest members, Heather Lennie

 

 The Zone 24 Public Image Award has been presented to the Rotary Club of Scarborough, to recognize the Club's work in publicizing Rotary over the past year. This publicity includes enrolling over 107000 children in the Free Reading Program, which means they see Rotary every time they use the Program.

We are pleased to introduce our newest members.  From the left is Past District Governor Jim Louttit, Our Club President Chris Musselman, inductees Abhi Shah, Melanie Rodriguez, Riyaj Fasik, Heather Lennie, Patience Odeh, and our Current Assistant District Governor, Deb Murray.
 
These folks are a valuable addition to the Rotary Club of Scarborough.
The Club can be contacted by mail:
 
Rotary Club of Scarborough,
    P.O. BOX 386,
       STATION ‘A’
          TORONTO, ON  M1K 5C3
 
Or by email to John Barrett at john.g.barrett@rogers.com

Roota is a non-profit organization founded in Canada by Nevine Yassa and friends.   Their mission is to raise the social, educational, economical and health standards of marginalized groups in Egypt.  Their present focus is on the Zabaleen of the Mokattam Mountain in Cairo.
 
They are volunteers working with an Egyptian NGO called APE (Association of the Protection of Environment) who know the needy on site, disperse the looms as they deem fit, and use Roota monies for schools.  APE is looking at the increase in population and hence, are in dire need of new schools for tutoring, and pre-school. 

Doing our part to reduce personal interaction, club and committee meetings are now being held electronically, until at least November 1, 2020.
 

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We meet every Tuesday at 12:30 PM, except the last Tuesday of the month when we meet in the evening.  All weekly meetings are at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club, 321 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Scarborough, Ontario.   Check the "Speakers" schedule on the other side of this webpage for times and content.
 
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