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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.

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. 

Birkdale Residence Back Packs

On August 15, 2017, we had our first of many "Hands-On" luncheons in which we will get all attending members, and any "Friends of Rotary" that may be on hand, to work for our lunch.  In this case, we  were packing backpacks with everything required for back to school. Included were pens, mathematic instrument sets, paper, water bottles ... everything needed to start school.  These backpacks were presented to the staff for distribution to the students in the Birkdale Residence.

This Toronto organization exists to help young offenders get out of the penal system, and into useful lives.  As part of the Commitment, a young offender agrees to try and turn his/her life around with the help of PACT programs, plus a Life Coach.  Rotary Club of Scarborough donated $4000.00 towards the cost of Life Coaching in this worthwhile and successful program.


On the left is Joan Barrett, Director of Community Service for the Rotary Club of Scarborough, Gerard Baribeau, President of the Club, and Dave Lockett, Rotarian and founder of PACT.

It is with Pleasure that the Rotary Club of Scarborough has inducted a new member. 

Julie graduated from U.T.S., earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, an M.B.A. from Western University, and attended Case Western Reserve University in 2004 to earn a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry:  Positive Business and Society Change.  Julie has recently launched her own business, Nurse Next Door in Scarborough West.  “Basically, we’ll do anything to keep seniors happy and healthy in their own homes.”

To quote Julie   "My interest in Rotary originates from a desire to contribute to my own community.  I admire the work Rotary has done and the causes it supports.  At my first meeting, I particularly enjoyed the recognition of the work of Dr. Paul Caulford and his colleagues."  Dr. Paul runs the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care on Shepard Avenue in Scarborough.

Welcome and congratulations


At their Gala fundraiser on February 9th, the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care welcome The Rotary Club of Scarborough and their support.  Pictured from left to right are Julie Gircys, Eugene Burns, Paul Caulford, and Shirley Zinman.

When the Rotary Club of Scarborough heard that there was a further need at the Depkor School in Ghana, we decided we could help. We have worked with Carol in the past, supplying meals for the very poor children who attend this school, and found out she is a 1 person organizing committee to help this school. In Ghana, Carol's good friend Linda receives any shipments, to make sure they go to the children who need them This time, the call was for running shoes and notebooks for their schoolwork. We collected 30 pair of slightly used running shoes, and 60 pair that are brand new! There were notebooks and pencils and pens, etc., so the kids don't have to just write their lessons in the sand. With a little bit of money added, Carol was able to get all this to the shipper right away, so we know the children will receive them shortly.

Just one small way that Rotary Serves Humanity!

Have a look at the DEKPOR website: www.DekporSchool.org

Have a look at the DEKPOR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DekporSchool/ 

The Rotary Club of Scarborough has been helping to support FACE.  FACE's mission is to assist and protect orphans, street children, their families and communities in Egypt regardless of race, culture or religion. 


Our Rotary Club contributes by helping with the needs of orphans and street children.  In return we receive quarterly reports to follow up on how our monies were dispersed, and how it touched the lives of these children.


Have a look at FACE's third quarter report: 


Have a look at their website:   ola@facechildren.org    



The Rotary Club of Scarborough has just celebrated a Birthday.

Rotarian Anne Ellis-Taylor has just celebrated her 95th birthday during the Club's regular Tuesday meeting.  A large cake was presented which had a very good photo of Anne imprinted on the top.  Congratulations Anne, from your friends at Rotary.  Anne is joined by Rotarians Joan Barrett, Eugene Burns and Don Hall.

On Oct 25th, The Rotary Club of Scarborough Inducted our newest member, John Aruldason.  Marcy Tomassini, seen on the left, was John's sponsor and the presentation was conducted by President Gerard Baribeau.  John is in real Estate and concurrently working on a Law Degree, which of course means that he is very busy.  Welcome and congratulations John.

On October 18th the Rotary Club of Scarborough Inducted its latest member .... Bette Ross.  Betty was sponsored by Norm Rhora (left), and the Induction was conducted by Bob Johnston. Welcome and congratulations.
From left to right, Norm Rhora, Bette Ross, Bob Johnston, and Club President Gerard Baribeau.
In September, Past President Gene Burns received Centennial College's acknowledgement of the Rotary Club's donation of $50,000 to the College's Impact Campaign Scholarship Fund. 



On Sunday September 11th, 2016, District 7070 had its Foundation Walk in Brighton Ontario.  This is the Rotary Club of Scarborough team ... including Harley (the black hairy fellow with President Gerard.).   Harley, by the way, may have been the largest contributor .... Harley walks for those who cannot.
Their year-end picnic was held this past Saturday at Colonel Danforth Park, including a BBQ, socializing, with fun times had by all. The highlight would be the scavenger hunt during which most of them ended up in the local creek.
Congratulations to their new president for the 2016/2017 season ... Malaravan Balachandran.
Interact’ers are 12 – 18 years of age and come from the local high schools.
Anyone interested in joining this group could go to their Facebook page (Scarborough Interact Club) .

This year's Canada Day parade started at Brimley just above Progress and went down Brimley to end at Lawrence.  The Rotary Club contingent was well attended and included Shirley's unique automobile, and President Gerard on the club's only vehicle.  Outgoing President Eugene Burns is seen in the car in the passenger's seat.


First the Pin ....

President Eugene Burns has completed his 12 month presidency and has been presented with the appropriate pin and plaque from incoming President Gerard Baribeau, at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club on June 28th.  In Eugene's talk he took the time to thank the many folks that made his presidency both productive and entertaining.


Then the Plaque ....

It was a delight attending the Rotaract District Conference on Saturday June 11, 2016.  The level of enthusiasm and energy at this Conference was considerable.  One felt rejuvenated to meet all these young women and men and observe their enjoyment and interest. 

The Paul Harris Scholarship Awards for the nineteenth year were presented on June 7, 2016, to seven exceptional students graduating from Scarborough High Schools, at the Scarboro Golf & Country Club.

Sylvie Stojanovski (Woburn C.I.), Nidusha Nithiananyjan (Lester B. Pearson C.I.), Akeda Sayram (SATEC @ W.A. Porter), Hashveenah Manoharan (St. John Paul II), Dushara Ragavachari (Albert Campbell C.I.), Neha Mahmood (R.H. King Academy), and Emma Jayne Chaikowsky (Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I.)

The Rotary Club of Scarborough – Service Above Self Awards honour Toronto Police, Paramedic and Fire – June 14.
Mark Watson – Toronto Fire Services, Don Meikle – Toronto Paramedic Services,
PC Lee Kennedy – Toronto Police Service
Another successful Camp Enterprise was held this past weekend by the Rotary Club of Scarborough at Claremont Field Centre. There were 28 business students from five local high schools - Laurier, West Hill, Woburn, David and Mary and R.H.King. CE2016 was year 37 for this well received program.

On 23 April, several members of the Rotary Club of Scarborough attended day long sessions at the Rotary Learning Institute. The purpose of RLI is to educate and inform members about the processes and operations of a Rotary club, so they can better understand and contribute to its operation.

Chris Musselman received her graduation certificate from PDG Ted Morrison.
In Level 2, Gopal Rajan received his certificate of completion 



 In level 1, Gary MacGregor and Marcy Tomassini attended, as shown in the group photo.

All participants felt their sessions were worthwhile, enjoyable, and encourage all Rotary members to attend future sessions.

A few years ago, Joe Roberts was a homeless, drug-addicted youth from Midland, pushing his few possessions in a shopping cart around Vancouver. With help from his Mother and some other caring people, Joe turned his life around, and went from Skid Row to being a CEO. Now, Joe wants to help other youth, and will .....

Press Release June 3, 2015
The Rotary Club of Scarborough is pleased to announce that it has provided funding of $100,000 for equipment and fixtures to The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (The Centre) to establish its new home at 4158 Sheppard Avenue East. The Centre provides health care to those new Canadians who are not yet covered by our medical care system, and those recently insured without a physician and dental care to Canada’s many who go without. In their 15 year history, the Centre has been in borrowed premises; it is a real improvement to be able to lease their own facilities.


Rotarian Nevine Yassa of Scarborough Rotary Club directed the International Committee to a rising need for supporting orphans and street children in Cairo, Egypt. 
Babies and toddlers are being found abandoned on the streets when parents are unable to provide for them, or if they are orphans, and have no family to support them.
When Rotarian Sydney Baxter-Dennis traveled to Guyana, he was asked by the Rotary Club of Demara to support a fund raising effort by their Interact Club, the youth arm of Rotary.  This group of young people identified a need in their community and were actively fund raising. They wished to buy school supplies and backpacks to give to children in their community who would have trouble returning to school after the summer break because they would not have the necessary supplies.  Funds were sent to the Interact Club of Demarara to support this worthwhile cause.
With funds provided by the Rotary Club of Scarborough, the Rotary Club "New Road City" purchased computers for Panchakanya Secondary School in Ramkot village.  This school of 200 students, had no computers and thus no computer classes.   However, they had room to conduct computer classes.  The students of this school will definitely benefit from our contribution of computers. 
After research on what type of computers would be good for the school, it was decided that the Thin Client System, which has been used by many Rotary clubs, would be best.   This system uses a server through which we can make multiple stations.   Rotary provided a system with a server and 8 stations with Power backup battery system to run the computers so that their computer classes don’t get affected due to load sharing.   
We meet Tuesdays at 12:30 PM, in the Scarboro Golf and Country Club, 321 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Scarborough, Ontario.   Click on "Contact" and give us a call, or just drop in for lunch, introduce yourself, and we will do the rest.

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Dec 25, 2018
Full of Heart