Guest Speaker: Howard Rocket & New Rotary Members


 
 
Mike Hazel introduced the speaker – stroke survivor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Howard Rocket
 
Mike originally learned about this remarkable man, his recovery, and the work he is doing through an article in the Globe and Mail.  He had also seen Howard around the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club and was impressed.  Mike made contact with Howard and managed to get him to visit him in the hospital.  Howard was very inspirational and instrumental in Mike’s recovery.  He helped Mike to understand that it was not just him that had a stroke – it was his whole family.
 
Howard showed a short very emotional video that was done for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Howard’s stroke was the result of a touch football accident.  He was given 48 hours to live; he was paralyzed and couldn’t see or speak.  Howard’s good fortune was that he was brought to the stroke team at Toronto Western one of the best teams in Canada.  His recovery was nothing short of a miracle.  He survived with the love and support of his family, a positive attitude, and an astounding determination.  Howard talked about the importance of setting goals, believing it will happen and not taking anything for granted.  He believes one can overcome anything with a positive attitude.  He talked about how we wakes up every morning thinking about how lucky he is to be alive, to be able to drive, walk, to be able to open his eyes, and to be able to spend time with his grandchildren every day.
 
Since his recovery Howard has campaigned to change people’s attitudes towards stroke and encourage people to understand they can overcome any obstacles.  He has published a book A Stroke of Luck written with Rachel Sklar of the Toronto Rehab Institute Foundation.  100% of all net proceeds from sale of his book will go directly to agencies involved in stroke research and treatment.
 
 He continues to fundraise for the Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic at Toronto Rehab.  Rotary Toronto Eglinton has a team registered in the upcoming October 4 Rocketride4Rehab.   Members are encouraged to go to the website for more information www.rocketride4rehab.com

 

Induction of New Members: Chad and Lois

 
 
  • Tim and Joe called Lois and Chad to the front of the room for their formal induction and a warm welcome into Toronto Eglinton. 
  • Chad came to us from the Toronto mid-town BIA and will be giving his classification speech in October.  He works for the TD Bank and in his free time he enjoys hockey and golf.
  • Lois is a very busy chartered accountant wishing to retire.  They have both already shown great dedication to the club.  We are looking forward to them being a part of the club. 
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