Meeting of May 8, 2019

A letter from our twin club, Beyoğlu Rotary Club, Istanbul, Turkey

Dear Rotarian friends,
This week, our meeting will take place as a cocktail. As we approached the end of our period, I would like to share the June program with you all esteemed members. Please note this meeting to your agenda while making your summer and holiday plans.
We received sad news from our new twin club Toronto Eglinton RC. Dear John Bonnick, founder member of Eglinton RC, who has been served Rotary and his Club, for more than 60 years, passed away on May 1st, at the age of 94. I would like to convey once more, our deep grief and send our condolences to his Family and Eglington Rotary Club members.
We are looking forward to see you all at the next week's meeting.

Rotarian Love and Respect,
Ruşen Ergin
Beyoğlu Rotary Club 2018-2019
Meeting Details for May 8, 2019

Sergeant-at-arms: Stephen S


Reflection: Ron D

Ron reflected upon the departure during the last week of John Bonnick, a close and loved friend of his since he joined Rotary Toronto Eglinton in 1964, and the last founding member of the club.  Ron spoke of John’s talents, passions, love of family and service to others, and the things he was known for – including his laughter and the bright yellow suit and ever-present martinis of his ski club days.   It was appropriate, as we farewell John, that the club was today inducting and hearing a classification speech from strong new members of the club.


There were 21 members in attendance. Also in attendance was Dr. Fusun Cuhadaroglu, a guest of Gunizi. Dr. Cuhadaroglu an active Rotarian from Anitkabir RC, Turkey, and is on leave and currently at the Sick Kids Hospital Mental Health Center in Toronto.


Happy Birthday to Ron W and Julie W.

Happy Bucks

Ron W – for his birthday, plus a cheque to the RI Foundation for US$100
Chad – for his attendance at a Disney-themed wedding of a cousin in Orlando, the “Las Vegas for kids”.
Bill – reminding all to register for the Golf Tournament to be played Wednesday August 28
Joe – happy, following the Rotaract Conference last Saturday that the future of Rotary seems to be in very good hands
Stephen S – happy that the stewards at the Kentucky Derby made the brave and correct call
Jackie – noting that a video conference  with members of our twin club, RC Anitkabir in Ankara, Turkey, is being arranged
Stephen B – noting that there is to be Fundraising Committee meeting after lunch
Dr. Cuhadaroglu (guest) - happy to be with us

Banner Exchange

President Joe accepts a club banner presented by visiting Rotarian, Dr. Cuhadaroglu, from Anitkabir RC, Turkey. 

David Richardson Induction Ceremony

President Joe introduced, inducted and pinned a new member - David Richardson. David, whose father and grandfather were Rotarians, had an engineering position with Disney in Europe, the USA and then Canada before building his own substantial sales business in the movie industry.  Since sale of that he is semi-retired with a part time consulting business DSR Consultants Inc.  He and his wife Amy have a daughter Sidney.  His hobbies include golf, sailing, theatre, and travel. We are proud to have David as a member of RTE.

President’s Announcements

  • Rotaract Club at Ryerson University.  The Board is considering a proposal that RTE become a joint sponsor with RC Toronto of a Rotaract Club at Ryerson.  There will likely be a decision on this at next week’s Board meeting.
  • District 7070 Assembly.  This takes place at the BMO Institute of Learning in Toronto this coming Saturday May 11 and members are encouraged to attend – “very useful and enjoyable and over by mid-afternoon.”  Registration is via the District website.
  • RTE Board Meeting.  This is next Tuesday May 14, one week earlier than usual.
  • Norma drew attention to the book-lending service that has been established – anyone interested should see her

Guest Speaker:  RTE Member, Bruce Sinclair -Classification Speech 

Bruce was introduced by Mike H who explained that Bruce had “all the right stuff to be the perfect Rotarian.”  Bruce was brilliant in his own field of creative advertising, was the founder  and CEO of IDEA Studio, for some years had worked exclusively with non-profit organizations including UNICEF and Rotary International, and had achieved international acclaim for award-winning technology and communication products.
With the passing of founding member John Bonnick, Rotary Toronto Eglinton could not only look back on 65 years of excellent service but also look forward to a bright future with Bruce.
Bruce thanked Mike and the club for the welcome he had received, and explained that his grandfather had been a Rotarian and president of RC Bothwell in 1985.  He then gave a PowerPoint presentation which included impressive photos and videos of his work.  Details of interest and importance:
  • He studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Toronto, but during this gravitated towards story and design.
  • Following graduation he embarked upon a 25-year career in advertising, during which he represented Canada at the Cannes Festival (2005).  Bruce clearly had great success – but said he did not want to elaborate on that part of his career today.
  • About 8 years ago he established his IDEA Studio business, which he has kept “lean”.  This offers a complete service – ideas, executing them through development of strategy and production of video and other creative product, and serves clients who are non-profit social enterprises.  These include, for example, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, since 2014 UNICEF,  and Rotary International.
  • Bruce showed work on behalf of persons with disabilities, designed to increase their employment, where the fundamental concept was that it was profitable for employers to be inclusive.  The appeal was to the pocketbook, not charitable spirit.  Advertising copy was creatively attractive, but hard-hitting with slogans such as “People with disabilities don’t want your help, they want your job.”
  • For the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, a long-term client, the idea behind the video shown was illustrating the message of how living fully and healthily reduced risk of breast cancer – much more effective than giving this message in a lecture or in print.
  • Next Bruce showed draft video from his latest project, the Rotary Reef Project in the Philippines where he has been during the past two weeks, working with the RC of Atimonan in District 3820.  In a community where there is no future without fish, the economic mainstay, and where the seabed/reef  has  been destroyed by corporate trawlers using bad fishing practices, the new artificial reef is a Rotary wheel logo 70’ wide and 14’ tall.  Much of Bruce’s work there was filming underwater.
  • A major part of IDEA Studio’s work is now VR (virtual reality).  This has been used effectively for UNICEF.  Research showed that people still thought of cardboard boxes when they thought of UNICEF, and felt distant from the organization.  IDEA Studio’s high-quality VR is changing that.
  • Bruce, married with two children, is recently a grandfather – his son’s new son is named Maximus.  He credits much of his drive and social awareness to the example of his father, who was a leader of his Wolf Cubs pack during childhood, and encouraged him into the Reserves between the ages of 14-20.
Laura thanked Bruce for an inspiring presentation, and welcomed him once more.

50/50 Draw

The ace of spades remained elusive, but John M scored a bottle of wine.


Thank you!

Thank you to David CS for providing the impeccable meeting notes used for this week's Bulletin.
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