Great times with friends at Rotary After Hours

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, our regular lunch meeting is replaced with Rotary After Hours (RAH). This is a casual evening with friends and a relaxing introduction to Rotary for perspective new members. On November 22, we met at The Monk's table for some cold pints, great food and terrific guest speakers.


Helping those in need: Out of the Cold

On November 15th, Rotary Toronto Eglinton members and friends had fun while helping Out of the Cold feed Toronto's most vulnerable citizens at Yonge and St Clair.
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Thank you to the members, friends, sponsors and donors that helped make A Rotary Toast to Women's Brain Health a success. We could not have done it without you!


Keep an eye on your email for a special edition of the RTE Bulletin featuring pictures from this amazing evening, and more!
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The October 26th Rotary Toast to Women's Brain Health gala is almost here. We hope to see every RTE member at this important event.
Test your palate with a fine wine tasting and paired foods. Browse and bid on the dozens of items in our incredible silent auction. Then get ready to join our live auction hosted by a professional auctioneer. It's sure to be fun and exciting.

Please let your friends and family know about this terrific event! It's for a great cause, and a portion of the ticket price is eligible for a tax receipt. 

Tickets are $100 per guest and can be purchased online by clicking here, or by visiting our website at You can also obtain a supply of printed tickets to sell to your family and friends by contacting Stephen Bianco at 416-930-8138. 

Don't delay! Buy your tickets today!

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We regret to inform you that David Gallagher passed away on August 6 in hospital, surrounded by his partner and family, at age 84. David was a former member of RTE, and living in Mexico at the time of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club on Tues Aug 22nd from 1-4 PM. For more details, please see David's obituary in the Globe and Mail by visiting
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Sergeant-at-Arms and Reflection: Chad Fink
In attendance: 16 members and 3 guests
Yusur Alba Rani, guest of Jackie
Roseline Brown (from the Bahamas),
Karen Turcott, guest of Susanne
Happy Bucks:
Patti Pokorchak (guest speaker)- "happy to be here"
Barb Bocking was happy to have just returned from a visit with her family and grandson who just started crawling. The drive across lake Superior was long but very beautiful.
George Heintzman was happy that a former rotary exchange student is coming to stay with his family.
Walter Wells was happy that Barb drove across Lake Superior because he helped build the road.
Board Meeting Update:
Barb gave an update of Board meeting on July 18, 2017
  • 2018 RI Annual Conference Home hosting – Board has decided to have it at TLTC. More details to follow.
  • There will be a District Conference on Nov 3 & 4 – at White Oaks Resort,  Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your participation is encouraged.
  • The Rotary Foundation Walk is seeking sponsors and participants to join Norma & Barb at this event. It's a great opportunity to meet other clubs and the foundation funds our projects. This is an important part of Rotary.
In response to the BC forest fires, all club Presidents were informed that a response from Red Cross, or Disaster Aid Canada is best for now. District 7070 will look at other ways we can help if needed.
Guest Speaker: Patti Porkorchak
Bill Martin introduced the guest speaker.
Patti is a warm, enthusiastic, and passionate Life Coach.  As an award winning marketing and sales executive, she has more than 30 years of experience having worked with IBM, Siemens, and many startup companies.  She has coached, trained, and consulted with entrepreneurs to help them become even more successful.
Patti spent 10 years helping to start-up and run a large software company in Ottawa before moving to the country and opening a 100 acre garden center and hobby farm. Although she had no training, her success proves that with some basic sales and marketing skills you can be anything you want to be. 
Patti believes that life is short and it is never too late to follow your dreams even if it means change. Change is scary but regret is even scarier.
Her advice to live a life without regrets:
  • Know what you want
  • Ask for what you want
  • Make choices
  • Make a detailed plan - 1-2 pages of your ideal job, day, life
  • Make a vision Board – what is important to you and your life
  • What are your shoulda, coulda, wouldas?
  • Write your dreams down – "I will by this date by doing this" and tell people
  • Create a Gratitude Journal – 5 best things that happened to you
  • Love yourself
  • The more you think about fears the bigger they get - only massive Action can cut through fear.
Barb thanked Patti for her presentation. The meeting ended. 
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Ron D, and Ron W, spoke on the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, last month.


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18 members where in attendance. Also in attendance was Gwyneth Chapman, a guest of Mike Hazell. Our Sgt At Arms was Bill Martin and Susanne Tabur gave the reflection.
Mike Mooy, at the request of President Barb, warned of an email scam from an alleged Rotary member in Egypt.
Mike sent an email to the membership warning them of this email. If anyone receives an email that from an unknown Rotarian, Mike recommends they contact him for assistance.
Happy Bucks:  Offerings included a thanks from Norma to Lars with respect to bingo service, including driving from his cottage to Toronto and back to be at bingo last Sunday, and Lars’ acknowledgement that Susanne had completed bingo training and signed for several future sessions.
Mike Hazell reported the successful launch of the SPARK service and exercise program with Grade 5 students at Shoreham School.
This was a pilot for a wider program through Rotary, and that those to be involved included Deb and his guest today, Gywneth Chapman (pictured above), who has served as a member of Mayor Tory’s task force on children.


Ron Denham, veteran of some 30 Rotary International Conferences, and Ron Wild, who has just attended his first one, spoke on the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, last month.
Ron D spoke of the size (25,000 to 30,000), global nature, excitement and structure of RI Conventions which have these basic components:
  • pre-convention seminars/events (including a 2 day Peace Conference in Atlanta);
  • the House of Friendship (the meeting place for delegates with food, music, booths etc);
  • the plenary sessions (speakers in Atlanta including Bill Gates and Jack Nicklaus, a polio survivor);
  • the breakout sessions (about 90, with much to learn and enjoy); and the home hosting evening.
Ron D. recommended that everyone  attend at least one RI Convention – including next year’s one in Toronto which already has over 10,000 registered and was attracting much buzz in Atlanta.
Ron W. explained how rewarding and exciting his first RI Convention had been and gave some main impressions.  One was the striking international flavour, accentuated by national and traditional dress of many from Africa and India, which he saw as regions having a major future in Rotary.
Second, the sheer size and scale of the convention was powerful.  Next, there was widespread excitement amongst delegates from many countries about coming to Toronto for the 2017 Convention, given the multicultural nature and the values of Canada and Toronto.  Finally, concerning program elements, Ron was struck by the task ahead for complete eradication of polio.  Rotary and partners have invested 1.5 billion, but a similar amount is required in the years ahead.
Closure:  Bill thanked the speakers and confirmed that next week’s speaker was Patti Pokorchuk MBA, a motivational speaker on the subject of Living Life to the Full.
Weekly Meeting Update, Wednesday July 12, 2017 Michael Mooy; David Chapman-Smith 2017-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Toast to Women's Brain Health Mike Mooy 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
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Our Evening with Chrystia Freeland was a complete success!
Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed an audience of approximately 120 attendees on the evening of June 29th at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.  The majority in attendance were members of the public. Joe C started the evening with a presentation on the history of Rotary and our Guiding Principles. He went on to introduce Ms. Freeland.
Ms. Freeland became Minister of Foreign Affairs in  January 2017, and is the Liberal Party MP for the riding of University - Rosedale.  Prior to entering politics, she was a successful journalist who worked in various roles for such organizations as the Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Globe and Mail and Reuters. She has written the bestselling books The Sale of the Century as well as Plutocrats:  The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else and was awarded the National Business Book Award for the most outstanding Canadian business related book.
Ms. Freeland spoke for over an hour and took questions from the audience. She shared humorous stories of her first meetings with Trump and Putin, her views on world politics, the rise of China and Russia, and the decline of the USA. She also spoke proudly of Canada, our positive reputation in the international community,and our leadership role in world affairs. She received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of her presentation. 
Barb B publicly thanked Ms. Freeland for her presentation. Ms. Freeland was then presented with the Paul Harris Award by Rotary District Governor, Jim Louttit. The Paul Harris Award is the highest distinction awarded by Rotary and reflects Ms. Freeland's outstanding contributions to our country." 
An Evening with Chrystia Freeland: June 29, 2017 Mike Mooy 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this year's Wine Tasting and Auction fundraiser a huge success!

What can you do to help? 
  • Help us secure upscale Live Auction items with a $1,500 retail value or higher. We need at least 8 unique and bid enticing items - think complete trips with flights and accommodations, fine wines and unique experiences, AC boxes for events and games. We want this to be the most memorable part of the evening, so look for items that will generate bidding excitement with as many guests as possible. While we appreciate offers of art and used items, we ask that they not be offered for the live auction due to their narrow appeal. 
  • Help us secure upscale Silent Auction items with a $150 retail value or higher. We need at least 25 creative and ‘must have’ items like dinner and accommodation packages, theatre or game tickets, or a special "hard to get" item. Remember, we want to encourage everyone to participate in the fun, so look for items that will create a buzz and competitive bidding!
With your help, we can make this our most successful fundraiser to date! Watch this space for updated event details as they are confirmed. For further information please contact Stephen Bianco.
SAVE THE DATE for our annual Wine Tasting and Auction Fundraiser - Thursday October 26, 2017 Mike Mooy, Susanne Tabur, Joanne Korten 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Bill M gave a Rotary Minute describing the golf fellowship in which he participates; there are many other fellowships which are available to members.  (See information on current fellowship groups
Barb B had several announcements:
  • She  gave a big thank you to all the unsung heroes who made the event with Chrystia Freeland a success, specifically Walter P and Mike H acting as gatekeepers; David C-S and Joe C who ejected the one interloper who made a nuisance of himself; Laura W, Norma D and Jackie S who staffed the registration desk.
  • She formally welcomed new member Lois McRae; she also cited two other new members(Chad Fink and Paul Hurwitz) who were not in attendance.
  • Save the date: Thursday October 26 is the major fundraiser of the year to benefit the Women’s Brain Health Initiative and made a call for donations of upscale items valued at over $150 for the auction: contact Stephen B for live auction items and Barb B for silent auction items. Minimum bids will be noted on each item.  There will also be a raffle consisting of baskets of assorted items.
  • Save the date: Sunday September 10 is the District Foundation Walk in Whitby and encouraged members to participate as a team.
  • The summer lunch schedule will be weekly except for: RAH events;  August 2 which is the week of the golf event which is to be held on Thursday August 3; August 30 which will be replaced by a barbecue to be held at her home.
Outgoing President David C-S remarks:
Past President David C-S reviewed the club’s 5-year vision statement for 2016-20, and the primary first year goal, and gave examples of how there has been good progress in all areas of service, growth, fellowship and fun. 
Vision Statement:  By 2020, Toronto Eglinton Rotary will have grown significantly larger and be diverse, modern and vibrant because of its record of leadership, partnerships and outstanding service in its immediate community and internationally.
Primary First Year Goal:  Implementation of a plan of activities and changes that promote retention and enhanced growth of membership in the club, including:
  • More and stronger connections and partnerships in the community
  • Changes to club structure and communications to be more appealing to a diverse membership
  • Improved promotion/publicity/visibility, with more use of technology
  • Fellowship and fun
The last month of the year to June 30 had seen major improvements  in media and communications (e.g. new brochure, upgraded website, new members guide, online registration option), several new members and the successful  Chrystia Freeland  event.
He explained how the club was in a good financial and administrative situation, thanked a strong board,  Treasurer Lionel and Secretary Laura, and said that no president had had a stronger president-elect than he had in Barb Bocking. He presented her with a presidential pin.
David told how the experience of serving as president had drawn him closer to the club and its members, the district, and Rotary, and what a pleasure it had been.  He leaves the office  optimistic about the future of RTE and offering to remain fully involved. He concluded with offering help Barb except for the months of his upcoming trips to Brazil and New Zealand.
Words from our incoming president Barb B:
Barb began by saluting the work of David C-S over the last year, from dealing with a fire, to organizing the Freedom Singer event. She then presented him with a handsome diamond studded Rotary pin and an engraved pen as thanks for his year of leadership. Bill M gave the club’s thanks.
Barb continued by commenting on the visioning exercise of two years ago that has been a positive experience. Also she feels that RTE is doing well and the club should consider itself as progressive and it is doing the right things. The membership committee should take pride that membership is up by about 20%.
Barb’s three goals for the coming year:
  1. To have all members engaged in the work of the club in some way. Committee duties are not onerous and are extremely valuable, especially the bingo group which brings in half of the club’s revenue.  New members are encouraged to attend committee meetings and the monthly board meetings to find out about club activities.
  2. Communication is central and essential and several venues will assist with this: the new web site, verbal communication, Laura W’s many consistently valuable messages, the weekly bulletin and the phone committee. She encourages members to give input to herself and to the board on what is important to them.
  3. Social events are also of prime importance; the Rotary After Hours evenings have been a great success;  and she hopes to have a social event every third month when there are 5 Wednesdays. This will begin with the barbecue she is planning for the last week of August.
She emphasized that Rotary is about its members: it is about the individuals who have joined a global organization with the goal of Service Above Self and concluded that she is looking forward to serving as president in the coming year.
Finally she commended the board members for their fine work and looks forward to working with them in the future but also hopes that others may take a turn. The current board members are: Laura W as secretary, Lionel L as treasurer for the club account and Walter W for the foundation account; David C-S and Norma D for the community committee, and Joe C for the international committee; Mike H for youth and vocational; Tim V for membership; Stephen B for fundraising; Lars H for bingo; Walter P and Mike M for media and public relations; and the POD chairs: Stephen B & Barb B; Lars H; Nilam B; David C-S.
Rotary Toronto Eglinton Lunch Meeting Wednesday July 5, 2017 M. Mooy and S. Tabur 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
JUNE 21, 2017 Mike Mooy 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
June 2017 -The Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton has been awarded the Heroes of John Polanyi Collegiate Award at a recent school assembly. The Award recognized the clubs on going involvement to enrich the educational experience of staff and students at the school.
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Michele Guy and Michael Cooksey, Co-Chairs of the Rotary International Convention Toronto 2018 UPDATE RTE

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A Garden Party at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI) / Lou Cooper Award given to JPCI student

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Mike Mooy - Classification Talk / Rotary Toronto Eglinton (RTE) Inducts 2 New Members

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Posted on May 10, 2017

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If you have purchased tickets to this event, please be reminded that parking is very limited. We encourage you to arrive by cab, or TTC (venue is a short walk south of Summerhill subway station). 

An evening with Hon. Chrystia Freeland MP. Mike Mooy 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2017


A very successful Rotary AIDS Poker Walk!
Congratulations to Rahim Essabhai
Recipient of The Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence!
Glen Miller is introduced by long time friend Lars H
Glen Miller of The Canadian Urban Institute
Presents "Suburbs and Seniors"
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Rotary After Hours - Meeting with Rotarians to Connect and Learn


Morgan Weinberg - Little Footprints Big Steps


An Update on the Work in Haiti!

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April 19, 2017 Nilam Bedi and Walter Psotka 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Lynn Posluns - Women's Brain Health Initiative
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow!
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Posted by Barb Bocking and Walter Psotka on Jan 02, 2017
Greetings and Happy New Year 2017!
New Year Begins with Oh My Gosh Auction!
"Project Humanity - Freedom Singer" - Benefit for Toronto Eglinton Projects
Flashback from the Christmas Luncheon
Update from the Interact Club at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute
The New Year Begins! - Oh MY GOSH - Jan 4th
The Auction:
A variety of brightly decorated packages adorned the head table and under the expert direction of Auctioneer Lars, members bid for their favourite one, or at least the best looking. Proceeds will go to Rotary Toronto Eglinton Projects. Thank you to everyone who participated!
The most unusual prize!
A special bottle of Rum from the British Virgin Islands specifically donated for one our our benefits!
Figuring out the proceeds.  Thank you to all for your generous donations!  Rotary Toronto Eglinton projects will benefit.
Christmas luncheon flashback! Dec 21, 2016
Toronto Eglinton Rotary celebrated the Season at the Rosedale Golf Club with music by the Swinging Sounds Jazz Trio! Notice there are "4", with a guest appearance by a well known saxophonist. Thank you for the wonderful sounds of the season.
The Swinging Sounds Jazz Trio!
David MacDonald, from Wounded Warriors Canada presents a plaque of appreciation to Rotary Toronto EglintonDavid acknowledged the generous contributions from Rotary Toronto Eglinton towards Wounded Warriors programs supporting service men and women who have been injured serving Canada,  as well as for the individual contributions towards his fund raising goal for the Battlefield Bike Ride event last summer.
Olive Rose from the "Out of the Cold" program at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church was presented with a cheque on behalf of the club by President David.
David Lockett from PACT Urban Peace Program was presented with a donation on behalf of the Rotary Toronto Eglinton Youth Committee to be used towards the Lifeplan  Coaching program. PACT LifePlan Coaching is an intensive and powerful program specifically geared to youth in conflict with the law who are at risk of becoming career criminals.
President David took the opportunity to thank all members for their diligent work and briefly outlined several local and international projects for which the club has been generously donated time and funding. Best wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season!
Website Jan 4 Barb Bocking and Walter Psotka 2017-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Founder of Rotary - Paul P. Harris Walter Psotka 0
Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club, The Smile Trophy Walter Psotka 0
Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellows Walter Psotka 0
Dr. Robert McClure O.C., M.D., FRCS Walter Psotka 0
World Community Project Walter Psotka 0