It is with deeply saddened that we are informing all the members and friends of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge along with District 7070 of the sudden demise of Rotarian Ken Maynard. He passed away overnight on his 87th birthday. It is indeed a sad day for the Rotary Club of Woodbridge to have lost a long serving member who was respected in our community and in particular in the Rotary Organization. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge since 1962 soon after our club was chartered in 1955. Jamie has been carrying the torch of his father and been one of the main assets in the Rotary Club of Woodbridge over the years.
Who had the honor to knowing Ken, developed the greatest respect for him. Ken was known for its deep knowledge of the History of this Country but mostly the History of Vaughan. Members of our Club spent some memorable times with him and we will all truly miss him. His dedication and living the life of Service above Self was inspirational to all. Thanks you Ken for everything you have taught us, and thank you for all you have been giving to your community.
Our sincere condolences to Taflyn and his 3 sons, Peter, David and Jamie. Please have his family in your prayers to give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss.
This picture was taken in 2011 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Ken is running the 100 meter dash wearing the Rotary Club of Brighton Tilly hat.
The health and well-being of citizens, staff and visitors continues to be the City of Vaughan’s top priority.
As a result, we are implementing a number of precautionary measures. Effective Saturday, March 14, all community centres and library branches will close at 5 p.m., reopening Monday, April 6, 2020 at their regularly scheduled time. This includes all community centre permits/rentals, recreational and library programming, swimming pools, arenas and fitness facilities as well as the City Playhouse Theatre.
All upcoming City and library March Break camps and daycare programming will be cancelled in an effort to ensure the safety of the public. Refunds will be issued automatically to all registered participants and permit holders without penalty during this timeframe. All memberships will be extended for the duration of the closure. For further questions or inquiries, please email for Recreation, or for the library.
The Joint Operations Centre is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. The following counter services will be impacted: green bin and blue bin exchange and purchase; tree removal permits; curb cutting applications; garbage tags; general inquiries; and the topping up of bulk water sales.
All other City facilities – including City Hall – will remain open at this time with potential impacts to service levels.
At this time, Council, committee and task force meetings will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide comment on an item on an agenda are encouraged to provide their feedback in writing. Comments, which will form part of the public record, can be sent to the Office of the City Clerk at
Upcoming City-led events are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The following events are no longer taking place:
  • Family Night with Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday, March 18Local Off-leash Dog Area Open House on Tuesday, March 24
  • Earth Hour Vaughan on Saturday, March 28
  • Kleinburg Parking Strategy Drop-in Information and Feedback Session on Wednesday, April 1
  • Animal Services Microchip and Rabies Clinic on Tuesday, April 7
Please check the Events page at for the latest updates about non-City led event cancellations. For information about City matters, please call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or visit Visit for information about Vaughan Public Libraries.
Waste collection and winter maintenance operations will continue as usual at this time.
Residents can take the following steps to protect themselves, not only from new and emerging diseases, but also from the common cold and the flu:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc. using regular household cleaners
  • Avoid sharing toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks/water bottles and towels
Should you feel unwell and if you believe you have symptoms related to COVID-19, please contact York Region Public Health or make an appointment to see a doctor. For additional information on COVID-19, visit York Region's website at
The City of Vaughan continues to work closely with all levels of government to monitor the situation and to ensure people remain safe. The situation is evolving and new items will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Classical Music for a Good Cause


The Rotary Club of Woodbridge recently hosted The Italian Canadian Symphony Orchestra's inaugural concert at FF North Event Centre in Vaughan. They were joined by The Three Tenors in Armonia (in harmony). The Rotary Club is a community based organization that raises money for humanitarian causes, at work here in the community and abroad. They are a collective of businesses and professional people united worldwide who are altruistic and encourage high ethical standards and help build good will and peace in the world.

Often, The Rotary Club will host events like this to raise money for the community and good causes. Their main goal with this event was to raise money for better living at Villa Leonardo Gambin long-term care home in Woodbridge. Villa Gambin not only caters to seniors, but adults with special needs as well. All funds from this night at the opera were donated for the purchase of new, state-of-the-art beds for the residents of the long-term care home. Villa Gambin holds a special place in Vaughan's heart as is it a place of dwelling for many citizens' family members. It's important for people to feel that their family is taken care of, which is why everyone in the room was grateful to The Rotary Club of Vaughan for their efforts in this cause.

The Three Tenors: [Left to Right] Conrad Siebert, Rocco Rupolo, and Nicolas Rhind.


It truly was a performance in armonia. The evening was enchanting as Maestro Paolo Busato conducted his orchestra in perfect harmony as they played classic Italian favourites, such as Caruso, Con Te Partiro, and more. The audience was overwhelmed with emotion as these songs were executed with such passion by the symphony, performers, and maestro, who didn't miss a beat. The Three Tenors were backed by the beautiful voices of the Belle Voci Ensemble. It's true that if you close your eyes while listening, this robust repertoire can make you feel like you are back in Italy, deep in wine country - just as the program promised.


These classical Italian songs had the audience in a trance of personal memories brought on by some of the most emotionally powerful songs in the late 19th century. At times, you could glance across the room and see spectators wiping tears away, immersed in the music. This gathering was a reflection of the important work The Rotary Club does for the Vaughan community. They find delightful and engaging ways to raise money for those in need. Thanks to The Rotary Club, in collaboration with Maurizio Bevilacqua and the City of Vaughan, and Anthony at Commercial Bakery, the residents at Villa Leonardo Gambin received four new upgraded electrical beds! It was an unforgettable evening.

For more information on how you can get involved with The Rotary Club of Woodbridge or to attend one of their upcoming events for a good cause visit:

More information about Villa Leonardo Gambin and the Better Beds campaign:

Better Beds Campaign: Click Here.

onal Nevine Yassa Sonbol presenting her personal project in support of children and women in Egypt.
Another year, another success!
This year Woodbridge Ribfest brought to the community more fun with more activities....starting from Friday evening with Ladies Night, Saturday Ferdinand the Bull with its contest where many participants won prices offered by Versai Salon and Spa. Sunday the " kids watermelon and best ribber contest". This year we enjoyed something very unusual for a Ribfest like the Rotary Vintage Boutique with gently used items and the Rotary Art gallery showing paintings from Canadian artist courtesy of the Art Dialogue Gallery.  
Funds raised will go in support of Caritas, Montage and Rotary Foundation.  Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors that made this event a success again.
Funds raised from the 2019 Frog Race went in support of the Toronto Wheelchair Hockey Team's trip to Eindhoven (Netherlands)
The Toronto Team will be representing Canada at the European GP Bulls tournament 2019 
The chequs was presented by our President Sudeep to the TWPH Mr. Ron Celsie
Get ready: 14 teams from all over Europe!!
Our Club donated a cheque of $ 3530, raised from the Frog Race.  The team also received a donation of $8000 from the Rotary Club of Etobicoke to support the trip expenses to Eindhoven.
Rotary Clubs of District 7070 marching at the Pride Parade.
In the spirit of celebration and inclusion in support of equality, social and self acceptance for gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and queer. A big step taken by our District for the first time thanks to our DG Mary Lou.
Thank you Mary Lou for making a difference 

Rotary Club of Etobicoke presents a cheque for $1,000 to the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League.  

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke presented a cheque for $1,000 to support the league which provides a hockey league for power wheelchair players from across the Toronto region. In this photo Rotarian Kester Trim is presenting the cheque to Esther Dzura, President and Co-founder, Ron Celsie, the General Manager and Matt De Costa a player from the league. The teams scheduled for the morning watched in appreciation of the support offered by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.

MESSAGE FROM CRISTO REI, MEXICO...............Our members Miguel and Cristina are working with the kids of Cristo Rei school...
While being a 1 hour teacher, one of the kids showing his soccer shoes with cleats from my shipment.... His class got 5 pairs, the ones with perfect marks on set of exams. 
Also vice principal with his family on "day out"... Took them to beach and pizza.... Was like a day vacation for them...30 km from their village... Without a car and means; with 4 young kids might as well be 3, 000km away
After many hours of working on site, Rotarian Fabrizio with the help of Rotarian Matthew have completed the Green house at Caritas location King City 
Rotary Annual Garage Sale
Saturday July 7 at Woodbridge Fairgrounds
100 Porter Ave. Woodbridge L4L 2A2
Starting at 8:00 am
Message for Easter Monday April 2/2018 : The Club Monday Meeting has been cancelled.  Meeting will resume on Monday April 9/2018 at 7:00 pm at Monte Carlo Inn
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March 2018
Rotary International Theme for March: Water & Sanitation
Most of us are fortunate to have clean, drinkable water right from our home. Imagine if you didn't have this. Imagine if you had to walk miles each day to access water. Imagine again if there wasn't any clean water and your family was becoming ill from drinking dirty water.
This month, Disaster Aid Canada is focusing on providing Water Filtration Systems to 2 countries; Nigeria and Yemen. Both countries are experiencing many problems; one problem is people are getting sick from drinking contaminated water. With your help, we can make a difference by sending as many Water Filtration Systems as possible to provide millions of gallons of clean, drinkable water.
A $100 donation will provide 1 Million gallons of clean, drinkable water. Your donation will promote good health and well-being. Before you go turn on the tap and enjoy a glass of water, please consider making a donation. These shipments will be sent in March.
Disaster Aid Canada (778) 265-8821
426 William Street Victoria BC V9A 3Y9
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Guest speaker will be Rotarian Jim Louttit PDG talking about an interesting Rotary water project in Nicaragua.
With the generous  donation of our President Miguel the Rotary Club of Woodbridge has already contributed to the project,
it will be interesting to hear again its history and its developments.
After Jim's presentation we will talk about our projects:
- Rotary New Rib Fest
- Rotary Summer Camp
- Rotary Supreme Garage Sale
Our Guest of this evening Mrs. Marni Blumfald, Registered Physiotherapist
Marni Blumfald H.B.Sc., B.Sc.PT, Med Ac. 647-273-2673
Marni Blumfald had been a Registered Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist for over 14 years. She has been a conditioning specialist for over 20 years, training high performance athletes and the regular “weekend warrior”. She has been an equestrian in the horse industry for over 30 years. Marni is on the board of directors for The Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She teaches the Canine and Equine Physiotherapy courses and assists with the Canine and Equine Cranial Sacral Therapy courses throughout Canada and the USA. She has a full-time human practice with a part-time animal practice.
Marni offers an integrative approach to the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of pain and dysfunction of muscles, joints, fascia and nerves. She has been using various rehabilitation strategies to optimize performance for almost 2 decades. Infrared laser, Kinesiology taping, Active Release Technique, joint mobilization/manipulation, Myofascial Release, Medical Neuromuscular Acupuncture, Electrical Muscular Stimulation and TENS, Cranial Sacral and Visceral Techniques (Osteopathic techniques).
Biomechanics is her passion, as only though understanding the ideal movement patterns of the human athlete can one achieve Optimal Performance and normal movement. The Prevention of injuries and dysfunction, and understanding the root cause of an issue is Marni's goal with any treatment. Proactive vs Reactive Therapy is KEY to maintaining Optimal Health and Performance of your human athlete.Marni Blumfald H.B.Sc., B.Sc.PT, Med Ac. 647-273-2673
The City of Vaughan has a rich history and strong civic pride. To pay tribute to its heritage, the Canadian Heraldic Authority is granting Vaughan a Coat of Arms. This honour is bestowed by the Canadian Crown under the powers exercised by the Governor General of Canada to recognize contributions made to the community.

Residents and businesses have the opportunity to participate in the creation of this legacy piece by submitting an idea for the motto that will adorn the Coat of Arms.


Guidelines for Submission

The motto is a short phrase or several words, like a proverb, that expresses the accomplishments and the  philosophy of the owner of a coat of arms. The following is a list of guidelines for composing your motto  submission:
  • Maximum of 30 letters in length (numbers, symbols or other characters are not permitted)
  • Should consist of two or three nouns or adjectives
  • Preferably use phrases or proverbs which may be literary or historical in nature, or an entirely original submission
  • The language of the motto must be written in English only 


Some examples of mottos used by Canadian coats of arms include:

Canada - "From sea to sea"

Ontario - "Loyal she began, loyal she remains"


Who may submit an idea for consideration?

To be eligible to submit a proposal for the motto, you must be:

  • A resident of the City of Vaughan; or
  • An employee or owner of a business in Vaughan.


How do I submit an idea for consideration?

To submit your idea for the City's new motto, email your proposal to or submit your idea in person or by fax to the Office of the City Clerk.


What is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for motto submissions is Monday, November 13, 2017.


How will the motto be chosen?

Submitted mottos will be considered by Council at a future meeting, to select the motto which is incorporated into the City's new Coat of Arms.


In addition to making the first personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation, Rotary founder Paul Harris also established a trust that would generate income for him and his wife, Jean, until their deaths, when the remaining balance would be given to the Foundation to educate underprivileged children.

In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That's a century of helping Rotary members change lives and improve communities all over the world.

Throughout the year we're posting excerpts from "Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." You can purchase the book at

To learn more about the Foundation's centennial and find tips and resources for celebrating, visit

From Chapter 11, "It's Not Just About the Money":

In 1944, Paul Harris created a charitable trust, which stipulated that the income would accrue to him during his lifetime and to his wife, Jean, after he died. Upon her death, the balance of the trust would go to The Rotary Foundation. Jean died in 1964, and the Trustees accepted the bequest and honored Harris' request that the money be used to educate underprivileged children.

Others have designated that their gift be used to support a favorite Rotary Foundation program in the name of a loved one. Sir Angus Mitchell, the first Australian to become president of Rotary (1948-49), helped launch this tradition in 1949, when he established a scholarship for an Australian student in honor of his wife, to be known as the Teenie Robertson Mitchell Memorial Fellowship. Thus began a long tradition that continues to this day.

Bruno Ghigi wanted to honor his father, who had been a member of the Rotary Club of Rimini, Italy. Throughout his childhood, Bruno listened to his father regale the family with wonderful stories of Rotary's work. After leaving school, Bruno joined his father in the family business and he later branched out to form a software company that became one of the most successful in Italy. Bruno joined Rotary and became club president and a Rotary Foundation Major Donor. In 1988, on the 20th anniversary of his father's death, Ghigi donated $350,000 to The Rotary Foundation to establish an endowed fund to benefit refugees, the sick, and street children in Africa and Brazil.

Some recipients of the Foundation's benevolence have later felt inspired to pay back so others could enjoy that same experience. For example, Sadako Ogata, one of the first Rotary Foundation scholars, later donated $10,000 to the Foundation in appreciation for the scholarship it had bestowed on her as a university student. "Rotary set me on a course that I am still continuing. If I had not gone to the United States as an Ambassadorial Scholar," she said, "I don't think I would have pursued the study of international relations."

Richard Illgen, an Ambassadorial Scholar from Mainz, Germany, studied business and economics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. After graduating, he joined Kraft Foods, where he enjoyed a very successful career. Wanting to provide a similar scholarship opportunity for others, Illgen and his wife, Irene, made a gift — matched by Kraft Foods — that provided $23,000 for a scholar from his home district in Germany to study at Northwestern.

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