Yellow Brick House Virtual Event Renata Pancini 2021-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Long Standing Rotarian Ken Maynard

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.
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Corona Virus updates

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.
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Supporting the Zabaleen Community

Posted by Renata Pancini on Nov 04, 2019
onal Nevine Yassa Sonbol presenting her personal project in support of children and women in Egypt.
Supporting the Zabaleen Community Renata Pancini 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Classical Music for a Good Cause

Posted by GoVaughan on Sep 28, 2019

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.

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Concert: Three Tenors in Armonia Renata Pancini 2019-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Woodbridge Ribfest

Posted by Renata Pancini on Aug 24, 2019
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.
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Supporting the TW Hockey Team

Posted by Renata Pancini on Jul 24, 2019
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.
Supporting the TW Hockey Team Renata Pancini 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Pride Parade 2019

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 
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$ 1000 to the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey

Posted by Renata Pancini on Apr 01, 2019

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.

$ 1000 to the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey Renata Pancini 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Cristo Rei School in Mexico

Posted on Feb 26, 2019
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
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Green house for Caritas

Posted on Oct 04, 2018
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 
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Amatrice International Project Renata Pancini 2018-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Montage in Support of Furniture Bank Renata Pancini 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Fiorella Marinelli on Jul 07, 2018
Rotary Annual Garage Sale
Saturday July 7 at Woodbridge Fairgrounds
100 Porter Ave. Woodbridge L4L 2A2
Starting at 8:00 am
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EASTER Monday Meeting 

Posted by Renata Pancini on Apr 01, 2018
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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Disaster Aid Canada

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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
Connect with us
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Marni Blumfald, Registered Physiotherapist

Posted by Renata Pancini on Jan 29, 2018
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
Marni Blumfald, Registered Physiotherapist Renata Pancini 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Renata Pancini 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Coat of Arms

Posted by Sudeep Oommen
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.

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It is not only about money......

Posted on Dec 05, 2016


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.

David C. Forward
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Posted by Renata Pancini on Oct 17, 2016


As volunteers and advocates, Rotary members play a crucial role in the fight to end polio. Our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will come together in Atlanta for World Polio Day.

On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.

When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus.

Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce the number of cases to just 74 last year. When the final case is behind us, polio will be only the second disease, after smallpox, ever to have been completely wiped out.

This year's event, the fourth to be live-streamed and the first to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is our opportunity to put the fight to end polio in the public eye.

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Helping our Community

Hi Rotarians
I have been thinking to an alternative to the usual " Minutes of Meeting", and I thought that we could use some changes.  This Bulletin could be sent out to all the members and non-members as well since it collects the spirit of our Meetings with the essential information.
The object would ultimately be to have more than one or two members publish life experiences or information. Let's start with the first report for all the members that were not present at our meeting last evening.
Another successful story from our Club.................
During our weekly meeting on Monday July 11th, we disbursed the funds raised during our last Frog Race to Creating Alternatives.
Phyllis Santone President and Founder of Creating Alternatives gave us information about the allocation of the $2500 donated by our Club. The Funds will support the Art Therapy Summer Program that is offered to adults with developmental disabilities.
Creating Alternatives provides day programs to adults with developmental disabilities over the age of 21 in York Region and Toronto.
For more information please visit:
Visit from the Executives of our Interact Club
It is always a pleasure when members of our Interact Club participate at our meetings.
Yesterday we had the pleasure to have the Interact President Aaliyah, Club Secretary Olivia, Treasurer and Public Relation Nicole, Member Olivia and V.President Catherine.
The Interact executive is preparing for the new school year. During the summer they will be helping at our Ribfest as volunteers. They reported to our Club news from the school and the proposal to create a new school t-shirt with the School Coat of Arms and the Interact logo. They hope to use this new t-shirt to improve membership among the school students. During the summer they are also planning a visit to Creating Alternatives. 
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Rotary Club of Woodbridge and Valle del Salso Renata Pancini 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Renata Pancini on Mar 01, 2016
A new successful project from one of the member of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge. 
Miguel Petrucci with the help of the Club of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, installed a solar system for the Local School " Escuela Cristo Rey" to bring hot water and help with the electrical system. Furthermore they also helped the school with the installation of a water purifying system.
This is called: Service Above Self! Thank You Christina and Miguel.
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Posted by Renata Pancini on Jan 13, 2016

Join me at

K.R. Ravindran
President, 2015-16
T +1.847.866.3235
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My dear friends,

I am pleased to bring you the good news that His Holiness Pope Francis will officiate at a Mass to Rotarians at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, on 30 April. We will have 8,000 seats reserved for Rotarians, as well as friends and family.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to join me in Italy on this day as we celebrate the Jubilee of Rotarians, a special event hosted by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican.

In addition, local Rotarians will host special celebratory dinners and plan a service project for attendees.

I believe this event is a tremendous honor that will raise Rotary’s status across so much of the world, and it should bring us all great happiness to be a part of it, regardless of our own religions and beliefs.

For more information, please visit the Jubilee of Rotarians website, which has been provided by our friends in District 2080. Updates and additional information will be available leading up to the event. Registration will open 18 January. I ask that you also include mention of this event in your governor’s monthly letter.

This Jubilee, as established by Pope Francis, is known as the Holy Year of Mercy. It marks the time of forgiveness and reconciliation, of solidarity, hope, and justice. It is a commitment to serve with joy and in peace across the world.

As you work hard to Be a Gift to the World, I do hope you will make the effort to be in Rome with as many members of your district as possible.

Best regards,
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16

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Earlyact Club of Daystrom Public School Renata Pancini 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jan 06, 2016


Dear fellow Rotarians worldwide,

Rome and the Jubilee of Mercy, wanted by Pope Francis, are waiting for you.

We, Rotarians of Rome, want you to know that it is our desire to give you support for your visit in the city. There is a dedicated website, which you can view in your native language, where to find useful information. Registration is free (click here), and you can send us your queries on Rome. We will be happy to reply.

We will also try and support you with problems that you may encounter during your stay in Rome.

You will be able to take part in the events that the numerous city Clubs organize during the week from Monday to Friday, so we can have the chance to get to know each other better. You can confirm your presence at one or more events through the website.

It is important that you are aware that you have friends in Rome who want to make you feel at ease.
We are not travel agents; however, should you require so, we will do our best to give you all our support.

Please pass this message along to the members of your club.

We are looking forward to receive your messages at and hopefully to meet you in Rome.

Message from RI President K.R.Ravindran Renata Pancini 2015-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the top 10 Charities Changing the World

Posted by Renata Pancini on Dec 01, 2015
From the CNBC
They are big and global, with budgets exceeding $100 million and net assets of at least $65 million. Yet these 10 charities manage to do exceptional work throughout the country and overseas, all while maintaining stellar financial management and transparency.
Please see full report on:
Rotary in the top 10 Charities Changing the World Renata Pancini 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

Great Fellowship Evening!

Great Fellowship Evening!
With the participation of our Governor Michael, Governor Elect James and AG Ron & Sandy Miller.
Rotarian Victor Ecomwande from the Rotary Club of Garden City, Nigeria and Samuel Okudugha from Rotary Club of Edo, Nigeria joined us in celebrating this special evening.
Aldo Banchieri and Lina Riccobene announced the proposal of twinning our Cub with the Rotary Club of Valle del Salso in Delia, Italy.
The Evening was a celebration in honor of our Fellow Rotarian Jeff Ing, that is moving from Toronto to Vancouver.  Jeff is now an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge!
During the evening we Welcomed a new Rotarian : Woodbridge Public School Principle Angelina Faraone. Angelina is now working in opening our Club second Early Act Program in her school.
We awarded Mrs. Celeste Bancheri with a Distinguished Service Citation
Special Paul Harris pin with a blue topaz, to Viji, Jamie and Jeff for their contribution to Foundation.
Great Fellowship Evening! Renata Pancini 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Message from RI President K.R. Ravindran

Posted by Renata Pancini on Aug 10, 2015

Just a few days from now, on 11 August, we will mark a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa.

The magnitude of this achievement can hardly be overstated. A polio-free Africa has been within sight, so near and yet so far, for over a decade. The hard work and commitment that have brought us to this point have been nothing short of heroic. Tens of thousands of health workers reached hundreds of millions of children with vaccine, in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Together, we have done what once seemed impossible: We have stopped polio in Africa.

Yet this progress, momentous as it is, is still fragile. As long as polio exists in the two remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the virus still has the potential to spread and to spark new outbreaks. Now, more than ever, we need the power of all of Rotary to carry us through to the end: not just a polio-free Africa, but a polio-free world.

Wherever you live, whether your country has just conquered polio or has been polio-free for decades, we need your voice, and your help. I ask all of you to read and use the materials in thistool kit to find ways to raise awareness in your community, and beyond. We need every Rotarian, in every Rotary club, to be talking about polio: making sure that media outlets report on our progress and our elected officials see polio eradication as a global priority. Your grassroots work helps drive the increased media coverage we have seen in the past year, which in turn drives global backing of our work to eradicate polio. Together, we will keep polio front and center in our communities and on our national agendas, keeping up the energy and the momentum that will push us through to the finish.

The battle in Africa has, for the moment, been won, but we need the strength of every Rotarian to help us win the war. Together, we will End Polio Now and truly Be a Gift to the World.

Warm regards,
K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International

News media prominently featured Rotary and its 30 years of work to protect children from the crippling effects of polio when Nigeria marked its one-year milestone in July, including:

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END POLIO Important Milestone!

Posted by Renata Pancini on Jul 19, 2015

An Important Milestone This 24 July marks one year since Nigeria’s last case of wild poliovirus. That’s the longest period the country has gone without a case of the disease. This achievement has particular significance, because Nigeria is one of only three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic. When the disease is eradicated in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the world will be free of polio. A few weeks later, 11 August will mark one year since the last case of polio in Africa: a case in Somalia that came at the end of an outbreak in the Horn of Africa. Africa’s countries have overcome significant challenges — including lack of security and difficulty reaching children in remote places — to protect their children from polio. Rotary has played an important role in reaching these milestones. Rotarians have dedicated their time and their personal resources to keep children safe from this disease by immunizing them, donating money, raising funds, and urging governments to support the cause. Rotary has donated $688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million designated for Nigeria. While this is notable progress, we haven’t finished the job yet. AFGHANISTAN NIGERIA PAKISTANENDPOLIONOW_4p

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Posted by Jamie Maynard on Apr 08, 2014






Noon-4 pm – BBQ; 

All Afternoon – INTERACTIVE
Children's Crafts at the Wallace House
4 PM – Frog Race Winners are announced

back at the Wallace House–
Celebratory Frog Cake will be served

Please contact Jamie Maynard for more information

Times are subject to change - please check the website closer to the date.


Rotary Meets the $200,000,000 Challenge!

Posted by Jamie Maynard on Feb 01, 2012
 Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.” 

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children. 

“In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly. 

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First Woodbridge Concert

Posted by Parin Choksi
The Rotary Club of Woodbridge is bringing Classical music into the Vaughan Community.
Great Success on our First Classical Music Concert.
The Concert was held at Veneto Centre on June 11 and at Our Lady of Lourdes on June 12-2015
Maestro Gianmario Cavallaro from Rome, Italy, performed on Classical Neapolitan Music with 15 Musicians from the Toronto Opera. Tenor Michael Ciufo and Soprano Sara Papini sang melodious Italian songs.
The Mayor of Vaughan Maurizio Bevilacqua, Laura Vaillancourt of Ontario Philharmonic, the Consolato Generale d'Italia a Toronto, The Centro Scuola e Cultura, and the Canadian Italian Heritage Foundation endorsed the Event.
Thanks you to all our sponsors!
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Purple Pinkie Day!

Posted by Jamie Maynard

The Rotary Club of Woodbridge sponsors an EarlyAct Club at Daystrom School in North York.  The Club consists of a keen group of Grade 3's who are learning about volunteering, fundraising, and helping the community.   Recently, they have had a number of events to raise money for the fight against polio.  They had a dime drive, they sold popcorn, and they had a purple pinkie day.  A purple pinkie drive represents how polio immunizations on a large scale are handled in countries such as Pakistan and Nigeria.  To ensure that all kids get their vaccines, the ones who have received theirs have their pinkie fingers dipped in purple dye.   The kids at the school asked for $1 donations, and they donors could paint their fingers or finger nails purple!

The events were a lot of fun, and they have raised over $450 to fight polio!!!

Thank you to Nancy Payne, a teacher at the school, and a member of our club, for helping the kids with their events.


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Woodbridge Rotary Frog Race

Posted by Parin Choksi

This year, our annual frog race will be on SUNDAY, MAY 31st.  We will once again be partnering with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Historic Wallace House.

We will have educational displays, a BBQ, and of course our frog race!   Come out and watch us put 600 plastic frogs in river at the Woodbridge Avenue bridge!  Over the next month, we will be selling frog tickets, to raise money for the Living City Foundation.  Funds will go towards educational and interpretive displays along the Humber River.

Tickets are $5 each.  If you would like more detals, please contact Jamie Maynard at 905-851-0690 or



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Woodbridge Rotary Ribfest!

Posted by Parin Choksi

Mark your calendars for the 2015 Ribfest!  We are hard at work planning for this year's event.  This year, the Ribfest will be AUGUST 7-8-9, and is located at the Woodbridge Fairgrounds.

We will have lots of music, great food, and Railway City Beer!  For more information, go to Or contact Jamie Maynard at

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Night of 1000 Pancakes a Success!

Posted by Parin Choksi

Thank you all our volunteers for another successful pancake supper! We had our biggest crowd ever, serving dinner to 200 people.  In partnership with Christ Church Anglican, we raised over $3,200 for Hospice Vaughan!

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Rotary Frog Race and Humber River Walk - May 26th

Posted by Jamie Maynard

Join the  Rotary Club of Woodbridge, TRCA and the Historic Wallace House for a Celebration of the Humber River!!
The Humber River is a designated Heritage River which has played an important part in Woodbridge's history.

1:00  The Historic Wallace House opens.

1:15 - 1:30  Interpretive River Walk begins - Wallace House - 137 Woodbridge Avenue
Learn about the natural and human history of the 

2:30 - 3:00 Gather at the Woodbridge Avenue  bridge to witness the beginning of the Frog Race.
Watch as over 1,000 frogs go over the railing to start the race! Proceeds go to Track 3, a charity that teaches kids with disabilities to ski and snowboard.  Tickets are $5 each, and are available from Rotary Club members.

3:00 - 4:30 Interactive Displays of Snakes and other wildlife - Wallace House

4:00 - 5:00 BBQ - hot dogs and other refreshments   Announcement of Frog Race winners

 For more information, please contact Jamie Maynard at 905-851-0690 or

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Meeting location changed for April 17th

Posted by Jamie Maynard

This week, the Rotary Club of Woodbridge will be meeting at La Casa Del Pesce, located at 8787 Weston Road, Unit 14.  The restaurant is on the east side of Weston Road, north of Langstaff Road, just north of the Mandarin.

The meeting time is the same - 6:30pm.
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Night of 1000 Pancakes 2012

Posted by Jamie Maynard

Thank you to everyone who participated in the NIght of 1000 Pancakes!  It was a great evening, with great food and fellowship.
The Interact Club of Father Bressani High School were our servers this year, and they did a terrific job!

 This event, which is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Woodbridge and Christ Church Anglican Church, has raised over $15,000 for various charities.  This year, our project of choice was Project Dream Catcher. Funds raised have gone to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in Ontario, located 600 km north of Thunder Bay on Big Trout Lake. This community is very isolated, and suffers from many of the difficulties as Attiwapiskat. The money will provide toys, clothing and healthy foods for the community.
We are very pleased to announce that over $3,400 has been raised so far!!

Jamie Maynard



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Rotary Club of Woodbridge Welcomes Four New Members

Posted by Jamie Maynard
 January 31st was an exciting day for the Club as we welcomed four new members to the Club!
Congratulations to Karen Caradonna, Lee Ann Wammes-Dobson, Nick Marinelli and Fiorella Marinelli.

The commitment to the community that these new members exhibit will be a great asset to the club, and we look forward to their fellowship and enthusiasm as our club works to make the community a better place.

If you are interested in being part of Rotary, please contact us through the information provided on our home page.
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New Interact Club in Woodbridge!!

Posted by Jamie Maynard




 The Rotary Club of Woodbridge welcomes the Interact Club of Father Bressani Catholic High School!   

Interact is a service club for high school youth, which meets every two weeks. The Rotary Club of Woodbridge is proud to be their sponsoring club.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2012  the Interact Club of Father Bressani was officially chartered. However; this group of enthusiastic students have already been hard at work, helping out at the CP Holiday Train and  the Wallace House Victorian Christmas. The club also raised $600 for Haiti through selling buttons.


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Night of 1000 Pancakes a Success!!

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Thank you to all our volunteers and guests. This year's event raised over $3000 for The Canadian Landmine Foundation. Mark your calendars for Shrove Tuesday 2012!
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2012 Rotary Ribfest & Talent Competition!

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Everyone who loves BBQ, be sure to mark your calendars now! The 2012 Rotary Ribfest will be held on August 10,11 and 12 this year, and it will be bigger and better than ever! This year, we are partnering with Caritas, in support of their projects in our community.

 Our mainstage will have non-stop entertainment this year, so come out and enjoy the lineup!

New this year!!

          Vaughan Has Talent!!

Contact us now to find out how to enter our talent competition!

We will be holding auditions soon for local entertainers.  Cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact Laura Tonelli at or   416-748-9988

Applications can be made by email or online.




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Night of 1000 Pancakes 2011

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Annual Night of 1000 Dinners Tuesday, March 8, 2011. 5:30 pm and 7:00pm 8045 Islington Avenue, at Christ Church Anglican. $7 for adults, $5 for children
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CP Rail Holiday Train - Nov 30th

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Once again, the CP Rail Holiday Train brought Christmas cheer to Vaughan! The Holiday Train crosses Canada, raising funds for Food Banks along the way. The Rotary Club of Woodbridge showed its support by supplying hot apple cider to the hundreds of families that came out to the event.
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Camp Enterprise 2010 - May 13-16

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Our club i once again sent Grade 10 and 11 students to Camp Enterprise, an exciting 4 day programme of leadership and entrepreneurial workshops and speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in Camp Enterprise, please contact Jamie Maynard at 905-851-0690
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Rotary Ribfest 2010 - August 6,7,8

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, Ribbers and all those who attended for making this our best Ribfest yet! Attendance was up over 35% from last year, and our event is quickly becoming an established part of the summer festival season in Woodbridge and Vaughan. Without the help of our dozens of volunteers, we could not hold this event. Thank you for your many hours of work over the three days. It is truly appreciated. Special mention must be made of the dedicated support of the members of the Woodbridge Agricultural Society. Their knowledge, inspiration and hard work make a huge difference in the success of the Ribfest. We look forward to another great Ribfest in 2011, so watch for more information in the new year! Jamie Maynard Ribfest Committee Chair
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Rotary Frog Race 2011

Posted by Jamie Maynard
The 2011 Woodbridge Rotary Frog Race will be held on May 28th, 2011, at the Woodbridge Avenue bridge over the Humber River. Over the next several months, we will be selling tickets for $5 to purchase a "frog" that will race down the Humber to the finish line at Hwy 7.
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Rotary Frog Race 2009 - May 30th 2009

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Join us at the Humber River on May 30th for our annual Frog Race! Watch as 1,000s of plastic frogs get dumped from the Woodbridge Avenue bridge into the river. If your frog is the first over the finish line, you could win $1,000!!! To get your ticket, contact a member of our club
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Night of 1000 Pancakes! February 16th

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Our Night of 1000 Pancakes was a huge success!! In partnership with Christ Church Anglican, we raised over $3,700 for Haiti Earthquake relief. In total we have raised over $5000. This is enough to provide shelter for 50 people.
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CPR Holiday Train 2013

Posted by Jamie Maynard

This year the CPR Holiday Train came through Vaughan during the day. As a result, there were no special activities.  The Rotary Club of Woodbridge looks forward to being back in 2014 to serve hot cider!   






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2008 Rotary Frog Race

Posted by Jamie Maynard
The Rotary Club joined with the Historic Wallace House to host our annual frog race, combined with an interesting and educational river walk. The event was held on May 31st at 1:00pm.
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Ribfest 2008

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Our second annual Rotary Ribfest was held this year on August 8th, 9th and 10th at the Woodbridge Fairgrounds, on Kipling Avenue just north of Hwy 7. A weekend of unsettled weather, including heavy rains, put a damper on the activities and attendance, but those hardy souls who ventured out had some wonderful food, great entertainment and lots of fun! We look forward to an even better (and drier) event in 2009! Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors!
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Rotary Welcomes Canadian President

Posted by Jamie Maynard
On July 1st, 2007, the first Canadian President of Rotary International will take office. He is the first Canadian to hold this position in over 40 years. Wilf Wilkinson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, just east of Toronto, has dedicated much of life to Rotary and its causes. He is a hardworking, determined, and caring person, who will be an eloquent spokesperson for Rotary and a living example of Rotary values. Rotary is found worldwide, in over 165 countries, and has over 1,200,000 members. It is a big job presiding over such a large organization, and we wish Wilf well as he begins his term of office.
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Rotary Frog Race

Posted by Jamie Maynard
On Sunday, June 17th, the Rotary Club held its 12th annual Great Humber River Frog Race. 1500 frogs were dropped into the Humber River at the Woodbridge Avenue bridge. The river is a bit low, so it took about 20 minutes for the first frogs to make it to the finish line. Congratulations to our winners: 1st Prize - $750 - Vince Gagliardi 2nd Prize - $400 - Giosetta Campoli 3rd Prize - $250 - Linda Mae Maxey Last place frog - $100 - Robert Leger
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1st Woodbridge Ribfest - August 2007

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Thank you to everyone who volunteered or attended our first annual Woodbridge Ribfest. A special thank you to the Woodbridge Agricultural Society for the use of the grounds and the many hours of volunteer help.
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Humber River Frog Race a Success!

Posted by Jamie Maynard
The 2006 Humber River Frog Race was a great success. Over $4,200 was raised for local Rotary supported groups such as Track 3 and the Historic Wallace House.
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Rotary Celebrates 100 years

Posted by Jamie Maynard
Rotary International celebrated its 100th birthday in 2005. Rotary has grown into one of the largest service clubs in the world, with 1.3 million members in over 160 countries around the world.
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