PAN indigenous friendship centre 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rita sharing a great story from her childhood  during the "Name That Rotarian" game. 
Name that Rotarian 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary skating trail was featured at the Mayor's New Years' Levee.
New Years Levee 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Another fabulous Christmas Party supporting special needs children. Well done everyone - especially Santa and his many helpers.
Christmas party 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all those who have already responded to my previous email regarding our Rotary Christmas Luncheon being held at noon December 17th at Carl's Catering, The Glen.  However, we are STILL waiting to hear from the rest of you and (you know who you are).
This is a friendly reminder that the DEADLINE to "pre-register" is Wednesday, December 12th, so if you haven't yet responded, please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience.
Many thanks.
Sandra Burton,
Rotary Club of Brampton
Christmas luncheon Sandra Burton 2018-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Adowa K. Buahene - Habitat for Humanity
Welcome to Adowa from Habitat For Humanity. Adowa has had 30 years association with Rotary; she started in High School. She received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship while at Dalhousie University and spent a year in France. A Rotary Scholarship is much more than an opportunity to study abroad, it’s a chance to explore, reflect critically and arrive at decisions on how to best be of service to oneself, the community and your country. Adowa has deep appreciation for Rotary for giving her this amazing opportunity.
The Vision of Habitat is for everyone to have a safe and decent place to live. How do they continue to build communities that are accessible for all people? At Habitat it’s all about families. Habitat is a land developer, a builder, a volunteer services (there are 8,800 per year who help out). They are a financial lender, they hold mortgages that families have and they are a retailer with twelve stores in the GTA.
To qualify for housing, you have to be able to pay your mortgage, which is capped at 30%. It’s a fixed 20- year mortgage, zero interest. They use an equity sharing formula at sale or end of term. They also offer a homeownership preparation workshop.
The application process includes a good credit rating, application goes to a committee and it then becomes a selection process. They have to sell at fair market value.
How does Habitat make it work? They receive cash donations, product and services donations, and volunteer labour and there are partnerships of Government, community, corporate and developer. .
What is the impact? People donated 173,000 volunteer hours to Habitat and for every $1.00 invested, there is a social return investment of $4.00. Family income rises and people start to focus on their career when they know their children are safe and that Habitat is creating a society where families can survive and thrive.
Habitat believes in helping to build strong communities, and helping people to be good human beings.
A very successful Coin Show with 181 people in attendance. Over $3,000 was made and Willard thanked all the volunteers who were instrumental in helping to make this a success.
Habitat for Humanity 2018-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Great support for our December Coin show this week. Thanks to all who contributed.
Coin show John Digby 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our newest member of the Club inducted this week - Ephraim Sampson
New member David Clement 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Four years ago the Central Peel Secondary School  Interact President, Ellen Wu, initiated the TOASTY TOES project in Brampton.  Following in her footsteps, once again Interactors will collect warm socks, scarves, hats and gloves to help those in homeless shelters keep warm over the winter months.  For the next three weeks in December, please bring your gift items to Rotary.  They will be collected and delivered to Central Peel.  Students and staff are also participating at this school.   This activity allows students to build sensitivity towards homelessness. 
John Lomax presented a program of indigenous awareness and activities including students from Peel Schools.  This included videos of cultural activities including a POW WOW opening and a traditional dance demonstration.
Brampton-Dene Exchange
Mai Choi is the Dene First Nations word for Thank You.  In Spring 2018 16 students from Central Peel SS participated in an Indigenous Multicultural Exchange.  The exchange received financial support from the Rotary Club of Brampton.  Students and staff who participated came to the November 26 Rotary meeting to express thanks for this “live changing” experience for many students. 
This past spring 15 Brampton teen went to Hay River, Northwest Territories  and a similar number came to Brampton from the NWT.  These exchanges reflect the recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report for increasing communication and building relationships across Canada.   One of the comments from Rani (who is East Indian) was “although we live very different lifestyles we have a lot in common which resulted in the removal of preconceived stereotypes”.   A similar exchange is planned in 2019 with the Nuxalk First Nation of British Columbia.   Congratulations and thanks to Heather McPhail and Sean Corosa, teachers at CPSS organizing these activities.
Two indigenous students, Saul and Randy, expressed their appreciation in the form of a traditional grass dance.  This in their own full regalia!  These two Peel students, and their foster dad, Marlin Robinson, attended the meeting, to demonstrate how support can build awareness and personal cultural pride.  The two boys are becoming aware of their heritage and learning their ancestral languages, thanks to the encouragement and networking of John Lomax.  Thanks to the generosity of Pierre Beaumier and Mustafa Nassar, these boys now have traditional regalia for ceremonies and Pow Wows. 
Carole Berry recommended the book “The Comeback” as an orientation to the historical and current issues regarding First Nations and all Canadians as we go forward together.
Indigenous awareness Carole Berry 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show
Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E. 
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm. 
Admission is $4, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
For more information please contact B & W Coins c/o Willard Burton 416-254-6569 or
Rotary Coin Show 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Salvation Army needs your help

The Christmas Kettle schedule is now live. If you have not yet scheduled yourself to volunteer there are still many locations available. If you have some free time and would like to help your community please volunteer at one of our many kettle locations. A couple of hours goes a long way in helping those in our community.

Thank you to the volunteers who have already scheduled a shift with us. If you know of any family members or friends that you think would like to help please have them contact our co-ordinator Rohan at (905) 867-4067 or you can easily register online by downloading the VSP app to your smart phone and sign up for your volunteer opportunities. You can ask to receive notification reminders of when you are scheduled to be a greeter. You can use the app to search for 13 other Brampton locations that maybe closer to home for you to participate at.

To enrol click the below link:

If you are already enrolled then you just need to log in by clicking the below link:

Once you have signed up using your web browser and if you have an iOS or Android device, you can use the VSP mobile app! After downloading the app, you'll need the Organization ID to sign in: SA_Brampton

Shifts run from Monday - Saturday

  a) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  b) 12:00 pm -   3:00 pm

  c)   3:00 pm -   6:00 pm

  d)   6:00 pm -   8:30 pm

Thank you for your support.

Merry Christmas

Kettle campaign Jerome Dawson 2018-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians supporting Peel Children's Centre - Evening of Hope Gala tonight
Hope  2018-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
President Glenn has updated the club's organizational chart for 2018-2019 and it can be found here.
Updated Org Chart 2018-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Wow - what a parade. Thank you all participating Rotarians. Rotary Club of Brampton was the Presenting sponsor and we were well represented.
Santa Claus Parade  2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you Past President Matt Samatas for raising over $2,500 for "Movember" and shaving off your beard 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
Movember Matt 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Congrats to our newest members inducted this week - Uche Okugo and Parin Choksi
New members 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Deboraha Robinson presents club banners from her recent trip to Georgia (RC of Perry and RC of Warner Robins) — with Brian-Deboraha Robinson at Carls Catering The Glen.
Banner presentation 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians supporting Sparkle Spiel tonight in memory of Marilyn Brown
Sparkle Spiel 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Club of Brampton RED talk 
In 2018, the Rotaract Club has organized a number of training events.  The next and final RED Talk  is on Wednesday December 12.  Welcome to the last and final event of the RED Talk series. This talk is brought to you by Rotaract Club of Brampton and Police on Drug Education. With the legalization of cannabis, there are many changes that are happening all around us. If you are curious to find out the impact this has on our community and have questions, join this talk led by Constable Abbie Frape.
Over the last 15 years, Constable Frape has served in different areas of Peel Police such as The Neighborhood Policing Unit, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Youth Education and Emergency Support Service!  Join us on December 12th from 7 to 8 pm at LAB B! Sign up soon as there will be limited spots.  Rotarians are invited.  More details at: 
RED Talk Carole Berry 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
On Monday November 5th, the Rotary Club of Brampton held its annual Remembrance Day recognition to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A reminder of those who did not survive the hostilities of war and to remind us of the rights, privileges and freedom we enjoy today.
Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.
Rotarian Jerome Dawson chaired the event which began with Denis Stephenson playing Canada on the piano followed by Trumpeter David Harmsworth who played the Last Post followed by two minutes of silence.
Jerome made a special acknowledgment to George “Potsy” Burrows a World War 11 veteran who was accompanied by his daughter Carol Jones. A special recognition to another one of our clubs distinguished guests William “Bill” Burrell who unfortunately was unable to join us today.
Jerome provided the club with some historical background information on Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) which is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
This day, specifically designated by King George V on 7 November 1919, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
Jerome spoke about those that have served, such as the Indigenous veterans and Black Canadians in uniform. National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated each year on June 21, while Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars.

Black Canadians in uniform is a proud tradition having a long history of service in uniform. Often having to overcome great challenges just to enlist in the military in earlier eras when our society was less inclusive, they persevered to make their mark. From the days before Canada was even a country of its own to the current efforts in Afghanistan, the sacrifices and achievements of Black Canadians have shone through.

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are proud to serve Canada by defending its values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad. They support freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights around the world.
Club members participated in the Remembrance Day meeting by reading poems to remind us of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and the need for us to remember and to wear a poppies. Other members shared powerful and meaningful stories of serving in the armed forces or that of their family.
Past President John Sanderson thanked members of our armed forces, special guests and to all those that participated in today’s meeting.

Act of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, 
as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, 
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun 
and in the morning 
We will remember them.

Commitment to Remember

They were young, as we are young,
They served, giving freely of themselves.
To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time,
To carry their torch and never forget.
We will remember them
Pictured David Harmsworth and Potsy Burrows
Remembrance Day service Jerome Dawson 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Indigenous education 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Kairos Blanket Exercise 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Movember Matthew Samatas 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
After Rotarian Jacobson levied much deserved fines to offenders present and Past President Matt spoke  (encouraging all to attend the Grey Cup/Smokey and Bandit themed Movember fundraiser), Wendell reminded all about the Sparkle Spiel Curling fundraiser coming up. 
Quitterie our Exchange Student presented on her life, family and French culture. 
She shared that she was from the far north of France, almost on the border with Belgium. Although she is from small community called Arras the nearest city is Lille, just 15 minutes from the Belgian border. She outlined the historical background of her community noting that the area had been invaded many times since the 12th century affecting the region's culture, cuisine and architecture. She noted the Spanish influence of her town square and the Gothic and post Gothic influences. 
She shared that the most sacred of Canadian monuments was near by and that she proudly visited the WWI Vimy Memorial (depicted on the back of our $20 bill) just before she left for Canada. 
She introduced everyone to her friends and family including her two younger brothers, Dad, a historical car enthusiast, and her art and philosophy loving Mom. 
Youth Exchange  David Clement 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Quitterie, our exchange student from France, shared the details of her recent adventures and noted that she was participating in the Rotary Club of Bolton’s Haunted Hill Run fundraiser and encouraged all to participate.
After Wendell Brown was his usual very entertaining and observational Sergeant-at-Arms, the highlight of our meeting was a presentation by Andrea Peca from Peel Children’s Centre (PCC).  Andrea shared her deep passion for children and youth mental health, not just as a fundraising professional, but as a mom of 3 children.  She outlined the history and services of PCC from its founding in 1985 and its growth to current day where it now serves more than 4,300 children and youth per year (7,000 clinical treatments) and is now one of the largest CYMH agencies in Canada.  PCC offers individual and group counselling, school-based programs, respite, residential programs and walk-in counselling (Tangerine Walk-in Clinic for Children and Youth Mental Health).  The latter service is operated jointly with AYSP and Rapport Youth & Family Services.
Andrea also stressed the importance of early intervention as one in five children and youth will encounter a mental health challenge, usually before the 19th birthday. This would include about 80,000 youth in Peel yet only about 20% will get help. Undiagnosed mental health issues can have downstream effects (anxiety, depression and even suicide).   Suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental death for youth in Ontario
She outlined the continuing barriers for youth getting help, with stigma being the most common. PCC helps to reduce stigma by offering mobile crisis response, distance support and volunteer drivers. The lack of government funding is another key factor as Peel is the most underfunded region, on a per capita basis, in Ontario.
Andrea noted that is the rebranded one stop phone-in centralized intake for all CYMH in Peel (Rapport, AYSP, Nexus, PCC and both major hospital groups).
We can help by offering to volunteer, donate and sponsorship.  She noted the strong link between PCC and Rotary as the nearby PCC facility (Morgan House) is named after founding PCC Chair and past Rotary Club of Brampton President – Joe Morgan.
Peel Children's Centre David Clement 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Santa Claus Parade 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Proud to support one of our community partners in celebrating their 5th Anniversary - the Journey Community Centre.
Journey Celebration 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
We were proud to support our fellow Rotary Clubs in Brampton today at their Poor Boys/Girls Luncheon for Wellspring.
Poor Boys/Girls David Clement 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Big night for our club tonight winning the Chair's Living Legacy Award at the BCCF's Opal Gala. Congratulations to Jim Boyd for winning a Paul Harris Award. Well deserved.

Chair's Award David Clement 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Central Peel Secondary School celebrated Orange Shirt day on October 4.  Students wore orange shirts acknowledging the lasting negative impact of residential schools on indigenous people and communities.  Our Rotary Club sponsored these shirts through the involvement of John Lomax and Peel Aboriginal Network. 
I attended the assembly which included a presentation by CPSS students (many in the Interact Club) who were on exchange with Dene students from Kashechewan, a Cree settlement on James Bay.  They expressed their enjoyment of their relationships and activities when they were up North last February, but also their dismay at the living conditions in this remote community.  Particularly alarming was the boil-water order, annual spring flooding of the community and evacuations which disrupt lives for months.  The drop-out rate for high school students is 70% - a big shock for CPSS students.
The key presenter was Alexandra Shima, an author and journalist based in Toronto.  She spoke of her life in this remote community while working for CBC.  She is author of two books – Invisible North, a memoir and history of the Canadian Reserves; and Up Ghost River, a Chief’s Journey, written with Chief Metatawabin.   Asked about the priority need in these remote communities, Alexandra stressed the need for mental health resources to address depression, suicide and addiction.  She believes that restoring the indigenous cultural practices which have the value of encouraging resilience and understanding is the way for individual healing and strengthening communities.  However, the complex economic and legal problems involved with Treaties (land, authority, and financial obligations), must be addressed to bring major improvements for remote communities.  Ms. Shima is part of the Rotary Honouring Indigenous Peoples speakers bureau.
Central Peel Interact students are working on their next exchange to northern BC, with teacher Heather McPhail.   It was good to be part of this event which had support of Rotary and HIP.
Central Peel Secondary School Carole Berry 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Twenty three Rotarians in attendance

We sang the national anthem of Nigeria after the Canadian National anthem in recognition of our newest Rotary member.

Peter Ward will send out a list of those who are confirmed to attend the Opal Gala Thursday October 11th. . Currently we have 50 members registered.

Monday Oct. 8th meeting was cancelled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday October 15th we will travel to the Poor Boys Luncheon at Century Gardens.

Quitterie, our exchange student from France spoke about her last two weeks which included a trip to Toronto to attend We Day, compliments of John Digby.

She attended two fall fairs with her exchange student friends, and heard an orchestra perform at U of T thanks to Betty Jo Parent, RC of Mississauga West.

John Lomax spoke about HIP and the Orange Shirt Day campaign which happens annually September 30th, the day First Nations typically started school at Residential Schools.

John relegated HIP funds to purchase orange shirts for the Interact students.

Willard reported that the Coin Show generated $3,300, which is a lower profit than in previous shows, but our show conflicted with another two day show in Toronto. 

The next RC of Brampton Coin Show is December 2nd.

There was a cheque presentation to the Santa Claus parade committee in recognition of the RC of Brampton being the principal sponsor of the Santa Claus parade for the next five years, a sponsorship tradition which began in 1986.

Our Rotary Minute featured Dittie Vogel who spoke about her 18 year membership with the RC of Brampton. She said the best part of Rotary is what she learned through the years and the travels she has taken which includes trips to Switzerland Tanzania and Romania.

John Lomax informed us about  the changes at St. Leonard since Rick Brown retired.  Rotary used to be represented on the Board of Directors but  is no longer part of this organization.

Willard has been a guest speaker at the RC of Heart Lake 4 times. He and Sandra are heading to Nova Scotia for his third trip this year.


Odds and ends Mari-Anne Tate 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary presents this year’s Santa Clause Parade
The Brampton Santa Claus Parade Committee, in partnership with the City of Brampton, is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Brampton is the new Presenting Sponsor of Brampton’s Santa Claus Parade in 2018.
The Rotary Club of Brampton has been a regular sponsor and participant in the parade since the Brampton Board of Trade revived the annual event in 1986 and as a participant has produced some of the best entries over the years.
“Our members were looking for a way to ensure that the parade committee had the resources to annually bring bigger and better elements to the parade for the delight of children of all ages, “ says Club President Glenn Williams.“ We believe that by becoming the Presenting Sponsor we can achieve this.”
The agreement is for five years with the option to be extended.
The Brampton Board of Trade has been the Presenting Sponsor since 1986 and was the catalyst for reviving the event. “We would like to thank the Board of Trade for its many years of support. They have been a tremendous resource as the parade has grown over the last 30 plus years,” says Richard Beagle, President of the Brampton Santa Claus Parade Committee.
The Parade Operations Committee, led by Chair Barb Schembri and comprised of 100% volunteers, has worked hard to bring the most dynamic event possible to the main street of Brampton.
“We acknowledge the support of 407ETR as our platinum sponsor and the Downtown Brampton BIA, Tim Hortons and Mattamy Homes as Gold Sponsors. And without the countless volunteers and other sponsors the parade would not be the success that it is,“ says Beagle.
The Brampton Santa Claus Parade is held annually on the third Saturday in November, starting at 5pm sharp. The parade draws an average of 100,000 spectators making it the largest, single- day event in the Region of Peel.
For more information or to participate as a volunteer or sponsor
Contact the Parade Committee:
The Brampton Santa Claus Parade since being brought back to the Brampton Community has grown from a small town parade to the largest single- day event in the Region of Peel and the largest night Parade in Canada.  The Committee works year round to bring this stellar event to the citizens of Brampton.  Our goal is to put a smile on the childrens’ faces.
The Rotary Club of Brampton is an organization of business and professional leaders, who are united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  The Rotary Club of Brampton has been providing community service in Brampton since 1940.
Caption – Rotary Club of Brampton President Glenn Williams presents a cheque for $25,000  to Richard Beagle, President of the Brampton Santa Claus Parade Committee. The club has signed a five-year agreement to be the Presenting Sponsor of the annual Santa Claus Parade, Brampton’s largest annual event. From left Williams, Parade Chair Barb Schembri, Rotarian Brad Goodison and Richard Beagle.
Rotary becomes presenting sponsor 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
We welcome Uche George Okugo, to our club, transferring from the RC of Ota, Nigeria - District 9110.
Membership transfer 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Nature in Your Closet
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes JoAnne Fleming, a member of Collingwood South Georgian Bay Rotary Club. Nature is an integral part of JoAnne’s life growing up on a farm in South Western Ontario. JoAnne is excited by the environmental initiatives of RI Presidents Ian Risely and Barry Rassin and has proposed ways for Rotarians to embrace environmentally sustainable ways of living and doing business.
Our clothes mean a lot to us. A fashion week is every week; there is something new coming out every week and if you want to keep up you got to shop. Shopping has gotten us into big trouble. The advertising industry has been convincing us to change our shopping habits by 400% increase in the amount of clothes we put in our closet.
Consider cotton which is the most intensive pesticide crop grown on the planet. In the US nearly 25% of pesticides is used to grow cotton. Farmers apply a quarter pound of fertilizer and pesticides for every pound of cotton harvested. There are 800 chemicals in the textile industry.
Consider items in your closet from last season, we don’t see the faces, the pain, polluted water that creates great sickness, the poor working conditions, we only see cheap items that are causing us to become unthinking and obsessive. Putting clothes in the box is really the black hole. Part of that will be sorted into 125 different categories; part go to second shops and part will go overseas. What can we do differently? We need a mind change, a shift.
Instead of buying several fast fashion shirts, buy one high quality ethical piece that lasts forever, support local designers and locally made clothes, shop vintage and thrift shops to reduce consumption of new materials; second hand is not as toxic as new, shop local shops, organize clothing swaps and rent, share, trade for special occasions.
95% of fashion ends up in landfills. YOU are a part of Nature. Consider who made it? Who suffered for it? How were they treated?
“When those answers are more important than our need to look a certain way the world will change for the better.” Maranda Pleasant
JoAnne Fleming Rita Gayle 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Fascinating presentation by Danielle Zhu on authentic traditional Chinese culture and the Shen Yun Performing Arts
Chinese culture 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
We welcome Uche George Okugo, to our club, transferring from the RC of Ota, Nigeria - District 9110.
New member  David Clement 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Opal Gala Honoring The Rotary club of Brampton
As this year’s Chairs’ Living Legacy Award Recipient, The Rotary Club of Brampton will be honoured at the Opal Gala on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at:
Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre
20 Polonia Avenue, Unit 100
Brampton, On
L6Y 0K9
6:00 PM - Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM - Dinner, Awards and Entertainment
Also featuring a presentation of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Please join us for an exciting evening!
Opal Gala Rita Gayle 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Very pleased to bring greetings to one of our great community partners today - The Journey Community Centre at their annual street party on Ardglen.
The Journey David Clement 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the newest member of the District 7080 family, the District's 50th Club - the Passport Club South - receiving it's Charter at the President's meeting.
Passport Club South David Clement 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Another Rotary Youth Exchange Orientation weekend in the books! Fabulous bunch of young ladies and men, perfect weather, great conversation.
Rotary Youth Exchange Orientation 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Basket Brigade Canada 
Joanne Chrobot loves helping others. For the past 24 years she and her team have been delivering baskets to those in need in the GTA. For their 25th anniversary, Basket Brigade Canada was created and approved as a federally registered charity. This year 2735 families across the country will receive baskets at Thanksgiving with a few receiving baskets at Christmas.
Basket Brigade use United Achievers to deliver all across the GTA. They have branches all across Canada and they find people in need, gather food and deliver to them. They go to Agencies and Churches to find families, as they want to make sure the families are legit. We need to help each other especially hungry families. Each family receives a turkey, one 10 lb. Bag of potatoes, fruits and vegetables and non-perishables. They are looking for volunteer drivers and donations, of course. Volunteers feel satisfied and dedicated. If teenagers work for Basket Brigade they can earn their volunteer hours. Watch the on-line video at to see how they package everything and the delivery process.
Joanne Chrobot Rita Gayle 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Our next coin show is coming up on Sunday September 30th, 2018 at Century Gardens Rec Centre.
Please note we require more help on the clean up for the upcoming shows. And note the prices change for admission.
Let Willard and or myself know if you are able to volunteer for the show! Sign up here
Coin Show Matthew Samatas 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
John Gilvesy
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes John Gilvesy, District Governor 2018 – 2019. John is Past President and President of Rotary, Tillsonburg and he has been with the Club since 1987. He spent 3 years as Assistant Governor of the Woodstock cluster. John is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is a Professional Engineer and Builder and Past President of a local Real Estate Board.
John is happy to be in the presence of his mentor, Norm Bindon. We are lucky, we have no disease; we help to heal people. It is important that we understand our community and communicate well. We have something to deliver, we deliver hope and we make a difference. In Rotary we are not alone, we have more to give and we have chosen to do that. Rotary is about uniting people and we must take action to serve people. There are three priorities this year:
  1. Strengthen our clubs; for those who have more, more is expected. Include skill sets on our Websites. The Rotary Club of Brampton has done a great job with this.
  1. Enhance our Club’s image. Upload pictures and let our community know who we are; sell the value of Rotary. Think about a satellite club with young entrepreneurs. Invite Rotaract members to meetings. They will remember the fellowship and networking of your club.
  1. Increase humanitarian services. It is important especially for Polio Plus. We are now down to 13 cases.
In Tillsonburg, they have a global grant project going on. The District and Rotary International will match all clubs that contribute $1500. Amount raised will go to Honduras, Phase 6 of a 10 Phase project of $400,000 micro financing. The people in Honduras are so poor; they have nothing, no jobs. They get micro financing (little loans) and as they grow, they hire someone. They want hand up, not a hand out.
When we bring in members, do it with fun, excitement, and energy and with some entertainment. Sell the value of what we are doing. We are successful, we make a difference.
As Paul Harris said “Let us be known for the results we achieve”.
District Governor 2018 – 2019. Rita Gayle 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0


The Big Walk for Cancer Support – get your walking shoes on! Make a BIG difference in the lives of people living with cancer!
WELLSPRING CHINGUACOUSY 2018-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Club organizational chart  Glenn Williams 2018-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Home Aurora Ly
Aurora Ly was nominated to receive a Rotary Scholarship and was selected as a Youth Exchange Student and was sent to Argentina. She spoke four languages when she left and now she speaks five.
Aurora thanked the Club and Rotary International. Without Rotary this year would not have happened. She thanked Luisa Mocon, Norm Bindon and MaryAnne Tate for the great support she received from them. Thanks also to her parents and friends for supporting her year abroad.
In Argentina, Aurora stayed in Formosa, in District 4845, population 200,000, small in comparison to Brampton. She had two host families; she first lived with Mom, a Judge, who was very strict, her Dad was a Politician. Her host Grandfather was a big part of her life there, he spoke six languages and it was very cool talking to him in diff. languages.
Her second host family Mom stayed at home and her Dad worked as a Lawyer. The two families were very different. The first family is well off, large house, everything was done for her. The second family not so well off, she had chores and she got close to them very quickly.
In school she went to an all-girls Catholic High School. She was put into natural sciences. School started at 7:30 a.m. for worship and classes started at 8:00 a.m. and finished at 12:30 p.m. then lunch. After lunch they had siesta and after siesta they had gym class.
Aurora went to Sante Fe, Argentina which is about seven hours drive. This is a more developed city. She also went to Cordoba, Argentina. This city is bigger than Sante Fe, has a lot of character and is one of her favourites. She spent the month of January in Brazil. Brazil is a very beautiful country with great culture. She had a wonderful time. A goodbye camp was set up in Iguazq Falls for all the Youth Exchange Students. It was very sad saying goodbye after spending a year together.
Aurora thanked the Rotary for this experience, the best year of her life, a year full of challenges. She built so many relationships with so many people. She will be going to Western University to study International Relations.
 Thank you Aurora for being our ambassador and we hope in the future you will be a great Rotarian.
Outbound Youth Exchange Student Rita Gayle 2018-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Having visited Pakistan with fellow Rotarians from District 7080 for Polio vaccinations earlier this year, enjoyed attending Pakistani heritage exhibition organized by Pakistani Consulate here in GTA. And proud to join fellow Rotarians Badar Shamim and Norm Bindon at Pakistan Independence Day celebration.
Celebrating Pakistan David Clement 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Our next coin show is coming up on Sunday September 30th, 2018 at Century Gardens Rec Centre.
Please note we require more help on the clean up for the upcoming shows.
Let Willard and or myself know if you are able to volunteer for the show! Sign up here
Coin show Matthew Samatas 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Rita Gayle 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Chris Beth Cowie was recognized with a Paul Harris award by the Mississauga Dixie Rotary club. Acknowledge meant of her contributions to Rotary through Interact, Rotoract and RYLA.    Members of the Rotary Club of Brampton were in attendance for this very special occasion.
Chris Beth Cowie Carole Berry 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
The two members of the Rotary Club of Brampton, Pierre Beaumier and Mustafa Nasser donated personal funds to support two teenage Indigenous boys who have lived in foster care for over 8 years.  Through their Social Worker, Jay Lomax, we paid for new Regalia to be made to allow them to keep in touch with their culture by attending Pow Wows and to dance.
On July 28, they went to the Six Nations Pow Wow with Jay Lomax and his son Mingan. The boys all had a blast! They danced grand entry, met many people, tasted many foods and enjoyed themselves very much! At the end of the day, my son was no longer following me around (like he usually does) as he was running to where Soul and Randy went! He wouldn’t even change out of his regalia until they did!  Randy and Soul were also gifted with eagle feathers by myself and Mingan. They were very honoured and pledged to take great care of them.
I got to experience how being a role model takes off in different directions. I thought I was showing them the culture and as it turned out, they started showing my son the culture at the same time! So it’s a continuous circle of showing and appreciation of what First Nations people do and love. I want to say I was proud of these guys going out there and dancing infront of so many people! They certainly had more confidence than my first time and inspired other small children that day!  
Its days like these that keep us going in child welfare and no matter how hard it gets, how tough it is or whether people have the wrong idea of what we do, we meet genuine kids like Soul and Randy that keep us moving through this challenging career! Never give up knowing that their are kids out there that will do anything to get into the culture and dance like everyone is watching!
Six Nations Pow Wow John Lomax 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Fascinating tour of Emerald Waste Management today. Club President Glenn Williams thanking our guest speaker.
Emerald Waste 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Dr Andrew Bellini, Gastroenterologist presenting on Colorectal Cancer Screening - What You Need to Know and why screening is important.
Dittie Voegele introduced Dr. Andrew Bellini, a Gastroenterologist at Brampton Civic Hospital , originally from Timmins North Ont., to talk on Colon Cancer Screening.
 Colon cancer is very common and is a top killer in Canada with it affecting Men and Woman. Colon cancer is the 2nd top killer in men and 3rd in woman. The two most common ways to get tested are by stool sample kits sent by the government or colonoscopies arranged thought your doctor.
The F.D.A approved general screening and the funding to do so in 2000 and the result was a reduction of 13% less deaths.
Ontario was the first province to adopt screening, with the other provinces following shortly thereafter. A new and better test is 6 months away from being released.
Called FIT it is a more reliable and accurate test and is easier for patients to use. The old test is 47% accurate where as the new test will be 82% accurate. There is a 1 in 18 chance you can get a positive test but that does not mean you have cancer. Tests can produce a false positive so if you get a positive test go see your doctor as soon as you can.
This new test will be distributed through the Canada Post. The process will go like this, you see your doctor, then your Doctor will send the request to Canada Post. Canada Post will send the test to you and you do the test and then mail it directly to the Lab. It takes years to develop a polyp to a cancer polyp and not all polyps turn into cancer, if the polyp is over a centimeter it's more likely to develop so they play it safe and remove them all.
The main message is to get tested and don't delay go talk to your doctor to stay healthy. 
After the presentation questions where fielded and Dr. Andrew Bellini. He was thanked by Deboraha Robinson.
Colorectal Cancer Deboraha Robinson 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Visiting Rotarians James Ramsbottom, a former member of ours, now with the RC of Victoria and a member from the RC of Bombay Worli exchamgig flags.. 
Visiting Rotarians 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Emerald (Energy from Waste) Facility Tour – July 23rd
Members please be advised that there is no meeting at the Glen on July 23rd
Those that have signed on to go on the Tour of Emerald (Energy from Waste) will meet at the Bramalea Church of God, corner of Bramalea & Balmoral – 600 Balmoral Drive at 11:30 sharp for the bus that will take them to the facility.    Participants are to wear closed toed shoes, pants or shorts – ladies no dresses/skirts.
Carl’s Catering is providing lunch, which will be at Emerald for signed up members.
Emerald Energy from Waste Inc. (Emerald) is a waste management company that recovers energy from solid non-hazardous waste generated by commercial and residential customers.  They are located at the intersection of Highway 407 and Bramalea Road in Brampton.
The Emerald facility was established in 1992. Continual investments in new technology over the past 23 years has kept the facility at the leading edge of environmental performance. Their  environmental monitoring programs demonstrate that the site has not had any adverse effects on the community and that our operations continue to comply with current emission standards (Ontario’s A7 Guideline).
Throughout this time, Emerald has had the privilege of having Jayne Pilot as the Chair for the PLC Committee. The PLC is a forum for exchanging information with the community about the facility’s operations. Emerald provides the committee with information on operations (watch dog) and the committee provides information on any concerns raised by local residents.
The committee continues to meet 4 to 6 times each year and always welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Jayne and she will be happy to provide you with more detail. 
Meeting offsite on Monday 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary was a proud sponsor at Carabram's new Pavilion of Cultures over the weekend at South Fletcher's Sports Plex.
Rotary at Carabram  2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

President Glenn and his team

 Out-going President John Sanderson opened the meeting and welcomed our guests from Nirobi, Nigeria, and Nepal and banners were exchanged.

President John invited everyone to come out July 20th to the Lions Steak Barbecue. The Lions and the RC of Brampton have had a long history of collaboration.

Jayne Pilot spoke about her involvement with ESRAG- The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.  On Monday July 23rd the RC of Brampton is going on a environmental field trip to Emerald Energy From Waste for its  July 23rd meeting.  Spaces are limited as we must travel by bus. Speak to Jayne Pilot if interested.  The bus will depart from Bramalea Church of God, 600 Balmoral Drive at 11:30 AM. Bino will provide a bag lunch.

Upcoming events include the RC of Brampton Golf Tournament scheduled for Aug. 16th at the Caledon Golf Club in Inglewood. Cut off date to register is Aug. 13th. The cost is 40$ for members and 80$ for guests.  Register with Malcolm Slater or Gord Raine.

President John  turned the meeting over to President Glen who  presented pins to the incoming executive and new Board members and thanked outgoing Board members for their service.

President Glen presented his vision for the upcoming year.  He hopes to set goals and track those goals. He wants to help club members to learn about the tools available to Rotarians on Club Runner. He also intends to get the Organizational Structure filled out accurately.



Change Over Meeting Mari-Anne Tate 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Enjoying the Canadian Pakistani Friends of Osler Gala tonight featuring Rotary Dist 7080 Foundation Chair Norm Bindon
Friends of Osler 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International   2018-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Exchange student Lucas 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Enjoying the annual trip to watch the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
President John  2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Over 50 vendors buying and selling coins, paper money and tokens  were present at our Coin show last week. 
Coin show David Clement 2018-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Lesley Kennedy thanked Rotary for our donation to Madoc Drive Public School's breakfast programme. Every day the Breakfast programme feeds 145- 165 students. Three days are Grab and Go days and 2 days are sit down and have conversation, while eating their breakfast of dairy, fruit and a grain.

They also provide a lunch snack to 45-65 students.

The same children who come to the breakfast programme often come to school without boots or mitts in the winter. The families of these children fall into the Social Risk Index of 1 or 2.

Happy bucks today were donated to this programme.

The David Suzuki Me to We/ Interact Club members were our guests for lunch as a thank you for their volunteer work at Rib and Roll. They shared  information about their projects with a power point.

They received a cheque to assist with their projects.



Breakfast programme Mari-Anne Tate 2018-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
 Willard Burton
Willard is a pillar of Rotary, of his Church and family, father of six kids, and has numerous grandchildren. He is originally from Cape Breton; he grew up in New Brunswick on a mixed farm with horses, cows, pigs and a store meat shop. His father sold everything in his store and Willard has memories of homemade bread and molasses, a staple in the family. His father’s store was very nice.
Willard married Betty Smith in 1956 at the age of 18 and in 1957 he moved to Toronto. His first job in Toronto was with Dominion Store, he then moved on to Banker’s Dispatch where he was a VP for Canada. Loomis Courier bought out Banker’s Dispatch and in 1987 Loomis Courier was sold to Mayne Security and they bought Willard out.
In 1996 Willard’s wife Betty passed away and in 1997 he married the lovely Sandra. In 2003 Willard opened a Coin Store at Crawfords in Norval, in 2008 he moved the Coin Store to Queen and McLaughlin and in 2017 he sold the Coin Store.
Reclassification  Rita Gayle 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rib 'n'  Roll  Stephen Rhodes 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Coin Show June 3   Matthew Samatas 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Members of Rotary Club of Brampton at this year’s Brampton Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Awards Gala.
at BBOT's Business awards 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Glen 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Brampton Rotary - Paul Harris Awards.  Congratulations to Richard Beagle and Chris Ramsey for the countless hours and years for behind the scenes for Brampton Santa Claus Parade; Major Gord Armstrong, Salvation Army for all the work and support you have given during crisis situations and for gifts for children at Christmas time and the Christmas Salvation Army Kettle Drive helping needy families; John Mullen for your years of service and contributions; Steve Robinson for you and family for your countless personal efforts to assist children and families in Mexico and the support you have given for exchange students in your home.  
All award members doing service above self.  So proud of you all.  Thank you and Congratulations for making a difference in the lives of others in need. - Jayne Pilot
Paul Harris night Jayne Pilot 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0


The Northern Lights Quartet i

is a group of professional orchestral musicians who come together for the sheer joy and pleasure of making music, and sharing the experience with others. Originally formed to perform a concert series in Provence, France, they have stayed together and plan to travel again. Their sparkling and entertaining program includes the standard quartet repertoire, including works by Canadian composers as well as folk, fiddle and popular show tunes.

Each member is also a member of the Rose Orchestra, Brampton.  They are:  Violinist Andrea Currie Jefferson, violinist Leona Davidson, violist Barbara Hart and cellist David Rodrigo.

Special treat 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Cyril Williams
Cyril has been married for 19 years, he has a daughter, a brother and a sister. Cyril started his career in retail, worked for Walmart in Halifax, moved into operations. This was an exciting time for him. After five years he decided to start his own business. He started a business called Triton. Triton is a company that does background checks to ensure you have the most suitable staff members on your team when you are looking to bring new hires into your company. Cyril is very fortunate with everything he has done.
Cyril likes fishing and hunting, he has always enjoyed social events and always worked for charitable organizations. He enjoys the things we do for our community. As a matter of fact, he worked for the Rib and Roll before he was a Rotarian.
Cyril had a chance to look at all the Rotary Clubs in Brampton and decided to join the Rotary Club of Brampton. He is very proud and pleased to be a Rotarian.
Thank you, Cyril, for choosing our Club.
Classification Talk Rita Gayle 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Jays outing 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
With over 600 people in attendance Rita received the most prestigious award from Knox Past Students Association (her former high school) for her dedication to the Association and her community work which includes my work with The Rotary Club of Brampton and the Brampton YMCA. Congratulations Rita.
Community service award 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to PDG Norm Bindon for winning the John Huether Award and to Pres John Sanderson for winning the Bonnie Yagar Award, both prestigious Volunteer MBC awards, at the V Oscars last week. #NationalVolunteerWeek2018
V Oscars 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Monday, April 16  2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
District assembly  2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Norm and Badar with 3 others travelled to Pakistan for two weeks in January on a polio immunization trip. While polio was the stated reason for the trip they spent as much time and effort on literacy and health. Their trip took them first to Karachi, then to Islamabad and finally to Lahore.
In Karachi they visited two large hospital including the free Indus Hospital and several Rotary sponsored clinics. They then immunized children at the Railway station and even on the train. Between trains immunization took place in an adjacent park.
Islamabad was a repeat with clinics and immunization in a local village. A highlight was a visit to Canada House and the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Perry Calderwell. The High Commissioner visited us for lunch at Rotary in Brampton a few weeks later. Then on to Lahore for a repeat. In all three cities they visited Rotary sponsored schools and gave out 'End Polio Now' note books.
Both Norm and Badar commented on the amazing hospitality. They did about 18 make-ups and interacted with Rotarians from about 15 other clubs. In each city they were home hosted and chauffeured to their various events and immunization sites.
Pakistan does not need us to do polio immunization. They have a very well organized system that targets bus stations, railway stations and highways entering the cities as well as schools and clinics.  But they want us there so we can learn and return home with the message. We are very close but not quite there yet. And as Vanora, who recently did polio immunization in Mexico, said in thanking the speakers, "Giving those Two Small Drops" is an emotional experience the first time and every time you do it.
A trip to Pakistan 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Denis Stephenson
Denis is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Brampton. He is also a Paul Harris award winner. Denis is the oldest and most experienced, both oldest in the club and age. Denis was born in London, Ontario and raised in Hamilton. He was educated at Toronto University and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. He met his wife in Hamilton and they will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary which is the reason they have recently completed a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii and other countries.
Denis has three children all middle age now, the oldest son lives in Midland. His daughter Lisa, a former member of The Rotary Club of Brampton is a trainer of many hospitals in Ontario. His youngest son teaches law at Conestoga College. Denis has three grandsons.
Denis did his first classification talk in 1976. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, he worked for a can company. After two years he was sent to Hamilton. He was moved to Assistant Manager, HR Dept then was transferred to Brampton in 1957. He moved back unto productions then. In 1976 he was made Plant Manager at Dixie Cup Div. In 1979 he went to Sheridan College.
At Sheridan College, the work was hard but enjoyable. He was in administration at the Davis Campus for six years. He spent the last nine years as a Senior Professor in the teaching world. Denis retired in 1999 then worked for another year and has been retired for 18 years.
Denis has been involved in theatre all his life. He has directed more than two dozen productions, six of them musicals. He has always had fun and he has acted in 30 or more productions. He has also done piano playing on and off all his life.
Denis joined Rotary in 1976. He has served on the Board of Directors a couple of times. He enjoyed being President. When he started, there were 85 members, all men. Rotary got smart and opened to women and it’s so much better now as this has changed the atmosphere of the club and he is extremely pleased to see how the club has changed over the years.
Re-classification Talk Rita Gayle 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris evening 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary member Tim Lockhart presented on what are wills and powers of attorneys and why it is important to get them. Tim included a few stories where people did not have wills and powers and how it lead to very bad circumstances. Tim then answered many questions Rotarians had on different aspects of wills and powers.
Wills and Powers of Attorney 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Mustafa's personal trip to the Base Camp, Mount Everest. It takes 12 days (9 1/2 days to go up as air is quite thin and 2 1/2 days to come back down). Mustafa and his wife Tara have been on other climbing/hiking expeditions (Inca Trail in Peru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in Africa). Tara was not able to make this trip.
Mustafa at Base Camp 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
R. Brock Godfrey – Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Mr. Godfrey. from The Canadian Anti -Fraud Centre, was invited back to the Rotary Club of Brampton to present Part Two, Password Security. Last Fall Mr. Godfrey presented Scams and Forgeries.
There are some scary statics re computer crime. Investment scams is one of the top scams. York Regional Police warn of bad groups wanting payment in bitcoins, be careful about that.
Computer Security – Tips for staying safe on line
  1. Clean up your passwords
  2. Update your devices
  3. Back up your files
  4. Watch out for booby-trapped ATMs when out shopping
  5. Beware of login links in emails
  6. Look for the padlock in the URL bar when shopping online
  7. Watch out for bogus courier emails
  8. Don’t email your credit card details
  9. Turn off Flash on your devices
  10. Change default passwords before using new home video devices
  11. Think before you share on social media
  12. Upgrade the software on new devices before using them
Hackers get hold of your passwords when you use the same passwords on different sites. Change your passwords often, don’t leave them lying around, don’t share, be mysterious, the longer the better. Put numerical characters in. Keep passwords safe.
It’s important to share your passwords with your family in case something should happen to you. You can keep passwords on computer as long as you encrypt them. There is a Password Manager App that goes on your computer or mobile device. Look for the best password manager on line. The top manager is Dashlane. That’s the one Google uses for employees all over the world. Google has another free one called Advance Protection. It’s free and it’s good. Google Two Step Verification – Go to google, click on gmail, type in first password, a voice will give you a six-digit number, type in as your second password. It’s free and safe.
Free WIFI is extremely dangerous. Never do your banking using free WIFI.  You need a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you have a VPN, it’s encrypted and your password cannot be stolen. When you buy Cloud Storage, you can process from any computer.
Password Security Rita Gayle 2018-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Brampton is pleased to help support Perpetual Bazaar. It was an honour to present this cheque to President Kat on behalf of #Brampton.
While visiting  Perpetual Bazaar, Kat proudly showed me Rotary Club of Brampton's plaque hanging on their store wall. It dates back to 1983.
Perpetual Bazaar 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Imagine a World Without Poverty
Our speaker today is Peter Schaafsma. Peter lived in Brampton for a while and has one daughter who went on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in 1984. He is a Board Member and Chairman of Holland Christian Homes.
Business people all over the world are on fire about ending poverty. They are passionate about growing businesses that create good jobs, serve their community and strengthen their country.
Business training, mentoring, access to capital and advocacy are the key ingredients for sustained business success. Relationships rooted in work, faith, hope and love create deep change and build community. When business people integrate these in partnership, remarkable things begin to happen. Businesses create jobs that support families and serve the community. Healthy families and communities support and sustain the very business that serves them.
Agencies providing relief after disasters, humanitarian during and after war, agencies providing medical relief, celebrity concerts raising funds DOES NOT WORK. What people need is, they no longer want to be excluded. Peter showed a video on how to empower and encourage people to create sustainable jobs.
Partners Worldwide connects volunteer business, trade people and professionals from North America, Europe with entrepreneurs and business people in developing countries to create and grow sustainable jobs. They provide mentoring opportunities, supply equipment in desperate situations, i.e. Haiti Earthquake, provide agricultural solutions.
How does Partners Worldwide operate?
  • H.O. in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • U.S. Board of business
  • Regional boards in Canada, Asia, Africa
  • Training in accounting, business plans, marketing and sales, human resources etc.
  • Mentoring
Peter Schaafsma – Partners Worldwide Rita Gayle 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Deborah's Robinson presenting a flag from RC of of Nassau Bahamas
Flag presentation David Clement 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Flag presentation David Clement 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
President John exchanges banners with Dr. Samuel B. Nisbet from RC of St. Kitts.
Banner exchange 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Outbound students
Congratulations to outbound students who will be leaving in July 2018 as follows:
Veronica Barnes (from Bolton) sponsored by The Rotary Club of Brampton is going to Italy
Chloe Kostynyk (from Caledon East) sponsored by The Rotary Club of Bolton is going to Austria
Liam Wark (from Brampton) sponsored by The Rotary Club of Mississauga West is going to Brazil.
These are amazing opportunities for these youth exchange students and the Rotary Club of Brampton wish them great success in their various countries over the next year.
Youth Exchange Rita Gayle 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Annette Rusnell – Cultural Anthropology and Rotary’s International Projects
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Dr. Annette Rusnell. Annette is a member of the Rotary Club since August 2016 and is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Brampton South as well as the President Elect for a second year.  Annette originated from Germany where she studied and graduated with a PhD in cultural anthropology.
Education is one of the main pillars of Rotary. We have to be aware of the resources we have to be aware of cultural codes. How well are we aware of Canadian codes? Local people may not be aware of their cultural codes. We are not aware of many things in our own society. Ask questions of needs, how they want to proceed. If we are doing an International project, it’s always good to work with someone on the other end.
To successfully execute our international projects, involvement of local Rotary Group help define objective as required by their society, help working with local authorities, help us to understand how best to execute a project, help us to understand their cultural codes and help us to understand Dos and DONTs.
We want to market Rotary by successfully executing International Projects. Prepare yourself not only with cloth, toothbrush and vaccines but also by learning aforehand about the culture in which you plan to operate.
Rotary Club of Brampton South Rita Gayle 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Carole safe
with family
A great big thank you to everyone who joined our search for Carole. We had people on the streets, making phone calls, manning a “command centre” and posting and reposting on social media. This is a prime example of “Rotary In Action” and we can be proud of what we have accomplished together.
Special thanks to Peel Regional Police, national news outlets including CP24, CTV, Global and 680 News for giving Carole high priority.
There are many of you who are understandably concerned about Carole and want to hear from either Carole or her family. John Sanderson and I (Vanora Spreen) are in contact with the Berry's and are waiting for them to let us know the appropriate time for individual phone calls and/or visits. So please be patient and respect the family's need for privacy for a little while longer.
If there is any news to share either John or I will reach out via clubrunner – so check your emails! Thanks again for all your continued support and let's all keep Carole and her family in our thoughts and prayers.
With gratitude,
Vanora Spreen & John Sanderson
Rotary Club of Brampton
Carole found 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
At 10am this morning Club President John Sanderson and Past President Vanora Spreen met with Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans and other detectives during a news briefing at Carls Catering – The Glen to update us on our missing friend, Carole Berry.
Police Chief Evans has assured us that police are doing everything they can and are in constant communication with all GTA news media outlets. Everyone is encouraged to place the Peel Police poster on their websites and other social media platforms. CTV and CP24 have been providing updated announcements and have aired the interview on TV to report Carole’s disappearance. So far, there is nothing new to report. Many family members, friends, and volunteers are out in the community searching for Carole and her car. Police say that finding her car is key to assisting them is narrowing the search area. They recommend searching parking lots and surrounding streets near or around parks.
Please post and share the attached Peel Regional Police flyer to your various social media accounts, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and if possible please post in your place of work or areas where a lot of people congregate, such as Tim Hortons, McDonalds, shopping malls, etc.
President John has setup a command centre located at 176 Main Street South in Brampton (The old Coffee Time donut shop located next to the Esso gas Station. If you are able to volunteer we ask that you call John Sanderson at 416-697-6800 or Vanor Spreen at 416-988-3562 and we can assign search areas to you.
Once again a big thank you to everyone who came out today and is assisting in the search for Carole.
We will keep you posted as soon as we know more. 
President John Sanderson
Carole Berry 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Our friend and fellow Rotarian Carole Berry has been missing since Thursday morning. 
Please continue to share far & wide on your social media accounts.

Call Peel Police 905-453-2121 x2233 if you have seen Carole, her vehicle or have any information.
Last seen Elgin & Hwy 10 area
#Brampton #MissingPerson
Carole Berry 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
The Immigrant Child
The Rotary Club of Brampton celebrates Black History Month with Nadine Williams, delivering poetry “The Immigrant Child”. Nadine is a Poet and Author and was the recipient of the Deeds Speak Award from York Regional Police and has several certificates of recognition including Community Service from York Regional Police.
We also welcome Margaret Corion, Senior Case Manager at the Office of the Independent Review Director who talked about mediation services available to complainants and police officers who agree to address a complaint through mediation. Margaret has held investigative, adjudicative and oversight positions in several Ontario Public Service organizations. She has been a volunteer with St. Stephen’s Community House, Conflict Resolution and Training for over 25 years as a lead mediator and an associate lead trainer.
An Agency of the Attorney General receive over 3000 complaints each year and the Office of the Independent Review Director try to resolve them by having intimate conversations with Police Officers through mediation. The Police are doing good work in this Province; they are professionals.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Rita Gayle 2018-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
You are invited
You are invited to meet with and hear from the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.
Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan
Feb 15, 2018 12:00 PM  - Feb 15, 2018 1:30 PM
The Glen
1857 Queen Street West
Brampton, ON Canada
L6Y 0B6
A unique opportunity to Hear the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan
While in Islamabad, Pakistan the 7080 Rotary Polio National Immunization Day Team met the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, His Excellency Perry John Calderwood.  The High Commissioner is an excellent friend to Rotary and has agreed to speak to a group of Rotarians and business leaders during his visit to Canada. Invitations will be extended to all Rotarians, the Pakistani Business Community, the Brampton and Mississauga Boards of Trade, the mayors of those cities and the Mayor of the Town of Caledon.  Please register early.  Registration is limited to 125 persons and closes at midnight on February 13.
​Please indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions in the comment box on the registration page.  Cost is $35 and must be paid online to complete registration.
Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan. Norm Bindon 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Protecting those Who Protect Us:
Gary Rubie, who served as a member of Peel Regional Police for 33 years  working in special services, undercover and investigative, retired in 2017, spoke to the Brampton Rotary Club on “Badge of Life Canada”. 
Gary’s mission is to raise the profile of “Badge of Life Canada” as the voice of those police and correctional personnel across Canada who struggle in silence regarding operational stress injuries, post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention.
These police officers provide “service above self” through their work. 
Gary told his story tied with the need to support police and corrections personnel who are dealing with psychological injuries diagnosed from their service, through his own personal journey tied with post traumatic growth.
Gary has been recognized from the public with countless letters of appreciation, police and received eight awards including:  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario Provincial Award, Special Event Award of Excellence, Police Exemplary Service Medal, Police Service Board Awards, etc. 
Gary was the first and only Peel Police Officer to have received a full disability pension from the W.S.I.B for job related post-traumatic stress, which almost cost him his life. 
For those that protect us, let’s help protect them through their healing journey.  Silence is a Killer.
Interested in knowing Gary Rubie’s story go to: and those interested in supporting “Badge of Life Canada”, a peer-led charitable volunteer organization go to
Badge of Life Canada Jayne Pilot 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
A tribute to Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, a Scottish poet, song writer and lyricist, celebrated worldwide and today, January 22nd  the Brampton Rotary commemorated his life.  He was born January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland and died July 21, 1796 and is the national poet of Scotland. 
President John Sanderson called upon Past President Steve McRobinson to say the Selkirk Grace before the piping of the Haggis was brought in with Paul Federico and his son Chris Federico.   The presentation was spectacular with the address to the Haggis by Paul and the bearers-John McMullen, Matthew McSamatas. 
Special thank you to Jerome McDawson for organizing the event and the special reading of Robbie Burns poetry: “My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose, The Winter of Life, Scotch Drink, My Bonnie Bell, Burn’s Poem to Jean Armour.   The Toast to the Lassie’s was read by Jim McInglis and the response to the Toast from Lassie Vanora MacSpreen.  The luncheon at the Glenn ended with singing Robert Burn’s best known works “Auld Lang Syne”. 
Celebrating Rabbie Burns Jayne Pilot 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Gord reported that $15,000 was raised at the LCBO Sandalwood Salvation Army kettle and they are up $10,000 from last year. Thanks to all who volunteered.
Toss a Toonie 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Pearson Airport – Our Neighbour
The speakers today are Kathryn and Dereck. Kathryn leads the community outreach team connecting with Toronto Pearson’s neighbours around the GTA. Dereck Gray is a steward of the environment program at Toronto Pearson.
The vision of Pearson Airport is to be the best airport in the world. It is managed and operated by GTAA since 1996. As a global hub airport, Toronto Pearson does more than just connect passengers to places. It connects people with jobs, our neighbours to opportunities, and investments to the region.
Toronto Pearson is Canada and North America’s natural gateway to the world. Each day, more than 120,000 passengers travel to or through their doors. Over the past decade, Toronto Pearson has expanded its operations to serve the region’s residents and businesses. In the next eight years, they are looking to moving to 80 million passengers (now 44.3 mill). Growth, however, can have an impact especially on surrounding communities. With their new Noise Management Action Plan, the culmination of two years of extensive study and consultation, they intend to make Toronto Pearson an international leader in aviation noise management.
Environmental services: They utilize a management system (ISO 14001) approach to mitigate the environmental impacts of airport and airport operations. Their main focus is climate change, reducing their impact and adapting to the changing climate. There are concerns about everything we breathe in.
How can they make sure they listen to the priorities of their neighbours?
Through community outreach, community investment and noise management.
The following are Pearson Airport’s ten commitments to the community:
  • Collaborate better as an Industry
  • Work smarter with the communities
  • Protect their neighbours
  • Help the neighbours sleep better
  • Have Canada’s quietest fleet
  • Do more to understand their impacts
  • Limit surprises
  • Continue to take care of the environment
  • Life up the communities
  • Always look for opportunities to improve
Pearson vision Rita Gayle 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Steve Allin – The Journey Neighbourhood Centre
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Steve Allin from the Journey Neighbourhood Centre. Rotary has been a tremendous support. The Journey is committed to bringing hope and transformation to the Ardglen/Orenda communities, working alongside children, youth and families, as they take positive steps in their lives. When you work with people who are challenged in life, we need to bring hope first.
Ardglen captured their heart, $360,000 raised to help families restart after the fire that left 18 families homeless. You have to build trust with the community, without trust you can’t do anything.
Last year a provincial grant was received to establish a second center in the Orenda Court neighbourhood and they took possession of a ground floor apartment unit at 80 Orenda Court. Since then they have established their presence in Orenda with a series of events, community and agency meetings and most importantly the launching of programs within the community.
Peel, our neighbourhood, has a young population, more lone parent families, lower income, lower home ownership and higher mobility. The objective for this year is to concentrate on challenges connecting with families.
With the Rotary support, the Journey is making a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families of the Ardglen/Orenda neighbourhood, as well as enriching the lives of those who lead, volunteer and serve.
The Journey Rita Gayle 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Children's Christmas Party 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Coin Show
120 people attended and we made over $4000. Willard thanked all those who volunteered for this event.
We made $2500 with a 20 yr. total of over $16,000. There are great things planned for next year. Matt thanked all those who participated and donated.

Fundraising Rita Gayle 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Children’s Christmas party is planned for Sunday, December 17th at Century Garden. As usual, volunteers are needed to make this event run smoothly, please come out and help.
Children’s Christmas Party Rita Gayle 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
My Life in Brazil
Lucas, our Exchange Student, is no stranger to our club as each week he joins our meetings with weekly updates. Club members are all impressed with Lucas; he has achieved so much in such little time in Canada.
Lucas lives in Marilia, Brazil. He lives with his Mom and brother. Houses in Brazil are closed door, behind the garage, for security reasons.
24 years ago, Lucas’ Mom was an Exchange Student with the Rotary Club of Terrace, (D5040 – BC, Canada) and she is the main reason Lucas is an Exchange Student now. She is his inspiration. Mom works as a Foreign Trade Analyst.
Lucas is passionate about traveling. He traveled a lot when he was young playing baseball. He loves cooking, reading, technology, music and going to concerts.
His classes in Brazil start at 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. then he would walk home for 25 minutes. When he has classes in the afternoon, he would stay at school and have lunch downtown. Lucas was a volunteer teacher at school, in Math, Physics and Geography. His school was named as having the best school system in Brazil. The teachers and staff in Brazil are really close to the students, unlike here. There are 50 students to a class and Lucas was class Rep. and Project Manager in the whole high school. In Brazil the students cannot chose courses like here and they do not have to pay for University.  
Rotary 4510 sponsored Lucas. There are 69 clubs in his district.      .
Lucas was born in Sao Paulo, the “Land of Drizzle”. On Sundays they close the avenue for people to socialize. Brazil’s capital is called Brasilia. The population is 207.7 Mill, the 6th largest in the world. Brazil’s culture is:
  • Portuguese colonization
  • Indigenous and Africans
  • Immigrants (Italian)
  • German/Japanese
  • Christian
The majority of people speak Portuguese. Their food include a national cocktail caipirinha made with sugar and lime, Churrasco, a Brazilian BBQ that uses a variety of meats, pork, sausage and chicken, and Pastel, their typical fast food made of cheese, meat and chicken.
Brazil is not all about soccer and carnival, it’s well known for their art by famous artist, Tasila do Amaral.
In Canada, Lucas has been to the CN Tower, Rotary District Conference, Invictus Games, and Fireworks in Toronto and has experienced his first snowstorm. Lucas thanked Rotary for this incredible experience and thanks to all host families, especially the Mocons.
Exchange Student Lucas Kobashi do Anjos Rita Gayle 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Once again the Interact Club at Central Peel Secondary School is collecting warm socks, hats, and scarves for homeless folk.  They are asking Rotarians to contribute warm items.
Harinder Sohi, Club liaison to this Interact Club, will collect items for the next two weeks and delivery to CPSS.  Please bring warm items to warm the toes and fingers of those less fortunate.
If you prefer to give a token gift of cash, it can purchase needed items.  Thank you.
TOASTY TOES Carole Berry 2017-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Our guest speaker Rosetta Tombram-Jarvis from Peel Elder Abuse Network  explained that it is a group of 45 agencies who collaborate to provided education and assistance to seniors in the Peel Region.
The goal of PEAPEN is to help older adults achieve an optimal quality of life.
By calling 211 information can be obtained on legal, financial and health care matters.
PEAPEN educates seniors about safety health and wellness, and  makes them aware of elder abuse, an by conducting workshops and through training videos they have created.

The definition of elder abuse is any action or deliberate inaction by a person in a position of trust which violates a senior's right to feel safe.
Older aduts are the fastest growing age group in Canada.
Their increased age expectancy does not necessarily mean an improved quality of life.
There have been 15,000 cases of elder abuse reported in Peel in the areas of physical or psychological abuse, neglect or financial abuse.
Isolation, dependency and lack of mobility contribute to the risk of being abused. Some seniors are afraid to speak up because of  the fear of being sent to an institution, or being regarded as a bad parent to their children who are their caregivers.
Some indicators of elder abuse are physical signs, changes in personality, or withdrawing from social settings.
To help, we can be the eyes and the ears for our elderly neighbours.
Peel Elder Abuse Network    Mari-Anne Tate 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
President John  announced the RC of Brampton was asked if they would  assist with Brampton Hockey Gives Back when Brampton hosts Hometown Hockey in March.

Date: March 10 - 11

Location: Garden Square
12 Main St N,
Brampton, ON
L6V 1N6


Saturday 12pm-6pm
Sunday 12pm-10pm
Hometown Hockey 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Brampton raised a total of $1,378 from outreach activities at Brampton events.  This included the Wm. Osler Foundation EID Luncheon, YMCA Diwali Festival and the Brampton City Hall World Polio Day  event with the other four Rotary Clubs in Brampton.   These donations will be topped up and $3,000 will now be sent to the Rotary Foundation.
Bringing our informative display and Rotarians to these events, along with the Canada Pavilion at Carabram, raised significant awareness that immunization must continue to ensure eradication of polio.  Reported cases of wild polio remain at 8 this year, with Pakistan and Afghanistan still vulnerable. 
However, it is important to remember that immunization must be continued to maintain our success.   Two NID event (National Immunization Day) will be held in early 2018 through District 7080.  Norm Bindon and Badar Shamim will participate in aNID in Pakistan.  Another group is returning to Mexico.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our efforts  – by donating, by collecting donations from colleagues and clients, staffing our display – and wearing the End Polio Now pin.   We look forward to the announcement that we have indeed eradicated polio – and will “make history”.
Carole Berry, Polio Chair
RC Brampton
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Thanks to all who participated in the outreach and City Hall event – Stephanie Beaumier, Deborha Robinson, Vanora Spreen, John Sanderson, Willard and Sandra Burton, Amolak Dhindsa, Vijay Kotamarti  Lucas Kobashi and Carole Berry.
Polio Update Carole Berry 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Luisa reported that the Exchange Students from other Rotary Clubs joined them and all had lots of fun. Thanks to Maryanne for helping with the set up. The students had the opportunity to tour City Hall.
Jim thanked everyone who volunteered to build the float.
Wendell thanked all who helped with the BBQ and thanks to Carl’s Catering for donating the hot chocolate.
Children’s Christmas Party
This will be held Sunday, December 17, 2017, details to follow.
Santa Clause Parade  Rita Gayle 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Prabjot Kainth - Planet One Foundation
Prabjot is in environmental studies and has been working on Cancer Crisis for the past three years without any help or funding.
In India, they have started using more and more pesticides to grow more foods to feed the entire nation. In almost every household you will find cancer patients in as young as two months old. In their drinking water there is uranium, fluoride and arsenic. The small children are suffering from arthritis; men and women are not able to produce a child.
Prabjot has been working at a small village called Arnetu, which is located in Patiala District, Punjab, with a total of 464 families and a population of 2400. In this village there are kids with all sorts of deformities. There is a small river that runs through the village that has human waste so the people are drinking unclean water. Kids are crying for help and they are in very, very bad shape. No one is paying any attention to them; the local MPs are ignoring the situation. Prabjot has raised only $2000 so far.
Goals include:
  • Collection of health data
  •  Installation of water purification systems
  •  Rain water harvesting in all the schools and universities
  • Utilization of village stagnant water for irrigation
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Green corridor Buffer Zone in Punjab’s affected area
Punjab’s Deadly Water Crisis Rita Gayle 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Santa Claus Parade 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Jayne Pilot, President of Pilot Performance Resources Management Inc. and Director with the Rotary Club of Brampton was the guest speaker on “United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals” on Monday, November 13th.   The presentation outlined the business challenges organizations have today with operational excellence, productivity, compliance, supply chain, data management and globalization.
During the 20th century, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to now 7.5 billion.  By 2050, Jayne said the world will have to feed 9 billion people, extend housing and services to 2 billion new urban residents and provide universal access to affordable energy, and do so while bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions to a level that makes a sustainable future. 
At the same time, floods, droughts, sea-level rise, threats to water and food security and the frequency of natural disasters will intensify, threatening to push 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years.   The impact of global warming will impact current crop models due to extreme temperatures and new invading pests and diseases.  Canada, Russia and Scandinavia will be the ideal growing conditions for most of the world’s subsistence crops, Jayne showed in a map from British Journal “New Scientist”.  What are we doing in Canada to develop Agriculture????
Now countries need to develop more sustainable energy and transport systems, strengthen the resilience of their cities and prepare people, public service and infrastructure for climate shocks to come.
The United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals were presented and Jayne asked, “What is Missing?”      “Waste”, she said and the management of it.   We need to support the Circular economy and look at waste as a resource. 
She also spoke about the water vs. energy crises and that fixing energy is easier than water shortage. 
It was surprising to note that 1/3 of all food produced is wasted.  Marks & Spencer in the UK started a program to distribute thousands of tonnes of surplus food under a scheme that uses social networking “Neighbourly App” to link all its 500 stores to local charities, including food banks.    Cutting food waste by a ¼ would mean enough for everyone says UN.    Where there is food surplus, put it to the best possible use.  What can we do in Brampton?
Improvements in sustainability have been made,  in fact a report showed that over 180,000 consumer goods have been reformulated.    The Green Building Programs have also made a positive change in energy use, water and waste.
What “Pilot Project” are you doing to drive sustainability? was the challenge given before by the speaker to all of us.
United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Tickets will be available from Carole at today's meeting. 
Rotaract  2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Grant Zettle from Colony Lincoln presented a cheque from Lincoln Canada $3800 and Colony Lincoln $3800 to President John following the successful test drive fundraiser.
Test Drive 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Coin Show 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
A special Quint "Evening" Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Carl's Catering The Glen  involving our Quint Clubs (Bramalea, Brampton South, Flower City, Heart Lake and Brampton Club). Our guest speakers were the Hon. William G. Davis and  Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist, author, documentary producer and currently anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program "The Agenda with Steve Paikin"
Quint Meeting 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Our outreach/fundraising campaign for Polio Eradication has been very good this year.  We have been to four events with displays and information, and raised funds, too.
If you collected any donations from friends or colleagues last week (remember we were asking for a twonnie or cup of coffee) on October 24, please bring your donations in today.  
We can then provide a full report on these activities to continue to raise awareness.  
Polio campaign Carole Berry 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Vishwanath Pulle from RC Ponteland (Newcastle upon Tyne) UK and Rotarian Antonio Sylvia from Brazil. 
BCCF's Jim Boyd makes a  cheque presentation to President John. 
Exchange student Lucas and Luisa updating on Youth Exchange. 
Past President Vanora presenting on the Club Visioning
A mixed bag 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Picture from 2013
It is that time of year again ... MOVEMBER ...  please follow the link below and sign up for our Rotary Club of Brampton Movember page and become a MoBrother or MoSister ...
We need to take action and help ... Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.
Matt Samatas
RCB Movember Chair
Movember Matthew Samatas 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Transformational Transit for Toronto
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Brian Crombie, Chair, Toronto Transit Alliance, Transformational Transit for Toronto.  Mr. Crombie has an MBA from Harvard. He has worked in large companies as CFO and he is a passionate speaker. He also mentors on social entrepreneurship. Some interesting surveys were done and the number one issue is commute. In the last 20 years, no attention has been paid to the role of cities.  As animal increase in mass, their metabolism wears off.  Cities follow in the opposite, as the population increases, metabolism increases. Cities are important and it’s all about connectivity.
Congestion in Toronto is unbelievable, the city has gone from tenth best to the fourth worst. Mr. Crombie gave a few comparisons such as Los Angeles which was the most congested in the world is now one of the best, how did they get it do? They talk about work, jobs, lifestyle and connectivity.  London was losing jobs, wanted to maintain status so they need to have transit which is now one of the best with high amount of investment expansion since 1989.  In Toronto we have to have a vision and it starts with connectivity which is an indicator of a passenger’s ability to use more than one transit system for a single trip.  When effective, good connectivity improves transit trips.
In 1956 there was a plan to build five speeds to Toronto but the plan did not materialize, just think how different it would have been if we had implemented that plan. We have many plans but there is no consistent effort and commitment to get it done.  For Toronto we have to talk about western freight bypass which will give all day two way go Brampton/Georgetown. Lisgar Station to Bramalea St was never done. Brampton is one of the most congested cities.  We should expect two to three million population increase in GTA the next ten years, we cannot stand still, we have to do something.  Another solution is to have a Union Station West, this would solve some of the congestion we have in Toronto.  There is $11B loss in productivity sitting in traffic.
Ideas moving forward should include a new national dream for the 21st century, a national transit transportation strategy, transformational transit for Toronto to bring the Great back in GTA.
Brian Crombie, Toronto Transit Alliance Rita Gayle 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Steve Paikin guest speaker
A special Quint "Evening" Meeting is planned on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Carl's Catering The Glen  involving our Quint Clubs (Bramalea, Brampton South, Flower City, Heart Lake and Brampton Club). 
The evening will begin with fellowship and networking at 6pm with our program starting at 6:30 pm, so please plan on arriving on time.
Our guest speaker will be Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist, author, documentary producer and currently anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program "The Agenda with Steve Paikin".
The menu will include Roast Beef with a vegetarian option.  If you require vegetarian, please let us know when you respond.  The cost for active club members will be covered by the club. The cost for "Pay As You Go" and all other guests will be $50.00 per person. Please bring the exact amount or a cheque payable to The Rotary Club of Brampton.
As we need to provide numbers for catering purposes, please give this matter your immediate attention and advise as soon as possible as to whether you will be attending or not.  Please reply directly to Stu at, including the number of guests in your party.
If you completed the sign-up sheet passed around on Monday you need not reply.
Please note that we are still holding our regular lunch meeting on Monday, November 6th which will be our Remembrance Day Presentation.
Quint meeting 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Josh reports on how successful the Diwali event was that Rotary supported at the YMCA on Oct 14. Good news.
Diwali 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Mike presents plaque on behalf of Peel Regional Police recognizing our club's support for Special Olympics held this past summer in Peel Region.
Special Olympics 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Lucas Kobashi our exchange student from Brazil gives his weekly report.Great job Lucas.
Youth Exchange 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Kathi Dick along with Timothy, Past Pres Vanora Spreen and President John Sanderson all assisted DG Kathi in the induction of our newest member Cyril Williams.Welcome Cyril.

New Member 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Ricky Brar, DC, CPMP - Functional Medicine Practitioner
Carole Berry introduced Ricky Brar, noting that her own ill health is being resolved as a client of Living Proof.  She has three autoimmune diseases which were not being treated effectively resulting in much frustration.  Since she met Ricky, her health has really turned around and she is "becoming proof".  Dr. Brar lives in Brampton and is an avid hockey player.
Described as the future of health care, Ricky Brar noted that 38% of diagnoses for poor health are wrong, leading  to the wrong treatment.   Most often the root cause of ill-health is inflammation, toxicity and infection.  Sometimes you may feel healthy, but out of nowhere symptoms such as acid reflux and digestive problems hit.  Triggers can be infections, and chronic disease processes which move into a degenerative phase or autoimmune diseases.
In children infectious diseases may come from environmental factors, food supply as well as genetics.  Currently the Canadian health care system is using testing methods which are 100 years old and mostly ineffective. 
Dr. Brar is the head of the Living Proof Institute, located at Square One, Mississauga.  He has a 14 member team of functional medicine practitioners with diverse skills, including pharmacy, nutrition, lifestyle coach, etc,  who operate in a team approach.  He is a clinical mentor to physicians and travels across Canada lecturing on functional medicine.  This is not funded by OHIP.  Client pay a sliding scale fee depending on services needed.  
He described his own 15 year journey from ill-health starting in his teens.  In grade 10 he had digestive problems and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.   Experiencing anxiety, he gradually lost weight to 128 lbs, could not attend classes and yet his blood tests always were "normal".  
When he found a functional medicine practitioner, when he was in university, more detailed testing showed he had a parasitic infection, was not digesting fats (hence the weight loss),  his citric acid cycle was not working and he had an overgrowth of H Pilori bacteria.
He regenerated his system through aligning his diet, scheduling regular meals, mindfulness exercises, microbio balancers (supplements).  He decided to train as a Functional Medicine Practitioner after completing his chiropractic training.   Now at a weight of 169 lbs he feels well, has no anxiety and  lots of energy, found a life purpose in functional medicine  practice, and feels very motivated to share his knowledge with others.
A new client of Living Proof Institute will complete a comprehensive history (46 page), and undergo testing.  A client must commit to taking personal responsibility for health and a personalized lifestyle plan is developed in consultation with the Living Proof team.  Tests not covered by OHIP and are processed in the US, so this is a cost to the client.
Dr. Brar noted that the Canadian Medical Association noted that of $30 billion paid on health care each year, 43% of this budget goes to hospitals, 27% to physicians, 15% to drgs and 15% to long-term care.  50% of funding goes to 5% of the consumers.  This is unsustainable as the population ages.  The answer is to work towards absence of disease, which is the goal of functional medicine.  It requires a paradigm shift from treating illness to avoiding disease.
Dr. Brar was thanked by Barry Thorvardson for his interesting presentation.
Living Proof Institute Carole Berry 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Past President Carole Berry and Joshua Cherian at YMCA's Diwali Celebration. 
Celebrating Diwali 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
This year's Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation Opal event presented the Living Legacy Award to David Sharpe. In addition, our own Past President Bob Cranch received The Outstanding Achievement in Community Building Award. Rotary is a sponsor of the event.
Community Building Award 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, presented this great literary event last year and it was a big success. This year, they are hoping to get a lot more people out to hear three fascinating authors talk about their craft and their books, enjoy a light dinner and some wine, and to share some fellowship. And, of course, to raise funds in the process that we can give away to good causes!
Wines and Lines 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Brampton Rotary Interact fundraiser for Peel Memorial William Osler Health System  and William Osler Health System Foundation was a great success! Thank you Colony Ford - Lincoln for providing your cars and once again participating in a test drive fundraiser. Thank you Carls Catering The Glen for hosting the fundraiser and providing delicious peameal bacon sandwiches. Thank you to the many people who came out to take a test drive. Thank you Harinder Malhi for coming out and supporting such a great cause. Last, but not least, thank you to the many many volunteers who helped make this day happen. You all make #BramptonProud.
Brampton Rotary Interact fundraiser 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Drive to Give
Mark your calendar for the Drive to Give campaign on Oct. 14. Every free test drive generates a donation of $100.
Rotary Fundraiser John Sanderson 2017-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Club budget and Organizational structure
At today's meeting the club budget for 2017-18 will be presented and voted on. Club President John Sanderson will also present the Club's Organizational Chart for 2017-18.
Club budget vote today 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday September 19 the Rotaract Club of Brampton welcomed its newest member, Ray.  Here he is being "pinned"
The club now has 10 registered members, some who previously attended RYLA and are now seeking to offer their
leadership skills, and several who have returned for the fall program actvities.  The members were planting trees at Chris Gibson Community
Centre on Saturday September 23 and will be volunteering at the Pow Wow on Sunday, September 24.   
Sravanti Mudunuri and Tanisha Rajput are co Presidents for this very energetic and talented group of Rotaracters.  They plan to meet alternate
Tuesdays from 7 - 10 p.m. Carole Berry is Rotary Liaison to the club.
ROTARACT Carole Berry 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Supporting our HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) display at the Pow Wow. At right Past DG Norm with Jay Lomax, John's son.
Brampton Pow Wow David Clement 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Making a difference
JEFFRY Cadorette, a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Media, P.A. since 1977 and presently Rotary International Director 2018-20 delivered a very inspiring talk. He talked about Rotary making a difference by enhancing awareness, better understand measure, increase impact, understand and pursue opportunities. We need to innovate, adapt and respond to stay relevant and we need more members.
Rotary is not immune to becoming obsolete, we need to adapt to get us where we need to be. If you do not have a strategic plan for your club, you need to get one in place. Rotary International is a resource to help with this process. We cannot become obsolete! Much is about self-awareness; most of our clubs are welcoming to us, maybe not to the people that we need to replace us going forward. We need to meet the next generation where they are, not where we are. He talked about how the youth experience will change their lives forever and we need the youth to be partners in world peace and we are proud to have them as part of this organization. We need the prospective energy of the youth and the light that they shine on the world.
Peace Through Music
The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra delivered two hours of beautiful music conducted by Mark Vuorinen an Assistant Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College and Maesto Denis Mastromonaco who has worked with orchestras nationally and internationally. These conductors talked about music and how it is good for you. A choir build relationships, create special bonds and you are better able to cope with stress. Singing provides a positive benefit on heart health. When we sing, we announce our existence. You cannot sing a song and not change your condition.
Exchange Students on stage at the Conf, including our own - Lucas Kobashi dos Anjos from Brazil. 
Rotary District 7080 2017 Conference Rita Gayle 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Humanitarian Work in Africa
Our guest speaker today is Heather McPhail. Heather is involved in Interact, she is a former Youth Exchange Student and highly involved in volunteering. She was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Award in November 2013.
Last year, Heather decided to take time off and did some wildlife humanitarian work for three weeks. She went to Africa and the desire to do so started at a Rotary meeting. She left in November, did a three- week world-win safari and went to South Africa. Her first stop was in Victoria Falls, Zambia where she experienced Devils Pool. During the drier months of the year, the Zambezi River drops quite substantially, and from mid August to mid January it is possible to walk along the lip of the falls. This can only be done from the Zambian side. If you ever decide to visit Victoria Falls, always go in the dry season.
Heather did a safari to three National Parks: Chope National Park, Okavango Delta Park and Kalahari National Park. For the entire trip, the temperature was 40 degrees Celsius. She then moved on to Botswana and commented on the indigenous people. There are 100,000 Bushmen in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Angola. They are the indigenous people of southern Africa and they have lived there for tens of thousands of years. Like everywhere, the indigenous people are mistreated.
Namibia has the tallest dunes in the world. She did some hiking in Cape Town, South Africa, which is absolutely beautiful. In KwaZulu Natal Heather experienced real wildlife. In South Africa she went to a private reserve where all the animals are fenced in. The Wildlife Act provides free services of tracking the animals. Collars with GPS go on most of the animals.
As a volunteer, Heather had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to go out and monitor the animals. Being able to find the animals and sit with them was so much more exciting than just taking pictures. As a volunteer, Heather had to count the elephants that can completely immerse themselves under water. During her time there, 26 dogs escaped, they had to be sedated and brought back into the park. It was wonderful to be outside, in the rain, the sunshine and to be under the stars at night, great experience!
In March, Heather will be volunteering in Mexico with an Interact group.
Heather McPhail Rita Gayle 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lomax
Rotary Circle at work
I attended the Rotary HIP (Honoring Indigenous People) at Six Nations on September 9th.  It was a day of learning and discussion.  HIP amended their Mission Statement to read: “HIP envisions a Canada where every Indigenous Person has the same educational opportunities as other Canadians, every Rotarian is involved in advancing the understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems and challenges and every Canadian is engaged in building positive Indigenous relationships.”
I will be hosting a booth at the District Conference at Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, this coming Saturday, September 23.
Rotary will have a booth at Akweni Ki, on Saturday and Sunday, Sep 23 and 24  The event include an artist showcase (Sat) and Powwow (Sun).  Because of the District Conference, we are unable to man the booth on Saturday, but will have good representation on Sunday to present Rotary activities to the community.
On November 4, 7080 CIRCLE and Brampton Rotary CIRCLE will be hosting a conference at the Unitarian Church of Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd.E.  The event will be called Mno Bimaadziwin, Mno Miikan – Good Life, Good Road.  It will be a full day (9 to 5) of Indigenous and Non Indigenous speakers leading discussion on Reconciliation.  We will have interactive workshops, including the Keiros Blanket Exercise.  Also, we will have indigenous music, art and food.  Admission will be $50 per person, proceeds to Oneida Circle and HIP.
Stephanie Beaumier has introduced me to her brother, Michael who is Senior Counsel at Siemens Canada.  They have a program to replace laptops for their employees, which generates about 150 laptops per year.  I told him about various Rotary Indigenous programs that could benefit, including One lap top per child (an international organization connected to HIP that provides laptops to indigenous children), the hockey equipment drive organized by the Rotary Clubs of Palgrave and Etobicoke and the Dokis Nation project the Jerome Dawson is heading.   In each case, there is a need to reprogram the computers into Cree or Ojibwa.  There seems to be good synergies for this to happen.  Timeframe late November to January.
CIRCLE John Lomax 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
President John with Palgrave Rotary out in full support at Fines Ford for the Lincoln Test Drive with all proceeds going to Bethell Hospice.
Bethell Hospice John Sanderson 2017-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Mayor Bill Martin
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Mayor Bill Martin. Mayor Martin is a Rotarian from Summerside PEI, he is married with three children, author of Fresh Start Life Skills Program, regularly volunteers as speaker to youth and other employment programs. He was elected in November 2014 as Mayor of the City of Summerside.
Mayor Martin made a commitment to do eight talks in four days to Rotary Clubs in the GTA. He is promoting the opportunity to expand existing businesses to Summerside, PEI and he presented this City in a very positive light and indicated that bringing in new businesses benefit everyone. He asked if anyone was interested in growth, if it was difficult to expand in current situation and if anyone is willing to pay half in electricity. If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, then Summerside is the place to do business and with need comes opportunity.
PEI Mayor Rita Gayle 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Coin show biggest ever
The Rotary Club of Brampton's Fall Coin show on Sept. 10 was the most successful ever. The coin show is held three times a year at Century Gardens as a fundraising project of the club. Photos available here.
Rotary Fall Coin Show John Sanderson 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
R. Brock Godfrey – The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes R. Brock Godfrey from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Mr. Godfrey is a 29- year Senior volunteer with the group and made 94 presentations in 2016 to a variety of groups.
Mr. Godfrey covered a lot of material as it pertains to safety and gave us a lot of information that we should be mindful of. Some of them include:
  • Do not say “yes” when the phone rings, your voice may be recorded as consent to a purchase
  • A padlock and s at the end of https denotes approximately 80% safety
  • Be wary of suspicious emails and links
  • Do not click to receive anything, this will give the crooks access to your computer
  • Update your devices
  • Back up your files
  • Watch out for booby-trapped ATMs when shopping, crooks often glue fake parts onto or around ATMs in the hope of reading both your card and PIN number
  • Do not email your credit card details, sometimes you’ll try to buy that special gift online but your credit card won’t go through.
  • Think before you share on Social Media. Oversharing is a bad idea and there is no better time to remind you of this than the party season.
  • Upgrade the software on new devices before using them. Between when they were made and when you first use them, the crooks have had time to find new security holes to attack.
Canada is ranked third in the world on data breeches and 10th as a source of these breeches.
These are only a few of the many safety tips that Mr. Godfrey shared with us; he will be returning in the Spring to present Passwords and Computer Security.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Rita Gayle 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Nathan Lildhar – My Year In France
Nathan spent one year in France as a Canadian Student Exchange Ambassador. He had a feeling of joy and had no idea what it was going to be like. He was a 17 year old, just graduated from High School and wanted to make the best out of the unexpected. In France, he had a culture shock. The houses are smaller and older in comparison to here. The food was very good and dessert is often served with every meal. The lifestyle was different and he had to learn to adapt. Nathan learned the language but it took him about eight months to express himself in French.
The school he attended was a private school in the City. He had to travel for an hour and had 10 hours of school. The school system in France is different; you can’t pick your individual courses. Nathan had swimming classes where he learned to swim properly. He also learned to tango. Making friends with the French was very easy and they are easy to talk with.
Nathan toured all over Europe. He cherished his traveling and made hundreds of friends. He connected with so many people that he has more friends internationally than he has in Canada and they can relate to each other even though they are far away. He has made friends that will last a lifetime and one thing he has learned is that Student Exchange brings out the best in people. Nathan thanked the Rotary for giving him this wonderful opportunity.
Youth Exchange Rita Gayle 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Emily Mallin, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Relations Dept, Woodbine Entertainment Group brought an excellent multi-media presentation on the Community Farm at Woodbine Racetrack.  This is a partnership with Evergreen (Brickworks), a not-for-profit organization focusing on food security for economically marginalized people in the Rexdale area.
When approached by Evergreen for a donation, Woodbine offered land instead.  A 1/4 acre of an old parking lot was designated.  Fundraising and corporate outreach resulted in a working community farm, with a large greenhouse, raised garden beds and a productive urban farm.  Produce is given to local charities, including Ernestine's Women's Shelter, Youth without Shelter , migrant workers at the track and other Rexdale charities.
In addition to growing abundant food, this farm offers education and volunteer opportunities.  Many groups come for a few hours, or regularly, including Albion Boys & Girls Club, folks from the shelters, staff at Woodbine, and corporate groups.  Educating young visitors is something dear to the heart of the two staff members, Jean Snow and Andrea Berry.  Both are experienced farmers from Nova Scotia who have headed recently to Ontario.
They enjoy explaining how to grow food, eating healthy and hands-on activities with the young people and adults who visit.  This summer there is also a summer student.  All staff are contracted for the growing season (April-October).
The vision of Woodbine Entertainment Group, which will soon begin building  a casino on site, is to provide 5 acres of land, extent the growing season and see this become a sustainable farm.  Woodbine runs fundraising events to raise funds for staffing and operations, and works with local corporations to secure donations.
If you go to the Woodbine Racetrack soon, glance over beyond the track to the south-west where the greenhouse is visible.  Or better still, go visit or volunteer.  Contact Emily Mallin at 416-675-3993, ext. 1-3238.
Woodbine Racetrack Carole Berry 2017-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

For the weekend of July 14,15 and 16 the Rotary Club and District C.I.R.C.L.E. had a very busy booth at the Canada Pavilion. This was organized by Donna Keuhl, from Oneida Circle.  There was indigenous and traditional Canadian entertainment (cloggers, country and western singers, line dancing, and indigenous fashion, drumming and dancing.  The event was opened by MPP Andrea Horvath, and several politicians gave opening remarks.  Rotary distributed about 750 balloons to children – including a prediction about their future career.  For example, if a child said he/she wanted to be a chef we wrote on the balloon “Future Chef” in permanent marker, and tied the balloon to their arms.  Thank you to John, Marilyn and Kim Lomax who helped with the food; Luisa Mocon who arranged the helium –and the 15 youth volunteers who helped out over the very busy weekend.
Carabram Carole Berry 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
The Canadian Pakistani Friends of Osler, under the leadership of Badar Shamim and Maureen Sheahan (Wm Osler Foundation) was held on Saturday at Bombay Palace on Dixie Road.
Almost 300 attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network, and to hear of the ground-breaking work being conducted by Dr. Naveed Muhammad.  He is taking medical teams to Pakistan to see how their hospitals work.  (No triage, little waiting time to see a physician, family can attend at the hospital).  It certainly gives thought to potential improvements here at Emergency Depts. in Canada.
A Rotary display was set up and Carole Berry, helped by her husband, and Rotary Director, Joshua Cherian, spread the news of progress with polio.  Only 8 cases this year – 5 in Afghanistan, 3 in Pakistan.
We collected small donations to help with immunisations and gave every donee a sticker End Polio Now.  A great networking and awareness event for Rotary.
EID Carole Berry 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
The club said goodbye to our Rotary Youth Exchange student Susana Fujita this week.
Youth Exchange 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Gayle Wilding and Wendell Brown receive their Director pins from President John Sanderson.
Board Members 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Incoming President John Sanderson
Steve Robinson handed over the Presidency to incoming President John Sanderson and presented him with a pin. President John presented a plaque to Past President Steve for an outstanding year. President John also recognized the incoming board of directors by giving them pins.
President John would like to bring in 12 new members during his year and Bedar, Chair of Membership, is challenging him. For all new members, President John recommends a thorough screening process as retention is just as important as new members. We need to raise the profile of our Club. We are a big, progressive Club and should therefore be in front of the media as much as possible so that everyone can see what the Rotary has done and continues to do.
President John will be delegating and you will therefore be asked to do things that you may not have done before. He would like to see more classifications more often. We have run successful Rib Fests and now we should be thinking about a Food Fest with a diversity of foods.
We should have Past Presidents come in to speak to us as we can learn a lot from them. We can all work together which we have done in the past. President John looks forward to working with everyone for the next year.
Changeover Meeting Rita Gayle 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Board Game Night
Rotaract Club of Brampton is hosting their Open House Series starting off with a Board Game Night on Saturday, July 15th from 6 pm to 8 pm. It's a great opportunity for you to meet new people, have some fun and get involved in the community through the Rotary organization. Oh, and there will be food as well. If you're interested, please register at  and feel free to invite your friends! 
Rotaract Carole Berry 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Chinguacousy Lions 48th Annual BBQ
The Chinguacousy Lions Club are holding their 48th Annual Steak BBQ Friday July 21st, 2017 at the Bramalea Lions Hall, 45 Avondale Blvd., Brampton
Silent and Live Auction, Live DJ Services; $25 per person.
All proceeds will go to Peel Memorial Hospital.
Contact John Sanderson for tickets.
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Central Peel Interact Club
This Interact Club have been working together for the last half of this year. It’s a large interact club, about 40 members. Events done to date include Xmas Party, Vow of Silence, Food Drive, 24- hour famine. Proceeds from their Xmas bake sale was donated to the Red Cross for Haiti. They also had a BBQ and funds raised were donated to Cystic Fibrosis.
Upcoming Events for next year:
Send kids to Mexico to assist in building libraries
Toasty Toes project – collect socks etc. and go to Yonge St.
 and hand out to the homeless
24 Hr. Event – Walkathon in Toronto and Brampton
They thanked Rotary for all the support, time and attention and looking forward to working with Rotary in the future.
Interact Rita Gayle 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to President Steve
President Steve did a review of his year. He pointed out that it was an opportunity, not a challenge, to be President and thanked everyone by calling individual names and recognized the Board Members. Being President is definitely worth it.
Thank you President Steve for the past year and welcome to our new President, John Sanderson.
President Steve Rita Gayle 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
NOURISH Family Food Centre
Gordon Armstrong speaks on the NOURISH Family Food Centre, a foodbank to food share experience.
The Salvation Army enriches the community through food security programs. The Nourish Family Food Centre offers families options for healthy food items. Gordon updated us on some of the issues they are having. The women won’t talk to male staff, the shelves are getting bare, however, the grocery stores are helpful to them. The Salvation Army share a lot of food between food banks as they can’t keep stuff too long. The meals served do not have enough protein and they are looking at making changes. People can make reasonable and healthy choices regarding the food they eat, and the Salvation Army will therefore be focusing on quality versus quantity. Some Salvation Army worry questions include, do they have enough food, space, stuff, faith? One of the joys of working with a lot of parents and their kids is that they (Salvation Army) give spiritual support, counselling, parenting and life skills by sending kids to camp. The Salvation Army’s vision is to accommodate as many people as possible and Gordon’s dream is to bring everyone to the table to nourish physically, mentally, financially and spiritually.
Salvation Army Rita Gayle 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Rupnagar 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting at PMH
Our club met in the hospital Library where librarians provided a 10 minute presentation on the services that they provide to Osler physicians and staff. 
Anna Maria Magdic, Manager of the Seniors Wellness and Rehab Program also provided an overview of her program.  
And, the Osler Foundation provided an update on the campaign. President Steve Robinson presented a cheque for $100,000 to Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, as part of the club`s $500,000 commitment.
Meeting at PMH 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting at PMH today
Our June 12th meeting will be at the new Peel Memorial Hospital. Parking chits will be provided. Lunch will be provided by Carls catering.
Please arrive for our meeting at 12 sharp!
We have arranged to have our meeting in the hospital Library where the the librarians will provide a 10 minute presentation on the services that they provide to Osler physicians and staff. 
Anna Maria Magdic, Manager of the Seniors Wellness and Rehab Program will also provide an overview of her program.  
We will also hear the Foundation provide an update on the campaign.
The staff library is located next to the Mandarin Courtyard and very close to the elevators.
It would be most convenient for Rotarians to park in the underground parking facilities and take the elevator up to L1.  When you arrive from the elevator, you will immediately see the patient resource center (which is an extension of the staff resource center and the door to the staff library is just to the left – this will make sense when you are here). 
We have had a solid response to this event, with close to 40 Rotarians RSVPing. If you have not RSVPed you may not get lunch (and will be fined the day of) as we need numbers for lunch and parking, and seating in the library.
Parking passes will be provided for all.  Additionally, we will likely need to add seating into the Staff Library, so for planning purposes, it would be terrific to have a rough idea of numbers attending.
See you Monday (at the new hospital, NOT AT THE GLEN Banquet Hall)
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John Sanderson and Glenn Williams presented a proposal to proceed with a one-year lease for storage space and a meeting room in downtown Brampton.  This will allow for central storage of all the Club supplies and equipment (Rib n Roll, Coin Shows, Santa Claus float, canopies, etc.).  It has a meeting room that can be made available for meeting of committees and our Rotaract Club (which has been struggling to find a central, accessible space.  The motion to proceed  at a cost of $35,000 was approved.
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Sharon Andres from Tour for Kids  receives a $10,000 cheque from the proceeds of Rib n Roll. 
Tour for Kids Carole Berry 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
ERINOAKKIDS Centre for Treatment and Development
Al Heaney, a member of the Brampton RC Community Charity board, presented a cheque for $5000 to Shane Burt, Manager Major Gifts.  Shane thanked the Club members on behalf of the 16,000 children who receive services from ErinoakKids annually.  The new Brampton site at McVean and Castlemore will open in November 2017.  The exterior is finished, and the interior is coming along on time. 
ERINOAKKIDS Carole Berry 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pune Shaniwarwada, District 3131
Club Treasurer, Vijay Joshi, made an impressive presentation of this club’s work  in India (100 miles from Delhi).  Formed in 1991, they have 3 Interact Clubs, a Rotaract Club and the Club is 100% Paul Harris Supporters.
They hold a number of programs for Blind Girls – including a Health Check Up Camp, RYLA for Blind Girls, as well as Career Counselling. Their projects include News In Education program for 300 students,
Water distribution at the Gorpati Festival (20,000 litres of fresh water for the 1 million attendees), Vocational Awards,  and Computers to assist in e-learning for 150 students. 
Mr. Joshi presented Rotary tokens and flags to our President Steve Robinson and Secretary David Clement.
Pune Shaniwarwada Carole Berry 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2017
Three of the five students sponsored by the RC Brampton were able to present their experience of the District 7080 RYLA program.
Elyse Digby (U.of T. Biological Chemistry), Amit Yadav (U.of T. Health Science graduate), and Kera Anstruther (U. of Guelph Criminal Justice) shared this life-changing opportunity.  They emphasized this opportunity to meet participants from across the District, and form strong supportive relationships within a couple of days was both unique and surprising.    They enjoyed the networking and team building exercises, guest presenters from everything from Financial Literacy to Public Speaking, as well as the Rotary Meeting at RYLA hosted by the two Orangeville Rotary Clubs.     As always, the opportunity to give a 5 minute oral presentation was a chance for each of the 30+ participants to share and receive feedback.  “Well-organized, very structured and inspiring” were some of the positive descriptions of the RYLA program run by Chris-Beth Cowie and Madiha Khan.
Mari Isogai (Sheridan College graduate) and Morgan Biss (U of T. Biological Chemistry) were unable to attend due to their work schedules.  They sent messages of appreciation for this very special opportunity
RYLA Carole Berry 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
St. Augustine Interact Club
Some students from St. Augustine participated in a trip to Nicaragua to build a plantation field for the village. The trip was very rewarding, they saw how different people live, learned about the culture and day-to-day life.  They met different students and the time allowed them to grow close to the families they stayed with. The Rotary Club presented a cheque of $1,000 for their participation in Rib and Roll.
Interact Rita Gayle 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Wendell reported that this year’s Rib and Roll was a high success, the attendance was great and the weather came through for us. Thanks to all the volunteers, approximately $15,000 was collected at the entrance. Going forward, we need more volunteers and for those who do not have their Smart Serve, it’s a good idea to get it before the next Rib and Roll. Thanks also to neighbours and friends who were out volunteering. The Rotary red shirts worked out well as “Rotarians at work” was very visible.
Rib n Roll Rita Gayle 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
A Prescription for Chronic Disease Management
Elyssa Mountain, a former Rotary Exchange Student, is a Registered Kinesiologist. She provides evidence-based individualized exercise and education to increase function and quality of life. She is passionate about the importance of taking your health into your hands and taking an active role in the  management of your health.
Elyssa was first introduced to Rotary in 2007 when she was an exchange student. She did some volunteering when she met her husband. She owns her own business and also does some sub- contracting for insurance companies.
Exercise is inexpensive, no side effects and is readily available but you have to do as prescribed. Exercise, motion is lotion! Include a warm up before all physical activities which will improve flexibility and pacing. Listen to your body.
High blood pressure - how can you decrease your blood pressure? Exercise by walking which is a whoie body rythmical exercise. Avoid holding your breath while lifting. Breathing while you are exercising is very important. Everyone should be exercising for disease prevention. It’s recommended, for age 18-64 yrs., 150 minutes of exercise per week of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. Over 65, add some balance training.
When to do this:
. At lunch in ten minutes bouts
. Stairs
. Include family
. Walking meetings
Elyssa Mountain Rita Gayle 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Lindsay Whisen – Ease Up – The Organizing Experts
Our speaker Lindsay Whisen is married for ten years with two kids, a five- year- old daughter and a two- year- old son. She was a dental assistant which wasn’t the right fit, was also a high school teacher. Now she owns a professional organizing company. Lindsay lived with depression without knowing about it. After she was well, she realized that she became highly organized and had a desire to make people’s lives easier, hence Ease Up. Her company was nominated for the Spirit of Innovation Award, quite an honour to have been nominated.
Her first community initiative was organizing the Daily Bread and the second was with Camp Quality that provide services to children with cancer. The camp was special because you have a one-on-one relationship with the campers.
We want to experience wellness in our lives, especially organizational wellness as Lindsay believes it’s connected to our health.
Organization helps you optimize and make sure you are not wasting time, energy, money, space and belongings. The reasons why people hire professional organizers is because they come with optimism. You should organize like a pro by:
  • designating the area you are working on; sort like with like
  •  look at the duplicates, triplicates and ask yourself, do you love it, do you need it?
  • make sure items are in the correct room
  •  contain all items and label everything; group like things into high use; rate high, medium and low.
Lindsay ended her talk by expressing how great it is to be among business professionals who want to make the world a better place.
Guest speaker Rita Gayle 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
C.I.R.C.L.E. Presentation on Aboriginal Business
Rotary District  C.I.R.C.L.E. (Community Indigenous Resource Committee for Learning and Education) hosted a presentation on Aboriginal Business in an Evolving Landscape on May 16 at The Glen.  John Lomax opened the evening with traditional drumming, songs and smudging.
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), with over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector, was the presenter of a most impressive and informative broad picture of aboriginal business in Canada.  CCAB has over 550 members and receives no government funding.  The mission is to foster sustainable business relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business.
Mr. Gladu noted the shared values of corporate and Aboriginal business – revenue, human resources/employment; security, relationships and contracts, Environment and culture, and a mutual quest for certainty.  Aboriginal income is estimated at $32 billion annually, with a significant increase in the last decade from the resource sector. Business are growing and more profitable over time.  CCAB provides Aboriginal businesses with various tools and resources to help start, sustain and develop.  One of the key components is mentorship and networking.  
With 20% of our national GNP in natural resources, the new discoveries in the North offer promise for development in a responsible manner, unlike some of the poor examples in the past.  Challenges to poorly negotiated development initiatives have resulted in successful decisions in 90% of court cases initiated by Indigenous communities.  This calls for reconciliation between the local community leaders and business to bring strong voices to the table for negotiations.  This is particularly relevant to the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario.  Mr. Gladu noted, however, with 633 First Nations in Canada, speaking 33 diverse languages, this is challenging as there is no overall consensus.
CCAB is working to change the national conversation with a view to enhancing the dialogue between industry and indigenous communities.  Training indigenous youth with the skills needed in the mining and forestry business will benefit all going forward.  Since this is a rapidly growing part of the demographic make-up youth employment is significant.
The evening concluded with a thank-you on behalf of Rotary and all present by Carole Berry, and a call for everyone to look at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report at the HIP website, along with many other useful resources.    (
CIRCLE Carole Berry 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
See the whole show in pictures here
What a party!!!!!.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for whatever role you played at Rib `n`Roll -our  annual event that raises money for great charitable causes supporting the children and youth of our community. Thanks to our volunteers, our ribbers, our sponsors and the greatest entertainment lineup of any ribfest in the country. We will be back next year May 25, 26, 27, 2018.
Rib n Roll Stephen Rhodes 2017-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rhodes
PHOTO CUTLINE - Getting ready for Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll 2017 at Gage Park on May 26, 27, 28 - from left Rotary President Steve Robinson; Sponsor RBC Royal Bank Zanita DiSalle, Regional VP; Wendel Brown Rib n Roll co-chair; Sponsor Investors Group Amanda Graham-Rowe, Division Director; Ribber Jonathan Pereira, owner Sul Irmaos Smoke House and sponsor Cam Ward, Ward Funeral Homes.
Rib n Roll is Brampton’s first summer event
Get ready for the 13th annual Rotary Rib 'n' Roll, Brampton's popular ribfest and first major event of the summer.
It runs May 26, 27 and 28 at Gage Park -Friday evening 5 to 11 pm; Saturday from 12 noon to 11 pm and Sunday Noon until 7 pm.
 “Over the years we have had great support from our community, sponsors and our volunteers and we are looking forward to a tremendous event again this year,” says John Sanderson, co-chair of the event for the Rotary Club of Brampton
Money raised at the event goes to support four worthy causes in Brampton –Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, Tour for Kids, ErinoakKids and Rotary Youth projects.
WARD FUNERAL HOMES is a major sponsor and their involvement allows for significant enhancements on Sunday for families.  Ward Family Day has become a staple of the festival.
“We have different crowds throughout the weekend and we wanted to ensure that families with children could be a part of the event. We wanted to create an interactive environment that’s fun for everyone and with the Ward commitment to family, it was a perfect partnership,” co-chair Wendell Brown said.
WARD FAMILY DAY on Sunday includes entertainment for families with kids on separate stages, with buskers, bouncy castles and face painters, balloon tiers, clowns, an animal and reptile show and even Zumba. At 3pm there is a return of the 30 minute live action Disney Princess Show. “These shows are hugely popular with kids,” Brown said.
Rotary Rib n Roll Stephen Rhodes 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Paul Harris award recipients - Vanora Spreen and Michael Sharpe.
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This is to inform you that the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors has approved Cyril Williams for full membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Cyril is the President of Triton Backgound Checks, a former Kinsmen and describes himself as a hands on volunteer.  He was nominated by Vanora Spreen.
Any member in good standing may object in writing to me within seven days.
David Clement
Club Secretary

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I am very pleased to share with you that the Rotary Club of Brampton won the Community Impact Award at the BBOT's Business Achievement Awards Dinner tonight at the Pearson Convention Centre. In front on a crowd of over 400 of Brampton's business and community leaders, President Steve Robinson delivered a great acceptance speech.
Thank you to Jayne Pilot for taking the lead in writing our award winning nomination and of course a big congrats to all of our Club members for the great work that we do in the community  - that was beautifully recognized tonight. Well done everyone.
David Clement
Club Secretary
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Boys and Girls Club of Peel (BGCP)
Five staff members of BGCP shared information on this program which currently serves about 1100 children in Brampton and Mississauga through a variety of programs.
This includes  afterschool and evening outreach programs, summer camps, computer access and homework assistance, as well as leadership development.
They operate in low income areas where families live below the low income cut-off, where risk factors include single parent families (50%), victims of family violence and new immigrants.  Many are held in partnership with Peel Living, which provides community room space at their various housing locations.
Abby di Silva, Program Director with this non-profit organization for 25 years described the positive role modelling that comes from the program for at-risk youth.  Where appropriate family members may also be involved with training and workshops, games and outings.  The annual fee for a child is $5, while family registration is $8.  So this is a very accessible program for the target group.
Tamika Malcolm, Youth Leadership and Mentor coordinator, was a member of the Club herself for 10 years before taking leadership training.  Once this was completed, Tamika found a paid staff position with BGCP.  Her childhood involvement helped her through tough times when it would have been possible to take a negative path, but the values gained from her involvement gave her direction and hope for her future.  She runs a successful “Youth on a Roll” leadership program addressing substance abuse, internet safety, bullying and violence prevention.  Tamika also coordinates sessions between youth and seniors to share and build relationships.
Nikki Amrith, Family Support Supervisor works with families involved with BGCP to ensure the children are reinforced at home in their skills development, and she offer support where needed.
Michael Gyovai, Resource Development Manager recently joined the organization and will be working to development partnerships and funding opportunities.
Jim Turner, BGCP Executive Director, thanked Rotary for the opportunity to present.  He noted that funding help would be appreciated as there are more needy areas to be addressed. He shared the vision that every child involved with BGCP is helped to achieve his/her  goals, by removing fear and learning critical skills.   The children and youth have a lot of fun too.
This delegation certainly expressed much passion for their work.  They were thanked by Matt Samatas of our Club.
1100 children served Carole Berry 2017-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Cheque presentation to The Citizens Foundation, the Pakistani school supported by the club.
The Citizens Foundation David Clement 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Sasana Fujita – My Life in Japan
Our Student Exchange Sasana gave us a brief account of her life in Japan. Sasana enjoys being in Canada. The school system here is different from Japan as there are not too many choices there. They wear uniforms to school. Sasana’s Dad is an architect with his own company and her Mom is an interior designer. She has a ten-year-old brother. Sasana showed us a picture of her home that her Dad designed.
Japan has a population of 127M and the capital is Tokyo. Sasana is from Kanazawa, one of the most beautiful cities in Japan and is celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams. There are four seasons in Japan, much like Canada. They have lots of snow in the winter but not as cold as Canada.
Sasana Fujita Rita Gayle 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Chris-Beth Cowie and Ryan Knight – RYLA
Chris-Beth and Ryan are a team that co-ordinate RYLA. They are both from Brampton and they have done so much for the community.
If you are a parent, there are two things that keep you up at night:
  1. Paying the bills; will your children have a safe place to sleep at night
  2. Your child will not be a failure
Rotary can be the most viable organization to keep youths engaged and on the right path. This can be done by connecting with the best youth leadership and entrepreneurial programs in the community.
The Challenge
Help the youths, especially black youths, find employment. What can we add to a youth who is having trouble finding a job? knighthood Academy is geared toward youths in Brampton to help them make a positive difference in the community. It doesn’t matter what people say, there are opportunities in our community to make a difference. Rotary is known for service above self and that’s really what Chris-Beth and Ryan are doing in guiding these youths to be great citizens of Brampton.
Knighthood Academy was recently funded to work with organizations and youths to steer them in a direction to feed their own family and become great citizens.
Next Steps
Youths get involved in Rotary; Rotary provide branded swag; Rotarian in Advisory role; mentorship; program sponsorship.
Chris-Beth and Ryan would like to change the mindset of the youths and have them think at all times that they can be whatever they choose to be and so much more.
RYLA Rita Gayle 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
John Sanderson as President Elect sharing info about club at the Quint Club Dinner. Alan Mallory was guest speaker - sharing how his family became the first family of 4 to successfully climb Mt Everest together. 
Quint Club Dinner David Clement 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 80 years
This past Tuesday evening, (April 18th), Willard and I were privileged to attend an Anniversary Gala to help celebrate the Rotary Club of Orangeville 80th Year serving their community.

The evening began at 5pm with a Meet and Greet Reception.  At 6pm the program commenced with Town Crier for Caledon & Erin, Andrew Welch, Emcee, Doug Harkness (Rotary Club of Orangeville) and Blessing for the food by Pastor Don Fitchett.

After a delicious meal, we were entertained by "Rhythmfoot" the Leahy Family, with a pairing of drums, fiddle and step dance.  Frank and Chanda Leahy and their six children reside in Orangeville and provided us with an excellent show.

Greetings from the Province were received by Sylvia Jones, MPP, Dufferin-Caledon.  Bob Burnside (RCO) provided us with a history of their Club.  We then viewed a video: "Every Town Needs a Doc" a motivational story of community development highlighting John (Doc) Gillies and his contribution to the community.

Greetings from District 7080 were received from District Governor Bill Proctor.  Our Keynote Speaker was John Stairs, Past District Governor 7080 and Vice President The Rotary Foundation Canada who provided us with a history of Polio and Rotary's part in "End Polio Now".

We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed meeting other Rotarians.  The Rotary Club of Orangeville sponsored our club 75 years ago and we were honoured to attend this special event on behalf of our Club.

Sandra Burton
Rotary Club of Brampton

Anniversary Gala Sandra Burton 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
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Join us April 29
It's that time again - club visioning time!  The Board of Directors has set aside Saturday April 29 to participate in preparing an updated Club Vision.  
This is your opportunity as a member of the Rotary Club of Brampton, to voice your opinion on what our club means to our community, both locally and globally.  It is from our club vision that programs and policies are driven to reflect the goals of the club and its members.
If you would like to participate in this, we need about 20 volunteers for the morning.  We will be meeting at the Glen at 8 am for coffee and muffins and begin promptly at 8:30.  The exercise should be completed by 1pm.
Please consider volunteering your time for this important planning exercise.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you!
Past President Vanora
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Our Paul Harris night has been rescheduled for May 8, 2017. Reception will be at 6:00pm, and dinner will be at 6:30. Paper invites will be sent our shortly. 
Reminder that we are still looking for nominations!
Tim Lockhart
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We have secured 50 tickets for the club for a premier Saturday afternoon game on June 3rd versus the New York Yankees
The seats are all in the same section and are on a first come first serve bases.  Tickets costs are $35 per ticket and include seat and travel to and from the game via bus.
Rotarians, Family and Friends are all invited to join us for what should be a great game and fellowship on June 3rd.
Please contact either Vanora Spreen or Matt Samatas for information or tickets!
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Hands-on Service Projects provide a huge amount of personal satisfaction for Rotarians. As we take the final steps on polio eradication a National Immunization Day [NID]is the ultimate Rotarian Bucket List item.
Mexico is polio free but it is necessary continue to vaccinate children there until the entire world is polio free. 
The NID  in the small Sonora Desert village of José Maria Morelos was carried out by 11 Rotarians and 4 Rotarian spouses from 7080 working with two nurses from the Mexican National Health Service. The village is west of Caborca and about one hour from the northern part of the Gulf of Cortez. There are warnings from both the Canadian and the American governments recommending no non-essential travel because of drug cartels and incidents of robbery and kidnapping for ransom in the area. But our group decided that, for Rotarians, immunizing children against polio is essential travel. In the event, we encountered no difficulties and did not see any excessive police or para-military activity. Local Rotarians provided the transportation and their local knowledge kept us from areas where there might be a risk.
The Group went door-to-door in the village where the residents had been told we were coming. The houses were mostly very poor; a good salary there is $300 per month. Some of the houses had up to 24 people living in them. But the houses and the children were very clean and we were made most welcome. We had a gaggle of kids around us from time-to-time partly because we were strangers but mostly because we were giving out pins, boxes of crayons and small toys.
A highlight of the trip was the visits to projects by the local Rotary Club. Many of the small villages receive their water supply from a tower provided by Rotary and there are numerous playgrounds bearing the Rotary symbol. A project was presented to us that will provide equipment for a hospital kitchen that was built with Rotary money. On return to Canada Rotarians from several of the clubs represented on the NID approached their club International Committee and the funding of US$10,000 for the kitchen equipment was quickly committed including US$2000 from our club. 
Norm Bindon
José Maria Morelos Norm Bindon 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the Rotarians, for participating in our inaugural set of elevator posters at the New Peel Memorial. Above is the Rotary poster (destined for a 60”x40” snap frame in a prominent location on the main floor).  Also mark down the date and Time Thursday March 30, 5PM, Peel Memorial for the grand opening.
President Steve
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Smart Serve Training April 22
The Annual Rotary Rib’n Roll is scheduled for Friday May 26, Saturday May 27 & Sunday May 28 at Gage Park in downtown Brampton.
In order to run a successful 3 day fundraising event requires a lot of commitment from many people. Rotarians, their families, supporters of Rotary and numerous volunteers.
Last year the City of Brampton adopted a formal Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) for event organizers. Holding an event in the City of Brampton is a huge responsibility and as the Event Organizer of an alcohol-related event, the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario makes Rotary accountable for the actions of all attendees and our Event Workers.  It is Rotary’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all our guests and that our volunteers are Smart Served trained!
Therefore, Rotary is offering all interested volunteers the Smart Serve training for FREE. The Smart Serve certificate has no expiry date and is valid at all events where alcohol is served and that you may be a volunteer or employed at.
We have scheduled a training date with the Carabram volunteers for Saturday April 22 at the Unifor building located at 23 Regan Rd #1, Brampton, ON L7A 1B2, Phone(905) 451-8310.
If you are interested please send Jerome your full name, contact information such as your email address, telephone and we will add you to the list. A response is required by April 4.
I have attached a link to the Smart Serve website for additional information as well as the City of Brampton’s MAP brochure.
In the meantime, please contact Jerome (416-573-1315 or if you should have any questions.
Thank you for taking time to consider our Rotary request. Your volunteer efforts and future contributions are greatly appreciated.
John Sanderson and Wendell Brown - Co-chairs
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Our guest speaker, Christina Hassan (formerly Marchand) is no stranger to our club.  As a Rotoracter and co-op student at U. of Waterloo in health sciences, Christina worked both in Peel and in Uganda on placements.  Expecting to do administrative work in Uganda, she was surprised to be in the delivery room at a Maternity Clinic with inadequate equipment.  The first delivery she attended resulted in the death of the mother and Christina had to inform the husband of the outcome.
This radically impacted on Christina and her partner, Hyder Hassan (first president of the Brampton Rotaract Club).  They founded a not for profit organization, FullSoul to provide medical equipment to maternity clinics, along with community development initiatives such as partnerships with local Rotary Clubs and governments.   Work started in 3 pilot hospitals which were equipped with autoclaves (which are a pre-requisite for FullSoul involvement).  This means equipment such as scissors, needle holders and clamps can be sterilized after each use.  Each piece of equipment (bought in Uganda) is engraved with the name of the hospital.
In the three years since the distribution of the first medical kits 65,000 have been delivered safer.
FullSoul has three staff in Uganda and is looking for more hospitals to outfit, Rotary clubs and others as partners and a Global Grant. Currently 10 hospitals are involved, and the Rotary Club of Mukono (Central Uganda).   An evaluation strategy will be concluded in six months. including focus groups, stakeholder meetings and statistical gathering. A global grant would implement an holistic Mother-Family Friendly Hospital Initiative to address high risk pregnancies, as well as improved infant care, Issues to be addressed will also include water, sanitization, and hydro
Two upcoming trips (May, and December 2017) are planned and Rotarians can join this opportunity to see Uganda, see FullSoul in operation and do some sight seeing. Cost is about $5000 per person.  A short video of a recent trip had Rotarians giving outstanding praise for this well-organized experience.  Contact Christina at  Facebook is FullSoulCanada.  Donations for medical kits can also be made on line.
Christina started her involvement with Rotary as a 15-year-old exchange student to Germany.  She has been involved in RYLA, Rotoract and is now a Rotarian in the RC Fish Creek (Calgary).
After graduating with her Masters in Health Sciences from U of Waterloo, she was accepted into U of Calgary law school and is in her first year.    She has been accepted to work for the United Nations this summer in a policy/governance project on human trafficking (possibly in Thailand/Cambodia).  She and her husband, Hyder, are host parents to an exchange student from Brazil. 
Surely she is an outstanding role model for all members of the Rotary family, and an amazingly energetic and fully engaged woman dedicated to humanitarian causes. 
Rotaract Carole Berry 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Brampton Donates to Special Olympics
The Special Olympic Summer games are coming to Peel this summer, July 13-16, 2017. It will be a big event and over 5,000 people in Ontario are expected to come in with these athletes. The Special Olympics need to generate around $700,000 to hold these games, they are half way there, they are now at $360,000.  $2,500 was donated by the Rotary Club of Brampton. The games are being held across the region and Tracy Noonan, assigned to uniform officers on the road, was seconded to assist with the special Olympics. Anyone interested in volunteering, please visit the web site Special Olympics Summer Games. 
Special Olympics Rita Gayle 2017-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
 Strengthening Health – Transforming Lives
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Phillip Banks, Executive Director of Peel HIV/AIDS Network. This is a not-for-profit organization and was founded in 1981. The majority of early cases resulted in death due to slow responses from health system governments. By 1984 the virus known as HIV was discovered and identified as the cause of AIDS, the result of advanced HIV.
The HIV/AIDS Network was formed in 1991 by a group of three concerned community members who responded to the need in Peel to have services for people living with HIV in Mississauga and Brampton.
Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) is committed to serving diverse people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to limiting the spread of the virus through support, education, advocacy and volunteerism. They provide community education, speakers bureau by people infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS, resource Centre, one on one counselling and support, peer support and financial assistance.
PHAN provides workshops on important issues and also educate people on other issues beyond health; they ensure people know the law, their rights and they also help people plan for death.
We know a lot about HIV today and people living with HIV can live a normal life and be a part of the community and contribute like anyone else. PHAN work diligently to address issues. The big issues include member health, substance abuse, racism, homophobia, lack of research into communities most affected.
The network relies on donors and volunteerism. To learn more, visit their website at
Peel HIV/Aids Network Rita Gayle 2017-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Coin Show April 30, 2017 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Leadership Training testimonial
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Registration is now open for Rotary 7080 District Assembly and Club Leadership Training
Saturday April 22, 2017
8:00 am to 3:45 pm
Holiday Inn, Cambridge, Ontario
200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge
District Assembly and Club Leadership Training is a must for the President Elect and the incoming Board of Directors.   However it is a wonderful learning, networking and fellowship opportunity for all members of your club.  
Each year 200 Rotarians from across District 7080 attend and take part in concurrent workshops on topics such as:
  • Club Leader Roles and Opportunities
  • Public Relations,
  • Fundraising Ideas,
  • International Projects,
  • Youth Exchange,
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards),
  • Using Social Media to get our Message Out
  • Membership Recruitment.  
Registration is free of charge for all District Rotarians.   
Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included.  
You can register here  CLT Registration Link  
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Steve's Mexico Project
Steve Robinson, presented to the club on his Mexico Project. Steve and his family visit Mazatlan Mexico on a regular basis. He started his presentation by highlighting the city as a typical winter playground for Canadian and American tourists, with the usual 5 star hotels, cruise ships and beaches. Great Restaurants and activities.
Steve then transitioned into the other side of Mexico that most tourists only get a glimpse of. The average daily wage in Mexico he explained is about $8 a day. The cost of food and gas is the same as in Canada, so for the average Mexican life can be very difficult. They do not live the 5-star lifestyle.
Steve and his family became associated with La Vina Church, an organization run by volunteers who spend their winter in Mazatlan, and spend their days helping the needy, including the 100 or so that live in Mazatlán’s city dump. The church also build schools and try to help the forgotten obtain a little better life.
Because he has a place in Mazatlan, when Steve travels to Mazatlan, his family uses their luggage allowance to bring gently used children’s clothes and shoes, that are cherished by the poor children, but also allow them to attend schools, as wearing shoes is a requirement to attend at all.
Steve shared a video which gave a good insight into the other side of many of the winter vacation destinations of Canadians, and shows how many struggles to meet daily needs.
Mazatlan Mexico Steve Robinson 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Amolak and Mustafa receive Paul Harris pins.
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Constables Hawes and Ivkovic on behalf of Special Olympics. 
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Save the Date!!!!     APRIL 18, 2017. Calling all Rotarians past and present. We would really like to see you come and celebrate with us.

Orangeville was out sponsoring club.

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Murder Mystery Night David Clement 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary club of Brampton welcomes Ivan and Tamar from the Brampton YMCA who gave us an overview of the Teen Night Experience.
Every year thousands of Teens ages 13 – 18 walk through the doors of their local YMCA in Greater Toronto on a Friday or Saturday night. They are there to attend Teen Night. Some choose to play basketball, some to swim, some are there to work out and some simply to meet up with their friends. But no matter why they are there, they know they are welcome.
At the Brampton YMCA Teen Night, they create a safe space for teens to spend their Saturday night. They offer many options for participants during the program including sports, workshops, arts programs and opportunities just to talk to staff. In some cases, that’s what some of the teens appreciate the most. Many teens enjoy talking to the staff about their day or problems they may be having at school.
The YMCA’s Vision is “Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.” Teen Nights is just one of the programs that the Brampton YMCA is offering to help the YMCA meet its Vision. With the support of volunteers and other community partners, they hope to continue to make this program a place for all Teens in Brampton to come and learn new skills and grow into leaders in their communities.
Teen Night Rita Gayle 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Robbie Burns 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
$1,000 was presented to Brampton Special Olympics to help children with disabilities to participate in sports.
Brampton Special Olympics Rita Gayle 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Stephen Mocon – Rotary Australia
Stephen Mocon was given an awesome opportunity, through Rotaract, to visit Australia last year. He went on a round trip around the world and met different Rotaract clubs and also Rotary Clubs. Their Rotaract Club is like a boot camp that is run by Rotary and quite different from ours here. He went to Newcastle and talked with the Rotaract club there. He also talked with the Rotary Club who explained that their fundraising is through BBQ’s. He went to the Zoo, the Rain Forest and Byron’s Bay.
Stephen spent different times with different Rotaractors who talked about the way they raise funds, mostly through parties and again, BBQ’s. They usually make $5,000 to $10,000 from a BBQ. Stephen, with others, participated in the Rotaract amazing race which was a lot of fun.
What did Stephen get out of it? He learned that Rotaract flourishes when it’s created, you get to mingle with Rotaract clubs, especially in the amazing race. No two Rotary Clubs are the same, both members and clubs are diverse.
Rotary needs to be more involved in Rotaract; the members need guidance, they need to know how to get things done.
Rotaract Rita Gayle 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Suresh Ramachandran, Electrical Engineer and Harjit Jaswal, Real Estate Sales Representative were both inducted January 9th. Welcome Suresh and Harjit to the Rotary Club of Brampton.
New members Rita Gayle 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Angela Carter of United Achievers'
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Angela Carter, Executive Director of the United Achievers’ Community Services Inc., a charitable multi-service organization in the Region of Peel. Born in Barbados, Angela was a member of the Rotary club there. She graduated from York University with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and received a Master of Professional Communication degree from the Royal Roads University in B.C.
Who are the United Achievers? They are a charitable organization providing culturally enriching services, programs and support to enhance the lives of families/individuals throughout Peel Region, with a focus on the Black and Caribbean communities.
Their vision is to be widely acknowledged as the premier organization in the Region of Peel that addresses and fulfills the needs of the Black and Caribbean Communities. They serve families, seniors, children and youth and women who wanted a fresh start.
How can Rotary help? In addition to funding, they are always looking for volunteers. They can be reached by email at and on the web at You are welcome to visit their office on Queen St., Brampton and they’ll be happy to answer any questions.
United Achievers’ Community Services Inc. Rita Gayle 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
New Vision for Brampton
Rod Rice is the chairman of Regenerations; they serve breakfast to the homeless. He is also a representative of the New Brampton Committee Task Force. Their mission is to present a new vision of Brampton to the entire world. The time has come and long overdue that Brampton is entitled to the infrastructure services. We have almost 600.000 people in population but we have no infrastructure. Money must be spent to provide the infrastructure that the University is going to need. We have to do whatever possible to make Brampton a dynamic City and as citizens, we have to get the message out that we will be the City of the future; we want to be proud to call Brampton home. We need to be connected in every way and convey the message to the persons in power that the time has come to make Brampton a great city. Let’s make this happen!
Let’s make Brampton Great!!! Rita Gayle 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Lori West – Saving others despite physical challenges
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Lori West. Lori worked for World Vision for 25 years. She suffers from Fibromyalgia and other complications. It’s great to be alive! Lori was born into a poor family and learned early in life that accumulated riches is a poor measure of a person’s life. At age nine, her Dad had tuberculosis and despite a difficult childhood, she managed to hide behind her mask. Over time she came to learn that she needs someone. She is glad and thankful of the things learned as a result of her challenges; we should never take our disabilities for granted and don’t allow anyone to squelch your dreams. In 1981 she learned that they had an opening at World Vision and she applied and spent 25 fulfilling years there. She knew she was making a positive difference in society, recently she came very close to dying and she is choosing to be happy and make the most of her situation. Even if you impact one life, it is worth the effort.
World Vision Rita Gayle 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Central Peel Secondary School - United Nations
The Interact Club at Central Peel has 35-40 members in the second year of the club. This year they expanded their horizons and went to an International Conference in Montreal. SSUNS (Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium) was a three-day conference, which was run professionally by students from McGill University. They learned from this conference that you don’t have everything spoon-fed, there will be set backs. This was a very good experience and very competitive.
Central Peel qualified as a small delegation and came out with two awards. They won the award in climate change and the Nellie McClung award. There were larger delegations from the States and it is amazing that Central Peel came out with two awards.
Plans for the future include the Appleby Conference and SSUNS Conference again next year. They will also work on marketing the club towards younger members to have a diverse amount of students among the grades. A special thank you to the Rotary Club of Brampton for their sponsorship to go to Montreal.
These Interact Students can be seen as future diplomats and ambassadors who will make a big difference in the World, as they get older.
Interact Rita Gayle 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Some board positions still open
As announced at recent Monday meetings, this is a reminder that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Rotary Club of Brampton is coming up on Monday December 5th at noon.
Documents have been distributed by email. (agenda and past SGM minutes from March 2016, Procedures and Polices Manual, year-end financial statements and slate of nominees for the 2017-18 Board).
Speaking of the Board, we will have some open spots for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  Some of you have already expressed an interest. Please consider this a reminder that nominations are still open, so if you are considering volunteering for the Board, please let me or President Steve Robinson know ASAP.
David Clement
Club Secretary
AGM David Clement 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Our next COIN SHOW is Sunday December 4th at Century Gardens Recreational Center.  Sign up sheet is here. Fill it min and send to Matt or Willard. We need volunteers throughout the day to ensure we continue our Coin Show success!  If you can volunteer some of your time please contact either Matt or Willard.
Coin Show Dec. 4 Matthew Samatas 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Want to play on Wendell Clark’s team with other former Toronto Maple Leafs?  Want to join the opposing team ?  You can support the Rotary club of Streetsville’s plan to have local community members face off on Saturday, January 7th at the Hersey Centre.  Proceeds go to three charities - ErinoakKids, Heart House Hospice and the Trillium Health Partners.  Tickets to be part of the audience for this fabulous event start at $20 and can be purchased online at   Want more info – contact David Bull at 647-781-2885.   A great opportunity to bring the whole family along for a good time – and for a good cause.
Carole Berry
Former Maple Leafs Carole Berry 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
New members proposed
I am pleased to inform you that both the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors has approved both Harjit Jaswal and Suresh Ramachandran for full and associate membership respectively in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Suresh is a Director with Caintech Soutions Inc and a Director with The Wonder Years Montessoi. He has been proposed by Amolak Dhindsa. Harjit Jaswal is a Realtor with the Sutton Group Central Reality and was proposed by John Sanderson.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or email to me by next Wednesday.
David Clement
Club Secretary 
New members David Clement 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Yes, it will get cold soon.  And the Central Peel SS Interact Club is preparing by collecting warm socks, hats, scarves and gloves/mittens for the homeless.  Items can be brought to the club meetings of November 21 and 28.  Then the Interactors will distribute to those living on the street in the first week of December.  If you would prefer to give a small cash donation, items will be purchased by Carole Berry for this annual project.
A large collection bag will be at the club for your contributions.  Great way to spread some warmth.  
Central Peel SS Interact Club Carole Berry 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Santa Claus Parade
Great time was had by all at the annual Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade on Saturday. Our float and our crew.
Santa Claus Parade David Clement 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
John Lomax with District Governor Bill Proctor
John had the honour of joining District Governor, Bill Proctor, on Tuesday night to discuss what our goals in Rotary are to help our indigenous people. Crucial areas that need attention and what we should concentrate on include:
  • We should educate ourselves, learn whose land we are on
  •  Foster relationships
 Rotary Club of Palgrave has a drive for gently used Hockey Equipment for First Nations School in Northern Ontario. If you have any to donate, please get to John Lomax by December 15.
First Nations Rita Gayle 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Deboraha Robinson
Deboraha is a retired Travel Consultant. She is no stranger to Rotary. Deboraha joined the Brampton South Rotary Club in 2007 and was a past Treasurer for three years, Secretary for three years and President for one year.
Deboraha leads a simple life. She was born in Peel Memorial Hospital and grew up in downtown Brampton. She has two brothers and two sisters (one brother has passed). In 1974, after been moved to Bellwood (near Fergus), she didn’t fit in well with the country girls so she moved back to the city where she met her husband of 40 years. They have two beautiful children and a granddaughter who is a very diverse little girl; she is very smart, she dances and plays lacrosse.
Deboraha worked for Peel Memorial Hospital in the Dietary Department. She moved on and went to Sheridan College where she studied Real Estate. In 1989 the Real Estate Market crashed and she was therefore out of work. In 1991 Deborahara became a Travel Consultant with Regent Holidays. She has traveled all over the world and still hope to do some more traveling.
In 2001 Deboraha had some health issues with her vision. She lost sight in one of her eyes but with technology today she has more sight in the good eye than ever before.
Deboraha is excited to be a part of the Rotary Club of Brampton and look forward to working with everyone.
Classification Talk Rita Gayle 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Today we celebrate Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Veterans know the price paid for freedom; the appreciation of the values they fought for will live in all Canadians.
Our guests for this celebration were George (Popsy) Burrows and William (Bill) Burrell. Both men attended Public School together, live life to the fullest and are long-time Brampton residents. They received 50 and 75 yr. War medals and are committed to supporting Remembrance Day Ceremonies. They have visited over 30 schools to talk about war times and also entertain residents at Tullamore Nursing Home.
Bill was the Chair of Legion Poppy Fund for over ten years and is a perfect example of selfless services that Canadians are known for.
Both men received the Paul Harris Awards earlier this year.
Remembrance Day Rita Gayle 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Number one Rotary Club
Matt reminded everyone that we are now in Movember. The website is up and running so please go in and make your donation.
From 2013 to 2015, the Rotary Club of Brampton has been the top fundraising Rotary club in Canada for this cause, and is looking to repeat again this year. First, you need to sign up, at . Once you do that, look to link your profile to the team Rotary Club of Brampton, and then know the rules.
Here they are.
The Rules:
Once signed up here at each mo-bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
For the entire month of Movember each mo-bro must grow and groom a mustache.
Don’t fake it. No beards, no goatees, no fake mustaches.
Use the power of the mustache to create conversations about men’s health and to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Each mo-bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman…
Our club Ladies are also encouraged to participate ... don't want to grow a Mo?  Then click on the link and please donate
Also, keep the date of November 25th open.  The club is hosting an Stache Event.
Information and Tickets will be on sale soon so let's get out there and channel your iner Mo!
Movember Rita Gayle 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Stephanie informed members that a Rotary Club of Brampton Magazine will be started soon and this magazine will tell where and to whom we give money and detail up-coming projects. The magazine will be circulated to local businesses and hospitals. There are 32 pages to be filled; therefore, we need information with photos. Please send Matt or Steve your photos with articles. It will take all of us to make it work.
Rotary Magazine Rita Gayle 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
District Aboriginal Resource Team
John Lomax spoke a bit about DART. The vision of DART is to foster dialogue and relationships between indigenous communities and clubs in Rotary International District 7080. DART has a tremendously huge task and it has taken seven generations to get where we are today.
DART Rita Gayle 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Scott Ching Parade Update
Scott attended Rotary to update us on the Santa Clause Parade. Scott is a friend of Rotary, he is an organizer of Classic Cars and two years ago, was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award.
In 1985 the Santa Clause Parade was resurrected. The Rotary Club of Brampton was the main sponsor with $25,000. If it wasn’t for Rotary, there would be no Santa Clause Parade. This is a volunteer effort. Over 150,000 people watch this parade annually. Without the Peel Regional Police, we could not put on this parade. In 1995 the first night- time parade took place. This year we will be introducing our mascots. The costumes Committee is trying to provide bigger and more viable costumes. We will have a 30 ft. Cookie Tea Crumble filled with helium and it will be flying through the parade. We will also be introducing the Princess and Ladies in Waiting. We will become the complete holiday festival. We are making a festival environment to the downtown Brampton. This is the biggest single event in Peel and the only night- time parade in Canada. Thanks to Rotary for all that they have done and continue to do.
A cheque for $10,000 was presented to Scott for Rotary Club of Brampton sponsorship in the November 19th parade.
Santa Clause Parade Rita Gayle 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Brampton And Caledon Community Foundation
Jim Boyd tanked Rotary for their support in the recent BACCF event. On November 30, 2003 a $21,500 fund was created and it has grown to about $900,000 generating about $30,000 per year. Jim was proud to present a cheque to the Rotary Club of Brampton for $31,096. Congratulations to the Rotary Club for all that it does.
BACCF Rita Gayle 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Denis Stephenson recognized several people who have contributed funds to the Rotary Foundation. For every $500 contributed, the club matches with another $500 and member gets another star. Congratulations to:
Stuart Field, Pierre Beaumier, Badar Shamin (2-star pin), Warren Rasberry (3-star pin), Carole Berry (5-star pin).
Contribution to Rotary Foundation 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
October 24th was World Polio Day and a tremendous success rate of 99.9% to end polio has been accomplished. In 1985 there were more than 125 polio endemic countries. The disease killed or crippled more than 1000 people a day, most of them children.
Rotary launched PolioPlus that year, a multimillion dollar campaign to immunize the world’s children against polio.
What is PolioPlus? PolioPlus involves negotiations with the Government, Fundraising, Environmental surveillance labs. There are 147 of these labs. worldwide that monitor infectious diseases. Infrastructure, involving distribution channels, mass vaccinations. Technology is used to track everything such as virus, volunteers. There is also the importance of volunteers’ I.D. and the set up and mobilization of communities to do mass vaccinations and the education of government for routine vaccinations.
We should be proud of our work, A WORLD WITHOUT POLIO. However, our work is not done as yet. We still need to vaccinate children in Africa.
According to Robert Scott, past RI President, we are working to ensure that the polio virus will be found only in history books and not our children.
Carole Berry – End Polio Now Rita Gayle 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
What a pleasure to see the long-lasting impact of our Rotary Youth exchange program – through the experience of  Aine Magennis, our guest speaker.  Aine recalled her 1989 sponsorship by our Brampton Club when she spent a year in Australia.  This began a life-long desire to travel and learn languages and develop a career in communications.  Aine wore her 25 year old red “RYE” jacket to this presentation.
Youth Exchange Carole Berry 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
This year, every Rotarian is being asked to stretch to make the anniversary of our Rotary Foundation memorable by donating an additional $100.  Your payment can be given to our treasurer Mustafa Nasser, who will forward to the Foundation.  This is the fund which helps our clubs and District to fund many diverse projects featured in the Rotarian magazine and on our Rotary website.  Making a difference – celebrating our own charitable Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Foundation Carole Berry 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
RCB Charity president, Malcolm Slater, presented a cheque for $2000 to The Journey, a neighbourhood centre serving the Ardglen community with a wide variety of programs.  Our club’s contribution will help extend services to the Orenda Court neighbourhood to promote resiliency and prevent exploitation of residents in that area.  This is a joint project with Sheridan College, Peel Regional Police, YMCA and Elizabeth Fry Society. 
CHARITY DONATION Carole Berry 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
On September 17 the Rotary Club of Brampton's held its 3rd annual Rotary Walk for Rapport. Many thanks to the organizers of the walk, and to the community partners and volunteers who supported the event, including Peel Regional Police, Brampton Beast, Clinton's on Main and Salvation Army. Thank you also to the participants who walked on a cold, windy morning, and the donors who sponsored their participation.
Rotary Walk for Rapport David Clement 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Busy week for Rotary

Last week the Rotary Club of Brampton had a fantastic dinner with special guests Ian and Juliet Risely. Ian is the incoming Rotary International President Elect for 2017/2018. The dinner was held at the Glenn, with over 90 Rotarians from our club as well as all the other Brampton clubs, and surrounding clubs from Orangeville, Mississauga, and Georgetown.

Rotarians were treated to the induction of 3 new Rotarians from Brampton South, as well as a Rotary moment from Syd Harmon. 

We were joined by Councillor Elain Moore, who also presented the club with the proclamation, declaring September 20, Rotary International Day in Brampton. Earlier in the day there a ceremony at City Hall where Mayor Linda Jefferies and Rotary International PE Ian Risely made the same declaration and raised the Rotary International Flag.

Tuesday, The Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation honoured Richard Prouse at this year’s OPAL Gala, at which 17 Rotary Club of Brampton Rotarians showed their support.



Steve Robinson

Rotary International President Elect 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday September 21st at the Brampton Civic Hospital The Rotary & Brampton in partnership with The Brampton Library made a significant book donation to the Children’s Pediatric Wellness Unit and the Child & Adolescent Clinic (mental health services unit).
There were approximately 1,500 brand new childrens books delivered, intended to bring back somes smiles for these kids in need.
Great work Jerome!
Book donation 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Bob Cranch, a founding member of the Brampton Area Community Foundation, for his generous donation of $1400 to the BACF.
BACF Donation 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Carole Lewis and Wendy Best of the Brampton Special Olympics were invited to speak at the Rotary Club of Brampton. Carole has been with Brampton Special Olympics for 20 years, participating in coaching, club development and club manager for basketball and soccer. Wendy has been with them for 13 years in Technical Support.
What is Special Olympics? The Special Olympics provide year-round sports and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics promotes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and develop skills and friendship with families.
The goal at Brampton Special Olympics is to strive to build self- confidence and to provide a venue where athletes can learn new skills and make friendships. Friendships last a life time for them. They have an annual dance and attend special sports events such as Brampton Beast. Most of the participants at BSO are on fixed income and live independently. BSO do not receive funding from any affiliated companies. They are totally responsible for raising funds within the community. Without these fundraisers, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do.
Brampton Special Olympics need uniforms and transportation. They also need support in fundraising, baseball bats, basket balls etc. They now have six soccer teams and five basketball teams.
In July 2017 the games will be coming to Brampton. They need financial and volunteer help. Please contact Brampton Special Olympics to donate and/or volunteer.
Brampton Special Olympics Rita Gayle 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jayne Pilot
Our Health Matters
Jayne Pilot, member of the Brampton Rotary Club spoke September 12th, 2016 on “Our Health Matters”.  Her background includes past District Manager for Canada with Browning Ferris Industries in the early 90’s, setting up medical waste disposal, starting a number of international firsts tied with disposal of needles and drugs through the pharmacies, international waste disposal and medical waste disposal.
Last year she wrote a white paper reviewing the status of medical waste disposal in Ontario and Canada.  She shared the stats from the Green Hospital Scorecard report outlining that 59% of the waste from hospitals was going to landfills, 34% were diverted wastes (recycle, reuse and compost) and only 7% was treated as biomedical waste. 
 Biomedical waste is regulated to minimize spread of disease from medical settings from healthcare facilities, however more patients today are being treated in the homes, and what was classified as medical waste is now municipal garbage.   We have aids patients, hepatitis patients, and kidney dialysis patients treated in the homes with medical waste disposal needs. 
Guest speaker Jayne Pilot Jayne Pilot 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meet Sasana Fujita
Louisa formally introduced Sasana Fujita, Brampton Rotary's newest exchange student from Japan.
Sasana was welcomed at the airport by Louisa, Norm Binden, Carole Berry and Steve Robinson. She spent the rest of her weekend at a Jays game with Norm and a fun stay at the lake with Steve and his family.
"I'm so happy to be here," said Sasana.
Louisa thanked Brampton Rotary for the opportunity to host exchange students.  "It's a great thing that the club does and it's fortunate to have a great community of support."
Sasana is already speaking more English and is looking forward to starting high school.  Louisa asked that club members please include her in any activities they may be planning with their families.  There will be a welcome party for all Rotary Youth Exchange Students on September 17 at Mocon Nurseries.
Prior to the introduction, Dennis played the Japanese national anthem and the Japanese flag was  placed at the front of the room, where it will remain for the duration of Sasana's stay.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program Stephanie Beaumier 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary & Zonta donate a van
Continuing a tradition that began 15 years ago, the Rotary Club of Brampton partnered with the Zonta Club of Brampton Caledon for the purchase of a Dodge Caravan for the Salvation Army's Family Life Resource Centre.  Members of both service clubs gathered at the Resource Centre to present Executive Director Marilyn Field and Major Gordon Armstrong of the Salvation Army with the keys to the vehicle.
Monies donated from both groups were raised through OLG Bingo and we thank Delta Bingo for their continued support. The Family Life Resource Centre provides vital shelter, support and life skills coaching for women and children.
Salvation Army Family Life Resource Centre Norm Bindon 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Amolak Dhindsa and Deb Robinson
Amolak Dhindsa and Deb Robinson were inducted last week. 
Amolak is a realtor and was active with the Club from 2005-2015. He was proposed by Barry Thorvardson.

Deb Robinson is a retired travel agent and is the past Secretary, President and Treasurer for the Brampton South Club. She was proposed by Vanora Spreen. Welcome Amolak and Deb to the Rotary Club of Brampton.
New Member Inductions Rita Gayle 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Shane Burt, Manager, Major Gifts
Shane Burt thanked the Rotary Club of Brampton for welcoming him back and he is always excited to come out to these meetings. It’s an exciting time for ErinoakKids. The 121,000 sq. ft. site in Castlemore is scheduled to open May 2017.
In this new facility, a Snoezelen Room is being built. What is a Snoezelen Room? This room has a multi-sensory environment with relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation but it can also engage and delight the user, stimulate reactions and encourage communication. This is a 260 sq. ft. facility, a delightful room with fiber optic lights, music playing with a vibrating ball pool that is captivating for children and keep them engaged.  Also, parents can have time for themselves and their other children and give them the much deserved time they need.
The Rotary Club of Brampton has donated $55,000 to date and a further donation of $45,000 ($90,000 over five years) will get us a naming opportunity for the Snoezelen Room. RCB name would appear in all three donor sites in Brampton and Mississauga.
Shane thanked the Rotary Club of Brampton for their continued support in helping them to do a lot of great things.
ErinoakKids Update Rita Gayle 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Coin Show
The next Coin show will be held Sunday, September 11th at Century Gardens. Please let Matt or Willard know if you are able to volunteer.
Coin Show 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Black Tie and Blue Jeans
Heart Lake Rotary is presenting its Black Tie and Blue Jeans fundraiser for 2016. The recipient this year is Paediatric Children's Medicine at Brampton Civic Hospital and other Rotary charities.
The details in brief
Date:         Saturday November 19, 2016
Show:        West Side Story (Musical)
Cost:          $90 before Sept. 15 ($100 after)
Includes:    Orchestra Seating, Reception of Food and Drink and Silent Auction
Rotary Club of Heart Lake Carole Berry 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Amolak Dhindsa and Deb Robinson
This is to notify you that Amolak Dhindsa and Deb Robinson have been approved, by both the Membership Committee and the Board, for active membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Deb Robinson a retired travel agent (group sales agent) and is the past Secretary, President and Treasurer for the Brampton South Club. She was proposed by Vanora Spreen.  Amolak Dhindsa is a realtor and was active with our Club from 2005-2015 and was proposed by Barry Thorvardson.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or email to me by next Monday.
David Clement
Club Secretary 
New members proposed David Clement 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Eric Russell
Eric thanked Rotarians for the opportunity to speak and thanked Pierre for introducing him to Rotary. He met Pierre 20 years ago when they served on a charity committee together. Eric’s partner Joanne were high school sweethearts, they dated throughout high school and after, they went their separate ways. They met again after 37 years. Joanne is a high school teacher. They have three children and four wonderful grandchildren. They also have a rescue dog. Eric loves music especially rock and roll and jazz. He was a professional musician at age 16; he played bass guitar and drums. He also loves photography and riding motorcycles.
Eric was born on December 25th, which was difficult as it was Christmas. He had a Toronto Star paper route and he learned to manage money and interact with people. Eric graduated Grade 13 and went to work right away; he worked in sales, then went to a company called Stange (a spice company). He went through four interviews to get this job. His first territory was the Maritimes, he grew the territory and in those days business was done with a handshake. Eric did very well with the company so they shipped him off to Edmonton. After three years he came back to Toronto. He worked for McCormick Canada and moved to a VP Sales and Marketing job. He then later started his own company called Russell Marketing and has been doing this for 20 years; he loves it and is good at it.
Eric has been lucky in life and will always give back and that is why he is very happy to be a part of Rotary.
Classification Talk Rita Gayle 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Children's Summer Picnic
This event was held at Rotary Glen on Sunday, August 14th. It was a wonderful day with good weather, good food and happy children. 
We extend a "Big " Rotary Hug and our thanks to our volunteers and Rotary Friends for coming out to support our event yesterday at Carl's Catering The Glen. 

These include; Wendell, John D, John S, John M and Dianne, Jim, Luisa and Jessica, Sandra and Willard, Rita Gayle, Gayle Wilding, Ken, Vanora and Kristin, Carole, Matia Tafaro, Neil, Julia and Hannah, Bino, Martina and Carl's Catering Staff, Harinder, Jerome and Susan, Bruce and Nick from the Brampton Fire Department and Constable Antuma from the Peel Police.
Although we did not have as many as we expected, everyone who did attend enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful time.  We were truly blessed, not only with fine weather, but great fellowship.
In gratitude,
Luisa Mocon and Sandra Burton, CoChairs
Children's Picnic Committee
Rotary Club of Brampton
Membership Committee
We need a large number of people to continue to do what we do. This year the strategy remains the same, contest etc. The only way the club will be able to continue its work is if we bring in new members.
Coin Show
The next Coin show will be held Sunday, September 11th at Century Gardens. Please let Matt or Willard know if you are able to volunteer.
Odds & ends Rita Gayle 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Walk for Rapport
This walk will be on Saturday, September 17th, starting at the Eclipse Centre at West Drive and Clark Blvd. We are trying to achieve a goal of $20,000; $7000 more than last year. It’s a great day to come out and meet people; bring your family and friends and if you know of anyone who would like to sponsor, please let Stephanie know. It’s always a fun day.
Rapport Youth and Family Services is a non-profit social service organization that provides counselling and related support services to youth in Peel Region. There are five youth centres in all of Peel; two in Brampton.Pledge sheet here.
Rotary Walk for Rapport 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Harinder Sohi
Harinder is a member of Peel Regional Police. He is from London, Ontario, his parents originally from India and is married with two children ages 12 and 14. Narinder worked for a company in London and was there for 12 years. He left because he wanted to make a difference by helping people. He joined the Police Force in 2006 in the Investigation Bureau, plain clothes then moved to corporate investigation. His next step is to be a Sergeant. He loves his job, was 30 yrs. old when he got hired and he doesn’t bring work to his home environment.
Narinder is happy to be a Rotary member, he enjoyed the Rib ‘N Roll and will get his family involved.
Classification Talk Rita Gayle 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Saundercook
Senior Manager, Development, Sheridan College
Joe has been working at Sheridan College for five years. He has been married for 25 years with two grown children. His wife is a teacher; she owns a Montessori school. They do a lot together as a family. Joe comes from a large family of nine children, he is ranked number six. He and his family enjoy living in Peel, great people!
At Sheridan, Joe’s expertise is in sales, marketing. Originally he saw himself going into journalism but he knew he had interest in business. Joe and his brother started their own business. They marketed and created a proper board for kids to break dance on. This was well received and an order of 1200 was placed. This was a great introduction to business but it wasn’t a huge success, however, it led to the next job so things do have benefit along the way. Joe left to join a publishing company; he loved reading and writing. If you are in the right place, you can be successful.
When Joe left the publishing industry, he went to work for a college in a similar position of sales and marketing.  He is enjoying his job at Sheridan college. It’s a pleasure meeting good people and there are lots of individuals out there that are willing to help. At Sheridan he relied on people to open doors for him and the strength he brought to the role is his fundraising experience. Sales is a fine line; business development is about intangible ideas. He also had a great brand to work with, he talks to a lot of companies and organizations for Sheridan, a college that has a lot to offer.
Joe finds the volunteerism that Rotary does to be astounding and he will listen to any ideas that we all have and bring them to Sheridan.
Classification Talk Rita Gayle 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Joshua Cherian
Our speaker was Joshua Cherian, Facilities Manager at the Brampton YMCA who gave his classification talk.
Joshua had very humble beginnings in the southern tip of India, where there was no electricity and supplies were delivered by vendors in boats.
Joshua didn't wear shoes until the age of 15 even though he walked 16 kms a day to school.
Moving to northern India because of his father's job in the military, Joshua continued his studies in the area of Mechanical Engineering.  
His first job was in the maintenance department at a hospital in Bombay,(Mumbai) where he rose to the position of Supervisor.
Joshua was determined to learn English - his third language, so worked the night shift,  in order to take English classes during the day.
As his career moved forward in Mechanical Engineering he went from the area of health care to area of tourism with a large beach resort project.
Joshua's next success was the first Bio Tech Facility in India, followed by a high tech project with the first multi national company allowed to  operate in the country,  which required Joshua to learn about broadcasting and multi media.
Joshua's wife had relatives in Canada, and they decided to relocate to Canada for the promise of a good future for his family.
Joshua was ready to do whatever it took to find work in Canada,  studying the Ontario Building code at the library.  His first job was at EMC2 (squared) a storage management company.
Currently Joshua is the Facilities Manager of the Brampton YMCA, where he is proud of its award as the best Green Employer
after energy audits by Sheridan College, and a Energy Reduction Award from Hydro One.
Joshua is a believer in philanthropy, and he is one of the leader donors in the GTA networks of YMCA's.
He serves on the YMCA Advisory Board where he has encouraged multi-cultural events .
David Clement thanked Joshua noting that Joshua's  greatest successes in engineering, broadcasting and facilities all involved the letter "P" Projects, Programs, Properties and Philanthropy.
All of this was possible because of his considerable Passion - passion for life, passion for success, passion for hard work and passion for Canada. 
Joshua demonstrated this passion for Rotary, being the first volunteer to sign up for Rib and Roll .  
Classification Talk Mari-Anne Tate 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Viktoria
President in Waiting John Sanderson presided over the meeting, with 29 Rotarians in attendance.
Viktoria, our current Inbound Exchange student from Slovakia, was presented with a certificate of completion for her year in Canada, as well as the Canadian flag signed by our club members. Viktoria was an excellent ambassador for her community, her Rotary Club and her country and will be missed by all at the RC of Brampton.
Vanora Spreen was  very happy to serve in a new role as Sergeant at Arms, with Ken Spreen as her right hand man, as Bagman. 
Dennis, David and Badar were fined for getting stuck between the 9th and 10th hole a 'rest stop' during the RC of Brampton's Golf Outing.
Happy Bucks included Dennis not needing his eyes glasses due to surgery which should result in increased tips due to being able to see the notes easier.

Youth Exchange Mari-Anne Tate 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Brendan Aldridge
Brendan was born and raised in Brampton. He spent his summers in Quebec with his grandparents and worked on a farm between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. Brendan learned a lot, met many different farmers. He also helped many kids so it was like a summer camp. Brendan was a part of the Brampton Track Club and he was good at track and field. He did odd jobs, had some spare time so he joined Big Brothers which was a way to give back.
Brendan was offered a job at New Mechanical doing plumbing, welding and machinery. He then merged into air conditioning, did his 5- year apprenticeship and got his license. He later opened a martial arts studio, had 200 active memberships, while still managing his air conditioning company. He had six employees. He sold the martial arts school as it was too much for him.
Brendan didn’t ‘t know what Rotary was all about until he met Glenn at the Brampton Board of Trade who invited him to a Rotary meeting and after learning about Rotary, he became a member.
Brendan’s goals are:
-Start a family
- Make his air conditioning business, Dr. HVAC, the best in the area
-Teen Ranch – a spa for troubled teens.
Classification talk Rita Gayle 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Brousseau – Imagination Collective – Experience of a Lifetime
Jennifer Brousseau is a part of a Vancouver Rotary Club. Robert Simpson, a past member of the Rotary Club of Brampton introduced Jennifer to the club. Bob is the President and CEO of HopeLink International and was Jennifer’s mentor. He met Jennifer 20 years ago at his Youth Mentorship Camp on Northern Ontario Remote Reserves.
This camp was for youth 15-30 with leadership expertise and a passion to change the world and Jennifer was an ideal candidate. Bob told her that he saw her one day working with young people. She didn’t know anything about her culture. She was raised non-indigenous. She was the first recruit, she worked with Bob for three years and toured for six years with a play called “Beneath the Surface”. This play is about the challenges that indigenous people are facing. The cast is made up of all indigenous people. Their vision is to bring healing and restoration to the indigenous and the community. It is exciting for Jennifer to come to Ontario which is home and as she brings this healing and restoration, the doors will begin to open.
Pictured -Assist Dist Gov Cam Bogren, (far right) Jennifer Brousseau and Bob Simpson (second from right) attended our meeting last week. ADG Cam was promoting the 7080 District conf in October in Niagara Falls. And Jennifer and Bob were there to promote an aboriginal initiative.  
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The 46th annual Chinguacousy Lions' Club Steak BBQ supporting Peel Memorial. Steak dinner, silent and live auction and great fellowship. Friday July 22. Don't miss it.
Lions' Steak Dinner 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
President Steve Robinson
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes our new President, Steve Robinson. President Steve thanked Past President, Vanora Spreen for her outstanding leadership during her year and reflected on our 75th year, taking a look at all we did, such as Rib ‘N Roll, Kid’s Party, Quint Meeting, Paul Harris events, District Conference, Bingo, Coin Show and the list goes on and on. Also, there was a growth in membership from 53 to 60, a great achievement! With Vanora’s leadership, we now have a good budget and she showed us how to grow.
New Rotary Year Rita Gayle 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
District Aboriginal Resource Team (DART) Chris Snyder and Ingrid Sproxton presented to the club last week.
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Start of a new year. President Vanora presented gifts to the outgoing board of the club.
Below is new President Steve Robinson's 2016-17 Board of Directors.
Rotary Club of Brampton 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2016 Update (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)
Natalie and Sanjay attended our club to update us on RYLA. These two are very hardworking volunteers. Sanjay is a full time student with a full time job and Natalie has completed her University studies, graduating the next day. They thanked Rotary for sponsoring them and showed a power point highlighting the impact on their lives.
RYLA Rita Gayle 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Jorun Rucels – Brain Injuries Association of Peel & Halton
June is brain injury awareness month and the Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Jorun Rucels, Executive Director.
BIAPH is a non-profit organization which exists for the needs of families and survivors of brain injury in the Peel and Halton Regions. Brain injury could be the result of a virus, a stroke, lack of oxygen. It’s exhausting to live with someone with a brain injury. Aside from support groups, there is a caregiver program. They facilitate measures to promote the prevention of brain injury, improve quality/care of life and provide community education.
Thanks to Rotary for all the support they have given in the past.
Guest Speaker Rita Gayle 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Great presentation this week at the World's Greatest Meal fundraiser by Susanne Rae to help end Polio.
Polio Plus David Clement 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Viktoria Houdekova (from Slovakia)
My Year in Canada
Viktoria will be here until July 25th. Thanks to the Mocon Family, the Franks Family for hosting her. Also thanks to Stu for taking her for a couple of weeks and Mary Anne for being the chair of Youth Exchange.
Viktoria came to Canada in August. Her first year in Canada was great. She went to the Blue Jays game, saw the CN Tower. In September she met another Youth Exchange student from Austria and became good friends. She went to a Rotary meeting in Burlington where she met Youth Exchange students and became good friends with them too. Her first meeting in Brampton was at the Santa Clause parade and it was great to be together. She also went with the Interact Club to help the homeless people in Toronto.
Viktoria went to Canada’s Wonderland and she really enjoyed it. Her first time in Niagara Falls was great. She also went to Camp Wanatika, did tobogganing and it was so much fun. She went to Muskoka for March Break. Viktoria participated in a fundraiser in Mississauga where she went without food for 24 hours.
Viktoria celebrated celebrated her 18th birthday. Her teacher ordered a cake for her. She went to dinner at the CN Tower with her parents who were visiting from Slovakia.
John Lomax thanked Viltoria for sharing her year with Rotary members and expressed the fact that Viktoria is a very strong Youth Exchange student and throughout her year she was absolutely amazing.
Youth Exchange Rita Gayle 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Dinner
There will be a Polio Plus Dinner Tuesday June 7th at 6 p.m. at the Rotary Club of Brampton, cost is $45
Polio Plus Dinner Rita Gayle 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Blanche Hinton
Blanche is a member of the Rotary Club of Bolton. She has spent her whole life wanting to be with kids. She spent 12 years with Deaf Exchange Students and worked twice in Rwanda with students and teachers of Africa. Blanche also went to Russia, she didn’t understand the language and couldn’t read it; that made her understand the frustrations of deaf students.
Blanche has just returned from a project in Panama. There is no education in Panama for anyone with a handicap. Going into this, she didn’t have a lot of money but thanks to the help of the Rotary Club. Blanche was floored to learn that there is no education in Panama for the deaf. Imagine what it’s like to spend your whole life with no understanding of what you are seeing. Blanche is used to be around the deaf and was accepted very quickly and, as well, she speaks Spanish. It was a good way to learn Spanish by doing sign language. If you have no words, you cannot think.  People think they are stupid as no one in their whole life has taught them anything. No one has ever asked them to think so they never have to think about why. Just imagine what it was like growing up under such circumstances. Blanche did a unit on why they cannot hear. It was fascinating for them.
Along the way, there were lots of little miracles like learning the Panama Anthem in sign language. Rotary brought in a group of opticians who checked out 700 people in one day and gave them glasses. The most important thing now is that the deaf people in Panama
Panama Project Update Rita Gayle 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rhodes on May 29, 2016
What a blast!
Three days where the weather was beautiful the ribs were delicious and the rock kept everyone jumping.
See more pictures:
Rib 'n' Roll a huge success Stephen Rhodes 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Our exchange student Victoria celebrating her 18th birthday. Guest Speaker Dr. Jeff Zabudsky from Sheridan college and new members of the club inducted -from left to right: Vijay Kotamarti (returning to the club) – New Members: Eric Russell,  Joshua Cherian , Brendon Aldridge, Harinder Sohi, Joe Saundercook.
New Members et al 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Smart Serve Course May 25
May 25, 2016, a Smart Serve Course will be held. This is a four- hour course sponsored by the City, and will be a $40 savings for participants. Everyone who does not have their Smart Serve Certificate is encouraged to take this course as we are all required to have this documentation before we can work at Rib and Roll, whether or not we are serving liquor.
Smart Serve Course 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Shane Burt
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Shane Burt, Manager of Major Gifts, Erinoak Kids Centre. Shane has been living in Brampton for the past 20 years and he is a Registered Fundraiser Professional. Since 1998, the Rotary Club of Brampton has donated over $100,000 to Erinoak Kids Centre.
Erinoak Kids Centre was founded in 1971 by a group of engaged parents whose kids had disabilities. It is the largest of Ontario’s 20 community-based children’s treatment centres serving over 15,000 children with disabilities and their families every year.
The Centre supports children who have autism, development or physical disabilities, community disorders, hearing loss and deafness, low vision and blindness. In Spring 2017 Erinoak Kids will open a new Brampton/Caledon state-of-the-art facility with over 121 sq. ft. of treatment facilities, on 8 acres, a 26 bed respite facility (the largest in Ontario), warm water therapy and a therapy gym. Site is now 40% complete.
To date $8M has been raised toward the “In My Dreams Campaign”; their goal is $20M. The biggest thing is the Respite Facility, they need trained professionals who can take over from parents who undergo a lot of strain; their goal is to provide the families with the services they need. Every year they have over 400 volunteers and they are opening to more volunteers. If you have the passion, be a volunteer.
ErinoakKids Rita Gayle 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Harinder Sohi
This is to notify you that Harinder Sohi has been approved, by both the Membership Committee and the Board, for active membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Harinder Sohi is a police constable with the Peel Regional Police and has been active in youth exchange, community events and Rib n' Roll. He has been proposed by John Digby.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or email to me within seven days of this notice.
David Clement
Club Secretary 
New Member David Clement 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Smart Serve Course
May 25, 2016, a Smart Serve Course will be held. This is a four- hour course sponsored by the City, and will be a $40 savings for participants. Everyone who does not have their Smart Serve Certificate is encouraged to take this course as we are all required to have this documentation before we can work at Rib and Roll, whether or not we are serving liquor.
May 25, 2016 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Smart Serve Course
May 25, 2016, a Smart Serve Course will be held. This is a four- hour course sponsored by the City, and will be a $40 savings for participants. Everyone who does not have their Smart Serve Certificate is encouraged to take this course as we are all required to have this documentation before we can work at Rib and Roll, whether or not we are serving liquor.
Coin Show
Willard announced that over $3,000 was made at this show. Thanks to all the volunteers who participated.
Paul Harris Night
May 9th will be an evening meeting, for a Paul Harris celebration, starting at 6 p.m. 
Odds and ends Rita Gayle 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Chief of Police Jennifer Evans
Welcome Chief Jennifer Evans to the Rotary Club of Brampton.  Chief Evans began her career with Peel Regional Police in 1983 when she joined as a cadet and since that time she progressed throughout the organization. Chief Evans’ knowledge and experience is recognized both provincially and nationally.
What is carding? Carding refers to the police practice of stopping people on the street and collecting information about them. Peel Regional Police is the only Police Department to put policies in place. They track violent crimes and crime rates. There are hotspots for street checks and violent crimes. 33% of crimes reported are by people near the airport. Contact carding connect police to people and location. Collection of I.D. info. means face to face interaction between a Police Officer and a person for the purpose of collecting or attempting to collect. The Peel Police Department have implemented new procedures in keeping with regulation, effecting April 20th and they are the first Police Service in Ontario to do this.
Thanks to the Peel Police do who always volunteer their time to make our community better.
Carding Rita Gayle 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
St. Agustine Interact Club. visited our club last week.
Interact 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
The April 16th Leadership Training was a huge success. It was a jammed pack day full of great ideas. President Vanora was mazed at the great amount of money raised, especially by small towns. This makes us realize that we can do much better at fundraising. There was good value talking with other Rotarians.
Leadership training 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Stephanie Beaumier

Stephanie has been involved with charities for the past 15 years. She has been involved with fundraising and the Beaumier family foundation and now proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of Brampton. She has lived in Brampton since 1975, went to Mayfield and graduated from Central Peel Secondary School. Her parents gave opportunities to whoever wanted them and she is extremely proud of her family and wants to continue with that tradition.

Stephanie went to Western Ontario University and graduated in marketing. She worked mostly in charity. Her first real job was with Goodwill, Toronto; this she considers to be the best job she has ever had in her whole life because most of the employees were adults with disabilities. Even on our worst day we are so much better than so many people.

Stephanie is busy doing contract work. She is outgoing and her hobbies include gardening, stained glass and reading.

Why Rotary?

Four years ago her Dad, Pierre Beaumier, invited her to come out to some Rotary events. She liked the work that Rotary did and continues to do. Her goal at Rotary is to help with sponsorship and she looks forward to increasing Rotary’s revenue and visibility. Another goal is to get the youth involved. She looks forward to getting to know the members a bit better and working with everyone.

Welcome Stephanie to the Rotary Club of Brampton and we all look forward to working with you.

Classification talk Rita Gayle 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Brendon Aldridge and Eric Russell
This is to notify you that Brendon Aldridge and Eric Russell have been approved, by both the Membership Committee and the Board, for active membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Brendon Aldridge is the owner of Dr. HVAC Ltd, a heating and air conditioning company in Brampton and was proposed by Glenn Williams. Eric Russell is  employed in industrial sales and was proposed by Pierre Beaumier. Both have a background in the non-profit community. Brendon with BBOT and raising funds for pancreatic cancer and Eric is on the Board of Peel Partners for a Drug Free Community.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or email to me within seven days of this notice.
David Clement
Club Secretary 
New Members 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Schree presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the RC of Lalitpur Nepal for our earthquake relief. One was also presented to Pierre for the generous support of his foundation. 
Earthquake relief 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Jeff Rushton, founder of Coast to Coast and Tour for Kids to spoke to the club and thanked it for its continuing support through Rib 'n' Roll.
Tour for Kids 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Rotary Dinner 
The youth in our District are amazing and doing great things to change this world. As you know RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) 2016 Program is quickly approaching. This year the program runs from Sunday April 24, 2016 through Friday April 29, 2016.
We extend an invitation to you and all of the clubs in our District to join the RYLA participants and training team at a special Rotary Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, which is Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bolton.
 The Ecology Retreat Centre is a rustic setting for h'orderves and a fabulous dinner with the RYLArians.  Register in advance – deadline April 23, 2016.
RYLA 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Unpacking the conflict in the Middle East
Kamran Bukhari was the speaker at our Monday meeting. He is a political analyst and senior lecturer for the University of Ottawa. He is also a Senior Analyst for political futures. His job is to take complex phenomenon and clarify for the public. He spoke about discrepancies that we should be mindful of such as Jihadism (Islamic militant movement), geosectarian (lethal challenge) and autocratic meltdown. His talk was very interesting and judging from the number of questions asked was an indication of the level of interest from the group.
Guest speaker Rita Gayle 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0


Tree Planting April 23

Come out to the Brampton Earth Day Tree Planting and help give back to your community. Bring your family and friends and help us create some habitat! There will be tree planting demonstrations for all as well as booths from our community partners and a BBQ at the end for a job well done. Come out to the Brampton Earth Day Tree Planting and help give back to your community. Bring your family and friends and help us create some habitat! There will be tree planting demonstrations for all as well as booths from our community partners and a BBQ at the end for a job well done.   Students can earn community service hours at this project.
Parking is Behind David Suzuki Secondary School off Chingaucousy Park.   Meet at the Pavillion.     More info:

Earth Day Carole Berry 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Brampton scoping out possible naming rights opportunities while touring the new Peel Memorial Site (under construction) after making a $500,000 donation to the William Osler Health System Foundation.
Touring the hospital David Clement 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Brampton Interact Clubs
Brampton Interact Clubs from David Suzuki and Central Peel Secondary Schools visited the Rotary Club of Brampton and updated us on the various projects they worked on in 2015 and continue to work on in 2016.
Davis Suzuki S.S.
Their club consists have 40 plus members with eight executives and they are an established part of the school community.
Last year they worked on several projects including:
Holiday food drive, raising 1200 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Knight’s Table
Loonies for Learning Campaign - adopted a school on an aboriginal reserve and helped to buy their school supplies
Me to We Rafiki sale - to help families in underdeveloped countries
Christmas Party for Special Needs
International Women’s Day, Women’s Shelter dinner
Say hello to Syrian Refugees. We want Syrian Refugees to feel they belong, want to create a video that simply says, “Welcome to Canada”.
Central Peel S.S.
Their club consists of 30 plus members with 13 executives. Each executive is designated a specific job.
Their projects include:
Vow of Silence, do not communicate with anyone, I am silent. This project raised a lot of money.
Annual clothes drive – goal to deliver clothing to people in Toronto who do not have access to shelters
Clothing and Toy drive for families in need who cannot afford Xmas gifts for their children. Boxes of toys and clothing were collected
30 hours famine – to inspire awareness for refugees. 60 plus students attended, quite a memorable experience
President Vanora expressed on behalf of the Rotarians how impressed we all are to see the work these young people are doing and with the quality of young people and their projects each year makes us confident in the future of our community.
Interact Rita Gayle 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Ward
It is in you to give
As announced the Rotary Club of Brampton is hosting a Blood donation clinic at Shopper's World, Brampton (Staples Court at the south end of the Mall) on April 1st
We need people to book an appointment between 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. by letting me know.  It takes about an hour.
Please try to bring a friend, family member, colleague etc. along and book for them too (also with me).
Also, it would be nice to have a couple of greeters at the Clinic in Rotary shirts.  For those who volunteer at Bingo, please wear that uniform.  Please let me know if you can do an hour or two.
Eligibility and details are here
It's in you to give.
Peter Ward,
Rotary Club of Brampton
Blood donor clinic Peter Ward 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Our first Coin Show of 2016 is coming up on Sunday April 24th!
Coin show Matthew Samatas 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
A great evening was had by all at the Quint dinner.
Guest speaker Joe Roberts, Skid Row CEO (Push for Change) was thanked by John Izard from Heart Lake Rotary.
And Sandra Burton received her President's Award from President Vanora and Ameer Khan receiving the same award from his Rotaract Club.
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Dr. Eileen de Villa – Medical Officer at Peel Public Health
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Dr. de Villa. She is a Medical Officer of health at Peel Public Health, the local public health agency serving the 1.4 million residents of the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon. Peel Public Health is one of the largest public health practices, particularly as it relates to the built environment and changing the way communities are designed and built.
Peel Public Health is a leader – locally and nationally – in changing the way communities are designed and built. They are staying ahead of the curve by focusing on built environment as a strategic priority and are determined to build healthy, active communities for every resident.
The goals of Peel Public Health are to improve health status of the population and to reduce disparities in health status within the population.
In Peel Region, 51% of adults are either overweight or obese. There is a high rate of diabetes in the region. Physical activity has been engineered out of our lives, kids don’t walk to school like they use to. This is not just a health problem but there is a significant cost associated with obesity. Walking or cycling, 30 minutes, seven days a week reduces death by 22% and risk of diabetes by 30%.
Community Planning
Infrastructure – make community a good place to live, efficient parking.
Density – service proximity
Connectivity – characteristics, a measure of how well street networks and transportation systems are linked.
Peel Public Health is actively working on these elements within our community.
The benefits – reduce premature death and cases of diabetes. This makes a positive benefit for businesses.
Healthy Peel by design is working with schools to allow kids to walk home. Good design will promote healthy behaviour.
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Valentine's Party 2016-02-21 00:00:00Z 0

Stephanie Beaumier

This is to notify you that Stephanie Beaumier has been approved for active membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.

Stephanie is the former Development Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and is a Director in the Beaumier Churcott Foundation. She brings to the Club experience in marketing, fundraising, communications and event management.

Any member in good standing may object in writing or email to me within seven days of this notice.


David Clement

Club Secretary 

New member proposal David Clement 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
 Robbie Burns Luncheon 
With much dignity  piper Dr. Dave McDougall led the parade of the Haggis for our Annual Robert Burns luncheon, celebrated on the 257th anniversary of his birth in 1757 in  Scotland.   With much devotion to the bard, a fine haggis was created by Carl’s Catering chef, Mike. 
Paul Federico gave a short biography of Robbie Burns, who seems to have lived a busy, varied yet short life (to age 37).  Paul noted that Burns was a much celebrated poet, but had other careers too – farmer, songwriter, taxman and a member of a ceremonial militia.  Perhaps well-known also as a lover of women!  Robert Burns, born 1757 near Ayr, Scotland and became Scotland’s national poet, published many times and is the only poet who has a national day declared in his honour.   Paul gave a stirring rendition of “Address to the Haggis” – and this announced a traditional Scottish luncheon of haggis, Scottish pies, turnip and potatoes. 
Monday January 25 Carole Berry 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Confirm your attendance
Thank you to those who have already responded; however, we are still waiting to hear from the rest of you.  As Dittie already mentioned to you this past Monday at Rotary, the deadline to pre-register for the Valentine's Day Dinner is Monday, February 1st.  Just to remind you, this will take the place of our regular Monday lunch meeting on the evening of February 8th.  Reception 6 pm and dinner (Salmon or Vegetarian) at 7 pm with a cash bar provided.  
As we all know with Vanora and Dittie involved in the program, we will be in for a special night, so don't delay, please confirm your attendance if you haven't already specifying Salmon or Vegetarian.
Valentine's Day Dinner Sandra Burton 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Ken Mayhew, CEO of the Foundation, attended our Robbie Burns luncheon and shared some important information on hospital services.  On Boxing Day, December 26 the Brampton Civic Hospital served more people than three hospitals in Toronto -  Mt. Sinai, Sick Kids and Toronto General.  It has the busiest emergency in the country, the second busiest Obstetrics Dept. and is serving 2,000 families each day.  Ken thanking the club for its ongoing support.
William Osler Hospital 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Viktoria Houdekova
Vanora opened the meeting and Dittie led us in the singing of Oh Canada.
Willard was Sergeant-at-arms and fined Joe for creating fines out of thin air last week. Dittie was fined for not sitting at what is known as Dittie's Table.

Nick clarified he held the position of Secretary for the Acton Club not the President. He was President of the Toronto Beach Club.
Our Inbound Exchange student Viktoria Houdekova from Slovakia did a short presentation about her country and performed a traditional dance in costume for us.

Slovakia has a population of 5,415,945 people and its national language is Slovak.

The capitol city is Brataslava, the economic, political and cultural center of the country and has a population of 500,000.
Viktoria lives with her police officer parents in a village 12 kms from Banska, Bystrica, a city surrounded by hills and mountains, popular for hiking and skiing. Banska Bystrica is a UNESCO world site because of the unique ice caves. It is also home to the first Technical University in the world.

Viktoria represents District 2240 which has 72 clubs and is sponsored by the Banska Bystrica Rotary Club which has 24 members.
She is attending Central Peel High School studying hard as she aspires to be a dentist.

We are happy and fortunate to have such a diligent outgoing student.
Exchange student Mari-Anne Tate 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Nick Larter
Monday January 11th  RC of Brampton
31 present, with the return of our exchange student Viktoria from Slovakia and John Lomax,  recently re-retired,  who brought Marilyn Lomax as his guest.
Jim Inglis, proved again this week that it is better late than never and our Sergeant-at-Arms fined Mari-Anne Tate for pointing out this.  Jane Pilot was also fined for making mention of appearing in the newspaper.
All men and women not wearing ties were also fined.
The guest speaker was our new member Nick Larter, who may be new to the RC of Brampton, but certainly not new to Rotary.
In fact Nick has done a classification talk for Rotary five times. Nick believes Rotary has provided him with many opportunities to develop himself personally and professionally.
His first introduction to Rotary was in Acton where he was transferred  as the second location in his career, which began in Brampton at Scott's Funeral Home.
In Acton Nick served as club president, the same year Norm Bindon was president of the RC of Brampton.
When Nick's career required a transfer  to Toronto he was a member of two clubs,  first The Toronto Beaches club  and then the RC of Toronto.
Nick served on many varied committees during his time as a Rotarian in Toronto, even participating on the District Conference committee and taking the District Leadership Training . At the RC of Toronto he was a member of a Senior Citizen's Committee whose mandate was responsible for supporting services and programming for the purpose of improving the quality of life for disadvantaged seniors in the community, the homeless, under-housed and shut-ins, the most vulnerable to the economic, social and environmental challenges of a metropolitan city.
From his  passion for the beautiful automobiles of British funeral services to the many advisory committees such as the Infectious Disease Planning Committee for pandemic planning, Nick has had many varied experiences as a result of his career.
Nick's  career path has come full circle back to Scott's Funeral Home as Manager.
The RC of Brampton welcomes Nick and looks forward to his expertise as an experienced Rotarian.
Classification talk Mari-Anne Tate 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Alexander Kovaloff, MA CCH
Alex explained about his practice as a certified consulting hypnotist. His goal is to help people and also to make people aware that hypnosis exists as a therapeutic tool. 
A client must want to make a change to be helped. Unlike many therapists, he always begins with a 2 hour introductory session.
He begins by putting the client's conscious mind to rest by inducing a relaxed state.  The sub conscious state can bring events of one's childhood to the forefront to allow discussion.  
Events in one's childhood are usually behind  the bothersome elements needing to be addressed as an adult.
Alex specializes in issues of weight loss, stress, self esteem and fears.
Alex's presentation allowed us to understand that hypnosis is more than just a form of entertainment that many are  more familiar with.
Guest speaker Mari-Anne Tate 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Great turnout and lots of help at our annual Children's Christmas party. Thanks to all who helped make this such a successful event. Thanks to Jerome Dawson and crew for organizing. And thanks to Badar for the pictures.
More pictures here
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Santa appeared to distribute gifts to children and grandchildren alike at the annual Rotary Christmas luncheon Monday. Great Christmas meal thanks to Bino and his staff. Thanks to Denis for the singalong. A good time was had by all.
More pictures here
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Habitat for Humanity
Our guest speaker, Thomas Fisher, is the Regional VP of Habitat in Brampton/Caledon. He began his career in 2006.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. It was founded on Christian principles and they welcome all people without discrimination to join as they build simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. By owning their own home, families are able to achieve greater stability and improve their overall health while building equity for their future.
It takes a community to build a community. The Region of Peel supports financially with funds for each home. The most exciting part is handing over the key and payment is never more than 30% of the family income with zero percent interest for 20 years. The families are selected based on need, ability to afford a payment and they are required to put 500 hours in themselves. Their household income is reviewed every year as income changes, so does their payments.
How can Rotary help? Rotary can sponsor a home and Mr. Fisher’s vision is for the Rotary Club of Brampton and Caledon to come together to raise funds for Humanity. Mr. Fisher thanked the Rotary for everything they have done and continue to do.
Guest speaker Rita Gayle 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Children’s Christmas Party
The Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 19th at Century Gardens. Volunteers are needed to pick out toys at Salvation Army and also for the party. Please let Luisa know if you can help.
Children’s Christmas Party 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Zonta International – Empowering Women
The Rotary Club of Brampton is pleased to welcome Kathleen Douglass. Kathleen is a member of the Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon. Since joining Zonta International in 1980, she has served in numerous roles at the club and district levels, including twice as club president, area director and district governor. Kathleen is also Manager of Volunteer/Community Programs in Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
Zonta International was founded in 1919 and is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, members all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objects.
Zonta International wants to make sure women’s rights are recognized, women’s rights are human rights which are essential for the development of all people. Zonat International endorses the values expressed in the United Nations. Zonta means integrity and honesty, and their commitment is to work closely with partners in the community. Zonta is a safe place to fail. Together we can accomplish more, change lives, belong, volunteer and become empowered.
Kathleen Douglass Rita Gayle 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Movember on the MOVE
The Rotary Club of Brampton is proud to again partner with Movember for our 2015 MOVEMBER
campaign! Last year, through our team, club and the generosity of our sponsors, we helped raise
over $8,000 for MOVEMBER for the awareness of Men’s Health.

Why does the Rotary Club support such a great cause? Simple. The state of men’s health is in a crisis.
Simply put, men are dying far too young.

In order to tackle the problem and work towards a world where future generations of men are not faced with the same issues as today, we need to take action at both an individual and community level. This means engaging men and women, businesses, sporting groups, community organizations, governments, health policy makers and health care providers in the efforts to reduce the current gender inequality in health outcomes.
RCB Movember Matthew Samatas 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Next Coin Show Dec. 6
Our next Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show is Dec. 6 at Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E. 
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm. 
Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
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Dr. Mohit Singla, Pediatric Cardiologist, William Osler Hospital
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Dr. Singla. Dr. Singla came to William Osler Hospital two years ago from Sick Kids Hospital. He is involved in the Pediatric Lifestyle Clinic at Osler to help children manage obesity and the risk factors associated with it. He educates people that obesity is a big deal. One in five deaths is linked to excess weight. In 2007, the estimated rate of obesity among Canadians was 25%. In view of this problem, the Ministry decided to fund a program called Lifestyle Clinic.
This program involves information session, an initial group session on nutrition and physical activity and monthly visits alternating between seeing a Nurse, Dietitian, Pediatrician and Kinesiologist.
The goal is to educate and motivate families to make lifestyle changes to improve health outcomes. Throughout the year, families can attend education workshops like cooking classes, grocery tours, fitness workshops and self –esteem and body seminars.
Guest speaker Rita Gayle 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Special Meeting and AGM
This is to let you know that the are two important dates in December for your agendas. Both occur on the regular Monday meeting of the membership. Noon at Rotary Glen.
Yes, it is that time of year again. It is AGM season here at RCB. Monday the 14th of December will be the the Annual General Meeting. It is at this meeting that Directors are elected and year-end financial statements are approved.  So please consider this your formal notice and invitation.  Be on the lookout for additional emails from me in the weeks to come as I fill your inbox with documents in advance of the AGM (past AGM/SGM minutes, agenda, financial statements etc.).
Please also consider this your notice of a special meeting of the membership on December 7th (also noon at Rotary Glen).  At that time there will be a discussion and vote on the donation to the William Osler Health System Foundation.  The details of the latter were shared with you in my October 9th email and attachment. We look forward to your input and debate on this very important topic.
Your attendance at both of the above important meetings is highly encouraged.
David Clement
Board Secretary
Dates to remember David Clement 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Two Rotary guests were present, our good friend and former member James Ramsbottom, and a member from The Flower City Club, Luke Pratt.
Our speakers were two club members.
First Barry Thorvardsen presented us with a slide show about the Rotary Seniors Village concept summarizing an earlier presentation about the concept, and providing us with the details of the progress of the committee.
Through Barry the Committee made a Motion that the Club approve a sum of $6,000 to allow the Rotary Seniors Village Committee to proceed with the OCA Architects Feasibility Study. All were in favour.
The second speaker was Steve Robinson, who suggested that in honour of our 75th anniversary we have a legacy project with a multiyear gift to the William Osler Foundation, in support for the new Peel Memorial. The board is looking for any and all feedback prior to a vote being called, which  will take place around November 23rd.
The Halloween Party was a frightfully fun evening attended by a number of spooky Rotarians and friends.
Monday November 2nd the meeting will begin promptly at 12 noon. Members are reminded to arrive on time and leave promptly after due to a function immediately following the meeting.
Meeting Oct. 26 Mari-Anne Tate 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Captain Badar and Jedi Ken square off at the club's Halloween Party.
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Major Gordon Armstrong (Salvation Army)
Major Armstrong was 19 years when he got married and has been married for 43 years. He has seven grandchildren. He has been a Rotarian since 1980 and has watched Rotary grow. His Dad was in the Salvation Army in public relations and Major Armstrong was a camp director in Saskatchewan. The SA is a fun organization to work for, the days are long but you meet all kinds of people. They have a missing person’s bureau set up with a 68% find.
The Salvation Army started in England and is well respected all over the world in 125 countries. 96 cents of every dollar raised goes to programming; none of the donated money goes to administration. The Salvation Army raised $191,000 from kettles last year and Rotary is a big supporter of this event.
The Salvation Army is an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, caring for people holistically. Its mission is to share love and meet human needs without discrimination.
The Salvation Army is a place of hope, partnering with homeless individuals, families and others in building a healthy community in expression of God’s love.
Major Armstrong thanked the Rotary for what they do and encourage them not to stop.
Classification talk Rita Gayle 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Save the Date of Friday October 30th for our Rotary Club of Brampton SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY at Carl's Catering the Glen
Party starts at 7pm and goes till the Ghouls go Home and come dressed for Halloween in your favorite costumes (buffet Dinner at 8pm)
Prizes for the Best Costume, Best Carved Pumpkin (bring your own pre carved pumpkin)
Grand Prize Draws at 10 pm
Tickets are $35 per person and available from the Club Members ... EVERYONE WELCOME!
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A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Brampton, Clinton's on Main, PLASP Child Care Services, Peel Regional Police, the Salvation Army, the Beast and all those who came out supported the 2nd Annual Rotary Walk for Rapport. Thank you for walking, pledging, sponsoring and volunteering in support of Rapport's children, youth and families.
Rotary Walk for Rapport David Clement 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Dream and think big!
Our District Governor Will Pugh welcomed our Exchange Student, saying she will change our club this year and later change the world. He challenged us to celebrate our Rotary Club and cherish it and help it to expand.
Engage yourselves in communication.
Try 10 New Ideas this year. 7 ideas will succeed and help your club grow. 3 ideas will be lessons learned and for the Incoming President to continue.
He challenged us to follow this year's Rotary theme to "be a gift unto the world".
Take our time for service. Allow new members even if family or business interests limit their weekly participation. Let them grow to expand their contributions in Rotary.
Remember One Passion, One Idea, One Club, can change the world. It did for Polio. We are now only months away from vacinating the last child in the work.
Dream and Think Big!
DG Will Pugh Barry Thorvardson 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Walk for Rapport
The Rotary Club of Brampton has teamed up with Rapport Youth and Family Services to raise funds for their Eclypse Youth Resource Centers ( with a Walk / B-B-Q on Saturday, October 3, 2015. We are calling it the Rotary Walk for Rapport.
Rapport is the oldest youth counseling agency in Peel and the largest provider of drop-in services for youth in Brampton.  Proudly founded in Brampton and serving all of Peel since 1969.
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Coin Show
Willard thanked all who volunteered at the Coin Show and announced that $3,181 was made, another successful show.
New polio cases
President Vanora sadly announced that there are three new cases of polio, two in Ukraine and one in Mali. We can’t give up now; we have to be persistent with immunization.
Halloween Party
Friday, October 30th, details to follow.
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Protecting our community
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Chief Clark. The Chief has been with the Brampton Fire Department for 33 years. In 1968 he moved to Bramalea and in July 1982 he joined the Brampton Fire Department. He spent 20 years on trucks as a Captain became Division Chief, then Deputy Chief and now he is Chief. His father was Chief before him.
Chief Clark thanked the Rotary for their $110,000 contribution towards defibrillators and Brampton was the first to have defibs. Also, Brampton was the first to have cameras on fire trucks, with Rotary contribution. Brampton provides one of the highest rates of survival of heart attacks.
The Brampton Fire Department has changed over the years. It was disorganized and not much knowledge. Today they have skilled and knowledgeable technicians. There are two issues that make fire fighting quite dangerous; the nature of the material that homes are made of and the construction of the homes. As a result, fires burn hotter and faster than before. There are protection of smoke alarms and residential sprinklers in homes. Brampton approves up to 90% more calls than other municipalities and the Department is most interested in the level of service they provide to their customers.
How do we stack up with other municipalities? In Brampton, the calls are equal to the population, same in other municipalities; half are medical calls, fire calls small number, the most common cause is cooking and they receive about 22,000 calls per year.
Michael Clark, Brampton Fire Chief Rita Gayle 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
10th West Africa Project Fair
This week-long trip Nov. 10-19, is a hands-on experience in polio eradication, community service,friendships and learning how to support the Rotary projects of West Africa. Click on image below for application.
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A visit to Bethell Hospice
Julie Hymers is the Fundraising Manager for Bethell Hospice Foundation. She has a master’s degree in communication and has done a lot of volunteering in the community. The fundraising target for Bethel is $1M each year.
Bethell Hospice started 25 years ago, the residence opened five years ago.  At Bethell, they believed that no one should die alone in death. The hospice is focused on individual personalized care. They provide care to persons living with a life-threatening illness when care at home is no longer practical.
The goal of the organization is for health care professionals and volunteers to work together to provide care and a secure environment so that families are free to make those last moments the most meaningful. They have an amazing team of staff who are there seven days a week. There are ten beds at Bethel. Every one of the rooms has a wide door that opens into the garden. All dinners are made by volunteers; they have over 200 volunteers The Hospice is a haven of support for individuals; there is no cost to residents, no opportunity that a resident would be denied care. The criterion to occupy a bed at Bethell is end of life diagnosis. 43% of residents are from Brampton.
It’s a special place and the Foundation has to raise $1M every year to keep the doors open, therefore, in order to get there, they need a lot of help from everyone.
Bethell Hospice Rita Gayle 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Helping our community
Welcome to Ted Brown from Regeneration Outreach Community
Ted Brown is very active in the community. He came to Brampton 32 years ago and spent most of his career in the Kennedy Road Tabernacle as an outreach pastor.
Ted reports that over $380,000 came in by the end of last year to support families who were in the fire, amazing!
Regeneration Outreach Community Rita Gayle 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting offsite today
Our Monday meeting, August 31st,, is NOT at Rotary Glen. We are on the road - 15825 McLaughlin Road specifically - all the way up in Caledon (Inglewood), visiting Bethell Hospice. Our meeting and lunch will actually be in the Inglewood Community Ctr (right next door to Bethell), with a tour of the Hospice to follow our meeting.
Meeting at Bethell Hospice today 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Gayle
Rotary Rib n Roll
A luncheon was held at the Rotary Club of Brampton in honour of our Rib ‘N Roll Volunteers. Brad Goodison, Chair of the Rib ‘N Roll Committee, thanked all the volunteers and corporate sponsors and announced that over $45,000 was raised at this event.
Guests at this luncheon included Ron Mitchell of Tour for Kids. This year over 200,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer. Ron thanked the Rotary Club for all the work they do for these kids.
Tom Horlor of Erin Oak Kids also thanked Rotary for their unbelievable donation to Erin Oak Kids. In May 2017, a new building will be opening, located at Castlemore and McBean. The building will serve over 7000 kids per year and the program area that the club donates to is autism. There is a pool, a gym, fitness centre. The building is now coming out of the ground.
Malcolm Slater gave a brief update on the Rotary Club Charity whose focus is to benefit children and youth. Last year we donated $130,000 and it’s a tremendous honour to work with such a passionate group of Rotarians.
Wendell Brown will be the new Chair of Rib ‘N Roll with John Sanderson as co-chair. Brad has done a terrific job and will have big shoes to fill. He’s looking forward to the future and again, thanks to the volunteers.
The next Rib ‘N Roll will be held May 27, 28 & 29 of 2016. Wendell and John Sanderson are looking forward to the next event and more volunteers.
Volunteer appreciation Rita Gayle 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
President Vanora

Let's look forward to a fun-filled and productive year!  I have to tell you that I am honoured to be standing here in this position today.
Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran chose the theme “Be a Gift to the World” based on lessons he learned from his Hindu faith.  In particular a lesson about giving, and the value of giving from the heart.  I was taught a similar lesson when I was a kid – that it's not the gift that matters as much as the thoughts, love and intentions behind the gift that really count.
President Ravi wants us to be inspired by people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln who gave the world gifts of compassion, peace and human dignity.  President Ravi is hoping we will be inspired to ask how we can, in our own way, without neglecting the responsibilities that are near and dear to us, become a gift to the world.
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Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E. 
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm. 
Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
- See more at:
Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E. 
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm. 
Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
- See more at:
Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E. 
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm. 
Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
- See more at:
Coin Show in September
Rotary Club of Brampton Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E.
Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm.
Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton.
For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
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One year polio free in Africa
July 24 marks one year since the last case of wild poliovirus was found in Nigeria, the only remaining country in Africa where polio had never been stopped. This achievement could signal that the world will soon see a polio-free Africa, a major milestone in global public health.
Our club has long supported efforts to end this crippling disease, through donations.
Rotary — the global organization composed of more than 34,000 community-based Rotary clubs — has been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio since 1985, when it launched PolioPlus, the first global initiative to immunize children against polio. The organization has contributed more than $1.4 billion to efforts to end the disease.
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This is a notice that Boris Uvakov has been proposed for Active Membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.
Boris is a CPGA golf professional and Vice President of Kaneff Golf and the General Manager & Executive Golf Professional at Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre. Many of you have met Boris when he visited the club recently.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or by email to the Club Secretary within 7 days of this notice.
David Clement
New member proposed David Clement 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jayne Pilot
Educating children in Pakistan
The Rotary Club of Brampton’s speaker  July 20th was Mr. Aziz Rakla, President, from The Citizens Foundation  of Canada, a not-for-profit charity, thanking our club for the financial support  of seventeen thousand dollars given for educating children in Pakistan.   
Mr. Rakla presented a video on the 17 schools in Pakistan that have been built to help educate children, including girls.   The fee for students to attend these schools is 10 cents from parents who can manage giving quality education to their children.   Now these children can become successful in their lives, through the contribution given by Brampton Rotary Club.
These TCF schools now have over 165,000 students between the ages of 4 – 17 years with special focus on women empowerment.  They are all female faculty of 8,064 teachers.   This is one example of Dreams to Reality for education put forth through our local Rotary International Committee chaired by Badar Shamim.
The Citizens Foundation of Canada Jayne Pilot 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
These pins are given to Foundation "Sustaining" members. That is a personal contribution by the individual Rotarian to the Rotary Foundation of $500 or more dollars.
The Rotary Foundation is a fund that provides assistance world wide including domestic projects in accordance woth Rotary's goal of reducing hunger, alleviating poverty, improving education and promoting world peace. Rotary has, since the funds inception, given over one billion U.S. Dollars to such projects.
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Posted by Stephen Rhodes
Rotarians past and present gathered at Rotary Glen for some reminiscing, fun and fellowship. Thanks Carl's Catering for great food and thanks to Jerome Dawson and family for wonderful music. And thank you to District Governor Patsy Marshall and District Governor Nominee Will Pugh for joining the celebration. For more pictures visit our Facebook Page here.
75 years of fellowship Stephen Rhodes 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
JOHANNA NEUJAHR – Her Year (almost) in Canada
On June 15th Johanna shared her international exchange journey with the club members.  Starting in Germany, she introduced her family (one younger sister, and parents).  Then she spoke of her home in Horn-Bad Meinberg, an area with a population of 17,000 in two towns and 14 villages, located in an industrial part of Germany, but still close to forests.  
Johanna was warmly welcomed by her first host family, Luisa, Jim and Jessica Mocon – a place which she felt immediately “at home”.   Sightseeing started with the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, CNE and family friends who visited the Mocon’s.  Christmas Day was a very special family time.  Then it was on to Glenn and Linda Williams – who took Johanna to Haliburton, the Science Centre and Aquarium.  Then to the Berry’s who also went to the cottage in Minden twice – once in April to stand on the frozen lake, and then in May to swim!!  Finally Johanna is back at the Mocon’s for a few weeks before leaving on June 27 for the East Trip through part of the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario.  Canada Day will be in Ottawa –a great occasion to celebrate with other exchange students.  
Johanna has taken advantage of many opportunities through Rotary events.  This included the very cold Camp Wanikita (-25C), dog sledding, New York City and UN with Carole Berry, and wonderful youth exchange weekend activities, including the Rotaract Blazing Black and Blue Ball.  She has also engaged well in school activities at Cardinal Leger SS – including the band, lacrosse, curling and tennis.  
After the East Trip, Johanna will be volunteering for the Pan Am Games at the Hersey Centre – and then heading home on July 27th, and almost right away will be back in her hometown high school.
Everyone was impressed with Johanna’s exchange – and very happy to hear of her Canadian adventures.
Youth Exchange Carole Berry 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by carole
Two of the six participants sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brampton spoke of their experience at the 2015 RYLA program held in May.

Dorcas Adusei, a Chemical Engineering student at Sheridan College; and Sendu Muralee, MBA student (August) at the University of Toronto, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to attend this self-described “life changing experience”.  While aspects of the program focused on leadership skills and team building were very informative and relevant, they found that the forming of a community allowed the participants to relax and be open with others.  This allowed many to present their unique personal stories during 5 minute “Speak Outs” held during the week.  Many found that the person-to-person communication allowed them to forget about cell phones and be a full part of the program.   One day was focused on aboriginal culture and challenges, which was very informative.
Outstanding aspects of the program were the visit to the Athlete Institute for physical team building exercises and motivation presentations by the professional basketball players; The Rotary Meeting and speaker Emma-Jayne Wilson;  teamwork through African drumming, and the individual Personality Profiles which gave feedback and personalized suggestions for working with others.
The Brampton students unable to come to Rotary were attending their on-going classes or enjoying their Graduation Ceremonies.  They are often in touch, and several were volunteers at Rib’n Roll.
In 2016 four of the RYLA alumni, who attended to experience the program as facilitators, will take on the responsibility of this program.  Chris-Beth Cowie and Ameer Khan, both from the Brampton Rotaract, will be the RYLA program leaders, along with Christina Marchand and Madiha Khan, a Rotarian recently inducted at the Mississauga Dixie Club.  The program will be held again in spring 2016 at the Ecology Retreat Centre.
Thanks to all involved in making RYLA possible – the Rotary Club members for financial support and attendance at the Rotary meeting; Vanora Spreen (District RYLA Chair) and Carole Berry (Program Director).
RYLAians at Rotary carole 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carole Berry

Ameer Khan, Director of Brampton Rotaract thanked the Rotarians who attended the Black and Blue Blazing Ball – the 5th anniversary gala held at The Glen on Friday June 5.  The keynote speaker for the evening was Brock Richardson, a former ErinoakKid.  Despite his limitations due to cerebral palsy, Brock has overcome many challenges and is working now with the Region of Peel transportation department.  He was a very inspiring speaker.  Proceeds from the Gala will be going to ErinoakKids.
Rotaract Carole Berry 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Raising the Flag
Congrats to Brampton Rotary for 75 years of service to children, youth and families. Raising the flag at City Hall yesterday. Photo David Clement.
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Flying the Flag
President Matt presented Bino with a new Canadian Flag and Rotary Club of Brampton Club flag to fly proudly at Carls Catering The Glen in time for our club’s 75th Anniversary coming up.
Reminder for everyone about our Flag raising at City Hall June 12th noon start.  Come out and and be part of our proud moment as our Club flag flies over city hall.
And our club 75th Anniversary party at The Glen on June 19th.
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Come celebrate 75 years!
It is an exciting time for our club coming up!  It is the 75th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Brampton and you are invited!
Friday June 19th - Carls Catering The Glen @ 6pm
Come to our Open House and help us celebrate the Rotary Club of Brampton 75th year in serving the community.  Fellowship starts at 6pm.  Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and music.
Bring stories, catch up with past, current and future club members
If you know of a past member please extend the invitation to come help us celebrate.
Please find the invitation attached for additional information.
Thanks, Matthew
RCB President 2014/15
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What a blast!
Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors for making this year's Rotary Rib n Roll the best ever. We had record crowds both Saturday and Sunday.View all the pictures here.
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This weekend!!!

Rotary Rib n Roll May 22, 23, 24 at Gage Park is the first event of the summer and it seems to get bigger every year. Check out this website for the entertainment lineup.  Thank you to our sponsors, our ribbers and all the volunteers who make this event one of the biggest and best in Brampton.

New in 2015
We have some new talent this year.  Runaway Angel, Absolute Journey and Circle 5 and The Doubts . And yes The Carpet Frogs are still headlining Saturday night! Our complete lineup is here.


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As part of an effort to celebrate the decades long battle and the ultimate victory over polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras in December launched a Rotary Flame, lit by Rotary International President Gary Huang. Itwill travel around the world to commemorate India becoming a polio-free nation and to share its experience and expertise with countries where polio still exists. The flame arrived in Brampton Monday. Left Hajra Wilson, from Rotary District 7080 and Matthew Samatas, President of The Rotary Club of Brampton. Before reachingRotary’s international convention in São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015, the Rotary Flame will traverse through Colombo, Karachi, Kabul, Sydney, Manila, London, Lagos, Evanston and Toronto. Once the epicenter of wild poliovirus, India, along with the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia region, was officially declared polio-free in March 2014.
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Three inductees
The Rotary Club of Brampton honoured three people Monday night with Paul Harris Fellowships, the highest honour
bestowed by Rotary. Fron left, club members Ken Spreen and Carole Barry were recipients as was Malcolm Scott
Ching, a long-time community volunteer and friend of Rotary.
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Nolan RYLArian, Emma Jane Wilson and Rotarian Laurie from Guelph Trillium our host club for Rotary at RYLA.
An inspirational talk on mentorship was enjoyed by all in attendance at this year’s Rotary at RYLA meeting.  The week is off to a great start, with lots of learning, building friendships and young leaders.
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11 affiliates province-wide
Bereaved Families of Ontario is a Provincial-wide name with 11 affiliates that provide great support for those who have lost loved ones. They offer programs for age six and up. There is no Government funding, they depend solely on grants. They do not charge a fee for service.
At the BFO, you will find respectful listening and a non-judgmental environment where you are given the space to discover your own special way of understanding or living with the death of your loved one, says Gaye Routhier Paige.
Bereaved Families of Ontario Rita Gayle 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Willard thanked everyone who volunteered at the Coin Show. About $3,200 was made after expenses.
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Gordon Armstrong, Minister of Religion, Salvation Army, was inducted into the clubs last week. Let’s welcome the newest member of the Rotary club of Brampton.
Induction Rita Gayle 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Gayle
Partners for Life – Canadian Blood Services
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes Charlene Goodwin, Territory Manager, Brampton and Mississauga area. Charlene is an active donor; she started in high school and has donated 134 times.
What is Partners for Life? They are a national program developed eight years ago designed to secure an annual commitment of blood donations through partnerships with corporation and community organizations. Associates, friends and families can rally together to join PFL.
Canadian Blood Services Rita Gayle 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor Linda Jeffrey
Our April 13th meeting involved our Quint clubs (Bramalea, Brampton South, Flowertown, Heart Lake, Brampton Rotaractor and our club).  Mayor Linda Jeffery was our guest speaker.
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Come to our RYLA meeting
Once again we invite Rotarians to attend the Rotary Meeting hosted by the RC Guelph Trillium at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).  The dinner speaker is the dynamic jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, who is an outstanding speaker.  The topic is the Win-Win of Mentorship.
Dinner is $25 - payable at the door.
Location is the Ecology Retreat Centre, 308046 Hockley Road, Orangeville (east of Hwy 10)
Time:  6 p.m. for reception, 6:30 Call to Order.
REGISTRATION:  Deadline is May 1, 2015  to reserve seat and meal
REGISTER by email:
A great opportunity to meet future leaders in our District.
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Mayor Jeffrey is our guest
Please note that our April 13th meeting will involve our Quint clubs (Bramalea, Brampton South, Flowertown, Heart Lake, Brampton Rotaractor and our club).  The meeting will start with Fellowship at 6pm, dinner at 7pm and our guest speaker for the evening will be the Honourable Mayor Linda Jeffery.
Please RSVP to myself no later than April 8th.  This is taking place of our regular Monday lunch meeting (please note that there will be NO lunch meeting on April 13th).
Club members are free, pay as you go and guest of the club will be $20.00 per person.
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Helping the Foodbank
Central Peel SS Interact Club has been busy before the Easter holiday.  23 students went to the Daily Bread Food Bank on March 25 to help sort and pack food supplies. See more pictures on Facebook.
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President Gary Huang and his wife Corrina Yao visited District 7080 last week. He spent the day touring local Rotary projects; culminating in a dinner where Jayne Pilot presented them with a copy of her book “Driving Sustainability to Business Success”.
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Gayle presented a cheque for $4,000 to o Wellspring -Chinguacousy - part of the proceeds from DIVA night held last October.
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Mike Pigeau was inducted, congratulations to Mike for being the newest member of the Rotary Club of Brampton.
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Fostering and developing  volunteerism
Welcome to Sharon Clark-Koufis, communications and membership manager of the volunteer MBC (Mississauga/Brampton/Caledon).
The Rotary Club of Brampton is a member of Volunteer MBC which means that if the Rotary require volunteer placement we can have a direct connection to volunteers within the Region of Peel and gain access to all of the benefits of membership.
Volunteer MBC Rita Gayle 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Grant supports 10 aboriginal students
The Rotary Youth Leadership Program offers leadership training to young adults in the post-secondary age range (18-24 years of age). The program is well established and successfully has provided participants with skills and inspiration to become leaders in the community. Many of the RYLA alumni have started and/or joined Rotaract clubs in District 7080.

As some will remember, the Right Honourable Paul Martin spoke at the 2013 District Conference about our potential role in assisting Aboriginal educational outcomes and quality of life by helping to promote a better understanding of the culture, experience, rights and history of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples through our clubs.
Rotary Youth Leadership Program Peter Ward 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Gayle
Conditions in Aboriginal High Schools
Yasmin, Interact student from David Suzuki High School spoke about conditions in Aboriginal high schools. The majority of schools on Aboriginal reserves is underfunded and lack basic resources needed for teaching. These schools are usually very small and if adequate funding for school buildings is not available, the schools may only consist of a few portables. Often, the buildings used are old and are infested with mold which can cause many respiratory problems in children. Some Aboriginal reserves do not even have schools at all. Many children are forced to go off the reserves to attend school. As a result of these conditions, Aboriginal students often lose interest in their education. Nearly half of them drop out of high school.
Looney for Learning Rita Gayle 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carole Berry
Carole Berry spoke about sponsorships. Rib & Roll will support Tour for Kids,   Canada’s only charity devoted to fight childhood cancer. Support will also go to Erinoak Kids, Ontario’s largest Children’s Treatment Centre serving over 14,500 children with disabilities and their families each year.
Our goal is $50,000 and the different sponsorship levels are:
Platinum    $10,000
Gold        $ 5,000
Silver        $ 2,500
Bronze        $ 1,000
How can you help? Talk about this to friends to create a BUZZ! Join Carole in making presentation to prospective sponsors. Be positive, GOAL IS ACHIEVABLE!!!!!!
Rotary RIB & ROLL Carole Berry 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Seeking nominations
Paul Harris Evening  May 11th 6:00PM
Spouses are invited.
Please send myself any nominations prior to the end of March.
Nominations should include background details so the committee can make an informed decision. If your nomination is selected you will be responsible for making a short speech and presentation to the recipient.
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Nicolien Veenhuizen Co-ordinator Records Search Unit with Peel Rgional Police was our speaker last week.
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Spring show on April 26
Rotary Club of Brampton's Spring  Coin, Stamp and Trading Card Show, will be held April 26 at Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Rd. E.  Buy, sell, trade and appraise at more than 40 tables of dealers, including a Children’s table.  Hours: 9am to 4:30pm.  Admission is $3, under 14 free and Free Parking.  Funds raised for Children’s Charities.  Sponsor/Affiliate: B&W Coins & Tokens and the Rotary Club of Brampton.  For more information please contact B&W Coins & Tokens c/o Willard Burton (905) 450-2870 or
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Mike Pigeau
Kindly take notice that Mike Pigeau has been proposed and approved for Active membership of the Club by the Board of Directors.
Mike has been an Associate for a year and has been very involved with Club meetings and events.  As most of you know, Mike is a Sergeant with the Peel Regional Police.
Any member in good standing may object in writing or by e-mail to the Secretary within 7 days of the date hereof.
Peter Ward, Secretary
Rotary Club of Brampton
New member proposed 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Gayle
Pressing community issues
At last week's meeting President Matt initiated table discussions to talk about the most pressing issues in our community. The group came up with the following:
-    Poverty in Peel;  Rotary can look at supporting a literary program in Brampton
-    Mental health; key factors in a healthy community – look at kids before their 18th birthday, early intervention is the key
-    Teenage pregnancy – Rotary can help with this issue by supporting the walk-a-thon program run by Rapport. This year it will take place June 27th.
-    Child obesity – inactive, not getting the right food
-    Regeneration support program

-    Peter is collecting books for Brampton Civic Hospital Gift Shop. If you have any books that you do not want, please give to Peter as the Gift Shop will sell them and funds raised will go towards the community.
Do you think this will change in the next 5 years?
-    Educating people will make a difference
-    We have to try to make a dent in these issues – Rotarians always see an opportunity to make things better.
Please email points to Matt on how we can volunteer our club to be more involved and visible in the community.
Service above self – when at a meeting, take a selfie picture – promote the cause and once a month a prize will be assigned to service above selfie.
What International projects would you like to see the club involved in?
-    Tanzania project
-    Water Sanitation Projec
Old projects work well but a few new initiatives are important.    
Engaging our community Rita Gayle 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Open Mic Coffeehouse 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Local partners gather to donate over 200 books to kids
On Tuesday, amid a gathering of wellwishers, Rebecca Raven ,CEO Brampton Library, and Matthew Samatas , President Rotary Club of Brampton presented a donation to William Osler Health System (W.O.H.S.) of over 200 books for hospitalized children. Rotary donated the funds for Brampton Library staff to curate and purchase this wide assortment of books for kids of all ages, in partnership with First Book Canada.

W.O.H.S. Foundation Director Colette Thomson was on hand to accept the donation and commented: “Thank you so much for thinking of our young patients at Brampton Civic Hospital! We are thrilled to be the recipient of the books from Brampton Library, generously funded by the Rotary Club of Brampton.”

CEO Rebecca Raven added: “Brampton Library is delighted to present this well-rounded selection of titles for kids to read and enjoy while in hospital and appreciate long after they return home. We are inspired by the generosity of Rotary Club of Brampton and delighted to work together to encourage a love of reading in our community’s youth.”

On behalf of Rotary Club of Brampton, President Matthew Samatas closed by saying, “We are proud of our twenty year collaboration with Brampton Library to purchase a variety of children’s books which are then donated to the Pediatric Wellness Centre of the Brampton Civic Hospital. Long may it continue!”
Pictured left Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven with grateful reader and President Matt.
William Osler Health System Jerome Dawson 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Burton
"Love is in the Air...........". 
Yes, friends and that means that February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  On Monday, February 9th we will be celebrating Valentine's Day at the Glen Banquet Hall.  We have a great evening planned and a sit down dinner.  Reception 6pm and dinner at 7pm.
Please bring your spouse or significant other and join us for a fun evening!!!
As we need to Pre-Register, please e-mail Sandra Burton as soon as possible if you plan to attend and also indicate your choice of chicken or vegetarian.
Valentine's Day Sandra Burton 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Ward
Stanley Gordon Armstrong
Stanley Gordon Armstrong, Pastor with Salvation Army, has been proposed for Active Membership of our Club and has been approved by the Board subject to police check and induction process.
Any member in  good standing may object to this proposal in writing or by e-mail to the Secretary by close of business February 5th 2015.
Peter Ward, Secretary
Rotary Club of Brampton
New Member proposed Peter Ward 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerome Dawson
Plenty of haggis, bashed nips and blood pudding
On Monday January 26th, our club will be holding its Annual Robbie Burns luncheon with plenty of haggis, bashed nips, blood pudding, meat pies, gravy, dessert and bag pipe music. Hmmm.
The President will ring the bell early – 12:20 pm to commence the ceremony. Please arrive early so you may witness the piping in of the haggis by well renown piper Dr. Dave McDougall and a Toast to the Haggis by non-other that Scotsman Paul Federico.
Guests are welcome and must pay the current visitors fee to have lunch. ($15)
We look forward to seeing all of you there to participate in one of our long standing traditions.
Have a grand day all you laddies and lassies.
Jerome McDawson
Robbie Burns luncheon Jerome Dawson 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Gayle
Students from around the world are hosted in our community. Each year we send students to other countries to visit and experience a new place, a new language and a new culture. By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, the youth exchange student helps to foster global understanding and learn a great deal about themselves and their home country in the progress. Some youth exchange students have become leaders in their field of work and a lot have become Rotarians.
Youth Exchange Rita Gayle 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Julie Dragich (Incoming President) visiting us with her husband, Sam from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, Johanna (inbound exchange student) from Germany and Cindy Garcia, Miss Central Ontario Globe. Please join me in wishing Johanna a very Happy Birthday on Monday, January 19th, 2015."
President Matthew Samatas, Cindy Garcia - Miss Central Ontario Globe and Norm Bindon.
Below, Banner Exchange" with Matthew Samatas, President, Sandra Burton, Club Director and Sam Dragich (Past President) visiting us with his wife, Julie from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland.  Sam and his wife are a very dynamic couple who graciously participated at our meeting on many levels, including "accompaniment" on the piano by Julie for Oh Canada and "Happy Bucks".  Sam and Julie make a point of visiting many Rotary Clubs wherever they travel both here and abroad.  It was a delight having them visit our Club.
Visitors from Windsor Sandra Burton 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Under the B
Please find below a draft Schedule for 2015 BINGO. Remember, you need a white Rotary T-Shirt (Contact Stu or Dittie) and Black Trousers. The session runs from 6:30 PM to about 8:15 or 8:30 PM but you must be there and check in by 6:20 PM!
Please check your availability and advise if you cannot make it for your scheduled session. I will try to accommodate everyone as is possible but you have to let me know now. IF THE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN SET AND YOU REALIZE YOU CAN'T  MAKE IT BECAUSE OF AN EMERGENCY - PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR OWN REPLACEMENT!!!!
Bingo schedule Jim Inglis 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Olusegun "Segun" Adebiyi
This past Monday, January 5, 2015 we welcomed our newest member to the Rotary Club of Brampton. 
Olusegun "Segun" Adebiyi was inducted for Active Membership in the Club.  His Classification is Investment Advisor.  Both he and his wife, Lucy relocated to Canada late last year and Segun transferred his membership to our Club from the Rotary Club of Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria where he had been an active member for some time. 
Segun considers his faith and Rotary a very important part of his life.  He is very proud to now be a member of our Club and looks forward to serving with us."
New Member Sandra Burton 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Brampton, the International Service Committee forwarded $400 to FullSoul – an organization which is providing 4 medical kits to two hospitals in Uganda.  The medical kits help practitioners, such as midwives, more safely and effectively protect the health and safety of mothers and their babies, and deliver their babies in a hospital rather than at home.  Each kit contains key medical instruments that can be sterilized and reused multiple times per day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year – and for many years.  This means that the kits has the potential to contribute to safer delivery  for thousands of babies.  FullSoul founders, Christina Marchand (former exchange student/RYLArian/Rotaracter) and Hyder Hassan (Rotarian, former Rotaracter) are now delivering the kits in Uganda over the Christmas holiday.   For more information go to   
$400 to FullSoul Carole Berry 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Date set June 27
The date has been set for this walk; it will be SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015. We need walkers and corporate sponsorships so please start thinking about this event.
WALK FOR RAPPORT Rita Gayle 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Raised $3.500
This was the best coin show yet and the most dealers we have ever had. It was a great day and we made $3500. Willard thanked everyone who participated.
COIN SHOW 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Number one again !
I hope you are all proud of supporting and growing those great moustaches. All your hard work and dedication has helped make Canada the number one Movember campaign in the world!

The Snapshot:
Rotary Canada
82 Mo’s
14 Teams
$17,107 Raised
Top Team: Rotary Club of Brampton (Captain: Steve Robinson) - $5,435 raised
Top Individual:  Pierre Beaumier (Rotary Club of Brampton) – $2,300 raised
Please thank your team on behalf of Movember!
We are so impressed by the personal conversations that were created this year over any other. The Movember community has created an environment where men feel comfortable talking about the physical and mental health issues they face. These conversations are empowering men to take action,  breaking down stigmas and saving lives. This is an absolutely amazing achievement; one which every Mo Bro and Mo Sista should be very proud of.
We will never know how many lives are impacted, changed or saved because of Movember, and we don't need to.  What is important is knowing that we are all truly having an impact and making this world a healthier and happier place.
Haven’t been able to let go of your Mo yet? Chec