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Service Above Self
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Currently meeting via ZOOM. (When Face2Face at Le Dome)
1173 North Service Road East
Oakville, ON L6H 1A7
(289) 813-5540
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On Wednesday January 20 the Rotary Clubs of Oakville met via ZOOM to award Paul Harris Fellows to deserving members of the Oakville community. 
Top Row Adam Graves, Scott Bachly,
Second Row: Shawn Fang, Carol Chen, Wendy Rinella, Wendy Perkins,
Third Row: Graham Schreiber, Brian Hanna, Liz Blunt
A Note from Wendy Perkins
Hello I thought I would show you a picture from yesterday. My canoe club organized a drive-by shout out to congratulate me on the award, it was absolutely lovely.
More than 20 cars, and a traditional blowing of the conch shell!
A congratulatory drive-by for former club member and recipient Wendy Perkins. 
Food for Life receives $2500 from Oakville Rotary Relief Fund
The Oakville Rotary Relief Fund announce that Food for Life is the latest recipient of funds.  The funds will help meet the needs of many still struggling with food issues because of the pandemic.  
Food for Life Executive Director Graham Hill was on hand to receive a cheque in the amount of $2,500 from Bent Fink-Jensen, Rotary Area Governor who delivered it to this very important community organization on behalf of the Oakville Rotary Relief Fund.
The Rotary Club of Oakville, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, Rotary Club of Oakville West and the Passport South Rotary Club will continue to raise funds for the Oakville Rotary Relief Fund.  As the need is still great, Oakville Rotary will carry on Covid relief fundraising in support of local community organizations in 2021.  The general public may also contribute by donating on-line at   A charitable tax receipt will be issued for contributions of $25.00 or more.
For almost 100 years, Oakville Rotarians have raised funds through special events to support local area charities and not-for-profits, dispersing financial aid to many deserving organizations and their very worthy projects and initiatives.  As well, funds are donated and leveraged to support Rotary International projects that impact the global community in a meaningful way.  For more information about Oakville’s four Rotary Clubs visit  
A number of news reports have mentioned double masking as one of the preventive measures that can be taken to guard against COVID-19. The link below is one source of information on how to "double mask". 
Although COVID continues to hamper fundraising activities when the need among the causes we support locally and globally is even greater, we have been quite successful with our fundraising efforts.
Online Auction
Online Auction team did extremely well, adding more clubs to the group and raised almost as last year.  Since details have been reported elsewhere in previous RIOTS, congratulations to Ashok, Bent and Bob and the entire team for an excellent job.  The team is taking a well-deserved break.
Bottle Drive
Kudos to Claire Conway and her team: Ken C, Bent, Joan, Desmond, for an excellent job in raising $16K+ and still counting!  Sabih has taken over the project coordination from Claire; it is on hiatus till mid-March. 
Trish Peden has agreed to replace John Kubacki as the Chair the Executive Committee; the committee has given the green light for a drive-through version of the festival in June. 

Steering Committee co-chairs Bent Fink-Jensen and Ken Coulter are putting together various pieces for a stripped-down version of the event to replace a full-blown Ribfest of yester-years.  WE will still need RCOT volunteers to plan and manage the event.
Bingo is on autopilot with Alan Campbell as the coordinator. Due to COVID, there are no onsite volunteers till further notice; however, we need to send a monthly report on how Bingo funds are helping us support local charities. 
Ken Auden has diligently written monthly reports on our efforts with SafetyNet, Oakville Art Society and Acclaim Health; for January, we had a social media blast.
New Fundraising opportunities
Lauri Asikainen has agreed to conduct due diligence for the following and any other new fundraising opportunities.
  • PoutineFest: We could have a drive through event around the Family Day weekend in February; a sub-committee needs to further flesh out the concept.
  • Flower sale: For several years, we were selling Roses for Thanksgiving; we are contemplating the possibility of Flowers for Valentine.
  • Capital Drive:  We are assessing a one-time Capital Drive from RCOT members, and their family and friends.  These cheques would be to the RCOT foundation, and not Rotary Canada or Rotary International.
So, remain healthy, maintain social distancing, stay at home, but think out of the box. If you have any thoughts about these opportunities or fundraising ideas that we could pursue during COVID-19 lockdown, please forward them to me at
Stamps! Final Call!
Once this lockdown is over, I will be taking the stamps collected over the past year off to an auction house.
So, if you have an old unwanted collection from your youth or even just a few stamps from this year’s Christmas cards,
any contribution is welcomed.
Please deliver or mail to me at 2055 Glenforest Crescent, Oakville L6J 2G5.
This is part of our club’s 2021 fundraising and your support is appreciated!
On February 22nd, I’m walking on the Coldest Night of the Year in support of Milton Transitional Housing, which provides bridge accommodation and supportive counselling to people in OUR community who are in a housing crisis. We earn enough with this fundraiser each year to cover one housing unit for the whole year and the family who is unfortunate enough to need it. That’s HUGE. This will be the 7th walk in Milton, and in the previous five years we have raised about $250,000 in Milton to support our neighbours who are out in the cold!
Will you sponsor me? I’ve asked you before and I’ll probably ask you again, but please don’t feel obliged if you have other priorities this year. This charity is near and dear to my heart so I keep asking!
To DONATE TO MY WALK on Feb. 22, please click the following link and scroll down to Team Name Faith United and then down to Bob Walker
You will get a charitable receipt immediately.  
To give you a quick update on Milton Transitional Housing, they have 10 supported housing units in Milton assisting ten families/individuals. Their most recent client just moved in before Christmas, a Canadian veteran, and he is so grateful to have a warm place to sleep and a “lock on his door”! You can see how much this means to people.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and of course, think of me on February 22nd!
Best wishes
Bob Walker
Being Imperfect
This came on the internet a couple of weeks ago:
Well we all need a good laugh these days with the pandemic and the ongoing turmoil our southern neighbours are going through as they try to reset their democracy.
We would be wise not to be smug and remember that every society has within it destructive forces, people who believe:
                   Laws are made to be broken.
                   There are no right and wrong ways to make money,
                   only easy and hard ways.
                   It is a jungle out there, it is ’dog eat dog’ in the real world.
Such beliefs are found in any society, every country, including ours. They form a permanent reservoir of hurt, a source of destruction, the enemy within.
Whey can we do? Amanda Gorman, the young poet at the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States, said,
                   So while we once asked,
                   how we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
                   Now we assert.
                   How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
                   We will not march back to what was
                   but move to what shall be.
In an imperfect world, in our imperfect nation, we too need to be alert to the dangers at hand and reach out to build a Canada yet to be.
Amanda Gorman, age 22 at the Inauguration og
President Biden, Washington DC, Jan. 20, 2021
You will no doubt remember interviewing Zeus Eden for the Bursary award in 2016.  I have followed up with him ever since he graduated and went to UofT.  I thought you would like to know how he and his “coattails” are doing.
He interested in supporting the community through speaking engagements and becoming a donor. He is also looking for referrals for employment positions. He is an incredible young man.
Kindest regards,
Ed Sweeney
Zeus Eden, Recipient of an Oakville Education Award and the Donna Messer Award a few years ago.
Hi Ed,
It’s lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much for emailing to check-in. The COVID-19 pandemic has made for an unusual couple of months for me, as it has for so many students.
I am currently completing my final year at the University of Toronto. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have stepped back from my extracurricular activities which has given me a lot more time to focus on school. This past summer, I received funding to undertake a research project called “Avoiding Disaster: Comparing Fiscal Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis,” which compared the effectiveness of different economic stimulus programs in G20 countries.
I also completed an internship with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which manages the Canada Pension Plan on behalf of Canadian retirees and contributors. My particular work assisted with the writing of the Sustainable Investing report, which explains CPPIB’s approach to climate change, including its investments in renewable energy and consideration of climate-related risks and opportunities across its investment portfolio.
I am now undertaking my degree online. While I lived in university residence during first semester (as I had since first-year in the vibrant Trinity community), I have now moved into a condo with a friend of mine (a very bright Lester B. Pearson scholar who was my year at Trinity and was accepted to start medical school a year early, after her third year, at UofT). As of December 2020, I have completed my degree requirements for graduation. This puts me in the very fortunate position of being able to expand my knowledge, by taking elective classes from a range of disciplines. I have chosen to focus my learning on issues within Canada.
My courses this semester include:
  • Ontario Environmental Politics, taught by Russ Holdin (a retired public servant in the department of the environment)
  • Health Policy in Canada, taught by Dr. Steini Brown (who serves as chair, Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table)
  • Indigenous Politics in Canada (which discusses the history of Crown-Indigenous relations through the lens of landmark legal cases)
  • Advanced Public Economics (where I am researching the effectiveness of the Canada Child Benefit on reducing poverty)
  • Trinity Comprehensive Paper (my senior thesis, which interviews senior politicians and public officials including former Premier Kathleen Wynne and Senator Hugh Segal to determine if Canada should adopt UBI).
I now find myself in the position of applying for any available job opportunities, in an unfortunate job market, beginning in April. Among others, I am currently applying to the non-partisan Ontario Legislative Internship Program (, and a range of opportunities with the Ontario Public Service, with ministers in the federal government, and for government relations, communications, and research jobs in the private sector. As an aside, please let me know if you do hear of anything you think I might be a good fit for, my goal is to apply as widely as humanly possible to hopefully secure full-time employment by September.
Hopefully, this email has shed some light on what I’m currently up to. I want to close by wishing both you closely and the Rotary Clubs of Oakville all the best in 2021. I know that the past year has been challenging, especially for an in-person volunteer organization which depends on donations to run its services. I wanted to also offer my services, to help in any way I can, including for speaking engagements, to assist with interviewing possible recipients, or any other way that I can be of service. And when I do land a full-time job, I will let you know and I please do add me to the donor list. I hope to be able to pay my scholarship forward my assisting the next generation of students in being able to pursue post-secondary education. I am incredibly grateful for the support that the Rotary Club offered me in my Grade 12 year and I will do anything I can to help others like myself.
Wishing a happy new year and a successful selection process in 2021, to both you and the broader club of Rotarians.
I hope to hear from you soon and help out in any way I can.
Zeus Eden
Trinity College
Class of 2021
We were so lucky in January to have three of our former exchange students join us via ZOOM at our Thursday meeting. 
Delia Bedon from Switzerland
Mell Caneva from Paraguay
Valeria Turina, Italy
We need 33 likes for our Facebook page for rotary by end of January
Maddy Coulter
Recent history and key contacts at The Rotaract Club of Halton 
The club email is
The current board consist of: 
2020-2021 Co-Presidents: 
Charlotte Zhen: 
Treasurer: Maddy Coulter, 
VP & Secretary: Phil Tieu 
Media & Communications: Leeanna Tieu 
We also have some strong candidates nominated for the 2021-2022 Board
Recent History 
After a 'soft merger' in 2019 due to declining membership of both clubs, an official merger of the Burlington and Oakville Rotaract Clubs took place on July 1, 2020. 
Effective this date the Oakville Rotaract Club renamed itself as the The Rotaract Club of Halton and then the remaining membership of the two clubs combined to form a new Board of Directors under the leadership of Co-Presidents, Charlotte Zhen and Anum Nazir. These were the existing Presidents of the two original clubs, who agreed to serve for another year through 2020-2021 to give the new club the stability it needed to go through the transition period.
This also allowed us to continue the process of getting the other experienced members matched to key board positions, to start to attract new members from across Halton and to build a leadership succession plan. 
As the primary Rotary mentor to the Oakville Rotaract Club for 3-4 of years and with support from other Rotarians from other Oakville clubs, I continued to work very closely with the new Rotaract Board and guided them through the adoption of the latest mandatory RI Rotaract Constitution and helped them amend and adopt new Club Bylaws also based on the latest recommendations from RI. 
As I was also on the District Rotaract Committee last year, in an effort to get this all done just as Covid hit us I worked closely with the District leaders and with Leslie Barmania as DG and Mike Lawrie as DG Elect, as well as anyone I already knew in Halton through Rotary youth work e.g. Will Pugh, Dianne Howie etc. 
I also wanted to reach out to any Burlington Rotarians that I believed had been past mentors but as the Burlington Rotaract had declined to just 4 members and quickly fell to just 2 at the point of the merger, understandably, they had poor club structure and few up to date records as to they had most recent communication with.
On this point, I credit President Charlotte Zhen for holding things together as best she could with very limited support and for then having the foresight to approach Oakville Rotaract about a soft and then finally a full merger. Credit also goes to Oakville Rotaract President Anum who worked very hard and cooperatively with Charlotte on this matter. 
Looking back it was a very important decision to merge because just 6-9 months after the idea of a full merger and relaunch because the benefits to the club and to the wider Rotary family in Halton have exceeded our best expectations. Total Rotaract membership in Halton Region has risen from barely 6 active members beforehand, to approaching 15 fully paid up and engaged members by December 31, 2020. Also, despite the Covid restrictions limiting face to face meetings and events, the Rotaract Club is also receiving at least one new member inquiry each month. 
Thanks should be given to a variety of Rotarians in Burlington, Oakville and Milton for directing suitable young people to the new (and improved) Rotaract Club of Halton. I say 'improved' because as part of the rebuild planning we also did some visioning inspired in part by Leslie Barmania, which helped the new Rotaract club put together a much more strategic plan to attract and retain members. This is being achieved through a much clearer and more stable club infrastructure of communication and record keeping and more regular leadership meetings of the board and Presidents and also of the general membership. Another great improvement has been a recognition of the need for greater focus on Personal and Professional Development opportunities within Rotaract through having bi-monthly engaging speakers covering matters such as Mortgages, Savings and Buying Your First Home, Financial Planning 101, an evening with Toastmasters etc. 
The club have also had international Rotarian and non Rotarian speakers from projects they have recently supported financially in places such as Guatemala and Honduras. Through a friend of mine they also arranged an one hour online fitness fundraiser in December which generated over $400 in net proceeds thanks to the fees collected from participants and the generosity of some supportive Rotarians.  
There has been a lot going on in Rotaract the last 18 months, so I apologize if anyone felt they were not being kept in the loop while all this was going on. That was never the intention. I was just fulfilling my role as Rotaract Mentor in Oakville when things quickly started taking a new direction. I just hung on for the ride and continued to guide the Rotaract leaders to were they wanted to go, and as it turns out needed to go, in taking the clubs from barely surviving to currently thriving in their new form as The Rotaract Club of Halton.
As a reminder also from July 1, 2020 Rotaract now has a new status within Rotary International, moving it from a Rotary Club Program to a Rotary International Partner. This effectively puts Rotaract Clubs and their members on a par with traditional Rotary Clubs and Rotarians and, albeit with some phasing in over a few years. This means that technically they non longer require a Sponsor Club although they can opt to still have one. The best way to understand this is to consider them as 'equal' but a different kind of local Rotary partner, just like the Rotary Passport Club South. 
That said, the Rotaract Club and its members would welcome the ongoing support of the Rotary Clubs in Halton. What we have not figured out is what exact forms this should take but I suspect it will be things like professional and Rotary mentoring and guidance, support for fundraising events, invitations to volunteer opportunities and other forms of inter-club partnerships on a case-by-case basis.
For all these reasons this would seem like an appropriate time to (re)connect with your Rotaract Club colleagues by perhaps inviting one of the board members to present to your club and by reaching out and getting to know some of the members who live in Burlington etc.
The next Rotaract Board Meeting is Feb 2 at 7pm-8.30pm and the next General Meeting is Feb 9 at 7pm-8.30pm.
Our major form of ongoing communication is WhatsApp although they still use email as needed. 
I hope you have found this update useful. I know a number of you are very passionate about Rotaract and have been strong supporters in the past so, please reach out to me or the Co-Presidents directly if you have any questions. 
I don't think I have missed one Rotaract Board or general club meeting meetings in 2 years, and while I have embraced the challenge and very much enjoyed the friendships and relationships I have built, I am likely to begin to step back a bit in the next 6 months, for professional reasons. As such both myself and the Rotaract Club members would welcome other Rotarians from throughout Halton making themselves available for mentoring, pragmatic support and partnerships. 
Yours in Rotary 
Desmond Jordan

Jananee Savuntharanathan – A young leader in community outreach

Jananee Savuntharanathan – A young leader in community outreach

Jananee has always understood the importance of helping others.
A recent grad from the University of Toronto, she works full time at Amazon Canada. Throughout all her years studying, Jananee worked with charity groups, volunteering what free time she had and organizing fundraising events. Now, Jananee has been made the president of an Oakville based Rotary club at the age of 24.
“It’s really important, I think, to help out your community because you begin to really feel you’re a part of it,” she says. “I feel like there is a sense of self-accomplishment there, when you are doing good and you are helping it to become a better place.”
It’s really important, I think, to help out your community because you begin to really feel you’re a part of it.
Jananee has been volunteering since she was 14. She joined a Rotary Interact club in high school and worked in another during university. After graduation, she joined the newly founded Rotary Passport Club South, a chapter organized around flexible meeting times (usually once a month) with the aim of encouraging a wide range of volunteers.
Passport South
Passport South meets only once a month. This allows younger people to take part, 18-30 year olds who are just starting their careers but still feel a need to help out their community.
“Flexibility is something that I think younger folks really look for. Also when we were looking at seniors, some of our older members were not being able to attend weekly meetings because it was just too much for them,” she explains.
“Our diversity is really neat. We have some of the most experienced Rotarians in our club, that have been part of it for 30, 40 years. Longer than I’ve been alive!”
Through Passport South, Jananee has created a mentorship program where older, more experienced Rotarians take younger members under their wings for professional and personal development.
Before COVID-19, the Passport Club South at a gathering

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” – Ann Landers

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” – Bill Watterson

“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” – Buddy Hackett

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Edward Abbey

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.” – George Burns

And my favorite: “Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin




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