Local Rotary News and Upcoming Speakers
The Rotary Club of Alliston has been working on community projects with the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine for over 10 years. 
We recently received an update of the situation in their community.
Our friends in Ukraine are facing a very tough winter with heating and power disruptions on a regular basis. They are tired and struggling to meet all the requests for aid that are coming in to the club.  But they continue to work hard and help as they can.
Through the generosity of our community the Rotary Club of Alliston has already provided over $30,000 in humanitarian aid to the Rotary Club Rivne.
During this season of giving, we are making another appeal to our community to help bring light, warmth and hope to Rivne and other communities in Ukraine by providing funds to purchase medicine, generators and other supplies to assist the Ukrainian people this winter.
Here is how to donate cash or cheques:
  1. We accept cash or a cheque donations. Make cheques out to the Rotary Club of Alliston. Please mark as Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine.
  2. Drop the cheque/cash off at the Grant Thornton Office  (formerly KD Wray office -  22 Paris Street, PO Box 519 Alliston ON Canada) in an envelope marked:  Rotary Club of Alliston Attn:  Bill Wray.
  3. The club will provide a charitable receipt for all donation over $25 when the regular club charitable tax receipts are issued later in the year. Please provide your name and address to receive a charitable donation receipt.
Here is how donate by credit card:
  1. The Rotary Club of Alliston can accept donation through CanadaHelps.

    Please visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-club-of-alliston-charitable-fund/

    Please indicate in that the donation is a for Ukraine Humanitarian Aid.
  2. CanadaHelps will issue the charitable receipt if you donate through this site.
The deadline for donations is January 4, 2023.
All donations will be transferred to Ukraine in early January. 
Rotary Club of Alliston will host our 12th Night Bonfire on Saturday, January 7th, 2023 
We'll have the Rotary Club of Palgrave chuckwagon back again to help serve hot dogs and hot chocolate, generously provided by Country Meat Cuts.  Local
farmer Jane Ann Downey has kindly agreed to loan us straw bales for seating and a safety perimeter.  The New Tecumseth Fire Department will be on
hand to light the fire and keep everyone safe.

The event is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Saturday, 7 January 2023, with the lighting to take place at 6:30.  
The public can drop off Christmas trees at the Rotary Pool entrance at Riverdale Park from Jan 2 - 7, 2023.  Please leave the trees on the side of entrance so as not to block the gateway.
A big thank you to all the Rotarians and volunteers who helped bring Santa to town on November 19, 2022.  A special thanks to the Town of New Tecumseth staff, the OPP officers and the EMS staff who kept us all safe.  The participants in the parade did a great job with amazing displays of lights and sounds. 
Thank you to President Bill Wray for all his time putting together the parade. Bill and son Nate setting up the Parade Float markers on Saturday before the parade.
Thank you to the Rotary Interact members for carrying the Rotary Banner.
Photo by Punnapa Hartley
Winners for 2022 are…
  • Best Overall – Canadian Tire Alliston
  • WOW Factor – Sheldon Creek Dairy
  • Most Unique – Banting High School Robotics Team
  • Best Use of Traditional – Shelburne Memorials Limited
Thanks again.
Rotary Club of Alliston
Catherine Matzig, Senior Director, Philanthropy, Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe will be speaking to Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 7pm at the Gibson Centre.  Guests are welcome.

A Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) with over 20 years’ experience in fundraising for the arts and health care sectors, in her role as Senior Director, Philanthropy at Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe, Catherine has a passion for building lasting relationships with donors and connecting them with meaningful opportunities that demonstrate the impact of their philanthropy. A resident of Alliston for 16 years, Catherine was a Board Director at New Tecumseth Public Library for 8 years, holds a Master of Fine Arts from York University and is trained in Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). In her spare time she enjoys travelling (34 countries to date), is a certified advanced scuba diver, avid runner who is never in danger of winning a race, and shoe enthusiast.
Gem Munro, Co-Founder of the Amarok Society
Gem Munro of the Amarok Society was our speaker on November 21st at the Gibson Centre.
Gem Munro has devoted his life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad.
Pursuit of this objective carried him into residence in unfortunate communities across most of Canada, before carrying him overseas.
He is presently a Director of Amarok Society, a registered Canadian charity that provides education programmes to the very poor in Bangladesh. As well, Gem is a bestselling author and artist whose new book, And Where the Wind Spun Them, follows the epic adventures of a resourceful girl and her courageous little brother who struggle, by wit and grit, to overcome the perils and extreme disadvantages of their lives. (Sale of his books is a major fundraiser for Amarok Society.) For their work, Gem and his wife, Dr Tanyss Munro, were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
For more information please visit  https://www.amaroksociety.org/
Parvin with her Micro School Children in Bangladesh
The Rotary Club of Alliston supports Parvin from Bangladesh to attend school and to teach her own children as well as other children in her neighbourhood. 
The club is able to support education through the Amarok Society. For more information about the Amarok Society, please visit their Website
All are welcome to hear more about the Amarok Society at our club meeting on Monday, November 21st at 7pm at the Gibson Centre when our guest speaker will be Gem Munro, Co-Founder of the Amarok Society.
Please take a moment to read a letter from Parvin.
Parvin at her School learning with other Teaching Mothers
October 2022
Parvin, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dear members of the Rotary Club of Alliston,
I always feel happy to share with you about my family, school, micro-school and the present situation in my country. We are fine and hope you are well too. I feel happy by helping my neighbors when they come to me for any support. But I was not like this before; I used to go to people to get support like reading something for me, taking advice and such but nobody came to me as I was illiterate. When we were admitted to Amarok Mother School that time our teacher had to inspire us to talk, ask questions, and share opinions in the classroom but I felt ashamed to talk. But now I can talk logically and freely share my opinions in the classroom, I am confident and strong now. Our Mother School has made the changes by educating, training and awareness. 
My son Rahat studies in a science group. He is studying hard aiming for a good result in academic exams. I always take care of him, including other members of my family. Few days ago, I noticed that Rahat was not attentive in studies, coming back home late and noticed some other changes in him. I asked him but he didn’t say anything to me. The next day I went to his school five minutes before break hour. He didn’t see me but I was observing him from a distance. Suddenly I saw him going outside with some boys. I did not follow them but asked again when he returned home but the same result, he didn’t open up to me. Then I shared the issue with my friends Rohima, Tania, and Minara. They shared this matter with our school teacher Hasnur Apa. Our teacher advised us to arrange a few ’adolescent group meetings’ in our slum to build a good relationship with them, listen to them and share with the adolescent groups about their strengths, possible risks, dos & don’ts. We also invited some sensible parents to talk positively. We continued such small group discussion for the next 2 months and noticed that changes were coming to their behavior. I can see my son Rahat coming back home in time, playing with friends, and being attentive in studies.      
I have 20 hens and 15 ducks. I have kept them in two cages, during the night I put the cages inside of my room and take them out in the morning for the day time for feeding. You will be happy to know that 10 hens and 6 ducks are giving eggs. I am getting an average 15 eggs per day and sell them at a good price mostly from my home. I spend some of it on the education of my son and save some to buy a baby-goat for rearing. So, my husband is very happy for me. My younger son also takes care of them. I told you about my small vegetable garden but in the rainy season and because of water logging there are no vegetables. Because it is a low land area and my garden went under the water for a few days. The rainy season is almost over and I am preparing to sow new seeds in a couple of weeks to get winter vegetables. I hope this year more vegetables will grow as I have experienced in the past. 
Parvin in her Garden
My Micro school is going well. All five children are enjoying their studies. They are very interested in learning English because I use interactive materials & methods for my teaching. They are learning by singing, playing and drawing. 
Thanks for supporting me and developing my life.
Your lovingly,
Captain Rachael Tracey, Commanding Officer RCSCC(Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps) 53 Barrie (right) spoke to the Rotary Club of Alliston about Remembrance Day on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7pm at the Gibson Centre.
LC Soloman Mooij (left) and MC Ethan Wickson (centre) both 3rd year cadets of RCSCC 53 Barrie were guests for the evening.
Captain Tracey's presentation was courtesy of the National Veterans' Week Speakers Program. Captain Tracey's presentation recognized the contribution of all Canadian Armed Forces veterans, past and present, who have served their country. Thank you to all members of the CAF past and present for your service.
Letter from the President:
As October 24, 2022, World Polio Day, approaches, I want to thank all of the Rotary Club members around the world, and in particular, to the 25,700 women and men of the 737 Rotary Clubs right here in Canada, and to the members of the Rotary Club of Alliston right here in Alliston, Ontario, that kept their promise to all of the children of the world when we decided, in 1985, to make Polio Eradication, our Number One Priority.
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1985, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 29 cases of wild poliovirus in 2022 in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mozambique. And we remain committed to the end.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed US$2.1 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than 3 billion children. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US $50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. 
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world.
Please visit https://www.endpolio.org/ to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.
Bill Wray
Rotarian Steve Rutledge spoke to the Rotary Club of Alliston with an update about the Rotary Global Grant Project in Beirut and to share the Adopt a Village Projects in Laos.
Steve Rutledge spent his career as co-owner of a mid sized computer company in Toronto.  Since retirement he has narrowed his focus on local and international community support.  Steve has served on several boards and committees in Port Hope including the Municipal Culture Committee, Parks, Rec and Culture Committee, Skatepark committee, Capitol Theatre Board of Directors and others.  He has received two civic awards, the latest for philanthropy and is a multiple Paul Harris award recipient for his efforts (Port Hope, Whitby Sunrise and Beirut Cosmopolitan) and awarded the Spirit of Rotary award in 2016.  In 2018, he received the Family and Community Service award from the Rotary Club of Courtice.  His most recent award was the Bob Scott Disease Prevention award from Rotary District 7070 in June 2020.
With his partner they created a number of large events including one they held in their home netting $61,000 for the Capitol theatre and another town event for 6000 people.
For the last 12 years Steve has ventured into Laos serving the rural villagers with the most basic of needs for sustained life.  Since 2009, Adopt A Village in Laos has completed over 65 villages with filtered water one family at a time, serving over 32,000 rural villagers, constructed 24 permanent water supplies, repaired numerous others, built over 40 banks of toilets, 12 school construction projects and continues to sponsor a host of primary, secondary and university students.
After the Beirut port explosion in 2020, Mr. Rutledge chaired the international sponsoring partner club committee (Whitby Sunrise club) and raised approximately $240,000 from 60 clubs towards a global grant to replace operating theatre equipment for Beirut’s only public hospital.  Steve is also co-Chair of the International Committee at Whitby Sunrise and sits on the District 7070 Water and Sanitation Committee.
For more information on the Water Filter program please click to get the brochure.
President Bill Wray, Patricia Middlebrook, Kim Wray and Colleen Kotnisz attended the Rotary District 7070 Conference at the Nottawasaga Inn
The Rotary District 7070 Conference was held October 14-16 this past weekend. Brian Carmichael volunteered at the House of Friendship during the weekend.
 Some conference Highlights from President Bill Wray:

Saturday morning
Victoria Nolan, became blind as an adult, raised two children with her husband, taught in the Toronto School Board for many years, channeled her disability into rowing, medal as a Paralympic athlete, since has gone on to author a book and has worked in media, her guide dog Alan was a big hit.
Cora McGuire-Cyrette, executive director of Ontario Native Women's Association, took us through their organizations journey during the pandemic servicing the indigenous population in Ontario.

Saturday afternoon
Dr. Bob Scott provided an update on the Polio eradication campaign, explained the new polio vaccine and discussed the recent polio findings in Israel, Britain and the case in the USA.
Dr. Lawrence Loh, served as the medical officer of health for the Region of Peel during the pandemic, recounted the decisions that were made and why to vaccinate Canadians.
Presentation from Rahul Singh of GlobalMedic, great presentation on water treatment options that they are sending to Ukraine and other 
disaster areas, also food packing options for foodbanks.
Saturday night entertainment
The Yes Men, comedian group of three men of Second City fame, their act uses input from the crowd to improvise their comedy.
Jay Douglas All-Star Band provided music, Jay Douglas is a 3 time Juno nominee.

Sunday morning
Professor Gordon McBean of University of Western Ontario took us through the scientific work being conducted in Canada and Internationally to battle climate change.
Panel discussion by Emmay Mah (Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance), Stan Mathewson (Sustainable Orillia) and Darryl Gray (Director of Education and Training at Toronto and Region Conservation) on local action on climate change.
Every year our Rotary District 7070 holds a walk to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.  The weather was a little wet but the walk was well attended by approximately 300 Rotarians and family members from our District. Our club members pledged/donated approximately $3300 US dollars. Stay tuned for the total raised by our district. Thank you!!
Philippa Welch was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Alliston's club meeting on Monday, September 26 at the Gibson Centre.
Philippa Welch, MA,RN GNC(c), LNC
Vice President, Regional Operations 
Sienna Senior Living 
Philippa has enjoyed a career in long term care that has allowed her to fulfill a variety of positions and leadership roles in both clinical and operations roles.  Philippa is a Registered Nurse with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Management from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Degree in Leadership from the Gordon Lang School of Economics. She also holds credentials as a Certified Administrator, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Gerontology, and Legal Nurse Consultant.  
In leadership roles, Philippa has led the successful opening, transition, and operations of many long term care facilities, including management relationships with municipal and hospital providers. She has over 30 years’ experience in senior’s care. Her roles have included leadership positions in long term care in municipal, charitable, and for profit environments and operating her own consulting business.  Through this experience, Philippa has developed a focused vision of person centred care and the role that long term care plays in the greater health system. 
Philippa is committed to promoting strategic health system integration that will promote effective operations and celebrate expert leadership in long term care and is an advocate of leadership development for all professionals contributing to this sector.  
Heather Barzo and Barbie Barta gave an Overview of the Community Living Association of South Simcoe on Monday, Sept. 12 to our club members at the Gibson Centre. Rotary Club of Alliston has our upcoming Calendar and Daily Lottery ticket sales. One of the charitable organizations chosen this year is CLASS.
They are planning to purchase a wheelchair swing with the proceeds.
Heather Barzo
Heather Barzo has a Recreation Leadership Diploma and Developmental Service Worker Diploma.  She has worked for CLASS for 29 years.  She started frontline for 6 years in a few different group homes and then joining the Management team.  Currently Heather supervises the Community Participation programs for adults and youth.  We strive to support people to make connections in the community, gain employment, participate in many different recreational activities, and give back through volunteering.
Bio for Barbie Barta
Barbie Barta has a Business Management Degree with a major in marketing from Ryerson University. Barbie has worked in the non-profit charitable sector for over two decades in fundraising, event planning and marketing.

Barbie is the Marketing and Communications Manager for CLASS overseeing events, fundraising, newsletters, and social media.

The Rotary Club of Alliston welcomed our District 7070 Governor Iosif Ciosa at our club meeting at the Gibson Centre on Monday, August 29. Other guests were 4 members of the  Rotary Club of Kleinburg, Nobleton and Schomberg. DG Iosif Ciosa spoke about the Rotary year ahead for our district.  He introduced members to the Rotary Theme for the year "Imagine Rotary". DG Iosif talked about meeting Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. RI President Jennifer Jones is Canadian and is the first women president of Rotary International.

Rotary Club of Alliston President Bill Wray thanking District Governor Iosif Ciosa 

Photo by John McFarland

Iosif Ciosa, District 7070 Governor 2022-23

Iosif joined Rotary in 2012 at the suggestion of a former member who recognized in Iosif a commitment to, and a passion for, the values for which Rotary stands. In the years since, Iosif has truly embraced the “Service above Self” motto by serving in many capacities across Rotary.

In 2014, just two years after joining, he became the 64th President of the Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill. At the District Level, he has served on multiple committees and, as Assistant District Governor, supported the Rotary Clubs of Bay-Bloor, Toronto West, Parkdale-High Park-Humber and Toronto-Danforth.

In late 2015, the Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill presented Iosif with the Paul Harris Recognition. More recently, he served on the board of Boxing Ontario in the role of Director of Marketing. Currently, he is honoured to have been asked to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke in the year the club is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Iosif’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from Leicester University in England and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on International Business and Marketing from both the University of Nottingham in England and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

In his professional life, Iosif is a dynamic and results-driven Business Development Consultant, agile in seizing opportunities that drive growth and revenues. He is an innovative thinker who identifies new and better ways to drive business growth while managing the delicate interplay among strategy, marketing, relationship management and sales.

Iosif lives in Etobicoke with his better half Maggie, a staunch supporter of his work with Rotary. Maggie has joined Iosif in numerous hands-on projects, including the Beaujolais Nouveau Fundraising Celebration (now in its 8th year), and Toronto Ribfest. Together, they enjoy cooking, travelling and long walks. For the past few years, they have made an annual pilgrimage to the home of Maggie’s parents in Poland.
Iosif is delighted to have been chosen to lead our District 7070 Family in the 2022-23 Rotary year.

Please enjoy reading DG Iosif Ciosa's August Newsletter below.

The above bio and newsletter are copied from Rotary District 7070 Website.
On Monday August 8th, 2022 our Rotary Club were glad to hear from our partners in the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine about the ongoing situation in their country.  Since March 2022, the Rotary Club of Alliston, with donations from members and the community has provided over $32,000 in Humanitarian Grants to the Rotary Club of Rivne. Our guest speakers were our Rotarian friends, Yulia Melianchuk - President of the RC of Rivne and Olha Novytska - Global Grant Lead - RC of Rivne. Rotary District 2232 Governor Vitalii Lesko provided a summary of how Rotary is helping across the country of Ukariane. All 3 guest speakers talked about the challenges they are facing and  how our donations have assisted them in providing humanitarian support to their community and country.
Food, bedding and emergency safety supplies...just a few of the items purchased with the humanitarian grant money.
Bios for our speakers:
Yulia Melianchuk - President of the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine

Yulia Melianchuk is the current President of the Rotary Club of Rivne and has been a member since 2017. Yulia was club secretary in 2019-2020. Her first job was at Metro Cash & Carry in both Rivne and Lviv.  She is currently HR Manager at SoftServe, an IT company.  Yulia is also a former member of The Rotaract Club of Rivne.

Olha Novytska - Global Grant Lead - Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukaraine

Olha Novytska, immediate past president of The Rotary Club of Rivne, is the current treasurer for the club and the Chair of her District's Foundation Grant Subcommittee.  She has a PhD in Engineering and is Associate Professor at The National University of Water and Environmental Engineering.  Olha is a former member of The Rotaract Club of Rivne.
 The Abilities in Motion(AIM) Regatta July 22-23, 2022 was opened with a parade of canoes, kayaks and other adapted watercraft. Photo by Heather Barzo.
Everyone loves a parade....the AIM Regatta was on July 22 and 23 at Earl Rowe Park. The Rotary Club of Alliston members had a great weekend of volunteering to help with the Abilities in Motion Regatta. Rotary volunteers helped park cars, set up shade tents, cook hot dogs, serve lunch, move watercraft, fit life jackets and had fun lending a hand to the AIM volunteers.
Events for participants included paddling in the Big Canoe, a scavenger hunt, a tug of war between boats on the water and lots of fun paddling! Photo by Heather Barzo.
Rotary Volunteers Scott and Darlene Hunter with Dave Green at the boat launch. Photo by Sue Leach
Rotary Volunteers Brad and Nancy O'Neill parking cars and vans. Photo by Sue Leach
Rotary Volunteers Felix Kaechele and KerryAnne McFarland try out their paddling skills in the Big Canoe. Photo by John McFarland.
Smiles from participants and volunteers! Photo by Heather Barzo
...and more smiles. Photo by Heather Barzo
Thank you to Andy Owens and all the great volunteers from Abilities in Motion for inviting Rotary Club of Alliston to be part of your Regatta!!
To learn more about Abilities in Motion click here to visit their website.

The Rotary Club of Alliston sponsors a community based school for mothers in Bangladesh. The mothers in turn teach their children and other children in their community. Please see the latest photos and letter from Parvin our sponsored mother. The Rotary Club of Alliston is proud to support the Amarok Society in this important work. For more information about the Amarok Society please visit their Website.


Parvin in her garden.

July 2022

Parvin, Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Dear members of the Rotary Club of Alliston,

I am excited to write about myself and my family and other things. Hope, all of the Club members is well. My days are going busy with my daily activities. I have to take responsibility for my children. My younger son Rahat studies in science group. As a student of science group, he needs to work hard for his exams. Chemistry and Biology are little harder to him but he is working hard to overcome and complete his syllabus. I have to manage his tuition fees and other related cost for education.  I cannot teach him science but can guide him properly that he completes his homework.

There is a community library in Amarok School that is little far from our school. We had to go there physically to collect books from the library. Then we requested our teacher to develop a system that books are available for reading and don’t have to walk. Our teacher talked to that teacher of Amarok School and now the librarian comes to our school with new books and receives the previous book. We have found an interesting science book full of examples, experiments and colorful pictures. It is really a fun to read that book which makes me satisfying. I took the book at my home for my son. After reading the book, he became very happy. He said, “It’s so easy to understand through pictures and simple description by steps”. We have learnt about measurement, force, pressure, energy, population & environment and such other things from the book. Every lesson starts with a story related to the topic. After reading the science book my younger son and elder son jointly did a “Candle Experiment “. The experiment is really exciting for them and me. The experiment matched a lesson of his test book that would make it easier for his test. We need such type of easier science books for practical learning opportunity of micro-school children.

Parvin and other mothers making handicrafts to earn income.

Now I would like to share about mothers’ Income Generating Activities of our school. Some mothers are involved with different type of handicrafts works and earn money which they are able to help their family. Ranu is a new mother of our school, has come from Vola now lives in our slum. Her husband left her with 3 children. They are 4, 6 and 9 years old. Ranu had to suffer a lot in this situation. She was fallen in troubles to manage the house rent, food and others costs. Little earning from the odd job as housemaid was not enough for her. Then our friend Tania shared with us in school about her family. After hearing her sadness, Majeda proposed to help her and include her in the handicrafts group. The group make rubber band for mask with cotton and arrange training by a skillful mother of that group. Now she is doing this work and can earn additional money sitting home during her free time. Her elder daughter (Mim) helps her to do the work. Majeda teaches Mim. Now the family is having 3 meals a day and looking for a better opportunity.

You know I grow vegetables; besides gardening I have started a rearing chicken in boxes. I have saved some money from my vegetables selling. My elder son sells some vegetables in local market and bought some small chickens for rearing. Now they are growing up and will be saleable in 15 days. At present I have 10 chickens in my small farm. It takes 35 days to be matured and saleable. I could sell them by 150 taka per kg and expecting a profit of 1000 taka from the work.

Parvin feeding her chickens

My micro school is going well. The children are enjoying their lesson as I teach them with lots of activities and learning materials. When they sing a song along, it makes me so happy. Total 5 students in my micro school they are Rahat, Robiul, Moyna, Bristi and Fahim. Among them Rahat and Moyna are good at performing drama and role-play. Sometimes they do role play of a story-based to make fun and simplify learning with my guidance.

As you know there are six seasons in our country and this is the rainy season. In the rainy season we face communication and hygiene problem because our drainage system is not perfect. Every year waterlogging happens for a long time. In this year it starts earlier and already we are in deep trouble. We can’t go out freely to do our necessary work. We have to walk through dirty water with bad smell. Sometimes the toilet lids overflowed and mixed up with water. We can’t solve the problem but we can discuss the issue with our local Counsellor that he develops a good sewerage system before the next election otherwise we will not vote for him.

Thank you for your support to educate us, our children and our community.

With love,


 Anne, Karli  and Shawn Stevenson
The Rotary Club of Alliston presents the Lamp of Learning Award each year to a graduating student from Banting Memorial High School that is university bound. The winner this year is Karli Stevenson who is pictured above with her parents. Karli won several awards(see below) at graduation ceremonies this June 2022.
Karli is attending University of Toronto in September. Congratulations Karli from Rotary Club of Alliston.
Amelia Simms is presented with Paul Harris Bursary by Rotarian Kelly McCague
Amelia has a strong volunteering pedigree and has had to overcome several
challenges, to excel academically.  She has worked
hard in school, in her part-time job, and throughout her life to succeed.
With plans to attend the University of Ottawa next year, she is a most
deserving recipient of the Rotary Club of Alliston's Paul Harris Bursary. 
The Paul Harris Bursary is a financial award given by Rotary Club of Alliston to a graduating high school student pursuing a post secondary education.
The Rotary Adventure Playground Reopening on June 2 at 4pm. John McFarland spoke on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alliston.
John was President at the time of the first playground being constructed in 2004-2005 for the club's 50 Anniversary project.
The park playground equipment and surface was replaced after 15 years with the a government infrastructure grant.
Thank you to the Town of New Tecumseth and their staff for making this possible. 
Rotary Adventure Playground sign 
Left to Right
Town of New Tecumseth Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Daniel Burton, Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross, Rotarians John McFarland and Ed Zelinski,
Mayor Rick Milne
Chuck Commanda, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, spoke to Rotary Club of Alliston via Zoom on June 13th
Chuck Commanda
My name is Chuck Commanda and I am an Algonquin from the Kitigan ZIbi Anishnabeg First Nation. I am a birch bark canoe builder having learned the craft at the tender age of 10-12 years old from my Grandparents Mary and William Commanda. I’ve been teaching birch bark canoe making to other First Nation communities to preserve the craft. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of builds in high schools promoting truth and reconciliation as well as teaching students about our culture and things like the 7 Sacred Grandfather Teachings, the 7 Fires Prophecy etc. 
For more information or to contact Chuck Commanda:
Birch Bark Canoe Build
Ready to launch completed canoe
Birch Bark Canoe 
The Rotary Club of Alliston is pleased to be making donations to two local charities. The Rotary Club of Alliston sold combined Rotary Calendars and Lottery Tickets this past fall.  The club chose these  charities to benefit from sales of the calendars. A huge thank you to Eric Jagger for his leadership on this project and to all those who sold and bought Rotary Calendars.
The Rotary Club of Alliston is pleased to present to the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation(SFBLF) a donation to help in the operation of this jewel of history, the Banting Homestead in New Tecumseth. From right to left Kathy MacFarlane - Secretary of SFBLF, Patricia Middlebrook- President of Rotary, David Sadleir - President of SFBLF and John McFarland Rotary Club of Alliston fundraising chair.
The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation was the second recipient of funds raised from Calendar/Lottery sales.
From left to right Melody McLean, Director of Development and Campaign Manager SMHF and Marg Barber, Director on SMHF Board, representing the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and Rotary President Patricia Middlebrook and John McFarland Rotary Club of Alliston fundraising chairperson.
Rotarians Kelly McCague, Brian Carmichael and President Patricia Middlebrook(left to right)
On May 2 the Rotary Club of Alliston, members of the Rotary Interact and Rotaract Clubs and friends cleaned up the garbage along both sides of Highway 89 from the Nottawasaga River to the east side of Alliston. The club has cleaned up this stretch of Highway 89 for many years. A huge thank you to Rotarian George Scott for organizing.
Rotarian Felix Kaecheille, Green Party Candidate Allan Kuhn and Rotarian Eric Jagger
The Rotary Club of Alliston has been a project partner with the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine for over 10 years. When Russia invaded Ukraine we asked “How can we help?” In March of 2022 The Rotary Club of Alliston sent $15,000 to the Rotary Club of Rivne to support the humanitarian crisis created by the war.  
Rivne is situated midway between Kyiv, the capital city, and Lviv near the Polish border.  Rivne is on the route that people are using to flee the country and many refugees are passing through the community.  Our friends in Rivne have reported that the money donated is being used to provide medicine and clothing to people who are fleeing the war zone.  As part of a previous project 3d printers were purchased to produce teaching aid for visually impaired and blind child.  These have now been re-purposed to create much need medical equipment such tourniquet buckles and winders.
Our partners anticipate that more humanitarian aide will be needed.  You can assist our friends in the Ukraine by making a donation to the Rotary Club of Alliston. 
Here's how:
  1. We accept cash or a cheque donations. Make cheques out to the Rotary Club of Alliston.  Please mark as Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine.
  2. Drop the cheque off at the Grant Thornton Office  (formerly KD Wray office -  22 Paris Street, PO Box 51 Alliston ON Canada) in an envelope marked:  Rotary Club of Alliston Attn:  Bill Wray.
  3. The club will provide a charitable receipt for your donation when the regular 2022 club charitable tax receipts are issued later in the year.
We will accumulate any donations and then send another transfer to Ukraine. The deadline for donations is May 16, 2022.
Rotarians exploring Rivne, Ukraine on our first visit in 2017
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