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Alliston, ON  L9R 1E4
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Liberian nurse fights for peace

A nurse fights for peaceIn a nation once wracked by civil war, Liberian Rotarian Elizabeth Sele Mulbah has spent much of her life leading efforts for peace and reconciliation.A past president (2011-12) of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Mulbah has a remarkable

Rotaract: 50 years of changing lives

50 years ago, the first Rotaract club was formed to give young adults a place to connect and take action for good. Rotaract members from each decade share what the program was like and how it shaped their

Rotary women celebrated for changing lives

World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s

Nowhere to turn

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in

5 things you might not know about ending polio

The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the

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Please join the Rotary Club of Alliston for great evening of fun, food, fellowship and of course some wine.  

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018—6:00 P.M.

Gibson Centre, Alliston

Come and enjoy:

  • A 3-course gourmet meal by Custom Catering 
  •  4 different wines especially paired with the food 
  • Great fellowship and fun 
  • The knowledge that a portion of the ticket price will be donated to Rotary’s Polio Eradication 


Tickets are $75.00 per person 

Available from Rotarian Ralph Jones



Sarasota Bay Rotary Club’s Home Stay 2018 District Governors-Elect
Roger and I have been busy this week (January 7- 13) co-hosting a visiting District Governor-Elect from Norway and his wife who are on their way to San Diego (January 13) for their Rotary International training, along with more than 500 other DGEs and their partners.
The home stay program is organized and sponsored by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and this year’s home stay program is the 44th. It is an opportunity for visiting DGEs to experience life in southern Florida while staying with Rotary families for the week. They have participated in several receptions and Rotary Club meetings as well as a number of cultural and environmental events. They have visited the Ringling Museum of Art, the Southwest Florida Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium, and Myakka River State Park.
The photos show: the official photo of the DGEs, their spouses, and their host families; Roger and me with Susie, their co-host, and their Norwegian guests Rune and Grethe; and a whole group including another host couple with their DGE guests from Turkey all at dinner in a local Italian restaurant.
We have enjoyed our time with so many other Rotarians during this program.
Here's a lovely Thank You letter from Sweet Charity to the Rotary Club of Alliston for their contribution to their Diabetes Support Dog program. Below is  a tidbit of information on what the program is, and how greatly it impacts the children taking part.

What is a Diabetes Support Dog or DSD?

A Diabetes Support Dog is a dog trained to provide emotional support and companionship to children and youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These dogs will accompany their Friend for Life to medical appointments and hospital visits in order to provide the child/youth with a distraction from procedures, and help to mitigate their feelings of anger, frustration, and alienation. Diabetes Support Dogs provide unconditional love and create a sense of purpose while promoting attention to self-care and responsibility to care for their Friend for Life.

A group of hardy Rotarians, friends and families braved the cold and windy night so they could share a cup of hot chocolate around an enormous bonfire. Big thanks to all who attended the 12th Night Celebrations in Alliston. 

Special thanks to:

  • Country Meat Cuts for cooking and supplying the hot dogs
  • Tim Horton’s Angus for the Hot Chocolate
  • The firefighters who volunteered to start the fire and stayed to the end to make it safe. 
  • Nu-Tek Electric for the generator and lights
  • Gord Gallaugher - for the hay bales
  • Town of New Tecumseth for their support of the event
  • MyFm for advertising the event on the radio
  • Rotarians for helping serve and greet everyone


Especially the hardy families who came out and had fun.

From all Rotarians, Happy 2018!  Let's make this year an amazing one!
Rotarian Darlene Hunter, Contact volunteer Mary Hook and Rotarian Sue Leach at Tanger Mall wrapping a very large present together to raise funds and awareness for Contact. Thank you to all the Rotarians who took the time this busy holiday season to help!
Rotarian Irene Byrne and other Contact Volunteers on the last volunteer shift before Christmas.
As you well know the next Rotary International Convention is being held from June 24 through June 27, 2018. Rotary along with six supporting districts and Toronto Tourism are pulling out all stops to make Toronto one of the best and most memorable Rotary Conventions ever.
I don’t want you to miss out so here are a few reminders:
  • As of December 15 (that is this Friday) the registration fee will jump by $100 US. Go to to register today.
  • For those of you travelling some distance to Toronto 2018 please note that the Host Hospitality registration is now open and there are still spots available. This is a tremendous opportunity for fellowship and I cannot recommend it enough.
  • If you really want to be in the convention spirit, go to and order some Toronto 2018 clothing. We have shirts, hats and even socks!
  • The Host Organizing Committee have organized three terrific parties.
    1. Rock at the Distillery District  Saturday evening
    2. Jazz at the Aquarium Saturday Evening
    3. ROTARYFEST Tuesday Evening
All 3 HOC Ticketed Events have limited capacity so register today. Also keep in mind that even if you cannot make it to the Convention itself you can still go to the HOC Ticketed Events.
You just have to go to to sign up for Host Hospitality or the 3 great HOC Ticketed Events.
Last night was the Rotary Christmas party! - I'm posting a bit late  It was a lot of fun!  We played games, did some trivia, and decorated some Rotarian's as Christmas trees! Yay!
Maureen Royale and John McFarland co-presidents of The Rotary Club of Alliston  presented a cheque to the Cenotaph Committee chair Mr. Hart Holmstrom  in the amount $1,235.00 to further improvements at the Cenotaph located at  Albert and Paris streets in Alliston.
Funds were raised by a generous donation from Royal LePage RCR Reality Alliston,  Frank Grey Jr. and staff, and public donations from the speaker presentation of The Great Escape by  Professor and author of The Great Escape and frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star Ted Barris. Event was held on Oct 04/17 in Honda Hall at the Gibson Centre.
Photo curtesy of John Heydon.
Thank you,for your help
much appreciated!
Here are the 2017 Rotary Club of Alliston Night Lit Santa Claus parade winners...
Best overall - CIRCLE THEATRE
Thank you to all the organizations, companies and groups that entered the parade your support and participation is appreciated.
A few video highlights...
Tonight was a very WET and cold night, but the parade still happened and it was AWESOME!
The star of the show!!! Santa! and our amazing Rotary float!