Local Rotary News and Upcoming Speakers
 
Rotarian Steve Rutledge will be speaking on Zoom to the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, October 24 at 7pm to update us on a  Rotary Global Grant Project in Beirut and to share the Adopt a Village Program in Laos.
Rotary Club of Alliston is one of 60 Rotary Clubs that have contributed money towards a Global Grant to replace operating theatre equipment in the pediatric hospital in Beirut. If you want to join us on Zoom to hear this presentation, please click here for an invitation.
 
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.
Gem Munro, Co-Founder of the Amarok Society
 
Please join us at the Gibson Centre in Alliston on Monday, November 21 at 7pm when our speaker will be Gem Munro of the Amarok Society.
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/
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,

Parvin


 
 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
 
 
The local theater in Rivne, Ukraine
Parvin with the children in her micro school in Bangladesh
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston is proud to support the work of the Amarok Society. We sponsor Parvin, a young mother to go to school. Parvin attends an Amarok Society school for mothers and in turn she teaches her own children as well as other children in the neighbourhood. Please see her letter of March 2022 below describing her experiences.
 
Dhaka, Bangladesh 
 
Dear members of the Rotary Club of Alliston,

It’s always my pleasure to write to you. Please take my love and regards. My life is going well with my Amarok friends and neighbors. You would be happy to hear that, we write Journals in school. Our teacher has given us a separate notebook to practice writing journals capturing the change of our lives including main events of our daily life. I write short paragraph but wish to write long in the future. We are so happy that all schools in Bangladesh are opened now. The children are happy to go to school regularly. However, the children we teach at our Micro School did not stop their learning we continued our little school except the days of extreme Covid-19 infection. I am happy to teach them. 
 
The children I teach are enjoying my lessons although one of my neighbors had permanently shifted house to the village where she lived before. Shuly a girl of that family used to study in my micro-school and was a very good student and attentive. She left Dhaka but I’ve requested her family to continue educating of Shuly and they have committed to me from their realization of importance of learning for Shuly. Her parents said, “We will continue her studies as now we understand the value of education especially for the girls”. I am so glad to hear it from them. I have replaced her with a boy child name Bijoy about 10 years old. They are very poor, used to live in a village. Few months ago, his father became paralyzed slowly so their family struggled to manage food and other needs. Finally, her mother moved to Dhaka to find a job. In Dhaka, his mother joined in a garment factory as a helper. He didn't get opportunity for learning in his childhood. Now, he is happy to get the opportunity. The other children of my Micro School are so happy to get him. They do a lot of fun playing together. I am happy to teach them.
 
You know I have a small vegetable garden. I have planted different types of vegetables in my garden like cucumber, eggplant, Tomato, Chili and many kinds of flowers. All the plants are just growing up and will be visual in a few weeks. My son Rahat helps me for my work. I am so proud of my son. 
 
I will write more about it in the next letter.
 
Thanks to you and Amarok Society for supporting us. 
 
With love,
 
Parvin
Parvin at School in Dhaka, Bangladesh
 
For more information about the Amarok Society please visit their website 
Dr. Jaco Scheeres spoke to the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, May 9 at 7pm. He spoke passionately about his humanitarian work and how it gives him strength.
 
Dr. Jaco Scheeres was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Canada in 1995. He established a busy family practice in Manitoba where he had a large obstetrical patient population. He completed five years of residency at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Scheeres developed an interest in Maternal-Fetal medicine and in 2002 was awarded for the best resident research paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Manitoba. His work was recognized nationally by the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health. His research was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada. He is currently practicing in family medicine in Barrie and is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SMH. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.
Dr. Scheeres joined the SMH Team as an obstetrician in 2015 and became Chief of Obstetrics in 2019. Under the leadership of Dr. Scheeres, with the help of dedicated nurses, midwives, respiratory therapists and physicians, the obstetrics department has continued to provide excellent care to the community and has almost doubled the number of deliveries per year since he joined SMH. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Scheeres provides medical leadership to SMH’s clinical departments and is responsible for ensuring the efficient management and high quality medical services that align with the hospital’s strategic plan.
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation CEO Mary Thomas is presented with Cheque by Rotary President Patricia Middlebrook and Rotarian and SMHF Director Marg Barber(left to right).
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston is committed to donating $50,000  over five years to the Redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston.
The cheque presentation of $10,000  this week was the club's third installment on the donation.
 
Celebrating our successes with our Rotary friends in Rivne, Ukraine
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston has been a project partner with the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine for over 10 years. We started with small pilot projects that upgraded playground and rehabilitation equipment at orphanages and hospitals.  Over the last 5 years The Rotary Club of Rivne has worked very hard upgrading the facilities, programs and professional qualifications in the health care sector (visually impaired community and youth on the autism spectrum) through Rotary Global Grants.  Members of our club have visited Rivne and been the guests of the community 3 times prior to the COVID pandemic.  These Rotarians in Rivne are our friends.
 
When Russia invaded Ukraine we asked “How can we help?” They responded that funds were needed to purchase goods for humanitarian relief.  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.   The $15,000 provided to the Rotary Club of Rivne will purchase food, water, medicines and assist with transportation needs for the people of Rivne and to others fleeing the conflict. 
 
We know our friends and fellow Rotarians will make sure the money gets to where it is most needed in the community.
 
Some images of Ukraine as we experienced it prior to the war. (2017-2019)
Flying over Ukraine you quickly see the importance of agriculture.
A busy September morning in downtown Rivne.
Children enjoying upgraded playground equipment.
 
 
 
 
Barbara MacKenzie-Wynia (she/her) – Ontario Nature’s Regional Nature Network Coordinator
 
Barbara joined Ontario Nature in 2006 with a focus on Northern, Huronia and Lake Ontario North regions. She is a partner with Krystawyn Environmental Consulting, and owns BMW and Associates. Barbara was the director of communications with Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for more than 20 years. As a proud farmer’s daughter, she continues to enjoy working with the rural and farming community in building bridges, trust and capacity. Barbara lives in Clearview Township where she enjoys gardening, traveling, and camping with her husband and red fox lab Cedar.  
 
Presentation Description:
Join Barbara to learn about one of Ontario’s oldest charitable environmental organizations.
 
Ontario Nature is celebrating its 91th anniversary in 2022 and proud of its long history and accomplishments of protecting wild species and wild spaces.  This essential work is done through conservation, education and public engagement. 
 
Ontario Nature represent more than 30,000 members and supporters, and more than 155 member groups from across Ontario involved in significant conservation efforts in their own local communities.
 
One thing, that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, is that Nature is more important to all of us!  Barbara will share information on how we can all become the Voice of Nature.
 
For more information please visit the website   https://ontarionature.org/
 
Sarah Kaechele (M.Sc., KPA-CTP, SA Pro Trainer)
Sarah Kaechele was our guest speaker on April 11th. 
For more information about her award winning business, please list her website.
 
Sarah is the founder of Cued Canines - Dog Training & Behaviour, based in Alliston, ON, Canada.
She started her formal education in the animal science field in 2009 and holds a master’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Hohenheim. She has worked with a variety of species including cows, pigs, chickens, horses, goats, and sheep. Throughout her professional career, her work has been focused on animal behaviour and improving welfare in a sustainable way.
 
In 2020, Sarah graduated from the Dog Trainer Professional Program at the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, one of the leading institutions in the field of animal training. She is also an approved SA Pro trainer and specializes to help dogs with separation anxiety.
 
As a skilled clicker trainer and behaviour consultant, she uses evidence-based positive reinforcement training methods. Sarah strongly believes that the human-animal bond should be a partnership based on empathy and respect. She is here to help dog guardians better understand their dog’s needs and form the best possible connection with their canine companion.
 
 
 

Bio:

 
Janette Cridland, OCT, Certified Forest Therapy Guide (GIFT), Founder, Forest Floor  
Janette is founder of Forest Floor, a new Alliston-based business offering a variety of services blending Forest Therapy and Education.
After 27 years as an Outdoor Education Teacher, Janette decided to focus on acquiring new skills that promote wellness and healing through sensory-based nature experiences. Fascinated by the Art and Science of Forest Therapy or Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese evidence-based wellness practice, she pursued certification through the Global Institute of Forest Therapy (GIFT) to become a Forest Therapy Guide. Janette founded Forest Floor to facilitate experiences and services that foster the art of slowing down in order to receive the healing benefits of the forest, and reconnect with one’s self and the land. Janette hopes to share guided Forest Therapy walks with frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic as a safe way to relieve stress and bring a much-needed sense of peace.
Janette lives on a farm near Alliston with her husband and son, where she enjoys daily walks in their forests with her dog Emmy. She also serves in a leadership role at her church, and enjoys travelling and getting together with friends and family.
 
 
Janette Cridland was our guest speaker on Monday, March 28th. For more information about Janette's business, please visit 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Rivne welcomed members of Rotary Club of Alliston in 2017
 
Our two clubs have worked together on 2 Global Grants and met via Zoom just a few weeks ago to discuss a 3rd Global Grant.
Please keep our friends in Rivne and their families in your thoughts and hearts.
 
 
Ian Mason, Philip Mason and Felix Kaechele ready to walk for Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser 
 
The Rotary Interact Club of Alliston raised $2065.00 for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser in Alliston. The walk was held on Saturday, February 26th.
Participants were Interact Club members Nadisha Hutchinson and Philip Mason,  Ian Mason(father of Philip Mason) and  Rotarians Felix Kaechele and Eric Jagger.  The money raised will go to SHIFT(Support and Hope for Families Today).
Congratulations to the Interact Club!!
 
John VanderMeer was our guest speaker on Monday, February 28.
 
John spoke passionately about the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is planning on returning to the DRC in May and hope to take the Technological "tools" with him. 
 
John's Bio
My name is John VanderMeer and I was born and raised in Alliston.  After school, I moved to the Oshawa area to work with Ontario Hydro at two of their nuclear power stations. Met my wife Marian there and we have been blessed with 6 children, 3 boys followed by 3 girls.
In 1993, after 12 years working with Hydro, I left to join Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.   For the next 5 years, Marian and I busied ourselves with the needed training and preparations to move our family to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   When we left Canada, the DRC had once again plunged into warfare, making it not safe to live in the country.  So, we temporarily worked out of Nairobi, Kenya, for two years.   We then moved and worked from Arua, Uganda, a town near the DRC border for about 8 years.  Finally, we moved to Isiro, DRC, for about 6 years.  We continue to support the work in the DRC, but now remotely, from our home in Whitby, Ontario, making yearly trips back, barring travel restrictions from the Covid pandemic.   
Using my technical training, I was able to provide technical support in areas such as solar power, radio communications, computer support and internet connectivity.  This often involved being dropped into small villages within the forest by small Cessna planes or using a 4x4 on some very bad roads.   I have since transitioned to providing support to the different language communities in the area of media.  This includes building apps for smart phones, dubbing films into local languages, audio recording, some video, training and finding hardware solutions.
One of the jobs for the May 2022 Congo trip will include leading an audio-recording training workshop to representatives from 8 different language communities. Discussing this workshop with my supervisor some months back, we explored different ideas to better enable the students to create local audio programs.   Because of limited funding, these students will be expected to share recording and editing hardware among themselves, despite the fact that they live far apart.  This is not good.   It would be like asking carpenters in different towns to share the same hammer and Saw, then wonder why they were taking so long to build their houses.  I offered to try raise the needed funds in Canada so to purchase the needed hardware to take back.  
 
 
 
Rotarian John McFarland delivering flowers for residents at Kingsmere Retirement Residence
The Rotary Club of Alliston purchased and delivered flowers for Valentine's Day to the residents of the 3 retirement and long term care facilities in Alliston. This is the second year that the club has provided flowers to the seniors in our community. We hope to bring a smile and hopefully a little joy to each of the residents.
The Rotary Club thanks Bern's Flowers and Gifts for their discount and assistance.
 
Rotarian John McFarland delivers flowers for residents of Good Samaritan Seniors Complex
 
 
 
 
February 23, 2022 is Rotary’s 117th Birthday. That day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 23, 1905, little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. We have come a long way, since then, but we still have a long way to go to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world.
February is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote our Fourth Avenue of Service – Our continued goal for goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world, as we also celebrate February as Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month.
 
 
Steacy Hinton SMCDSB OYAP Consultant and John McFarland, Master Electrician and owner of Nu-Tek Electric spoke to students, parents and members of the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, February 14, 2022 about Apprenticeships.
 
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For information about the Apprenticeship Program please visit the OYAP website below. 
 
 
Fotini Chandrika Walton 
 
Fotini Chandrika Walton was guest speaker to the Rotary Club of Alliston via Zoom on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 7pm. Please visit her websites for more information about her programs.
 
 
Author of ‘The Sacred Horse’ (coming soon!)
 
Instagram: @redbarnwellnessfarm
& @awakenwithhorses 
 
“Horses lead the way to a whole new world!”
 
Bio for Fotini Chandrika Walton:

Fotini Chandrika has spent the past decade as devoted Steward and Listener of her four Horses, Spirit, Malachi, Penny and Isa, who are her teachers and partners in their Equine Guided Wellness practice. She is a born empath and has lived in the wonder of sacred communion with the Animal Kingdom and at home in the Natural world since her earliest memories. Fotini is the Founder of Awaken With Horses International, where she is wholeheartedly devoted to the mission of the Horses as they lead the way to a better world for both Horse and Human. Together with the Herd, Fotini shares a unique modality, Horse Wisdom Yoga® which offers intuitively guided, creative, private sessions, small group retreats and various training opportunities at Red Barn Wellness Farm in Loretto, Ontario, Canada.  Fotini strongly believes in the importance of reciprocal wellbeing between both Horse and Human. Through her support programs for Horse Stewards and Equine Guided Professionals, Fotini shares two decades of personal and professional experience in the study of, holistic care for and thriving partnership with Horse as teacher and partner with equine enthusiasts from around the world. For more information, please visit www.AwakenWIthHorses.com or @awakenwithhorses on Instagram. .  *Horse Wisdom Yoga® is not yoga on horseback. All activities take place on the ground. No Horse experience necessary*

See this great video clip from CTV news 

 
 
Kelly McCague of Royal LePage RCR Realty presents cheque for $1000 to Rotary President Bill Wray
 
The generous donations by Royal LePage RCR Realty from 2020 and 2021 will be used towards a bench in a park in New Tecumseth. 
Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Royal LePage RCR Realty!
 
We are pleased to announce that Canadian Tire - Alliston is our newest corporate member.  Welcome Adriano Dalle Rive (General Manager) and Brad O'Neill (Owner) to the Rotary Family.
Left to right:  Rotarian Patricia Middlebrook, Adriano Dalle Rive (General Manager), Brad O'Neill (Owner) and Rotarian Bill Wray
October 2021 -Parvin with students in  Bangladesh     
                                                                                                                               
Rotary Club of Alliston  sponsors Parvin, a mother,  to teach 5 children in her community in Bangladesh.  The program by the Amarok Society teaches mothers and in turn the mothers teach their children and other children in their community. These children would not have the opportunity to attend school without this program.
 
 Here is the letter from our club's sponsored mother, Parvin.     
                                                                                                                                                         
Dear members of the Rotary Club of Alliston,
Hope you all are fine with your family. I am also well here with my family and neighborhood children. All five children I teach are doing well in their study. We have got new Bengali & math books. There are different types of learning method, games and activities in the books. So many practical examples, good stories related to our life, livelihood, problematic math and such. We like the books. More importantly some of the stories of the books are written by mothers of Amarok School and pictures drawn by the children of micro-school and our grads. Sometimes I take books to teach in my Micro School. I love them teaching, there are some topics difficult for me but I take help from my Amarok Teacher and sometimes send my students to her. In recent time I have developed some new games for them to make the lesson joyful. It is so fun and enjoyable session when I use new games in my Micro School. So that they are inspired to attend timely and learn very fast.
Our teacher always starts a new lesson with an ‘introduction’. Last week our teacher discussed about six seasons of our country. At the start she asked about the present conditions of last few weeks and asked what could be in a few weeks. We have six seasons in our country but we wanted to know the names of the seasons in English. Our teacher divided us into 6 groups and told each team to talk about the season to do a short role-play to express the season the group belonged without mentioning the name. It takes 3 days to complete the lesson. I belonged to a member of the Spring Team. We acted on that season and other enjoyed it and understood the characteristics of the season nicely. In such way, we all talked and acted on six seasons. This is an interesting method of learning and our teacher follows the role. Most importantly we learn teaching methods from our school and deliver when we teach children in our micro-schools.    
A new mother admitted in our school named Rohima who is 38 years old. She is a housemaid and her husband is a day labor. She has 3 daughters and 1 son. 2 daughters got married and live in another place and one of daughter lives with her aunt in village. One day she was going to her work place, she met a mother Kohinur who was coming to Amarok School with notebooks. After hearing about our school Rohima wanted to learn. The next day she admitted and learning besides her work. Now she is doing very well and very enthusiastic. When we do group work, she sits with me and she needs support in English. We are supporting her that she can improve her level and come to close to our level.
Now I’m going to share a story of one of my neighborhood children. The name of child is Nahid who is 7 years old. He studies in Micro School of Jhuma. He has a little sister, 4 years old. When Nahid was 3 years old, his mother left them and got married again and left them. After that his father also got married a woman. There are 5 members in his family including a grandmother. Although his grandma is 70 years old, she looks very strong now and she has to do the all-household work because Nahid’s step-mother is a housemaid so she is busy for the whole day. One day Nahid was walking in the backstreet of Nurerchala then suddenly he saw some 10 to 15 years old boys were doing something bad together in that alley. He tried to understand that what happen there but could not understand properly. After a while the boys left the place and he went there to see, he saw that a currency of 100 taka (1.5 $) had fallen on the ground. He picked it up and he fell into greediness. Nahid shared the incidents with her mother, then her mother with her friends in school and they discovered about the little boys smoked cigarettes and did some other bad things. Amarok mothers in a group identified the parents of the children, informed them and the bad practice has stopped finally.
The COVID situation is improving in our country. More people are getting COVID 19 vaccines. Already I received the first dose and I will go to the hospital for my second dose in the next week. I am always careful about health of my family members and my neighbors and go out with safety measures. Our Prime Minister has declared that by March 2022, 80% 18+ people will be under the vaccination. Till now below 18 years children are not entitled for the vaccines.
You know I have a small vegetable garden but there are no good vegetables now because of lot of rain. The vegetables are spoiled due to the waterlogging of the rain water. But the rain has almost gone and I’ll put new seeds in a couple of weeks to get winter vegetables. I hope this year more vegetables will grow as I have experience and use my learning from the past.
Let’s hope for my children that they can be educated and live a better life than me.     
 
Yours lovingly,
 
Parvin
Andy Owens paddling at Earl Rowe Provincial Park 
 
Andy Owens spoke to the Rotary Club on Monday, January 10th via Zoom. He shared his passion for volunteering with AIM. For more information about AIM and how you can get involved please visit their website link below.
 
 Bio of Andy Owens
Locally raised in Alliston since 1956, Andy has taught both elementary and high school students from 1977 – 2009.  Very active in teaching canoeing skills to students and leading canoe trips since 1990.  Upon retirement in 2009, he became associated with Abilities in Motion and have coordinated many adaptive paddling opportunities at Earl Rowe P.P. for persons with disabilities.
Usually this week Rotarians and community volunteers are out on the streets of Alliston gathering Christmas trees for our 12th Night Bonfire.  Due to safety concerns and health restrictions related to COVID -19 the Rotary Club of Alliston has again had to cancel this celebration of the New Year, 2022.  We hope we can host this great family event next year in 2023.  
12th Night Bonfire - 2019
Each year at this time the Rotary Club of Alliston identifies a charity supporting families in need over the holiday season and asks our members for support.  This year My Sister's Place - Alliston was our chosen charity.  Through the generosity of members and their families we collected $1300 of gift cards and donations to support families in need.  Thank you Rotarians.
 
Felix Kaechele

Welcome Felix Kaechele to the Rotary Club of Alliston.  Felix was born and raised in Leverkusen, Germany and moved to Canada in 2019 from California.
 
Felix is 32 years old and married to Sarah. Sarah and Felix and their dog Lotta (she's a Bodeguero, rescued from Spain) enjoy living in Alliston.
Sarah was voted Best Dog Trainer and Best New Business in the Alliston Herald's Reader's Choice this year. Congratulations Sarah! The editor suggests Sarah would be a great future guest speaker.

Felix works for Cisco as a Software Engineering Technical Leader in Emerging Technologies & Incubation. His areas of interest are technology and citizen empowerment to use technology for good.

Felix enjoys Real Crime Podcast Shows, Karaoke and Dad Jokes :)
 
Felix Kaechele was inducted officially into the club on November 22, 2021.
A big Rotary thank you to all the volunteers, and participants in the Night Lit Santa Claus Parade.  It was great display of lights, music and community spirit.  Special thanks to the Town of New Tecumseth staff for their support and hard work, the Nottawasaga OPP and New Tecumseth Fire & Rescue who helped keep everyone safe.  We could not do it without them!  Thanks to Thomas Funeral Homes for allowing us advertising space on the their new, high tech sign. Looked great!
 
Here are the winning entries for 2021!
 
WOW Factor – HD Towing and Recovery
 
Best Overall – The Circle Theatre
 
Most Unique – Starlite Graphics & Signs
 
Best Use of Traditional – Grant Thornton
 
For more pictures from the  parade click here.  The big guy (Santa) was camera shy this year.
 
 If you're interested in seeing the video prepared by Rogers Community TV of our parade held on 20 November, you can see it here:
 
The Parade will be shown on Rogers TV (Channel 65) and also live streamed on the Rogers TV website for anyone that doesn’t have Rogers Cable.  Go to https://rogerstv.com/home?lid=14&rid=93. All show times and dates can be found on the website.
 
Here is the TV schedule:
Friday   Dec 17th              8:30pm
Saturday Dec 18th            3:30pm – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday Dec 19th               8:30am – 10:00am – 2:30pm – 5:30pm 9:00pm
Monday Dec 20th             11:30am – 3:00pm – 4:30pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday Dec 21st             9:30am – 11:00am – 2:30pm – 4:00pm – 5:30pm – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday Dec 22nd      8:30am – 11:00am – 3:00pm – 5:00pm – 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Thursday Dec 23rd           9:00am – 11:00am – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – 5:30pm – 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday Dec 24th                 9:30am – 3:00pm
 
Rotary Club of Alliston is pleased to announce that the Run 4 Youth Event raised $11,639.25, half for each of Youth Haven and New Path. These 2 organizations help the youth and their families of our region.  
The club is very grateful for the generous support of the sponsors and participants for the Run 4 Youth event held July-September 2021. At our November 22 club meeting the representatives from both organizations spoke to members about the services their organizations provide to youth in our community. Please see details below and links to these organizations websites.
 
 
Dominika Zapolnik is the Communications Manager at New Path Youth & Family Services
 

Dominika is a passionate community builder and not-for-profit communicator. Her current work involves strategic communication, fundraising, and advocacy work for New Path Youth and Family Services and New Path Foundation, child and youth mental health leaders in Simcoe County, Ontario. She is also the Communications Specialist for the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team, focusing on the co-design of health and social service care with community members and partners of the OHT in the region. She is a graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism and, more recently, a graduate of the MA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University. She resides in Midhurst with her partner, Michael, her two amazing children, Ruby-Anne and Logan, and three rescue pups.
 
Kyle Murray, Manager of Clinical Services at New Path Youth & Family Services
 

Kyle is a strong advocate for timely, accessible infant, child, and youth mental health services and supports several New Path Youth & Family Services initiatives. Kyle currently oversees several programs, including Brief Services, Early Years, Intake, and the Call-In Clinic. Kyle is a graduate of York University’s Master of Social Work program. Kyle resides in Shelburne, Ontario, with his partner Abigail and two daughters Everlyn and Eisley. They can often be found hiking the Bruce trail with their two dogs.
 
The New Path Youth & Family website is: www.newpath.ca
 
We are also on social media: 
Facebook @NewPathYFS
Twitter @NewPathYFS
 
Youth Haven
Louise Jones is the Director of Fund Development for Youth Haven.
 
Louise has been in this role since April 2020. Prior to that, she was the Fund Development Manager for the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe Muskoka. In addition to her role at Youth Haven, Louise is an avid photographer. Her most recent work is with GoodLife Magazine as their food photographer, capturing photos of restaurants within the County of Simcoe.Louise loves the outdoors, fishing, golfing, hiking and cottaging. As well, she enjoys travelling. Louise is a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie, and has volunteered with the Barrie Minor Baseball Association, COPE Service Dogs, the Barrie Photo Club, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, Family Connexions, among others. She believes strongly in giving back to the community.
 
Captain Rachael Tracey was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, November 8th.
 
Captain Tracey and her Coxswain CPO2 Talia Rossit did an excellent presentation for our Remembrance Day meeting. Their bios are below.
 
My name is Captain Rachael Tracey. I am a Reserve (part-time) member of the Canadian Armed Forces as Cadet Instructors Cadre Officer within the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service sub-component. I have been enrolled as an Officer since November 2011. I am currently the Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 53 Barrie (named after the HMCS Barrie, a WWII Flower Corvette funded by the citizens of Barrie). Before assuming Command this past June, I was the Corps Training Officer, responsible for planning and implementing the Corps yearly training schedule. Prior to moving to CFB Borden and joining RCSCC Barrie, I was an active member of  851 “Prince Edward” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Picton, ON (where I ran the gamut from Supply Officer to Admin Officer to Trg O and occasional Officer Commanding) and 608 “Duke of Edinburgh” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (where I was the Admin O and Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor). 608 was also where I first served in the Canadian Cadet Organization as a Cadet myself from 2003 until 2009, when I had a brief stint as an Officer in the Regular Forces (permanent full-time) component of the CAF.
In my civilian life, I am a full-time member of the Federal Public Service with the Department of National Defence, currently working at the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) at CFB Borden. I am also the Founder of Youth Beyond Enterprises, the online resource for rural young entrepreneurs and young leaders, as well as a newly sworn-in Director on Nottawasaga Futures’ Board of Directors.
 
CPO2 Talia Rossit
 
Hello, my name is CPO2 Talia Rossit, I am the Coxswain and most senior cadet of RCSCC Barrie. This is my last year being a part of the sea cadet program. I specialize in seamanship and have a knack for marksmanship and drill. One of my favourite experiences was when I had the opportunity to go on a week-long deployment in BC on an Orca Class training vessel. Since I am considered a senior cadet, it’s one of my responsibilities to instruct classes. Doing so has allowed me to develop my leadership and communication skills and I love every minute of it, I get to light a spark within the new cadets by sharing my experiences with them and giving them motivation to continue in their training and achieve higher ranks.
Rotary Club of Alliston Members and family Lights Up the Gibson Centre for World Polio Day 
World Polio Day was October 24, 2021.
 
Rotary Club of Alliston in cooperation with the Gibson Centre lit up the building on October 21 and 24  in recognition of Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio from the world.  World Polio Day was Sunday, October 24. Rotary Clubs all over the world raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease.
 
 “I am incredibly proud of the Rotarians, volunteers around the globe and our partner agencies who for 35 years have given so much to eradicate this disease.  We are so close with only two countries in the world still reporting cases. “  said 
 Rotary Club of Alliston President Bill Wray. 
 
In 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries. Rotary and their partners have made great progress against the disease since then. In 2021, polio cases have been reported in  just 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
 
Rotary and its partners will continue to try and reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. 
Rotary has contributed more than $2.2 billion to ending polio since 1985.
 
Thank you to the Gibson Centre for their support!
 
 For more information download a Polio Factsheet click here.
 
 
Rotary Club of Alliston welcomes their newest Corporate membership of Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
Photo Left to right.
Melody McLean(SMHF) Rotarian Paul McCullough, Rotarian Patricia Middlebrook, Rotary President Bill Wray,
Margaret Barber(SMHF)
 
 
 
 
Photos of hospital in Beirut after the port explosion in 2020.
 
Rotarian Steve Rutledge spoke to the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, October 18 at 7pm to update us on a  Rotary Global Grant Project in Beirut and to share the Adopt a Village Program in Laos.
Rotary Club of Alliston is one of 60 Rotary Clubs that have contributed money towards a Global Grant to replace operating theatre equipment in the pediatric hospital in Beirut.
 
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.
Donna Jebb was our guest speaker on Monday October 4th. She spoke to the club members and guests about the Women's Institute.
 
Donna was born & raised in Alliston to Warren”Pat” & Shirley Gibson
Married to Barry Jebb for over 40 years. 
They farm in New Tecumseth. They have two children & 4 grandchildren.

Member of Tec We Gwill Women’s Institute for 40 years and held different positions in the branch, district & Simcoe Area for the WI.

Past Provincial board director for Federated Women’s  Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) & a member of Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) with that organization Donna has been a member of the UN committee for 6 years & currently second term of the Agriculture committee 
As well was a leader of  4H life skill club in South Simcoe (39 years volunteer)  & past president of that organization their two children were 4H members of the life skills along with the beef club. 
Past member of Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, co-organized a wheel chair relay race to raise funds for Canadian paraplegic association in our area for 5 years (known now as Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario).
Donna and her mother Shirley were both past recipients of the Rotary Club of Alliston's Elgin Blakely Award for Citizen of the Year.
Welcome Sign for the "Walk in the Footsteps of Banting" on August 20-22, 2021.
 
The weekend long event was a celebration at the Banting Homestead and Heritage Park for the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.  Hosted by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation, the events included six presentation sessions in the Drive Shed, two on each day, followed by tours of the exhibits in the Reception building and the Farmhouse.  
Rotarians Eric Jagger and John McFarland volunteering on check in for guests.
 
Rotarians manned the front gate checking registrants in and providing them with a COVID questionnaire.  A pair of Lions members also volunteered and handled parking and way-finding, and two Banting Memorial High School students performed a variety of duties.  
Lion's Volunteers with David Sadleir in centre. 
Rotary President George Scott and Kait Perez Diaz
 
Rotary, along with the Alliston Lions Club, was also instrumental in the funding and reconstruction of the octagonal drive shed back in 2010.  It’s now a featured building and the primary learning centre for all the SFBLF’s educational programs on diabetes.  
 
Monument was unveiled to celebrate the 4 scientists who were responsible for the discovery of insulin 100 years ago.
 
Frederick Banting and his assistant Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921 with the help of Cullip, a chemist, and MacLeod, who ran the lab at U of T. Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923 and remains the youngest ever recipient 100 years later. 
 
Rotarian Jan Clayson checking in and assigning volunteers their area for clean up in Riverdale Park on Saturday, August 21st.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Alliston and Rotaract Club were part of the Great Lakes Cleanup, a US and Canadian initiative involving hundreds of Rotary clubs on both sides of the border, originally scheduled for Earth Day back in April (but postponed twice because of the Stay-at-Home order and its extension).
Amzy and Irby pitched in representing the Rotaract Club.

Volunteers spent three hours covering the entire park that borders the Boyne River and then sat down for a pizza lunch courtesy of Rotarian Jack Van’t Spyker.
Rotarians Bill, Sue and Dave
Rotarian Megan and daughter Riley ready to start collecting litter.

And the winners are......

Congratulations to the winners of the Taste of the Town Raffle Draw.
Grand prize - Cindy Simpson
Pizza for a year - Peter Gordon
Pie for a year - Sally Sainsbury.

Sincere thanks to all those who purchased tickets. All funds go directly to the most urgent needs of the Gibson Centre to remain rich in heritage and alive with culture!

Gibson Centre

Rotarian Ed Zelinski(3rd from left) took part in the draw.

A special thanks go to Rotary Club of Alliston, our lead sponsor for this raffle. Your support means so much to arts and culture in our community.
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $2500 to the Gibson Centre for Community, Arts and Culture for their annual Taste of the Town. Photos and text from the Gibson Centre Website.

 
 
Mary Lou Harrison in action.
 
 
Storytelling for Community Engagement - On September 27, Assistant Rotary Public Image Co-ordinator Mary Lou Harrison joined us for a Zoom conversation about attracting volunteers, new members, community partners, and additional participants in Rotary programs and activities through strategic storytelling and active listening. Thank you to Mary Lou sharing her time and talents with the club.
Mary Lou Harrison's Bio:
A strong advocate for the role of women in Rotary, Mary Lou constantly seeks to increase the diversity of Rotary’s membership and leadership to better serve our world.
She is proud to be a Charter Member of the LGBT Rotary and Friends Rotary Fellowship. Mary Lou is also a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise. She is honoured to serve as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Co-ordinator (ARPIC) and looks forward to becoming the Rotary Public Image Co-ordinator for Zone 28 in the 2022-23 Rotary Year.
Her Rotary District 7070 roles have included District Governor 2018-19, Assistant Governor, Vocational Service Chair, and Co-Chair of RADAR (Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses). She supports our Rotary Foundation as a Benefactor and a Rotary Direct Donor.
Currently, Mary Lou is the Director of Partnerships & Administration for St. Anne’s Anglican Church, a national historic site, arts venue, and active parish in downtown Toronto. Her work life has included positions within the Ontario government, her own catering and events management company, teaching cooking, freelance writing, and being the editor of a community newspaper. In addition, she has her own blog - coolnotcool.ca.
Both inside and outside of Rotary, Mary Lou seeks to be a changemaker.
 
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Rotary Projects Around the Globe - October 2022

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Register now for World Polio Day 2022World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children, will be held virtually and in-person on 21-22 October in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will highlight the status of polio eradication and address the

Mobile clinic delivers free healthcare for Wisconsin’s underserved communities

Rotary clubs in District 6250 (Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA) have donated a mobile clinic to St. Clare Health Mission, a community organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides primary and specialty health care services at no cost for those without access to insurance.

Speakers
Steve Rutledge
Oct 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Rotary Project in Laos
Captain Rachel Tracey
Nov 07, 2022 7:00 PM
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