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Pam - Transition and Housing Worker will be speaking to Rotary Club of Alliston on Zoom on Monday, March 8 at 7pm. Please join us on Zoom after 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

My Sister’s Place

I’m a member of a team of amazing women that fill the many roles at My Sister’s Place, shelter for abused women and their children.  My role as the housing worker involves assisting and supporting women to find, secure and maintain housing.  This includes women from the shelter, second stage program and the community.

Since starting as a frontline counsellor at the newly opened My Sister’s Place in 1987 I have witnessed many changes!! Changes in the criminal justice system, in the services we deliver to the families accessing our support, and community resources to name but a few.  Now as we find ourselves in a global pandemic we have had to make many changes and will continue to do so. 

Life and working in a shelter over the years has taught me change is inevitable and although at times causes uncertainty it also provides opportunity for new learning experiences and opportunity to support, educate and empower and why I continue to do this work.

If you would like to join us for Pam's presentation, please click for a Zoom invitation.

Please join us to hear John Barrett speak about Veseys Seeds and the Rotary End Polio Now Tulip Project on Zoom on February 22nd at 7pm.
John Barrett of Veseys Seeds, End Polio Now Tulip Project
 
John is a Charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. He has served as Clerk of Session at Zion Presbyterian church, member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s National Finance Committee and is a past member of the Assembly Council and Moderator of the PEI Presbytery. Active in a number of community Boards and Advisory Groups, he has been involved at Veseys Seeds Ltd. for the past 23 years
 
Prior to joining Veseys Seeds Ltd in 1997, John spent many years as an entrepreneur having ownership and management responsibilities with Great Northern Knitters, Afton Lea Farms, Barrett Resources and the A. Littlewood Box Factory.
 
Presented a Paul Harris Fellowship by his Rotary Club in 1997 and again in 2008 and 2016, other awards include Executive Member of the Year Cycling PEI, Rotary District Award, Recognition Award RCMP, National Recognition Award from the Canadian Cancer Society , Special Volunteer Award PEI Division Cdn Cancer Society, Rotary Governor’s Citation and the Outstanding Leadership Award. Recently, John has received the prestigious “International Order of the Tulip” Award during the World Tulip Summit in Korea.
 
Today, John is one of three Directors of Veseys Seeds and is primarily responsible for sales, corporate image, design, customer service, marketing and the development of global strategic partnerships and company growth.
 
John will be talking about the success of Veseys Seeds, Canada's #1 seed catalogue company and the End Polio Now Tulip campaign that took place in Atlantic Canada during 2020.
 
For an invitation to the Zoom meeting please click here.
Please join us on February 8th at 7pm on Zoom to hear Dr. Munro speak about the "Unstoppable Mothers" she works with in Bangladesh.
 
Dr. Tanyss Munro of the Amarok Society
 
Dr. Tanyss Munro has devoted her life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. She has achieved extraordinary success in this endeavour as teacher, principal, district director, senior advisor in the federal government and with First Nations government. She has been active in international education as a specialist with the Commonwealth of Learning and other international organizations and advises two international development organizations currently. In addition to co-founding Amarok Society, she has a long history of charitable and social activity. By adoption, she is a Wendat (Huron) Indian. She recently co-edited ‘Learning to Live Together: Using Distance Education for Community Peacebuilding”, a book of experiences from around the globe illustrating this new approach to peacebuilding in communities.
 
If you want to hear Dr. Munro speak on February 8th at 7pm on Zoom, please contact by clicking here  Sue Leach 
Rotary opens doors to connect members with leaders in our community and around the world.
 
Thanks Eric Jagger for sharing your Rotary Moment.
Capt. Rachael Tracey gave our Remembrance address back in Nov 2020 at her very first meeting as member of our club...she had been recognized for her contributions to The 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program in the letter below.
 
Letter of Appreciation to CAF Speakers for the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program
January 2021
 
To Whom It May Concern,
As the Director of Outreach and Speechwriting (DOAS), I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for the participation of Capt Rachael Tracey in the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program.
This year, the NVWSP shifted to virtual presentations to ensure the health and safety of CAF members. I am happy to report that Canadians responded with overwhelming interest to this new course of action. We received 2,570 requests for the CAF speaker videos, with another 378 requests for virtual presentations, allowing us to reach more than 931,000 Canadians.
Without the willingness of current serving members such as Capt Tracey, who adapted in a virtual environment and who devoted time and energy to share their experiences, the program would not be as successful as it has been.
The positive feedback received from schools and community organizations is a true testament to the fact that Canadians appreciate hearing first-hand about the great work that our military members do on a daily basis.
Now more than ever, Canadians must know the importance of remembering CAF members who have served and who continue to serve, as well as those who have given their lives for our country. For this, I would like to express my gratitude for your dedication to the program.
Once again, please accept my sincere thanks for your excellent contribution to the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program. It is our hope that you will participate again next year.
Sincerely,
 
 
Elana Aptowitzer
A/Director, Outreach and Speechwriting
Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)
Department of National Defence
 
 
Thanks Rachael. Well done
Rotary collaborates with other like-minded groups to make our community a better place to live. Thank you Jack for sharing your Rotary Moment.
The Rotary of Club of Alliston is disappointed that COVID has interfered with so many important community events in 2020.
Every January for over 35 years we have celebrated the New Year with our Twelfth Night Burning of the Green Christmas tree bonfire. Hundreds of people every year have enjoyed the warmth of the fire while sipping hot chocolate and munching on a hot dog. Unfortunately a gathering of this size won't be permitted under the regulations currently in place and as such the Twelfth Night- Burning of the Green Bonfire in Riverdale Park will not take place in January 2021.
 
We hope we can host the event again in the future.
 
Stay Safe.
 

 

The stubs are in and money is counted and the membership exceeded our goal of selling 500 tickets!

The total tickets sold are 524 tickets total revenue of $10,480.00. Congratulations to our membership! Half of the revenue $5,240.00 is from selling the calendars/lottery tickets will be divided up among the 3 charities named at the beginning of the fundraiser, Alliston Out of the Cold, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The club’s membership is to decide collectively on the percentage to each beneficiary with a motion. The motion needs to be conducted by January 15 2021 so the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia can complete the overall accounting. A motion has been sent to the board and a notice of motion will be sent to the membership which will open the motion up for discussion at the club level and the inclusion of all members who want to contribute in the discussion to the final allocation of the funds raised to the three beneficiaries named at the start to the fundraiser.

Ad revenue is split, half of the ad revenue is returned to the club that places the ad on the calendars.

One ad value of $250.00 was purchased so additional revenue is $125.00 was added to our total.

Total revenue raised from calendars/ lottery tickets $5,375.00

Recognition and our sincere thanks to:

Rotary Club of Barrie- Huronia. – Sue Carr and committee for sharing the idea and spearheading it.

Canadian Tire Alliston – member Megan White for organizing the selling of calendars/tickets at cash registers.

Colleen Kotnisz  member for having calendars available at her office.

Christine Brayford for having calendars at Flato Homes Sales office in Beeton.

The beneficiaries for their promotion of the fund raiser on their social media platforms, and selling of the calendars /lottery tickets.

The membership of the Rotary Club of Alliston  - Thank you all!

As a result of the campaign but not part of it was the generous donation from Flato homes of $2,000.00 specifically $1000.00 each to the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. This donation was made directly to the club charity account and then cheques were distributed to each organization. This donation was not associated with the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia.

Flato Homes did not forget Alliston Out of the Cold, they had already given a corporate donation of $10.000 to the organization prior to our campaign starting.

 

 

Next Fundraising meeting is January 14th at 7:00a.m. via Zoom. Please let John know if you would like to attend and are not on the committee and he will send you an invitation to the meeting.  

 

Thank you for your help

John McFarland  Fundraising, Committee Chairperson

Alliston Rotary Club

john@nu-tekelectric.ca

705-391-8556

“COVID protocol, physical distance yourself, wear a mask if you can’t,wear a mask everywhere in public,wash your hands several times a day.”

 

Rotary provides members opportunities to expand their skills while doing good in the community.  
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston was pleased to help coordinate Santa's visit to the communities of New Tecumseth. Great work Emergency Service, New Tecumseth.
Big thank you to the social committee for hosting our first and hopefully only online Zoom Christmas Party.  Great to have Rotarians and family join us online for some silly activities. Photos from Christmas past, Trivia and "festive attire" combined for some fun.  
 
Trivia winners:  Marvellous McFarlands (they are making a habit of this)
 
Funniest Attire:  Tanya Wall - great Antlers.
 
Most Festive Attire:  Ralph Jones
 
Thank you to all Rotarians and Friends of Rotary for keeping us moving forward in this most unique year.
Pictured above is Rotary President George Scott. To his left left, starting with two thumbs up, is Lion Scott Cooke, then Lion Ken Wright and Lion Stuart Millard. To his right is Lion George ‘Big Dutch’ Bik.
 
This is a cheque presentation by Rotary to the Alliston Lions Club for $1,000 -- a supplemental gift (to our usual annual support) sponsored by the generous people at Flato Developments.
 
 Now in its 40th year, the Hamper program will help to feed 180 needy families and seniors this year.
 
Great work Lions.
 
A big Rotary thank you to Royal LePage RCR Realty for a $1000 donation towards the sponsorship of a bench on the future trail in Riverdale Park. President George receiving the donation from Kelly McCague.
 
 
Welcome Annabelle Song our newest member of the Rotary Club of Alliston
 
My name is Annabelle Song. I'm working at Flato Developments as Public Relations, Sales and Marketing Manager. I worked in an ad agency for around 3 years in Toronto as Media Planner since 2017, and experiential marketing agencies in Beijing for over 5 years as Senior Account Manager before coming to Canada. I finished 2 bachelor degrees in China, one in Electrical Engineering, the other in Business Administration.
I came to Canada in 2014 for my Master Degree in International and Intercultural Communications in Victoria, BC, then move to Ontario after graduation. I'm also a volunteer of The Canadian Red Cross, participated several major responses in BC, AB and ON.
Raising Money For Local My Sister's Place Shelter, organized by Sydney Narain
 
Our local Interact Club, Rotary for young people between the ages of 13 and 18, has organized a fundraising campaign for our local shelter for women and children, My Sister's Place.
If you would like to help our young people provide assistance to this very worthy institution, please click on the link and donate what you can via the Go Fund Me page they have set up.
Thanks for anything you can contribute. Our young people will very much appreciate your support.
 
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Jenifer Pergentile...was extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Alliston for our ongoing support. This donation was a result of our Virtual Pub Trivia Night with proceeds going to Out of the Cold - Alliston.
Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine and Rotary Club of Alliston partnered on a Global Grant project to provide resource material to teach children in Ukraine that are blind and visually impaired.
 
Story by Joan Hayward and photos by Roger Hayward
Past District Governor Bob Wallace gave us a very good presentation about our international Rotary Foundation last Monday evening.  However, he didn't give some of the details specific to our club.
 
In the last Rotary year our club was credited for donations to the Annual Fund of about $140,000 US.  A large part of this money came from the estate of the late Rotarian Shirley Ford.  She designated her legacy to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Area of Focus.  We are very grateful for Shirley's consistent interest in and support of the programs of our Foundation.
 
Our club has led six global grants in the past ten years representing a value of about $271,000 US.  The base funding for these came from members of the teams working in both Tanzania and Ukraine, with added funding from other clubs in our District.  Four of the global grants in Tanzania focused mostly on maternal health in the greater rural region of Kilema on the slopes of Kilimanjaro with a population of about 250,000.  As the projects progressed, the number of mother and child deaths decreased appreciably, approaching the number in the developed world.
 
The two global grant projects in Ukraine most of you are familiar with, since our partner members in The Rotary Club of Rivne gave us an update on the latest project focused on the training and certification of health personnel in the early diagnosis of autism in children.  This will be followed by implementation of the training to diagnose autism in young children in the Province of Rivne.
 
The first global grant in Rivne was focused on providing each blind child in Ukraine with equipment to be able to read Braille and on providing training for teachers on how to use the equipment with the children.  The other part of this grant  was focused on creating jobs for the visually impaired in a sewing workshop and in a facility to manufacture toilet paper rolls.
Recording Studio at Rivne Regional Library Ukraine used to create audio books for blind and visually impaired.
The Rotary Club of Alliston is pleased to recognize John McFarland as Paul Harris Fellow 2. Paul Harris Fellowships recognize outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation which fund local and global grants for projects that improve communities.
Thank you John.
Captain Rachel Tracey was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Alliston on November 9th, 2020. Welcome Rachael!
 
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.
Usually at this time many "elves" are scurrying to create brilliant floats of light and music for the Santa Claus Parade in Alliston.  This year for health of the community and to comply with the health regulation associated with COVID-19 the Rotary Club has cancelled the Night Lit Santa Claus Parade in Alliston.  We are disappointed that we will not see families enjoying this event this year and we are hopeful that we can host the parade again in 2021.  
 
Be safe and all the best of the season from the Rotary Club of Alliston.
 
 
Congratulations to Ed Zelinski. Ed received a Paul Harris Fellow Level 2 Recognition Pin
 
Thank you to Ed for his dedicated service to The Rotary Club of Alliston and his financial support to the work of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club members all over the world can make a personal donation of $1000 US to our own Rotary Foundation. 
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

October 23 - 30, 2020

 
 
In spite of the raging COVID pandemic world-wide, polio eradication is alive and well, thanks to Rotary International and our partners.  
 
In August, Nigeria was declared polio-free, after three years of no new wild polio virus cases.  This means that we have Kicked Polio Out of Africa!  In July, vaccinations resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan and another wave will begin shortly in both countries.  The total number of wild polio cases so far in 2020 in the two countries combined is less than 150.  We have had so much success, in spite of so much political and civil unrest in all three countries over the years.  This is due, in part, to all those Rotarians and friends of Rotary in the health field putting in years of service and, in some cases, sacrificing their lives so that we may keep our promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio forever.
 
We Rotarians in Alliston are very proud of the dedication to polio awareness exhibited by our Mayor and Council.  The week of Oct. 23-30 has been designated Polio Awareness Week in New Tecumseth and the End Polio Now flag has been raised at the Town offices in Alliston.  We thank Mayor Rick Milne and our councilors for this proclamation.
On Friday October 16, 2020, twenty team competed in the first Rotary Club of Alliston Virtual Pub Trivia Night.  Once we conquered the technology, the teams competed through three rounds of question for bragging rights as the "most trivial".  After 1 hour of tough competition the Marvelous McFarlands were victorious.  Congratulations!  The quizmaster Ross did a great job with fun questions that were just tricky enough to keep everyone guessing.  Watch for another virtual pub night trivia coming to a computer near you.
 
The winning team, the Marvelous McFarlands.
Usually this weekend Rotarians from all around the Greater Toronto Area (District 7070) get together to walk, talk and raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This money supports the “big” projects Rotarian do around the world. 2020 of course is different. This year our members did
"their own thing" ... we walked, rode bikes, and explored our community in support of the Rotary foundation.  We will update this story when we know our final fundraising total.
Back in the spring Rotarians participated in a community health walk to raise funds and awareness of health organizations in our community. This week Rotarian Joan Hayward presented the proceeds from this walk, a cheque for over $1300, to the Banting Legacy Foundation to help support its education and awareness programs.
 
Joan Hayward presents the cheque to Kait Perez Diaz at the Banting Homestead.
Walk for Community Health
 
 
WHAT?             Ten members of The Rotary Club of Alliston will participate in a fund-raising walk in support of community health.
 
WHEN?             On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
 
WHERE?           In and around the Briar Hill Community
 
WHY?               Of the funds raised, 25% will support Feed Ontario.
 
                        75% will come to The Rotary Club of Alliston to be used in our community for projects 
                        related to health.
 
WHO?              Your team members are:
                                    Sue Leach
                                    David Green
                                    Patricia Middlebrook
                                    Roger Hayward
                                    Joan Hayward
                                    George Scott
                                    Don Smith
                                    Eric Jagger
                                    Irene Byrne
                                    Tanya Wall
 
WHAT IS MY ROLE?       Please feel free to contact any of the team members to pledge.  A minimum of $25 would help us help our community to remain healthy.  
 
 
Meet Amzy and Irby Syed. They have known to our club since 2017.  They were amongst the first executives of the Interact, Rotary youth club and members of the New Tecumseth Youth Advisory Committee.  They were volunteers in our local hospital for a couple of years.  Amzy is also an active member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Brampton Civic Hospital. Irby has founded a technical support group to help seniors in one of local senior residences.  Amzy was part of local youths who went to New Brunswick to help building a house for the Tobique First Nation. Rotary Club of Alliston, had sent Amzy to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in Spring of 2019.  They proudly carried the Alliston Rotary Club banner in the last Potato Festival. 
 
They have participated with many fundraising activities including: Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society of Canada, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The True North and the Friends of the North Misisway.   
 
They are involved with several students clubs in their university. They were elected by the senate on the Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees, and Science, Engineering & Architecture Council on Grade Appeal Committee at Laurentian University.  
Amzy is also elected as Marketing Advisor for the Medlife club. 
 
Recently, they appeared in the media for their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) invention to help our frontline healthcare workers.
https://laurentian.ca/good-news-stories/syed-brothers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLQp8ydB_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O__tJae1GI
 
They possess strong academic records. These two young duos have received numerous academic and community service awards. They were recognized in the Ontario Legislature by our MPP, Jim Wilson. To recognize their volunteer and community services, they were also inducted in the South Simcoe Hall of Fame in 2019. 
 
They will be our guest speakers in our meeting on Monday July 13 at 7pm.
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Pam - Transition and Housing Worker will be speaking to Rotary Club of Alliston on Zoom on Monday, March 8 at 7pm. Please join us on Zoom after 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

My Sister’s Place

I’m a member of a team of amazing women that fill the many roles at My Sister’s Place, shelter for abused women and their children.  My role as the housing worker involves assisting and supporting women to find, secure and maintain housing.  This includes women from the shelter, second stage program and the community.

Since starting as a frontline counsellor at the newly opened My Sister’s Place in 1987 I have witnessed many changes!! Changes in the criminal justice system, in the services we deliver to the families accessing our support, and community resources to name but a few.  Now as we find ourselves in a global pandemic we have had to make many changes and will continue to do so. 

Life and working in a shelter over the years has taught me change is inevitable and although at times causes uncertainty it also provides opportunity for new learning experiences and opportunity to support, educate and empower and why I continue to do this work.

If you would like to join us for Pam's presentation, please click for a Zoom invitation.

Please join us to hear John Barrett speak about Veseys Seeds and the Rotary End Polio Now Tulip Project on Zoom on February 22nd at 7pm.
John Barrett of Veseys Seeds, End Polio Now Tulip Project
 
John is a Charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. He has served as Clerk of Session at Zion Presbyterian church, member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s National Finance Committee and is a past member of the Assembly Council and Moderator of the PEI Presbytery. Active in a number of community Boards and Advisory Groups, he has been involved at Veseys Seeds Ltd. for the past 23 years
 
Prior to joining Veseys Seeds Ltd in 1997, John spent many years as an entrepreneur having ownership and management responsibilities with Great Northern Knitters, Afton Lea Farms, Barrett Resources and the A. Littlewood Box Factory.
 
Presented a Paul Harris Fellowship by his Rotary Club in 1997 and again in 2008 and 2016, other awards include Executive Member of the Year Cycling PEI, Rotary District Award, Recognition Award RCMP, National Recognition Award from the Canadian Cancer Society , Special Volunteer Award PEI Division Cdn Cancer Society, Rotary Governor’s Citation and the Outstanding Leadership Award. Recently, John has received the prestigious “International Order of the Tulip” Award during the World Tulip Summit in Korea.
 
Today, John is one of three Directors of Veseys Seeds and is primarily responsible for sales, corporate image, design, customer service, marketing and the development of global strategic partnerships and company growth.
 
John will be talking about the success of Veseys Seeds, Canada's #1 seed catalogue company and the End Polio Now Tulip campaign that took place in Atlantic Canada during 2020.
 
For an invitation to the Zoom meeting please click here.
Please join us on February 8th at 7pm on Zoom to hear Dr. Munro speak about the "Unstoppable Mothers" she works with in Bangladesh.
 
Dr. Tanyss Munro of the Amarok Society
 
Dr. Tanyss Munro has devoted her life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. She has achieved extraordinary success in this endeavour as teacher, principal, district director, senior advisor in the federal government and with First Nations government. She has been active in international education as a specialist with the Commonwealth of Learning and other international organizations and advises two international development organizations currently. In addition to co-founding Amarok Society, she has a long history of charitable and social activity. By adoption, she is a Wendat (Huron) Indian. She recently co-edited ‘Learning to Live Together: Using Distance Education for Community Peacebuilding”, a book of experiences from around the globe illustrating this new approach to peacebuilding in communities.
 
If you want to hear Dr. Munro speak on February 8th at 7pm on Zoom, please contact by clicking here  Sue Leach 
Rotary opens doors to connect members with leaders in our community and around the world.
 
Thanks Eric Jagger for sharing your Rotary Moment.
Capt. Rachael Tracey gave our Remembrance address back in Nov 2020 at her very first meeting as member of our club...she had been recognized for her contributions to The 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program in the letter below.
 
Letter of Appreciation to CAF Speakers for the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program
January 2021
 
To Whom It May Concern,
As the Director of Outreach and Speechwriting (DOAS), I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for the participation of Capt Rachael Tracey in the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program.
This year, the NVWSP shifted to virtual presentations to ensure the health and safety of CAF members. I am happy to report that Canadians responded with overwhelming interest to this new course of action. We received 2,570 requests for the CAF speaker videos, with another 378 requests for virtual presentations, allowing us to reach more than 931,000 Canadians.
Without the willingness of current serving members such as Capt Tracey, who adapted in a virtual environment and who devoted time and energy to share their experiences, the program would not be as successful as it has been.
The positive feedback received from schools and community organizations is a true testament to the fact that Canadians appreciate hearing first-hand about the great work that our military members do on a daily basis.
Now more than ever, Canadians must know the importance of remembering CAF members who have served and who continue to serve, as well as those who have given their lives for our country. For this, I would like to express my gratitude for your dedication to the program.
Once again, please accept my sincere thanks for your excellent contribution to the 2020 National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program. It is our hope that you will participate again next year.
Sincerely,
 
 
Elana Aptowitzer
A/Director, Outreach and Speechwriting
Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)
Department of National Defence
 
 
Thanks Rachael. Well done
Rotary collaborates with other like-minded groups to make our community a better place to live. Thank you Jack for sharing your Rotary Moment.
The Rotary of Club of Alliston is disappointed that COVID has interfered with so many important community events in 2020.
Every January for over 35 years we have celebrated the New Year with our Twelfth Night Burning of the Green Christmas tree bonfire. Hundreds of people every year have enjoyed the warmth of the fire while sipping hot chocolate and munching on a hot dog. Unfortunately a gathering of this size won't be permitted under the regulations currently in place and as such the Twelfth Night- Burning of the Green Bonfire in Riverdale Park will not take place in January 2021.
 
We hope we can host the event again in the future.
 
Stay Safe.
 

 

The stubs are in and money is counted and the membership exceeded our goal of selling 500 tickets!

The total tickets sold are 524 tickets total revenue of $10,480.00. Congratulations to our membership! Half of the revenue $5,240.00 is from selling the calendars/lottery tickets will be divided up among the 3 charities named at the beginning of the fundraiser, Alliston Out of the Cold, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The club’s membership is to decide collectively on the percentage to each beneficiary with a motion. The motion needs to be conducted by January 15 2021 so the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia can complete the overall accounting. A motion has been sent to the board and a notice of motion will be sent to the membership which will open the motion up for discussion at the club level and the inclusion of all members who want to contribute in the discussion to the final allocation of the funds raised to the three beneficiaries named at the start to the fundraiser.

Ad revenue is split, half of the ad revenue is returned to the club that places the ad on the calendars.

One ad value of $250.00 was purchased so additional revenue is $125.00 was added to our total.

Total revenue raised from calendars/ lottery tickets $5,375.00

Recognition and our sincere thanks to:

Rotary Club of Barrie- Huronia. – Sue Carr and committee for sharing the idea and spearheading it.

Canadian Tire Alliston – member Megan White for organizing the selling of calendars/tickets at cash registers.

Colleen Kotnisz  member for having calendars available at her office.

Christine Brayford for having calendars at Flato Homes Sales office in Beeton.

The beneficiaries for their promotion of the fund raiser on their social media platforms, and selling of the calendars /lottery tickets.

The membership of the Rotary Club of Alliston  - Thank you all!

As a result of the campaign but not part of it was the generous donation from Flato homes of $2,000.00 specifically $1000.00 each to the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. This donation was made directly to the club charity account and then cheques were distributed to each organization. This donation was not associated with the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia.

Flato Homes did not forget Alliston Out of the Cold, they had already given a corporate donation of $10.000 to the organization prior to our campaign starting.

 

 

Next Fundraising meeting is January 14th at 7:00a.m. via Zoom. Please let John know if you would like to attend and are not on the committee and he will send you an invitation to the meeting.  

 

Thank you for your help

John McFarland  Fundraising, Committee Chairperson

Alliston Rotary Club

john@nu-tekelectric.ca

705-391-8556

“COVID protocol, physical distance yourself, wear a mask if you can’t,wear a mask everywhere in public,wash your hands several times a day.”

 

Rotary provides members opportunities to expand their skills while doing good in the community.  
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston was pleased to help coordinate Santa's visit to the communities of New Tecumseth. Great work Emergency Service, New Tecumseth.
Big thank you to the social committee for hosting our first and hopefully only online Zoom Christmas Party.  Great to have Rotarians and family join us online for some silly activities. Photos from Christmas past, Trivia and "festive attire" combined for some fun.  
 
Trivia winners:  Marvellous McFarlands (they are making a habit of this)
 
Funniest Attire:  Tanya Wall - great Antlers.
 
Most Festive Attire:  Ralph Jones
 
Thank you to all Rotarians and Friends of Rotary for keeping us moving forward in this most unique year.
Pictured above is Rotary President George Scott. To his left left, starting with two thumbs up, is Lion Scott Cooke, then Lion Ken Wright and Lion Stuart Millard. To his right is Lion George ‘Big Dutch’ Bik.
 
This is a cheque presentation by Rotary to the Alliston Lions Club for $1,000 -- a supplemental gift (to our usual annual support) sponsored by the generous people at Flato Developments.
 
 Now in its 40th year, the Hamper program will help to feed 180 needy families and seniors this year.
 
Great work Lions.
 
A big Rotary thank you to Royal LePage RCR Realty for a $1000 donation towards the sponsorship of a bench on the future trail in Riverdale Park. President George receiving the donation from Kelly McCague.
 
 
Welcome Annabelle Song our newest member of the Rotary Club of Alliston
 
My name is Annabelle Song. I'm working at Flato Developments as Public Relations, Sales and Marketing Manager. I worked in an ad agency for around 3 years in Toronto as Media Planner since 2017, and experiential marketing agencies in Beijing for over 5 years as Senior Account Manager before coming to Canada. I finished 2 bachelor degrees in China, one in Electrical Engineering, the other in Business Administration.
I came to Canada in 2014 for my Master Degree in International and Intercultural Communications in Victoria, BC, then move to Ontario after graduation. I'm also a volunteer of The Canadian Red Cross, participated several major responses in BC, AB and ON.
Raising Money For Local My Sister's Place Shelter, organized by Sydney Narain
 
Our local Interact Club, Rotary for young people between the ages of 13 and 18, has organized a fundraising campaign for our local shelter for women and children, My Sister's Place.
If you would like to help our young people provide assistance to this very worthy institution, please click on the link and donate what you can via the Go Fund Me page they have set up.
Thanks for anything you can contribute. Our young people will very much appreciate your support.
 
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Jenifer Pergentile...was extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Alliston for our ongoing support. This donation was a result of our Virtual Pub Trivia Night with proceeds going to Out of the Cold - Alliston.
Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine and Rotary Club of Alliston partnered on a Global Grant project to provide resource material to teach children in Ukraine that are blind and visually impaired.
 
Story by Joan Hayward and photos by Roger Hayward
Past District Governor Bob Wallace gave us a very good presentation about our international Rotary Foundation last Monday evening.  However, he didn't give some of the details specific to our club.
 
In the last Rotary year our club was credited for donations to the Annual Fund of about $140,000 US.  A large part of this money came from the estate of the late Rotarian Shirley Ford.  She designated her legacy to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Area of Focus.  We are very grateful for Shirley's consistent interest in and support of the programs of our Foundation.
 
Our club has led six global grants in the past ten years representing a value of about $271,000 US.  The base funding for these came from members of the teams working in both Tanzania and Ukraine, with added funding from other clubs in our District.  Four of the global grants in Tanzania focused mostly on maternal health in the greater rural region of Kilema on the slopes of Kilimanjaro with a population of about 250,000.  As the projects progressed, the number of mother and child deaths decreased appreciably, approaching the number in the developed world.
 
The two global grant projects in Ukraine most of you are familiar with, since our partner members in The Rotary Club of Rivne gave us an update on the latest project focused on the training and certification of health personnel in the early diagnosis of autism in children.  This will be followed by implementation of the training to diagnose autism in young children in the Province of Rivne.
 
The first global grant in Rivne was focused on providing each blind child in Ukraine with equipment to be able to read Braille and on providing training for teachers on how to use the equipment with the children.  The other part of this grant  was focused on creating jobs for the visually impaired in a sewing workshop and in a facility to manufacture toilet paper rolls.
Recording Studio at Rivne Regional Library Ukraine used to create audio books for blind and visually impaired.
The Rotary Club of Alliston is pleased to recognize John McFarland as Paul Harris Fellow 2. Paul Harris Fellowships recognize outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation which fund local and global grants for projects that improve communities.
Thank you John.
Captain Rachel Tracey was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Alliston on November 9th, 2020. Welcome Rachael!
 
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.
Usually at this time many "elves" are scurrying to create brilliant floats of light and music for the Santa Claus Parade in Alliston.  This year for health of the community and to comply with the health regulation associated with COVID-19 the Rotary Club has cancelled the Night Lit Santa Claus Parade in Alliston.  We are disappointed that we will not see families enjoying this event this year and we are hopeful that we can host the parade again in 2021.  
 
Be safe and all the best of the season from the Rotary Club of Alliston.
 
 
Congratulations to Ed Zelinski. Ed received a Paul Harris Fellow Level 2 Recognition Pin
 
Thank you to Ed for his dedicated service to The Rotary Club of Alliston and his financial support to the work of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club members all over the world can make a personal donation of $1000 US to our own Rotary Foundation. 
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

October 23 - 30, 2020

 
 
In spite of the raging COVID pandemic world-wide, polio eradication is alive and well, thanks to Rotary International and our partners.  
 
In August, Nigeria was declared polio-free, after three years of no new wild polio virus cases.  This means that we have Kicked Polio Out of Africa!  In July, vaccinations resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan and another wave will begin shortly in both countries.  The total number of wild polio cases so far in 2020 in the two countries combined is less than 150.  We have had so much success, in spite of so much political and civil unrest in all three countries over the years.  This is due, in part, to all those Rotarians and friends of Rotary in the health field putting in years of service and, in some cases, sacrificing their lives so that we may keep our promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio forever.
 
We Rotarians in Alliston are very proud of the dedication to polio awareness exhibited by our Mayor and Council.  The week of Oct. 23-30 has been designated Polio Awareness Week in New Tecumseth and the End Polio Now flag has been raised at the Town offices in Alliston.  We thank Mayor Rick Milne and our councilors for this proclamation.
On Friday October 16, 2020, twenty team competed in the first Rotary Club of Alliston Virtual Pub Trivia Night.  Once we conquered the technology, the teams competed through three rounds of question for bragging rights as the "most trivial".  After 1 hour of tough competition the Marvelous McFarlands were victorious.  Congratulations!  The quizmaster Ross did a great job with fun questions that were just tricky enough to keep everyone guessing.  Watch for another virtual pub night trivia coming to a computer near you.
 
The winning team, the Marvelous McFarlands.
Usually this weekend Rotarians from all around the Greater Toronto Area (District 7070) get together to walk, talk and raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This money supports the “big” projects Rotarian do around the world. 2020 of course is different. This year our members did
"their own thing" ... we walked, rode bikes, and explored our community in support of the Rotary foundation.  We will update this story when we know our final fundraising total.
Back in the spring Rotarians participated in a community health walk to raise funds and awareness of health organizations in our community. This week Rotarian Joan Hayward presented the proceeds from this walk, a cheque for over $1300, to the Banting Legacy Foundation to help support its education and awareness programs.
 
Joan Hayward presents the cheque to Kait Perez Diaz at the Banting Homestead.
Walk for Community Health
 
 
WHAT?             Ten members of The Rotary Club of Alliston will participate in a fund-raising walk in support of community health.
 
WHEN?             On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
 
WHERE?           In and around the Briar Hill Community
 
WHY?               Of the funds raised, 25% will support Feed Ontario.
 
                        75% will come to The Rotary Club of Alliston to be used in our community for projects 
                        related to health.
 
WHO?              Your team members are:
                                    Sue Leach
                                    David Green
                                    Patricia Middlebrook
                                    Roger Hayward
                                    Joan Hayward
                                    George Scott
                                    Don Smith
                                    Eric Jagger
                                    Irene Byrne
                                    Tanya Wall
 
WHAT IS MY ROLE?       Please feel free to contact any of the team members to pledge.  A minimum of $25 would help us help our community to remain healthy.  
 
 
Meet Amzy and Irby Syed. They have known to our club since 2017.  They were amongst the first executives of the Interact, Rotary youth club and members of the New Tecumseth Youth Advisory Committee.  They were volunteers in our local hospital for a couple of years.  Amzy is also an active member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Brampton Civic Hospital. Irby has founded a technical support group to help seniors in one of local senior residences.  Amzy was part of local youths who went to New Brunswick to help building a house for the Tobique First Nation. Rotary Club of Alliston, had sent Amzy to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in Spring of 2019.  They proudly carried the Alliston Rotary Club banner in the last Potato Festival. 
 
They have participated with many fundraising activities including: Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society of Canada, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The True North and the Friends of the North Misisway.   
 
They are involved with several students clubs in their university. They were elected by the senate on the Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees, and Science, Engineering & Architecture Council on Grade Appeal Committee at Laurentian University.  
Amzy is also elected as Marketing Advisor for the Medlife club. 
 
Recently, they appeared in the media for their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) invention to help our frontline healthcare workers.
https://laurentian.ca/good-news-stories/syed-brothers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLQp8ydB_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O__tJae1GI
 
They possess strong academic records. These two young duos have received numerous academic and community service awards. They were recognized in the Ontario Legislature by our MPP, Jim Wilson. To recognize their volunteer and community services, they were also inducted in the South Simcoe Hall of Fame in 2019. 
 
They will be our guest speakers in our meeting on Monday July 13 at 7pm.