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Teaching to save babies

Two Rotarian pediatricians – one in Ethiopia and the other in California – connected to save babies’ lives with the help of a vocational training

Go on journey with polio vaccinator in Uganda

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Brazil Rotary member on mission to eliminate hepatitis

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2019-20 Rotary president selected

Mark Daniel Maloney selected to be 2019-20 Rotary

Rotary gives millions in grants to fight polio 2018

Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polioEVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of

Local Rotary News
Alliston Community Gardens on Elizabeth St.
The Rotary Club of Alliston helped the Women’s Institute clear the Alliston Community Gardens this past Autumn in preparation for planting in 2018.
The raised boxes sit on Town of New Tecumseth property and any resident of Alliston can use the boxes to grow vegetables for their families. The town cuts the grass and provides water for the gardens.
The Women’s Institute built the 29 boxes 3 years ago. All of the boxes are being used this season with a waiting list of 50 people. The Women’s Institute have plans to have more boxes built for 2019 season. Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped with this hands on project and thanks to Kelly McCague for the suggestion of some type of Garden project.
Photo taken by Sue Leach
A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady joined 25,652 people in Toronto for the 2018 Rotary International Convention.  Here's a "snapshot" of the event:
For more information on the speakers and topics click HERE.
Rotarians Sue Leach and Jack Van’t Spyker have been helping with the garden this growing season. Jack has provided many plants from his own greenhouse. The food produced from this garden is harvested twice a week for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Alliston. In the months of July and August the participants from the Community Living Association of South Simcoe(CLASS) will be helping water, weed and harvest on Mondays at 9:30am for about 30-60 minutes. If you would like to help out with CLASS in the garden, please contact Sue Leach at 519-217-2873.
Images of the progress we've made:
St. John’s United Church Community Garden, Alliston
Jack Van’t Spyker with some Kale and Endive for transplanting.
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $700 to the Community Living Association of South Simcoe (CLASS).  The money will be used as a sponsorship for their golf tournament to raise funds for the purchase of a new group home in New Techumseth. Rotarian George Scott presented the cheque to Nancy De Luca, manager of the fund raising committee.  CLASS is still looking for Rotary friends and volunteers to assist with the tournament that is to be held on August 15th at the Nottawasaga Inn.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact George Scott at
The Rotary Club of Alliston provided a $2000 towards the purchase of new beds and mattresses for My Sister's Place. Pictured above from left to right are: Deborah Herrington (from My Sister's Place), Kelly McCague and John McFarland.
The Alliston Rotary Club welcomed and introduced our new Interact Club on June 11th at the Gibson Centre that was both informative and inspirational. 
Speaches were given by District 7070 Interact chair: Patti Wright, District 7070 assistant governor: Sam Veerasingham, as well as the Interact President: Amzy Syed.
Pictured in the bottom right-hand corner image (left to right):
Neil Phillips, District 7070 governor
Emily Hawkes, Interact Secretary
Irby Syed, Interact Treasurer
Amzy Syed, interact President
Thanusan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Tharsan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Patti Wright, District 7070 Interact chair
Sam Veerasingham, District 7070 assistant governor
We had great weather and a great turnout of volunteers to help with the highway clean up.  Thanks to Trillium Ford for letting us use their business as our base and the Town of New Tecumseth for picking up the many bags of garbage collected along Hwy 89.  Thank to all the volunteers. Job well done.

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

Here are some of our Interactors with the Alliston Rotary Club:

Alliston Rotary Club Interactor Executive:
Pictured are Treasurer Irbaaz Syed, President Amzy Sayed and Secretary Emily.  

Learn more about Interact

Alliston Rotary Club is offering 5 FREE PASSES to prospective members. Be the first to request your pass by sending your information to the email address below.
As of now, we have over 35,000 registered attendees, from 180 different countries or geographical areas! As comparison - this is twice as many as the last convention in Canada, held in Montréal in 2010. We could not be happier.

For Convention Information please visit and for full information of what Rotary is all about and how you can become a member and help in your community and around the World visit or visit the website of our local Club in Alliston at
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The Rotary Club had enjoyed two meetings in the community in the last month. On March 5 the club enjoyed a visit and Tour at the Beatties Distillery and on March 19 the club met in Riverdale Park to tour the Adventure Playground and Splash Zone.  
Distillery Pictures:
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The Rotary Club of Alliston has just been approved for a $65,500 US grant by The Rotary Foundation Canada and The Foundation of Rotary International for a project to focus on education and job creation in Ukraine.  
Last September Rotarians from Alliston visited The Rotary Club of Rivne, about a 3-hour drive from the border between Poland and Ukraine.  Rivne is a 3-hours’ drive west of the capital, Kiev.  Since Ukrainian independence from the USSR, little money has been available from the central government.
The first part of the program deals with helping blind school-aged children learn Braille.  The Rivne Rotarians have developed a unique cube that allows young children to learn the Ukrainian alphabet and numbers through Braille.  The school system is moving to an integrated program, accommodating all children with disabilities into regular classes, not unlike the Ontario model.
Children in Ukraine learning braille with the new cubes
All children of school age who are blind will receive their own Braille cube and their teachers will receive training on how to use the cube with their students. At the same time this is happening, a small recording studio is being set up to make audio CDs of Ukrainian books to be distributed to local libraries in Rivne Province.  Other teaching aids will also be made available to blind children as shown in the picture.
In Ukraine there is a blind association similar to our CNIB.  It is very poorly funded.  There is a residential facility in Rivne that has about 80 clients who are either blind or visually-impaired and have at least one other disability. These clients will benefit from the grant because of jobs that will be created.  This will be done through the purchase of a tissue paper cutting machine which will allow the clients to produce toilet rolls for sale to local distributors.  In addition, a small sewing facility on this site will be expanded by the purchase of new sewing machines, modernization of the sewing room, and a new embroidery machine for making simple uniforms with embroidered logos and names.  There is a large cottage textile industry operating in Ukraine so clients will be taught sewing skills that should allow them to get jobs in this industry.
At least 6 Rotarians will be returning to Rivne, Ukraine this coming September to audit the project and find other opportunities to work with Rivne Rotarians and support projects that they will identify.
Co-President Maureen presents a cheque to CONTACT staff, Emily Harrison, Executive Director and Jennifer Fleury, Housing Access Worker to support Housing First Program.  
Contact are also looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Homeless Enumeration program in Simcoe County.

Let's give a warm Rotarian welcome to Shona Hume and George Scott!

Please join us on April 9th for the induction ceremonies and to meet our new members.

Location of the April 9th meeting to be determined , keep an eye on your email for details.


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

What is a Diabetes Support Dog or DSD?

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

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

Special thanks to:

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


Especially the hardy families who came out and had fun.

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