Local Rotary News and Upcoming Speakers
Photos of hospital in Beirut after the port explosion in 2020.
Rotarian Steve Rutledge will be speaking via Zoom to the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, October 18 at 7pm to update us on a  Rotary Global Grant Project in Beirut.
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 hospital.
Please Click here for an invitation to the meeting.
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.
Photo taken at Gibson Centre by Phil Steingard Feb. 23, 2011
Rotary Club of Alliston in cooperation with the Gibson Centre will be lighting up the Gibson Centre in recognition of Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio from the world.  World Polio Day is officially Sunday, October 24. Rotary Club of Alliston will be lighting up the exterior of the Gibson Centre with the End Polio Now sign that you see in the photo above on Thursday, October 21 and on Sunday, October 24 at 7pm-7:45pm.
The club first lit up the Gibson Centre back on February 23, 2011 to celebrate Rotary International's birthday. The local club president at the time was John Endert.
Rotary International is holding a Live Streaming event to update and recognize World Polio Day on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm. Please click on the link below for information and to view it on the day.
Polio was an endemic disease in Canada and the world until the discovery and development of the Polio Vaccine by Jonas Salk in 1955. Rotary and their partners have been working to immunize children for more than 30 years. Polio exists in just 2 countries in the world today. For more information download a Polio Factsheet click here.
Captain Rachael Tracey will be the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, November 8 at 7pm. 
If you would like a Zoom invitation to this presentation please click here. 
Captain Tracey and her Coxswain CPO2 Talia Rossit will be our presenters. 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.
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.
Rotary Club of Alliston donated 8 New Tablets for use by residents of Simcoe Manor. Tablets were presented by Rotarians Jack Van't Spyker and Ed Zelinski (centre of photo) to staff at Simcoe Manor. Photo by John McFarland.
Residents of Simcoe manor enjoying the Rotary Tablets.
Parvin in "Mother's" School
Through the work of the Amarok Society the Rotary Club of Alliston is supporting the education of Parvin and 5 children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Parvin attends a "mother" school to learn to read, write and other life skills. She then returns home to teach 5 local children in her "micro" school. Her new education allows Parvin to earn a better living and to support other families in need in her community. In addition to teaching the children in her school Parvin is also using the techniques she learns to help neighbourhood adults become better readers.  She is empowered to make a difference in her community.
For more information about the Amarok Society please visit: https://www.amaroksociety.org
Playing a word game in "Micro" School
Kait Perez Diaz from the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation will be speaking about the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin on August 9th.
Kait Perez Diaz, BA
Kait is the Program Director, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) and has served in that role since August, 2016. She is responsible for delivery of all SFBLF on-site programs, general coordination and oversight of facilities, administrative support for the Board of Directors and is a key contributor to new program and exhibit development.
Kait moved to Alliston in 1992 and is a 2000 graduate of Banting Memorial High School. She earned a diploma in Marketing, Seneca College, followed by a BA (Anthropology), Trent University.
Kait has travelled in 18 countries including two student exchanges to Japan during high school. Post-university, she spent 2 years teaching English in Japan followed by teaching English as a second language in Australia, Brazil, Guatemala and Canada. She holds the CELTA certificate, University of Queensland, in recognition of her ESL teaching skills and has taught at the Canadian Foreign Language School, CF Base Borden. Kait speaks Spanish and can communicate in Japanese and French.
Raising her family is Kait's top priority but she does find time to play volleyball and baseball. Over the years, her community volunteer work has included respite care through Catulpa Tamarac, Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the Red Cross.
Kait lives in Alliston with her husband, son (9) and daughter (10).
The Rotary Club of Alliston awarded its Paul Harris Bursary to Dayna Spence, a graduating student at Banting Memorial High School in New Tecumseth.  Named after the founder of Rotary International, the award goes annually to the student who best exemplifies the qualities of scholastic achievement, exemplary leadership, community service through volunteerism, and financial need.  
Pictured with Dayna are her proud father Jeremy and mother Kelly, along with George Scott, club president.  George was ably assisted in the review of applicants by club member Captain Rachael Tracey of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps.  George added: "This $2,000 bursary is an important way Rotary can reward excellence and support our youth, who are our community's precious resource."  
Monday, June 28 was our year end celebration on Zoom. Unfortunately we could not get together in person.
It has been a challenging year but President George Scott has done an awesome job of leading the members  and helping us to help our community. The chairs of committees presented year end reports and Dave Green put together a slide show of the year’s activities.
George thanked the current board, chairs and members. He welcomed the incoming directors.
President George Scott shown here wearing his Past President’s Pin. 
Beautiful Siberian Huskies, Awe-Inspiring Wilderness, Breathtaking Adventure.
 Tanya McCready, co-owner with husband Hank Debruin of Winterdance Dogsled Tours spoke to Rotary Club of Alliston on Zoom. 
21 years ago, Hank and Tanya quit their jobs and moved to Ontario's wilderness to build their dream of starting a business, a family and creating a lifestyle around their beloved Siberian Huskies.

Their business, Winterdance Dogsled Tours welcomes over 2000 guests from around the globe every winter. From day tours, to moonlit tours, to heli dogsledding, and recently, virtual dogsledding tours, they have stayed true to their dream and built Winterdance to what it is today.

Hank and their huskies have had many adventures from Maine to Alaska including competing in six 1000-mile races in Alaska and the Yukon. Out of the many lessons and countless stories from these races, a corporate presentation was born that focuses on building and leading great teams through challenging times.

Hank and Tanya also have a 2500 tree maple syrup farm and have co-written 2 books. Their latest book, Journey of 1000 Miles released just last Christmas has become an international best seller. This book is available for purchase on Amazon.

They share their lives with their 4 children, 150 huskies and 5 cats.

For more information please visit Winterdance Dogsled Tours by clicking on website
A few pictures to celebrate the end of the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  Thanks to George Scott our president and all Rotarians who have stepped up during the last 12 months.
Rotary President George Scott clearing underbrush and deadfall from parkland near Town Tennis Courts.
Paul McCollough, Nate and Bill Wray helping with the cleanup.
Rotarians have volunteered for 3 evenings at parkland in New Tecumseth. 
Bob Burgar spoke to the club on Monday, June 14 via Zoom. Bob gave a great presentation with stories about his grandfather's WW1 Trench Watch. In researching the watch through documents and letters, he was able to discover many stories about his grandfather.
Bob Burgar was the senior archaeologist for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for twenty-five years. From 1982 to 2005, Bob was responsible for the TRCA’s archaeological unit. Some of the programmes’ notable accomplishments during that time was the development of the province’s first proponent funded archaeological resource management program of public lands, and the designation of the Humber River as a Canadian Heritage River. For three decades one of Bob’s tasks was to act as the senior archaeologist of Canada’s longest-running high school archaeological field school. It was through his experiences at the Boyd Archaeological Field school that he developed his love of teaching – so much so that Bob went back to school (in the evenings for two years at Trent University in Peterborough), obtained his BEd, retired from the Conservation Authority and started working for the York Region District School Board. After teaching for a decade at Aurora High School (his alma mater), Bob retired in 2015.  Bob has gone back to school in his retirement and is working on his PhD at York University, looking at the data collected during the field schools. Bob is an avid plastic modeler with an interest in WW2 aircraft and has had a long association with the 48thHighlanders of Canada as an Officer and a member of the Officer’s Association. Bob’s talk today is based on an essay he prepared for a course in his doctoral programme.
Imagine being a child in a world that is silent or with limited sound. 
Members of the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine identified a need to have the equipment to diagnose hearing impairment in their region. With the help of their Rotary partner clubs in Canada , United Kingdom and other charitable organizations in Canada the Rotary Club of Rivne was able to purchase diagnostic equipment for the region’s hospital. 
With the funds raised, five children received hearing aids to bring the gift of sound to their lives.
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine and to all their partners. The Rotary Club of Rivne has just reported the project is now complete.
The Rotary Club of Alliston was grateful to be part of this worthy international project!
L to R..Rotary President George Scott presents $10,000 cheque to Whitney Sallach from Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation with Rotarians John McFarland and Eric Jagger
The Rotary Club of Alliston to proud to have made a commitment to the SMHF to donate $50,000 over 5 years in 2020. On March 5, 2021 Rotary President George Scott presented a cheque for the 2nd installment for $10,000 to Whitney Sallach from the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. Please join us in supporting our local hospital.
Introducing Parvin, a mother who the Rotary Club of Alliston is sponsoring through their donation to the Amarok Society to attend School and to teach 5 children in her neighbourhood in Bangladesh.
Introduction of Parvin
April 2021
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dear members of the The Rotary Club of Alliston,
I am Parvin, 28 years old. I'm a housewife but I am good at hand sewing on clothes and able to make beautiful design with my needles on covers. I have two sons and one daughter. My husband Fazlur Rahman is 40 years old. He is a carpenter, makes new furniture reshaping the old furniture. We live in a joint family with my husband, children and in-laws. My husband income is about 12,000 taka ($200) per month but not regular. Sometimes he has no work and seats idle. So, we have to suffer those days for our food and other needs. I have cleaned a space of unused land of our slum to plant some vegetables there. I spent my free time to take care of the little vegetable-garden. When I get vegetables, I eat some and share with my neighbors.
I never went to school in my childhood, so I was completely illiterate before I joined in Amarok Mother School. My father was a farmer. He used to live in a remote village of Kishoreganj district and we lived there nearby a river. Due to seasonal flood, often our houses, crops and lands were washed away in the monsoon. So, my father had to borrow money in interest to run our family. In such situation, finding no way out, we all moved to Dhaka 10 years ago and started living in Nurerchala slum of Dhaka.
When I was 15, I was married off as my parents wanted to reduce the food cost of the family. During marriage I thought my marriage will give me some freedom but it did not happen. I had to face many problems. I didn't understand how to manage a joint family, how to take care of babies, could not feed them properly being an early mother. My mother-in-law used to act badly with me when I made a mistake including some physical punishment. I had no freedom to talk and to provide my opinions. I did all household works without any appreciation.
One day I heard from my neighbor Nazma about Amarok Mother School for the illiterate women to learn and to teach little children. I went there with a woman, met the teacher and expressed my interest in learning and teaching children. Since then, I have been learning a lot from my school. Now I am able to read and write Bengali and English independently and I have started to teach 5 children at my home including my own children. They children I teach are;
Age (years)
Other learning support of my children
My own son
My own son
My own daughter
Also attends in Madrasa for religious learning
Also attends in a non-government school
After joining in Amarok Mother School, I can see changes in my life. Still my learning is not as good as many other mothers who are there for a longer time. With my basic learning I have got many health and social awareness sessions from my school which I practice in my family and share in the community who do not attend in our school. Last month I got a session about COVID-19 and it was very helpful for me and for the community people. I want to educate my children that they could find a better life in their future.
I would like to continue my education and teaching to children.
With love,
For information about the Amarok Society, please click on the link below.
Polo for Health (2001-2010) for Stevenson Memorial Hospital
Sweat Equity and Community Development, Kilema, Tanzania (2006-2015)
Rotary Club of Alliston welcomed cadets CP01 Abigail McGuire and CP02 Talia Rossit of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps #53 Barrie as our guest speakers on April 26th. They spoke passionately about their opportunities and experiences in the Corps. They were introduced by their Commanding Officer Captain Rachael Tracey, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Alliston.
Children with hearing loss in Rivne, Ukraine are now getting the testing they require to equip them with hearing aides.  The Rotary Club of Rivne has report that the new audiometer/tympanometer is now installed and being used to test the hearing of children in the region.  Eight high priority cases were immediately identified and tested.  Funds from the project have now been used to provide much needed hearing aides for 5 of these individuals.  A big thanks to all the partners who helped make this happen. The Rotary Club of Alliston contributed $1000 to the purchase of the testing equipment and the hearing aides.
The audiometer being setup ready for hearing tests.
Local Charities are the winners!
L to R....Rotary President George Scott, Rotarian John McFarland presents cheque to David Sadleir and Kait Perez Diaz of Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation,  Rotarian Eric Jagger
The Rotary Club of Alliston worked with the Rotary Club of Barrie Huronia and several other Rotary Clubs to sell Daily Cash Calendar/Lottery tickets for 2021. The proceeds of this fundraiser are donated to the chosen charities. The charities chosen for 2021 were Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation and Alliston Out of the Cold. The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $1740.00 to each of the 3 charities. The charities were asked to participate in the promoting and selling of the Daily Cash Calendar/Lottery Tickets. Thank you to all our members, Canadian Tire Alliston and the charities for helping us raise funds for such worthwhile local causes!!
L to R...Rotary President George Scott, Whitney Sallach, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation receives cheque from Rotarians John McFarland and Eric Jagger of the Fundraising Committee.

L to R ....Rotary President George Scott, Rotarians Annabelle Song and John McFarland(chair of Fundraising) present cheque to Lisa Nicol and Jenifer Pergentile of Alliston Out of the Cold, Rotarian Eric Jagger
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.
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 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



“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.
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.
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