"The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to support a fellow by endowing him with a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with him, or finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent on others"
 
--  Maimonides, Philosopher  (1135-1204 AD) on the eight levels of charity
 
How amazing that more than seven hundred years later, Rotary International was founded on that same principle.
 
My name is Monica Walderman. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was a happy place to live. I studied ballet, piano, and became a classically trained singer, performing with The Festival Singers of Canada in The United States, Europe and across Canada.
 
After our first son was born, I retired from The Festival Singers. When the boys were older, I worked for an accounting firm, and now I run my own bookkeeping company, providing accounting and tax services for small businesses. My husband and I have been married for forty-five years and we are blessed with two grandsons.
 
Once I became involved with Rotary, I understood how even one person can change another's life for the better. While we spend our time working to support our families and achieving success in our chosen fields, it is only when we give service to others that we can really feel fulfilled.
 
So how did I find Rotary?  Why did I choose to join Rotary?
 
Simply stated, a close friend began inviting me to Rotary meetings. I listened to speakers from around the world, looking to improve the lives of people less fortunate than myself. I began to volunteer for local projects. Suddenly, it all became clear: I was making a difference!
 
As I stated at our Changeover Party in June, "We are VOLUNTEERS. We CHOOSE to be of service to our local and global community. Each member of the club is VITAL to our continued success.
 
Ours is a DEMOCRACY. We welcome new ideas and encourage EQUAL participation."
 
Now that I am President, I look forward to carrying on the amazing work that our club has achieved over the years, and to challenge all of us to find new and creative ways to make a difference in our society. My slogan for this year is: Rotary Club of North York: Strong Together.
 
If you are reading this, and you are not a member of Rotary, why not attend one of our meetings?
 
We offer a light breakfast, lots of coffee, camaraderie, and interesting speakers.
 
Who knows...you too might feel the satisfaction of service and become a Rotarian.