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Toronto-Forest Hill

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1066 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON  M5N 0A3
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Holiday Toy Drive - December 15, 2016

Please bring an unwrapped toy or game suitable for a child in the 5 – 12 age range to our Holiday Party on December 15th.
The gifts will be distributed through the Delta Bingo St. Clair Sponsors Association to children in a neighbourhood school.

Christmas cakes now available for sale.

We sell our Christmas cakes for $9.50 per cake or $114.00 per case (12 cakes per case). It is 600 grams of fruit and maraschino cherries made by Weston Bakery. It is an excellent, high-quality Christmas Cake. I have never seen a comparable cake like ours at Metro, Loblaws, No Frills etc...
The Christmas Cake drive has been taking place in our club since the 1960's so obviously it has been a long tradition in our club. It's probably one of the last long-time projects left since our club was chartered in 1952.
The funds that we raise every year from this project are donated to international causes. 
Guest Speaker Capt. Cheng Xu with former Rotary District Governor-David Ing on Remembrance day
Brief Bio - Guest speaker
I chose the Canadian Infantry Corps because I believed that the best way to repay the debt that I owe to this country is through the most physical forms of labour possible. That value is achieved when it is exchanged through sweat, tears, and blood. In my eyes, there is little fate nobler than placing one’s and only mortal body between the beloved home and war’s desolation.
Capt. Cheng Xu
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Veterans' Luncheon - 2016

Club Birthday Party

Our Rotary club's 64th Birthday Party, held at a local condo party room on October 20th, was a fun event filled with fellowship and great food.  President Sonam Choeden gave a very gracious and welcoming speech to the club that set the tone for the evening. She also recalled the club's long history and highlighted the simple start 64 years ago. The first official meeting of the Club was held on Thursday, November 6, 1952 at Benny's Restaurant. Past Presidents Rod and Kathy Verduyn reflected on how the club's founding members probably had no idea that many years later that we would be meeting to celebrate their initiative and the valuable work of the club during the intervening years. ("Who would have thought ...")
There was an abundance of delicious food, thanks to the culinary skills of Tanveer, the generous donation of James and the contributions of Chako, Dianne and Sonam. Rod was our official photographer for the group photo. Maybe we should "Photoshop him into the picture".
There was ample time for fellowship with lots of space to mingle and see what everyone has been up to. This also turned out to be an "all ages" event since we got to meet Kaven and Christina's son who enjoyed the kid-friendly food. 
The only thing missing was a concrete ping pong table.
~Paul Ferri
Forest Hill Rotary outdoor ping pong tables at Cross Lake First Nation
Kids and adults playing Ping Pong in the First Nations Community of Cross Lake in Northern Manitoba. The tables, plus ping pong bats, balls and T-shirts were given to the youth of Cross Lake as a concrete expression of our Club’s friendship and support for them.

New website - Out Door Ping Pong Table

Please join me to congratulate Kaven for doing an excellent job to develop a website for our  out door pin pong table project.

Shermeen Beg - Educator - Agha Khan Museum

Guest Speaker Shermeen Beg of the Agha Khan museum gave an enthusiastic presentation on her experience as an Immigrant to Toronto. Shermeen illustrated her talk with fascinating images of Toronto and the many places she has lived, studied and worked in her peripatetic life. Born in a small village in Pakistan, Shermeen had a strong desire in her early years to learn about the world around her, especially houses and other buildings. After earning a degree in architecture in Pakistan, she travelled to Savannah, Georgia where she completed a master’s degree in architecture. She then moved to Washington DC and practised architecture in a suburban capital region firm. Shermeen still had strong family roots in Pakistan which she maintains to this day, with Karachi being a focal point. She returned to Pakistan and opened her own architectural office as well as teaching. A few years ago, she emigrated from Karachi, Pakistan to Toronto. Shermeen showed us a series of photos illustrating the similarities and the differences between Karachi and Toronto. She also gave a brief description of her present life as an architect working and teaching at the strikingly beautiful Aga Khan Museum here in Toronto. Shermeen concluded her visit to our club with an invitation to club members participate in any of the on-going programs at the museum. Shermeen was thanked by our Treasurer, Ali Kazmi, a fellow immigrant from Karachi to Toronto. 
In a happy coincidence, we were visited today by a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Paul Bosveld, who is also interested in architecture and design. Paul spoke briefly about how being an Ambassadorial Scholar changed the course of his life and career. Paul had graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Windsor and worked for a few years as an engineer in the automotive industry. When he was awarded the Ambassadorial Scholarship, he went to Italy to pursue graduate studies in  industrial design at a top school in Milan. This led to a challenging design career at Pininfarina, an Italian firm renowned for designing car bodies for clients like Ferrari as well as designing a myriad of other products. Paul then moved to Pininfarina USA and subsequently worked for other major US companies as a designer. He is now leader of a design team for Microsoft dealing with Virtual Reality products. Paul expressed his appreciation for the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which was the key to him broadening his horizons and pursuing his career in industrial design.
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Scarborough East – Ward 43
TORONTO - City Councillor Paul Ainslie will be welcoming The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill in a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled to be held on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 11 am in Morningside Park, 390 Morningside Ave. to commemorate the donation of a concrete outdoor ping pong table. The ceremony will be held at the table location in Morningside Park beside the splash pad and play ground near the first parking lot.
The outdoor ping pong table was donated to the City of Toronto by the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill with special contributions by longtime Club members Chako Setoyama and James Matsumoto.
“Outdoor Ping Pong Tables for Parks” is an initiative being spearheaded by Dianne Moore of The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill. The intent is to provide an additional positive outlet for the energy of youth and opportunities for physical exercise for persons of all ages.

Guest speaker: Dr Asmat Naebkhil of Kabul, Afghanistan and Windsor.

Dr Asmat Naebkhil of Kabul, Afghanistan and Windsor, Ontario spoke to our Club about the start-up and development of what is now the Kabul Medical University Cardiac Research Institute. Asmat is a cardiologist who studied medicine in Afghanistan and India and eventually came to Canada where he worked at Mount Sinai and St. Michael’s Hospitals in Toronto as well as in Saskatchewan and Windsor. Asmat joined the Rotary Club of Windsor where he met Jim and Dianne Moore and told them his dream of returning to Afghanistan to establish a centre to provide cardiac care which was not then available anywhere in the country. Asmat shared with us his story of his bootstraps’ efforts to bring cardiac care to Kabul. This included working with Windsor Rotarians to secure used but not obsolete equipment from hospitals in Windsor and Detroit and arrange for the equipment to be shipped to Afghanistan by the US Air Force. In Kabul, Asmat worked to obtain all the necessary permits and to arrange to use an empty former girls dormitory to set up the cardiac clinic. He began treating patients from all walks of life including the poorest of the poor. No one was charged for the medical services. At times of extreme danger in Kabul, the Canadian Embassy insisted that Asmat, a Canadian citizen, spend the nights in their secure compound rather than staying at the clinic. One day Asmat treated a senior official from the office of President Hamid Karzai. This changed the course of development of the cardiac care facility! Asmat described how he was invited to the palace for lunch with President Karzai. This led to regular lunches with the president and the provision of funding that enabled the facility to grow from one cardiologist and a few nurses operating on a shoestring budget to a well equipped institute with more than 200 staff including more than 20 cardiologists. While there are no Rotary Wheels or Maple Leaf flags on display due to security issues in Afghanistan, this is the greatest Canadian success story in the country!   Jim Moore introduced his long time friend, Asmat, and Abdollah Kafshbarghi thanked him on behalf of our Club.

Classification Speeches by Tanveer Nasir and Kaven Kafshbarghi 

 Thursday, August 11


This week Tanveer and Kaven, two of our newest club members, both delivered outstanding classification speeches that were creative, entertaining, and heartfelt. They set a new standard of excellence for introducing themselves to  club members. 

The theme of Tanveer's speech was "I am not lucky; I am blessed." She focussed on the importance of education as a criterion for success as evidenced by her two sons and daughter who have already achieved so much success in their young lives. Mothers know best! We are fortunate to have Tanveer as a member of our club. 


Kaven's theme emphasized the importance of family in his life. He and his father, Abdollah, both belong to the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill and are the first father and son combination to become members in the history of our club. Who knows! Kaven's one year old son, Kal Alexander Kafshbarghi, may choose to become a Rotaractor one day.

Both Tanveer and Kaven serve on our 2016/17 Board of Directors. Tanveer is our recording secretary in training while Kaven is our social media expert responsible for promoting good public relations in our club and  district. They are active and valued members of our club!


Article submitted by Norm Waite                                                    August 15th, 2016


Support Our Kids - Children's visit to Toronto-Canada

The goal of SOK in collabration with Rotary Toronto Forest hill, is to help children who were 3 years old at the time of the earthquake until they reach 13 years old overcome the trauma of the disaster. We are now in the 5th year of our 10 year commitment.
This year our senior Rotary members James and Chako arranged a visit of nine children to Toronto.  The event began with a fund raising dinner at Chako's house which was attended by over hundred guest. During their stay children had a good time with their host families. Children left on 13th August to their home with great memories.
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