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Toronto-Forest Hill

Service Above Self

We meet“1st Thursdays” 12pm - 1:30pm
Living Life On The Avenue Road
1066 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON  M5N 0A3
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Our International Fund Raiser -- Fall Celebration this year will take place on November 16.  This evening of camaraderie and goodwill will replace the annual Beaujolais Night.
 
The Guest of Honour will be Bob Rae who will be receiving the Paul Harris Award. 
 
James and Chako have graciously opened their home to the Club for this venue.The festivities begin at 6:00 PM. Full dinner, drinks and refreshments will be served. 
 
Silent Auction, Lucky Draw are featured.
 
 
 
Tickets are now available for purchase 80$ per person. Please, sign-up by responding to the email or contact sonam@sonam.ca
 
We invite all Rotarians, family and friends of The Toronto Rotary Club of Forest Hill to join us on this November evening. There are other surprise fun have arranged!
 
Registration limited to 70 guests . Be the first to sign up!
 
 
 
On September 20 9 members attended a delicious luncheon hosted by Youthlink, a charitable non-profit organisation dedicated to helping troubled youth who are of LBGTQ, abused and or generally need assistance for them to get back on their feet and starting new lives. Youthlink, transformed from The Big Sister Association of Metropolitan Toronto has over 100 years of history providing financial assistance to continue their studies while out of the regular school system. It provides counselling, outreach programs and a co-op residence for Scarborough youth. Executive director Janice Hayes showed our members the new Youthlink building layout for 51 long term and 10 temporary beds for drop in youth.
Our Club after listening to the moving stories voted to donate $5,000 to assist funding to equip the new building.
James, Chako, Mel, Marvin, Sonam, David, Lori, Michael and Milo approved the donation to Youthlink
President Marvin Graf and Treasurer David Ing presented a check of $5,000 to Fundraising Director Evan Back
 
Eight (8) special children who suffered from loss of relatives from the tsunami disaster in Japan in 2013 came to Toronto in SOK program sponsored by Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill and members James Matsumoto and Chako Setoyama. They arrived on August 10, joined the summer camp and participated in home stay program where they stayed with host families. The children varied in age between 13 and 17 really really enjoyed Toronto and Canada during their stay. They departed Toronto on August 21 after expressing their feelings and thanking the hosting families and supporters at the farewell party on August 20 at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).
Special thanks to Ms. Josie Caliendo who hosted 13 year old Ms. Hanami.
It was a beautiful evening attended by 30+ Rotarians and friends where party and celebration atmosphere permeated the Marriott Courtyard party room. An evening of Christmas ambience with drinks, turkey dinner, piano playing and Christmas carols. Honorary member Sid Ikeda and wife Marie are also on the list of attendants. A lot of hard work by many dedicated Rotarians in the successful execution of the combined event. Sonam, Minerva, Milo, President Michael, Kathryn and several others have been key in the success of the evening.  
 
As it is a tradition for the nomination of executives for the coming year at yearend, successful candidates for Rotary year 2018 - 2019 are as follows: 
President - Lorenzo Rudolph Francis
Vice President - Josie Caliendo
Secretary - Eva Chaves
Treasurer - Marvin Graf
 
Past President Sonam Choeden received her much deserved Paul Harris Fellow for her leadership, dedication and generosity to the Rotary Foundation.
Sid Ikeda playing his famous harmonica in harmony with Christmas songs sung by Melisa Lawrence.
 
 
Marie Ikeda, Sid Ikeda, Helen Ing, Russ Bayko and Tina Bayko
 
Sonam Choeden received her much deserved Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
 
Its was an evening of fun, fellowship, dancing, good food, new wine and good time for all. Congratulations to the organizing committee for pulling a complete success. Pictures below only capture some of the fine moments:
The success was mostly through the efforts of the organizing committee who successfully solicited support from many organizations. Following is the list of monetary as well as donations in kind for door prizes and silent auctions:
 
Sonam Choeden-Member
Christine Coverdale-TD Waterhouse
Phil Crawford-Morley Bedford Funeral Services
Marvin Graf-Member
Living Life On The Avenue
James Matsumoto-Member
Chako Setoyama-Member
Theresa Tosh-TD Wealth
 
Generous Contributors ($50.00 plus)
Beauty-Full Spa-Bianca
Beddington-Yonge St
Salvatore Brancaccio
Café Diplomatico-College St
Canadian Tire-Lawrence Square
CIBC-Eglinton Ave W (Girish)
Delmanor Retirement
Dentistry On Dufferin-Dr. Castiglione
Fortino Foods-Lawrence Square
Home Hardware-Dufferin St
Indigo-Dianne
Lady York Foods-Dufferin St
MLSE-Lynn
Sheila Ostroff
Paisano Restaurant-York Mills Road
TD Wealth
 

The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill launched another humanitarian project in St. Lucia. Rotarians from the Rotary Club collect funds from members. families and friends to purchase 87 backpacks stuffed with school supplies delivered to eager hands of the school children. The project was the brain child of Rotarian Milo Vassallo who witnessed first hand the joy of helping school children of St. Lucia. In the picture from left is Milo Vassallo, Past President Sonam Choeden, ...., Cheryl Francis Council General of St. Lucia.

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
 
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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.
 
http://www.outdoorpingpong.com/
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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.
 
 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
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.
 
 
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