Social Media
Upcoming Events
Executive Board
Past President
Foundation chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Douglas Walters
    August 25
Join Date:
  • Eva Chaves
    August 1, 2017
    1 year
  • James Matsumoto
    August 8, 2001
    17 years
  • Sonam Choeden
    August 8, 2010
    8 years
Contact us
Enter your email address and the message you want to send:
* fields are required

We welcome all to join our meetings!

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
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
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
Lady York Foods-Dufferin St
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
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.

Congratulations, Team Toronto-Forest Hill and Their Captain, Sonam Choeden!


A special thank you to Jim, Ali, Norm, Fe, Sonam, Laura, Magno, Steve, and Nadia for participating in the District 7070 Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS
at the Beach-Toronto on Saturday, April 30th. With the generous support of our donors, we raised $1400.00. Well done, Toronto-Forest Hill!!!
The funds raised by our club and other Rotary clubs in Toronto and the GTA will help support the initiatives of  the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Latinos Positivos, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, Canadian Aids Treatment Information Exchange, Canadian Aids Society,  Africans in Partnership Against AIDS,Dignitas International, and Toronto People With Aids Foundation et al.
Lest we forget... "One person dies of AIDS every 18 seconds. 2.6 Million New Cases each year. No Community Is Immune".
The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill is making a difference locally and globally by its participation in this important club project. Be Proud!

Guest speaker - Sheila Rees  

Regional Director "Make-A-Wish"

Our club secretary, Kathy Verduyn, presented Sheila Rees, the regional director for the Toronto and Central Ontario Chapter of "Make-A-Wish" with a certificate of appreciation for being our guest speaker on Thursday, May 7th. Sheila was truly passionate about the organization's mission to bring hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of magical, life-transforming wishes. Her presentation was informative, inspiring, insightful and laid the groundwork for "a one time only" fundraiser in support of Make-A-Wish and its mission from June to September. More details to follow in the weeks ahead.
In her role with Make-A-Wish, Sheila is driven by the foundation's vision to grant the wish of every eligible child in Canada and advocates that a wish-come-true is not just "a nice to have" but "a must have" for a critically-ill child and their family.25 club members and friends of Rotary who attended this luncheon meeting certainly gained a deeper appreciation of "the power of a wish".


Past District Governor, David Ing Inducts Tanveer Kazmi, Our Newest Member.

At this meeting we celebrated the induction of our newest club member, Tanveer Kazmi. the wife of Ali Kazmi. Tanveer is the 4th new member to join our club since January Ist.
She truly understands the meaning of "service above self" and will definitely help "our small club with a huge heart" move forward in continuing to make a difference both in the local and the
global communities which we serve.
50/50 Draw
Danny won the raffle but could not draw the right card. Pot continues to grow

Guest speaker: March 31, 2016
Gem Munro Co-Executive Director of Amarok Society, Gem is a bestselling author and visual artist. Most recently, he has directed a documentary film, ‘Heart to Head: How Amarok Society Women are Teaching the World’s Poorest Children’.

Gem briefed the members about the activities of Amarok society in Bangladesh by showing  inspirational videos. We teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighborhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing result. Gem concluded his presentation with the comments that extremist are not afraid of bombs they welcome bombs or they not scared of  deaths, in fact they celebrate deaths  but they are truly terrified with the reasoning educated mind. 
BBQ In The Beautiful Gardens Of The Palace Pier

Subscribe to our Bulletin

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

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

2020 21 Rotary president selected

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary

A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive