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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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It was an evening of fun, good food and great fellowship marking a fundraising event for the Club.  Thanks to the generosity of James and Chako for opening their beautiful home for the event. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship to Bob Rae for his humanitarian work for the aboriginal people of Canada and his recent work in helping the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. After DG Mary Lou Harrison and Past President Michael LLoyd's presentation, Bob spoke about his gratitude in receiving the PHF and his support for Rotary's good work around the world. 
As November 16th also falls on DG Mary Lou's birthday,  event chair Sonam and VP Josie took the opportunity to celebrate the occasion with DG. Two birthday cases were donated allowing all 60 plus members, families and guests to share the cakes together.
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
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.

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.
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!

           Donation appeal for St. Lucia Project                                          

Join us in a Club project to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The cost is $35 per backpack.

Should you need any further information about the project, please contact event chair Millo at his email address.


Please make your donation by cheque payable to the Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill and send it to Jim Moore at 44 St Joseph Street, Suite 712, Toronto M4Y 2W4 by 20th of March, 2016.

Guest Speaker: Bob Rae - Member of the Canadian House of Commons
 Robert Keith "Bob" Rae, PC CC Ont QC is a lawyer, negotiator, public speaker and former Canadian politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and was the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013 
The Hon. Bob Rae spoke about his lifetime in politics and law. He gave a wide ranging talk in which reminisced about his time as the first new Democratic Party Premier of Ontario, his hiatus from politics when he worked as a lawyer and mediator internationally and with First Nations’ people in Canada, and his return to politics as a Liberal MP and eventually Acting Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Parliament. He described the ways in which politics has changed over the years, from the more respectful demeanor of politicians in his early days in politics to the more partisan and rancorous behavior of more recent years. He expressed the confidence that under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a sunnier approach to politics will emerge.

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