The 2017 President ‘s Gala and Christmas dinner will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel at 475 Yonge Street downtown Toronto. All Rotarians are encouraged to bring families and  friends to join in with the holiday festivities. Cost for fine food, wine and entertainment will be $75 per person. 
President’s Gala and Christmas dinner - December 15, 2017 David Ing 2017-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2017

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.

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Annual Holiday Party

Venue: Courtyard Marriott
Date:     December 15, 2016
Our Annual Forest Hill Rotary Club Holiday Lunch was well attended. 
Rotarians and their families as well as representatives of the 13 Charities we support were present to enjoy our Turkey Dinner. 
Highlight of the event was a special presentation made by District Governor Jim Loutitt and our own Past Governor David In
 
Rotarian Jim Moore was recognized for Distinguished Service to the Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill. We are all so proud of you Jim !
 
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 Gauthier Clausse, president of the Rotary Club of Arras in the heart of Artois, participated in the inauguration of the concrete outdoor ping pong table donated by the members and friends of the Rotary Club of Toronto- Forest Hill and installed in the park in Givenchy-en-Gohelle as a memorial to the soldiers who died at Vimy Ridge in World War I. Even though the weather was cold and windy, with rain and sleet, the kind of weather endured by the soldiers during the battle of Vimy Ridge, there was warmth in the hearts of all present. The rugged table saw some vigorous rounds of ping pong played despite the weather!Pierre Senechal, the mayor of Givenchy, presided and the presidents of the Rotary Club of Noeux les Mines, Jerome Thomas, and of Lens-Lievin, Jean-Claude Vanoverberghe also participated as did Hughes Polveche, member of the Lens-Lievin Club and a resident of Givenchy.
Inauguration of the concrete outdoor ping pong table - Givenchy-en-Gohelle Jim Moore 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
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
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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.
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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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Posted by Ali on Aug 16, 2016

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

 

Weekly meeting - August 11, 2016 Ali 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

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
 
 
 
 
 
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Guest speakers of the week:

The Rev'd Megan Jull - Assistant Curate The Church of the Redeemer.
 
Elaine Rosenberg - Tornto Foundation for Student Success
 
This week meeting we invited the representative of two organizations which are supported by the club out of Bingo earnings. 
 
Elain told the members that Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) founded in 1998 with a mission to provide proper nutrition to the children in schools. SHe said that in 1998 they served almost 11000 meals everyday which is now jumped to 170000 meals across the city. She also briefed the audience about the efforts TFSS is making to improve the health care for the needy students. Elain concluded her presentation by thanking the club members for their continued support.
 
While inviting Meagan our elect President briefed the members about the Drop in program of the Church of Redeemer which is providing the safe community space  in Toronto for marginalized, homeless and socially isolated people. 
 
Megan began her talk by sharing a story about a regular participant named James, who has the Bipolar disorders. Due to his health condition he completely lost all his trust and almost ended all the relationships and was too scared to talk to anyone. Eventually over the period of time it was discovered that he is trained as a Chef. James started working as a Chef in kitchen and become a useful member of the organization. So the People who come to Redeemer not only physically hungry but their soul is hungry too and it is the job of society to rebuild their employment history.
 
She conclude her presentation by appreciating the club saying "You are a small but a mighty club"
 
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Weekly meeting - February 25, 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Any day at Rotary is a good day but when we add new member it's a GREAT day. Past District Governor David Ing welcomed Kathryn Langley Hope as our newest member. 
Kathryn, a  long time Rotarian and well known to our club,  has been a regular visitor as well as a participant in many of our events. WELCOME KATHRYN!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also at Thursday's meeting we met Thea Enns,  a recent U of T grad who we are assisting in a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Application to take her Masters of Science degree at Oxford University in England. She has been accepted in Migration Studies and  upon graduation, hopes to focus on growing local economies, supporting grass roots organizations and encouraging community development within the framework of refugee and migration issues. Thea is a focused and committed young woman who can make a difference in our world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim, presented two motions at the meeting for approval from club members. 

 

 

 

50/50 Draw

 
 
 
Michael Alberto won the ticket but could nt draw the right card. Money Jar continue to grow.  
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Posted by Nasir Kazmi/Rod Verduyn on Feb 25, 2016

Guest Speaker: Zeke O'Connor

Source: Journey with the Sherpas-The story of ZekeO’Connor and The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.  
 
Topic: Journey with Sherpas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Jim Moore on Jan 20, 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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Guest Speaker: Tony Elenis - President & CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association

Topic:  Ontario's Hospitality Industry
 
It was a great opening  of the year.  The house was full with the members and guests to hear the  first guest speaker of 2016. Tony briefed the audience in detail about the Ontario's Hospitality Industry. He said hospitality industry of Ontario earned revenue of $24 billion through food services and $5 billion by providing accommodations to the guests through 135,83 guest rooms.  In post talk session Tony answered various questions from the guest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
​Club President Leo with the  guest speaker and club members.
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Posted by Nasir Kazmi on Nov 26, 2015
 We support a number of organizations that provide nutrition, food, education, and health programs in the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted on Nov 16, 2015
 
Guest Speaker: David Ing-Past District Governor
Topic:Role of Rotary Foundation
 
Past District Governor David Ing presented a detailed review of TRF, The Rotary Foundation,to the club at our Thursday lunch. 
He described how the contributions are managed and distributed as well as how they can be accessed. 

 

 
PDG David finished by calling the 3 past Presidents to the front to receive Paul Harris Fellowships, a fitting finish to Celebrate Foundation Month. 
Receiving the Awards are Iosif Ciosa, Rod Verduyn, and Kathy Verduyn
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Posted by Nasir Kazmi on Nov 04, 2015
 
The annual remembrance special meeting when we pause to remember the  soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.... we welcome the veterans to share with us their stories... we honour their dedication and sacrifice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker and author Blake Heathcote

Director of Testaments of Honor-The Testaments of Honour Project's mandate is to record, on digital video, the personal histories of Canadian veterans

Telling stories has been the focus of my life for the past thirty-five years. I began my career in the theatre as a writer and director, working across Canada, on Broadway, and in the UK   Read more...https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-heathcote-30b6154
 
 In a post lunch session Black Heathcot narrated a captivating story  about a Fighter pilot, prisoner of war, and a key tunneller in the Great Escape
 
 
Click play button to hear a complete story.
 
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A Battle of Table Tennis at Permanent Table

Great  sight for the Rotarian. 
 
Ping Pong tournament at Monarch Park. being played on 27th September to celebrate the arrival of Out Door Ping Pong Table
 
 
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Posted by Nasir/Iosif on Sep 22, 2015

                  

The 2015 Foundation Walk was a great success,  a beautiful walk "City Meets Nature" that started at  Morningside Park, on to  Centennial College, Toronto PanAm Sports Center, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Highland Creek, PanAm Tennis Courts and back to Morningside Park.Our club was involved in the organization of the walk form the beginning to the end. A strong turnout from our club; Jim, Nasir, Maggie, Sonam, Marvin, Lori, Nadia, thank you for coming out and supporting the Foundation. It was a great time for fellowship with  Rotarians from different clubs from our district.
We look forward to the 2016 walk which is to be held in Picton-Ontario

 

 

 
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Posted by Nasir Kazmi on Sep 17, 2015
 
 
Guest Speaker: Monty Macdonald - Leader Vimy Oaks Team
Topic: Vimy Oaks Seeding Repatriation Project
 
 
One of Monty McDonald’s closest friends was Leslie Miller – a man who had been in the Canadian army and had fought for the victory of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Miller, who believed in the sanctity of living things, had sent home a souvenir of his experience – a bunch of acorns from dying oak trees.
Monty McDonald briefly told the members about the history of the bloody battle of Vimy Ridge that defined the Canadian effort in the First World War. Monty believed this battle to be a significant turning point in Canada’s transformation from a colony to an independent country.
 
While highlighting the main aims of the Vimy Oaks Seeding Repatriation Project, Monty told the members about how, during his visit to Vimy Ridge, he had noticed there were no Oak trees in the ridge. It was at this point that he realized what a great idea it would be to repatriate the trees. The idea of repatriation of seeding was greatly admired. The Vimy Oaks Team is currently working with a variety of professionals and agencies to work out the project’s details including the shipment of plants to France.
Monty also informed the members that the Canadian government has committed to supporting the project by making one of its military planes available for the transportation of plants.
 
He concluded his speech with a final remark, stating that the Leslie Miller story should not be remembered as a war story, but rather a love story, and hence his love for living things deserves to be memorialized. 

Our Guest

 Jack Fleming
 club President Rotary club                                                                                                                    
                                                          
 
                               
                John Lloyd and his wife Lorraine                      
                Members of Rotary Club Toronto                                                 
                                                                                                                    
                                                                        
                                             
                                                                                           
                                 
 
Nasir won the ticket. Pick the card...not a winner . ..Pot continues to grow.
 
 
Happy Buks     
 
Chako was happy to hear about the Canadian history. 
Iosif was happy to welcome Jack and other guests at the meeting.
Jim  shared a good news about the installation of 47th Ping Pong table.
Rod was happy for  all the good thing the club does.
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Posted by Naisr Kazmi/Paul Ferri on Sep 16, 2015

Token of appreciation by club members  to Iosif-Past President 

 Club members presented Immediate Past-President, Iosif Ciosa, with a copy of the book “Blue Ocean Strategy” as token of appreciation for his leadership and efforts over the past year. Iosif gave a talk on this topic in Dec/14 and the book is an appropriate way to recall his speech and the future focus of his term as Club President. Each club member autographed the book and thanked him for his service in their own words. The meeting concluded with a photo of current President Leo Jean-Baptiste and visiting Club President Jack Fleming (Etobicoke) presenting the book to Iosif.
 
Blue ocean strategy- a copy of book presented to Iosif Naisr Kazmi/Paul Ferri 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nasir Kazmi on Sep 03, 2015
 
 

Club initiative to enhance exposure in academic circles.

 

During this week's club meeting, Antoine briefed the members about his upcoming project involving the youth in the Canadian Institute of Egypt. The objective of this project is to invite and motivate young people who are currently a part of the Canadian Institute in Egypt to join Rotaract in Egypt and Canada. Antoine spoke in detail about the benefits of his project to our club,Rotaract and Canadian Institute of Egypt.

 
 
 
50/50 Draw
 
Antoine had the winning ticket - he asked Mami our guest to pick the card- not a winner - the pot keeps growing
 

Happy Bucks

  James was happy that he had a grand son.
  Anoine was happy to have Mami as our guest for the day.
 
 
 
 Fe received CNE tickets to enjoy the Toronto tradition of the CNE which ends labour day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Jul 29, 2015
On July 28, the 40th ping pong table was installed at Fountainhead Park.  Dianne Moore, the inspiration for this initiative, has worked tirelessly to promote the installation of outdoor ping pong tables across Toronto.  As a result, outdoor ping pong is a growing sport in Toronto, where eager players wait for their turn to play and youth have an opportunity for fun and available outdoor play.  This latest ping pong table was made possible thanks to the donation by our club and by James Matsumoto and Chako Setoyama.  
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Posted on Jul 22, 2015
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Again this year, we have hosted the annual “Ping Pong Luncheon”  at the University of Toronto, St. Michaels' College.  This event was a celebration and reminder to our fellow Rotarians, family and friends of how much we care about promoting sporting activities in the community.

The pioneer and chair of the Ping Pong tables project, Diane Moore, announced the most recent accomplishments of this project: the delivery of three new tables. With the support of James and Chako, we have donated two tables to the Jane and Finch community and another table to a community in Scarborough.

 

Be a gift to your community!

 

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We were pleased to host the Azrieli Foundation at our Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill - Yorkville.

Our speaker, Elin Beaumont has been with the Azrieli Foundation for seven years as their Educational Outreach and Events Coordinator. Elin has planned and organized numerous educational events across the country and has created programs to enlighten governments, schools and the general public about the importance of Holocaust remembrance.

We listened and watched video about the powerful stories of Holocaust survivors. This not only serves as a reminder of the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also raises awareness about important values and the continued importance of protecting human rights. 

The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program collects and publishes stories written by Holocaust survivors who came to Canada after the war. Each story is a personal account of survivor's experience before, during and after the war, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.

All Rotarians and guests have received a free copy of one of the memoirs published by the Azrieli Foundation.

 

Please let this be a reminder to BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD – like Elin Beaumont and the Azrieli Foundation! 

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Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Jul 08, 2015
July-2015
 
Forest Hill Rotarians and guests welcomed our newest President, Leo Jean-Baptiste. Leo gave a great speech on building the club and retaining members, all while having some fun! His goals for the year are to increase club membership, engage in more Bay/Bloor projects, create business oriented fellowship activities, and support the Rotary Foundation. 
 
A short quote from Leo: "Already Rotary has done much to change the world.  We have just celebrated the eradication of Polio in India and we are so close to have a world polio free with less than about 50 cases worldwide.  Thousands of projects serving millions of people around the world have improved so many different aspects of people’s lives"
 
We are looking forward to Leo planning a great year for the club.
 
Forest Hill Members Welcome New President, Leo Jean-Baptiste Aneeta Parmar 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Jun 03, 2015
Fellow Rotarian, Kathy Verduyn, gave a speech today about education in Ontario. On June 9, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education is going to launch a new strategy for international education in its K-12 schools.Key areas of focus include the benefits of global education and experience for Ontario students and educators, the benefits to our schools, communities and economy of international students studying in Ontario schools, and benefits to our post-secondary institutions when international students continue their studies in Ontario.
 
Kathy has been leading the development of the strategy document within her role as Director of Field Services at the Ministry of Education. She will share the story behind the strategy and the next steps as the strategy is rolled out across the 72 school boards in Ontario.
 
 
   
Fellow Rotarian, Kathy Verduyn, Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on May 27, 2015
Rotarians met today to take care of some housekeeping as well as to discuss upcoming events. Rotary President, Iosif Ciosa, reminded club members to sign up for Ribfest and donate their time to make it a successful week.
 
Also, James and Chako will again host a charity dinner party for "Support Our Kids", an initiative that supports children affected by the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. This year, some of the proceeds will also support those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. A great cause, happening on June 21st, 2015.
 
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Posted by Aneeta Parmar on May 21, 2015
We are honoured and privileged to have the Rotary Flame at our meeting, a symbol of the great strides made by Rotary clubs around the world to eradicate polio. There is a particular focus on celebrating and sustaining the eradication of polio in India as part of the "Keep India Polio-Free" campaign. The campaign began following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2014 that South-East Asia is polio-free. The Rotary Flame will end its journey in June at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo Brazil, after its travel to eight countries, including today's special meeting.
 
Past District Governor, David Ing, spoke today and provided further information about polio eradication efforts and the involvement of Rotary in this initiative.
Celebrating Polio Eradication With Rotary Flame Aneeta Parmar 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on May 13, 2015
Father Ed Keays has been the Chaplain of Good Shepherd Ministries for almost 12 years. His talk focused on the great benefit Rotarians bring to the spirit of volunteerism, and the need to focus on caring for our brothers and sisters as the Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill truly does. Good Shepherd Ministries make concrete the need to help and care for others by focusing on the less advantaged of our community. Loving care for the needs of hungry bellies, drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health assessment and referral are the main priorities of the Good Shepherd Ministries. 
 
Father Ed from Good Shepherd Ministries Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on May 06, 2015
Forest Hill Rotarian, Dianne Moore, addressed club members today about her ping pong project. Dianne's inspiration came from her childhood, when she would play with her dad on a daily basis. She believes that everyone should have access to the game. Over 20 tables have been installed in public parks and squares across the City, and Dianne has been featured in BlogTO, The Star and many other publications. 
 
Dianne Moore Speaks About Her Ping Pong Project Aneeta Parmar 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Apr 29, 2015
Fellow Forest Hill Rotarian, Norman Waite, addressed club members today. Norm gave a great talk on membership and the importance of engaging new people. President Iosif elected Norm to be the head of the Membership Committee, and Norm, in turn has asked all the members of the club to speak to the people in their network, engage them and introduce them to the club.
 
Membership Matters! Aneeta Parmar 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Apr 22, 2015
New members, Patrick Curtis and Jennifer Chiu, gave their classification talks today. We had a great turnout and members loved hearing their stories. We're privileged to have Patrick and Jennifer as part of our club!
New Member Classification Talks Aneeta Parmar 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Apr 15, 2015
Founder of the St. Lucia Backpack Project, Mr. Michael Willius, joined Rotary members today. Our Club donated more than 30 backpacks filled with items for students to the St. Lucia Backpack Project. 
 
 
Michael Willius Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Apr 08, 2015
Rotary Forest Hill's Spring Happy Hour was a hit! National Club hosted us once again and the members had a great time. We were joined by members, guests and family as everyone joined a glass of wine and delicious canapes. Here's to the next one!
Spring Happy Hour at The National Club Aneeta Parmar 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Apr 01, 2015
Monica Black addressed club members today about relocation services for seniors. Easy Transition, a highly personalized senior move management organization that provides a wide range of planning and relocation services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of their clients, making every move “simple and easy”. Monica brings her diverse background of working in the health care industry to managing marketing events for corporate clients like Loblaws, Hyundai and Scotiabank and her own personal experience in assisting her grandparents in the downsizing process. Monica is not only a certified relocation specialist but an author, speaker and coach. She is the co-chair of The Integrated Partnership for Seniors and one of the cofounders of the Touching Base Seniors and Boomers Expo group. 
 
Downsizing and Transition Programs For Seniors Aneeta Parmar 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Mar 25, 2015
Stan Morris addressed club members today about property management in the condo world. Stan joined Brookfield in 2010 as Regional Manager. He has extensive experience in the service industry with a focus on customer care.  Stan spent over 25 years in facilities and residential property management and staff development. Stan holds an  RMC Diploma from the Association of Property Managers of Ontario.  Stan's experience includes managing several large condominium sites. The Regional Manager's responsibility that he now holds includes responsibility for directing a team of property managers and staff in up to 25 buildings in the Toronto area.

Stan has been involved in major restoration projects including chiller replacement, completer driveway restoration and energy retrofits. He is active in the industry and is currently a member of the Ontario Regional Membership Committee for the Association of Property Managers of Ontario.

In other news, clubs members were reminded about EREY - Every Rotarian Every Year, where club members donate $100 a year to a great cause!

A Condominium: The Community Within a Community Aneeta Parmar 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Mar 18, 2015
Richard McCallum is the Lead Employment Specialist for the Employment Services team at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto with BSc. Physical Geography. He has over 14 years’ experience working with people who have a physical disability as a Job Coach and Job Developer.  He has been at SCI Ontario for over 6 years as a Job Developer and has assisted people with a physical disability or partially sighted/blind find and maintain meaningful employment in a variety of positions- some that are rather unique. He is always looking for opportunities to help people find employment! 
 
Richard provided an explanation of their employment services, the merits of hiring people with physical disabilities, and ways to assist businesses find suitable staff with physical disabilities or low vision/blind challenges. He also provided examples of types of jobs that SCI Ontario candidates have performed over the past few years.
 
 
Richard McCallum of Spinal Cord Injury Canada Address Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Mar 11, 2015
Bing Bai, a Chinese student studying in Ontario spoke about the phenomenon of Chinese students studying abroad. Bing explored the reasons for this and the associated challenges. He included his own experiences here in Ontario as he pursues a Master of Education Degree at Queen's University. 
 
Bing is currently an M.Ed student at Queen's University. His research interests focus on social justice issues in Education. Prior to Queen's, Bing worked at a marketing research industry in China.
 
In other news, President Iosif Ciosa, updated club members on the club's RibFest initiative, which runs from June 27-July 1, 2015. The Forest Hill club has a VIP tent set up in front of the main stage. This will be the club's first year managing the tent.
 
Bing Bai Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Mar 04, 2015
Iosif Ciosa, Rotary Forest Hill's very own President, addressed club members today in an engaging presentation on Blue Ocean Strategy: How to create uncontested market space and make competition irrelevant. Iosif is the Managing Director at Ciosa Marketing and Business Development Consultants. He has held this position since 2003. Ciosa Marketing and Business Development Consultants is a business consultancy firm that offers custom business solutions, targeted to small to medium sized enterprises.
 
Today's guests included Daniela Spirlac, Elitza Yardinov and Monica Black.
 
President, Iosif Ciosa, on Blue Ocean Strategy Aneeta Parmar 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Feb 25, 2015
Antoine Hirsch, fellow Rotarian, addressed club members today about the challenges and achievements of the Canadian Institute of the dig site of Tel er-Rub'a (Mendes) in Egypt. Antoine is an Egypotologist and a Director of the Canadian Institute in Egypt. 
 
The Institute's raison d'etre includes facilitating and creating long-lasting relationships between post-secondary students from both countries, in order to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the culture of Canada in Egypt - and of Egypt in Canada. The Canadian Institute in Egypt is recognized by protocols signed in September 1982 by the Canadian and Egyptian governments. The Institute promotes study and research in the educational, scientific, cultural, technical and archeological and historical fields.
 
Antoine Hirsch, Fellow Rotarian, Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Feb 18, 2015
Mark Garner, President of the Downtown Yonge BIA, addressed club members. Yonge Street, famous as the longest street in the world and boasting some of the highest foot traffic in the city, runs through the heart of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. Mark is very much in demand as a speaker and it's a tier one event you won't want to miss!
 
Mark Garner, President of the Downtown Yonge BIA, Addresses Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Feb 11, 2015
Rotarians celebrated at the Club's first Martini Night of the year. Many guests were in attendance, as well as members from other Rotary Clubs around the city. Drinks were enjoyed by all and Michael Lloyd was the winner of the prize. Until the next one!
 
Martini Night at The National Club Aneeta Parmar 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar
Bob Fabian addressed club members with a very engaging presentation about the 3rd Age, age of retirement and work commitments. Bob is a retired management and systems consultant. He has an interest in systems and the professionals who work with them. He believes the commitment to trustworthy behaviour is the most basic and vital part of being a professional. 
Bob Fabian Speaks About The 3rd Age Aneeta Parmar 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Jan 28, 2015
Forest Hill Rotarians met today to discuss their club's goals and progress for the year.
Club Assembly Aneeta Parmar 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Jan 21, 2015
Forest Hill Rotarians were pleased to hear from dynamic speaker Jill O'Donnell today! Jill is the President of IRIS: Consulting for Seniors Inc., formally Complete Geriatric Care, the first entity of its kind in Canada. It is a client-centered consulting service established in 1981 to meet the total needs of seniors. She is well known in the field of gerontology and as a specialist in aging issues. Jill pioneered the concept of care management in the private sector. Her specific interest is in the treatment and housing of frail elders and those suffering from cognitive impairment. Recognizing a need for a forum for people helping older adults, Jill started The Elder Connection, a networking breakfast in 1994. When moving clients from their homes into other settings was an issue, Jill established Elder Moves in 1996, a complete move management service.  
Jill O'Donnell Address Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Parmar on Jan 14, 2015
YMCA Manager of Programming, Katie Lowe, gave a heartfelt and informative presentation to Club members. The YMCA is a value-based organization and charity. The organization started in England over 160 years ago and has been in Toronto for over 100 years now. The oldest location is at College and Dovercourt. The YMCA is the largest child car provider across the country and there is a new strategic plan in place called Strong Start Great Future for children, teens and young adults. 
 
In other news, The Presidents Gala is coming up in March and Martini Night is scheduled for February. So far, $100 has been raised by Milo for the Peruvian cause and $400 raised by the Forest Hill Rotary Club.
 
 
 
 
 
Katie Lowe, YMCA Manager of Programming, Address Club Members Aneeta Parmar 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Jan 07, 2015
Local Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, addressed Forest Hill members today. Councillor Wong-Tam was re-elected to Ward 27 on October 27, 2014. Today, Councillor Wong-Tam spoke to members about the 2025 World Expo, and the idea of putting in a bid to bring the World Fair to Toronto. Winning the bid would allow for 40 million visitors into the city, increase GDP as well as increase jobs. Leaders and Civil members across Canada have been approached about the idea and are in favour of bringing the Expo to Toronto. 
 
Rotarian, Milo Vassallo, continues to raise money for a village in Peru and asks for our support. Last year, $2000 was raised, of which, $500 was donated from the Club. 
 
We had many guests today, including members from the Toronto Rotary Club, members of a Rotary club in Brazil, and members of the Downtown Toronto Residents Assocation. 
 
Local Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Address Forest Hill Members Aneeta Gill 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iosif Ciosa MA, MBA
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I was overjoyed to welcome everyone to the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill’s Annual Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
 
At this time of year we gather to celebrate the festive season. The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill has a long tradition of celebrating the holiday season with members, family, friends and the charities that we support.  We come together to share Christmas cheer and to reflect on the gifts of fellowship and friendship that we have enjoyed throughout the year. In the tradition of our club we present our annual contribution to our charities.
 
This year at our Holiday Luncheon we inducted two new members in our Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill family; Mr. Antoine Hirsch and Mr. Rocco Achampong, a true gift to our club at this magical time of year.
 
My warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
 
Holiday Message from the President, Iosif Ciosa MA, MBA 2014-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Dec 03, 2014
Lauren, a Certified High Performance Coach and Author, addressed club members today. Lauren's clients are those who are motivated and ready to take their lives to reach limits of a whole new level of engagement and boldness.  She has covered many miles building her almost two decade career that set her apart from the rest. Her years of experience and her accumulated credentials in education, nutrition, fitness, psychology and spirituality, along with her ability to fine tune goals and challenges from her multiple modalities, qualify her to deliver solid solutions.
 
Rocco Achampong, long time guest of Rotary Forest Hill, will be inducted into the club at our Holiday luncheon next week!
Lauren Jawno, Personal Fitness and Wellness Expert, Addresses Club Aneeta Gill 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Nov 26, 2014
Club members met to hear about their club's progress in meeting its goals for the year. Topics discussed were the Foundation, Membership, Public Relations and Service Projects. The treasurer updated the group and important motions required the participation of all club members.

Club Assembly Aneeta Gill 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Nov 12, 2014
Bill Morari, General Manager of the National Club, hosted Forest Hill Rotarians and friends of the club for lunch. Bill spoke about the history and current focus of the National Club, including the club's new initiatives to seek younger members. The National Club has become one of the member's favourite venues for special events, like our Martini Nights. Members enjoyed mingling and our usual first-class cuisine!

Special Lunch and Speakers at The National Club Aneeta Gill 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Oct 29, 2014
Happy Birthday Forest Hill! The 30th of October 2014 represented 62 years since the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill has been chartered. Members, family and friends of the club celebrated the 62nd birthday with a potluck dinner. Craig Andrews, Luisa Armstrong and their daughter Brownyn Andrews hosted the Birthday Potluck dinner in the party room at their condo building. The evening was a great success. Rotarians reconnected, enjoyed each other's company, enjoyed great food, wine and cake!
 
Jim Moore and Milo Vassallo were recognized with membership pins. David Ing, Past President and District Governor and Iosif Ciosa, current President places pins on Jim and Milo.

Happy Birthday Forest Hill! Aneeta Gill 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Oct 22, 2014
Gary Kawaguchi, President of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC), spoke with the club about the impact of the internment of Canadian citizens of Japanese descent on the 137 year history of Japanese Canadian settlement. Mr. Kawaguchi also described the connection of this historical backdrop to the formation of the JCCC.
 
Rotary members, James and Chako spoke about the children who came to visit through Support Our Kids. A Certificate of Appreciation was sent from Japan and presented to Kathy and Rod for opening up their homes to the children. Rod said a few words about their experience and how happy they both were to host the children.

President of the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre Addresses Club Members Aneeta Gill 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Oct 15, 2014
Trish and Brian came and spoke to us about the marriage of Fit and Fat. They discussed the benefits of certain fats (chocolate is allowed within measure), which helps in keeping the cells integrity. Marrying proper eating with exercise elevates the quality of life.
 
Brian Horwath joined the luncheon as Leo's guest. Club members sang Happy Birthday to Nadia who also had the winning ticket for the draw. Unfortunately she drew the Jack of Diamonds, so the pot keeps growing.
 
The Marriage of Fit and Fat Aneeta Gill 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Oct 08, 2014
A group of 20 Forest Hill Rotarians had the privilege of touring the Center for Applied Genomics at Sick Kids Hospital today. The tour was lead by a member of Nobel Prize winner Stephen Scherer's team. Rotarians were also excited to learn about DNA extraction, and had the chance to do so as well. Each member took home a vile of DNA which was extracted from a strawberry. We thank fellow Rotarian, Diane Moore, for setting up this fun and educational trip!

Sick Kids Tour of Center for Applied Genomics led by Nobel Prize Nominee, Stephen Scherer Aneeta Gill 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Oct 01, 2014
Al Warren and Rahim Addetia addressed club members today, speaking about the cloud, security and privacy concerns. It was a very engaging meeting with members asking many questions. In the virtual world that we live in, there is great importance in accessing files from different devices and geographical locations in a secure manner. They work for a Canadian organization that hosts all the data here in Canada, governed by Canadian privacy laws.
Al Warren and Rahim Addetia Address Rotarians Aneeta Gill 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Sep 24, 2014
Toronto Forest Hill members enjoyed Martini Night at The National Club, organized by fellow member Milo Vassallo.  Guests included fellow Rotary Presidents from the York, Woodbridge, Don Mills, Twilight and Scarborough club. A wonderful pianist provided the group with music as they mingled and caught up with old friends.

 
Martini Night at The National Club Aneeta Gill 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2014
Eleven members and friends of the Forest Hill Club have joined the annual foundation walk. The morning started with a rain storm, as the starting time was getting closer the sky cleared the sun came out and it was a great walk from Chorus Key on through the Distillery District, St. James Park, The Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market back to Sugar Beach for a BBQ. An enjoyable walk to support the Rotary Foundation, connect with other Rotarians and friends while visiting some of Toronto's landmarks.

 
 
Foundation Walk 21st September 2014 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Sep 17, 2014
Farrell MacDonald, Toronto based residential Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage, spoke of the ins and outs of representation. Farrell has served on his brokerage's advisory board as well as on the Canadian and International advisory committees dedicated to developing and maintaining the highest level of educational and technological standards in the industry. 
 
Guests at today's luncheon included Katherine Babony and Linda Raney, fellow Rotarians from the Whitby club, Seun Obikoya, from the Toronto Sunrise club and Elitza Yordanov.
Choppy Waters: The Ins and Outs of Representation in Real Estate Aneeta Gill 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Sep 10, 2014
Kelvin Browne is the Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Prior to this he held several positions at the Royal Ontario Museum inlcuidng Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture and Vice President of Marketing and Major Exhibitions. Kelvin is well known as a magazine as newspaper columnist about design, and wrote the book Bold Visions, about the architecture of the ROM. 
 
He has an M. Arch from the University of Toronto. He was born in Penticton, B.C. and graduated from St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnnipeg before attending university.
CEO of Gardiner Museum, Kelvin Browne, Addresses Club Aneeta Gill 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Sep 03, 2014
Ellen Schwartzel addressed club members about the different issues we are facing with climate change. Insurance companies have seen the rise in issues in the past number of years as claims have gone up and the largest contributors of pollution are vehicles, industry, power stations and live stock. Ontario is working to meet the challenges of the changes we are facing.
 
We had two visitors today - Candence Berry, guest of Kathy Verduyn, and past member Jason Chan.

Ellen Schwartzel Speaks About Climate Change Aneeta Gill 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Aug 27, 2014
Forest Hill and Eglinton Club welcomed Mayoral Candidate, John Tory, to speak to 55 guests and members. Those in attendance were excited to hear Mr. Tory speak about his campaign and answer questions regarding issues that matter to the public. The 2014 Mayoral Election will take place on October 27th. Make sure you go out and vote!
Forest Hill and Eglinton Club Feature Mayoral Candidate John Tory Aneeta Gill 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Aug 20, 2014
Otilia Kiss spoke to enthusiastic members today about healthy eating. Otilia stressed the importance of an alkaline diet and the correct way to breathe. Rotarian, Sonam, volunteered to demonstrate her breathing technique. Otilia mentioned that after the age of 30 most people breathe incorrectly and the correct way is through the stomach and not the chest!
Otilia Kiss Educates Members about Healthy Eating Aneeta Gill 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Aug 13, 2014
Forest Hill President, Iosif Ciosa, presented the Club Assembly to members today. Key facts were discussed for the year as well as the President's goals. Members responded positively to the presentation and we look forward to the coming year! Iosif left us with a great quote "Do What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have".
President, Iosif Ciosa, Presents Club Assembly to Members Aneeta Gill 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Aug 06, 2014
Members of the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre, Rotary of Forest Hill and many others helped welcome ten tsunami survivors from Japan today. The kids gave mini speeches about their experiences and what they hope for the future. They were very happy to be in Canada and were introduced to their host families. We look forward to hearing about all the fun they have while in Toronto!

SOK2014 Welcome Party Aneeta Gill 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Jul 30, 2014
Our new District Governor, Brian Thompson, accompanied by the assistant district governor Steve Mastoras made the first official visit to our club today. Members welcomed him as he shared his goals as our new District Governor. The theme of the 2014-2015 year is "Light up Rotary".  Brian  assisted David Ing, Steve Mastoras and Iosif Ciosa in the induction of two new members: Jennifer Chiu and Patrick Curtis.
 
 

New District Governor, Brian Thompson, Address Club Members Aneeta Gill 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Milo Vassallo Donates Funds to Iquitos, Peru Aneeta Gill 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Jul 23, 2014
Sean and Jill Adams, from Dunblane, Scotland joined us during their visit to Ontario this summer.  Jill is a member of the Rotary Club of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane and is the officer responsible for Interact and Youth Services.  Sean is a historian and political activist who shared some Scottish history with us, and the club members had a great time learning something new!
 
Visiting Rotarians From Dunblane Scotland Address Club Aneeta Gill 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Club Achieves President's Citation and Membership Development Awards 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow Addresses the Club Kathy Verduyn 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Iosif Ciosa Addresses Club as New President 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Jul 16, 2014
Mayoral Candidate, Olivia Chow, addressed club members today with an engaging speech followed by some tough yet insightful questions from Rotary members. Rotary Forest Hill was pleased to host the Eglinton Club at this event.
Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow Addresses Club Members Aneeta Gill 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
President Rod's Final Meeting as President Kathy Verduyn 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Charity Garden Party for Support Our Kids Kathy Verduyn 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aneeta Gill on Jul 03, 2014
James and Chako, both longtime members of Rotary Club Toronto - Forest Hill, graciously hosted a Charity Garden Party at their home with friends, family and fellow Rotarians. The goal was to raise funds for incoming Japanese student visitors, all while enjoying a delicious meal with a live auction, entertainment and more. This will be the second group of students, who were impacted by the earthquake in Japan, to visit Canada and hopefully have amazing experiences to take back home with them.

Support Our Kids Charity Garden Party Aneeta Gill 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Books for Haiti Project Kathy Verduyn 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Club Celebrates Ping Pong Table at St. Michael's College 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Lifetime is the Game: a great way to interact with seniors! Kathy Verduyn 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Abdollah Barghi Addresses Club Members 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Haitian Ambassador Frantz Liautaud Addresses Club Members Kathy Verduyn 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
New Member, Leobrun Jean Baptiste, Addresses Club Members 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
New Member, Nadia Kalnieva, Addresses Club Members 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Trump Aids Walk Raises Over $38 000 Kathy Verduyn 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
President's Gala 2014 a Great Success! Kathy Verduyn 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to new member: Abdollah Kafshbarghi Kathy Verduyn 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Business Leader and Author, Bruce Hunter, Addresses the Club Kathy Verduyn 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Aneeta was welcomed to the Club in a ceremony conducted by Past District Governor David Ing and confirmed by club members with a hearty round of applause. Aneeta is our fourth member to join our club in the last few weeks and is joined by Leo, Nadia and Norm with President Rod.  We look forward to hearing classification talks from all new members in the months to come.  

Club Welcomes Newest Member, Aneeta Gill Kathy Verduyn 2014-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Past President Michael Lloyd made an interesting presentation regarding his quest to track down his family history. The resourceful Michael was able to explain how he was able to find his forbearers going back multiple generations with only his laptop.  Michael made his notes and methodology available to all club members who may wish to do a similar search.  Michael was thanked by President Rod and a donation was made to Landmines in his name. 

Michael Lloyd Speaks on Geneology Kathy Verduyn 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill was honoured to be addressed by Captain Mark McQueen and his guest, Commander Tim O'Leary, the Commanding Officer of HMCS York.  Captain McQueen spoke of the role of the Canadian Navy  in the interdiction of drug shipments from South America to terrorist organizations around the world. Commander O'Leary answered questions related to the importance of a Canadian naval presence in sovereign waters in the arctic region of Canada.

Captain Mark McQueen Addresses Rotarians Kathy Verduyn 2014-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill was delighted to induct two new members at its meeting on Feb. 6, 2013: Nadia Kalnieva and Norm Waite.

Nadia was born and grew up in the Ukraine.  She has an exceptional and diverse educational background, having studied Decorative and Applied Arts, as well as Folkloric and Ethnographic Studies at the PhD level.  Nadia and her husband Stefan currently own and operate S & Sons Moving, voted #1 of the top five moving companies in Toronto.  Nadia and Stefan have two sons who are both competitive gymnasts on Team Ontario.  

Norm graduated from New York University with a Master's Degree in Psychology.  He's a retired bilingual educator who was a teacher, principal and acting superintendent.  He has excellent leadership experience as President of Opera Place Condominium and Past-President of Bay Cloverhill Community Association.  He is an active supporter of Toronto's Out of the Cold Program.  He has two children and and 4 grandchildren.

President Rod Verduyn and all club members extend a warm welcome to our two newest members!

 

Two New Members Welcomed to Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill Kathy Verduyn 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Club members were delighted to welcome the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP, as guest speaker on Jan. 16.  Dr. Bennett is the daughter of Charter Member of our club,  Jack Bennett, who began the tradition of having roses delivered to every club meeting. President Rod presented a dozen beautiful roses to Dr. Bennett as a thank you for her address, "Idle Know More".  

The Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP, Returns to Address the Club Kathy Verduyn 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Erin Pleizier received a cheque from the club for her volunteer work with the Sarva Dharma Ashram. Erin will work for 4 weeks in Africa, providing clothing, primary health care, literacy support while also feeding 3 500 people per week! We commend Erin and her Rotary Spirit and look forward to hearing about her trip when she returns.

Erin Pleizer is off to South Africa! Kathy Verduyn 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
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More than 50 Rotarians and guests attended our annual Holiday Party and celebrated with turkey dinner and song. District Governor Valerie Wafer and ADG Al Warren were in attendance to join the club in recognizing our local charity representatives.  Our charities received their annual donation from our club.

 

Wonderful seasonal music was performed by talented musicians led by Michael Lloyd.

 

Eglington club member Kathryn Langley-Hope made a special presentation, a donation to the Rotary Foundation, to thank Past President Milo Vassallo for leading the Malta Trip.

 

DG Valerie Wafer and Dianne Moore drew the winning ticket for the Spirit Draw.  The lucky winner was club member Phil Crawford.  This raffle draw raised $2300 for the club.

 

All in all, a great success and a wonderful way to celebrate the season!

Holiday Party - A Great Success! Kathy Verduyn 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Dec 09, 2013
The Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill was presented with a cheque for over $3 000.00 from the University of Toronto Japanese Student Association for the Support Our Kids Tsunami Fund. Money will be used next summer to assist the efforts of Rotarians James and Chako Matsumoto to provide a Canadian Experience for 10 more Japanese students coming to Toronto.
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University of Toronto Students Donate to Tsunami Support Our Students Initiative Kathy Verduyn 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Dec 03, 2013

A Club Assembly will be held tomorrow which will include several important updates and motions:

  • Update on progress in reaching club goals for the yearMotions on allocation of club funds to local charities
  • Motion on allocation of funds to new international area of focus
  • Treasurer's Report  

And much more:  

  • Special" presentation from U of T students to James and Chako for "Support Our Kids Holiday Party 
  • Shoe Drive
  • Holiday Party
  • Spirit Raffle 

We need your voice!  Please attend this important meeting.


Important Club Assembly: Dec. 5 Kathy Verduyn 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Nov 17, 2013

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Mathew Bertin, a Community & Stakeholder Relations Specialist with Metrolinx, will be the guest speaker at our club on Nov. 21.

Topic:
"Investing in our Future, Investing in our Region".

Mathew Bertin is a Community & Stakeholder Relation Specialist at Metrolinx. In this role, Mathew primarily works to build support for the Metrolinx vision and the need for investment in transportation by developing strong relationships with community partners and stakeholders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Mathew also oversees a number of community initiatives, including public education programs, shop local campaigns and job training initiatives.

Mathew Bertin of Metrolinx in Yorkville - Nov. 21/13 Paul Ferri 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Mariott Courtyard Downtown Toronto Holiday Special from Erin Pleizier Ciosa MA, MBA, Iosif 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Please join us this week to hear Chan Drepaul do her classification speech.  Chan is a newer member of our club and will share her background experiences during her classification  speech.  Chan is currently a board member and brings enthusiasm and great ideas to our meetings. 
Speaker this Week: Club Member Chan Drepaul Kathy Verduyn 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Oct 30, 2013

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“Lonely Poppy” 

"Thanking & Remembering"

Four local, Canadian Veterans of WWII will be returning to our club this year to join us for our 3rd Annual Veterans' Remembrance Day Luncheon. This event is important to our Rotary club since it provides an opportunity to personally thank these veterans for their contribution while remembering their fallen comrades. You are invited to participate.

3rd Annual Veterans' Remembrance Day Luncheon - Thursday, Nov. 7/13 Paul Ferri 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Tickets are now on sale for this great raffle!  Cost is $10.00 per ticket.  The prize is a selection of 26 bottles of fine wines, spirits and liqueurs plus a pair of brandy snifter glasses in a handy shopping cart (see picture).

If you would like a book of tickets to sell, or if you would like to buy a ticket, please contact Dianne Moore at dianne@mooreglobal.com

Please support this great fundraiser in support of Toronto school breakfast programs and Street Health Nursing!

The Spirit Raffle Begins! Kathy Verduyn 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Robin Verduyn will tell the story of her two week volunteer trip to provide community medical care in rural Tanzania.

Dr. Verduyn completed her Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto.  She has an interest in global health and has been to Uganda and Tanzania on medical volunteer trips.  Currently she works at the Toronto Rehab-Lyndhurst Hospital, providing medical care for people with spinal cord injuries.  She also works at Blackcreek Community Health Centre caring for new immigrants and refugees in the Jane and Finch area. 

Pamoja Tunaweza - Together We Can; A Story of Medical Volunteer Work in Tanzania Kathy Verduyn 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
"The Story of Bill 13: an Act to Prevent Bullying and Improve Relationships in Schools Kathy Verduyn 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Oct 19, 2013
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A great time was had by all at the Octoberfest celebration on October 17.  30 guests, including Rotarians and their friends and partners, enjoyed music, great food and even better fellowship.  Guests enjoyed bratwurst, saurkraut, authentic German potato salad and coleslaw, Black Forest cake, German wines and beers - and lots more.  We hope that this will become an annual event for our club!

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Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Oct 05, 2013
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President Rod Verduyn, Kathy Verduyn, President Elect Iosif Ciosa and partner Maggie, Sonam and partner Raj, with son Prashant, participated in the Rotary Foundation Walk, held in Newmarket, on Sunday, October 6.  Our club donated $1 930 to the Foundation at this event. 
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Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Sep 29, 2013
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Activist, educator and idealist, Geoff Morgan has spent over a decade visiting impoverished communities around the world in hope of gaining a better understanding of the causes of poverty. In 2009, he founded Building Walls of Wisdom, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating educational opportunities for children living in poverty. In just four years, he has witnessed the incredible impact of education through the construction of schools in South America, Asia and Africa. Originally from Ontario, he holds a Masters degree in education and has taught in Mexico, London, Venezuela, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. With his engaging stories, he has inspired and challenged thousands of people to create a compassionate world in which all humanity can achieve basic living standards.
Geoff Morgan Speaks on October 3: Building Walls of Wisdom Kathy Verduyn 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Sep 29, 2013
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The District Governor shared her leadership aspirations for District 7070 with club members of Toronto - Forest Hill at a recent club meeting. Club members were inspired by her message and her passion for Rotary.

DG Valarie also took the opportunity to recognize Marvin Graf for twenty years of service to Rotary.  Marv has been an exemplary Rotarian with perfect attendance!  Club members joined in congratulating our dedicated member, Marvin Graf.

 

District Governor Valarie Wafer Addresses Our Club Kathy Verduyn 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Sep 18, 2013
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Stefan Preisenhammer spoke to the club about money and the billions and trillions of dollars of debt that threaten the stability of world economies.

Stefan Preisenhammer and President Rod Verduyn Kathy Verduyn 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Sep 17, 2013

Speech Topic:
While spending billions and trillions of dollars on saving our banks and the economy, we sometimes overlook the obvious.  Taking a step back: What kind of monetary system do we have? How does our banking system actually work? Most importantly, what does it mean to you? Some astounding facts about what our bankers and experts seem to conveniently overlook. Note: What you DON'T know can hurt you most!

Meet Stefan in person on Thurs. Sep. 19/13 at Rotary!

"A Second Look at Money" - Stefan Preisenhammer - Sep. 19th Paul Ferri 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Verduyn on Sep 11, 2013
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Yuki Nakamura is a filmaker, translator and interpreter who works independently for Japanese and Canadian media organizations.  She directed her first documentary, No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki, in 2007.  Her film won the "National Film Board Colin Low Award" for best Canadian documentary of the year.

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Filmaker Yuki Nakamura Speaks About Her Film "Never Forget, Never Give Up" Kathy Verduyn 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Ping Pong Tables are Multiplying Across the GTA! Kathy Verduyn 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Aug 27, 2013

Ann McGuireAnn McGuire of The Toronto Lung Transplant Civitan Club visited our club and gave a highly informative lecture on her experiences as a double-lung transplant recipient. She took us through the entire history of experiences from the day she was first diagnosed with COPD up to her transplant operation and recovery. She continues to enjoy a very full life and volunteers as a speaker on the topic of organ donation.


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: Ann receiving an appreciation certificate from President Rod Verduyn.

Speech Overview: Ann McGuire’s life began anew on September 20th, 2007. On that miraculous day, her Breath Day, Ann’s life changed. She received her gift of life – a double lung transplant.

Double-lung transplant recipient speaks at Rotary Paul Ferri 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Aug 19, 2013

It is always good to hear from a Rotary charity partner as update their supporters on their successes and challenges. This week's speaker partners with the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) in making an impact in Tanzania. Come hear Julie Caron and Aaron Miller of CWEF for a compelling message.

 

Canadian World Education Foundation - CWEF Tanzania - "Progress Update" Paul Ferri 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Verduyn on Aug 17, 2013
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Toronto - Forest Hill Rotarians joined host families, dignitaries, members of Shinki-Kai, and departing students at James and Chako's lakeside house for a farewell party for the students. 
Japanese Student Farewell Party Rod Verduyn 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Celebration for Japanese Student Visitors Rod Verduyn 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Verduyn on Aug 05, 2013
"Support Our Kids" is a 10 year project that supports students affected by the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan.  The goal of the project is to support children affected by the earthquake and tsunami so that they can become leaders of the restoration and recovery of their home areas.  
Support Our Kids: Children Affected by the Tsunami Rod Verduyn 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sonam Choeden on Aug 01, 2013

Dr. Francis Broun being thanked by Past President Michael Lloyd after a wonderful presentation on the history of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. 

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You missed it. Sonam Choeden 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jul 29, 2013

Speech Topic: The Sistine Chapel
Named for its builder Pope Sixtus IV (uncle of Julius II), the Sistine Chapel is the prime target of tourists in the Vatican.  In 20 minutes, about the time that most people can stand being buffeted by the hordes, Dr. Broun will discuss the three stages of its decorations – the side walls, usually overlooked, created in the early 1480s by artists like Botticelli and Ghirlandaio, the ceiling, Michelangelo’s masterpiece (1508-12) and his highly personal vision of the Last Judgment painted on the wall behind the altar (1536-41). 

 Sistine Chapel

Look Up! It's the Sistine Chapel - Dr. Francis Broun - Aug 1/13 Paul Ferri 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jul 23, 2013
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This week's guest speaker will help bring awareness to a Toronto-based organization that is having a positive impact on children with facial differences. Join us and be inspired!

Making Faces Logo

 

Speech Title: "Let Your Passion Overwhelm Your Fear"

Organization overview:

Making faces is a non-profit organization that helps children with facial differences. We provide workshops that teach acting skills and improvisational games to both build confidence and develop important life skills. The children practice eye contact, voice projection, public speaking and creative storytelling and are encouraged to use their voices and express themselves in a fun, creative and safe environment. The games build their confidence and make them feel good about who they are and what they can achieve.

The workshops also offer the opportunity for children to meet other children with facial differences and provide a safe, caring environment where they can discuss differences, teasing and related issues.

Guest Speaker:
Michael Williams-Stark, the workshop instructor, was himself born with a severe cleft lip and palate. During the workshops he shows the children a photograph of himself as a child, "then I see the acceptance, their sense that I am one of them" says Michael. At one picture-sharing session, a little girl put her head on Michael's shoulder and said, "So you understand." "They know I've walked in their shoes and taken the same journey. If I can achieve my dreams, so can they. I want to inspire and nurture those dreams."

Michael used his experience of growing up with a facial difference and then becoming an award winning actor and musician to create a series of improv classes, specifically designed for children with facial differences. These workshops were extensively tested at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, with great success. Michael has also provided workshops at the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre in Windsor and at AboutFace.

Website: Making Faces

Date: Thursday, July 25/13
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Arrive at 12:15 p.m. to register)
Location: Hazelton Place Residence - 111 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON
Cost: $24/ea for Members and Guests.
Includes: Buffet Luncheon with salad, main course, dessert and coffee/tea + Free Parking 


 

 

 

Michael Williams-Stark of "Making Faces" - July, 25/13 Paul Ferri 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
"Avoiding U.S. Tax—What Too Few People Know" - Patrick Westaway, Partner - Dale & Lessmann LLP Paul Ferri 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jul 03, 2013

SNAP Downtown Toronto covered the Ping-Pong Table Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at St. Mike's and has posted 14 photos of the event in the on-line publication.

The event description follows below. Click for photos.

Dianne and Kathy

 

Dianne Moore & President Kathy Verduyn

Rotary Dedication at St. Michael's College

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the first installation of an outdoor, concrete ping-pong table at St Michael’s College, was held in June and was initiated by Dianne Moore, a member of the Toronto, Forest Hill Rotary Club. This momentous occasion should be marked as a dedication to the community building project service, providing local residents and students with an outdoor, recreational game, a positive pastime with the intention of building up the community. Each table is worth over $3,800 and is a work of art weighing in at One Ton! The Ceremony was followed by a great lunch served in Charbonnel Hall for Rotary members and registered guests. For more information visit:
http://Rotary-TFH.org

SNAP Coverage of Ping-Pong Table Ribbon-Cutting at St. Mike's Paul Ferri 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jul 02, 2013

The month of July brings many changes, including a new fiscal year for Rotarians. June 27th was the last club meeting under the auspices of our current board. President Kathy Verduyn took members and guests through a detaled review of this past year's goals and accomplishments in each major area. She concluded the meeing by turning over the reins to incoming President, Rod Verduyn. (When you have a good thing going, make an incremental change and keep it in the family!)

Rod and Kathy Verduyn

Incoming President Rod Verduyn with
Outgoing President/Spouse Kathy Verduyn

 

New Rotary Year (2013 - 2014) Paul Ferri 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jul 02, 2013

Rotarians James Matsumoto and Chako Setoyama once again opened their home to receive members and guests for a back-yard fundraiser. This one took place in their new home in Toronto on Sunday, June 23/13. This was a joint event for members of the Shinki-Kai Japanese Business Association and the Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill. Many local Japanese businesses sponsored the food and entertainment for the event, featuring top restaurants and talented musicians.

James and Kathy

James Matsumoto, President of Shinki-Kai with
Kathy Verduyn, President of Rotary TFH

 

Fundraiser for Japanese Tsunami orphans at James and Chako's home Paul Ferri 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Jun 18, 2013

Dianne Moore, a member of the Toronto - Forest Hill Rotary Club, has been the driving force behing an initiative to create and install permanent, concrete Ping-Pong tables in specific community sites in the GTA. The first one has been installed at St. Michael's College, U of T. The club meeting for the day was held at the site of the installation for a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of this community-building project. 

Lunch was served indoors, following the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, in Charbonnel Hall for Rotary members and registered guests. Photo coverage for the event was provided by SNAPDowntownToronto (click).

Ping Pong Table
Student/Rotaractor Isabelle with (Grandma) Dianne Moore breaking-in
The Rotary Ping-Pong Table

Date: Thursday, June 20/13
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Ribbon cutting at 12 noon)
Location: Charbonnel Hall, 81 St. Mary Street, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
Map Link: Click here


Rotary Outdoor Community Ping-Pong Table Installation & Ribbon Cutting Paul Ferri 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on May 28, 2013

Our Incoming Vice-President for 2013-2014, Mr. Iosif Cisosa, was our featured speaker on May 30/13 and presented his "Classification Talk". This presentation is given by club members on their occupation or area of specialty to other members and guests.

 Iosif Ciosa
Iosif Ciosa and President Kathy Verduyn

 Speech Title:
"Case study - A New Natural Health Products Supplement Line" 

Speaker's Bio:
Iosif Ciosa is the Managing Director at CMBDCI. He has held this position since 2003. CMBDCI is a business consultancy firm that offers custom business solutions, targeted for small to medium sized enterprises. The services are: marketing, branding, business development services, business strategy, account acquisition, contract negotiation, market penetration and management consulting.

Iosif provides services to organizations looking to enter or develop within Canadian Markets. Industries serviced include:

* Consumer Products
* Industrial Products
* Industrial Services
* Natural Health Products
* Medical Services
* Importers and Distributors

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Marketing and Business Development - Mr. Iosif Ciosa - Speaker for May 30/13 Paul Ferri 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on May 20, 2013

Enthusiastic and energetic Head Librarian, Elsa Ngan, of the local library in Yorkville will visit our club on May 23/13 to update members on Your Library in the 21st Century.

If you still think the local library is place for old books and silence, you need to need to meet Elsa and hear her talk about all the new resources and programs at our local library. Elsa will also highlight some of the events that are regularly scheduled for the Toronto Reference Library, located a few steps from the Yorkville Library.

Books

Speech Title: "Library @ Your Fingertips"

Speaker's Bio:
Elsa Ngan is presently the Branch Head at Yorkville Branch, Toronto Public Library, a position she has held for two years. Previously, she worked as the Youth Services Specialist at North York Central Branch for four years. She has worked at various locations throughout the Toronto Public Library system, including the Bookmobile.

In her spare time, she likes to read historical fiction and mysteries. In addition, she is a big manga/graphic novel fan.

Web Link: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/about-the-library/mission-vision-values/

The Library @ Your Fingertips - Guest Speaker for May 23/13 Paul Ferri 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on May 13, 2013

We are honoured to have H.E. Mr. Milam Kollár, Ambassador of the Slovak republic and Mr. Jan Galoci, Trade Commissioner of the Slovak Republic, visit our club on May 16th to provide valuable information on doing business with Slovakia.


Slovak Flag

Speaker's Bio
Mr. Milan Kollár is a career diplomat who was born in Zvolen, Slovakia. He studied law at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, before pursuing diplomatic studies at the State Institute for International Relations in Moscow. He also studied international law at the Pan-European University in Bratislava and holds law degree (iuris doctor) from the Comenius University.

To view his complete Bio before May 16th, please click on the link with his name in left panel under "Speakers". ....

Date: Thursday, May 16/13
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Arrive at 12:15 p.m. to register)
Location: Hazelton Place Residence - 111 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON
Cost: $24/ea for Members and Guests. Guests no charge for 1st visit with sponsoring member.
Includes: Buffet Luncheon with salad, main course, dessert and coffee/tea + Free Parking 

Guest Speaker for May 16, 2013 - H.E. Mr. Milam Kollár, Ambassador of The Slovak republic Paul Ferri 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
President's gala - Photos Sonam Choeden 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on May 05, 2013

Bangladesh has received a great deal of attention in the past few weeks as a result of a tragic accident at a garment factory in Dhaka. However, the country has been the focus of the Amarok Society for many years and this week’s meeting is an opportunity to hear about their encouraging work.

With the support of and in partnership with Rotary, Amarok Society, a registered Canadian (BC) charity (www.amaroksociety.org), is accomplishing something extraordinary for world education and world peace.

Amarok Society


"We go into what may be the worst slums on earth, in Bangladesh, to teach children who are otherwise too poor to attend school. We do this by teaching mothers in the slums to become teachers of their own and their neighbours’ children. By this means we’re able to educate great numbers of children at very low cost. There is, however, a catch that makes this not only extremely effective, but also very difficult: the women we teach are the poorest Muslim women, who have been denied any education whatsoever themselves."

Dr. Tanyss and Gem Munro, founders of Amarok Society, have spoken at many Rotary meetings across Canada to tell Rotarians: how Amarok has managed to overcome the daunting challenges of our projects in these dangerous and forbidding slums; about the state of Bangladesh today; the ongoing threat of its ‘Talibanization’, and to thank Rotarians for their support.

Speech Title: "Bringing Education to the Slums of Bangladesh"
Date: Thursday, May 9/13
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Arrive at 12:15 p.m. to register)
Location: Hazelton Place Residence - 111 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON M5R 3J8
Cost: $24/ea for Members and Guests. Guests no charge for 1st visit with sponsoring member.
Includes: Buffet Luncheon with salad, main course, dessert and coffee/tea + Free Parking 

Guest Speaker for May 9, 2013 - Amarok Society ("Bangladesh") Paul Ferri 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Apr 12, 2013
Elizabeth Kaegi of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society visited our club on April 18/13 to present an introduction to "DNA for Family History". 

Speaker:
Elizabeth A.R. Kaegi , M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
 
DNA Strand - NISTSpeaker's Bio: Elizabeth is a retired physician who has been using DNA tests to assist her in solving genealogical mysteries for the past decade.  Working with James F.S. Thomson, she has co-taught two courses on Genetic Genealogy for the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. In her talk, she will briefly review the older DNA tests including Y-DNA and mt-DNA and then discuss the remarkable power of the new autosomal DNA tests for family history, using examples from her own family tree.

Photo credit: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


An Intro to DNA for Family History Paul Ferri 2013-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Mar 25, 2013

Last week's theme of "literacy" is carried over into this week from a fun and educational perspective with a visit by Michael Kelly of Shakespeare in Action

Speaker's Bio
Michael Kelly is an actor, director, producer, teacher, and arts educator who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his innovative work with young audiences. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare In Action, and has attracted local, national and international media attention with features on TVO’s Imprint, Canada AM, W-5, and C.B.C.’s As It Happens.
 
His credits include directing many contemporary and Shakespearean plays as well as teaching master classes for The Stratford Festival, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

Michael is a part-time member of the Theatre Faculty at York University. He has also taught acting at George Brown College, Randolph Academy for the Arts, and the National Youth Drama School in New Zealand. He has abridged a series of Shakespeare's plays for young audiences aged 7-12, collectively titled "Shakespeare for Kids".

Speech Title: "Making A Difference with Shakespeare"

Organization Overview
Shakespeare in Action was established in 1988 by Founding Artistic Director, Michael Kelly. We continue to bring Shakespeare to young people across Ontario through innovative programs and critically acclaimed theatre productions.

Shakespeare in Action is a diverse theatre company that aspires to enhance the arts and education through exploring and performing Shakespeare's plays. We are dedicated to fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts by making the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible and relevant to young audiences, their families and the community. Shakespeare in Action seeks to inspire audiences of all ages to discover Shakespeare's universal truths in our everyday world, showing the influence classical theatre has within our community.

Web Link: www.shakespeareinaction.org
 

 

"Shakespeare in Action" at Rotary Luncheon - Mar. 28/13 Paul Ferri 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sonam Choeden on Mar 19, 2013

Dear Members,
Please save your day for a fun meaningful fellowship day! :) 

Our own Marvin Graf, has organized a fellowship lunch on Sunday April the 14th 2013 at The Granite Brewery at noon. Great price all you can eat brunch for just $12.95 and parking is free underground.

Thank you to all 20 people who are confirmed and if anyone like to join us please contact Marvin or I, we have to inform the restaurant of our final numbers soon.

Address: 245 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto. http://www.granitebrewery.ca/contact/

thank you and see you all there!

 

 

Reminder- Fellowship Luncheon on Sunday April 14 2013 Sonam Choeden 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Mar 18, 2013

Reading-Writing

Literacy is one of Rotary's six "Areas of Focus" and is particularly relevant to Rotarians. The theme for this week's meeting is "literacy" and the two speakers will provide a local and an international perspective on this important topic. This meeting is also an opportunity for these two current Charity Partners to provide an annual update on their past successes and plans for the year.

1. World Literacy
Guest Speaker: Teresa Toten, Board Member, World Literacy
Event Assistant: Britt Novakowski, Communications Manager
Speaker’s Bio: See "Speakers" Side Bar
Organization overview:
World Literacy Canada (WLC) is a small, secular, registered charitable organization that uses literacy to fight poverty and advance the cause of social justice. We support and deliver a range of community-based education projects in Canada, India, and Nepal. With 56 years’ experience successfully delivering literacy education, we believe that illiteracy is both a cause and consequence of poverty. We see literacy as an essential element in the struggle for equality. Literacy is about much more than just reading and writing – it is about access to jobs, the market, and how we participate in an increasingly interconnected world. See "Speakers" Side Bar for more info.

Website: http://www.worldlit.ca/
 
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2. Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Guest Speaker: Shannon Quesnelle, Development Officer
Speaker’s Bio: See "Speakers" Side Bar
Speech Title: Removing barriers to success for Toronto’s at-risk youth
Organization Overview:
The Toronto Foundation for Student Success is an independent, registered charitable foundation created to help ensure that children and youth are ready and able to learn at school. To accomplish this TFSS addresses issues caused by poverty, including hunger and poor nutrition. See "Speakers" Side Bar for more info. 

Web link:
www.torontofoundationforstudentsuccess.ca

Literacy week in Yorkville - Rotary Luncheon - Thurs. Mar. 21 Paul Ferri 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Milo Vassallo talked about beautiful Malta Sonam Choeden 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sonam Choeden on Mar 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10-2013 was the Premiere of Yuki Nakamura's documentary" Never Forget" at the Japenese culture centre. About 360 people attended the show and donated a total of $7,600. Kathy, Shannon and Rod were the club members who attended from our club. District Governor Ted Koziel and his wife Maureen came from Belleville to attend as well.

JCC Screening

 

Premiere of "Never Forget" documentary movie at JCCC Sonam Choeden 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Eric Domville - Canadian Opera Company (COC) Sonam Choeden 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Mar 02, 2013

COC Logo

Topic
Eric Domville, a volunteer speaker with the Canadian Opera Company visited our Club on the evening of Feb. 28/13 to provide an expert overview of opera at an introductory level. Eric supplemented his speech with a recording of a famous selection from Rigoletto.

Anna Christy as Lucia

Above: Anna Christy as Lucia in English National Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, 2008. Photo: Clive Barda
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company

Speaker's Bio
Eric Domville is a professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto, where he taught for thirty years, especially in the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His main research interest was in the life and works of the Irish Poet W. B. Yeats. In this field he published both with Oxford and Cornell University Presses. Since his retirement he has concentrated on the relationships between words and music. He has co-taught courses in song and opera in the Faculty of Music and the Glenn Gould School. He also gives pre-performance talks for the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier. Twice a year he presents courses in opera and also in literature in the Continuing Education Division of St Michaels College at U of T.

Canadian Opera Company Speaker at Rotary Paul Ferri 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Chinese New year 2013 Sonam Choeden 2013-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Nov 05, 2012
The Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill is celebrating its 60th Anniversary today! The first meeting of the club took place on November 6, 1952 at Benny's Restaurant in Toronto. The Charter President, Walter Barber, welcomed nineteen charter members to the club.  The club's official charter meeting was held on November 20th at the same location. Congratulations to the founding, past and current members for 60 years of continuous service.
Happy 60th Anniversary! Paul Ferri 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Nov 04, 2012

Veteran's Remembrance Day Luncheon

The Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill is hosting the 2nd annual Veteran's Remembrance Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Four, WWII Canadian Veterans who were featured in the "Yorkville Remembers" series will attend along with members of the Toronto WWII Memorial committee. Our speaker for the event will be Kelly Rankin of The War Amps, who will update members the current work of this charitable organization. Reserve your spot today! Contact Paul Ferri via the link on the left column.

Yorkville Remembers

Details:
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vent:       “Veteran’s Luncheon” (Free for Veterans!)
Speaker:   Kelly Rankin of The War Amps
Location:  Hazelton Place Residence, Lower Level
                  111 Avenue Rd. Toronto, ON M5R 2E3
Date:        Thursday, Nov. 8/12
Time:        12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Register at 12:00 p.m., Starts at 12:30)

Cost:
1.   $0 for Veterans & their spouse or caregiver
2.   $23 for Visitors, Rotary Club members and other guests

This event includes a buffet luncheon, coffee/tea and dessert.

Seating:   Very Limited! Reservations are required
Format:   Short speech and video plus an informal buffet dinner.

Veteran's Remembrance Day Luncheon - Nov. 8/12 Paul Ferri 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russ Bayko on Oct 29, 2012

A. Welcome and Announcements

President Kathy Verduyn chaired the meeting and welcomed the guests today's luncheon meeting.

Upcoming Events:
• Social Night of Horse Racing at Woodbine Race Track. November 7, 2012
   Price is approximately $46/person paid in advance. See James Matsumoto
• Holiday party will be held in the evening this year. Date is Wednesday Dec 12th (7-9pm).
• Christmas cake sale to begin November 1, 2012
• November is Foundation month…..next meeting will see presentation of Paul Harris awards.

B. Speaker - Nancy Brant - Vice Consul, US Consulate - Toronto
Speech Topic: US Election

Introduced by: Paul Ferri
Paul also introduced Nancy's intern, Emman Rahman (former Rotaract member from Scarborough)

Nancy Brant

Photo: Nancy Brant - US Vice Consul

Highlights
 

Nancy hails from Rhode Island……arrived in Canada with her family in April. Her background includes a sales career in the manufacturing sector of the American economy.

She thanked the club for the invite and the opportunity to speak about the forthcoming election in the United States.

Nancy's presentation included a discussion on
• The Historical perspective of the United States political system
• Youth and their influence on the 2012 Election
• The Growing diversity of the United States population
• Impact of Social media  in shaping the election outcome

Nancy also provided an historical review of the evolution of the two party system

The consensus was that the election will boil down to the challenges faced by the United States
• Creating jobs
• Reducing debt

Her speech concluded with a brief Q and A session and a "dummy vote"

C. 50/50 Draw

Ticket held by George Draghia was drawn. He won the consolation prize of a Tim Hortons gift card, leaving the jackpot alive another week.

Card

Credits:
Notes: Russ Bayko
Pianist: Doug Clarke
Sgt. At Arms: Marvin Graf, Art Hall
Photo: Emman Rahman
Bulletin update: Paul Ferri

Minutes & Announcements - US Election - Oct. 25/12 Russ Bayko 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Markle on Oct 23, 2012

A. Welcome and Announcements

President Kathy Verduyn chaired the meeting and welcomed the guests today's luncheon meeting.
Kathy and Paul attended a District President's meeting of sharing ideas with other clubs
* Bingo last Saturday was run by Rod and Kathy

* Our club needs to explore fund-raising venues
Events:
* District Conference this weekend, Oct. 19-21
* Horse race November 7
* November 1, 2012 club meeting will honour several members of our club with Paul Harris awards. Please make an effort to attend to honour your colleagues.

Updates and ads for the club roster are due
Board wants to make a master set of old rosters to cover all present and past members, so please bring in any earlier Rosters you have at home. We only have copies of the last four issues.


B. Speech Topic:  "Kabul Cardiac Research Center, Afghanistan"
Speaker: Faridah Saadat
Introduced by: Jim Moore

Faridah Saadat
Treasurer, Jim Moore & Guest Speaker Faridah Saadat

Highlights

Faridah spoke about the importance of having a one-of-a kind cardiac clinic in her native Afghanistan and its current challenges and needs.
Points:
* stats presented from the World Health Organization
* Overview of the services provided by KCRC
* There are 540 kids with congenital heart disease
* The KCRC receives minimal funding from the local government for the entire centre
* The centre received help from The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and local Afghans in Ontario
* The building was donated by the University
* Faridah presented stories and photos of individuals to personalize the message

Background:
Dr Asmat Naebkhil is the member of the Windsor (1918) Rotary Club who has returned to Afghanistan at great personal sacrifice to establish and run the Afghan cardiac research centre in Kabul. Asmat is a cardiologist and he received advanced cardiac training at Toronto General Hospital.

Jim Moore, formerly of Windsor club, also explained the method by which he was able to get medical equipment that was donated to Afghanistan. This was a very long, tedious process that took 18 months until the equipment arrived. The Windsor Rotary Club provided much of the equipment for the centre and also arranged for its safe shipment to Kabul via the US Air Force.
 
  

C. 50/50 Draw

Diane Moore was the lucky winner of the draw this week. She pulled the 2 of diamonds. Prize-Tim Hortons gift card, leaving the jackpot alive another week.

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Credits:
Notes: Chris Markle
Pianist Doug Clarke
Sgt. At Arms: Marvin Graf, Art Hall
Photo and web update: Paul Ferri

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Posted by James Moore on Oct 17, 2012

A. Welcome and Announcements

Vice President Paul Ferri chaired the meeting in the absence of our President Kathy Verduyn, who was away on a business trip.

Guests: Rotarian Gary Corbett of the Seattle-University District Club and his wife Consuela as well as George Moraru, a guest of Jim Moore.
Meeting Notes: by Treasurer Jim Moore
Pianist Doug Clarke

Announcements:
Paul reminded members of the upcoming Consular Corps ball on Saturday, October 27th and urged any interested members to contact Past president Milo Vassallo for tickets.

B. Speech Topic:  "Crafting Kind" - A project of Rotaract Toronto for El Salvador
Speaker: Giuliana Martinez
Introduced by: Paul Ferri

Highlights

Our speaker, Giuliana Martinez, renewed our confidence in the coming generation with her impassioned presentation about the Crafting Kind project of Rotaract Toronto in support of the Pathways to Literacy El Salvador program sponsored by the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) in partnership with Salvadoran and Canadian Rotary Clubs. The International Development Committee of Rotaract Toronto creates and sells handcrafted jewelry to raise funds for the Pathways to Literacy program in 3 schools in El Salvador. To date the Rotaract members have sold more than 500 items of jewelry and several members supported the cause by buying jewelry from Giuliana after the meeting. The project is near and dear to the heart of Giuliana who is a certified jewelry designer and gemologist and whose father and grandfather are active members of the Rotary Club of El Salvador.  Giuliana showed video clips taken at of one of the schools, illustrtating the conditions in the school and the impact of the Canadian support. She reported that $250 would support a student for a year, covering the cost of tuition, textbooks and school supplies, two school uniform and a sports outfit. Giuliana invited our Club to consider contributing to the program. 
 

Land Mines Certificate

Presentation of "Land Mines Certificate" by Paul Ferri to Giuliana Martinez in appreciation for speaking to our club.

 C. 50/50 Draw

Art Hall was the lucky winner of the draw this week. He pulled the Five of Spades, leaving the jackpot alive another week. Also, Director Michael Bartello conducted our "Toonie Time".

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Minutes & Announcements - El Salvador - Oct. 11/12 James Moore 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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A. Welcome and Announcements

President Kathy Verduyn welcomed our guests and members.

Guests: Sally Anne Noznesky and Germaine Wong
Visiting Rotarian: Terry Chu, Rotary Club of Shanghai

Announcements:
President Kathy reviewed the upcoming events including:
* The District Conference
* The Horse Race Night
* "Foundation Month"
* Holiday Party

The Club Roster is being updated. Please send in your updates to Kathy Verduyn as soon as possible.

Club members are encouraged to send a letter to their local MP re: Federal Government support for Polio Relief.

B. Speech Topic: "Copper Thunderbird, a look at the man and the art" (Norval Morrisseau)
Speaker: John Newman of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Yorkville
Introduced by: Paul Ferri

Copper Thunderbird

Highlights

John presented Norval Morrisseau as a "native Shaman, apprentice, ground breaking artist, trickster/performance artist and as a Canadian iconic legend. The creator of the 'Woodlands school of art', which did not exist before, Morrisseau created this visual vocabulary in the late '50s. and it has gone on to inspire hundreds of artists, and intrigue collectors from around the world.  John presented the myth, legends and anecdotal stories of Norval Morrisseau, with a continous display rotating display of actual images by the artist in the background. John pieced together the enigmatic puzzle known as Copper Thunderbird, and why he is arguably Canada's most important artist."

John concluded his speech by handing out catalogues of the current Morrisseau exhibition, which is running at Kinsman Robinson Galleries until Oct 20th at 108 Cumberland St., in Yorkville. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first sell-out Morrisseau exhibition by Jack Pollock in 1962, which is being celebrated with the largest retrospective on Morrisseau done by a private gallery, with almost fifty works in total.  

C. 50/50 Draw

Sally Anne was the lucky winner of the draw this week. She pulled the Queen of Spades so the pot continues to grow.
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D. Closing Announcements & Reminders

The Consular Ball is coming up on Oct. 27th. Please see the separate story on this event.

Minutes & Announcements - "Canadian Art" - Oct. 4/12 Paul Ferri 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Ferri on Oct 03, 2012

A. Welcome and Announcements

Thanks to Iosif for taking the notes/minutes for this meeting.

President Kathy Verduyn welcomed our guests and members.

Guests: Yuki Nakamura (guest of James and Chako) and Teanna Lindsay (guest of Kathryn Hope)

Announcements:
The Consular Ball is scheduled for Oct. 27/12. See Milo for more information.
Guest Yuki Nakamura gave a quick overview of her work on a documentary movie she is producing about the Tsunami in Japan. Yuki would like to address the club in the near future with more detail and is asking the club to consider a sponsorship or supporting role for the project.

B. Speech Topic: "Project Jirapa"
Speaker: Janet Kelly of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)
Introduced by: Jim Moore (our past member of the Rotary Club of Windsor)

Highlights
Janet gave a very effective photo presentation of an eventful service trip to Ghana. There are no built roads, lots of wild animals and huge needs for helping the community. The club donated medical supplies and administered health care. There are not enough doctors & nurses and the patient/doctor ratio is incredibily high. Projects: rainwater capture; telehealth training using the Israeli model; school construction; donations of sports supplies.  


Link to Windsor Club's Project Overview

C. 50/50 Draw

Art Hall was the lucky winner of the draw this week. He pulled the 8 of Spades so the pot continues to grow.
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D. Closing Announcements & Reminders

Jim Moore gave a preview of the upcoming speech on Ghana by . Janet will be here on Sep. 27th. 

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Bingo is the key fundraiser for our club.  The proceeds are used to support many local initiatives.  Please do your part and volunteer to help with one or more bingos this year!

Photo of most recent "Bingo Volunteer" group

Bingo Volunteers


Location:
Delta Bingo: 1799 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON. (South of St. Clair/Old Weston Rd.) 

Time: Schedule for Volunteers: 8.00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule of Dates for 2012 :

Sat. Aug. 11
Sat. Sept 8
Sat. Oct 13
Sat. Nov 10
Sat. Dec 8

To volunteer, please contact Sonam by email at sonam@infinitecare.ca  or call her at 647-295-1571

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The Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill was delighted to welcome another new member on Feb. 20.  Leobrun (Leo) Jean Baptiste is a community organizer and journalist, and is an employee of BMO Financial Group.  He has working experience in Canada and the USA in telecommunications, retail, procurement, and project management.  He is an active community member and a staunch supporter of projects in Haiti.

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More than 30 members and prospective members met for a social evening of martinis and delicious nibbles at the National Club.  It was a lively night with lots of great conversation and laughs.  Milo arranged for a beautiful birthday cake for President Rod and led the singing of Happy Birthday. All agreed that we should make this a regular event. Thanks to Milo for being our gracious organizer and host! 

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During a recent trip to Malta by a group of Rotarians and other participants, President Rod Verduyn of the Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill presented a cheque for $1 000 to the President of Malta, His Excellency George Abela.  The donation will be used to support the Community Chest, a charity that resembles our United Way.  The visiting group was received by His Excellency in the same magnificent room in which heads of state are received.  This was followed by a private tour of the palace as well as a tour of the summer residence. 

This event was organized by former Consul General of Malta and Past President of the Rotary Club of Toronto - Forest Hill, Milo Vassallo.

Milo, an enthusiastic promoter of all things Maltese, hosted the group throughout the week as ancient temples, museums, churches and galleries were visited.  Two local Rotary clubs hosted the group at their meetings and friends of Milo's received them at their beautiful Maltese homes - for high tea on one occasion and a spectacular dinner on another.

All in all, this was a very memorable trip - and one that may be repeated in the future!

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Our annual Remembrance Day program was well attended by members, guests and veterans.  All present were moved by the retelling of stories and experiences by the five veterans in attendance. We thank these veterans for taking the time to join us and to remind us of the sacrifices of all who served in war.

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Today's speakers were Julie Caron and Aaron Miller, co founders of CWEF.  They were thanked by Paul Ferri and President Rod after their presentation.  

Special guests at the Aug. 22 meeting included Steve Wilkinson of Barrie Huronia and Ray Mowling. James and Chako thanked club members for their support in hosting the Japanese students and Past  President Milo announced that the trip to Malta is a go for November.
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Each of the visiting students had prepared an account, in English, of their personal experience following the tsunami.  Guests were deeply moved by these stories and by the courage and resilience of the students. 
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The students enjoyed meeting guests, sharing Canadian BBQ fare, and swimming in the pool.
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Chris Markle and David Ing were the superb chefs de jour at the BBQ, demonstrating their grilling expertise as they served up scrumptious BBQ fare.
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Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill Gala

The 2013 President's  Gala on May 4th Saturday night was a great success. Almost 80 Rotarians, guests and friends, resplendent in gowns and tuxedos, gathered at the Marriott for drinks, dinner, and of course, fellowship. During the handshakes and laughter, bidding on a host of gifts and dinners at local restaurants, sourced by Kathryn Langley Hope and Shannon Smith, was furious and raised hundreds for Rotary causes. PDG David Ing and his wife Helen, a member of York Club, were joined by a large group from the York Club. 

President Kathy, assisted ably by our own Michael Lloyd who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening,  spoke of the diversity of our membership and the highlights of our Rotary year.

 

The Focal Point of the evening was the presentation of 2 Paul Harris Recognitions. PDG David Ing presided while Milo Vassallo was recognized for his Club service. Milo, in a heartfelt acceptance speech, spoke to the part that Rotary plays in his life. Then turning the tables on David Ing, President Kathy awarded yet another Paul Harris to PDG David for his continuing support of Rotary Foundation.

 

 Music during our dinner and throughout the evening was provided by the Paul Weldon Trio.

 

 Many, many thanks to the all who attended and to the organizers. It was a great evening of fellowship and celebration!

 
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Scholarship for Afghan Woman in Mongolia

 The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), is providing a scholarship to support a brilliant young Afghan woman to complete her studies in Information Technology at Mongolia International University in Ulaanbataar. Our student who is a native of a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan, had graduated with top marks from her high school and had also undertaken studies in English as a second language. She entered Mongolia International University on a full scholarship based on her academic record. Unfortunately the scholarship was terminated about a year ago for financial reasons. The young woman was faced with having to return to her home community in Afghanistan, with the prospects of either being forced into an arranged marriage to a much older man not of her choosing or risking injury, mutilation or even death as an educated woman.

We were informed of the girl’s plight by Dr Asmat Naebkhil, the founder and head of the Kabul Medical University Cardiac Research Centre, and a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). Asmat appealed to our Club Treasurer Jim Moore, a former member of the Windsor Club. Thanks to the generosity of members of both Clubs, we have committed to meeting the challenge of providing this young woman with ongoing support until she graduates next year.

Individual contributions are welcome at anytime. Donations should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill with a notation in the subject line – Afghan student scholarship. All contributors will receive charitable receipts for income tax purposes.

So what is it like to live and study in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia? For starters, the weather is a challenge – going to plus 35 degrees in summer and as cold as minus 40 in the winter. Ulaanbataar, which has a population of about a million, is almost a “mile high” city in a wooded and mountainous terrain. The city is in a permafrost zone with many of its inhabitants, especially in outlying areas, still living in yurts. Mongolia International University is a private university founded in 2001 that has about 1000 students. MIU teaches its courses in English and has students attending from many countries including Russia, China, South Korea and Nigeria as well as Afghanistan. Our scholarship recipient is maintaining top grades. In her occasional free time, she enjoys hiking in the scenic countryside and also horseback riding.

 

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‘King of Networking’ lands at Rotary Club

By Christopher Reynolds, The Town Crier August 10, 2010
Milo Vassallo hopes to increase membership, promote Forest Hill club
 
If you’ve got yourself a club — say, the Forest Hill Rotary Club — you’ll want to have an affable, well-connected, fiery type as your president. How about the former Honorary Consul General of Malta, Milo Vassallo?

Yep, he’ll do well. And it looks as though he’s already making his mark. Vassallo took the helm of the prestigious club at their weekly meeting July 8 and followed it up with a fundraising event the next night. That event, held at the private residence of James Matsumoto in Forest Hill, was to benefit the Canadian Landmine Foundation.

Acclaimed harpists Andrew Chan and Erica Goodman provided entertainment for the crowd of over 100 guests.
The event raised about $9,000 for the foundation.
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You may as well ask what would it take to change the world.

 

Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio. 

 

Join us if you want to do more than talk about it.

 
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Linda Lundstrom - John Tory - David Miller - Paul Godfrey - Mark Dailey

 

Benjamin Tal - Bob Hunter - Barbara McDougall - Michael Bryant - John Arpin

 

Steve Paikin -  Stephen Brunt - Dr. Sheldon Levy - Don Drummond

     

 All have spoken at the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill

 

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The homeless
Services for Seniors (Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels)
The fight against Glaucoma and Spina Bifida
The Salvation Army (Meighen Manor), Sick Kids Hospital and CNIB
Digging wells to provide fresh drinking water in the developing world
Youth Services including Kids Help Phone and Youth Assisting Youth
Community events including North Toronto Hockey and Lacrosse
Eradication of Polio
Elimination of Landmines
Life-changing surgeries
International scholarship opportunities
Honouring our peacekeepers

We did this year.

We are in your community.
Join us if you want to do more than talk about it.

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