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Rotary International Foundation Chair
Executive Committee Chair
District Level Membership Chair
Club AssemblyChair
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Membership Development Liaison Director
Fellowship & Entertainment Liaison Director
Women's Initiative Liaison Director
Seniors Citizens' Liaison Director
Indigenous Service Liaison Director
Scholarship Committee Liaison Director
Youth & Children Liaison Director
International Service Liaison Director
Community Service Liaison Director
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District 7070 Liaison Director
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Club Information

Welcome to Our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 p.m. sharp! Please arrive no later than 12:00 noon 
At: The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West or
The National Club, 303 Bay St.
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly
Please call the Rotary office: 416-363-0604)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5J 1E3
 
 
Our Rotary 2017-18 theme, “Making a Difference” is utmost on everyone’s mind, while doing projects so worthy to our city and the world. We can ask ourselves, “what can I do to make difference to someone’s life, to their world”? Making a difference is offering a part of ourselves, our life, and spreading that time and effort to the most vulnerable. Each person shares themselves in different ways..some volunteer for special projects, some plan the philanthropic projects worthy of our assistance, others attend events and lend a helping hand, others plan fun Fellowship events, others work on program development; everyone helps in their own way..always foremost that we making a difference in someone else’s life.  Rotarians know that by sharing our talents and time, we can make a difference!!

In the spring what a difference we made in the life of our family from Syria!  Maureen Bird and her committee, and family and friends, have worked tirelessly in getting the family acclimatized to Canada and assisting wherever they can along the way. This has indeed been a great achievement as it has surely made a huge difference in their lives. Thank you, Maureen and your committee!
   
We are making a huge difference in the lives of many people in the inner city with the unveiling of the new Sherbourne Health Bus -  how exciting it was to the team at Sherbourne and to us.. this great project enables the team on the Health Bus to now provide more specialized services to the most vulnerable population in the inner city.
 
Guest Speaker: December 01, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Highway of Heroes
Host: Kevin Power
 
Trish Long started her career as a financial advisor before becoming a development professional in the non-profit sector. Her specialty has been to help get big projects off the ground. She ran the $55 million campaign for Evergreen Brick Works, launched a national major gift program for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and directed the development team at the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, through a significant period of growth. In a volunteer capacity, Trish is a steering committee member for a new charity called Shift which is encouraging Canadian pension funds to disclose and adapt to climate risk. 
 
 
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mes Amis Canada, a non-profit, civil society organisation which has assisted over 2000 refugees and new immigrants settle into the GTA.  Founded originally as the Clothing Drive in 2015, the membership of Mes Amis Canada ballooned exclusively through its highly focused use of digital and traditional media channels. The simple goal of collecting clothing turned into a store where newcomers could come and shop for free. Pop-up clothing shops, food distribution, toy drives, vision screening clinics, and social enterprises followed.   These broad initiatives dedicated to assisting our newest Canadians earned Mes Amis Canada the June Callwood award for Excellence in Volunteerism, the Humanitarian of the Year Award and various other recognitions.
Guest Speaker: Friday November 17, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Fintech? What Is It and Why should I care?
Host: Susan Hunter
 
Lorna Johnson, is a Consultant and Adviser to the Fintech industry through her firm CalderJohnsonConsulting Inc. She is also the Canadian and Australian Country Representative for Unwire, the pre-eminent mobile payment and transit ticketing white-label developer in Scandinavia.
 
Lorna has 25 years’ experience in executive roles with Interac Association/ Acxsys Corporation, National Australia Bank, St. George Bank (Westpac), AXA Australia and Booz & Co.,a global top tier management consulting firm.
 
She is a former Board Director with B-Pay, Australia's largest electronic bill payment network. Early in her career, she spent 10 years in the New Brunswick forestry industry. 
Guest Speaker: Friday November 10, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Host: Alex Brown
 
Colonel Dwayne Hobbs was born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto.  He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988 with the Essex & Kent Scottish Regiment and Commission with the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own) in 1992 while he was studying at the University of Toronto. 
 

He has commanded from the Platoon to Unit level and has held staff appointments in 32 Canadian Brigade Group, 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre and Army Headquarters. 

From 2006 until 2012, he worked as a Military Advisor to Defence Research & Development Canada in Toronto.   He has commanded the Toronto Scottish Regiment, the Brigade Battle School and 32 Canadian Brigade Group, the Army Reserve Formation covering Greater Toronto. 

Guest Speaker: Friday November 03, 2017
Location: Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor
Topic: GTA Transit Alliance
Host: Don Bell

 

Brian Crombie frequently speaks on Community and the Power of Co: what he believes is the secret to economic development and entrepreneurship; and his ten step process to building stronger organizations, companies and communities.

Brian runs his own financial consultancy specializing in acquisitions, financing, corporate development and strategy - Crombie Capital Partners.

Guest Speaker: Friday October 20, 2017
Location: Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor
Topic: The Canadian Dream of Home Ownership
in a Time of Eroding Affordability: A Plan for Keeping
the Dream Within Reach for Future Generations
Host: Krystyna Benyak
 
 
Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 70,000 REALTORS®.
 
After a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Leader of the Official Opposition – making the move to OREA was a perfect fit.
 
 As Minister of Consumer and Business Services, Hudak worked closely with OREA to write the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 and championed a long list of pro-homeowner and pro-REALTOR® policies, from stopping the spread of the municipal land transfer tax (MLTT) to permitting the use of electronic signatures.
 
Guest speaker: Friday 13, 2017
Location:  National Club
Topic: Transition
Host: John Andras
 

 

Alex Andras is an educator, motivational speaker, musician and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) rights activist. A well-known, and well-respected student educator and activist within the Humber College community, Alex is currently making his way towards a PhD in Social Work, sharing his story and moving rooms of people as he goes.

Guest Speaker: Friday, September 29, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada
Topic:  What Will It Take to Make Toronto An Age Friendly City?
Host: Rick Goldsmith and our Senior Citizens' Committee
 
 
 
Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC
Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
 
A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Winner 2017
 
Lorenzo Penate - 2017 Scholarship Winner. Lorenzo immigrated from Cuba with his mother 10 years ago. He was this year’s recipient of The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship. He is in his first year studying Business Administration at York University’s Schulich School of Business. In addition to his strong academic performance, Lorenzo was actively involved at his school and in the community, including drama/theatre and volunteering at the Salvation Army. He worked with Peer Leaders to improve his leadership skills and created The Vibe Club, to positively reach out to and mentor younger students. Lorenzo was the leader of his school’s Safe Schools Action Team bringing awareness and assisting students in areas of substance abuse, healthy relationships, bullying, impaired driving and peer mentoring.  Lorenzo was drawn to the sport of Boxing at an early age for its mental discipline, positive thinking, leadership and physical fitness. He felt it could benefit others, leading him to run the After School Boxing Program at his high school. 
The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Program
– by Don Brooks, Chair
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Scholarship program started as one of our Club’s Centennial Projects, receiving a $100,000 grant. The first of three scholarships under the Centennial Project was awarded in the spring of 2012. In 2015, the Scholarship Committee became a permanent philanthropic committee of the Club with a mandate to award one tuition scholarship each year. We currently provide a four-year scholarship of up to $10,000 a year.
Guest Speaker:  Friday September 8, 2017
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topice:  RI 2018 Convention
Host: President, Pat Neuman
 
Michele and her committee updated you on
what is happening for next year's Convention
 
 
 
 
 
            Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention Host Committee
 
SEPT 8, 2017
 
SEPT 8, 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention http://www.rotary2018.org
 
 
Friday, July 14, 2017
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Presidential Address
 
 
July 1st brings a new theme for the 2017-18 RI year …”Rotary: Making a Difference”.
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto has been making a difference in the lives of Torontonians and others around the world for over 100 years, and we will continue to do so! This year we will observe our 105th year of transforming lives and making a difference to the many disadvantaged and challenged people in our local community.  Our club has been and will continue to be rich in tradition and expertise to make a difference to people’s lives for many more years. Our forefathers saw the potential to build this great club; we must continue to enrich the club with our vision of the future and what it holds.   We have much to be proud of, and, much to look forward to.
Friday, July 7, 2017 Rotary Changeover Lunch
At the National Club, 303 Bay Street
 

 

 

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb

A successful year of ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ is now coming to a close.  We should recognize the progress we have made and to consider the road ahead. To make the most impact to the clients and communities we serve, we require the imagination and creativity of all members, as well as their boundless energy and passion.alizing for us. 

Guest Speaker: Friday August 25, 2017
Location: 
Topic: Berlin Wall
Host:  Robert O'Brien
 
 
Christian was born in 1960 in West Berlin and grew up in Germany in a country divided. He was one-year-old when the Berlin Wall was built.
 
After boarding school, he studied architecture and business administration to prepare to take over the family business, but he changed his mind to pursue a career in financial planning after an emotional event in the family.

 
Friday, June 9, 2017
Youth Day Lunch
Location: Fairmont, Imperial Room
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 
 
 
YOUTH CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARDS RECIPIENTS:
 
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto Youth Civic Leadership Award
Karina is a Grade 12 student in the Extended-French and Advanced Placement programs at Bishop Allen Academy, who has taken on many leadership roles within the school and the community she lives in. She is a school trustee and a French Relations Officer on the executive council of the Ontario Student Trustees Association. Amongst all the projects she has led or worked on,one of the most fulfilling one has been running workshops on mental wellness & habits of effective teens in the First Nations reserve in Geraldton, Northern Ontario. Karina also volunteers for the Children’s Aid Foundation and the Parkinsons Society of Central & Northern Ontario. Karina will be studying Medicine at Harvard University.
 
 
Rotaract Gold Youth Civic Leadership Award
Samantha is a Grade 12 student from Martingrove Collegiate Institute and is an elected Youth Councillor for Ward 3 where she has chaired the Finance/Economic Infrastructure Committee. She is also a member of the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities advising the Minister of Youth Services, Minister of Finance and the Premier on provincial youth programs. Amidst keeping very good academic grades at school, Samantha still finds time to be a Lieutenant Governor for the Key Club, club president for the Martingrove World Action Council & volunteering as a camp counsellor for the Martingrove Leadership Camp. Samantha will be studying Political Science at McGill University.
 
 
Rotaract Silver Youth Civic Leadership Award
Sarah is a Grade 12 student from Ursula Franklin Academy. Sarah’s extracurricular activities involves being President of the Student Council, fundraising for the Franklin Athletic Association, Peer Mediation, leading Inside Ride (supporting children with cancer & their families), helping Syrian Refugees & being a communications lead for the Social Justice Committee at Bloor Street United, organizing panel discussions at school to help students understand the workplace. Sarah has also been involved in International Service through Youth on Bloor – she has been on a trip to El Salvador where she has built chicken coops, planted trees and helped build a well. With the Salvadorian youth, she is also engaged in the peace process. She has also been a camp counsellor for her school. Sarah is looking forward to attend the University of Western Ontario’s Social Sciences & Business Management program.
 
 
Toronto Community Housing Youth Civic Leadership Award
Hilary is a Grade 12 student from the John Polanyi Collegiate Institute and is involved in the CITY – Change Impacting Toronto’s Youth –  a social entrepreneurship group. She led the CITY’s website development and participated in the SAGE International Entrepreneurship competition and represented Canada in South Korea. Hilary is also a Youth Ambassador for the Regent Park Revitalization program looking at problems facing youth in Regent park and what solutions to bring forward to help these young people with regards to education, training & employment in Regent Park. She also created a Mental Health committee at her school to promote positive thinking aimed at eliminating stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Hilary also volunteers at Bridgepoint Hospital.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto – Youth & Children Committee Youth Civic Leadership Special Award
Christine is a returning Grade 12 student at Westview Centennial Secondary School. Through her life experiences and passion, Christine wants to ultimately become a Human Rights Lawyer. She will be starting her undergrad in Political Science & Global Development at Quuen’s University this year. For many years, she has been a volunteer at the Buddhist Temple and helped raise funds and has been a role model & mentor for the Youth & Peers at the temple. She even got a recognitions award from the Mayor for her volunteer work. Christine is a mentor at the Generation Change organization and LAWS program in the Jane/Finch community where she lives. She helps the youth in the community to develop, appreciate cultural diversity, ethnicity & inclusiveness through events. She is also a Student Council representative and has taken leadership roles in raising money & toys for children at Humber River Regional Hospital & women’s shelters.
 
 
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Speakers and Special Events
Rotary Club Member, Friends and Family Christmas
Dec 15, 2017
Lunch at the Fairmont in the Ballroom
No Rotary Lunch Due to Christmas Break
Dec 22, 2017
T'was the week before ......
No Rotary Lunch Due to Christmas Break
Dec 29, 2017
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
No Meeting Due to New Year's Holiday
Jan 05, 2018
Happy New Year!
Ernie Seaquist, Professor University of Toronto
Jan 26, 2018
The Search for New Worlds Like the Earth
Darryl Singer, Lawyer and Public Speaker
Feb 09, 2018
How an addicted lawyer hit rock bottom and not only reclaimed his life but now helps others
 
District Conference November 3-4 2017
 

UNCORK ROTARY AT THE 
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November 3-4, 2017