Title Author Date
Michele Guy, Co-Chair RI 2018 Convention Host Committee
Guest Speaker:  Friday May 5, 2017
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topice:  RI 2018 Convention
 
Michele grew up and was educated in Toronto, and has practiced law in Toronto for 28 years at a well-established downtown Toronto law firm, Coutts Crane, founded 66 years ago.  Her practice consists of Corporate and Commercial, Wills and Estates and Real Estate law. 
 
After joining The Rotary Club in 1990, Michele was elected and served as the first female President of the Rotary Club of Toronto in its 100 year history.  She continues to dedicate much of her time to the charitable works of The Rotary Club of Toronto to this day, including presently being the Co-chair of the 2018 Rotary International Convention to be held in Toronto. 
 
Michele has served on many Boards, including advisory boards for corporations, as well as Charitable Foundations. 
Michele Guy, Co-Chair RI 2018 Convention Host Committee Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z
David Miller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 21, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Confederation Room 5 and 6, MM Level
Topic:  "We Are All Wildlife"    Host:  Neil Phillips
 
David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.
 
David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership as Mayor, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.
David Miller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z
Spring is in The Air!  Join Us for President's Cocktails at the National Club
President's Cocktails at the National Club
Wednesday, Apri1 12th, 2017
Member Cost: A lunch Ticket, Guests: $55
 
 
Please join us for cocktails at:
The National Club
303 Bay Street, Marconi Lounge
6:00 to 8:00 PM
 
Spring is in The Air! Join Us for President's Cocktails at the National Club Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z
The Honourable Bob Rae, Ontario's 21st Premier
Guest Speaker:  Friday , April 7, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Topic:  "We Know the Truth, But Reconciliation Still Needs Direction" 
Host to Speaker: Robert O'Brien/ Peter Love
 
The Hon. Bob Rae is a senior partner of Olthius, Kleer, Townsend LLP where he works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor and negotiator.  He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011-2013 during which time he played a significant role in the rebuilding of the federal party and its return to power in October 2015.   He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Counsel of Canada in 1998, named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. 
The Honourable Bob Rae, Ontario's 21st Premier Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z
100 Anniversay of Vimy Ridge - An Easter Gift!
 
 
“Victory at Vimy” – Story of the birth of a nation.
 
The Americans called them “an inspiration … for a generation.” The British described what they did as “the greatest victory of the war.” The French declared their achievement an “Easter gift.”
 
What the world witnessed that Easter Monday morning – April 9, 1917 – was a near miracle of ingenuity, co-operation and courage among volunteers of the Canadian Corps. That day, 80,000 of them – fighting for the first time as a national army – swarmed up that strategic ridge in north-central France and in a matter of hours accomplished what no Allied army had, in nearly three years of blood-letting in Europe. They seized Vimy from an entrenched German army. Some say those young citizen soldiers also breathed life into a fledgling nation – Canada.
100 Anniversay of Vimy Ridge - An Easter Gift! Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z
Ted Barris, Author and Professor
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 31, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Confederation Room 5 & 6 
Topic:  100 Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
 
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press – Globe and Mail, National Post, as well as magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. He is a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.
Ted Barris, Author and Professor Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z
Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Services
Guest Speaker:  Friday March 24, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic:  Toronto Police Services
 
Mark Saunders was appointed the 10th Chief of the Toronto Police Service on May 20, 2015.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant diverse city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people.  The Toronto Police Service employs over 5300 police officers and 2700 civilian employees and has an annual budget nearing $1 billion dollars.  It is the largest municipal police service in Canada and 5th largest in North America.
 
Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Services Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, St. Patrick's Day Celebration:  President's Cocktails at the National Club
 

 
 
St. Patrick's Day Celebration!  Wednesday, March 15, 2017 
 
President's Cocktails at the National Club 
 
Location:  303 Bay Street (Next to Trump Tower)
 
Time:  6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
 
Cost:  A lunch ticket or $38.00
 
You Must RSVP:  office@rotarytoronto.on.ca or by calling 416-363-0604
 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, St. Patrick's Day Celebration: President's Cocktails at the National Club Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z
Hazelle Palmer, CEO Sherbourne Health Centre
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 10, 2017
Location:  At the National Club
Topic: Breaking Down Barriers For Healthy Change 
Host: Women's Initiative Committee
 
 
Hazelle is a seasoned senior executive with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector.  Before joining Sherbourne she was Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and previously Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Hazelle holds a Master’s Certificate in Health Care Management as well as a Bachelor in Communications from Carleton University. She is former Managing Editor of Health Sharing Magazine, and worked as a Television producer for WTN and Upfront Entertainment. She has also held Board positions with various non-profit organizations, including Women's College Hospital.
 
 
Hazelle Palmer, CEO Sherbourne Health Centre Carol Hutchinson 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z
Mitty Chang, Creative Director and Founder of Candeavor
Guest Speaker:  Friday March 3, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  The Future of Membership
-Making Clubs More Open to Young Professionals
 
 
 
 
DISTRICT TICKETS:  TORONTO ROTARY MEMBERS:  A LUNCH TICKET
ALL OTHERS, GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS $55
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING THE ROTARY OFFICE AT: 416-363-0604
OR VIA EMAIL: ACCOUNTS@ROTARYTORONTO.ON.CA
 
Mitty Chang is the Creative Director and Founder of Candeavor, a digital marketing and design agency based in the San Francisco bay area. As a millennial, Mitty grew up during the internet high tech boom during the turn of the century. His entrepreneurial spirit started young. Mitty built his first website while in the fourth grade, and began his first business as a freelance web designer while in the seventh grade. Over 15 years later, Mitty continues designing and developing websites professionally, while giving back to his community through Rotary.
Mitty Chang, Creative Director and Founder of Candeavor Carol Hutchinson 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z
Kenn Richard, Founder and Director of Native Family and Child Services
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 24, 2017
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room
Topic:  The Sixties Scoop
 
 
Both sides of Kenn Richard's family come from the original Métis and Francophone settlements along the Red and the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. He is of the first generation in his family to be raised in an urban environment and graduate from university. He holds a Masters in Social Work, University of Manitoba, and has been practicing social work, principally within Aboriginal child welfare, since the mid-seventies. Kenn is founder and Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a mandated Children`s Aid Society and Children's Mental Health Center, since 1989.
 
 
Kenn Richard, Founder and Director of Native Family and Child Services Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z
Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France In Toronto
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 10, 2017
Location:  The National Club
Topic:  How France is Celebrating
the 150th Anniversary of Canada and What France
is Doing To Strengthen Ties between Canada and France
 
 
Mr Trouyet has served as the Consul General of France in Toronto since August of 2015. His territorial jurisdiction comprises Ontario and Manitoba.
 
Mr. Trouyet has been a diplomat for almost fifteen years. Most recently he served in Paris as head of the department of French Overseas Development Assistance pertaining to governance issues. In this capacity, he supervised projects and expert missions on issues such as: postcrisis recovery and the rule of law; government reforms and urban governance; public finances; migration, Diasporas and development.
Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France In Toronto Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z
Liberty Silver, An Evolution Through Music

Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 3, 2016

Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor

Topic:  An Evolution Through Music

 

 

This presentation is offered as an insight into the journey of a young black woman adopted into the white community of Peterborough, Ontario. Liberty was faced with a barrage of racial recriminations. Many thousands of children have faced these challenges.

Liberty triumphed and found her resolve and true freedom through her adopted father’s jazz music collection.  How does a child rise when oppressed within the community?

Liberty Silver, An Evolution Through Music Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z
Gloria Fung, Activist and Advocate
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Guest Speaker: Friday January 20, 2017
Location: Fairmont, Imperial Room
Host: Geoffrey Johnson
 
Raised in Hong Kong and educated in England, Gloria managed Danish government soft loan and World Bank development projects in China covering twelve provinces and two autonomous regions in the 1980s. She successfully spearheaded many agricultural pilot projects including the setting up of the first mechanized state farm in China and technology transfer between John Deere and China.
Gloria Fung, Activist and Advocate Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z
Steve Paikin, Journalist, Author, Documentary film Producer and Host of TVO’s  The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 27, 2017
Location:  The National Club
Topic: Bill Davis:  Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All
Host:  Robert O'Brien 
 
 
Steve Paikin is one of Canada’s leading journalist and political commentators.
  
Born in Hamilton with his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto and Masters in broadcast journalism from Boston University, Steve shot to public attention as anchor and Queen’s Park correspondent for CBLT and host of a daily news and current affairs program on CBC Newsworld.
Steve Paikin, Journalist, Author, Documentary film Producer and Host of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z
Knia Singh, Lawyer and Activist
Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 13, 2017
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
 

Knia Singh was born in Toronto to parents of Guyanese and Bermudian heritage.  He is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and named one of the People to Watch for 2014 by the Toronto Star
And Knia is Founder & President of Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice and awarded Dean’s Gold Key 2016– for exemplary contribution to the law school community.
 
Knia Singh, Lawyer and Activist Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z
Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, 2017
 
I Have a Dream….
 
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
 
On Monday January 16th, it is Martin Luther King Day. At our lunch on Fri 13th, we will recognize and honour Martin Luther King by asking the question after 54 years, “Has any of his dream been fulfilled in Canada?”.

 
Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, 2017 Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z
Happy New Year Rotarians and Friends!
Happy New Year Rotarians and Friends! Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-01 05:00:00Z
Sue Mosteller, L'Arche Daybreak
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Guest Speaker:  Friday January 6, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  A Canadian Story of Inspiration
 
2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial. In this significant year in the country’s life, the ‘Program Committee’ is inviting, throughout the year, a number of speakers who will address the club to inform us on matters relating to some of Canada’s significant contributions to the world.
 
Following this theme, the first meeting of the year, normally dedicated to a time of inspiration, will inform the members of the work of ‘L’Arche’, an international organization founded by John Vanier, the son of a former Governor of Canada, Georges Vanier.
Sue Mosteller, L'Arche Daybreak Carol Hutchinson 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z
Christmas Message from President Susan Hunter
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It is said that the most precious gift you can give is Time. When you give of your time, you give a little of yourself and a part of your life to someone else. Time in the service of others is what defines all Rotarians. This is especially true during the Christmas season when so many of our members are involved in putting on two of our largest events of the year.
 
For many months leading up to Christmas, our members spend an enormous amount of time planning and preparing two spectacular celebrations to make many people very happy. The first celebration is our annual Seniors Christmas Lunch held on December 9th and the second is our very special party for children with special needs held on Sunday December 11th, which is perhaps the longest running children’s Christmas Party in the City of Toronto. Both celebrations require planning on a grand scale, which several members do with great enthusiasm and passion. You will find more details and great pictures of both celebrations featured in this week’s Voice.
Christmas Message from President Susan Hunter Carol Hutchinson 2016-12-15 05:00:00Z
Patricia, Keeney, Award Winning Poet
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, December 2, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Main Dining Room
Topic:  One Man Dancing
 
Patricia Keeney is an award-winning poet, novelist, theatre and literary critic. The author of ten books of poetry and two novels and a well-known arts writer for many years for CBC Radio, Canadian Forum, Scene Changes, Canadian Theatre Review and Canadian Literature, Keeney continues her critical work both nationally and internationally in journals such as Arc and online: Critical Stages and Critically Speaking. Keeney teaches English and Creative Writing at York University. An avid traveller she has also taught and lectured in Europe, Africa and Asia.
 
Patricia, Keeney, Award Winning Poet Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-28 05:00:00Z
Shauneen Bruder and Ron Crane, Pine River Institute.
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Guest Speaker: Friday November 18th 2016
Shauneen Bruder Executive Vice-President Operations
- RBC Personal & Commercial Banking
Location: Fairmont Confederation 5 and 6, MM Level
Topic: Pine River Institute 10th Anniversary 
 
Mrs. Bruder is Executive Vice-President of Operations, Royal Bank of Canada and is also a member of the Group Operating Committee charged with oversight of day-to-day management of RBC globally. Previous roles with RBC include EVP of Business and Commercial Banking, COO of the Global Wealth Management division and President of RBC Centura Bank in North Carolina.
Shauneen Bruder and Ron Crane, Pine River Institute. Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-14 05:00:00Z
Katie Daubs Journalist and Richard Lautens Photograher - The Toronto Star
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Guest Speaker: Friday November 11, 2016 Remembrance Day Lunch
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Remembrance Day Lunch - Honouring Our Veterans 
 
Katie Daubs is part of the features team at the Toronto Star. In 2014, she and photographer Richard Lautens spent two months walking across Belgium and France, following the footsteps of Canadian soldiers of the First World War and filing daily stories for their series Walking the Western Front.  Daubs is currently on leave from the Star, as a Southam Journalism fellow at Massey College.
 
 
Richard Lautens, Staff Photographer The Toronto Star
 
Richard Lautens has been a photographer at the Toronto Star since 1987.  In that time he has covered news and events all over the world including politics, fashion, sports, civil strife and features.  He has won local and international awards for his work.
Katie Daubs Journalist and Richard Lautens Photograher - The Toronto Star Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z
Ian Wood, Former Canadian Ambassador
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Guest Speaker:  Friday November 4, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  Reflections on a Career in Canada's Foreign Service
 
Ian Wood is an outstanding Canadian who, within the ‘Department of External Affairs’, has served his country well. His work included many international appointments with a number of years as Canada’s ambassador to several countries in the Middle East.
Ian Wood, Former Canadian Ambassador Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z
Truong Ta, Head of Immunization Policy, Canada, Sanofi Pasteur Limited
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Dr. Truong Ta, is the Head of Immunization Policy, Canada for Sanofi Pasteur Limited.  In this role, Dr. Ta oversees public affairs, government affairs and market access activities for vaccines in Canada.  Sanofi Pasteur researches, develops and manufactures vaccines for Canada and global markets.
 
Dr. Ta obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2000 and his research involved studying protein adsorption at biomaterial interfaces.  Subsequently, he completed a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Mass Spectrometry, and several years later, obtained a Master of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business with a focus on business strategy and healthcare industry management.

 
Truong Ta, Head of Immunization Policy, Canada, Sanofi Pasteur Limited Carol Hutchinson 2016-10-24 04:00:00Z
Andy Byford, CEO Toronto Transit Commission 
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 14, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th fl.
Topic:  Toronto Transit Commission
 
Andy Byford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission in March, 2012.  As such, he leads the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third largest in North America, carrying over 540 million riders on an annual basis.  Mr. Byford initially joined the TTC as Chief Operating Officer in November, 2011 and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punctual, reliable bus, streetcar, SRT, subway and Wheel-Trans services.  
 
From 2009 to 2011, as Chief Operating Officer of Rail Corporation, Sydney, Australia, Mr. Byford delivered service to a million customers a day on Australia’s largest transit network.  From 2003 to 2009, he held the positions of Operations Director and Operations and Safety Director with Southern Railway and South Eastern Trains Limited, UK. 
 
During his tenure with London Underground from 1989 to 2003, he held a variety of managerial positions including Group Station Manager, Kings Cross and General Manager – Customer Service for three of the busiest subway lines.
 
Mr. Byford is a graduate of the University of Leicester from which he was awarded a B.A. joint honours degree in French and German.  He also holds a Diploma in Transport from the University of London.
 
Andy is from Plymouth in the United Kingdom.  A member of the Institute of Railway Operators, he is married and lives in Toronto.
 
 
 
Andy Byford, CEO Toronto Transit Commission Carol Hutchinson 2016-10-12 04:00:00Z
Nobel Peace Prize Winner:  Professor Muhammad Yunus
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SAVE THE DATE!  

Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 30, 2016

Location:  King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Professor Muhammad Yunus is one of the global leaders who has received so much of awards (including highest from different countries) and honorary doctorate degrees. Till date he has received 132 international awards58 honorary doctoral degrees and member and advisor of enormous international Committees and Commissions including board of the United Nations Foundation

Nobel Peace Prize Winner:  Professor Muhammad Yunus Carol Hutchinson 2016-09-08 04:00:00Z
Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Econocmist TD Canada Trust
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 23, 2016 
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay St.
Topic: Canada's Economic Forecast
 
Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the U.S.,Canadian and global economies and financial markets.
 
Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.
Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Econocmist TD Canada Trust Carol Hutchinson 2016-09-08 04:00:00Z
John Lawrence, Clean Water Living
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Guest Speaker, Friday August 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room
Topic: Clean Water Living

John is a graduate of the University of Guelph, holding a Masters in Agricultural Science (Agricultural Economics)

His career focused on agricultural education, sales, marketing and management. In 1985 he moved to Chatham to be Vice President and General Manager for Dekalb Canada. He joined the staff of St. Clair College in 1998 where he was Director; Innovation, Community and Corporate Training until his retirement in 2010.
John Lawrence, Clean Water Living 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z
Andris Pone, President Coin Branding
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Guest Speaker:  Friday August 19, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  What Do People Think of You?
 
Andris Pone believes that every person has the right to experience the thrill of sharing their unique gifts with others.  As a world-class wordsmith, he has 13 years of experience helping corporations and individuals express precisely what those differentiating factors are — by building compelling brand foundations and names for clients at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Sun Life Financial, BMO Nesbitt Burns, RBC Wealth Management, Canadian Tire, Purolator, Revera and many others.
 
Andris is co-author of the #1 Globe and Mail bestselling Brand: It Ain’t the Logo.  He appears as a branding expert on CBC’s The National, CBC Radio One, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.  He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
 
 
Host to Guest Speaker: Lorraine Lloyd
 
Andris Pone, President Coin Branding Carol Hutchinson 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z
Susan Hunter, President 2016-2017 Presidential Address
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, July 15, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay St.
 
                                                               
 
 
 

July 1st marks a new year for Rotary and this year’s theme is Rotary Serving Humanity: three words that perfectly describe what we all do best — transforming lives in our local communities and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Toronto has been changing lives in the city of Toronto for over 104 years.  This Club has a rich tradition of responding to and serving the needs of those less fortunate.  Members are dedicated to assisting those most vulnerable in the Toronto community by providing funding and expertise to programs which enhance the quality of life and human dignity of our fellow citizens.

As members of a large Rotary Club, we should be proud of our history which dates back to 1912.  It was the vision and passion of past members who have built this great Club and developed ground-breaking, innovative solutions to many challenges in the city including United Appeal (later becoming United Way), Care Canada, Youth Employment Service (YES), the Transition Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Infirmary at Seaton House, and the  Health Centre Health Bus.  Many of the events that we celebrate today including the annual Christmas Party for Seniors and for Children, have been organized for decades and continue to delight those who attend each year.  These notable service projects and events signify the importance of our work and why it is still so urgently needed.

Susan Hunter, President 2016-2017 Presidential Address Carol Hutchinson 2016-06-01 04:00:00Z
Perry Monaco, LinkedIn
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 29, 2016
Location: The National Club
Topic:  "Why It's Important to Google Yourself!"

Perry Monaco is a Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, managing teams in Canada, USA, Central and South America.
Perry Monaco, LinkedIn Carol Hutchinson 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z
Jeremy Diamond, Exec Dir., Vimy Foundation
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 22, 2016
Location:  Fairmont - Upper Canada Room, 18 Floor
Topic:  "Vimy: Symbol of our National Identity"
 
Jeremy Diamond is a public historian, who for more than 20 years, has been developing unique ways to tell the stories of Canada to audiences of all ages.
 
Jeremy Diamond, Exec Dir., Vimy Foundation Carol Hutchinson 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z
Justin Taylor, Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 8, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Tudor 7&8 Room 
Topic:  Social Innovation In A Humanitarian Crisis
 
Rainbow Railroad is a volunteer based registered charitable organization. In September 2014, we welcomed our first employee and Executive Director, Justin Taylor. Justin joins Rainbow Railroad as an experienced operations manager and capacity builder.
Justin Taylor, Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z
Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 11, 2016

Topic:  Celebrating Women and Diversity

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s.

 
Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z
Segun Akinsanya, Youth Former Gang Member
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Guest Speaker : Friday, March 04, 2016
Location : Fairmont in the Ontario Room 
Topic : "My Life in Street Gangs”
 
Segun Akinsanya is a passionate, articulate and determined young man—a natural leader. But after moving from Quebec to Toronto, he found himself following the wrong crowd. At 18 he was sentenced to a five year prison term for Manslaughter.   Incarceration taught him important life lessons and he decided to change his life.
 
 
Segun Akinsanya, Youth Former Gang Member Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-27 05:00:00Z
Bill Bishop, CEO Bishop Communications Inc.
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room-18th floor
Topic:  "The New Factory"
 
Bill Bishop is the CEO of Bishop Communications Inc. and the creator of The BIG Idea Adventure™, an advanced coaching program that helps entrepreneurs grow their business by creating, packaging, and promoting BIG Ideas.  He is also the founder of two social networks—The 10% Referral Club™ and The Keynote Collective™, and the inventor of the popular board game Quibberish®: The Paraphrase Puzzle Game.

 
Bill Bishop, CEO Bishop Communications Inc. Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-18 05:00:00Z
Shelley Martin, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc.
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 19, 2016
Location:  At the National Club
Topic:  Nestlé Canada Inc.
 

Shelley Martin is President and CEO of Nestlé Canada Inc., a leading company that produces some of the world’s most recognized and trusted foods and beverages.
 
Shelley Martin, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc. Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-08 05:00:00Z
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President Nominee
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 5, 2016
Location:  At the National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Rotary Message
Host to Speaker:  Michele Guy
 
 
IAN RISELEY, Sandringham, Vic., Australia
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2011-15
Treasurer, Rotary International, 2007-08
Director, Rotary International, 2006-07
 
Ian Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.  Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.
 
 
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President Nominee 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z
Dr.Jerry Cuttler,Cuttler & Associates
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 15, 2016

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor

Topic:  Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Cuttler graduated from the University of Toronto (Engineering Physics, Nuclear) in 1964. He received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees from the Israel Institute of Technology in 1967 and 1971 while employed by IAEC as a research engineer and by the IIT as a laboratory manager. He was the Technical Manager of Seforad Applied Radiation from 1971 to 74, and then began a 26-year career at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

He led the team that designed and procured the nuclear instrumentation for three CANDU 6 reactors and for Pickering B and Bruce B stations. Jerry was later AECL's engineering manager for Bruce B, resident engineering manager in Romania, engineering manager of the SLOWPOKE district heating reactor, manager of AECL services at Pickering, CANDU 9 engineering integration manager, and a technical services manager.

Dr.Jerry Cuttler,Cuttler & Associates Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-01-08 05:00:00Z
Canon Allan Budzin, Anglican Diocese of Toronto
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Guest Speaker:  Friday January 8, 2016
Location:  Imperial Room, Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  New Year's Message
 
Canon Allan Budzin was born in South Bend, Indiana. After elementary school, he began studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in philosophy. After teaching high school in Los Angeles, he was ordained a priest  in 1980 at Niagara Falls, Ontario. His first parochial assignment took place at St. Gertrude’s Church in Stockton, CA. He came to Toronto in 1983 for graduate studies at the Toronto School of Theology. During that time he also assisted at several Catholic parishes in the west end of Toronto. After leaving the Catholic priesthood, Al married and taught at George Brown College for several years. In 1997 he became an Anglican priest and returned to full-time parochial ministry. He is currently parish priest at St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Etobicoke. His interests include poetry, jazz, and thoroughbred horse racing.
 
Canon Allan Budzin, Anglican Diocese of Toronto Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-01-07 05:00:00Z
President David's Christmas Season Message
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President David’s Christmas Season Message
 
The festive season has arrived and today we celebrate with The Rotary Club of Toronto’s 2015 Annual Christmas Party.  I hope you all enjoy the wonderful buffet and the music at the luncheon today.  We also celebrate the ability to help others at this time of year and we will feature a raffle and a silent auction to that end.   Every year, The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation has a ‘charity of choice’ at our Christmas Party, this year the Foundation will give $5,000 to benefit our Syrian Refugee Family.  The family is being sponsored in partnership with the Rosedale United Church and The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Sponsorship Group.
President David's Christmas Season Message 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z
Ian McBride, Director AURA
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Ian McBride has been the Executive Director of AURA, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance for over 15 years. Born in Coburg, Ontario, Ian is one of those people who has seen it all…Who would have thought that one of Toronto’s busiest refugee advocates and facilitators used to be a corporate manager?
 
For a long time Ian was a sales and marketing executive, working in the world of international trade. His long business career was replaced by Ministry Service with a focus on the elderly, children and youth.
 
He has served the Church in many capacities, including as an assistant Chaplin. For a number of years he served on the Board of Directors of AURA, before becoming the Executive Director.
 
While Ian never went to University, he is by far an expert in his field. He now dedicates almost all of his time to facilitating the private sponsorship of refugees and supporting their resettlement in Toronto. While many are eager to learn and have recently become interested in refugee issues in the face of the current crisis, this has been Ian’s day to day work for a long time.
 
He is based in Toronto but travels throughout southern Ontario to meet, inform and support the Constituent Groups that AURA represents. He is a dedicated advocate for refugees, and has made this his life work.
 
 
 
 
Ian McBride, Director AURA Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-12-03 05:00:00Z
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, Ont
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 20, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street, Toronto
 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt
29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
 
 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.
 
She cares deeply about the environment, which she considers the fundamental basis for life on earth. She has led provincial, federal, and international institutions, and has served on the boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her years as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations profoundly shaped her worldview and continue to inform her thinking as she undertakes her role as 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Her overarching and ambitious vision is Ontario in the world. She wants to listen to Ontarians and engage them in meaningful dialogue about what they can contribute and learn from others in meeting the common challenges of our interconnected world. Her Honour’s aim is to bring multiple perspectives to the table, encourage innovation, and cultivate new ideas, sparking action and commitment to seeing these ideas move forward.
 
Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds 11 honorary degrees.
 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, Ont 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z
John Plumpton, Director of the Churchill Society
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Remembrance Day Celebration
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 6, 2015
Topic:  Remembering The Great War:  What the War Memorials Tell Us
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Host to the Speaker:  Robert A. O’Brien
 
Born in Belleville and a resident of Toronto, John Plumpton is an educator, historian, writer and well respected lecturer.   For many years he was a teacher and then assumed a leadership role as Superintendent of Schools in Toronto.  After his retirement from the Board of Education John led and conducted summer programs in Oxford England for high schools and universities for twelve years.
 
John Plumpton, Director of the Churchill Society Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z
Bruce Bell
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 30, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room. 18th floor
Topic:  Toronto's Historical Places
 
Although born and raised in Sudbury Ont, Bruce Bell has carved out quite a niche for himself in Toronto, historically speaking.
Bruce has been writing a popular monthly column on the history of Toronto for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper since 1999.
In 2002 he was named by the city of Toronto the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market.
In November of 2003 Bruce was asked by the Ontario Heritage Foundation to host the 200 anniversary celebrations of St. Lawrence Market.
In May 2004 Bruce was appointed official historian of Toronto’s King Edward Hotel as part of the famed hotel’s centennial celebrations.
 
 
Bruce Bell Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z
Professor Nelson Wiseman
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Guess speaker: Friday October 16, 2015
Location: Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic: Canada's Election: Where We've Been and Where We're Going.
 
Three days before election day on October 19, 2015 after one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history we are pleased to welcome to Rotary Professor Nelson Wiseman to make sense of it all.
 
Nelson Wiseman is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto.
 
Professor Nelson Wiseman Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z
Ian Urquhart, Political Commentator and Columnist Toronto Star
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 28, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Election 2015:  How Parliament Lost Control
 
Ian Urquhart is a well-known and respected journalist whose insider views of the political world have been widely read for more than thirty years. Ian graduated from McGill in 1970 and is a former City
 
Hall reporter, Ottawa reporter, Ottawa Bureau Chief, National Editor, Managing Editor and Editorial Page Editor for the Toronto Star.  He was Ottawa correspondent and Washington correspondent for
 
Ian Urquhart, Political Commentator and Columnist Toronto Star Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-20 04:00:00Z
Michael Prosserman, Executive Director Unity Charity
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Topic:  Standing Mental Health On Its Head!
Location:  Imperial Room
 
Breakdancing Executive Director – Michael Prosserman aka “bboy Piecez”
 
By the time Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” was three, he was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. By high school, Michael was accepted into Cirque Du Soleil, featured in the major motion picture “Honey”, and travelled the world as one of Canada’s top break-dancers winning over 22 International competitions.  Michael has overcome a chronic neck condition while juggling taking care of his mother with a serious mental illness.  Michael took his anger and turned it into art.
 
Michael Prosserman, Executive Director Unity Charity Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-17 04:00:00Z
Joanne M. Jasper B.ScN. M.A., Executive Director, ICHM
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 14, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  InterChurch Health Ministries Canada: A Vision for Health, Healing & Wholeness
 
Joanne M. Jasper B. ScN. M.A. grew up in rural Bruce County at a time when where you went to school and what church you attended was firmly attached to your name. After completing high school, Joanne attended the University of Toronto, School of Nursing. Following graduation, she has worked in hospital acute care settings and in community health in staff nurse capacities in urban and rural parts of Ontario. Since the mid-80’s, she has worked in management positions for private and non-profit community agencies both across Ontario and in several provinces in western Canada. Joanne completed her Master’s degree in California at the University of San Diego in the early 90’s.
 
Joanne M. Jasper B.ScN. M.A., Executive Director, ICHM Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z
Allen MacInnis, Young People's Theatre
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 7, 2015
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  YPT Toronto's Most Important Theatre - Let Me Tell You Why?
 
Allen worked as a junior high school teacher in the city where he was born and raised, Edmonton. He quit teaching early on, however to attend the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and worked for a number of years as an actor. After several fortunate opportunities, his primary focus became directing.
Allen MacInnis, Young People's Theatre Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z
President 2014-2015 Steven P. Smith
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Special Guest Speaker

Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street

Topic:  President Steve's Farewell 

It’s difficult to believe that it has been one year since I had the privilege of taking the oath of office as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto. And what a year it has been! I noted in my inaugural address that I believed it is the job of the President to work along with a talented group of people to make the Rotary Club of Toronto even stronger by year end. Thanks to the Board of Directors, the committees and all our members, I believe that we have achieved that goal. 

President 2014-2015 Steven P. Smith Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-07-06 04:00:00Z
Steve Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic:  Managing Insecurity/Humanitarian Crisis
Location:  At the National Club - 303 Bay Street 
 
Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. With over ten years of direct field experience, Cornish has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia, Peru and elsewhere. Cornish holds a Masters degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris and post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and played key roles in resolving aid worker abduction crises and other emergency scenarios.
 
Steve Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z
Chief of Police, William (Bill) Blair
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Guest Speaker, Friday, March 6, 2015
Topic:  "Farewell Chief William Blair- A Decade of Outstanding Leadership"
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
 
William Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people. The Toronto Police Service employs over 5500 police officers and 2200 civilian employees, making it the largest municipal police service in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 
 
 
Chief of Police, William (Bill) Blair Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z
New Member's Lunch at the National Club!
Friday, February 20, 2015 Program: The New Members’ Lunch
Topic: Getting to Know Our New Members
 
Oh Oh....What are those New Member's Up to Now?
 
From the New Members:  
 
The Boardroom
We met in the majestic boardroom of Grant Thornton, LLP, on the 19th floor in the Royal Bank Plaza.
 
We, the new members, sat on one side of the gigantic table and faced our coaches: Michele Guy and Sandy Boucher. It was almost like a “showdown” until Elizabeth Tremblay walked in and changed the balance. (Howdy, partner!)
 
After asking him probing questions, Sandy, who had listened calmly and impassively, looked at us incisively and said, with his distinctly British accent, “This is going to be your lunch and you can run it any way you like.” Shock. (Did I see a Stetson and a gold star on his vest? Think Gunsmoke theme song here.)
“Yeah,” chimed in Michele with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. (Hello, Deputy!) Excitement. Trepidation. Only Dawn-Marie King, with her electronic tablet, kept her cool on the new member side of the table. Brigitte Bogar and Tamara Levine whispered something to each other.
 
What would we do?
New Member's Lunch at the National Club! Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 2015
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2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

2015 Youth Civic Leadership Awards
 
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in our city are not only our future, they are our present.
 
Youth in the City of Toronto show civic leadership in many ways across all sectors of our society. We believe if we wish these young people to continue their leadership with compassion, creativity and tenacity, we must acknowledge and celebrate their many accomplishments.
 
 
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 2015 Carol Bieser 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z
Mark Lukowski, CEO Christian Children's Fund of Canada
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Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 6, 2015
In the Upper Canada Room - 18 floor of the Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  The Voices of Children:  Ending Violence and Exploitation Against Children
 
Passionate about protecting the rights of children around the world, Mark Lukowski has been Chief Executive Officer of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada since April 2009.  
Mark Lukowski, CEO Christian Children's Fund of Canada Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veteran's Affairs
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Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 23, 2015
Location:  In the Ballroom 
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans

Erin O'Toole was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2012.
 
In January 2015, Mr. O'Toole was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade in September 2013.
 
Mr. O'Toole graduated from the Royal Military College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veteran's Affairs Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Rev.Canon Rob Fead,Padre For The Canadian Military
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Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, Jan. 16, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street

Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

 
Rob was born and raised in Oakville.  After feeling a call to the priesthood he began his seminary training in 1986 at Resurrection College Seminary at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy in 1989 he began his theological training at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Rob was ordained a Deacon on April 17, 1993 and a priest on May 7, 1994 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. While with the Diocese of Hamilton, he served in parishes in Brantford, Guelph and Hamilton.
Rev.Canon Rob Fead,Padre For The Canadian Military Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President Elect
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Guest Speaker for Friday October 17, 2014 Zone Lunch
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Concert Hall on C. Level

Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.
 
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.
 
As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
 
 
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President Elect Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z
Ribfest 2014, Richard's and Pat's Excellent Adventure
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Fearless Leaders Richard White (Club President 2013-2014) and Pat Neuman (Chair of Fundraising) show the rest of the volunteers how it’s done!
 
RIBFEST 2014-by Shannon Lundquist
 
Another Canada Day and another scorching hot Ribfest! With over 100,000 attendees to the 15th Annual Toronto Ribfest, anticipated net proceeds to Rotary charities will total over $60,000. All told, 97 boisterous volunteer Rotarians from Toronto and Sunrise, as well as Rotaractors from UofT and Toronto, contributed more than 665 hours to greeting at the gate. Action was non-stop and there was never a dull moment.
 
Ribfest brings out the heat (and humidity) for both tasty treats and those in search of shelter! Our own celebrity judges: Richard (chicken), Steve (pulled pork) and Pat (ribs) can attest to the delicious quality and variety. Food Network, here they come!
Ribfest 2014, Richard's and Pat's Excellent Adventure Carol Bieser 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z
Jason Colero, Dir. of Education & Community Programs
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Guest Speaker:  August 15, 2014, In the Upper Canada Room
 
Topic:  "Toronto Argonauts Community SAS with Rotary
 
 
Jason Colero started with the Argonauts in 1985 as a ball boy/locker attendant working for the visiting teams on game day. While working with the Argonauts, Jason attended York University and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 1995. He went on to receive a Post Secondary Diploma in Corporate Communications in 1998.
Jason Colero, Dir. of Education & Community Programs Carol Bieser 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z
August 12th, Opening Kick-Off for Rotary Club of Toronto-Argos Scholarship Winner
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President, Steve Smith to Make Opening Kick-Off for New Rotary Club of Toronto- Toronto Argos Scholarship Winner

– by Nancy Schaefer, Chair, Scholarship Committee

Our Centennial Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the year - three winner of The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Toronto Argonauts’ Community Champion Scholarship. Our unique scholarship is designed to send a deserving high school student to a local university with a four-year tuition scholarship. The student must demonstrate academic achievement, community volunteerism and financial need. This year’s winner is John Chen.

August 12th, Opening Kick-Off for Rotary Club of Toronto-Argos Scholarship Winner Carol Bieser 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z
Helena Bowkun, Pianist
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Guest Entertainer August 8, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
 
ROTARY FELLOWSHIP BUFFET LUNCHEON
 
Born in Toronto of Ukrainian parents, pianist Heléna Bowkun has established an international reputation as a performer, teacher and commentator on music. Since her highly acclaimed debut with the Toronto Symphony in which she played the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto to a standing ovation and sold-out hall, Ms. Bowkun has performed extensively in recital and in concert, on television and radio. Some of her orchestral appearances as soloist include The Toulouse Symphony, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Edmonton Symphony, The Hamilton Philharmonic, CJRT and CBC Orchestras (Toronto).
Helena Bowkun, Pianist Carol Bieser 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z
Shelley McIntyre, Counsel, Office of the Children's Lawyer
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Guest Speaker:  Friday July 25, 2014 in the Imperial Room
 
Topic:  "Youth:  A Voice"
 
It is a good experience for the club members when one of our own assumes the task of being the guest speaker. Shelley is a new member of our club but in the past has been active in the Rotary Club of Mississauga.
 
Shelley was called to the BAR of Ontario in 2000, and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998.  In her professional capacity she has been, for the last fourteen years, with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) in Toronto. The OCL is an independent law office operating within the Ministry of the Attorney General, Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division. The OCL delivers legal and clinical services, in family and civil law, in the administration of justice, on behalf of children under the age of 18, the unborn, and the unascertained.
 
At the OCL, Shelley is a litigator and supervisor in the Personal Rights Department and her caseload consists of custody and access, child protection, adoption and secure treatment matters. She trains and supervises a panel of lawyers who do OCL work in the Central South Region of Ontario, as well as articling students within the office.  She previously supervised the secure treatment panel at the office.
Shelley McIntyre, Counsel, Office of the Children's Lawyer Carol Bieser 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z
Brian Thompson, District Governor,
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Guest Speaker:  Friday July 18, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room at the Fairmont Royal York
 
Brian Thompson often says that "Rotary is one of the best things that ever happened to me".
 
Brian was born in Toronto and grew up in Don Mills. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and became a Professional Engineer, working in the nuclear industry for Ontario Hydro. He was also a Commercial Pilot, working part-time as a flying instructor at Toronto Airways in Buttonville, Ontario.
 
Most of Brian's nuclear career was in Public Relations, based at Pickering. He was seconded for two years to serve the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as Director of Communications, working in Government and Media Relations, and finished his career with Ontario Power Generation at Darlington.
Brian Thompson, District Governor, Carol Bieser 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z
Robert Deluce, President and CEO Porter Airlines
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Guest Speaker:  Friday March 14, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
 
Topic:  "Porter Airlines: Flying Towards Toronto's Future."
 
Robert J. Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer
Porter Airlines
Robert J. Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and respected airline owners and operators. He brings to the industry over 60 years of Deluce family experience in successfully owning, financing, restructuring, operating and managing a number of regional airlines in Canada.
Robert Deluce, President and CEO Porter Airlines Carol Bieser 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z
Ron DiFrancesco, 911 Twin Towers Survivor, Speaker January 10, 2014
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In the Upper Canada Room, at the Fairmont Royal York

 

Ron is a keynote speaker who is starting to aid senior business leaders and is a relationship management expert.

 

Ron is a married father of 4, who resides in Toronto.

 

Ron built his career in finance with Euro Brokers Canada Ltd./Maxcor Inc., where he held increasingly progressive roles culminating in the role of Vice President.

 

In 2000, Ron was one of two Canadian employees selected to close the Canadian operations and shift the Canadian business to New York City and excelled in the larger, fast-paced trading culture consisting of 350 specialized brokers.

 

Working in the World Trade Center and surviving the life-changing events of 9/11 in NYC, Ron was the last known man out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre.  Twice during the ordeal, Ron was just minutes away from being killed.

 

 

Ron DiFrancesco, 911 Twin Towers Survivor, Speaker January 10, 2014 Carol Bieser 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
Corey Keeble, Author and Retired Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
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Guest Speaker November 15, 2013 in the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th floor at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Corey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg. In 1967, he went to England to begin postgraduate studies in art history. On completion of his postgraduate studies, Corey joined the ROM's curatorial staff working for the European Department.

Corey is a recognized authority on the history of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture and European arms and armour. His interests include Medieval sculpture, Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, Medieval and Modern stained glass, the Russian Orthodox Church, icons, Judaica, and ships (he is a well-known lecturer on the Titanic) as well as firefighting apparatus. He is a frequent speaker at Toronto churches and synagogues on subjects ranging from liturgical art to stained glass.

Corey Keeble, Author and Retired Curator, Royal Ontario Museum Carol Bieser 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z
Brigadier General Fred Lewis , MSM,CD - Remembrance Day Lunch
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Guest Speaker November 8th, 2013 in the Confederation Room 5 and 6 at the Fairmont Royal York

Brigadier-General Lewis joined the Canadian Forces in 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in civil engineering and was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1980.

As a combat engineer he commanded at the troop and squadron level in 4 Combat Engineer Regiment at Lahr, Germany and then commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He has deployed on operations as a military observer with the United Nations on the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon (UNTSO), as a squadron commander in the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR), as the Canadian Contingent Commander/Chief Advisor Operations to the Cambodia Mine Action Centre in Phnom Penh and as the Deputy Commander to Canada's Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. His most recent operational tour was as Commander Task Force Jerusalem, Operation PROTEUS.

Brigadier General Fred Lewis , MSM,CD - Remembrance Day Lunch Carol Bieser 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z
Detective Wendy Leaver, Guest Speaker: Nov. 1 2013
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Topic:  Domestic Human Trafficking  Location:  At the National Club 303 Bay Street, Toronto. 

Detective Wendy Leaver-Toronto Police Services

Wendy Leaver is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, where she has worked as its Sexual Assault Coordinator since 2004. She has been a Toronto Police Service officer since 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crimes Unit since 1991. As the Sexual Assault Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation of the services provided to victims of sexual assault and to liaising with approximately 100 agencies in the City of Toronto in relation to the mandate of the Sex Crimes Unit. In this capacity, she also provides training to agencies on sexual assault investigations and victim issues. She has also been a team leader in the Sex Crimes Unit, responsible for monitoring and directing investigations involving unidentified and serial assailants. In the course of her career with the Toronto Police Service she has been assigned to the Toronto Police Service Youth Bureau and to the Ontario Provincial Police Joint Forces Pornography Unit, investigating occurrences of child and adult pornography across Ontario.

 

Detective Wendy Leaver, Guest Speaker: Nov. 1 2013 Carol Bieser 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z
The President's Walk
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On Sunday October 6, 2013, there were over 300 walkers from 40 Rotary clubs participating in this year’s Foundation Walk. This year “The Walk” was held in beautiful and historic downtown Newmarket. Our esteemed Past President and now Assistant District Governor Neil Phillips (looking very dapper in his chapeau) and President Richard White led The Rotary Club of Toronto brigade. Maureen Bird was able to scoop us by finding a short cut and finished early but she still had to wait in line for her burger. We were pledged over $2,000 as part of $132,000 which was raised this year, for a grand total of $2,500,000 since “The Walk” began in 1995. Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed.

It all began 18 years ago when it was called “The President’s Walk” to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The organizers weren't sure that this event could be a successful fundraiser but lo and behold, they raised $110,000 in that first year. 

Pictured (left to right) Neil Phillips, President Richard White, Barbara Thomson and Maureen Bird.

Written By Barbara Thomson
The President's Walk Carol Bieser 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy P.C.,O.C.O.M.: Guest Speaker October 25, 2013
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In the UPPER CANADA ROOM ON THE 18TH FLOOR, NEW ROOM LOCATION, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Topic:  Landmines and the Impact of the Ottawa Treaty

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, graduated in 1961 with a BA from United College (now The University of Winnipeg), and received an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1963 and 1972 respectively. 

At The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students.  He is also expanding the University’s outreach in the areas of Aboriginal education, environmental studies, and human rights.

The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy P.C.,O.C.O.M.: Guest Speaker October 25, 2013 Carol Bieser 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
Forward Into Our Second Century by President 2013 2014, Richard S. White
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Here we are at the beginning of our second century. The Club has had an exciting and rewarding Centennial Year during which we gave away over a $1 million, had many special events and lots of good press. We raised our profile in the City of Toronto, with Rotary District 7070 and with Rotary International. We also celebrated our accomplishments going back to 1912 – major events and amazing projects that the Club has undertaken in the past. We have an enviable legacy to live up to.

The Rotary Club of Toronto is a living entity. How do we go forward from here? There is a danger in becoming complacent and reverting to doing things that same old way. It is important to examine everything that we do and determine if we can do it better or in a different, more effective way. We will shortly have a dynamic strategic plan in place which will carry us into our second hundred years. During the past few years, we have expanded our horizons, launched many successful projects and gained valuable experience in running events and the Club itself. We need to build on these strengths and embrace and use new tools such as social media to further the goals of the Club and its members. This will mean getting even more involved with our community and continuing to be relevant and effective in addressing its needs. How do we support the larger Rotary and Rotaract family and its projects and goals?

 

 

Forward Into Our Second Century by President 2013 2014, Richard S. White Carol Bieser 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z
A Message from Neil C. Phillips, Outgoing President 2012-2013
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One year ago, as I took the Oath of President, I urged everyone in this great Club to “Reconnect with Rotary”.  I’m not generally one for slogans, but I truly felt that our Centennial provided an opportunity for far more than handing out a million dollars!  It was important we remembered why we were giving away so much, examine how we choose our charitable partners and projects, and honour where our Club’s ability to do such incredible work has come from.  All this, within the world outside one Club – even one as storied as ours.

A Message from Neil C. Phillips, Outgoing President 2012-2013 Carol Bieser 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z
Neil's Rib Fest Adventure
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ImageWhen I said I was looking to build partnerships last year, little did I know what this would entail! Over the Canada Day Weekend, there were 35+ volunteers from this Club who put in 550+ hours of volunteering over four days. I had the onerous personal responsibility of helping judge all 16 Ribbers for their BBQ chicken, pulled pork and ribs. I also was forced to perform taxing PR duties with Pinball Clemons, Miss Teen Ontario and Miss Teen Canada.

Pat Neuman agreed to take on the initial organisation of this initiative and Jai Persaud was our weekend coordinator. He was with me 12 hours each and every day, keeping everyone in line. On Sunday, he became a well-deserved Rotary Warrior. I am delighted to report that our Club’s net proceeds were $65,000. This in addition to the same amount going to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and monies being provided to the Toronto Sunrise Club, who were gracious enough to help us staff the weekend. Thank you to all who came out and brought friends. I am looking forward to seeing even more of you next year!  

Neil's Rib Fest Adventure Carol Bieser 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z
Significance of the Rotary Award to the Youth Community
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Arts for Children and Youth and our students will benefit significantly from the partnership we have formed with the Rotaract Clubs of Toronto and the University of Toronto and The Rotary Club of Toronto. Their grant offers sustainable opportunities for community capacity building through digital arts education. Armed with the resources to offer programs featuring specialized equipment and software through arts programming under the guidance of professional artists, AFCY can develop itself as a leader among community arts organizations.

 

 

Significance of the Rotary Award to the Youth Community Carol Bieser 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $50,000 to Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY), Digital Arts Education
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The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On May 10, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Upper Canada Room-18th floor

Highlighting:  

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $50,000 granted to

the Arts For Children and Youth (AFCY) for our innovative Program:

“ Digital Arts Education”

The Rotaract Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto partnered with AFCY, a grassroots organization that engages young people from Toronto's under-serviced communities in meaningful arts education outreach programs. AFCY received equipment that supports its capacity to develop and implement sustainable digital arts programming. Participants utilizing the Digital Sound Lab will acquire new skills with specialized software, as well as unique learning opportunities that combine the experimental settings for creativity using digital technology with the foundations of music production.

Rotary Centennial Award of $50,000 to Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY), Digital Arts Education Carol Bieser 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to the Bakong Technical College - Vocational School Build Project
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The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On April 12, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Ontario Room-C Level

Highlighting:  

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

the Bakong Technical College in Cambodia for our innovative Program:

“ Vocational School Build Project”

The Rotary Club of Toronto is partnering with Bakong Technical College in Cambodia to build a vocational school which is located just outside of Siem Reap, the home of the UNESCO heritage site Angkor Wat. The building of this College will provide the Khmer people with much needed vocational training and skills.  On completion, there will be approximately 300 young people who will seek employment in tourism and environmental protection. Its courses will include English, computer training, cooking, hospitality training, green design, fish farming, agriculture, micro credit and bicycle repairs.  

 

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to the Bakong Technical College - Vocational School Build Project Carol Bieser 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Seeds of Hope Foundation, Lararus House-First Step
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The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On February 8, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Upper Canada Room-18th Floor

Highlighting:         

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

the Seeds of Hope Foundation for its innovative Program:

  “ Lazarus House - First Step" ”

The Seeds of Hope Foundation is a charity with a 10-year history of operating two resource centres and five housing projects that work to stop the ‘revolving door’ of individuals moving from the streets to the court system to hospitalization and back to the street.  The main focus has been to create ‘centres of friendship’ that are safe places where individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives can support one another. 

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Seeds of Hope Foundation, Lararus House-First Step Carol Bieser 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Working Women Community Centre, The Women's Meeting Place
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Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon

On January 18, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York, Upper Canada Room

Highlighting:         

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

Working Women Community Centre for its innovative Program:

  “  The Women’s Meeting Place”

The Centennial Award of  The Rotary Club of Toronto has provided working women with an important space for an underserved group in the city- immigrant women. The Woman’s Meeting Place will provide immigrant women and their families access to a safe and welcoming place to come together, build skills, and support each other as they settle into the Toronto  community. It will provide a supportive environment for both formal programming and informal connections.  Marcie Ponte, Working Women’s Executive Director states, “Too often newcomers remain isolated because they cannot afford to rent space to come together as a community group.”

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Working Women Community Centre, The Women's Meeting Place Carol Bieser 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z
A Christmas Message from President, Neil Phillips
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The end of the year and another holiday season is upon us.

Traditionally at year’s end we reflect on the year that’s been, and give thanks.

Well in a Rotary Club, it may be the end of a calendar year – but we’ve only reached the halfway point of our Rotary year.  Already, we have heaps to give thanks for.  What a simply wonderful year we have had so far, as we celebrate our centennial. 

All of this is because of you, our members.  The Children’s Christmas Party was the embodiment of everything that makes our Club so great – volunteerism, dedication, and working for a common goal.

So as we wind down for a fortnight, enjoy your time with family, friends, and all those who give you support and inspiration.

And rest up – for we have a fantastic six months yet to come!

All the very best for the holidays.

Neil C. Phillips
President
The Rotary Club of Toronto
December 2012


A Christmas Message from President, Neil Phillips Carol Bieser 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Club of Toronto-Pioneer Spirt

Breaking Down Barriers to Health in the City

The Rotary Club of Toronto’s pioneering spirit and community concern in the mid-90’s brought health care right on to the City streets with the inception of a mobile Health Bus program. Initially operated by The Wellesley Central Hospital, now in partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, the Health Bus program has gone from strength to strength, supporting the health and well being of community members who are homeless or vulnerably housed. The program’s two iconic Buses, proudly displaying the Rotary logo, can be seen 6 days a week across downtown Toronto. They receive thousands of visits each year.

More than 15 years on, Rotary is developing its partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre – and its reputation for pioneering health care initiatives – yet further, with the establishment of The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic in St James Town.


The Rotary Club of Toronto-Pioneer Spirt Carol Bieser 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Sherbourne Health Centre, The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic
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The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 will be presented to The Sherbourne Health Centre for its Innovative Program, “ The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic”

The Rotary Club of Toronto is breaking down more of the barriers to health experienced by marginalized community members by taking high quality health care right into the heart of St James Town.

 The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic, a partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, will facilitate access to culturally-sensitive preventative and primary care services for residents of this vibrant but impoverished high-rise downtown community.

 


Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Sherbourne Health Centre, The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic Carol Bieser 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 on Oct. 19/12 at the Sheraton Centre to The Philip Aziz Centre, Emily's House Perinatal Program
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The  Centennial Award of $100,000 will be presented to The Philip Aziz Centre for their innovative Program: “ The Rotary Club of Toronto, Emily’s House Perinatal Program”. 

Emily’s House, opening in January 2013, will be the 1st children’s hospice in Toronto and only the 6th in Canada. It is a project of  The Philip Aziz Centre. The Rotary Club of Toronto, Emily’s House Perinatal Program, will be a model of family centered care for families whose babies are likely to die before, during or shortly following birth. Perinatal refers to the time surrounding pregnancy and birth and the first year of the baby's life. Advanced care planning can apply to the unborn infant, just as it does with adults.

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 on Oct. 19/12 at the Sheraton Centre to The Philip Aziz Centre, Emily's House Perinatal Program Carol Bieser 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z
A Farewell Message from Past President Sandy Boucher
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100th President’s Year in Review

Fellow Rotarians – a year ago I delivered my “throne speech” to the club and outlined what I planned to accomplish during my year as president of this great club.  Twelve short months later it is time to review our progress as we move into our exciting centennial year.  I had outlined three areas of focus; the core operations of the club including the office, its infrastructure processes, the board and executive committees i.e. our internal activities.  Membership – especially retention, training and new members, and Marketing and communications i.e. the way in which we promote and publicize ther club and its activities


A Farewell Message from Past President Sandy Boucher Carol Bieser 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Club of Toronto Gives Working Women a Meeting Place - by Sylvie Leger
The Women's Initiative Committee decided that the Working Women Community Centre presented the perfect opportunity for a worthwhile project in which to invest their allocated $100,000 Centennial grant.  Working Women had old office space being used by low-income women and their children for a variety of purposes ranging from breast feeding sessions for newcomer moms, to art projects for at-risk youth, to senior's fitness classes.  The space provided an opportunity for immigrant women and their families to build skills, make new friends, and help one another.  The shabby interior and unhealthy environment was in desperate need of repair, but there were no funds for the necessary renovations.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Gives Working Women a Meeting Place - by Sylvie Leger Carol Bieser 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Community Champion Scholarship! - by Will Andras

The Rotary Club of Toronto is launching a scholarship opportunity making it possible for a young person from Toronto to attend a post-secondary institution to obtain a university degree or college diploma. The scholarship focuses on youth with scholastic ability combined with a strong commitment to Service Above Self, but who experience financial and life disadvantages. The youth will have an interest and ability to attend occasional Rotary luncheons and events, act as informal ambassador for The Rotary Club of Toronto, and possibly have an interest or a need for mentoring by a Rotarian. There will be on-going opportunities for Club members to mentor a scholarship recipient and if interested, join the Scholarship Committee. This level of financial support is unusual, making this a very unique scholarship opportunity. 

As well, partnering with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club makes this a very distinctive project. The Argos will promote the scholarship to all high schools in both school boards; jointly select the students with our Rotary members; publicize the scholarship to the media; promote our Club and the scholarship winner during the July 18thhome game; and organize an Annual Rotary Luncheon around the scholarship, the first lunch will be held on Friday, June 1st.   

The Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Community Champion Scholarship! - by Will Andras Carol Bieser 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z
RI Partnership Announcement-ShelterBox
I am very pleased to draw your attention to the following announcement regarding ShelterBox.  Our club is one of ShelterBoxes' largest supporters and in addition to financial help has provided advice, guidance, practical support and even two board members.  The completion of the agreement with Rotary International  is an important one and worthy of celebration.

Please find attached a link to the public news story on the RI partnership that has now been released on the ShelterBox website: http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/news_global.php?id=961 

The story is also released by Rotary International at www.rotary.org

President
Sandy Boucher

 

RI Partnership Announcement-ShelterBox Carol Bieser 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary in Action in Cambodia-Brian Westlake and Chris Snyder
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Forty-two Rotarians and Friends recently participated in our Club’s “Sweat Equity” project in Cambodia.  Two separate groups of 21 returned to Siem Reap in November to continue with the construction of Bakong Technical College.  We started this project with local partners two years ago in a green field about a half hour by tuk-tuk from Siem Reap, a popular destination because of its proximity to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and nearby temples.

 

Rotary in Action in Cambodia-Brian Westlake and Chris Snyder Carol Bieser 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z
Start With Rotary and Good Things Happen
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 "We have been doing this for 100 years...so Rotary has a lot of experience bringing to bear the power of the volunteer."   

The key principle underlying Rotary is "service above self."  As our Club approaches our 100th year, it is clear that we have been successful in serving our community in many ways, both large and small, and are a vital and relevant part of Toronto life.  People join our Club because they are looking for ways to give back; guite simply, we are the best option there is and have the longest and most impresssive track record.

The Rotary Club of Torotno offers an unrivalled platform based on experience, recognition, history, and financial resources.  As well as this, our structure has an extremely broad focus which allows new members to choose exactly how they want to get involved and to make a difference themselves.  We welcome new ideas and enthusiastic volunteers; we offer them the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality.  This is a powerful attraction for the men and women who join our Club.  Once members have experienced the feeling of working together with other committed, empowered volunteers to make a difference in the lives of those less forutnate, they never leave.

We meet each Friday at lunch to network and to stay informed on a wide range of community issues and concerns.  Another underlying theme in Rotary is friendship and fun, which we call "fellowship," and we engage in a wide varity of activities on that front too. 

Sandy Boucher, President of The Rotary Club of Toronto  

 

 

 

Start With Rotary and Good Things Happen Carol Bieser 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z
The Power of Rotary Luncheon Nov 25/11 Craig and Marc Kielburger
The Power of Rotary Luncheon Nov 25/11 Craig and Marc Kielburger Carol Bieser 2011-09-23 18:11:33Z
The Rotary Club of Toronto's upcoming 100th Anniversary
Our Centennial year begins July 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2013. The start date is now almost 18 months away. Our plans are coming together and it is important that everyone in the club knows what is happening.
The Rotary Club of Toronto's upcoming 100th Anniversary Valerie Clarke 2010-10-31 00:00:00Z
Rotary International News
"Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work."
Rotary International News Valerie Clarke 2010-07-09 00:00:00Z
Lynn-Philip Hodgson, Guest Speaker, February 1st, 2013, "Inside Camp X"

Lynn-Philip Hodgson, Guest Speaker, February 1st, 2013, "Inside Camp X"

Lynn was born in the City of Toronto in 1946.

When he was thirteen, his father purchased an amusement park in Pickering and named it Paulynn Park after his brother and him; it was in these surroundings that Lynn would grow up. Lynn married his high school sweetheart Marlene, and on November 28, 2012, they will celebrate their forty-eighth wedding anniversary. Lynn and Marlene are proud parents and grandparents, having two married daughters, Renée & Karen. Lynn and Marlene have retired to Burlington, Ontario, Canada where they live the condo life close to their children and grandchildren.

Lynn-Philip Hodgson, Guest Speaker, February 1st, 2013, "Inside Camp X" Carol Bieser
Neil Hetherington, Guest Speaker, January 25th, 2013
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Neil Hetherington – CEO Habitat for Humanity Toronto  

Born and raised in Toronto, Neil Hetherington has worked in his present position for the past twelve years.  During this time with the Toronto affiliate, home completions moved from one new home every other year to 45 homes per year. The Toronto Habitat affiliate is now one of the largest in the world.

Neil Hetherington, Guest Speaker, January 25th, 2013 Carol Bieser
Rotary International President Tanaka Official Visit Friday, March 1, 2013
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Rotary International President Tanaka

Don’t Miss

President Sakuji Tanaka’s Official Visit

Friday, March 1, 2013

On Friday, March 1, 2013 (12 noon – 2 pm) The Rotary Club of Toronto will have the honour of hosting the President of Rotary International, Mr. Sakuji Tanaka and his wife Mrs. Kyoko Tanaka at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall for a very special luncheon meeting and official visit to Toronto which has been a year in the planning.

This year, The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  That is 100 years of service to humanity, both locally in the City of Toronto, and globally.  Our Club is marking this momentous occasion with many special events, and an outstanding line-up of speakers at our weekly luncheon meetings.  More importantly, we are making a donation of $1 million to local charities; Rotary International and global projects.

Rotary International President Tanaka Official Visit Friday, March 1, 2013 Carol Bieser
The Pioneer Spirit of the Rotary Club of Toronto and It's Significance

The Pioneer Spirit of the Rotary Club of Toronto: Its Significance

The pioneer spirit lives on in The Rotary Club of Toronto, serving on the often uncharted frontiers of service to older, marginalized men in the downtown core. The Rotary Club of Toronto has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with The Good Neighbours’ Club, providing vehicles for its use.

Recently, The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Centennial Award has provided for the building of the Rotary Health and Wellness Centre. This new facility features a conference room for group work and classes, a counseling office, a medical office, a dental office, and a quiet room for sleeping.

The Good Neighbours’ Club serves nearly four hundred men a day, and many of them are in need of the kinds of front-line social and medical services that will be offered in the Rotary Health and Wellness Centre. Social workers, community workers, psychiatric counselors, nurses, dental hygienists, podiatrists and housing workers now have clean, private space in which to serve men who too often believe that the world had forgotten all about them. The Rotary Club of Toronto hasn’t, and The Good Neighbours’ Club is proud to have Rotary as a longstanding partner in its work.

 

The Pioneer Spirit of the Rotary Club of Toronto and It's Significance Carol Bieser
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to "Rotary Health and Wellness Centre"-The Good Neighbours' Club

The Rotary Club of Toronto: Centennial Award of $100,000 to “Rotary Health and Wellness Centre”,  A Program initiative of The Good Neigbours’ Club

The Rotary Club of Toronto has enabled The Good Neighbours’ Club to take a giant step forward in delivering services to older homeless and marginalized men in our city. The new Rotary Health and Wellness Centre, a clinic for front-line social and medical services, has been created by the granting of The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award.

The new centre will include a conference room for group work and classes, a counseling room for social work, a medical room, a dental room, and a recovery room for members who need a couple hours of sleep. It will provide the dignity of privacy to older men whose needs were being underserved in hallways and vestibules.

Those professionals using The Rotary Health and Wellness Centre are already experiencing an increase in the number of individuals served, and are happy to finally conduct their work in a more suitable manner. Along with the Centennial Award, the Seniors’ Committee provided extra funds to furnish the centre with cabinets and other necessities.

 

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to "Rotary Health and Wellness Centre"-The Good Neighbours' Club Carol Bieser
Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Youth Employment Services YES
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The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 is being donated to Youth Employment Services YES for its Innovative Program:  The Rotary Club of Toronto Centre for
Youth Empowerment:  Job Camp



The Rotary Club of Toronto understands that beyond the numbers and economics lay the future of our country. Youth are our future, employed youth our stability.  Better to help them now than pay for the higher costs to society later on. To leave our disadvantaged youth behind is a mistake. RTC says YES to youth and YES to YES.


 

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Youth Employment Services YES Carol Bieser
"We Can't Do Anything Alone"
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This quote from Chris Snyder, a member of this Club since 1984, is about the many sweat equity trips that he has organized. In recent years teams have gone to Tanzania, Malawi and Cambodia; there have been more than eight trips to Tanzania alone, which have involved more than 18 clubs from more than four different districts. On any sweat equity trip, you will find Rotarians, friends and spouses of Rotarians, and friends of friends of Rotarians; all manner of people with different talents and skills, from different walks of life, at different times of their life, joining together at their own expense to help people half a world away. Some have asked, "Why don't you just send money? Chris responds, "Most of these projects wouldn't happen without Rotary. Rotary employs and empowers local people in the work being done." And even more than that, "The teams that go," says Chris, "are really pumped when they return home!"
"We Can't Do Anything Alone" Valerie Clarke
The RCT Annual Seniors Christmas Party
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In 1961 the first Seniors' Christmas party event was held.  Those selected to attend were came from the Second Mile Club, Little Trinity Church, The Salvation Army plus a few named by members of the Club. 

 

After Rotary Laughlen Centre was built in the 1970's with the capital from a member's estate  the luncheon was continued as part of the Club's philanthropic work and has remained since then.  With the inauguration of Rotary Laughlen Centre many seniors from there were included each year for the luncheon.  Currently, the Laughlen Centre has been closed and there are no residents at Edward St. but a number of them are still invited from the residences where they now live.

 

 

 

The RCT Annual Seniors Christmas Party Valerie Clarke
The Power of Rotary at Work

The Power of the Rotary Networking

We all know Rotary can raise money and as a result we fund some very worthwhile projects.  I believe, however, the most powerful aspect of Rotary is the Rotary network - not only of Rotarians but also their connections.  Through these contacts, you can certainly make your Rotary activities and programs and ambitions happen but better still, they will help you open almost any door in the world.  This was brought home forcefully on our most recent Sweat Equity Trip to Malawi.

 

Here are a few examples. 

 

The Power of Rotary at Work J. Christopher Snyder
Water & Sanitation an important Rotary initiative
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The Team Water Committee was set up in November 2007 and has since that time carried out an extensive search in Canada and the rest of the World to find, to the best of its ability, a project that could deliver potable water and provide sanitation to the maximum number of people who currently do not have such facilities, consistent with the U.N. Development Goal # 7 which is " To reduce by 50 % by 2015 the proportion of people without access to safe water and sanitation" 

 

Water & Sanitation an important Rotary initiative Valerie Clarke
Partners in Literacy
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Partners in Literacy Valerie Clarke
The Rotary Club of Toronto Transition Centre at St. Michael's Hospital

The Rotary Club of Toronto Transition Centre was opened in December, 1999. The Rotary Club of Toronto donated $500,000.00 to the hospital to fund this unique facility. The Transition Centre provides a temporary, safe and welcoming environment for homeless and underhoused people who have been referred through the hospital's emergency department. At the time of opening this was the first facility of this kind in Canada.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Transition Centre at St. Michael's Hospital Carol Bieser
Rotary Habitat Homes
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Together, the Toronto Rotary Clubs and Habitat for Humanity Toronto built 10 homes in downtown Toronto to provide home ownership to families living in substandard housing thus providing a long term solution designed to break the cycle of poverty.
Rotary Habitat Homes Carol Bieser
The Rotary Club of Toronto Health Bus Program
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For up-to-date information on the recent grant of $250,000 to The Sherbourne Health Centre to provide them with two new health buses, to replace the bus given to them them ten years ago by The Rotary Club of Toronto, click on the link below.  These buses travel the downtown area of Toronto taking healthcare to the marginlized citizens of Toronto.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Health Bus Program Valerie Clarke
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