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The Rotary Club of Toronto President
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Executive Director/Secretary
Executive Committee Chair
Honours & Awards Liaison Director & Chair
Strategic Planning Liaison Director & Chair
Club Assembly Liaison Director & Chair
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Seniors Citizens' Liaison Director
Women's Initiative Liaison Director
Aboriginal Service Liaison Director
Youth & Children Liaison Director
Healthy Beginnings Liaison Director
International Service Liaison Director
Community Service Liaison Director
District 7070 Liaison Director
Rotaract Clubs Liaison Director
Chair of Governance
Chair Audit Committee
Chair of Fellowship and Entertainment
Chair Membership Development
Chair of Marketing and Communications
Chair of Fundraising
Chair Program Committee
Chair Aboriginal Service Committee
Chair Healthy Beginnings Committee
Chair International Service Committee
Chair Senior Citizens' Committee
Chair Community ServiceCommittee
Chair Youth & Children's Committee
Chair Women's Initiative Committee
Chair Children's Christmas Party
Chair Youth Exchange Program
Chair Youth Day Sub Committee-Youth & Children
Chair Retention Sub Committee-Membership
Co Chair Voice Sub Committee-Marketing & Communications
Chair New Members Sub Committee-Membership
Co Chair Voice Sub Committee-Marketing & Communications
Co Chair Environmental Sub Committee
Co Chair Environmental Sub Committee
Chair Research & Appeals FDN
Chair RCT & Argo Community Champion Scholarship Committee
President, RCTCharitable Foundation
Chair of Investment Comittee-FDN
 

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Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....
 

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Welcome to Our Club!

Toronto

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 p.m. please arrive no later than 12:00 noon 
The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly- call the Rotary office: 416-363-0604)
Toronto, ON  M5J 1E3
Canada
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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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Fellow Rotarians
 
Welcome to the New Rotary year! I am honoured and delighted to serve as President for the 2014/15 year and look forward to working together to continue the good works of this great club.
 
As a result of the tireless contributions of our current members, and those members who have served over the last 101 years, the Rotary Club of Toronto has made a significant contribution in the lives of an innumerable amount of people in our community and abroad. And we will continue to do so.
 
The spirit of Rotary and the philosophy of “Service Above Self” has remained constant since our club was founded. The reasoning, the “Why”, we become Rotarians has not changed over the years. The goal of making a difference in the lives of others remains as strong today as when we began in 1912. With the passage of time, however, demographics change and the ways in which we perform and deliver our services to the community has evolved. Today we are an organization of men and women from many varied backgrounds (and age groups!) that bring an extensive and diverse set of talents and skills to the table. This is the “Power of Rotary” today. And in order to thrive, we must continue to attract likeminded people who will join us. In the words of a certain poet/songwriter, the Times They are a’ Changin’! In fact, have changed. And we must continue to evolve with the times. This does not mean that we abandon the tradition of our great club. It means that we must build on it and find innovative ways that are even more effective and to continue evolving so that we can attract new members, including young professionals and corporations, with similar altruistic goals.  This is the basis our Strategic Plan.
 
 
 
 
The Year in Review
 
On July 5, 2013, I assumed the Presidency of The Rotary Club of Toronto. For the four years leading up to the Centennial, the Club had worked very hard in preparing for the celebrations and spent countless hours vetting and approving the Centennial projects. Under the inspiring and tireless leadership of President Neil Phillips the Club’s Centennial Celebrations were the envy of the Rotary world. Highlights were the Founders Day Lunch at the King Edward Hotel, The Tanaka Lunch, the Gala Celebrations in the Canadian Room of the Royal York Hotel and, of course, all those special Centennial Lunches with amazing speakers during which we gave away a million dollars.
 
While this was going on, all the normal, everyday Club activities were quietly taking place including the Children’s and Senior’s Christmas Parties and Youth Day. At the request of President Sandy Boucher, I was privileged to establish the Strategic Planning Committee in the spring of 2012. This Committee worked hard over the next year to consult with the Club and establish a Strategic Plan to take the Club forward into its second century. A big thank you to the members of this committee – Lori Brazier, Greg Vermeulen, David Hetherington, Susan Hunter, Prince Kumar, Steve Smith, Sandy Boucher, John Whincup and Ric Williams – with special mention of John and Ric for their invaluable professional help and guidance.
 
I believe more than ever that The Rotary Club of Toronto is a standout in the Rotary world. Our past deeds speak for themselves. We have always had and continue to have the talented members and resources to carry out unique and meaningful projects which make a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged in our community and around the world. We run first class events which we carry off with style. Our Charitable Foundation is unique in the Rotary world. It has greatly increased our ability to initiate and help fund projects in our community. It is the envy of all Rotary clubs, many that are two or three times our size.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 

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.

 

 

 
 
 

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!  

 
 
 

Take some time to give thanks for all those in the armed forces

who have made sacrifices to preserve our rights and freedoms.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.



 

 
 
 

2012-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

How many times has this well-worn phrase been used to express the possibility of things to come?  At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in this city are not only our future, they are our present.

 
 
 

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.   

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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Speakers

Jul 25, 2014
Shelley McIntyre, Office of the Children's Lawyer
"Youth A Voice" In the Imperial Room
Aug 01, 2014
No Friday, Lunch due to the Holiday Weekend
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
No Friday, Lunch due to the Holiday Weekend
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday! - Labour Day
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
Thorkil Sonne, Founder and Chairman
Specialisterne and Specialist People Foundation: re: Danish Autism Society
Oct 10, 2014
No Friday, Lunch due to the Holiday Weekend
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Oct 17, 2014
Ravi Ravindran
Guest Speaker in the Concert Hall - Zone Event.
 

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