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Executive Director/Secretary
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Aboriginal Service Liaison Director
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Chair of Governance
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Chair Membership Development
Chair of Marketing and Communications
Chair of Fundraising
Chair Program Committee
Chair Aboriginal Service Committee
Chair Healthy Beginnings Committee
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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 member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
 

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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
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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 Blair started his 35-plus year policing career as a beat officer in downtown Toronto, and continued with assignments in drug enforcement, organized crime units, and major criminal investigations.  Promoted to the senior ranks of the Service, his postings included Divisional Commander, Community Policing Programs, and Detective Operations, responsible for all specialized investigative units. Chief Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto with dual disciplines of Economics and Criminology (1981), a Certificate in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Toronto (1983) and a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia (1990). He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (1990), the Police Leadership Program of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business Management (2002) and the National Executive Institute (2006).
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, February 27, 2015
 
Location:  at the Fairmont Royal York in the Imperial Room (Main Lobby)

Topic: Innovating for Sustainability: Unlocking the Potential of Public Health Canada

Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH) and a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 13, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th fl. at the Fairmont Royal York
 
Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and has been a respected postsecondary leader and analytical visionary for the past forty years. He previously served as Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.
 
Current appointments include: Council of Ontario Universities Executive Committee and Government & Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Advisory Council, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Board of Governors, Trails Youth Initiatives; and Board of Directors, Pathways to Education Canada.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
Rotary would like you to join in this celebration. Are you a young person who has made a contribution to the community in which you live? Do you know of someone who deserves recognition for the leadership they show? Please help to encourage civic leadership in our city by recommending this individual for a Rotary Youth Civic Leadership Award.
 
To apply for the Awards is simple – just download the Application and follow the directions on it. Good luck!
 
Go to Site Pages on the left hand side of the Rotary Homepage to Download the 2015 Application
 

 
 
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.  In this role, Mark has helped to amplify the voices of vulnerable children and promoted global change on children’s rights in national and international forums, including at the United Nations.
With a strong background of over 25 years of executive business leadership, Mark has led Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s efforts to develop unique global alliances, and has advanced the organization’s vision of a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential.
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 30, 2015
Location:  In the Upper Canada
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Human Rights Watch

 
Jasmine has been the Canada  Director of Human Rights Watch since the office opened in 2004.  Human Rights Watch in Canada is focused on outreach, fundraising and advocacy. Under Jasmine’s leadership , the Canada Committee has grown to 50 members in Toronto and Ottawa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Jasmine was the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and prior to that she was in-house counsel for Crown Life Insurance Company, specializing in employment law.  Jasmine has served on numerous non-profit boards, including St. Michael's Hospital and the food bank Stop 103.  She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
 
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world
 
 

 
 
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. He served at the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, and as a Tactical Navigator on the Sea King helicopter in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Following the completion of his service in the regular forces, Mr. O'Toole transferred to the reserves and attended law school at Dalhousie University. He graduated in 2003 and returned to Ontario, where he practiced corporate law and litigation with two national law firms and served as in-house counsel to Procter and Gamble, a large consumer goods company.
 
Mr. O'Toole already has an extensive record supporting our troops, past and present. He was a founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which has raised awareness and significant funds for programs supporting members of the military, veterans and their families, as well as a former director of the Vimy Foundation. He is also a long time member of Legion Branch 178. As a member of Treble Victor, Mr. O’Toole helped transitioning military members find meaningful employment in private sector. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada. In an effort to raise awareness of Veterans’ mental health issues, he co-founded the Annual Lieutenant Colonel Sam Sharpe Veterans Mental Health breakfast.
 
Mr. O'Toole lives in Courtice, Ontario, with his wife Rebecca and their children Mollie and Jack.
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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.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, December 5, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Mr. Patrick O’Driscoll is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby and has been a director of Corby since July 2009.  Mr. O’Driscoll’s career in the Spirits and Wine industry spans over 25 years.  Prior to joining Corby he was the Chief Executive Officer of Malibu-Kahlúa International, a dba of Pernod Ricard U.S.A. LLC, from 2007 to 2009.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 28, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor

Topic: The World Remembers 

 
R.H. Thomson, one of Canada’s foremost actors and directors, includes among his accolades the Toronto Drama Bench Award for “outstanding body of work” spanning thirty years and covering theatre, film and television and the Gascon-Thomas Award recognizing his career in the arts. On stage, his theatre roles have ranged from Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at Canada’s Stratford Festival to Glenn Gould in the plan Glenn. R.H. Thomson was Artistic Director for the 1991/1992 Season of Toronto’s World Stage Theatre Festival as well as the Co-Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Works until 2006. He hosted Man Alive on the CBC for three seasons.
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 

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.

 

 

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 21, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - In Tudor 7 & 8
Topic: Kids Against Hunger
 

Wayne McConnachie:

Did you know that about 1 billion people on this planet go to bed hungry each night, and that a child dies every 6 seconds due to a hunger-related cause? It is these alarming statistics that motivate Wayne McConnachie to be a part of the solution.

 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 14, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic: Lessons in Partnership: What Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle Taught Us About Working Together
 
Ray Argyle is the author of five books, the most recent of which is The Paris Game, which describes the Liberation of Paris and France which marks its 70th Anniversary this year and was the turning point of the War. His other books include Turning Points, the Boy in the Picture, Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime, and Joey Smallwood, Schemer or Dreamer.  
 
 
 
Remembrance Day Guest Speaker for Friday, November 7, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Brigadier General Julian Chapman joined the Canadian Forces in 1980.  He graduated with a baccalaureate in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto.  BGen Chapman began his military career in Toronto Scottish Regiment as a Private.  He was commissioned in 1982 and has held most of the officer appointments in the Regiment.  His staff experience includes five years at Toronto District Headquarters which is now known as 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters.  
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 
 
Guest Speaker for Women's Committee Friday Lunch, October 31, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Ballroom, C Level
Topic: Understanding Alzheimers: Why 70% Of New Cases Are Women
 
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, the global charitable foundation raising money for research and education to combat brain-aging diseases that affect women. While serving as Founder and Chair of Women of Baycrest, Lynn recognized the need to raise awareness and funds beyond Toronto to help women stay brain healthy longer. Lynn’s passion and commitment for the cause now continues on a worldwide basis supporting worthy institutions that want to combat this impending crisis.
 
 
 
Special Guest for Friday Lunch, October 24, 2014, World Polio Day
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
 
Back in the day, young Roger Ashby was considering life as a university student, had even paid his deposit, when a radio station in Hamilton stepped up and hired him during the summer. Ashby decided to forego university and embarked on what would become a rather remarkable career in radio. Ashby was a radio nut even as a kid and his dad set up a home-made radio studio in the basement, with speakers throughout the house, and Ashby would practice his "broadcasting" every afternoon after school.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 

 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Official Visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple of Denmark
 
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be our guests of honour at The Rotary Club of Toronto luncheon meeting to be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, in the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York.  
 
IMPORTANT;  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS OR GUESTS!
 
 
We will be honoured by the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of Denmark who are attending in support of our guest speaker, Thorkil Sonne, the Founder and Chairman of “Specialisterne” and the not for profit “Special People Foundation”. The Foundation has as its mission the enabling of one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
On the occasion of the official Canadian visit by the Royal Couple from September 17 to 19, a large Danish business delegation headed by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Corporation will travel to Ottawa and Toronto to strengthen and increase existing business relationships between Denmark and Canada. Danish companies in fashion, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, food and beverage, building construction, interior design, city planning and energy efficiency fields will be represented.
 
 
 
Thorkil Sonne, Founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne
 
Theme:
 
More and more people are being diagnosed with a disability and struggle to find meaningful and productive jobs in the labor market. At the same time many businesses face a shortage of skilled employees. The gap between untapped talent among people with disabilities and vacant jobs can be reduced or even removed. The founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne will share experience from Denmark and Canada and discuss how stakeholders can work together to realize the goal to enable One Million Jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
Biography
Thorkil Sonne is the founder and chairman of Specialisterne and Specialist People Foundation. Thorkil first became involved in autism when his son Lars was diagnosed with infantile autism in 1999. He became active in Danish Autism Society, eventually leaving his Technical Director position in an IT startup company to establish Specialisterne in 2003. Thorkil has since played an active role in global social entrepreneurship, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009 and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. He is now based in the United States where he is driving the expansion of the Specialisterne model.

 
 

 
 
 

Speakers

Mar 06, 2015
Chief of Police William (Bill) Blair
"Farewell Chief William Blair - A Decade of Outstanding Leadership" - Fairmont, Upper Canada Rm
Mar 13, 2015
Sheldon Levy, President and CEO Ryerson University
Ryerson University Growth in the Past Ten Years - At the Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
Mar 27, 2015
Paul Garfinkel
At the Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Mar 31, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Neil McOstrich
Wisdom of Storytelling - Imparting Wisdom To CEO's
 

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