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Club meets Thursdays, 07:15 AM - 08:30 AM
Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, 
Toronto, Ontario, M9A 1A8. 
On the South East corner of Dundas & Islington.
See weekly programs below.
Meeting venues may change. Please check the calendar.
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            Jan. 28th, 2011, Rotary Youth Awards Banquet.

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Some recent meetings you should not have missed

2010

June 20-23, 2010 - Rotary International Convention, Montréal

June 10 - Susan Bellan will talked about how mediation works and why it is often preferable to litigation - much less costly, and results in better settlements. Susan's primary area of practice is commercial and civil mediation.  

June 3 - Jackie Streich, Hons. B.Sc., ND Candidate 2010, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, spoke on the importance of health and naturopathic medicine in the paediatric/adolescent population.

May 27 - At our regular 7:15 AM breakfast meeting, Janna Lee Anderson of Opportunity International, Canada spoke about microfinance to help the entrepreneurial poor escape the cycle of poverty.

May 6 - John Van Laar spoke about the “ Back to School” project in Cebu, Philippines, to get out-of-school children off  the street into a regular school system or alternative teaching. 

April 29 - Ammar Ali Arif, Rotaractor from York University, spoke about Rotary in Pakistan where he was a member before coming to study at York University.

April 15 - Sarah Yun, Ambassadorial Scholar, gave an update on her year as an ambassador of Rotary. 

April 8 - David Lockett, president of PACT, spoke on their initiatives in Etobicoke. The PACT Urban Peace Program empowers, supports and encourages youth to reach their full potential in life. PACT has helped thousands of at-risk youth in partnership with the courts and schools in the GTA region with almost no government funding.

April 1 - Suzanne Parsons spoke about "Navigating the Health Care System - What You Need to Know".

March 25 - Dale Cotnam,  How to Reduce Stress Through Your Own Comedy.

March 18 - Jawaad Sheikh, P.Eng. ACS, ALB spoke on Artificial Intelligence; "AI for the Average Guy".

March 11 - Zeke O'Connor, 2010 Youth Impact Lifetime Awardee, gave us an update on the young Nepalese man for whom our club has helped to provide artificial arms.

March 4 - Dominic Kahn, 2010 Youth Impact Award Recipient, individual category. Founder of Bayside Rowing Club and inner city rowing program for Youth at Risk.

February 25 - Sandra Buie, Principal of Albion Heights Junior Middle School, updated us on the TDSB North West 1 District Public Speaking Competition which will be staged again in 2010.

February 18 - Bob Isenberger of the Ecologos Institute presented the Water-Alive.org project, a powerful social networking website to draw large numbers into taking action on water protection and water distribution projects anywhere in Canada and around the world.

February 11 - Mary Lou Harrison, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, presented highlights of her July 2009 trip to South Africa with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and Rotary. This was most topical as February 11 is the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in South Africa.  

February 4 - Laurel Choat, registered Art Therapist, and John McLaine, Board Member and Treasurer, Therapy Through the Arts (TTA). TTA is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing quality mental health programmes in the GTA. 

January 7  – Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun
 

2009

December 3 - Sgt. Dave Wilson and members of his team from Toronto Police Services presented the accomplishments of TAVIS, the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, an intensive, violence-reduction and community engagement initiative intended to increase safety in Toronto neighbourhoods. 

November 12 - Susan Kawa, Executive Director of  Silver Creek Pre-School, spoke about this non-profit school's service to children with special needs in and near Etobicoke.

November 5 - Frank Berndt, Sue Leach and Punnapa Hartley of the Rotary Club of Alliston presented their project in  Thailand. 

October 29 - Katie Bushie and Christina Ferri of Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District presented an overview of learning disabilities and the Association's programs supporting children, youth and adults. 

October 15 - Julian Sale, Vice-President, DAREarts Foundation - ‘Empowering At Risk Children’

October 1 - Marg Middleton, General Manager, Toronto Community News, on "Toronto Community and our community involvement"; why we feel it is important, what we get involved in and why.

September 10 -  Lynn Bird, ABCD – Art Building Children’s Dreams, “Children of Kilimanjaro, Dreams for the Future”. 

September 3 - Mr. Zeke O’Conner spoke about his work for the Sherpas of Nepal as Founder and Executive Director of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada. Zeke will receive the 2010 Rotary Youth Impact Life Time Achievement Award next January.

August 27 - Karen Hajdur explained two widely misunderstood financial tools, RESPs and TFSAs.

August 20 - Joint meeting with Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park at their venue, the Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. Their speaker was Tom Vanek discussing Whiskey Tasting fund raisers. 

July 30 - Reg Cousineau, Certified Coach Practitioner, on Business Growth. 

July 2 - Angelo Torchia of Solrcon on solar powered electrical energy systems installed for residential and commercial roofs.

June 11 -  Scott Mills of the Toronto Police spoke about Crime Stoppers

June 4 - Richard Atkinson, President of RA Retirement Advisors, author of the newly-published book, 'Don't Just Retire - Live It, Love It!' 

May 14 – Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke Lakeshore
 
May 7 - Brian Rudy, Architect with Moriyama & Teshima Architects and member of the team that designed the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, presented a slide show and talk about this unique National icon.
 
April 30 - Phil Groff, the Director, Research & Evaluation, for SMARTRISK, a national, not-for-profit, organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives by teaching young Canadians to take risks smartly.

Tuesday, April 21 - SPECIAL EVENT. We held out meeting at Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy, followed by  the North West 1 Speech Competition organized our own John Hastings, Ward 1 School Trustee, and sponsored by our club. President Nick Galletto and Paul Collier participated as judges for the event. 18 students from Grades 1 through 8, representing 9 different schools, competed in the event. 

April 16 - Karl Sprogis, Chair of Arts Etobicoke, spoke about their mission is to engage all people in West Toronto with the arts and artists in their own community. 

April 9 - Kat Downey, B.Sc. B.Ed. M.Ed. F.D., CSA, of the Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors spoke on "Making us aware of all the aspects of Aging; a way to end Ageism".  

April 2 - We toured the newly opened Dorothy Ley Hospice and heard Fran McBride, Strategy & Innovations Director, speak on "Children, the Forgotten Mourners". 

March 26 - Robert Niksic, CIM, FMA, CFP, Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns spoke on The Global Economic Crisis From a Spiritual Perspective. Recent financial events have been cause for some to re-evaluate their approach to business going forward. Why serving the needs of others is not only the most powerful way to be successful for ourselves but also the next wave of business.

March 19 - Julie Bond of Bond Consulting Group explained the Government R&D tax credits available to qualifying Canadian corporations engaged in innovation and technology or intellectual property advancement.

March 12 - Sandra Buie briefed us on the innovative TDSB Public Speaking Contest which is also championed by one of our own members, School Trustee John Hastings.

March 5 - Caroline Sneath  and Bob Engel presented Oolagen Community Services'  innovative approaches keep kids in school and on a positive track as they work through difficult issues that are often a consequence of challenging home environments. 

Feb 12 - Elizabeth Cummings of the YMCA will give an update on the Y-Knot program, "Penguins Can Fly", which our club helped launch in the GTA.

Feb 5 - Bishop Allen Academy students, Joanna Gussmann and Kelden Formosa, spoke about the school's 6th Annual Irie Huntingdon's Fundraising Dinner.

January 22 – Anne Appleby, Superintendent in the Toronto District School Board, spoke on Current Issues and Challenges in Education.
 
January 15 – Brian Bailey – “Turning That Frown Upside Down” -  where children with serious and long-term illnesses request autographed photos of celebrities in the sports and entertainment world.
 
January 8 – Mary Sergenese from the Trillium Hospital Foundation talked about Trillium services and recent changes and achievements.
 
2008

December 11 - Adam Pulpan updated us on the Intergenerational Learning Program; bringing youth and seniors together for learning and friendship. 

December 4 - Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation on "10 Years Since  Amalgamation -  How has the quality of life changed in Toronto?"

November 27 - Andrea Nathanson, Executive Director of Qualicare, spoke about "Developing A Healthcare Strategy" - A Holistic approach to healthcare; "Caring for" your loved one vs. "giving care" to your loved one; Having everything in its place and next steps.

November 6 - Single Malts Scotch Nosing accompanied by Scottish & New World foods.

October 30 - Diane Marrow, Associate Director of Development, Pathways to Education Canada


October 23 - Leslie Shernofsky and PDG Bill Patchett on 
Bridgepoint Health 


October 9 - Anne Sado, President of George Brown College

September 18 - Rotarian Terry Vango on the ups and downs of today’s financial market.

September 11 - John Hastings, Ward 1 School Trustee.

September 4 - Jeffrey Rosekat on "Justice for Children and Youth"

July 31  - Brian Hicks, A Complaint Free World

June 26 Adam Wheeler reported on his week at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program in Belleville 

June 19 Ara Run - Huatulco, Mexico, Water Project

June 12 Elizabeth Cummings, YMCA

June 5 Beth Butcher/students Lakeshore Collegiate & Etobicoke Club sponsored German exchange program

May 29 Dawn Hemmy & Ferne Sinkins - Wild Cats - Toronto Cat Rescue

May 23    Music Night for Canadian Landmine Foundation raised $2000 for landmine removal and victims' aid.

May 22    Rathburn Area Youth presentation.

May 15 - Four students from Thorncliffe Park Public School showed the success of the "Who Is Nobody" program.

May 8 - Speakers from  the  Jumblies Theatre, Mapenzi na Muziki project. ("Love and Music" in Somali)

May 1 - Stephen Brown, Rotary Club of Mississauga-Credit Valley -  “Learn to Read – Read to Learn.”

April 17 - Wendy Horton - Youth Without Shelter

April 10 - Moira MacDougall on the “Teen Strategy”of the YMCA of greater Toronto.

March 27 - Peter Frampton, Executive Director of  the Learning Enrichment Foundation

March 20 - Val Alston presented the the community services and programs of LAMP, of which she is a board member.

March 13 - Dan Gargaro and John Voorpostel described their proposal to collect and distribute Hockey Jerseys for Native communities.

March 6 - Toronto Trek for Teens - The team, dubbed Team Hexwheel first met at the 2007 Camp Enterprise program
run by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke at the University of
Toronto Mississauga campus.

February 28 - Bruce Erskine and Elizabeth Flavelle - Toronto Police Services - 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee

February 14 - Heart Health - Nimisha Raja from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 

January 31 John J. Norman, VP of J. Zechner and Associates, spoke on "Debunking the myth of the 60/40 Portfolio"

January 25, 2008, was the 9th Annual Rotary Youth Impact Awards Banquet. If you weren't there, you missed a wonderful evening!

2007

January
10 Chris Brown spoke about the work of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, a registered charity whose focus is to promote awareness among the public regarding Acquired Brain Injury.

December 20th, Jackline Benoit, Coordinator of Family Services, Salvation Army in Long Branch spoke on the work of the Salvation Army in Etobicoke.

December 6 Jan Vanderwall spoke about the 'Aspirations Program', a mentoring program hosted in elementary schools in Etobicoke that pairs responsible adults from the community with children who would benefit from adult mentorship.

Nov.22   Andrea Dawber spoke about Trees Davenport, a not-for-profit partnership project between Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre and Green Here aimed at increasing the local tree canopy.

Nov.15    Michelle Cooper, Account Manager, and Sharon Connolly, Area Manager, Business Development Bank of Canada, on the financing and consulting aspects of the Bank. 

Nov. 8     Paul Collier on the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group bringing safe water to the world. You can download the  video "Rotary, The Water Story" from www.wasrag.org. Click the
Resources tab and look for "WASRAG Water Story Video".

November 1 An Evening of Music with Tommy Ambrose backed by Norm Amadio and a stellar group of musicians.

October 25 Jason Colero - Toronto Argos, Huddle Up Against Bullying

October 18 Maria Barnes, Etobicoke Humane Society
      
October 11 Fireside chat at Birds & Beans when President Brian discussed "Committees, Commitment and Communication" and John Stevenson aired the slide presentation for the District conference.

October 4 Marion Williamson from Elections Ontario on the MMP Referendum

September 13 Jill Hermant, Executive Director,  The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Ontario.

September 6 Kelly Clark updated us on the "Who is Nobody?" program.

August 30 Adam Pulpan spoke about his PhD work on Intergenerational Learning Programs for Community and Character Development: Why Today's Youth Is At Risk of Losing Intergenerational Connections.

August 9 RYLA student, Adam Gesicki, spoke about his experiences at the 2007 Rotary Youth Leadership session.  

August 2 - Jonathan Sachs spoke about Right To Play, an organization using sport and play programmes to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, disease.

July 26 - Dave Lewis described the “Life Straw” water purification system being distributed by the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, Wales.

June 21 - Eva Sachs, founder of Women in Divorce Financial, spoke on the financial aspects of divorce.

June 14 - Sarah Mackie spoke about The Factory Theatre's youth programs.

June 7 - George Morandin of Poraver North America on innovative glass recycling technology.

May 31 - Gordon King, Malcolm Card and Terry Smith on “The Sharing Way" water projects in Kenya.

May 24 - V.P. Gillian Birch and three students from Kipling Collegiate told about the success of the “You Can” program in their school.

May 17 - Hugo Idler of “Net Connect” spoke on new web conferencing technologies.

May 10 - Karen Copeland spoke on her experiences as a Rotary  Youth Exchange Student and Paul Watt spoke on Identity Theft.

May 3 - Janet Heidker shared her personal experience with home invasion.

April 26 - Marisha Roman, 2005 National Tom Longboat award winner - The Positive Impact of Athletics on Youth

March 1 - Liz Donnery, Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs, on ICA and their role in helping youth with HIV and AIDS in Africa; and her guest, Miriam Patterson, on the Il Ngwesi HIV/AIDS Project.
 
February 15 Mr. Paul Henderson, Amateur sports in the GTA.

February 8 Ms. Angela Thomas, Black history month.

February 1 Mr. James Alcock, "Get Moving Toronto; a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Toronto"

January 4 Rotarian Willis Rudy on "Our Evolving Health Care System - 1965 to the Present"

2006

December 7 Warren MacKenzie, author of "A Second Opinion on Your Finances"

Nov. 30: Sleeping Children Around the World, with Dave Dryden.

Nov. 23: Mr. Mike Wood Daly, Ground Level Youth Ventures

October 19, Dale Scheerer, Mississauga Credit Valley Rotary Club, spoke on the Peel School District dictionary project.

September 21 Paula Casson of ABI Possibilities on "Acquired Brain Injury"

July 27 Donald C. Cole, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, U of T, "Reducing Pesticide Use & Improving Human Health among Ecuadorian Potato Producers"

June 22 Dave Dryden, "Sleeping Children Around the World”, charity founded by his father, Murray Dryden

June 8  Lilit Khachatryan, Youth Impact Award winner and RYLA student.

May 25 Marguerite Zimmerman, Director of I.Can Foundation,
Little LibrariesTM

May 18 David Anderson, political cartoonist.

May 11 Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habit for Humanity Toronto, on the Rotary Drive project.

April 27  Kay Blair - Community Micro Skills Development Centre

April 20  Dick Cappon, “The difficult work / life balance in today's busy world”

April 13      Dr. Patricia Gabryl,  Academy for Natural Health, on naturopathic medicine

March 9    
Constable Phil Semple, Toronto Police Service, on 'Ski Hill Blues' - Kids and Cops Connecting

March 2     Mostafa Henaway, Social Justice Activist, on Organized Resistance

January 19th: Cathy Smith, on treating people with dyslexia and                       other learning disorders.

January 12th:   Michael Gallant, Engineers Without Borders

January 5th:    Kelly Clark of www.onebackyard.com

2005

November
24: "Listen Up"- M. J. De Sousa.

November 17: Mr. David Brown of  Blind Sailing Canada.

November 3: Petra Norris, Forensic Nurse from Sunnybrook & Women's College Hospital  Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre.

October 20: John Broley, President, Jeffery Wood Foundation

October 13: Michael Hill, Safe Schools Administrator, Toronto District School Board

September 22: Madeleine Pengelley, Birds and Beans Roastery coffee.

September 8: Police Superintendent Ron Tavener, 23 Division, speaking about gang violence.

August 25: Joan Hayward, District Governor 7070

August 11: Linda Scott of the Trillium Foundation.

August 4: Martin Frith on “Stress Management.”

July 21: Ruth Snowden on "The Powerful P's of Positive Change"

July 14: Mohammed Jama, reporting on 2005 RYLA training

May 19: Michelle Dagnino - Youth Action Network
 
April 28:  Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Liberal MP, Etobicoke Centre

April 21:  Louroz Mercader, Canadian National Exhibition.
 
April 7: Mariam Ali, Basketball Court project for the East Mall neighbourhood.
 
March 31: Donna Cansfield, MPP,  Energy Issues facing the Province of Ontario.

March 24: Terance Brouse, PACT and Urban Peace update.
 
March 17: Gilbert Khoury, Author and Entrepreneur, will speak about "Bringing a product or service to the marketplace”.
 
March 10: Peter Sirois, President & CEO, Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce.

March 3: Kate MacNaughton introduced, FACE, The Foundation for the Arts and Creative Enrichment/Fondation pour les Arts et Enrichissement Créatif, a national foundation that provides funds for youth in need and youth at risk to pursue enhanced Arts programming that would otherwise be beyond their reach
 
February 24: Jason Colero, Toronto Argonauts, on "Huddling Up Against Bullying".

February 17: Dr. Larry Beach on Adapting to a Disability and Retirement

February 10: Fred Ho, Canadian Blood Services

 February 3: Mike Walker, Critical Infrastructure Protection

January 6: Nina Cole, Chair, District 7070, Gift of Life campaign

2004

December 16: Sherry Walker, Grenada Hurricane Relief Fund

December 2: Rev. Don Dearlove, Neighbourhood Link

November 18: Dr. Allan Toguri, Chief of Division of Urology, The Scarborough Hospital, spoke on men's health issues.

November 4: Julie Brown, Bloorview-MacMillan Centre

October 28: Ms. Kris Gataveckas, V.P. Business Development, Humber College. “Ontario’s current and future career requirements.”

October 14: Idalia Obregon, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

September 30: Julie Brown, Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre

September 23: Anthony Holl on Fund raising

September 9: Pastor Joseph Gilyana, Camp Victory

September 2: Doretta Wilson, Executive Director, The Society for Quality Education, will speak on the Society's project to coordinate volunteer remedial reading tutors for grade two and three children.

August 26: Mary Flynn-Guglietti, Chair of the Denis Flynn Foundation

August 19: Lisa Sharpe, R.N., CPR trainer

August 12: Rob Ford, Toronto City Councillor

August 5: Carolyn Taylor, Executive Director, World Youth Centre

July 29: Duncan Munn, Chair of Etobicoke Easter Seals Society


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Tax receipts for charitable donations

The members of the Club maintain The Rotary Club of Toronto West Charity Trust, a registered Public Foundation, Business Number # 86777 6569 RR0001, which is authorized to issue tax receipts for charitable gifts. 

You may request a receipt for gifts accepted by the Charity Trust that qualify under Canada Revenue Agency policies. Please consult the CRA website for further information on eligibility.
 
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About the Club

Club History

Club Executive

Club Projects

Past Presidents

More Information

We are a member club of Rotary International and part of District 7070, an organization of professional persons, united worldwide, which provides humanitarian service, encourages ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. This is exemplified in Rotary’s official motto: “Service Above Self”. Our club has a very rich and eventful history, with the original charter dating back to 1955.

We operate in the western area of Greater Toronto, near the Pearson International Airport. Our membership is a cross section of the business and professional community, plus an ever increasing complement of active young men and women to nurture and sustain our club in the new millennium. We believe in strong fellowship, principally through our weekly meetings, where we explore and discuss a broad range of interesting topics, as well as, through committee participation that helps to foster deeper friendships, mutual respect and understanding. We provide ample opportunities for participation and fulfillment by engaging in a variety of events and fund-raising activities. We work very closely within our community, contributing our efforts and experience and the funds that we raise for worthy causes. We are also active in our District, and support selected projects in Canada and internationally.

Within our club, as throughout the Rotary world, race, nationality, sex, religion or politics do not enter into the criteria for membership.

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Rotary Club of Toronto West: Executive 2006-2007 Click here for contacts 

Current Executive 2009-10

President - Ron Manfield
President Elect - Doug Williams
Past President - Nick Galletto
Secretary - Stephen Thiele
Treasurer - Mark Dawber
Club Service - Paul Collier
Community Service - Brian Hicks
International Service - Don Foster
Special Projects - Nick Galletto
Membership - Jagjit Kohli
Newsletter Editor - Ron Wayman
Sergeant at Arms - Doug Williams
Public Relations - John Hastings
Vocational Service - Terry Vango 

Past Executive 2008-9

President, Nick Galletto
VP/President Elect, Ron Manfield
Secretary, Stephen Thiele
Treasurer, Mark Dawber
Past President, Brian Hicks
Club Service Director, Paul Collier
Community Service Director, Chris Ostrovski
Vocational Service Director, Don Foster
International Service Director, OPEN
Membership Chair, Ron Manfield
Newsletter Editor, Ron Wayman
Sergeant at Arms, Doug Williams

Past Executive 2007-8

President, Brian Hicks
President Elect, Nick Galletto
Secretary, Stephen Thiele
Treasurer, Mark Dawber
Past President,  Susan McCoy
Club Service Director, Nick Galletto
Community Service Director, Chris Ostrovski
International Service Director, Don Foster
Vocational Service Director, Willis Rudy
Newsletter editor, Ron Wayman
Sergeant at Arms, Doug Williams
Membership Chair, Paul Collier

Past Executive 2006-7

President, Susan McCoy
President Elect, Brian Hicks
Secretary, Stephen Thiele
Treasurer, Mark Dawber
Past President,  Stephen Thiele
Club Service Director, Terry Vango
Community Service Director, Brian Hicks
International Service Director, Don Foster
Vocational Service Director, Willis Rudy

Past executive 2005-6
President, Stephen Thiele
President Elect, Susan McCoy
Secretary, Albert Kezes
Treasurer, Mark Dawber
Past President, Jagjit Kohli
Club Service Director, Terry Vango
Community Service Director, Brian Hicks
International Service Director, Don Foster
Vocational Service Director, Willis Rudy

Past executive 2004-5

President, Jagjit Kohli
President Elect, Stephen Thiele
Vice President, Susan McCoy
Secretary, Barbara McDowall
Treasurer, Brian Crookes
Past President, Paul Collier( for Toronto West); Danelle Smith-Jakeman (for Etobicoke Sunrise)
Club Service Director, Stephen Thiele
Community Service Director, Bob Sexton
International Service Director, Mike Newediuk
Vocational Service Director, Willis Rudy


Past Executives of Rotary Clubs of Toronto West and Etobicoke Sunrise*: 2003-2004

*Effective July 1, 2004, the Rotary Club of Etobicoke Sunrise merged with the Rotary Club of Toronto West


Toronto West Etobicoke Sunrise
President Paul Collier Danelle Smith-Jakeman
President Elect Jagjit Kohli  
Vice President Albert Kezes  
Secretary Cynthia Baker Danelle Smith-Jakeman
Treasurer Brian Crookes Lynne Remigio
Past President Bryan Pett Chris Upwood
Club Service Director Jagjit Kohli Chris Ostrovski
Community Service Director Bob Sexton Susan McCoy
International Service Director Frank Berndt Mark Dawber
Vocational Service Director Terry Vango  

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Our Activities

We are very active with a wide range of projects, locally, across Canada and Internationally. Some of the principal organizations we have worked with and supported are:

The Rotary Youth Impact Awards Gala recognizes people and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the next generation. This is also our our major annual fund raiser.

Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Drive - partnering with the Toronto Council of Rotary Clubs to build 10 new homes for needy, deserving families.

Playgrounds for Dominican Republic - we are partnering with the Rotary club of Whitby Sunrise to dismantle and ship playground surplus equipment to a needy community.

Polio Plus Program - inoculation program to eradicate this dread disease world-wide. Rotary clubs have contributed contributed $373 million as well as volunteer services to the protection of nearly 2 billion children.

Rotary Foundation - with other Rotary Clubs worldwide, to provide aid and comfort wherever needed

For many years, the Club organized the Toronto Fall Fair providing a fun-for-all annual community event and fund raiser.

Etobicoke Centennial Choir - as sponsor and supporter of this premier choir in west Toronto

Urban Peace Initiative - Toronto Council of Rotary Clubs, District 7070, to address and reduce urban violence

Parent-Child Mother Goose Program - to help mothers and infants to cope and learn; we provided initial funding & support to organize & the model is being implemented in different communities

Etobicoke General, Queensway General & Humber Memorial hospitals - with donation of high tech medical equipment

The Dorothy Ley Hospice - providing palliative care for the terminally ill

Etobicoke Girls’ Residence - a halfway house for teen age girls from distressed families

Etobicoke Public Library - with donation of an auxiliary van for mobile library

Adventures in Citizenship - for deserving High School students to attend a conference in Ottawa

Ontario Science Centre, Living Earth Project - a Rotary sponsored tropical rain forest permanent display

Morelia Children's Hospital, Mexico - providing much needed hospital equipment

LAMP - Lakeshore Area Meal Program for needy schoolchildren

Sleeping Children Around the World - providing bed kits to needy kids

Pueblito Canada - to train the under-privileged and improve the living conditions of children in Latin America

Operation Eyesight Universal - funding for eye surgery in third world countries

Consuelo Project - our members contributed shoes, clothing, school supplies and fabric for sewing classes in the Dominican Republic.

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The SPOKE

Recent editions of The SPOKE, our regular newsletter, are posted here for your information and enjoyment. The links in the following table open a copy directly in your browser window.

Caution: The SPOKE contains no calories, vitamins, minerals or proteins. In fact, it is devoid of nutritional value. Nevertheless, it is a supplement much sought after and regularly devoured by the Rotarians of Toronto West. Thanks to editor Ron Wayman for this weekly injection of fact and fun.

SPOKE VOLUME 54
2010 - 11
SPOKE VOLUME 53
2009 - 10
SPOKE VOLUME 52
2008-9
SPOKE VOLUME 51
2007-8
#1, July 7 #1, July 2 #1, July 3 #1, July 5
#2, July 15 (#2 - no issue) #2, July 10 #2, July 12
#3 #3, July 16 #3, July 17 #3, July 19
#4 #4, July 23 #4, July 31 #4, July 26
#5 #5,  July 30 #5, Aug 7 #5, Aug 2
#6 #6, Aug 6 #6, Aug 21 #6, Aug 9
#7 #7, Aug 13 #7, Aug 28 #7 Aug 16
#8 #8, Aug 20 #8, Sep 4 #8 Aug 23
#9, Sep 2 #9, Aug 27 #9, Sep 11 #9, Aug 30
#10 #10, Sep 3 #10, Sep 18 #10, Sep 6 & 13
#11 #11, Sep 10 #11, Sep 25 #11, Sep 20
#12 #12, Sep 17 #12, Oct 9 #12, Sep 27
#13 #13, Oct 1 #13, Oct 16 #13, Oct 4
#14 #14,  Oct 7 #14, Oct 23 #14, Oct 11
#15 #15, Oct 15 #15, Oct 30 #15, Oct 18
#16 #16, Oct 22 #16, Nov 6 #16, Oct 25
#17 #17, Oct 29 #17, Nov 13 #17, Nov 8
#18, Nov 4 #18, Nov 5 #18, Nov 20 #18, Nov 15
#19, Nov11 #19, Nov 12 #19, Nov 27 #19, Nov 22
#20, Nov 18 #20, Nov 19 #20, Dec 4 #20, Nov 29
#21, Nov 25 #21, Dec 3 #21, Dec 11 #21, Dec 6
#22, Dec 2 #22, Dec 10 #22, Dec 18 #22,  Dec 13
#23, Dec 9 #23, Dec 17 #23, Jan 8, 2009 #23, Dec 20
#24, Jan 7, 2010 #24, Jan 15 #24, Jan 3, 2008
#25, Jan 14 #25, Jan 22 #25, Jan 10
#26, Jan 21 #26, Feb 5 #26, Jan 17
#27, Jan 28 #27, Feb 12 #27, Jan 31
#28, Feb 4 #28, Feb 19 #28, Feb 7
#29, Feb 11 #29, Feb 26 #29, Feb 14
#30, Feb 18 #30,  Mar 5 #30, Feb 21
#31, Feb 25 #31, Mar 12 #31, Feb 28
#32, Mar 4 #32, Mar 19 #32, Mar 6
#33, Mar 11 #33, Mar 26 #33, Mar 13
#34, Mar 18 #34, Apr 2 #34, Mar 20
#35, Mar 25 #35, Apr 9 #35, Mar 27
#36, Apr 1 #36, Apr 16 #36,  Apr 3
#37, April 8 #37, Apr 21 #37, Apr 10
#38, April 15 #38, May 7 #38, Apr 17
#39, April 22 #39, May 14 #39, Apr 24
#40, April 29 #40, May 21 #40, May 1
#41, May 6 #41, May 28 #41, May 8
#42, May 13 #42, June 4 #42, May 15
#43, May 20 #43, June 11 #43, May 22
#44, May 27 #44, June 18 #44, May 29
#45,  June 3 #45, June 24 #45, June 5
#46, June 12
#47, June 19
#48, June 26

Spoke archives:
SPOKE VOLUME 50
2006-7
SPOKE VOLUME 49 - 2005-6
#1, July 6
#46, June 29
#2, July 13
#45, June 22
#3, July 27
#44, June 8
#4, August 3
#43, June 1
#5, August 10
#42, May 25
#6, August 17
#41, May 18
#7, August 24
#40, May 11
#8. August 31
#39, May 4
#9, Sep 7
#38, April 27
#10, Sep 14
#37, April 20
#11, Sep 21
#36, April 13
#12, Oct 5
#35, April 6
#13, Oct 12
#34, March 30
#14, Oct 19
#33, March 23
#15, Nov 2
#32, March 16
#16, Nov 9
#31, March 9
#17, Nov 16
#30, March 2
#18, Nov 23
#29, February 23
#19, Nov 30
#28, February 16
#20, Dec 7
#27, February 9
#21, Dec 21
#26, February 2
#22, Jan 4
#25, January 19
#23, Jan 11
#24, January 12
#24, Jan 18
#23, January 5
#25, Feb 1
#22, December 22
#26, Feb 8
#21, December 8
#27, Feb 15
#20, November 24
#28, Feb 22
#19, November 17
#29, Mar 1
#18, November 10
#30, Mar 8
#17, November 3
#31, Mar 15
#16 - not available
#32, Mar 22
#15, October 13
#33, Mar 29
#14, October 6
#34, Apr 5
#13, September 29
#35, Apr 12
#12, September 22
#36, Apr 19
#11, September 15
#37,  Apr 26
#10, September 8
#38, May 3
#9, September 1
#39, May 10
#8, August 25
#40, May 17
#7, August 18
#41, May 24
#6, August 11
#42, May 31
#5, August 4
#43, June 7
#4, July 28
#44, Jume 14
#3, July 21
#45, June 21
#2, July 14
#46, June 28
#1, July 7
SPOKE VOLUME 48 - 2004-5
#47, June 29
#46, June 23
#45, June 9
#44, June 2
#43, May 26
#42, May 19
#41, May 12
#40, May 5
#39, April 28
#38, April 21
#37, April 14
#36, April 7
#35, March 31
#34, March 24
#33, March 17
#32, March 10
#31, March 3
#30, February 10
#29, February 3
#28, January 20
#27, January 13
#26, January 6
#24, December 23
#23, December 16
#22, December 9
#21, December 2
#20, November 25
#19, November 18
#17, October 28
#16, October 21
#15, October 14
#14, October 7
#13, September 30
#12, September 23
#11, September 16
#10, September 9
#9, September 2
#8, August 26
#7, August 19
#6, August 12
#5, August 5
#4, July 29
#3, July 22
#2, July 15
#1, July 8
SPOKE VOLUME 47 - 2003-4
#50 June 24, 2004
#49 June 17, 2004
#48 June 10, 2004
#47 June 3, 2004
#46 May 27th, 2004
#45 May 20, 2004
#44 May 13, 2004
#43 May 6, 2004
#42 April 29, 2004
#41 April 22, 2004
#40 April 15, 2004
#39 April 8, 2004
#38 April 1, 2004
#37 March 25, 2004
#36 March 18, 2004
#35 March 11, 2004
#34, March 4, 2004
#33, February 26, 2004
#32, February 19, 2004
#31 February 12, 2004
#30, February 5, 2004
#29, January 29, 2004
#28, January 22, 2004
#27, January 15, 2004
#26 January 8, 2004
#25 December 18, 2004
#24 December 11, 2003
#23 December 4, 2003
#22, November 27, 2003
#21, November 20
#20, November 13
#19, November 6
#18, October 30
#17, October 23
#16, October 16
#15 October 9
#14, October 2
#13, September 25

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