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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
A taste of independence
Modena, Italy, is known for fine things. The region is home to manufacturers of Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini automobiles. It’s where the artisan cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is made, as well as Lambrusco wine. And it’s the only place in the world that produces traditional balsamic vinegar. The vinegar is a delicacy – sweeter and thicker than the kind usually found on restaurant tables, refined and aged in casks up to 25 years. The process has been handed down from generation to generation; the casks are often bequeathed to children or used to celebrate milestones such as weddings and...
Giving Tuesday winners announced
Rotary extends its thanks and congratulations to the Rotary Club of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, for having the most club members (35) who made personal contributions through My Rotary on Giving Tuesday, 29 November. The club will receive a copy of our Foundation's centennial book, "Doing Good in the World, The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." The districts with the most donors who made personal online contributions that day are District 9102 (Benin, Ghana, Niger, and Togo), with 80 donors; District 4400 (Ecuador), 76 donors; and District 7670 (parts of North Carolina,...
2016-17 Directors-nominee announced
On 2 December, RI President John F. Germ declared the following candidates for the 2018-20 Board of Directors. The announcement came one day after the deadline passed for receiving proposals of additional candidates, in accordance with the Rotary International Bylaws. The directors-nominee, who will be elected at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, are: Zone: 3 Director-nominee: Akira Miki  Rotary club: Himeji, Hyogo, Japan Zone: 7A Director-nominee: Rafael Garcia III  Rotary club: Pasig, Rizal, Philippines Zone: 12 Director-nominee: Francesco Arezzo Rotary club: Ragusa,...
New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
Member spotlight: Do Nguyen builds schools and understanding
Three days after he was born, Do Nguyen’s family fled its small Vietnamese village during the First Indochina War. He didn’t have access to school until they returned nine years later. He made up for lost time, completing high school and then college. But after he came to the United States in 1974 to earn a graduate degree, the capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese prevented him from returning. In the decades that followed, Nguyen became an American citizen, co-founded a chain of video stores, and discovered Rotary, where he’s now a member of the Rotary Club of Maumee, Ohio, USA, and the...
 
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We meet most Thursdays 7:30 AM at the historic Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas St West, (416) 352-5626,
 
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Well over 250 guests are expected to gather once again in January for an evening of Rotarian hospitality helping us to raise funds for many worthwhile causes. Our event recognizes six remarkable individuals and organizations in our community who have made amazing accomplishments in their efforts to help youth achieve their full potential. 

  • Would you or your organization like to be a Sponsor at this popular event?
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  • Or maybe you might want to donate gifts for our Silent Auction tables. Our generous guests help us raise thousands for many good causes! 

Learn all about our Club's exciting 18th Annual Rotary Youth Impact Awards Gala Event. Please read more ...

Ryerson Student Saunak Shukla has won the Ron Wayman Rotary Award for the second year in a row.
 
The Ron Wayman Rotary Award provides financial assistance and recognizes the extra-curricular achievement of a student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at Ryerson
University in memory of the late Ron Wayman, a long-time member of the Club. The award is funded by the Wayman family.
 
Saunak is a talented student, having won a number of scholarships, and has been working as an operations engineering intern at Celestica. Janet Heidker, Ron’s daughter, says “He won because he is the best student who exemplifies the qualities of a Rotarian.”
At our Holiday Dinner on December 7, 2017, Nick Galletto was presented with a certificate and pin honouring him as our latest Paul Harris Fellow.
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial financial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
On December 8th, members of Rotary Toronto West and Etobicoke Collegiate Institute's Interact Club combined forces to respond as Santa to approximately 700 letters written by children in Baybay, Philipines. The press were there to cover this very successful event. More details and pictures coming soon. Why not plan on joining in next year? It will guarantee your spot on Santa's "Nice" list!
 
Remember that ashtray you bought in Arizona as a souvenir years ago, and you don’t even smoke any more?
 
How about that ugly couch you inherited from your Aunt?  Or those clothes you haven't worn in ten years?
 
Over the years, “stuff” accumulates and you think to yourself “Well, I may need that some day”. Until your place starts to look like the television show “Hoarders”.
 
But a cluttering problem is easily fixable.
 
 
The past comes alive vibrantly in Islington, Toronto's Village of Murals.  
 
The village of Islington is located on Dundas Street West between Montgomery Road and Kipling Avenue.  
 
With a history spanning more than 200 years, proximity to Mimico Creek and Dundas Street, with its role in connecting York (now Toronto) with all of southwestern Ontario, were factors in attracting settlers to the Islington area, and these features remain important to the modern day "settlers" who live and do business in this area.
 
On November 10, we were privileged to be able to borrow Lola Macanowicz, Chairperson of the Islington Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) to get an inside glimpse of the workings of the BIA of this historic location.
Rotary Toronto West had a significant turn-out of volunteers to assist the Kids Against Hunger event organized in partnership with Rotary Club of Etobicoke. Volunteers from Interact, Rotaract, and 22 Division of the Toronto Police were also among the 100 or so people involved in packing food destined for locations close to home and abroad (Haiti). Thanks to all who participated! More photos and details about this very successful event coming soon...
 
Imagine what might happen if 20 jumbo jets crashed every day.  The public outcry to end the carnage would be huge, and the world would come together in a concerted effort to make it stop.  Contrast this with the realization that an equivalent number of people, about 8,000, most of them children, are dying daily because of lack of access to clean water and safe sanitary facilities.  Where is the outcry?  What is being done to end this?  These are the questions that Dr. Ronald Denham, an operations team member for WASRAG, is asking Rotarians to consider, as we learned in his presentation at Rotary Toronto West on November 3, 2016.
 
You can help close the gap. Donate now.
 
On World Polio Day, October 24th, show your support.  Let's make polio a thing of the past.
Your home is your castle, but when you decide to renovate it, you need to do your homework! So says Paul Napolitano, owner of Royal Home Improvements. In his address to Rotary Toronto West members on September 22nd, he gave us insight into today’s trends and what prospective clients should consider before signing a contract.
Joe Roberts, The Skid Row CEO, will be revving up Rotary at the 7070 District Conference on Sunday October 22, 2016.
 
 
Rotary Toronto West held their golf tournament On September 15th at the beautiful and challenging Caledon Country Club. It was a GREAT DAY!
 
John Cochrane, founder of Cochrane Automotive in Etobicoke and long time club member, gave us a glimpse into the “connected car” of the future on August 18th. And the message was – it’s happening as we speak, and we’d better get ready for it!
Homelessness and joblessness did not keep Kristoff from following his dream.
 
Kristoff came to the MicroSkills Rotary Youth Centre as a newcomer from Jamaica. His passion for food and cooking was immediately clear in his eagerness to volunteer for the afterschool program snack preparation. In 2012, Kris enrolled in the Microskills Pre-Cook Apprenticeship Program delivered in partnership with Humber College. After completing the program, Kris faced new challenges such as difficulties finding and retaining employment. He was also homeless for a time...
RTW members and Rotaractors turned out to welcome people to Rotary at Taste of the Kingsway on Saturday, September 10th.
 
As always, it is fun to get out in public to spread the word about Rotary and it’s fulfilling to see the spark of interest in the faces of many of the people approached.
 
Sarah Ali, along with five other caring, determined, passionate mothers got together under the banner of the Somali Parents Liaison Coalition to create a summer camp for thirty vulnerable children that brought much joy, safety and opportunity to both parents and children. Sarah spoke to Rotary September 1st, about the great work that’s been done.
We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio - horrible disease which crippled thousands of once active, healthy children. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.
Planning a project and need help? Rotarian experts offer advice to other members through Rotary’s action groups and the Foundation’s cadre system.
Connect with some of the most ordinary-extraordinary people like:
Lisa McCoy from Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario - that provides bicycles to Cambodian children so they can get to school. To be continued ...
Together, Rotarians are attacking poverty, disease, and lack of education, and bringing peace through grant-funded projects in our areas of focus. What began as modest projects that helped relatively few people, about 100 years ago, gradually expanded, and today more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects transforming millions of lives around the globe.

In 1905, a lonely Paul Harris was looking for camaraderie and a way to build a professional network. Today, that network is 1.2 million members strong who are connected to other leaders in their own communities and around the world.
Through the Global Rewards program, Rotary and Rotaract members can take advantage of discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, entertainment, and a wide variety of other products. (Marriott, Amazon.com, Costco, and Ikea are just a few of the businesses that participate). Many members also offer discounts from their own businesses. Use it as a way to save money on a club project or to support a member-owned business. Products and services are added every week; find out what’s new at www.rotary.org/globalrewards.
Rotary clubs have many options for attracting members and keeping them involved. In April 2016, representatives from Rotary districts around the world met and revised Rotary’s policies that give clubs greater flexibility in when, where, and how they meet and the types of membership they offer.
Because our work to support peace and end conflict is making the world a better place – one person at a time. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

and help spread peace around the world.
to promote peace.