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Ignite the Potential in Youth

We meet most Thursdays 7:30 AM at the historic Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas St West, (416) 352-5626,
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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,, 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
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.
Did you know? The Rotary Foundation offers a limited number of scholarships for water and sanitation professionals to study at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. Rotarians interview applicants who have been admitted to the institute and recommend scholarship candidates. Learn more at
Rotary club meetings offer the type of genuine social connection that triggers our bodies to release oxytocin, the so-called happiness hormone, and reduce levels of cytokines, pro-inflammatory proteins that signal the immune system to work harder and are often associated with poor health and depression.
Rotaract brings together people ages 18 to 30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. If you’ve ever been to a Rotaract meeting or volunteered at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), you’ve already glimpsed one of the most vibrant parts of Rotary. Our programs for the 20-something and younger set are designed to mentor young leaders and bring generations together.
Steve Rutledge, a Rotarian who knows how to make a difference visited us this month to give us an update on the work of bringing clean water to villages in Laos. One of Rotary Foundation’s Areas of Focus is Providing Clean Water and Steve works energetically towards this goal.
Frustrated with the gaps and inequities for assessments and treatment programs available for low to middle-income Canadian families dealing with neurobiological disorders, Dr. Maged Kodsi founded Caring for Young Minds (CYM) in 1999.  Rotary Club Toronto West, in line with our vision to “Ignite the potential in youth,” invited Dr. Kodsi to give us an update on the invaluable work CYM is doing.
What really happened on November 22, 1963?  This is a question our member, John Muto, has puzzled over and researched for many years.  He has been in good company, as there have been more than 2000 books written , dozens of television programs and many movies filmed, all filled with theory, conjecture and myth as to why President  John F. Kennedy was assassinated in broad daylight on Elm Street in Dallas, Texas nearly 53 years ago.
Over 20 young students in the Montgomery’s Inn Culinary Arts Project (MICAP) made cookie houses in celebration of graduating from the program on May 25.  The cookie houses were of all different shapes and sizes with colourful designs and gave the kids the opportunity to practice their cooking and artistic skills while having fun and great social interaction.
PACTpaint Do you want to help at-risk kids to better themselves and get gainful employment? Our Rotary club does, by supporting the PACT Urban Peace Program here in Etobicoke. Help for kids in need was the message of David Lockett, a founder of the program who spoke to us on May 26, at a joint meeting of our club and Parkdale-High Park Rotary.
Save the date June 10 -14, 2017 for our 2017 Annual Conference. For more information visit
Rotary 7070 District Conference 2016
October 21& 22, 2016

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
9005 Leslie St. (and Hwy 7)
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
Conference Contact
Sandie Butterill
Chair, District Conference 2016
Phone: 416-417-0688
Cherry Blossoms at High ParkWill the cherry blossoms in High Park come out this year?
After a very mild winter and cool spring, Chantale Spencer, staff member at the High Park Nature Centre, has her fingers crossed.

The Charity Fundraising Gala was held on January 29 2016 at The Old Mill Inn, with over 200 guests enjoying the Silent Auction, a fine dinner and the Awards Presentation.

Frank O'Dea, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. A celebrated businessman, he has launched and led a number of successful not-for-profits and businesses, including the Second Cup and Street Kids International.  
Six other individuals and organizations from our community were also recognized with awards for their contributions in helping youth to achieve their full potential. 
story image preview A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony opened the new MicroSkills Rotary Youth Centre in Etobicoke in September 2015. The new facility was largely funded by a joint project between two local clubs: Rotary Etobicoke and Rotary Toronto West.
story image preview A hospital stay for a child can often be exhausting for parents who must stay overnight. Read how our club helped to relieve this stress with a gift to the Etobicoke General Hospital.