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Richmond Hill

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
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Due to Caronavirus COVID 19
Our planned Gala scheduled May 2nd 2020 has been cancelled
New date shall be announced at later stage
 We are thankful to all our supporters, sponsors and friends
of your overwhelming support Rotary causes
for the good our global and local communities
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Covid-19 has hit our community hard.  Not only has it had a huge impact on people, it has also had a huge impact on our social services.
 
The Yellow Brick House is an organization that supports woman and children in abusive relationships.  Our present Covid-19 situation is forcing us into social isolation and social distancing.  With woman so isolated from the community, some of them seem to be under a more difficult situation than before.  With Covid-19, there is an increased need for the services of Yellow Brick House.
 
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill asked Yellow Brick House how we could help?  Their request was for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves.  Our small contribution was to source and deliver gloves to Yellow Brick House.
 
Thank you to Yellow Brick House for all your great work!
 
For more information on Yellow Brick House, go to https://www.yellowbrickhouse.org/
Yesterday, Rotarian Richard Mewhinney of the Rotary Club of Newmarket, Ontario presented at our weekly Rotary club meeting (via Zoom).
 
For many years, Richard has been championing the support of Ongutoi, a village in central east Uganda – and the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has been actively supporting Ongutoi too. 
 
Ongutoi had a languishing local economy and poor access to healthcare until Rotary-sponsored projects created a medical centre and transformed barren ground into a grove of Valencia orange trees. 
 
The most recent project was to build a local economy around an water project / agricultural crop with sufficient export value to fund the operations of a medical centre.  Here is the update/outline of the project:
 
Phase 1 of the water project began in the fall of 2018 with installation of a water collection platform, cistern and 381 Valencia orange trees.  Drip irrigation was used to water the trees during the dry season.  The trees tolerated this well.
 
Phase 2 commenced in the spring of 2019 with the expansion of water storage in tanks and a further planting of 404 trees.  An orchard of 3,000 trees is expected to provide full sustainability.  The Soroti fruit processing plant can put through 6.5 metric tonnes of fruit per hour.  A demo garden showing how drip irrigation can be set up for smaller applications is helping to educate local farmers about options for watering crops.  Concerns about monoculture have also been offset through the establishment of an apiary and the sale of honey.  You can view the most recent update here:  
 
Phase 3 is started in the spring of 2020.  The hope is to increase water storage to 225 million litres with additional crestanks and to plant a further 1600 trees.  Funding will consist of $250 thousand US from a RI global grant, plus donations from local Rotary Clubs and the project partner, Uganda Rotary Water Plus.  This will be the last major infrastructure project in the area because by it's completion, the medical centre will be self-sustaining.
 
Richard, thank you for sharing your experiences at our meeting.  But we particularly want to you for your hard work and dedication to the people of Ongutoi.  We at Richmond Hill Rotary are happy that we were able to participate.
 
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The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill recently made donation to support of the people of Chame Province of Panama. Working with the local club of Rotary Club of Playa Coronado, www.rotarypc.com, we helped supply the mountain pueblos with fresh water.
 
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Richmond Hill Rotary Craft Beer Festival, our Richmond Hill Rotary Gala, or one of our other events.  You enable us to help those in need!
 
 
Monday night, we were pleased to welcome the Executive Director of the Richmond Hill Board of Trade, https://www.rhbot.ca/, Karen Mortfield, to speak at our weekly zoom meeting. She gave us an update on how local businesses are doing during this emergency and what the Board is doing to help them.  It was very interesting and we are glad to have such a strong organization helping our local businesses. You can check out https://www.shoplocalrichmondhill.ca/ for just one example.
 
Below is a snap-shot of the zoom meeting.
 
Last week, District Governor for Rotary District 7070, Beth Selby, joined our club's weekly meeting.  Beth gave us a great overview of how many of the club's in our district our staying relevant to their members during Covid-19 and social distancing.  Many of the clubs, just like our own, are continuing to meet on-line using various digital meeting tools.  Our own club is meeting using Zoom.
 
Furthermore, Beth gave us an overview of many of the current fundraising activities in the district.  Many clubs are looking at how they can assist local community groups that have been particularly hard hit by Covid-19.  Stay tuned to this space for an update on what the Richmond Hill Rotary Club is doing.
 
Thank you Beth!
 
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 10660 Yonge St., 
PO Box 30568
Richmond Hill
 ON L4L 3C9 
 
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Mar 18, 2019
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Dec 24, 2018
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Dec 17, 2018
 
 
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