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Richmond Hill

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
Canada
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Due to Coronavirus COVID 19
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Last week we had our Richmond Hill Rotary Bottle and Food Drive.  About $1000 of money raised by returning refundable bottles and cans (still picking up some more bottles tomorrow).  900 pounds of food was gathered for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.  What a great result!  Thank you to all of you who donated.
 
Below is a photo of the Food Bank's Lee Reynolds accepting food from Rotarians: Club President Raj Rajasri, Veda Harricharran, Peter Szoke and Jason Cherniak.
 
 
 
The event featured a lot of great Rotarians in action.  Below we have CP, Gordon, Krysta, David and Samantha.
 
 
 
Yesterday was our annual turnover event.  This is where our outgoing President passes on the responsibility to our new President.
 
Our outgoing President, Noeline Paul, did a simply stellar job during a very challenging year.  In spite of Covid, our club held regular Zoom meetings (with interesting speakers), held our first ever Richmond Hill Rotary Bottle and Food Drive, launched the Womens’ Initiative, including the first ever Richmond Hill Women of Inspiration & Leadership Award, distributed funds to numerous charities in need, planted trees in the Oak Ridges Moraine, held a virtual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and gained several new members.  Noeline was recognized with the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her hard work.  Thank you Noeline!
 
 
Our new president is Raj Sriskandarajah.  He laid out a plan for some fundraising that would work either if the world re-opens, or even the unlikely scenario that it is delayed.
 
 
Also honoured with a Paul Harris Awarded were Jason Cherniak and Peter Szoke. 
 
The “Exceptional Service and Dedication” Award was presented to three deserving Rotarians, Paul Vyrostko, Glen Waugh and David Tate.  Congratulations to all!
 
 
We look forward to the year ahead!
Have you been waiting for the perfect moment to start your Spring Cleaning? Please drop off your empties at the #RichmondHill Rotary Bottle & Food Drive July 10. #Procrastinate #Procrastination #SpringCleaning #RotaryBottleDrive
 
On Saturday, July 10th, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will be holding their 2nd “Bottle and Food Drive” to collect alcoholic bottles/cans for deposit refund, and packaged food.  After a Covid-caused false start, this time is for real!
 
According to Noeline Paul, Club President, “The Covid-19 pandemic has really put a strain on agencies serving people in need. This fundraiser helps us to continue to help others.”
Please help by dropping off your beer cans and liquor bottles, or making a packaged food donation, on Saturday, July 10th, 11am-4pm at one of four drop off locations:
  1. Dr. CP Giri Dental Office - 9791 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, L4C 9X7
  2. Upper Yonge Place (Loblaws mall) – 10909 Yonge St. (at Bernard Ave), Richmond Hill
  3. Richmond Hill Board of Trade – 376 Church St South, Richmond Hill
  4. 29 Bedford Park Ave – off of Yonge Str, Richmond Hill
The packaged food will go to the Richmond Hill Food Bank.
 
So where does the money go?  Here is a list of some of the projects that Richmond Hill Rotary has supported since the start of Covid:
 
  1. Our most recent donation was $1000 to The Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region
  2. $1000 donation to Richmond Hill's Home on the Hill, a support organization for local families where a member is struggling with severe mental illness
  3. $1000 donation to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank
  4. Donation of Personal Protective Equipment to Richmond Hill's Yellow Brick House, women's shelter
  5. Rotarians picked up shovels and work gloves to plant trees in the Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park near Old Colony Road
  6. Launch of the 1st annual Richmond Hill's Women of Inspiration and Leadership Award, or WILA, the first winner announced this past spring
  7. $1000 donation for water filters for a village in Laos
  8. $1000 donation for the Beirut Hospital Restoration Project (damaged by the August 2020 explosion)
  9. Scholarship to a graduating student in each of Richmond Hill’s high schools
  10. 750 lbs of food to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank courtesy of the September Bottle & Food Drive
If you would like more information about any of the above projects, please stop and ask a Rotarian at the Bottle & Food Drive.
 
To receive email updates about the Bottle and Food Drive, please let me know at pszoke777@gmail.com
 
 
 
Thank you very much to Acting Mayor Joe DiPaola who gave an update at our Rotary meeting concerning all things Richmond Hill.  Residents of Richmond Hill are supplying very active participation in the current update to the Official Plan.  The new plan will provide a guide land use and development to 2041.  More information on the update is at https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/find-or-learn-about/official-plan-update.aspx
 
Acting Mayor DiPaola also gave an update on a new subway stop for Yonge and Hwy7.  Yes, it is really going to happen!  Tentative completion is 2029/2030.
 
Thank you for the presentation Acting Mayor DiPaola!
 
Last Friday, Megan Siemens from Konzelmann Wines joined us for a virtual wine tasting event.  We savoured four great wines with food.  Funds raised went to the Richmond Hill Rotary's Womens' Initiatives, #WILA.
 
Thank you to our Womens' Committee for organizing such a fun event!
 
See more on Rotary's Women's initiatives at https://rotaryrh.wixsite.com/womensinitiatives/programs
 
The Yukon Quest is a grueling 1,000 miles/1,600 km dog sled race through the wilderness between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska.   Join the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill’s Zoom meeting to hear Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready from Winterdance Dogsled Tours tell their story.

Hank and their huskies have had many adventures from Maine to Alaska including competing in six 1000-mile races in Alaska and the Yukon. Out of the many lessons and countless stories from these races, a corporate presentation was born that focuses on building and leading
great teams through challenging times.
 
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