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Welcome to Our Club! celebrating 69th anniversary

Richmond Hill


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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
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The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is very happy to launch its first annual Women of Inspiration & Leadership Award, or WILA. The award will recognize a woman who has contributed to the greater good of the Richmond Hill Community through her leadership, achievement, and example of distinction.  She may have done so through her contribution to a corporation, government, not-for-profit, start-up, or service to the community. 
In addition to the prestige of receiving an award that recognizes the winner as a woman of inspiration and leadership, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will donate $1,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice.
Noeline Paul, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said, “I am thrilled to have our club launch an award that recognizes women and their many achievements. As a club, we knew it was important to acknowledge that women play a significant role in the betterment of society. We all know women who are leaders in so many different ways, some beyond traditional notions of leadership, and this award gives us the opportunity to showcase and appreciate women who lead and inspire us in our local community.
At our meeting yesterday, retired Canadian Armed Forces career officier, Rotarian Gordon Vandyke led our club’s remembrance ceremony.  He discussed the sacrifices of so many men in the two world wars.  He also recited a very moving version of John McRae’s In Flanders Field.  Thank you Gord.  And thank you to all our Canadian veterans, and thank you to our active Canadian Armed Forces serving both in Canada and overseas.  We owe you an immeasurably debt of gratitude. 
For the twelfth consecutive year, the Richmond Hill Rotary Tree Planting was held at the Oak Ridges Moraine Park (off of Old Colony Road) this last Sunday.  For those of you who remember back, this park was just a meadow in the very beginning.  Now it’s an urban forest! 
In past years, the trees were planted by local Richmond Hill students.  This year, because of Covid, the schools are unable to participate, so Rotarians were out there with shovels planting the trees.
We would like to particularly thank the TD Friends of the Environment for the on-going and consistent financial support of the tree planting over the years.  We would never have been able to do it without you. 
Thank you also to Steve Smith of Urban Forest Associates  and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority for organizing, and providing the support and logistical infrastructure for this project.  Thank you also to Michael White who has been the champion of this project for many years.
Also a big thank you to our Rotarians, and our friends who came out and provided the elbow grease required to plant the trees.
Let us all work hard to help our community get Covid under control.  Hopefully, next year, school children will be returning to their role tree planters.
Many photos below of our volunteers.
Below, Steve providing a tree planting lesson
Dr. CP planting his first (of many) trees
Special thank you to Alex and Ben who came to join Rotarians and plant trees
David and Linda planting
Jason carrying 100 lbs of mulch
Paul planting a tree
David and Jill working together
Welcome to Donita Hagborg, the world's newest member to Rotary!  She joined our Richmond Hill Rotary Club earlier this evening.
Congratulations Donita!
Below Donita at her on-line induction ceremony.
This evening, we were honoured to have Marney Beck speak to our club about the publishing industry in Canada, and how service organizations can best position themselves to stay in the public’s eye.  Marney was a freelance journalist for the Toronto Star.  Then for fifteen years she was the editor of the Richmond Hill Liberal and Thornhill Liberal community newspapers,  Now retired, she volunteers for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, MADD York Region, the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival and Hill House Hospice
Thank you for your speech.  And thank you for your unending contribution to our community!
Below, Marney speaking to our club.
Twenty-five volunteers from the Richmond Hill Rotary Club completed their Bottle and Food drive. $1,200 was raised for charities supporting our community, plus 750 lbs of food for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Rotary wishes to thank everyone from the Richmond Hill community for their support.
Photo below shows Peter and Hira delivering the food to Lee Reynalds of the food bank.
Below, our team in action at one of our four locations.
Photo below, DG Mark Chipman joined our team at another one of our four locations.
Photo below, our team putting out signs to promote the event.
On Monday, we were honoured to have Luke Vorstermans speak at our meetingLuke, from the Rotary Club of Gibsons, BC, is the Founder Roll a Hippo Foundation, and Chair of the Hippo Roller Project.
Many girls and women around the world, particularly in poor countries, focus much of their lives on carrying water for their families, from rivers and wells to their family homes.  It is physically demanding, thankless work.  The hippo water roller addresses this problem.  It moves 90 liters of water by rolling it on the ground.  The hippo water roller can transport more water, more easily and in less time than carrying 20-liter buckets on the head.
The hippo water roller is empowering girls and women around the world.  Thank you Luke for sharing your vision.
More information can be found at
We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, Ms. Veda Harricharran.   She has over 34 years of experience in the insurance industry working for CDSPI, a non profit organization serving the dentists of Canada which has provided her the opportunity to travel across Canada. 

She has been a volunteer at Centenary hospital for  over 12 years and the Yellow Brick House.  Veda feels When you joined a group of people you keep coming back because you feel you want to be with them and be part of a group with a shared mission.


Below, we have a photo of Veda's on-line induction into Rotary.  Congratulations Veda!


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