Posted by Peter Szoke on Dec 21, 2020
Today, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill held our final meeting of the 2020 year.  One of our speakers was Rotary Past District Governor, John Van Laar and his wife Cora.  John and Cora gave an update on the Back to School project in Cebu, the Philippines.  It helps poverty-stricken children to attend school with necessary items such as a school uniform, shoes and school supplies. Donations also help fund the Mobile Eye Clinics, the Mobile Dental Clinics, and a Mobile Library.  They also assist young adults to get the vocational training that they need to get jobs.  John and Cora have now been running this project for 16 years.  The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has been a proud supporter of this project for 15 of those years.  John’s hard work and dedication at age 92 is an inspiration to us all.  Keep up the good work John and Cora!  Below we see John speaking to our club.
Long-time Richmond Hill Rotarian, Glen Waugh, was awarded the status of Rotary Major Donor.  This really is an honour!  Particularly now with Covid, so many community groups in are in need, yet many of our club’s regular fundraising efforts are curtailed.  So donations by club members are so very critical.  Glen, you are showing a great example for all of us to follow.  Thank you very much! Below is a photo of Glen accepting his award.
Another long-time Richmond Hill Rotarian, Bryon Wilfert has been named to the Board of Directors of the NATO Association of Canada,  The role of the association is to “Promote Peace, Prosperity and Security through Knowledge and Understanding of the Role of the importance of NATO”.  I predict an upcoming provocative presentation on NATO to our club.  Congratulations Bryon!