Rotary Club of Richmond Hill
Serving our Community for over 70 years
Mondays at 6:30 PM @ Sheraton Parkway Hotel

Monthly Magazine 

November 2021
Editor Nash Azam

Welcome to our monthly magazine! 

 We Are People of Action
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.


1. ONLINE AUCTION, Closing date extended!
 Richmond Hill Rotary Internet Auction 2021
On demand, we are excited to extend our Online Auction 2021! Choose from a selection of Canadian artwork, sports memorabilia, home décor, electronics, jewelry and more.
Do your holiday shopping from the comfort of your home.
Bids are already open. Go to
Bids will close at 9pm on Saturday, December 11th 2021
All funds raised will go to charities supported by Richmond Hill Rotary. Since Covid, your funds have gone to support:
Brings comfort, hope and dignity to women and youth in crisis with the gift of purses filled with personal necessities.
Ninety (90!) purses filled with containers of body wash and body lotion, hats, make-up, gloves, manicure sets, sanitizer, scarves, tooth paste, tooth brushes etc. They are heading to Fill A Purse For A Sister Campaign, which brings comfort, hope and dignity to women and youth in crisis. What a worthy cause! 
Thank you to all those who donated, and dropped off their purses at Eggsmart and Dr. C.P. Giri - Dentist.
What a super-human effort by our Fill a Purse For a Sister champion at Richmond Hill Rotary, Veda Harricharran!
3. Rotary Virtual Wine Event
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill hosted its second virtual wine event! The event was very successful, with support from members of Rotary District 7010 and members of our club. It was especially nice to see families of our members coming out to support the club and enjoy some great local wines. Galina, our wine steward from Chateau des Charmes Winery, was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a fun night!
Funds raised from the event go to the Fill A Purse For A Sister Campaign that our club’s Women Initiatives Group is working on.
Special thanks to Donita Hagborg for taking the lead in organizing this event. Donita, you did a great job!
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is very happy to announce its 2nd annual Women of Inspiration & Leadership Award, or WILA. The award recognizes 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.
For more details and participation, please visit

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill Christmas Party

Rotary Christmas Dinner event will be held at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel on Dec. 20, starting with the reception at 5:30 pm. The cost for this Dinner will be $75 per person, which will include a portion of this fee going to a local charity. There will be a cash bar, a phot0grapher for family photos, musical entertainment by Ron Mansfield, a live Auction, and some presentations. But most of all it will be a chance to socialize with one another for the first time since Dec. 2019.
Those who will be attending please inform Paul Vyrostko
Choice of Starter / Choice of En·tréeChoice of Dessert

Club Meeting Stories

  • Leah Denbok - Humanizing the homeless

a 17-year-old photographer from Collingwood, Ont. In the past three years, she's walked the streets in her province in Toronto, Barrie and Kitchener, as well as in New York City, capturing the lives of the homeless with her photos.

Many of the portraits will be featured in her upcoming book. Nowhere to Call Home — Photographs and Stories of the Homeless will be released in the fall, with all proceeds going to the Barrie Bayside Mission Centre.

  • Richard Mewhinney - Uganda Water Storage and irrigation Project
Update on the Water Project in Uganda & the Ongutoi Health Centre. 
  • Kevin Donovan - Investigative Reporter for Toronto Star
Kevin talk about - famous murder of Barry and Honey Sherman, gave interesting insides. Kevin wrote several books. Few best sellers:
- Billionaire Murders (Barry and Honey Sherman case)
- The Dead Times (Kevin's mystery novel)
- Secret Life (Jian Ghomeshi investigation)
(Please email Paul V, if you are interested to buy and how many and which for great Christmas gift or addition to your library)
  • Dave Morrison & Wilfried Kouadinane

Dave Morrison on RACHEL (getting Internet services to remote communities

Wilfried Kouadinane on Facebook basics and its usage

  • Robert Le Sage, President of Fort Myers Rotary Sunrise Club                
Robert ​​​​​​​talked about as how to bring new members into the club, he gave a lot of good ideas for membership drive. Bryon Wilfert as now the member of Fort Myers Club, we may look into the possibilities of creating a sister club affiliation between Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and Fort Myers Sunrise. 
Rotary Club of Richmond Hill refreshed its website
Check it out and provide suggestions
President Raj PHF 2
Hira Joshi was presented with his award for becoming a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation Canada. Thank you, Hira, for being so generous!
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting - Joint
Holiday Express
Jun. 17, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Turn Over Night
Raj's Home
Jun. 22, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rotary Meeting - In person
Holiday Express
Jul. 08, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Garage Sale - RH Ribfest
Richmond Green RH
Jul. 27, 2024 9:00 a.m. –
Jul. 28, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Rotary Zoom Meeting
Jul. 29, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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President Elect & Community Services
Past President
International & Foundation Director
Finance Director
Club Service Director
Vocational Service Director
Environmental Services Director
DEI Director
Youth Services Director
RH Rotary Charitable Foundation - President
RH Rotary Charitable Foundation - Secretary
RH Rotary Charitable Foundation - Treasurer
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Exhibit documents the scope of polio eradication efforts worldwide


The Rotary Club of Milwaukee revitalized its city’s riverfront with a contribution from a local landowner — a strategy that could work in other communities.


he newly formed Rotary Club of Beirut Pax Potentia, Lebanon, which focuses on peacebuilding, has its origins in a project funded by a Rotary Foundation global grant

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