Voice Issue May 23, 2014

The Rotary Club of Toronto
Today’s Programme
Pre-Lake Scugog Camp Fellowship
Fairmont Royal York, Tudor 7 & 8, MM Level
Our Condolances
Dolores Naylor, wife of long time Club member
Peter Naylor, passed away on Saturday, May
17, 2014. Dolores had been a member of The
Rotary Club of Toronto Inner Wheel.
Our thoughts go out to Peter
and his family at this
difficult time.
Trump AIDS Poker Walk
Volume 101 | Issue 40 | May 23, 2014
Research and Appeals Committee Grants
- by Valerie Clark, Chair R&A
The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation
approved recommendations by the Research and
Appeals Committee to provide funding to the
following agencies for their projects as outlined below:
Toronto Youth Development – (Youth) - $15,000
A grant was given to provide funding to help pay for the Regent
Park Soccer League. Major programs are provided to youth and
children in Regent Park, including character and leadership
development, sports fitness and nutrition skills. A grant of
$15,000 was made to fund equipment and uniforms for soccer.
Shirts and uniforms will have The Rotary Club of Toronto and
the Rotary logo.
Eastview Neighbour Community Centre – (Community) - $5,000
ENCC serves community members who face barriers including
poverty, single parent families, immigration and language. They
typically arrange 10 holiday celebrations in December and receive
some aid from other agencies. Rotary provided partial funding
for ten holiday parties in December 2014. For 40 years, ENCC has
served the area bounded by Greenwood, Broadview, Danforth
and Queen streets. The programs served are: family resources,
healthy beginnings, children, youth, seniors and newcomers.
Distress Centres Suicide Prevention – (Youth) - $2,500
These funds go to the purchase of customized software designed
for online suicide crisis intervention targeted at youth 19-24
years. This software automates the service delivery process
through instant messaging, live chats or text messaging with crisis
counsellors. The software also allows crisis counsellors to quickly
retrieve critical information on community services and support
networks. It also allows data tracking by creating caller profiles
that help establish ongoing relationships with vulnerable youth.
Theatre Francais de Toronto – (Youth) - $5,000
Grant to fund French theatre workshops for financially
disadvantaged children in Toronto. Skills imparted in the theatre
Maureen Bird announced that on Saturday, April 26, our workshops improve self-confidence and impact personal lives
club generated $11,000 at the Trump AIDS Poker Walk. for the better. Funding covers the cost for kids who would not
The Rotaract Club of Toronto fundraised over $1760, of otherwise be able to afford attending a theatre workshop session.
Here Past President Neil C. Phillips (left) and a few Rotaract members show
off their stuff!
which $1320 will be donated to Casey House. All together,
all teams in the event raised over $40,800!
Lake Camp Scugog – (Youth) - $10,000
Funding of Phase Two for the Camp’s dining hall renovations.
FEATURE ARTICLE: Women’s Initiatives Committee Centennial Project Report
Working Women Community Centre - The Women’s Meeting Place
1. Purpose of the project
The Women’s Meeting Place grew from the need to provide
a place where immigrant women could come together to
build their skills and support each other throughout their
settlement process. The need for this space was readily
apparent by the lack of affordable, accessible public spaces
for immigrant women and their families in the area of Bloor
and Dufferin. The Women’s Meeting Place provides a bright
welcoming space for immigrant women and their families
to come together for a variety of programs and services that
promote self-development, community action or group
2. Benefits to the end users
A meeting space: The space makes it possible for immigrant
women and their families to come together for social
initiatives where they can make friends, thereby breaking
the isolation that often plagues newcomers and immigrants.
A training space The space also makes it possible for clients
to learn new skills, which can lead to employment or giving
back to the community in a practical way. By learning
leadership skills or taking part in a community art project
they increase their self-sufficiency and independence
enabling them to contribute meaningfully to society.
An activity space With a fully equipped kitchen, the Women’s
Meeting Place permits cooking for both social gatherings
and for meal and snack programs associated with certain
classes. It also allows mothers to provide food and milk
for their babies and young children during mother-child
programs. The washroom facilities are outfitted for diaper
changing and seniors and pregnant women to use. The
adjacent playroom means mothers can enjoy time with their
children while other community groups take advantage of
the Women’s Meeting Place at the same time. Lastly, the
added shelving allows for the storage and safe-keeping of art
materials, laptops, stereo, books, and other resources which
are essential for many courses to take place.
Staff and children at the Women’s Meeting Place
WWCC staff-led program space WWCC staff are able to
offer professional training for staff and programming
supports that result from WWCC’s core work, such as the
Women’s support groups, and the Walk and Talk program.
The following are only a few examples of the programs and
community groups benefitting from the space:
Portuguese and Spanish Counseling Groups Part of
WWCC’s “Violence Against Women” prevention
programming cover information topics that range from
financial self-sufficiency to promoting self-esteem that
will help them live violence-free lives.
Girls Club Group of young teens, meeting to discuss the
influence of mass media, the female image, self-esteem, as
well as work on leadership development.
Community Ambassadors Group Training Leadership
training for community members who are interested in
becoming leaders and advocates in their communities.
Walk and Talk Immigrants are matched with Englishspeaking volunteers who meet regularly to walk and talk
with the objective of helping immigrants integrate into the
community and improve their English-speaking skills.
3. Fulfillment of Recognition
With the funds provided by the Rotary Club of Toronto’s
Centennial Project Initiative, WWCC is now able to
provide a clean, safe and service-oriented community
space for immigrant women and their families. The
Rotary’s logo on the outdoor sign above the space
recognizes the Rotary Club of Toronto as the benefactor
responsible for making the Women’s Meeting Place a
Beautiful art by an engaged child at the Women’s Meeting Place
The Rotary Club of Toronto - Service
Above Self
Rotary Club of Toronto Makes Donation to Yonge Street Mission
Jocelyn Greaves gave thanks, recently, on behalf of the Lively Seniors program
at Yonge Street Mission when the program received a new van. “I must thank
the Tippet Foundation and the Rotary Club of Toronto for their very welcome
and beautiful gift of the van [for the Lively Seniors program at Yonge Street
“I was truly touched because all too often, when
people are no longer able to keep up with the fast
pace that our society demands – whether through
illness, disability – they are kicked aside as useless
or unimportant. But they are individuals who
have feelings. They too were once contributing
members of our society. So when I see people and
organizations . . . show care and concern for others
it touches me to the core. I want to promise you
that your gift is truly appreciated by the seniors. It
will be well used, taking us on retreats and group
trips to get a break from the hustle and bustle of
the city life.”
“I want to thank God that there are still
organizations like YSM and the Tippet Foundation
and the Rotary Club Foundation that touch
people’s lives in such a tangible way.”
The Rotary Club of Toronto
Club 55 – 1912
President: Richard White
President-Elect: Steven Smith
Vice President: David Hetherington
Treasurer: James McAuley
Executive Director:
Carol Bieser
Rotary Club of Toronto
Charitable Foundation:
Robert Smith, President
Editor of the Week:
John Suk
Editor May 30:
Greg Vermeulen
What You Missed Reporter for May 23:
Caroline Sneath
The Four-way test of the things
we think, say, or do
Jocelyn Greaves on behalf of the
Lively Seniors Program at YSM
1. Is it the Truth?
2. Is it Fair to all concerned?
3. Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
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Speakers & Events
May 2014
30 Argos/Rotary Scholarship Meeting
June 2014
6 J. P. Gladu, CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
13 John Tory, Candidate for Mayor
20 Youth Day
27 Canada Day, no meeting
Safely transporting seniors from Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town
to the Mission’s weekly Lively Seniors program was a growing concern for
participants with mobility issues. The Rotary Club Foundation of Toronto
and the Tippet Foundation realized the importance of helping isolated
seniors connect with each other and YSM, and provided funds to buy a new
van. Shown here during the dedication of the van are (l-r), Angie Draskovic,
YSM President and CEO; Bob Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Toronto
Charitable Foundation; Richard White, President of the Rotary Club of Toronto
and the Tippet Foundation; and Walter Thompson, past President of the Tippet
July 2014
4 Changeover Day
11 Steve Smith, Throne Speech
May 23-25 - Camp Scugog
June 28 - July 1 RibFest
Propose a Speaker
Peter Simmie, Chair
Program Committee
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The Rotary Club of Toronto - Service Above Self
Welcome New Member
Rong-chuan Wu
Mr. Rong-chuan Wu was born in
Central Taiwan. His father served
with the Japanese armed forces while
Taiwan was under Japanese rule
before 1945. Mr. Wu graduated from
the Central Police University in 1977
and served as a police officer for five
years. He received a Master of Science
in Foreign Service from Georgetown
University, Washington D.C. He then
joined the Taiwan Foreign Service.
As a Taiwanese diplomat, Mr. Wu has
served in Jordan in the Middle East,
Poland in Central Europe, Dominica
in the Caribbean, and Atlanta in the
United States.
Mr. Wu’s last post was as Taiwanese
Ambassador to the Federation of St.
Kitts and Nevis. Ambassador Wu
was then appointed Director General
of the Department of NGO Affairs
in the Foreign Ministry of Taiwan.
Ambassador Wu has been an active
member of Rotary Clubs of Atlanta,
St. Kitts, and Taipei. Ambassador Wu
is married to Rachel and they have
two sons, both of them are software
engineers working in San Francisco.
Rong-chuan and Rachel play golf and
What you Missed on Friday May 9, 2014
– by Don Bell
The Upper Canada room at
the Royal York Hotel was
buzzing with fellowship
discussions on the location
of Mayor Rob Ford, whether
the Montréal Canadiens could
hold out against Boston, and about who
was planning to go to Camp Scugog
(you, we hope), as president Richard
called the meeting to order. Monitor
Bill Morari introduced three visiting
Rotarians including one from Bristol,
England and one from Mannheim,
Germany, as well as four guests. We
learned that the Club’s Annual Report is
now ready and can be picked up at the
office or it can be downloaded. The office
requested that all committee chairs
please clear their mailboxes. Geoffrey
Johnson announced the first annual
“Tour de Scugog” bike rally challenge
to raise $20,000 for Lake Scugog Camp.
Please call Geoffrey or Bill Morari if you
are interested in participating in the 60
km ride or if you would like to make a
donation. President-elect Susan Hunter
announced that a “Rendezvous with
Richard” would be held on Wednesday
June 18, to thank our president for a
stellar year. It will be held at Jack Astor’s
restaurant on Front Street. President
Richard then introduced a new
member, R.C. Wu, the new Canadian
Ambassador from Taipai. Mr. Wu has
been a Rotarian in previous postings
including Atlanta and St. Kitts.
Lloyd Barbara introduced our speaker,
Dr. Glen Bandiera, chief of emergency
medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Bandiera spoke glowingly about
our Rotary Transition Centre which
is now 15 years old and is about to be
completely rebuilt as part of a major
hospital renovation and construction
program. Our club will donate $550,000
toward the construction of this new
centre. The Rotary Transition center is
open 24 hours a day and serves between
80 and 100 patients per month. One in
five patients at St. Michael’s Hospital is
either homeless or under-housed. The
hospital’s new addition will include five
operating rooms, inpatient units, a new
entrance with a new lobby and a new
emergency area twice the size of the
present unit. Three of the top 10 critical
care specialists in the world are at this
hospital! President Richard thanked
Dr. Bandiera. To learn more about St.
Michael’s Hospital, check out:
Corporate Warrior Award!
Richard then presented the Rotary Club
of Toronto award for Corporate Warrior
to Lloyd Barbara representing Burgundy
Asset Management. The ace of clubs
draw had $3585 in the pot. Susanne
Boggild had a chance to win the money
but took home the wine instead.
Mat Harrison and Lloyd Barbara, Burgundy Asset
Management employees, with their Corporate
Warrior Award.
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