Our Club at Work
Helping in our community
Toronto Marathon Water Station
Each spring, The Rotary Club of North York sets up a water station along Yonge Street in North York to hydrate the thousands of runners who participate in this annual event. We are one of the first water stations that the runners approach before heading south toward one of the most difficult stretches of the run: Yonge Street south to York Mills and then up the Hogg’s Hollow Hill.
In September 2020, during the “Year of the Pandemic”, our members worked with the Willowdale Club to plant abulb garden at Leslie and Sheppard Ave in North York in honour of the men and women who worked on the front lines in our hospitals and clinics to help those suffering from COVID 19.
Rotary Bottle and Electronic Recycling Drives
During the pandemic, our physical fundraising activities have been severely challenged. During the 2020-21 year, we are hosting Bottle and Can Drives to create some revenue for various community projects we are involved in. Please see our calendar and upcoming events for the next Bottle Drive. Today we have raised around $1,300. Thank you for your support.
International Student Exchange Programs
Our Rotary Club has hosted many international students over the years who have come to live in Canada from a six week to 1 year period. These three students pictured here were here in Toronto in summer of 2018 from the University of Irkutsk, Siberia to participate in a business exchange program to learn about Western business practices.
Cummer House Tree Dedication - Provided by the Rotary Club of North York 2013
Terry Fox Run - For many years, The Rotary Club of North York has hosted the Terry Fox Run in Downtown North York. Thousands have participated in this event as individuals, couples and families to raise money for cancer research. We are grateful for the leadership of member, Stan Rapkin, who has been heading our efforts, resulting in over one hundred thousand dollars for this important community event.
FoodShare - During the pandemic, many people were in need of help with food. Our members pitched in and delivered hundreds of boxes of food to people across the city. We thank Paul Glionna for his direction and leadership in this important community program.
Member Gerry Francis gave a presentation to RCNY in September of 2020 based on research he compiled on the racial strife we witnessed earlier that year. His talk entitled Black Lives Matter supported by visual aids is a cursory review of race history in North America from slavery to the present day. This address was well received and resulted in presentations to 2 other non-rotarian groups. Gerry is available to present this topic at your club meetings if you are interested. Contact Gerry here.
Out of The Cold Breakfast Program - One of our hands on projects is setting up a local church basement who offer a Breakfast program for a few dozen men and women in the local community who are on tough times. We do this service twice monthly before their clients arrive for breakfast.