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Toronto Rotaract continues to change lives with KIVA

April 13, 2014

Toronto Rotaract continues to change lives with KIVA

For the past few years, our club has invested with KIVA – a micro-finance organization that empowers people around the world to start a business and provide for their community – for only $25! During World Rotaract Week (March 10-14th 2014), our club members collaborated to choose 10 projects to invest in during the spring season. Projects range both in geographic location, as well as business type – from providing clean water & sanitation, to various trades & goods sold. We are excited to continue investing into our World community through KIVA. If you are passionate about a specific KIVA project, send us a quick note! We love to hear from our members and partners as we make investment choices.

Highlights of new and exciting events coming up!

April 3, 2014
Toronto Ribfest – Volunteer from Sat, June 28th – Tues, July 1st. Save the date! Tell your friends, family, coworkers & everyone that they can help out to raise money for charity.

Camp Scugog with the Rotary Club of Toronto 


3rd Annual Toronto Wingfest

Date/Time: Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Daniel Spectrum – 585 Dundas St E.
Details: Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline needs volunteers to help bus tables, clean-up, assist with vendor & judge requests, event day set-up, coat check, and sell raffle tickets. Please contact Sarah ( if there are more questions.

Trump AIDS Poker Walk – Join our team!

Fort York Food Bank 
●    Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

●    Two shifts: 9 – 12 pm and 12 – 2 pm (arrive 30 mins early)

●    Location: 797 Dundas Street West (Dundas/Bathurst)

●    Contact: Sue-Ann

Our successful partnership with the Fort York Food Bank

March 31, 2014

The Rotaract Club of Toronto continues to enjoy a successful partnership with the Fort York Food Bank.  On the last Saturday of every month, a group of Rotaractors volunteer to prepare and serve a meal to about 150-200 people!  Here are a few pictures from our latest visit.

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Apply for the 2014 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program!

March 19, 2014

The Rotary Clubs of District 7070 are seeking applicants for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program! Anyone between the ages of 19 to 25 who are attending college, university or employed full-time may apply. You do not need to be previously involved in Rotary or Rotaract to apply.  The deadline to apply is April 14, 2014.

Here is a link to the application form, which has all the details:




The theme of this outstanding community-based training course is “Leadership Begins With Me!”  It provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others.  They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources.


  • To live, for one week, on the Loyalist College Campus in Belleville, to attend a leadership seminar to be held Sunday May 11th 2014 to Friday May 16th 2014.  The full expense of $900 for the week is paid by a sponsoring Rotary Club.
  • An invitation for the candidate to join a meeting of the sponsoring club to meet Rotarians and to learn about Rotary prior to attending RYLA.  Upon completion of RYLA the candidate will return to the sponsoring club to address the Rotarians about his/her RYLA experience.
  • A RYLA certificate signed by the District Governor in recognition of “service to the community” presented on the closing evening.


The RYLA program requires selflessness, self-awareness and previously exhibited leadership qualities. In order to benefit from the lectures, activities and tasks of the week, candidates interviewed for the RYLA program need the ability to communicate effectively and to work well with other young men and women.


The principles of adult education are assumed and applied.  Therefore a degree of academic maturity is required. Candidates in the 19 to 25 age group and who are attending college, university or who are employed full-time are most suited to the program.


Potential candidates must have demonstrated leadership and the willingness to participate in their community through active involvement in Rotaract, school clubs or other volunteer organizations.


  • Simulated games designed as a thought-provoking series of “learning by doing” activities
  • Small group discussions on the thought process and behaviors that surface from the lectures and simulations
  • An opportunity to discuss individual and group issues and concerns
  • Structured recreational activities
  • Leisure activities and fellowship
  • Participants are responsible for the organization and operation of several committees:  recreation, entertainment, publication of RYLA newspaper, etc.


Candidates in the Greater Toronto Area can be transported by bus to and from Loyalist -College Campus.  There are two pick-up/drop-off locations: Farview Mall & Whitby GO Station.

Please mail your completed application form to:

c/o Josie Abbate
10 Constance Drive
Whitby, ON L1P 1N3


Rotary Club of Toronto
Attn: Pat Neuman
Re: RYLA Application 2014
The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West
Toronto, ON  M5J 1E3

Or email your completed application form to Pat Neuman at if you live in Toronto.

Highlights of our upcoming events!

March 18, 2014

Trump AIDS Poker Walk – Join our team!

Camp Scugog with the Rotary Club of Toronto 

Fort York Food Bank 
●    Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

●    Two shifts: 9 – 12 pm and 12 – 2 pm (arrive 30 mins early)

●    Location: 797 Dundas Street West (Dundas/Bathurst)

●    Contact: Sue-Ann

National Club Hockey Game with the Rotary Club of Toronto

  • Date/Time/Cost: Saturday, March 22nd (evening), $20
  • Location: National Club, top floor indoor patio
  • Details: Watching the Toronto Maple Leafs v. Mtl Canadians at the National Club on the big screen. Dinner and snacks (pizza etc.) will be provided. There will be a cash bar for anyone who wants alcohol. Dress code is informal and fun. Please contact Sarah (
  • 20 Spots have been put on hold for Rotaractors and Friends! Once you’ve signed up, we’ll reserve the spot for you (so if you don’t show up, $20 will still have to be paid)

World Rotaract Week action begins tomorrow and continues all week long!

March 9, 2014

Join the Rotaract Club of Toronto in celebrating WORLD ROTARACT WEEK!!!!!
We have an event planned everyday to highlight the world of Rotaract:

Community Service: volunteer to be on a joint committee with the Rotary Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of Toronto supporting youth in Toronto
Club Service: attend our socials in downtown Toronto
International Service: learn about our work with Kiva and find out how you can help choose our next 10 projects
Communications: using social media (Twitter and Facebook) to share our events and information with everyone
Professional Development: attend a lunch with fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians at a Rotary Club of Toronto lunch


  • Twitter Party
  • Add us @torotaract
  • 6:00- 7:00pm
  • #worldrotaractweek #rotaract #RACtalk


  • Facebook Chat about selecting 10 new projects for Kiva
  • Add us Rotaract Club of Toronto
  • 8:00-9:00pm


  • Rotary Youth Expo Initiatives Committee Meeting
  • Join the Rotary Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of Toronto to plan the Youth Civic Leadership Awards, Youth Expo or Rotary Youth Day Lunch
  • 5:30pm-7pm
  • Contact Sarah ( for more details



  • Rotary Club of Toronto from 12pm – 1:30pm
  • Guest Speaker: Robert Deluce, CEO of Porter Airlines will speak about the future of the Billy Bishop Airport, and what this means to the City of Toronto.
  • Cost $20
  • Contact Sarah (



  • Details for an upcoming service project will be shared once details are confirmed
  • Contact Sue-Ann (

Club Elections are just around the corner! Here is the Officer Guide and more info

March 6, 2014

Please send in your nominations for 2014-2015 Rotaract Club of Toronto elections by Sunday March 16.

Note: All submissions will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

The Election schedule is as follows:

Send your nominations by March 16;
Election pitches/speeches at the March 17th meeting;
Elections on March 17th
Results at the March 31st meeting
Changeover July ?? 2013

Regarding procedure, please send in one nominee (you can self-nominate) for each of the following executive positions:

Vice President (VP will assume President in the following year – i.e. two year commitment)
Club Service Director
Community Service Director
International Service Director
Professional Development Director
Communications Director

In the link below (PDF), you’ll find information on each executive’s mandate. Please note that you can only run and/or vote in the election if you are a member.

D7070 Officer Guide (PDF)


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