Event Types


Todd Minerson, Director of Communication and Brand for UNICEF Canada will speak on the work of UNICEF. UNICEF is a partner with Rotary International in the delivery of the Polio vaccine in countries around the world. Todd has previously spoken at TERC in his former positions as Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign and as the Executive Director of Touchstone Youth Shelter.

Join us for lunch to find out more about the Toronto East Rotary Club. Every Thursday 12:30pm at Whistler's Grille & The McNeil Room 995 Broadview Avenue.

Nov 30, 2017 12:30 PM
Dec 07, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Highway of Heroes Tribute

Founding Chair, Highway of Heroes Living Tribute to plant 117,000 trees on the Highway of Heroes, 401 CFB Trenton to Keele St., Toronto, to honour Canada’s fallen in war since WWI).

President, Mark’s Choice Ltd. – Horticultural Communications and Marketing.

July 1, 2016 Mark was awarded Member, Order of Canada ‘For his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment.’

Mark is spokesperson for SHARE Agricultural Foundation

Spokesperson for Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival

Volunteer Judge – United Way of Toronto, Social Enterprise Fund and member of the United Way Speakers Circle 

Dec 07, 2017 12:30 PM

Car Insurance In Ontario

Joe Runza has successfully spent his working life in the automotive collision repair business.  He is currently a senior adjuster with Desjardins Insurance.

Helmer Gonzales is the owner of Fix Auto Toronto Centre and is an expert in car body repair and collision repair for all types of vehicles

Dec 14, 2017 12:30 PM
Dec 21, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

An Update On Humanitarian Relief

Stephanie Christensen is Executive Director of ShelterBox.  ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.  Stephanie will update us on what her organization is currently doing.

Please join is at Whistler's Restaurant, 995 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2S1.  

This will be our final meeting at Whistler's Restaurant.  Effective Thursday January 4, 2018, our meetings will be held at Megas Restaurant 402 Danforth Avenue (around the corner from Chester subway station).

Dec 21, 2017 12:30 PM
Dec 21, 2017 12:30 PM

No meeting today.  Effective next week, Thursday January 4, 2018, our meetings will be held at Megas Restaurant 402 Danforth Avenue (around the corner from Chester subway station).

Dec 28, 2017

Club Business Meeting

No speaker at today's meeting. This is our first meeting in our new venue so it's an in-house meeting.  Please, check back next week.

Jan 04, 2018 12:30 PM
Jan 04, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Syrian Humanitarian Work

Dr. Khaled Almilaji is a trained medical doctor who has been providing emergency medical services treating Syrian refugees and wounded rebel soldiers in the most difficult circumstances in Syria and Turkey since 2012.   In 2013, the first case of Polio was detected in Syria, and Dr Almilaji was able to assemble 8500 volunteers to vaccinate 1.2 million children under the age of five in eigth days.  The success of the first campaign led to working with the Gates Foundation to help fund a continued effort of polio vaccinations.  In 2014, Dr. Almilaji along with a couple of Canadian doctors, formed the Canadian International Medical Relief Organization.  This past June, in recognition of his work with this organization he was granted the Canadian Meritorious Medal for humanitarian work, presented by the Canadian Governor General, David Johnston.   Dr. Almilaji is currently living in Toronto with his wife and new-born baby daughter studying at the University of Toronto for his masters in public health.  He and his wife’s long term plan is to “learn everything we can before returning to rebuild the healthcare system in Syria”.
Jan 11, 2018 12:30 PM
Jan 11, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Jan 18, 2018
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

New Member / Euchre Refresher Course

Mike Lawler will become officially a member and will give his introductory remarks.  Also, fellow Rotarian Marion Chan gives us a refresher on how to play the card game euchre in advance of our Euchre Party on Friday, January 26th.

Jan 18, 2018 12:30 PM
Jan 18, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Joe Runza Skate-A-Thon Cheque Presentation

The beneficiaries of the Joe Runza Skate-A-Thon will be our guests and will speak about their work.  Debbie Owen from the Michael Garron Hospital and Paula Arscott of the Lakeridge Health Cancer Centre. 

Jan 25, 2018 12:30 PM
Jan 25, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Making That First Impression Count

At our next Toronto East Rotary Club luncheon, Rex Hagon will be our speaker.  Rex has spent a lifetime working in the field of communications and coaching. He enjoyed a successful career in the Canadian Film and Television industry, and in 1985 he established Rex Hagon & Associates (RHA). Drawing upon his extensive performance training and experience, he developed RHA’s unique approach to Executive and Senior Management training in Effective Business Communications to meet a range of corporate issues. Rex prides himself in his ability to provide solutions to corporate communication issues. He has a unique ability to grasp and understand the business world, and with his successful coaching and facilitation skills, assist clients in realizing increased closing-ratios, successful product launches, improved media relations, constructive employees’ negotiations, and corporate team building.

Please join on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 12:30pm for lunch.  We meet at Megas Restaurant, 402 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P3

Feb 01, 2018 12:30 PM
Feb 01, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Feb 08, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Feb 08, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Feb 15, 2018
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Feb 15, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

"Sitting is the new Smoking" Heard that one?

Join us for 'Chair Yoga' as a good antidote to too much sitting! 

Feb 22, 2018 12:30 PM
Feb 22, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Mar 01, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The Danforth Business Improvement Association

Susan Puff has been the Executive Director of the Danforth BIA for the past 9 years. The Danforth BIA includes 400 businesses and covers Broadview from Fairview Blvd to Pretoria Ave, and Danforth from Broadview Ave to Hampton Ave.  Susan will update us on the group's endeavors. 

Mar 01, 2018 12:30 PM

Climate Change

Sharon Howarth of Citizens’ Climate Lobby speaks on climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.  Join us at 12:30pm, Thursday March 8, 2017 at Megas Restaurant., 402 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P3.

Mar 08, 2018 12:30 PM
Mar 08, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Mar 15, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Mar 22, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Policing Changes In Our Neighbourhood

Peter Moreira, Police Inspector, 54 Division will be taking about the changes to policing and the merger of 55 and 54 Division.

Mar 29, 2018 12:30 PM
Mar 29, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Owner of “Fermentations!” Talks About His Business

Guest speaker will be Charles Fajgenbaum, owner of “Fermentations!” 201 Danforth. This has been a locally run business for 25 years. By its own description “Fermentations is Toronto’s number one place to make your own wine, beer, cider, and even mead!” Fermentations has won multiple medals for their wines and beers in both Canadian and American competitions. They are also providing samples of their wares for our Host Hospitality event for the Rotary International Convention in June.

Apr 05, 2018 12:30 PM
Apr 05, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Apr 12, 2018
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Rotary Eco-system Education Project

Steve Smith has supervised hundreds of forestry projects throughout Ontario since 1982, and founded Urban Forest Associates in 1993. He is a Consulting Forester, and an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. He is qualified in Ecological Land Classification in Ontario and is a Certified Seed Collector. Stephen is a director of the Society for Ecological Restoration (Ontario Chapter), a member of theOntario Urban Forest Council and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and a former director of the Forest Gene Conservation Association of Ontario. He was a volunteer on the Habitat Restoration Committee of the City of Toronto Task Force to Bring Back the Don1991-2008. He is currently working on a committee with the City of Toronto Planning Department to create a guide to the trees and shrubs of Toronto and is updating the Invasive Plant List for Ontario for the Invasive Species Centre.  Steve Smith is our project manager for our Rotary Eco-system Education Project better known as our Don Valley Tree planting which takes place every April/May.

Apr 12, 2018 12:30 PM
Apr 12, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Apr 19, 2018 6:30 PM

Club Business

Club business meeting including preparations for the Host Hospitality event for the Rotary International Convention June 25, updates on the Golf Tournament and plans for the President’s Dinner June 15."Our last meeting in April will be devoted to Club Business.

Note that Elmar Moser will be presenting members with samples of sportswear which members are invited to sample and consider which will feature Rotary and Toronto East Rotary Club logos. This is an opportunity to give members a fresh, bold and distinctive look. We look forward to your questions and feedback.

Apr 26, 2018 12:30 PM
Apr 26, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Transforming The Lives Of Intellectually Disabled People

Our speaker will be President and CEO of L’Arche Canada Foundation, Mr. Gary Sim. L’Arche Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises funds on behalf of L’Arche Canada and is committed to transforming the lives of intellectually disabled people in communities in Southern Ontario and across Canada.

May 03, 2018 12:30 PM
May 03, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Medicinal Cannabis

Ailey Pacione will be our speaker.  She is the manager of a cannabis clinic on the Danforth (between Jackman and Playter). She will speak to the club about cannabis, its components and effects.  The clinic provides counselling and prescriptions for medical users and her perspective will be from the medical side.

May 10, 2018 12:30 PM
May 10, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
May 12, 2018
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
May 14, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 17, 2018
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Leadership & Annual Giving Office

Victoria is joining us to talk about Wellspring – a cancer support centre here in Toronto (located on Sunnybrook’s campus and downtown at Yonge & Bloor). Wellspring provides free programming for people with cancer and their loved ones, and Victoria will provide us with more information about the services available for people in our community who might be impacted by the disease.

May 17, 2018 12:30 PM
May 17, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Mobtakiran Handicraft Project

Monica Walterman, President of the North York Club and Zarmina Nekazi member will tell us about the Mobtakiran Handicraft Project in Afghanistan. Zarmina grew up in Kabul and emigrated to Canada 30 years ago. She and her daughter put the together this project to provide economic development and education in the Mir Bacha Kot district north of Kabul. A district ravaged by the Russians, then warlords and then the Taliban. Skating amongst the factions Zarmina and her organization assist education , develop entrepreneurs, and are working on a health facility. Come and meet a remarkable woman working in one of the most dangerous places creating success for women and villagers.

May 24, 2018 12:30 PM
May 24, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM