2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients
 

2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients
 
First row right to left: Jim Hinnecke (Paul Harris Award), Ken Hurst (President's Award), Brian Edwards (Paul Harris Award), Myrna Picotte, David French
Middle row right to left: Randy Slemin (Paul Harris Award), Bruce Green (President's Award), Marsha Jones-Dooley
Back row right to left: Kevin Brown & Darryl Wilson (more below), Keica Campbell, Ron Larock (Paul Harris award), Donna Bright (President Elect), Dr. Romas Stas (more below), Rene Soetens, Dale Pratt, George Okurapa (President & Paul Harris Award)
 
Winner of the 2024 Rotary Certificate of Appreciation
Waste Connections of Canada (Ajax)
Back row right to left: Representing Waste Connections of Canada Kevin Brown (District Manager) & Darryl Wilson (Operations Manager)
 
Winner of the Pat Bayly Award
Back row, fourth from the left: Dr. Romas Stas
2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients  Ron Larock 2024-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients

2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients
 
First row right to left: Jim Hinnecke (Paul Harris award), Ken Hurst (President's Award), Brian Edwards (Paul Harris award), Myrna Picotte (?/), David French (??)
Middle row right to left: Randy Slemin (Paul Harris award), Bruce Green (President's award), Marsha Jones-Dooley (Paul Harris award?)
Back row right to left: Kevin Brown & Darryl Wilson (more below), Keica Campbell, Ron Larock (Paul Harris award), Donna Bright (President Elect ??), Dr. Romas Stas (more below), Rene Soetens (??), Dale Pratt, (??), George Okurapa (President)
 
Back row right to left: Representing Waste Connections of Canada Kevin Brown (District Manager) & Darryl Wilson (Operations Manager)
Winners of the 2024 Rotary Certificate of Appreciation: Waste Connections of Canada (Ajax)
 
Back row, fourth from the left: Dr. Romas Stas
Winner of the Pat Bayly Award
 
 
2024 President's Luncheon & Awards Recipients Ron Larock 2024-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Annual Golf Classic Tournament

At SUNNYBRAE GOLF CLUB
1430 King St. Prince Albert
(905) 985-2234
 
Registration starts at 1:00 pm
9 Hole Shotgun Tee Off @ 2:00 pm -- Open to the first 72 Golfers
Dinner @ 6pm with choice of Steak or Chicken
$125 per golfer includes golf cart and meal.
$60 per person for meal only
 
Greatest Live Auction and Prizes
 
Click on the following link to download the registration form 
 
2024 Annual Golf Classic Tournament Ron Larock 2024-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ajax wins two awards

Rotary Club of Ajax wins two awards
 
At the District awards dinner and District Governor hand over in Whitby, our club was delighted to learn that The Rotary Club of Ajax was the winner of two awards namely:
 
(1) The Devon & Linda Biddle Annual Fund award. This award is given to clubs with the highest per capita contribution to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.
(2) The Bill and Delphine Patchett Polio Plus award. This award is given to clubs that have the highest per capita contribution to the Rotary Foundation Polioplus Fund.
 
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Ajax!!
 
Rotary Club of Ajax wins two awards Ron Larock 2024-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Rotary Ribfest

2024 Rotary Ribfest
 
The Rotary Club of Ajax held it's annual Ribfest fundraising event the weekend of May 24, 25 & 26. With eight ribbers, twenty one food vendors and twenty three craft vendors, not to mention amazing venues such a live music stage, kids carnival, rock climbing, Reptilia (new) and  Foam Party (new - see picture below), the successful event drew more than 35,000 visitors. Truly amazing outcome and only possible with the hard & dedicated work from our club members.
 
 
 
       
 
2024 Rotary Ribfest Ron Larock 2024-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Induction of 2 new members

New Rotary Club of Ajax Members 
 
Rotarian Randy Sleiman (center) processes the Induction of two new members to our club: Cam Muscroft (right) and Olu Egbeyemi (left). Welcome Cam & Olu!
 
Induction of 2 new members Ron Larock 2024-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Rotary bursaries award recipients

Congratulations to our 2024 Bursary Award Recipients
 
Presented by President George Okurapa
Recipients (left to right): Phillip Nguyen, Janet Sofo and Kindra Zuwirai.
 
 
2024 Rotary bursaries award recipients Ron Larock 2024-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Kids Against Hunger Event

Kids Against Hunger Event
 
What an amazing event! The event goal of packaging 50,000 meals was exceeded. Working alongside other community organization our club packed 52,488 meals! Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.
 
 
 
 
Kids Against Hunger Event Ron Larock 2024-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Feed the Need Food Packaging

Feed The Need Food Packaging
 
Rotary Club of Ajax members George, Ken, Marsha and our volunteers showed up big time to pack hundreds of thousands of food for Feed the Need!!
Thank you to all the volunteers!!!
 
Feed the Need Food Packaging Ron Larock 2024-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

WindReach Farm

WindReach Farm & Delta Bingo
 
Carol Dahlquist and Kerry Wright of WindReach Farm, provided information about recent activities at WindReach.  Carol started by showing a video presenting the activities of the farm, showing how it empowers, inspires, and changes lives, giving opportunities to those who wouldn’t otherwise have them. She noted that the farm activities are managed by three interlinked boards, each of which plays to board members specific interests and abilities. Shown below is the $14,000 Rotary donation to WindReach made possible from Delta Bingo charity funds.
 
 
WindReach Farm Ron Larock 2024-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Durham Polio Survivors

Speaker at Ajax Rotary March 21 March of Dimes
 

Kim Smith, Coordinator Polio Canada & National Programs, Community Programs presented an update to the Rotary Club of Ajax via a Zoom. Sanjeev Agnihotri, a polio survivor, delivered a powerful testimony with his inspirational and informative presentations. Living with polio is a lifelong challenge which everyone can attest to after hearing Sanjeev’s presentation.  For polio survivors, the onset of post-polio syndrome in later life presents a new set of symptoms which can be even more devastating.  Post-Polio Canada continues to link polio survivors and their caregivers to peer support groups nation-wide.  The program focuses on providing valuable information, resources and support to people with post-polio syndrome and the community.

Rotary International is a global network, and was a pioneer in the fight against polio worldwide.  It started its efforts in 1978 with the goal of eradicating polio and continues its support to this day.

Below are pictures of Durham Region polio survivors who attended the presentation session, along with President George Okupara and Director Foundation Rotary Club of Ajax Ken Hurst.

 
 
Durham Polio Survivors Ron Larock 2024-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Salvation Army Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 
The Salvation Army HOPE Church & Community Services relies on the support of community donations, such at the Rotary Club of Ajax with Delta Bingo funds to continue serving the most vulnerable in need in the communities of Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge. The Salvation Army held a special Donor Recognition ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on March 23rd 2023. Past Rotary President Marsha Jones Dooley, current President George Okurapa and Director Ken Hurst attended the ceremony.
 
Salvation Army Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Ron Larock 2024-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Feed the Need Presentation

Feed the Need Durham Receives $16,000 Donation 
 
Ben Earl, CEO of Feed the Need Durham, the regional food hub that supports some 65 organizations providing emergency food programs.  To that end, they collect and sort food for distribution, acting as central clearing house. 
Thanks to Delta Bingo the Rotary Club of Ajax donated $16,000 from our Delta Bingo charitable funds to Feed the Need Durham.
The organization has recently refined their business model to create different channels depending on the type of facility.  Collectively there are now half a million visits to emergency food organizations, with rapid growth continuing, both in absolute numbers and frequency.  They currently distribute over 2 million pounds of food, with an expectation of 4 million pounds by 2028, which means increased need for infrastructure, volunteers, and paid staff to support that goal. 
 
Ben Earl - CEO Feed the Need Durham (left), Ken Hurst (center) - Director Foundation Rotary Club of Ajax, George Okurapa (right) - President Rotary Club of Ajax
Feed the Need Presentation Ron Larock 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Water Filter

Water Filters donated by Ajax Rotary Club and individual members
to a rural Lao family in the village of Huaylan
 
Marsha Jones Dooley (past President Rotary Club of Ajax) received a thank you for her generous gift. Steve Rutledge, from "Adopt a Village in Laos", was onsite to deliver the units. The villagers were pretty excited to receive their filters.  They had heard about our program through Rotary, from so many other villages.
 
After the training and distribution, Steve was invited to join the elders for a special Baci ceremony (religious in nature) and to have lunch with them. 
 
Water Filter Ron Larock 2023-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Delta Bingo 

Delta Bingo Rotary Volunteers
 
Marsha Jones Dooley and Paul Tallman share a moment during their Delta Bingo shift to raise awareness and funds. Delta Bingo is a major contributor of funds that Rotary donates to various charitable organizations in the Durham Region throughout the year.
 
What a great way to share with those in need at this time of year!
 
Delta Bingo Ron Larock 2023-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday - Making an Impact
 
With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, what better reason to recognize the year round work done by all those who belong to  Pickering Charitable Gaming Association.  Giving Tuesday is touted as a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. 
 
 
 
 
 
Giving Tuesday Ron Larock 2023-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Audley Road Clean Up Ron Larock 2023-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Day

Rotary clubs are celebrating World Polio Day

In eastern Ontario and western Quebec, Canada, thousands of Rotary members are holding events in their towns to raise awareness for polio eradication on World Polio Day, 24 October. The Rotary Club of Ajax was no exception celebrating the event with nine Polio survivors from the Durham Region show in the picture below. 
 
Polio Day Ron Larock 2023-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Monarch Butterfly

75% of the world’s plant species are dependent
on pollinators, such as the monarch, to survive
 
The Rotary Club of Ajax & Pickering are proud to be a part of a project to conserve the beautiful and threatened Monarch Butterfly.  The two clubs met at the Ajax Public Library (Rotary Room, main branch) to learn more about this initiative, spearheaded by the Club Rotario de Monterrey (Mexico) and supported by Rotarians across North America and private businesses.
 
Monarch Butterfly Ron Larock 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

Feed The Need concert December 10 at the Biltmore 

Feed The Need concert
December 10 at the Biltmore
 
If you love live music and want to help the community, the Concert for Feed the Need Durham at the Biltmore Theatre is the place to be on December 10. 
 
You'll hear music by Cale Crowe, The Doozies, Hunter Sheridan, Kristine Dandavino, New Moon Junction, Alicia Robicheau and Kalista Wilson. Tickets are just $30 and available online at the Biltmore Theatre (https://tickets.biltmoretheatre.com/)
 
The Concert to Feed the Need is a presentation of the Rotary clubs of Durham Region in support of Feed the Need in Durham, which collects and distributes food to more than 65 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other social service agencies. Feed the Need in Durham provides over 1.5 million meals to Durham residents annually.
 
Feed The Need concert December 10 at the Biltmore Ron Larock 2023-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Kids Against Hunger 2023

2023 Kids Against Hunger Food Packing

 
Great job by the volunteers with the Rotary Club of Ajax to help provide 2,579 meals for hungry children and families in developing countries.
 
 
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Ajax Rotary Presents $55,000 to the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation
 

Ajax Rotary Presents $55,000 to the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation
 
 
Made possible by Delta Bingo charitable funds the Rotary Club of Ajax has committed to providing funds to the hospital to allow for the purchase of a Myosure unit.
 
MyoSure tissue removal procedure is a hysteroscopic treatment that targets and removes uterine tissue, including fibroids and polyps. This can enable many women suffering with abnormal uterine bleeding symptoms caused by polyps or fibroids to be effectively treated without having to undergo major surgery.
 
The use of Myosure is much quicker than traditional treatments and is offered as an outpatient treatment and decreases the instances for the need of hysterectomies.
 
 
Ajax Rotary Presents $55,000 to the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation  Ronald M Larock 2023-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

District 7070 Polio Awards

Ajax Rotary Wins District Awards For Supporting Polio Campaign

 
Huge thank you to Ken Hurst our club's Director of Rotary Foundation for all his work guiding our Polio Plus program that has led to The Rotary Club of Ajax receiving two district awards of recognition for raising funds for eliminating Polio for good!
 
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2023 Presidents Lunch Steve White 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Uganda Donations

Ajax and Kampala Rotary Clubs Partnership

 

Donations made by incoming club president Marsha Jones Dooley and the Rotary a club of Ajax are received by partners at the Rotary Club of Kampala Daybreak in Uganda. Donations and financial support for the orphans is part of an ongoing project we’re very proud to be launching!
 
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Salvation Army of Ajax Christmas Drive

Delta Bingo and the Rotary Club of Ajax support the Salvation Army Community and Family Services – Durham Region – Ajax

 
 
Due to COVID-19 The Salvation Army had many changes to their Service program such as the food bank operating by appointment with distribution from their back door. This year the Rotary Club of Ajax helped deliver to their homes over 700 Christmas food hampers and toys to Durham region families. Thank you to those who have helped both financially and with the gift of their time to make this small miracle happen.
 
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Delta Bingo - Ajax Rotary - Smart Pumps

Delta Bingo and the Rotary Club of Ajax support the Ajax/Pickering Hospital Foundation

 
 
Back in March 2019 the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation began a new fundraising campaign with the aim of raising $500,000 to buy 100 new smart pumps. Smart pumps are attached to an IV pole and are programmed with medicine dosages for the patient. Each new unit costs $5,000.
 
As the pump is found throughout all their departments, this was a unique chance for Delta Bingo charity funds, through the Rotary Club of Ajax, to help all of the Hospital's front-line staff have the best equipment at their fingertips regardless of which department they are working in.
 
The battery-powered units are mobile, allowing a patient to move around with them, and from a safety point of view it’s major for patients. There’s less chance of an error as they are programmed units, with a library of dosage information, that can alert staff when needed to ask them to double-check the dosage. It’s been a game changer for them.
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Salvation Army Ajax Hope on Wheels 

 
Services - Durham Region - Ajax : The Salvation Army in Ajax, Ont., is now giving hope on the go, thanks to a new program. Launched in April, Hope on Wheels is a mobile unit that meets the needs of community members where they are. Many donated to this program over the past two years, including the Rotary Club of Ajax and Delta Bingo charity funds. The program currently operates on Wednesday evenings, delivering food and essential supplies to people in downtown Ajax, with plans to expand to nearby communities Pickering and Uxbridge, Ont., in the near future.
Salvation Army Ajax Hope on Wheels Ron Larock 2021-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Shares COVID Experiences

Rotary Member Shares COVID-19 Experience

 
 
 
A member of the Rotary Club of Ajax shares her experiences caring for family members who have contracted COVID-19. They offered these suggestions to other Rotary Club members and our community.
 
If you know someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and they are in quarantine here are some things you can do to help them and their family. 
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Food Relief

Food Relief

Donna Bright

Food scarcity is a global problem.  People around the world, including families here in Canada, do not have access to food on a reliable basis.  Food insecurity is a result of many circumstances including: adverse climate conditions; mass migration of populations due to conflicts; or, from inadequate financial resources.  While the Rotary Club of Ajax cannot provide permanent solutions to address food insecurity it can help to provide temporary relief to families through its programs and services.

Since 2014 the Rotary Club has partnered with Kids Against Hunger Canada, community volunteers, Forest Brook Community Church and the McEachnie Funeral Home to package 400,000 meals that have been distributed locally and internationally to countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Honduras and Sierra Leone.

Each meal contains a full day’s nutrition for one person. The food ingredients include rice, fortified vegetable protein, dehydrated vegetables and a special blend of twenty one vitamins and minerals.

The Club has paid more than $100,000 to purchase the food supplies over the past 7 years and members have worked in tandem with hundreds of community volunteers to package the meals and ensure they are distributed.

Feed the Need Durham has been a local recipient of the meal packs which have then found their way into homes in the Durham Region.

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On February 23, 2021 Rotary will be 116 years old

February 23. 1905:  memories of camaraderie among professional and business men in Wallingford, Vermont led Attorney Paul Harris to launch with 3 business associates in Room 711, Unity Building, Chicago a meeting to foment similar sociability among business people in Chicago – the first Rotary meeting.  The name“Rotary” reflected meeting rotation among the  offices of members.

November 3, 1910, The Rotary Club of Winnipeg was the first Rotary Club established outside the United States.  Rotary now Rotary International.

 2021  Over 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 clubs in 197 “Countries” (193 countries plus the Holy See, the State of Palestine, Taiwan, and Kosovo), today Rotary unites caring community members, businesses, leaders and professionals worldwide 

  • to provide humanitarian service, 
  • to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and 
  • to build goodwill and peace in the world.

 

Rotary operates locally:

  • One Ajax Rotarian has spearheaded the provision of over 20,000 stuffed animals to our local Ajax-Pickering Hospital, comforting patients young and old

 

Rotary has international impact:

  • Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN's Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers relationships with UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies.
  • In 1985 Rotary launched PolioPlus; 
  • IN 1988 Rotary a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative  
  • Rotary and partners, have vaccinated more than 2.5 billion children.  In India 2 National Immunization Days  each vaccinated 2.5 million children

         “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

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A Gift of Peace

From Rotary to the World  -  A Gift of Peace

 
As 2020 draws to a close we review a very challenging year with a look back at some of the great things the Rotary Club of Ajax has done. Since inception in 1951, the Rotary Club of Ajax has contributed over $1,000,000 to worthy causes - thanks to the generosity and energy of support of the community.
 
Rotary support spreads locally and around the world:
 
Annually - $5,500-6,000 to Polio Plus – for the final victory over Polio
 
2019  -  $75,000 to the Ajax Hospital  to purchase new “Smart Pumps” for enhanced patient safety;
 
2018  -  Local residents enjoyed the 45th annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast;
 
2016  -  $45,000 to Durham College – one of Ontario’s leading colleges of applied arts and technology -  for their new “International Building”;
 
2015  -  $75,000 to Grandview Children’s new Centre in Ajax;
 
2015  -  $75,000 to the Salvation Army towards their Building Fund in Ajax;
 
2011  -  $60,000 towards a Playground in North Ajax  for Special Needs children;
 
2010  -  $60,000 towards the Extended Care  Unit at the Ajax Hospital to meet the growing needs of the expanding population of Ajax and area
 
100% of all funds Rotary raises go to support worthy causes.                                         
 
For 116 years Rotary’s prime mission has been the promotion of International Peace and Good Will, work which secures for Rotary the highest consultative status at the United Nations available to non-Governmental organizations.
 
Rotarians – people committed to improving our world   
 
Find Joy in the Season, Love in each other, and Peace in moments you share
 
 
Tells you even more about Rotary
Take a Look!!
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A Gift of Peace

From Rotary to the World  -  A Gift of Peace

 
As 2020 draws to a close we review a very challenging year with a look back at some of the great things the Rotary Club of Ajax has done. Since inception in 1951, the Rotary Club of Ajax has contributed over $1,000,000 to worthy causes - thanks to the generosity and energy of support of the community.
 
Rotary support spreads locally and around the world:
 
Annually - $5,500-6,000 to Polio Plus – for the final victory over Polio
 
2019  -  $75,000 to the Ajax Hospital  to purchase new “Smart Pumps” for enhanced patient safety;
 
2018  -  Local residents enjoyed the 45th annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast;
 
2016  -  $45,000 to Durham College – one of Ontario’s leading colleges of applied arts and technology -  for their new “International Building”;
 
2015  -  $75,000 to Grandview Children’s new Centre in Ajax;
 
2015  -  $75,000 to the Salvation Army towards their Building Fund in Ajax;
 
2011  -  $60,000 towards a Playground in North Ajax  for Special Needs children;
 
2010  -  $60,000 towards the Extended Care  Unit at the Ajax Hospital to meet the growing needs of the expanding population of Ajax and area
 
100% of all funds Rotary raises go to support worthy causes.                                         
 
For 116 years Rotary’s prime mission has been the promotion of International Peace and Good Will, work which secures for Rotary the highest consultative status at the United Nations available to non-Governmental organizations.
 
Rotarians – people committed to improving our world   
 
Find Joy in the Season, Love in each other, and Peace in moments you share
 
 
Tells you even more about Rotary
Take a Look!!
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2019-2020 Rotary Citation

2019-2020 Rotary Citation


Ajax Rotary is proud to learn that we earned the 2019-2020 Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, this citation shows that our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.



 

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2020 Paul Harris award

2020 Paul Harris Award

Congratulations to Rob MacArthur who was presented a Paul Harris award for his exemplary service to rotary and the community!  Rob represents all that Rotary tries to do - Service Above Self is both his and our motto. Presenting his award was long-time member René Soetens at the drivethru Ribfest in Ajax.
 
 
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Ajax Rotary Raising Funds

Ajax Rotarian Ken Hurst presents a cheque to the Salvation Army for $2,700.

October 8th Ken attached 120 Donation cards to the shopping carts at Steve and Amanda’s No Frills. Customers added the donations to their grocery bills.


 
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Another Successful Rotary Club of Ajax Hockey Equipment Drive

The Rotary Club of Ajax held its third hockey equipment drive and it was a great success.  Many, many thanks to community donors such as the women players of the Ontario Tech University's Ridgebacks, the Oshawa Girls' Hockey Association, Crow's Sports of Oshawa, Indigenous Education and Cultural Services of Ontario Tech University, Boyer GMC, Rob Pearson and Pickering Panthers, and many other individual donors.  Thanks to Salvation Army, Ajax and McEachnie Funeral Home for providing transport to move the equipment to a staging ground for transport.
 
Approximately 100 boxes and bags of winter clothing and equipment will add value to children and adults in many northern communities.
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Rotary Club of Ajax marks World Polio Day 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event was a Big Success Thanks to +185 Community Volunteers

The 2019 Kids Against Hunger food packing event was a big success thanks to +185 community volunteers.  50,000 meals will be distributed locally, to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan and to international areas in need of food support.  Many thanks to community volunteers, and sponsors McEachnie Funeral Home and Forest Brook Community Church.  Special thanks to the Durham Chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women with their team of 61 people and to repeat volunteers Daisy and other RBC staff members.
2019 Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event was a Big Success Thanks to +185 Community Volunteers Donna Bright 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Ajax Rotarians Clean-up!

Members of the club, including Rotarians Bruce and Paul shown here, gathered on September 26, 2019 for semi annual maintenance on the stretch of road on Audley Road that the club has “adopted”.

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16th Annual Classic Charity Golf Tournament

I would sincerely like to take this opportunity to thank all those folk who participated in the Golf Tournament this year. Obviously, it is not a tournament without players. The day looked to be a bit iffy weather-wise but turned into a beautiful day for golfing.

I would also like to send my gratitude to all those who donated prizes and sponsored holes. A golf tournament without prizes is just…a game of golf with friends.

Arranging the golf tournament was oodles of fun and if you are looking for an opportunity to get to know some of your fellow Rotarians and show us your talents, this is it! Always looking for members of the committee.

Bruce Green, Rotarian

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Scholarship Bursaries

On August 29, 2019, our club welcomed two recipients this year’s scholarship bursaries. Shown from left to right are Rotarian Paul Taalman, recipient Haniah Iqbal, club president Heather Hebert, recipient Tyrell Williams and Rotarian Ken Hurst

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Ajax High School Bursary Presentations

Christine Too Chung – Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School – King Street Community Church, Oshawa, Thurs. June 27, 2019
 
Haniah Iqbal – Ajax High School – Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby, Fri. June 28, 2019

These two young ladies were each presented with a Rotary Certificate of Achievement and a $500 cheque from the Rotary Club of Ajax for “Service Above Self”.

The “Service Above Self” Award is awarded to a graduating student who has exemplified this key principle of Rotary by providing notable community service through voluntary actions during their secondary school years.

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The 12th Annual Pickering Ribfest is coming soon! 

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Join the Rotary Club of Ajax and 90,000 plus visitors in all the fun! We have 9 Award Winning Ribbers, Butter Tart Frenzy, Pickering Ribfest Midway, Buskers, Tons of Vendors and a lot of entertainment for the whole family.

We strive to create a safe, enjoyable, family-friendly community event. Our commitment to have quality entertainment, world-class ribs and food vendors, and a licensed park.

FREE Parking, FREE Admission, and FREE Entertainment

2019 Ribfest Hours

  • Friday May 31: Noon - 10pm
  • Saturday June 1: 11am - 10pm
  • Sunday June 2: Noon - 8pm

Located at The Esplanade Park in Pickering.

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March is Fraud Prevention Month

Our guest speaker this past week was Alastair Field of the Enforcement Unit of the  OSC who talked to us about “protecting our money”.  Alastair spoke about his speciality of investment fraud, which many Canadians are victims of, and many are reluctant to even report the crime.  The loss may also lead to other physical or mental problems.

He talked about specific kinds of frauds

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Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ajax

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Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ajax.

Our speakers were from the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation. In this their 65th year, they noted the substantial contributions to the hospital by our club over the years, which total well over $550,000. We were there from the very formation of the APHF.

The Foundation is very happy with the way the integration in the Lakeridge Health system is proceeding, inasmuch as the foundation's fund raising efforts are permitted to help the Ajax location and not sent elsewhere.

The APHF is currently raising money for "Alaris Pumps" having committed to purchase 10 of these at $5000 apiece, and are looking to community partners such as our club to help. These pumps will significantly reduce the possibility of error in the administration of patient needs after procedures, and their capabilities will grow as the hospital IT system becomes more comprehensive.

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Rotary Welcomes it's Newest Member - George Okurapa 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ajax Hockey Equipment Drive

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On January 4, 2020 the Rotary Club of Ajax will hold its third drive for gently used hockey equipment and winter clothing. 
 
The equipment and clothing is donated free of charge to families in remote Northern communities and will allow children and adults to enjoy a healthy winter activity.
 
Equipment for all ages and genders will be gratefully accepted. 
 
We thank the community for your incredible support in 2018 and 2017 and hope to see you again in the new year.
 
Date:  Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time:  From 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:  The Rotary Room in the Ajax Public Library Main Branch - 55 Harwood Avenue South in Ajax.
 
For further information please contact Donna Bright at 289-404-3832 or at dbright56@hotmail.com
 
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Hockey Equipment Drive

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Rotary Club of Ajax Hockey Equipment Drive!
 
On December 15, 2018 the Rotary Club of Ajax will hold its second drive for gently used hockey equipment and winter clothing.  All donated equipment will be transported to remote First Nations communities.
 
The equipment and clothing are donated to families free of charge and will allow children and adults to enjoy a healthy winter activity.
 
Equipment for all ages and genders will be gratefully accepted. 
 
We thank the community for your support in 2017 and hope to see you again in December.
 
Date:  Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time:  From 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:  The Rotary Room in the Ajax Public Library Main Branch - 55 Harwood Avenue South in Ajax.
 
For further information please contact Donna Bright at 289-404-3832 or at dbright56@hotmail.com
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50,000 Meals to Be Packed - Volunteers Needed for the 5th Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event.

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On Saturday, April 21 the Rotary Club of Ajax and teams of community volunteers will package 50,000 meals during the Club's 5th Kids Against Hunger food packing event. For more information about Kids Against Hunger and its programs please see visit the Kids Against Hunger website - http://kahcanada.org/
 
By the end of the day, the Club will have packaged and donated 300,000 meals since 2014.  This work could not have been completed without our sponsors of Forest Brook Community Church and McEachnie Funeral Home and our community volunteers.
 
We cannot do this work without your help.  Please consider joining us for a two hour shift on April 21st. 
 
These hours are eligible for OSSD reporting.
 
To volunteer please contact Donna Bright at dbright56@hotmail.com or register online at http://ajaxrotary.org/event/kids-against-hunger
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Another Successful "Kids Against Hunger" Food Packing Event - April 8, 2017

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On April 8th, 2017 the Rotary Club of Ajax, in partnership with Kids Against Hunger Canada, the Forest Brook Community Church, McEachnie Funeral Home and a team of community volunteers, executed the Club's 4th food packing event.  
 
This year volunteers packaged 58,000 meals bringing the Club's four year total to 250,000 meals purchased, packaged and and distributed. One half of the food supplies were donated to Feed the Need Durham which will distribute the meals to its member agencies in Durham Region.  The rest will be, or have been sent to areas in need including Baffin Island in Canada and international locations.
 
Special thanks to Forest Brook Church which donated the space, McEachnie Funeral Home which provided food and beverages for the volunteers and donors Rotarians Marsha Jones Dooley and Steve King Senior.  Special thanks to Axalta Corporation, Ajax High School, TD Canada Trust (Salem Road) and RBC (Harwood Ave. South) who all came with enthusiastic teams of volunteers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Successful "Kids Against Hunger" Food Packing Event - April 8, 2017 Donna Bright 2017-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

2017/2018 Board of Directors

Presenting the 2017/2018 Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ajax

President/Public and Media Relations Director
Robert MacArthur
 
Past President/Foundation Director
Ken Hurst

President Elect/Club Administration Director
Bruce Green

Secretary
Donna Bright

Treasurer
Gloria Sharples
 
Fundraising Director
Lon Harnish
 
Membership Director
Tom Batchellor
 
Social Director
Heather Hebert

Special Projects Director
Rene Soetens

Bingo Director
Paul Taalman
 
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AWARDS DINNER
Our awards evening will be held Saturday Feb. 28th at the Ability Centre in Whitby.  That evening the Paul Harris, Pat Bayly and President's awards will be announced and presented. The feature of the evening will be Chef David Evans who will prepare a gourmet dinner for our group, as we sip on wine and watch David create our meal. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are going quickly.  See Ken Hurst for your tickets!  Bring your friends!
 
LOTTERIES
The Pot of approximately $260.00 was waiting to be won by Marsha and Paul T. but the queen remains for another week.  Randy Slemin was the lucky winner of the wine draw.
 
BINGO
Paul T informed us that the next Bingo is March 15th from 2:30 to 4:30.  2 people volunteered, but I neglected to record their names.
 
SPEAKER
There was no speaker today, but the club began a discussion regarding the line-up of various fund raising events, especially during the summer months.  The board will be discussing which if any events that may be terminated.  More to follow!
 
 
That is it for this week.
Yours in Rotary
Steve King
 
 
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THE ROTACIAN

AWARDS DINNER
Our awards evening will be held Saturday Feb. 28th at the Ability Centre in Whitby.  That evening the Paul Harris, Pat Bayly and President's awards will be announced and presented. The feature of the evening will be Chef David Evans who will prepare a gourmet dinner for our group, as we sip on wine and watch David create our meal. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are going quickly.  See Ken Hurst for your tickets!  Bring your friends!
 
NEW MEMBER
The club welcomes New Member Sundeep Oomen.  You will hear more about Sundeep when he does his classification talk.
 
MEET THE RI PRESIDENT
The president of Rotary International will be visiting Canada in the near future.  A dinner will be held in Richmond Hill on March 24 at a price of $55.00 per person.  More details on the District web site.
 
 
LOTTERIES
The Pot of $240.00 was waiting to be won by Steve King Jr. and Paul Taalman but the queen remains for another week.  Dick was the lucky winner of the wine draw.
 
SPEAKER
The speaker this week was Steve Apostolopoulos, who represented the family that is developing the 240 acres at the North/West corner of Church & Bayly.  The family business is vast and includes the former Pontiac Silver Dome, a European Soccer team and approximately 2000 acres in Durham Region.  They are looking at a project in the range of 1.6 billion dollars.  A full casino is on their wish list, but project not dependent on it.  "Durham Live" to be classified as a Tourist Entertainment District.  They are considering at water park, Hotel and convention centre, trampoline Park, Out door amphitheater and potentially an office tower.  With a casino they estimate 7,000 to 12,000 jobs, and 4,000 to 5,000 construction jobs.  Several options for access and other traffic issues are being considered.  It will be very interesting to see the outcome!
 
TOMORROW/TODAY
 
UNDERDOG BREWERIES  (with samples)
 
 
That is is for this week.
Yours in Rotary
Steve King
 
 
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+ 66 Years of Ajax Rotary Club Accomplishments

 Environmental Efforts: 
 
  • Donated Rotary Park to the Town
  • Donated over $5,000 towards planting of trees in Rotary Park
  • Has conducted Rotary Park clean up for many years
  • Adopted Audley Road to conduct spring & summer clean ups 
  • Won a sustainability award for waste reduction at Pickering Ribfest
  • Funded Enviro-Parks at three local schools in town
  • Received an “Excellence on the Waterfront Award”
  • Partly funded waterfront footbridge, park pavilion and playground

Contributions to Community: 

  • Donated over $600,000 to  the hospital
  • Donated $100,000 to the Ajax Public Library 
  • Provided over $160,000 to support various Town of Ajax projects (inclusive playground, trail, clock, Rotary Park)
  • Provided Herizon House with $15,000+
  • United Way has received $20,000+ over the years
  • Many students achieve community hours through volunteering with Rotary 
  • Pickering Ribfest – donated over $15,000. to small local organizations
  • Funded War Memorial in Ajax
  • Donated $12,000 to date to 3 local churches sponsoring Syrian refugee families

Outstanding Customer Service: 

  • Ajax Rotary Pancake Breakfast has been running for over 30 years to the delight of the Town's residents
  • Pickering Ribfest has grown from 32,000 to 52,000 to 70,000 to 90,000 satisfied customers
  • Ribfest has won the AjaxPickering NewAdvertiser award every year as BEST EVENT
  • A Customer Service Survey is done at Ribfest
  • Ajax Rotary members employ good customer service skills that are used in their own businesses
  • Club members are successful business leaders in the community
  • Many vulnerable community members approach us for help / solutions / understanding
  • Numerous sponsors and volunteers align with us due to our integrity 

Career & Business Achievements: 

  • Cec Winters was the first Ajax Rotary President
  • 4 Ajax Mayors were Rotary members
  • 1 former Mayor of Whitby Rotary was a Past President
  • 5 Ajax Rotarians have been the Chair of Ajax Homeweek
  • 1 Rotarian was a member of Parliament
  • 3 Ajax Rotarians were Volunteer Citizens of the Year
  • Ajax Rotary was in operation before the Town of Ajax was incorporated
  • Over 66 years of successful fundraising as a local service club

Ethics: 

  • Rotarians commit to and live by Rotary’s Four-Way Test. 

The Four-way Test:

    • First – Is it the Truth?
    • Second – Is it fair to all concerned?
    • Third – Will it build goodwill & better friendships?
    • Fourth – Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

    Marketing & Promotional Achievements: 

    • Pickering Ribfest has been our biggest success in the last few years
    • Rotary Golf tournaments have sold out most years
    • Post mortems done on all events / activities
    Guiding Principles:
     

    The Object of Rotary

    The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

    • FIRST.  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
    • SECOND.  High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
    • THIRD.  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
    • FOURTH.  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persona united in the ideal of service.

     

     

    + 66 Years of Ajax Rotary Club Accomplishments Randy Slemin 2012-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

    April 11, 2013

    Posted by Mark Wagner

    Our president, Donna, got our meeting started, inviting Paul to play the anthem as we sang. Grace was led by Tom and the toast to the Queen was proposed by Nick. Our guests were Steve King Jr. and prospective member, Paulo Caporusso. 

    "Posting of Application for Membership"

    An application for membership in Rotary has been received from Paolo Caporusso.
    This is the single posting of this application. Anyone with comments should contact a Director
    (listed on ajaxrotary.org) on or before Monday April 22, when it will be otherwise finalized by the Directors.

    News and Announcements

    1. Please consider getting your Smart Serve certificate in time to help out at this year's RibFest.
    2.  Rene is now older and so we sang him a song. 
    3. There is a board meeting this Monday and you can come. 
    4. Nominations for Paul Harris fellowship awards should be forwarded to Clarence. 
    5. April is earth month and Randy is proposing we spend 20 minutes on Friday the 19th at 2pm cleaning up Rotary Park.
    6. Donna auctioned off a cuban cigar
    7. Dick has done yeoman's service at the welcome desk and we appreciate it!
    8. Happy bucks flowed like it was Spring.

    Speaker

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    The weather outside was frightful, but the speaker was delightful. Our own Paul Butler gave us a lot of insight into a difficult disease, Muscular Sclerosis. Paul himself was diagnosed with MS when he turned 60. He now uses his scooter to improve his mobility. 

     

     

    Paul reminded us that May is the month when we focus on MS. The Walk for MS will be held on May 5th this year, and club member are welcome to sponsor Paul as he participated with his family members. Last year the walk raised $4.8 million. That money has allowed many people to remain living independently. Paul benefited from the support personally by getting two chair lifts to help him navigate his split level home. Money from the walk stay in our own community.

    Paul taught and demonstrated that a positive attitude is the most important thing to have in order to stay on top of the symptoms of MS. Paul was momentarily interrupted when a cell phone went off, but was quick to quip, "Tell them I'm busy!" That ready good humour stands Paul in good stead when the frustration of the disease could get him down.

    Thank you Paul for your informative talk and for your service to Rotary.

    Pictures of last year's walk are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msontarioevents/sets/72157630064688423/

    By the Way...

    There were no winners in the 50/50 draw and our intrepid president walked away with the wine having had the wherewithal to do it!

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    New Rotary Year ........New Board of Directors.

    Posted by David French

    With the new month - July 1 - starts one more New Rotary Year, the Rotary Year 2011 2012- that's Rotary always looking ahead; always working for a better future.

    Under the direction of the new Club President, Don Brewer, a new Board of Directors has been unveiled.  

    Check out their names on the bulletin on our homepage.

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    The Object of Rotary

    Posted by David French
    The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster...
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    Rotary International

    Posted by David French
    Rotary International is the association of Rotary Clubs throughout the world. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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    The Four-Way Test

    Posted by David French

    From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians have been concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

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