Posted by James Lin on Aug 19, 2017
Phymean Noun
Photo Credit: CNN
Dear Members, 
You are invited to hear Phymean Noun, a Canadian activist for Cambodian children and founder of the People Improvement Organization speak at our regular meeting on Sept 5th.
Upcoming Speaker: Phymean Noun James Lin 2017-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Welcoming Dave Hardy, Assistant District Governor James Lin 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Aug 01, 2017
A reminder to all members that the previously re-scheduled August 3rd meeting has been postponed to a later date. Our speaker will join us in September when members return from summer holidays.
Reminder: August 3rd Meeting re-scheduled James Lin 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Jul 19, 2017
The Rotary Club of York with Michelle Varela, from the Scarborough Hospital Foundation.
We were pleased to officially present our donation to the Scarborough Hospital & Rouge Valley Foundation for their newest Bridletown project supporting Scarborough residents.
Scarborough Hospital James Lin 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Jul 18, 2017
Photo by Rtn. Nancy Leung

This evening we were pleased to welcome back our 2017 RYLA candidate, Ms. Silken Chan, to speak about her recent experience at the leadership retreat.

Speaker Series for July 18, 2017 James Lin 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Jul 06, 2017
This evening we will hold our special Hand-over Meeting to transition from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018. The new board of directors will be welcomed in.
Hand-over Meeting James Lin 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Thank You to President Mandy and the 2016-2017 Board James Lin 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction James Lin 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Jun 08, 2017
This evening, Rotary Club of York visited the PACT Urban Peace Program at the David Wilson Memorial Park behind John Polanyi CI in North York.
Visit to PACT Urban Peace Program James Lin 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on May 23, 2017
This evening we were pleased to welcome Mr. Neil Redley from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Neil Redley, UoIT James Lin 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2017
Earlier this week, over 20 student members were inducted into the Interact Club at St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School. The club was chartered in the 2014-15 school year with a sponsorship by the Rotary Club of York.
We were pleased to join Principal Joseph Servidio in presenting the new club members.
Interact Club at St. Theresa HS 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on May 07, 2017
Just a quick note to all members that our next scheduled meeting will be on May 23rd, 2017, and NOT May 16th. Secretary Gerald will send a reminder notice closer to the date. Please update your calendars accordingly. Thank you.
Meeting Schedule Change James Lin 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute James Lin 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on May 02, 2017
Photo taken from Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Tonight we were pleased to welcome Mr. Jason Leung, JD, PMP, to speak about intellectual property rights. Mr. Leung is the Principal of LeungLaw PC in downtown Toronto, and specializes in business and intellectual property law. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, a Project Management Professional designation, and is a registered agent for trademarks and patents. 
Speaker Series for May 2, 2017 James Lin 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Aids Walk Success! James Lin 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Apr 17, 2017
We've partnered up with Sunrise Montessori School and Soles 4 Souls to donate gently used shoes to those in need.
Soles 4 Souls James Lin 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Apr 17, 2017
Rotary Club of York has been approached by PACT Urban Peace Program for a sponsorship opportunity.
PACT Urban Peace Program James Lin 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Apr 17, 2017
Rotary Club of York has been approached by Autism in Mind (AIM) for a sponsorship opportunity.
Autism In Mind (AIM) James Lin 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Apr 13, 2017
Rotary Club of York is proud to partner with the Free Reading Program to bring literacy resources for children online. Find our more about this free program here.
Reading Room James Lin 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Join Our Team at the 2017 District 7070 Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS James Lin 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Apr 04, 2017
President Mandy with P.D.G. Mike Phelan (April 4, 2017)
Tonight we were pleased to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Mike Phelan to our Rotary Club meeting. Mr. Phelan is an old friend of the club and a Past District Governor of District 7070.
Speaker Series for April 4, 2017 James Lin 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2017
This evening we welcomed Mr. Gem Munro from the Amarok Society ( to speak about his charitable project in Bangladesh. 
Mr. Munro and his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, founded the Amarok Society to provide basic language and civic history education to poor women in Bangladesh. The country is one of the world's most densely-populated countries in the world, with 162 million living in just 144,000 square kilometres of land. Poverty is reportedly wide-spread*, with many communities unable to provide basic literacy, math and social studies to their members. 
Speaker Series for March 21, 2017: 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Mar 15, 2017
Our very active club is always looking for ways to bring awareness to our many initiatives. We recently re-designed our club website (, and can now announce the launching of our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed! Be among the first to "like" or "follow" and you'll stay connected with our latest engagements. 
Connect Online! James Lin 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Mar 07, 2017
Members of our Rotary Club joined with fellow Rotarians of District 7070 in hosting a fundraising for Joe Roberts, founder of Push for Change.
Push for Change Event James Lin 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Mar 02, 2017



This week's speaker was our own Rotarian Costas Menegakis. 

Costas was elected to serve as a Federal Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill from May 30, 2011 to October 19, 2015. Upon appointment by the Prime Minister, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 

Speaker Series for February 21, 2017 James Lin 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Feb 03, 2017
The Rotary Club of York welcomed the Year of the Rooster with a grand celebration at the Diamond Banquet Hall in Markham. 
2017 Lunar New Year Celebration James Lin 2017-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Dec 16, 2016
Merry Christmas to all members and friends of the Rotary Club of York! Thank you to everyone who joined us at our annual holiday party at the Dragon Pearl Restaurant. 
2016 RCOY X-MAS Party James Lin 2016-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Lin on Nov 28, 2016
Our Rotary Club is proud to sponsor the Literacy Award at Ryerson University's School of Early Childhood Studies in the Faculty of Community Services. The scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student in the School of Early Childhood Studies, in the full-time or part-time program, who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in promoting literacy in the community. 
(Pictured: Ms. Tiffany Colaco, this year's recipient of the 2016 Rotary Club of York Literacy Award.)
Literacy Award Scholarship at Ryerson University James Lin 2016-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
15th Anniversary Gala James Lin 2016-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of York was chartered on June 28, 2001 and the charter members were inducted by RI President Richard King on August 10, 2001 at the Presidential Convention in Toronto. The picture of such event appeared on the front cover of the October 2001 Rotarian magazine, which became the talk in District 7070.

In 2000, District 7070, participated in the RI pioneer project of looking into new ways of running Rotary clubs in the millennium and innovative approach of resolving the problem of declining membership world wide, looked at the possibility of forming new clubs in ethnic communities.

Past district governor, John Bertrand, encouraged Rotarian Margaret Wong, a Chinese lady Rotarian and PE of the Rotary Club of North York, to work in the Chinese community. She networked a close circle of friends and a steering committee was formed. They met weekly to study the process of establishing a Rotary club among the Chinese community.

In March 2001, the first official meeting of the Provisional Rotary Club of York took place. Ms Doris Au, an educator, was elected as the founding president. After having met all the requirements, the Club was chartered on June 28, 2001 and its members were inducted by RI President King in August.

Second president, Paul Cheung, with his Board, helped lay the foundation and set the direction of the club now that Rotary Club of York (RCOY) was selected among more than 160 clubs in the world to participate in RI new model clubs project. With support from PDG John Bertran and PDG David Ing (the first and only Chinese District Governor so far in District 7070) the Club progressed in double strides.

New model clubs have been given a blank sheet to write their own constitutions and bylaws within the foundation and principles of Rotary. RCOY introduces a major change from the traditional clubs' meeting schedule. It holds its regular meetings twice a month—that is first and third Tuesday of each month—leaving the other Tuesdays for board meetings, workshops and committee meetings. RCOY also brings in other changes such as eliminating minimum age limit of club member, territory boundary and the number of membership within same professional classes.

Rotary Club of York is one of the first ethnic clubs, with mostly Asian members, in Rotary District 7070. Since its inception, this Club has not only impressed the district 7070 executives and other fellow clubs but also listened to its community‘s needs and has been serving and will be supporting its community. Here are some of RCOY's involvements, among many other projects:
  • Sponsored and volunteered at the Chinese Arts and Literacy Contest for Youth
  • Volunteered in the "Rotary Drive" project - Built houses for low-income family
  • Raised funds for York Central Hospital, Scarborough Hospital Urban Outreach Program
  • Sponsored the Community Safety Village of York Region
  • Sponsored Carefirst's transportation van for the senior citizens
  • Initiated RCOY 4 Way Test Award, to be presented to a person or organization in the local communities for conducting/operating their business according to the highest ethical standards.
  • Sponsored the Clean Drinking Water project in Pojiao Village in Yunnan, China
  • Volunteered in the natural disaster relief fundraising campaigns, e.g. China & Haiti Earthquakes, etc
  • Sponsored ANCOP program in building houses for the needy in Philippines
  • Raised funds and supported the Canadian Landmines Foundation to clear the land in some of the most heavily mine affected countries in the world
  • Sponsored the international project, the Gift of Life program, for needy children to go through the life-saving open heart surgery
  • Raised funds and supported the PolioPlus program to eradicate polio in the world
  • Raised funds for Mosaic Interfaith Out of The Cold, programs which provide food and shelters for the homeless.
  • Engaged many local schools and business enterprises to participate in our March book drive for “Rotary Educates Young Mind” literacy project in the Philippines. The project benefited over 1000 students.
  • Sponsored The Kid, Cops & Computers program. This program encourages at-risk kids to succeed in technology.and education. Six kids benefited from our sponsorship.
  • Participated at Bowl for Seniors, Heart & Stroke Sing For Your Heart Gala and Carefirst Annual Gala to raise funds for senior and community services.
  • Participated in the University of Philippines Alumni Association Golf Tournament to raise funds to support academic research.
  • Participated in the Trump AIDS Poker Walk at the Toronto Habourfront. Our team, Royal Flush of York was among the largest teams and raised $1,635 to fight AIDS.
  • Participated in Batteries Recycle campaign, a joint project with Ecowatch and organized “Batteries for Burgers BBQ event at the local Canadian Tire store to raise awareness of the importance of recycling batteries.
  • Sponsored students to attend the Toronto Argonauts & Rotary Service Above All All-Stars Youth Leadership Program at the Rogers Centre and students to attend 2010
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program in Belleville.
    In the past ten years Rotary Club of York has been gaining recognition in the community and has built strong confidence among its members under the Rotary International themes—in sowing the seeds of love, lending a hand, serving above self, sharing and making dreams real—in the local and global communities.
Rotary Club of York At a Glance 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0