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What is Rotary?
Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotary members are business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas initiate service projects to address today’s challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.
What do Milton Rotarians do? SERVICE ABOVE SELF... by helping the youth of our community & its organizations.
- Grow professionally by developing through leadership training and speaking about your profession to club members
- Help clean up the community on Good Neighbours Day
- Raise funds and award scholarships and bursaries to local high school students
- Network and have fun at our annual spring gala dinner and dance
- Volunteer at the Milton Canada Day festivities by collecting donations for the fireworks & at blood donor clinics
- Socialize at summer barbecues, St. Patrick's Day festivities, Halloween Dances, etc.
- Raise awareness of polio and collect funds to eradicate the virus worldwide
- March in the Remembrance Day parade to show respect to our veterans
- Host a Web Auction to raise funds for community organizations like The Deck Youth Drop-In Centre, Lighthouse for Grieving kids, Community Living North Halton, Big Brothers, Darling Home for Kids respite and palliative care
- Distribute dictionaries to every grade 3 student in Milton to promote literacy
- Learn about our community through engaging and interesting guest speakers
- And so much more
To learn a little more, click on the video immediately below. For more information, contact Rod McLachlan by e-mail: rodmclachlan (at) hotmail.com or by phone at 416-807-6589.
The Missing Piece is You!
Annual Milton Rotary Auction Nov, 7 to 21, 2015
Once again It is time for annual Rotary web auction and let us make it a success. We expect our net proceeds to achieve an all-time record for this fundraiser for our club. This is going to translate into significant donations to Milton charitable organizations, our own club's youth development projects like dictionaries for all grade 3 students and volunteer awards and bursaries for Milton high school students.
The auction is a joint endeavor with the Rotary Clubs of Oakville-Trafalgar and Mississauga-Lakeshore, and now Kitchener, with all funds raised in Milton staying in Milton.
Special thanks to our tremendous sponsors and local businesses who have donated items. Without their support, we could not help others.
Also, a big thank you to all of those who went online and bid on items last year and encourage them to do so again this year.
Everything is volunteer driven and our main expenses are credit card processing, advertising and marketing the auction itself and paying for the warehouse utilities to store the items.
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Milton Rotary's Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala
Friday, April 17, 2015 -
This event was a smashing success. The doors openned at 6:30 pm at the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park. After the cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner with guests of honour including Milton's MPP and Rotary District 7080 Governor Patsy Marshall. Dressed up in denim and diamonds, everyone hit the dance floor to learn line dancing and also to just bust a move with some traditional dancing as well. The live band was excellent.
Net Proceeds went to Support Tim Horton Children's Foundation (sending Milton youth for leadership training at their Tim Horton Camp), and to other worthy Rotary projects!
Thank you to everyone for your support.
Milton Rotary Club Welcomes Exchange Student From Finland
Rotary International runs the largest youth exchange program in the world and in August 2014, Milton Rotary Club welcomed its latest exchange student from Finland, Janette Eronen.
Since 1968, the Milton Rotary Club has hosted 52 students from 20 countries, and since 1973, they have sent 48 students to 19 countries.
If you are a Milton high school student going into Grade 10 or Grade 11 this year and are interested in spending a year abroad starting in August 2015, please contact us. Application deadline is October 31, 2014.
Milton Rotary Feeds 700 at Park Grand Opening
Milton Rotary Club members served nearly 700 residents who came to check out the grand opening of Milton's newest green space, Sherwood District Park, on Saturday, August 9. Rotarians volunteered their time and barbecue from 9 am to 2 pm and served nearly 700 people from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the free barbecue event hosted by the Town of Milton. It was the biggest park opening in the Town's history.
The Milton Rotary Club has a long history of supporting parks. In the 1950's the Milton Rotary Club purchased the land that would later become Rotary Park in downtown Milton. After years of fundraising the park was not only paid off, but a pool was built and many other amenities. A lot of Rotary sweat equity went into the building of the park in the 50's and 60's.
Milton Rotary Summer Socials & Barbecues
While Rotarians work hard throughout the year to help the community, Milton's youth and international projects like the eradication of polio, summers are a time to network, socialize and enjoy some good food with friends. Here are some snapshots from our 2014 Summer Barbecues.
Rotary Helps Milton Canada Day Committee
On Canada Day, members of The Rotary Club of Milton were out in full force, doing their civic duty by helping the Canada Day Committee raise funds for the operation of the festivities and fireworks at the Fairgrounds. Rotarians volunteered their time throughout the day and into the evening to help collect donations in buckets at the entrance gates to help defray expenses for the event. They also helped out at the Canada Day parking lot with vehicles entering and exiting the busy event.
Special thanks to the Canada Day committee for running this fantastic event and for allowing us to help them recoup some of the costs so that all Miltonians can celebrate Canada Day's birthday.
Rotary Gives Every Milton Grade 3 Student A Dictionary
Rotarian Blanche Hinton (right) is joined by a Milton elementary school principal as she discusses Rotary's program that gives dictionaries to 1,500 Grade 3 students.
(Milton,Ont.: 30 June 2014) – Milton's Rotary Club is giving a dictionary to every Grade 3 student in Milton for the third year in a row to promote literacy amongst our youth. The Milton Rotary Club's annual literacy project is now complete and every Milton Grade 3 student will be the beneficiary. The project is spearheaded by Rotarian Blanche Hinton who visits nearly every public and Catholic school in Milton and hand delivers free dictionaries. The campaign is just one of many initiatives focused on Milton youth. In 2014, Rotary gave 1,523 dictionaries to Milton students in Grade 3 at 21 different schools.
“We appreciate the Halton school boards granting us the opportunity to present these dictionaries to young, eager Milton students,” said Rod McLachlan, Rotary Club of Milton President. “Many families in town are made up of new Canadians whose first language is not English. These dictionaries not only help the students, but in many cases they are a prized tool that unlocks the English language to entire families in Milton.”
Kids Win, Rotary Wins
Above Rotarian Rick Saxby (L) and Ries Boers (R) join the winning members of the "Rotary Ringers".
Some Milton Rotary Club members chipped in $100 each and sponsored a team at the second annual Game On Ball Hockey Tournament for Kids on June 7-8 in Milton. And wouldn't you know it, Team Rotary won the 11 to 13 year old category.
Special thanks to the Rotarians who ran the barbecue for the kids and parents on both days and for the Rotarians who sat on the tournament's organizing committee again this year.
When the kids win, we all win. Over $6,000 was raised at the event this year for The ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids), which helps provide counseling, support and resources for Milton kids with mental health issues and psychological concerns.
Milton Rotary Gives Away $21,000 in just one night
Rotarian Blanche Hinton is joined by a Milton elementary school principal as she discusses Rotary's program that gives dictionaries to 1,500 Grade 3 students.
(Milton, Ont.: 21 May 2014) – Milton Rotary Club gave away $21,000 in just one night to local Milton and global charities on May 26 at its annual awards night.
Dozens of guests attended the annual awards night held at the Milton Sports Centre's banquet hall. All of the money was raised by Milton Rotarians through fundraisers in 2013 and 2014, with no administration costs whatsoever.
The Rotary Club crowned its first prestigious Milton Youth Citizen of the Year Award, part of $7,000 being given to Milton high school students recognized for outstanding volunteerism, leadership and financial need through the club’s new scholarships and bursary programs.
To see all of the local and international recipients of financial awards and donations made by The Rotary Club of Milton, click "More" below:
Milton Rotary Backs Good Neighbours Community Day
On Saturday, May 3rd, members of the Rotary Club of Milton donated their time to run the Good Neighbours Community Clean-Up Day breakfast for the community. Over a dozen members were out in full force to cook bacon on a bun and veggies on a bun for community volunteers who were about to head out and do clean up and good works around Milton. This has been a long standing project for the Milton Rotary Club. Rotarian Len Lee has been a part of the organizing committee for the clean up day for many years.
Following the breakfast, Rotarians went out and did yard work at the residences for clients of Community Living North Halton in Milton.
Diamonds & Denim Rotary Dinner & Dance Gala 2014
Over 150 guests came out on Friday, April 11th at Country Heritage Park's Gambrel Barn to enjoy Milton Rotary Club's Diamonds & Denim spring gala in support of Stride's mental health programs. Nearly $10,000 was raised for mental health and other worthy Rotary projects that support Milton youth and others in need around the world.
It was a country-western themed night with Texas-inspired food of chicken and ribs. Guests dressed up in denim, cowboy hats and the ladies, "rhinestones" and diamonds.
There was a live auction and a live band.
Milton Rotary Club Social Night - 2014 St. Patrick's Day
Members of the Rotary Club of Milton get into the "green" spirit!
2014 Milton Rotary Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards
Do you know a Milton teen who goes above & beyond when it comes to volunteering, who is a leader, who could benefit from 1 of 3 scholarships worth a few thousand dollars? Application deadline is April 6th. Go to www.miltonrotaryclub.com for more info. Share with potential candidates. The Rotary Club of Milton is a champion for volunteerism in our Town.
* Platinum Award- $2,000.00 grant towards post secondary first year tuition expenses at a recognized institution.
* Gold Award - $1,000.00 grant towards first year post secondary tuition expenses at a recognized institution.
* Silver Award - $500.00 grant towards post secondary first year tuition expenses at a recognized institution.
Note: Grants will or can be held in trust for Post Secondary Education.
Purpose of the Scholarships
* To acknowledge individuals who exemplify and have demonstrated community leadership by Volunteering
* The candidate must be a resident of Halton Region.
* The candidate must be attending a Milton Secondary School.
* Volunteerism (unpaid) exceeding considerably over 40 hours required by school system.
* Demonstrated leadership in their school and/or community.
* Academic achievement will be a consideration but not necessarily the deciding factor.
* Candidates will be nominated by schools and other organizations (2 references required)
* Write an essay relating to your experience on “Value of Volunteering in Your Community”, (minimum 500/ maximum 750 words). Please include a summary of education/career goals.
* Provide a resume listing the organizations in which you have participated.
* Provide two written references (Volunteering Organizations)
* Forward applications to Vino Khimasia at vkhimasia (at) bell.net
* Applications must be received by 6th April, 2014.
* The selection committee will consist of members of the Rotary Club of Milton.
* The committee will review all applications and interview the finalists.
* The scholarship winners will be notified by Early May, 2014.
Milton Rotary and Rotaract Club members once again helped the 2013 Milton Santa Claus Parade collect donations for the parade's costs, which are not covered by the Town. This is an annual service project by Rotarians and Rotaractors. Our motto is service above self.
Photo Courtesy Rick DiLorenzo / Twitter
Milton Rotary Club members handed out over 1,000 pamphlets to commuters at the Milton GO Station on Thursday, Oct. 24th. to promote World Polio Day and Rotary's global efforts to eradicate polio. This is an annual initiative by the Milton Rotary Club. Members reminded the public to support Rotary's annual online auction at www.MiltonRotaryAuction.com so that some of the funds raised can go to polio immunization efforts, in addition to Milton youth projects.
In 1985, there were 350,000 people affected by polio globally. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary International, and its partners the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, there were only 223 cases of polio worldwide.
Thanks for helping us help others.
Rotarians present $22,000 in awards, scholarships, donations
Local Tim Hortons owner Carlanna Sdao (with microphone) accepts a cheque from Milton Rotary for $2,400 to send local kids to Tim Horton Children's Camps. She is surrounded by Rotary committee members and her husband and co-franchisee Diego Sdao. The money was raised at the club's annual spring dinner and dance.
(13 May 2013 - Milton, Ont.) -- The Milton Rotary Club presented $2,400 to local Tim Horton Children’s Foundation representative Carlanna Sdao to send Milton kids to camp, headlining a ceremony held recently in which Milton Rotary gave away $22,000 to local and global charities.
The money was raised from local businesses and donors through the club’s annual fall web auction and spring dinner and dance.
More than 100 people were in attendance as $22,000 was given out in bursaries, scholarships and donations to Milton and global charities.
Rotary’s local dictionary program was the recipient of $3,000 to purchase dictionaries for every Milton Grade 3 student. Other recipients of sizeable donations include Halton Food for Thought, a program that provides nutritious meals for hungry school children, The Darling Home for Kids, which provides palliative and respite care for medically fragile children, and the Lighthouse program for grieving children.
A sum of $5,500 was handed out to Milton high school students in the form of scholarships and bursaries.
The Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports goals of peace and understanding through humanitarian projects around the world, received a donation as well. Disaster relief program Shelterbox Canada and Polio Plus, a global polio eradication program, were beneficiaries.
The club financially backed Sonia Chwalek’s attendance at a Rotary youth leadership conference.
Milton citizens Angelo Posteraro and Rose Barrow were recognized for their extraordinary volunteerism with Paul Harris Fellowship awards. And Rotarian Rod McLachlan received the club’s Mike Ledwith Volunteerism Award and a Paul Harris Fellowship. Previous Paul Harris recipients include Mayor Gord Krantz, former Champion publisher Jim Dills and former town councillor Mike Boughton.
This year matched last year’s fundraising efforts, allowing the club to continue with its annual giving to local recipients, said Rotarian Rod McLachlan. “Our club membership has grown in the past year, giving us momentum.”
The club, which has 30 members, was able to raise significant funds throughout the year on a per member basis. “Our motto is service above self and we truly take that to heart when it comes to helping others in Milton, particularly kids and youth.”
“Without the support of local businesses and donors, we couldn’t make all of this possible. Ultimately we spend the whole year raising funds and then on this one night we are fortunate enough to be able to give it all back to the community.”
The club is always looking for new members and anyone interested in finding out more about membership can contact Rod McLachlan at 416-807-6589.
Milton Rotary Supports Good Neighbours Community Day
On May 4, 2013 The Rotary Club of Milton barbecued bacon on a bun and tomatoes and cucumbers on a bun in support of the 21st Annual Milton Good Neighbours Community Day. Members also did clean up projects including yard work at four Community Living North Halton residences in Milton.
Many thanks to Rotarian Len Lee who organizes the Good Neighbours Community Day for the Town of Milton. This year Rotarians were also joined by members of the Milton Rotaract Club (a service club for 18-35 year olds).
Rotary Casablanca Dinner & Dance
On March 23rd, 130 people joined us for Rotary's annual gala event, raising enough money to send two Milton-area kids to Tim Hortons Kids Camp. Many local small business owners were in attendance and it was a great chance to network and support a good cause. This year a quarter of the net proceeds went to send Milton children to Tim Horton Children's Camp. The remainder went to support Rotary's scholarships, bursaries, literacy projects and many other worthy local and international projects with a strong youth focus.
The event was hosted at Piper's Heath Golf Club. It was a Casablanca-themed night with Moroccan-inspired food. Guests dressed up like their favourite Casablanca movie characters. There was a balloon pop prize table, live auction and a penny raffle. The live music -- Jim Kenzie of the Toronto Star & his band.
Thank you for your support. We could not have achieved the results we did without your support. Special thanks to Diego and Carlanna Sdao of Tim Hortons in Milton for their partnership and support. Also to Molson-Coors, Piper's Heath, Jim Kenzie, Dufferin Aggregates, Tim Hortons and so many of the other donors and sponsors who helped make the night a success.