Rotary Club of Milton

On Monday June 12 the Rotary Club of Milton presented Bursaries and Awards in recognition of community Volunteer support and academic acheivement. 
 Winners of the Mike Ledwith Volunteer Bursary  of $250 were Sparch Kapar ( Craig Kielburger SS), Shaunette George ( Craig Kielburger SS), Ashley D'Souza ( Jean Vanier CSS), Cassaungra McDonald (Jean Vanier CSS). 
The Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards consisting of $1500 scholarship were Shahmeer Khan ( Milton District HS) and Brandon Ly ( Milton District HS)
Congratulations to all the recipients!  Thank you for supporting your community through your volunteer efforts. Wishing you success in your future studies!
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President Ingrid Hollinger, together with William Hamilton, present Ries Boers with the "official" Presidents Award in recognition for his service to the Rotary Club of Milton.  Congratulations Ries!  And thank you for being such a good sport at the 70th anniversary dinner when you were presented with an imaginary award. 
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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jan 26, 2017

 

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Guests are always welcome to our meetings. Come out and learn about our club, network and connect with new contacts. 

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.

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jan 09, 2017
Milton Rotary Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary
 
 
Milton Rotary Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Service Rod McLachlan 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Nov 04, 2016

Annual Milton Rotary Auction Nov. 5 to 19, 2016


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Once again, it is time for Annual Rotary Online Auction from November 5th to 19th! Good stuff. Great deals!

Help us, help others! Get restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets, golf packages and so much more. Just in time for the holidays.

Go to  www.MiltonRotaryAuction.com  to start bidding now!

This fundraiser is going to translate into significant donations to Milton Rotary's charitable projects and organizations, our own club's local 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 to bid on items last year. We encourage you to do so again this year. 

Everything is 100% volunteer driven and our main expenses are credit card processing, advertising, marketing the auction itself, and paying for the warehouse facilities to store the items.

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2016 Annual Milton Rotary Auction Rod McLachlan 2016-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 16, 2016
2016 Milton Rotary Awards Night
 
Congratulations to everyone at last night's Milton Rotary Awards Night (May 17, 2016). Roughly $20,000 was given away by Milton Rotary Club to Milton high school students (scholarships, bursaries, leadership training, Ottawa citizenship experience), dictionaries we are delivering for 1,700 Grade 3 Milton students, Big Brothers' Halton mentorship program, polio eradication overseas, the Rotary Foundation (polio, water, literacy, peace, projects), international youth exchange (1 Milton student is in Brazil, we are hosting 1 Japanese student), and much more... We also inducted two new members, Emmanuel Mensah and Madison Twose. Welcome!
 
 
President Vino and MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris present the MIKE LEDWITH YOUTH VOLUNTEER SCHOLARSHIPS. Here is the platinum winner (top prize) Soumya Chaudhuri ($2,000).
 
 
Michael Kassar who is formerly the chair of the Milton Youth Advisory Council with the Town of Milton, tells the crowd about his leadership training (RYLA), which was funded and organized by Rotary.
 
 
Congratulations to Bill and Margaret Hamilton on their recognition from Milton Rotary Club with President's Awards for loyal and dedicated service to the club, and from the Town of Milton's Mayor Gord Krantz.
 
2016 Milton Rotary Awards Night Rod McLachlan 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 06, 2016
Rotary Supports Good Neighbours Community Day
 
2016 Good Neighbours Community Clean-Up Day - Congratulations to everyone from Milton Rotary Club on a job well done this morning, to the Rotarians who cooked breakfast for all of the volunteers, and then afterwards went and cleaned up several of the client homes for Community Living North Halton's developmentally delayed. Thanks to everyone! Great teamwork for Milton's Annual Good Neighbours Community Clean Up Day... overall 800 volunteers I heard cleaned up the town!
 
 
 
2016 Good Neighbours Day Rod McLachlan 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Apr 28, 2016
Milton Rotary's Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016
​150 Rotarians, friends and family came out to Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park.
 
Everyone enjoyed dinner, dancing and denim! They dressed up in their finest Western wear. They enjoyed showed Johnny "Counterfeit" Cash, line dancing and traditional dancing too!
There was a live band in the house called "Bad Weather". Everyone enjoyed dancing the night away and bidding on the live and silent auctions.
 
Net proceeds went to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton (Milton In-School Mentoring Program to help our youth), and to other worthy Rotary projects!
 
 
 
 
2016 Rotary Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala Rod McLachlan 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Milton Rotary Welcomes Japanese Exchange Student
 
Milton Rotary sends Milton student to Switzerland, hosting student from Japan
 
 
MILTON, Ont. (August 24, 2015) — Two students are on a trip of a lifetime after Milton Rotary Club helped facilitate one-year youth exchanges in Brazil and Switzerland.
 
Fifteen-year-old Miltonian Cameron Dickie from Craig Kielburger Secondary School left for Alpnach, Switzerland on August 9th after being selected last fall by the Milton Rotary Club as its candidate to travel overseas.
 
As chance would have it, Georgetown’s Rotary Club was having difficulty tracking down a suitable candidate and asked the Milton club last fall if they had any additional candidates. Consequently, 18-year-old Miltonian Katie Fry, a graduate of White Oaks Secondary School, was chosen to represent Georgetown and recently departed for Blumenau, Brazil on August 7th.
 
“Over the years Milton Rotary has hosted 53 students from around the globe and sent out 49 young adults since the late 1960’s,” said Rod McLachlan, Milton Rotary director of public relations, of the club’s 102 international exchanges. “Normally only one lucky Milton student would get the chance to head abroad on a Rotary youth exchange, but this year is special.”
 
Rotary’s program requires that if a club sends a student outbound, that club must host an inbound student. On Saturday, August 22nd, Milton Rotarians greeted 16-year-old Miki Nagano from Kanazawa City, Japan at Pearson International Airport.
 
Milton Rotary Club will once again be seeking interested high school students for our international youth exchange who are between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of their expected departure in August 2016. Those prospective students can contact the club through its website www.MiltonRotaryClub.com and apply by October 31st for the 2016 exchange.
 
Milton Rotary Welcomes Japanese Exchange Student Rod McLachlan 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Feb 28, 2015

Buy Your Rotary Denim & Diamonds Tickets 

Milton Rotary Spring Gala

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 Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala Rod McLachlan 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Aug 08, 2014

Milton Rotary Feeds 700 at Park Grand Opening

Rotary Feeds 700 at Sherwood District Park 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 Feeds 700 at Park Grand Opening Rod McLachlan 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Aug 06, 2014

Milton Rotary Club Welcomes Exchange Student From Finland

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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 Welcomes Newest Exchange Student Rod McLachlan 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jul 22, 2014

Milton Rotary Summer Socials & Barbecues

Milton Rotary Club Socials and Networking

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.

Milton Rotary Club Socials Rod McLachlan 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jul 01, 2014

Rotary Helps Milton Canada Day Committee

Milton Rotary Canada Day 2014

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.

Milton Rotary Club Helps Canada Day Committee Rod McLachlan 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jun 29, 2014

Rotary Gives Every Milton Grade 3 Student A Dictionary

Blanche Hinton Talks About Giving Dictionaries to 1,500 Grade 3 Students
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.

Rotary Gives Every Milton Grade 3 Student A Dictionary Rod McLachlan 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jun 07, 2014

Kids Win, Rotary Wins

Rotary 2014 Game On Ball Hockey Tournament

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.

Kids Win, Rotary Wins Rod McLachlan 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 31, 2014

Milton Rotary Gives Away $21,000 in just one night

Blanche Hinton Talks About Giving Dictionaries to 1,500 Grade 3 Students
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 Gives $21,000 to Local & International Charities Rod McLachlan 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 09, 2014

Milton Rotary Backs Good Neighbours Community Day

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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.

 

Milton Rotary Backs Good Neighbours Community Day Rod McLachlan 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Apr 10, 2014

Diamonds & Denim Rotary Dinner & Dance Gala 2014

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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.

Diamonds & Denim Rotary Dinner & Dance Gala 2014 Rod McLachlan 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Mar 13, 2014

Milton Rotary Club Social Night - 2014 St. Patrick's Day

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Feb 24, 2014

2014 Milton Rotary Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards

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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

 

Selection Criteria

* 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)

 

Application Process

* 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.

 

Selection Process

* 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.

 

2014 Milton Rotary Youth Volunteers of The Year Awards Rod McLachlan 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Nov 16, 2013
Milton Rotary & Rotaract Help Santa Claus Parade

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.

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Milton Rotary & Rotaract Help Santa Claus Parade Rod McLachlan 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Oct 23, 2013
Milton Rotary Promotes Polio Eradication

World Polio Day 2013

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.

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Milton Rotary Promotes Polio Eradication Rod McLachlan 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Jun 23, 2013
Milton Rotaract Softball Tournament
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Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 12, 2013

Rotarians present $22,000 in awards, scholarships, donations

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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.

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 04, 2013

Milton Rotary Supports Good Neighbours Community Day

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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).  

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Mar 26, 2013

Rotary Casablanca Dinner & Dance

 

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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.

 

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Mar 03, 2013

Former Milton Rotarian, Mayor Shortlisted for School Naming

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(Milton, Ont. – 4 March 2013) – The late Mike Ledwith, former mayor and charter Milton Rotary club member, has been shortlisted by the Halton District School Board for the naming of one of its newest schools.

The Rotary Club of Milton has been spearheading the drive for Ledwith’s name to be immortalized through the naming of a Milton school for several years due to the fact that Ledwith was active with the Rotary Club for over 60 years starting in 1947.

Supporting the nomination of Ledwith’s name are the Milton Optimist Club, St. Clair Masonic Lodge, E.C. Drury High School, St. Paul’s United Church, the Milton Royal Canadian Legion, Milton Probus Club, Faith United Church, and the Milton Rotaract Club, along with scores of Milton residents. Over 350 e-mails of support were received in favour of Ledwith’s nomination.

A delegation will make a presentation to the Halton District School Board on March 6, before board members vote that night to name the new school #8 which is being built at 820 Farmstead Dr.

Ledwith was mayor of Milton in 1957 and owned and operated Ledwith’s Super Save grocery store, which he opened in 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, Milton Legion member, and served as a director on the Milton District Hospital board and the Milton School Board.

During his six decades of community involvement, Ledwith was Milton Evergreen Cemetery Board President for over 25 years. In the early 1960’s, he was named Milton Citizen of the Year. In 1997, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, Ledwith was again recognized by the Town and the province as Milton’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

He passed away in 2010.

In 2012, Ledwith’s name was shortlisted for Milton’s newest high school, but lost out to Craig Kielburger.


Former Milton Rotarian, Mayor Shortlisted for School Naming Rod McLachlan 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Rubino on Dec 15, 2012
 
 
Milton Rotary Morning Meetings Friday

Meetings for Interested New Members this Friday, Dec. 21
Milton Rotary Now Meets Fridays

Milton Rotary Club is reaching out to busy, new Miltonians with a second meeting time, Friday mornings at 7:30 AM.

In a bid to attract new members, the Rotary Club of Milton is adding a second meeting time in addition to its usual Monday meetings at 6:30 PM, creating greater flexibility for busy Miltonians who are looking to give back to their community.

Already many prospective new members have expressed interest and plan to attend a meeting on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 AM.

Members will be able to attend whichever meeting is convenient to them that week. Morning meetings will be efficient and will run only one hour with guest speakers and breakfast available.

Prospective new members can contact Rod McLachlan at rodmclachlan (at) hotmail.com or call 416-807-6589 to RSVP for the info session.

"The creation of this second morning meeting time will allow small business owners and commuters alike to get involved on their own schedule, whether it be Friday mornings or Monday evenings," said Rod McLachlan, club coordinator of public relations.

"We welcome anyone who wants to network, who wants to give back and who wants to develop professionally while having fun at social events."

Rotary's 1.2 million members believe changing the world starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, members are volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. 

 

 

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Dec 07, 2012

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Milton Rotaract members recently roll donated pennies to eradicate poilio.

Milton Rotary & Rotaract Fight to Eliminate Polio

Milton's Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are collecting pennies, joining forces to eradicate polio globally. Taking advantage of the "Pennies and More for Polio Initiative", the two clubs hope to eradicate polio by collecting donated pennies from the Milton community.

This joint initiative between the Rotary Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presents an opportunity to engage Canadians in the global effort to eradicate polio.

"Canada's deep commitment to eradicating polio has meant that hundreds of thousands of children have been immunized, often in remote, impoverished, and very insecure regions of the world," said Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino. "The unwavering commitment of countries around the world, and of organizations such as the Rotary Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help put an end to this devastating disease, which can be prevented with a simple vaccine. The Pennies and More for Polio Initiative announced Sept. 27th will help us to achieve that goal."

The Pennies and More for Polio initiative invites Canadians to join in the fight to eradicate polio. The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide funds to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at a ratio of $1 for every $1 raised by Rotarians in Canada, up to a maximum of $1 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will likewise provide funds of equal value, at a ratio of $1 for every $1 raised by Rotarians in Canada. This would result in every $1 raised by the Rotary Foundation leveraging an additional $2.

After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.  

Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a hundreds of million dollar funding gap. Of course, Rotary alone can't fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Recently the Government of Canada announced the elimination of the penny. To donate your pennies and loose change, please contact rotaractmilton (at) gmail.com


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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Nov 29, 2012

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Milton Rotary Helps Santa Claus Parade

The Milton Rotary Club helped the Santa Claus Parade Committee achieve it's goal of collecting donations along this year's parade route -- once again helping the parade exist.

Running the parade costs tens of thousands of dollars and without the generous support of the community and their donations, which were collected by Rotarians with buckets, the parade would be in jeopardy.A total of $6,100 was collected this year, up from $4,500 in 2011.

This year on parade day, Nov. 18th, Rotarians were joined by the new Rotaract Club of Milton, a Rotary-inspired service club for 18 to 35 year olds. Rotaractors handed out donation envelopes at the front of the parade to help facilitate donations.


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Posted by Carolyn Keyworth on Jun 03, 2012
The Milton Rotary Club has received money from the Milton Community Fund for the purchase of audio/visual equipment. The club was able to purchase a flat screen HDMI TV with peripherals. This equipment will enhance and eventually replace the current projector used for AV display during meetings and community events. The club is very grateful to the Fund, and we are very fortunate to have such a resource for Community organizations and individuals in Milton


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Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 13, 2012
Rotary gives away $22,000 to local Milton & global charities

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On May 14, 2012 the Rotary Club of Milton gave away over $22,000 to worthy local and global charities, many focused on children and youth. The following financial awards and donations were made:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Milton – BBBS executive director Barbara Ferrone received money raised in March 2012 from the Rotary Club of Milton's annual spring dance. BBBS will use the money to expand an after-school homework program in Milton schools.
Community Living North Halton – CLNH executive director Greg Edmiston received money towards the services CLNH provides to developmentally disabled individuals in Milton.
Milton Youth Centre - The Deck – Deck Director Oliver Clarke received money towards the cost of a new outdoor basketball net at The Deck's youth centre in Milton, providing a safe, healthy refuge for Milton's youth.
The Lighthouse Program in Oakville, which is a facility that helps grieving children and youth through various programs, serving the greater Halton area.
Milton High School Students for Bursaries - Bishop Reding – 2 awards; EC Drury – 2 (Mike Ledwith Rotary Humanity Award); Milton District – 2 (Osler Music Award); EC Drury School for the Deaf – 1 award; Gary Allan High School – 1
Milton High School Students for Scholarships - 3 recipients

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Rotary Welcomes New Milton Club for 18-35 Year Olds

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On May 14, 2012, the Rotary Club of Milton was pleased to welcome the addition of a new club designed specifically for 18 to 35 year olds called Rotaract. The group's charter celebration was a part of Rotary's annual awards night at the Milton Sports Centre.
Rotaract is a non-profit service club for students and young professionals. The club embodies principles of Service above Self. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. There are more than 8,200 Rotaract clubs in about 170 countries and this is ever increasing, as Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

4 pillars of service:

1-Professional Development
2-Local Service
3-International Service
4-Fellowship 

The new club meets at Country Heritage Park in Milton bi-weekly. New members are welcome. For more information contact rotaractmilton (at) gmail.com

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on May 04, 2012

Milton Rotary Supports Good Neighbours Community Day


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On May 5, 2012 the Rotary Club of Milton barbecued bacon on a bun and tomatoes and cucumbers on a bun in support of the 20th Annual Milton Good Neighbours Community Day. Members also did clean up projects including yard work at Community Living North Halton residences in Milton.
Many thanks to Rotarian Len Lee who organizes the entire Good Neighbours Community Day for the Town of Milton. The year Rotarians were also joined by members of the new Milton Rotaract Club (18-35 year olds). Pictured above, Milton Rotary Club's Rod McLachlan barbecuing the bacon.

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Milton Rotary Club Moves, Strikes Up
New Relationship with Community Living

(Milton, Ont.: 2 April 2012) – The Rotary Club of Milton permanently moves into a new meeting space today, simultaneously striking up a new positive relationship with Community Living North Halton (CLNH).

Effective immediately, Milton Rotarians will begin meeting at CLNH's board room at 917 Nipissing Rd. at the Thompson and Nipissing Rds. intersection. Meetings will continue to start at 6:30 PM weekly on Mondays.

The new partnership will allow the Rotary club to direct some of its membership fees to a charitable cause – CLNH – funds that it would be spending on a meeting space regardless. Rotarians will also be purchasing dinner from CLNH, generating additional revenue for the charity.

“We are delighted to partner with Community Living on this new arrangement,” said Rod McLachlan, Rotary Club of Milton public relations coordinator. “Milton Rotary Club has been a long-time supporter of CLNH.”

“We would like to thank Milton Best Western and Troy's Diner for their hospitality in hosting our club for the last several years.”

The new location at Nipissing and Thompson Rds. is also more visible and central in a town that is expanding southward. Any prospective Rotary members are always welcome to attend a meeting.

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CLNH, in partnership with families and the community, supports the choices and personal growth of individuals with a developmental disability

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Posted by Rod McLachlan on Feb 03, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy: Graham Paine / Milton Canadian Champion)
Rotarians Rob Rubino & Romeo Mitchell at the February 2012 CLNH Charity Bonspiel

Milton Rotary Supports Community Living North Halton

(Milton,Ont.: 4 February 2012) – Local Milton Rotarians came out once again to Community Living North Halton's annual charity bonspiel to support the valuable social organization that provides assistance to physically and developmentally challenged adults in Milton.

Rotarians drew about $1,800 worth of pledges, helping CLNH net $12,000 in the one-day event.

The draws took place at the Milton Curling Club on Saturday, February 4th.

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Grade 3 students with their dictionaries at P.L. Robertson Public School in Milton. Photo courtesy: Graham Paine / Milton Canadian Champion 

Milton Rotarians Deliver Dictionaries  to Local Students

(Milton, Ont.:  2 February 2012) – The Milton Rotary Club's annual literacy project  is now underway and every Milton Grade 3 student will be the beneficiary. Local  Rotarians are currently visiting every public school in Milton and hand  delivering free dictionaries. The campaign is just one of many iniatives  focused on Milton youth.

“We  are honoured and grateful that the Halton school boards have once again decided  to help us help the youth of Milton by granting us the opportunity to present  these dictionaries,” said Rod McLachlan, Rotary Club of Milton public relations  coordinator. "By providing dictionaries to Grade 3 students not only are  we able to promote literacy for these children, but in many cases it directly  helps entire families whose first language is not English."


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The Annual Halton Rotary Online Auction Is Now Closed

November 6 - 20, 2011 - Thank you to all who placed bids and helped us help others!!!
 

www.rotaryauctions.ca

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 Rotaract

Milton Rotaract Club for Young Professionals Forming

In December 2011, a new club is coming to Milton for young professionals. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women aged 18 to 35. While some clubs are university based, Milton's club will be community based and will lead to opportunities for professional development, networking and community service. Already, over 15 individuals have expressed interest in the new Rotaract club, and its future president hopes to charter the club in January 2012.

If you are interested in this exciting new opportunity to meet like-minded young adults, please contact Natasha Farrugia at rotaractmilton@gmail.com

The club's next meeting is on Sunday, January 15 at noon at Country Heritage Park. All are welcome. 


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2011 Milton Rotary Halloween Dance

 Halloween Dance 

The 2011 Annual Milton Rotary Club Halloween Dance was a huge success with over 80 people attending at the Milton Sports Centre hall and money being collected for the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine Relief Fund. All who attended had a great time and were dressed in their scary best. We look forward to next year's event with equal anticipation.

Outstanding live band "Fare Enuff" made their rocking return to one of Milton Rotary's social events on a Saturday night. Playing the best of the 60's, 70's and 80's, the band ushered in Halloween in style.

A big thank you to dance committee chair Sohail for all his planning. 


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Rotarians contribute $11,000 for Darling Home playground  

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After donating over $11,000 to the Darling Home for Kids last year, Rotary Club of Milton members unveiled a new fully-accessible playground at the hospice and respite care home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 19 to celebrate the project's completion.

The large donation stemmed from the club's Spring Gala event held at Granite Ridge Golf Club in 2010.

The Rotary Club of Milton was instrumental in making this project possible,” said Darling Home Executive Director Kristin Horrell. “(The) Roaring 20’s Gala contributed a significant amount to the project and got us started on this important capital project.”

Without the donations and support of local residents and businesses backing our charity events throughout the year, we would be unable to help worthy causes like the Darling Home's playground,” said Milton Rotary public relations director Rod McLachlan. “It is a testament to our members' efforts that a small club like ours can make a big difference right here in Milton.”

It was the local Rotary club's donation that helped kick the project off. A further $60,000 was raised through an 80-km bike ride this past July by local volunteers.

The new playground features ramps, activity stations and wheelchair-accessible equipment outdoors, giving children the chance to play like most kids.

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ImageMilton Rotary Club Supports Community Resource The HUB 

Local Rotarians from the Milton club volunteered their time on August 24, 2011, operating a barbecue in support of the HUB, an organization that helps families find resources in Milton.

Each year the HUB holds a kick off barbecue just before school starts up. It is here that they provide resource information (legal assistance information, after school programs, etc.) as well as back packs loaded with pencils, papers, school supplies and more for those in need.

The barbecue is offered as a fun way to attract people to their services and the Milton Rotary Club has provided the grill to cook on and the manpower to cook the food. This year's edition was one of the busiest barbecues yet.

If Milton residents need help with family situations, help finding employment, help connecting their kids with after school care or tutoring, the HUB is a central resource. The HUB's office works out of Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, but it is not a function of the Catholic School board.

One Milton Rotarian has been on the HUB's board, fostering this ongoing relationship with the Milton Rotary Club, which is proud to support this vital community resource.


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Membership Matters - Interested in Joining Us? 

 

New members and prospective members are always welcome. Please contact Membership Chair, Ingrid Hollinger, to learn more about Rotary Club, or to resume your relationship with the organization. Call 905-878-8101.

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Milton Rotary Supports Good Neighbours Community Day 

On May 7, 2011 the Rotary Club of Milton barbecued bacon on a bun and tomatoes and cucumbers on a bun in support of the 19th Annual Milton Good Neighbours Community Day. Members also did clean up projects including yard work at Community Living North Halton residences in Milton. Pictured above, Milton Rotary Club President Ron Smith working at a CLNH home on Pine St. Photo courtesy SNAP Milton.

The 19th Annual Milton Good Neighbours Community Day - Saturday May 07 Vino Khimasia 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod McLachlan on Mar 19, 2011

The Rotary Club of Milton is pleased to announce it will co-host the next Chamber of Commerce networking event on Tuesday, March 22.

Local Rotarians will be on hand and join co-owner Dale Devlin in hosting the Milton Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours networking event at Devlin's Halton Automotive at 360 Steeles Ave. The evening starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m.

According to the Chamber's website, Business After Hours is "a monthly networking event that provides an opportunity for Chamber Members to network with a wide variety of business people. Business After Hours has become one of the Chamber's most popular networking events, allowing members to meet, exchange ideas, talk business in a relaxed and informal setting. These monthly networking meetings are hosted by Chamber members, giving them an opportunity to showcase their workplace and gain valuable exposure. Attendance is free for Chamber members and registered guests."

Devlin is a Milton Chamber of Commerce Community Awards recipient. In 2008 he was named Chamber Businessperson of the Year and has been a Milton Rotarian for many years, supporting Rotary initiatives financially and with his time, like the upcoming Spring Fling Dinner and Dance on Saturday, April 2 for which Halton Automotive is one of two major sponsors.

Those who are non-Chamber members or who are not Rotarians can register for the event by contacting Andrea at 905-878-0581.

The Rotary Club of Milton meets at the Best Western at 161 Chisholm Dr. Monday nights, fellowship starts at 6 p.m., the meeting starts at 6:30, dinner at 7, and adjournment at 8 p.m. Call Bill and Margaret Hamilton, 905-878-4094, marg.hamilton (at) sympatico.ca for information. Guests are welcome.

 

Rotary Club of Milton & Halton Automotive Co-Hosting Chamber Event Tuesday Rod McLachlan 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Indira 

The Rotary Club of Milton is pleased to announce Indira Naidoo-Harris will be the master of ceremonies for the club's April 2nd Spring Fling Dinner & Dance, a major annual fundraiser in support of local youth initiatives.

She currently is the provincial Liberal candidate for Halton heading into the fall election, sits on the Board of Directors... for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada and is communications director for the provincial Minister of Immigration and Citizenship.

Indira Naidoo-Harris was born in Durban, South Africa. In 1967 her family immigrated to Canada.

She began her career working for NBC and PBS. Later she worked for CBC's The National. She has anchored 2 of Canada’s national television networks, and many local Ontario TV and radio stations.

She has lived in Halton for 18 years.

Tickets are still on sale for the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance on April 2 from any Milton Rotarian or by contacting Barb Saxby at 905 319-3241 or via e-mail at saxbyb@yahoo.ca.

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Rotary Club of Milton On Twitter

This month the Rotary Club of Milton became a part of the twitterverse, joining the ever-popular social media site Twitter with its very own web page.

Follow us by going to www.twitter.com/MiltonRotary for all of the latest news, updates and events involving our club.

Not a Twitter user? No problem. Go to www.twitter.com and click "Sign Up". Follow the prompts, create an account and then search for MiltonRotary.


Rotary Club of Milton on Twitter Rod McLachlan 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
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2012/13 Milton Rotary International Youth Exchange

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!!!
The Exchange
- lasts one year
- past host countries include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, South Africa and more
- student does not pick his or her host country for logistical reason (multiple applicants all choosing the same country, those not open to learning a new language selecting a host country that is not English speaking = a potential bad fit, etc.)
- student attends school in the host country
- host families are typically Rotarians or past exchange student families (all hosts are screened thoroughly by the local club, including home visits and police checks)
- Must stay for 11 months and must come home directly
- Cannot go to a host country where you have existing family or relatives living

Benefits
- experience of a lifetime
- acquiring 1, 2 or more foreign languages
- great line for resume
- bolsters college/university applications
- gain world experience
- explore career opportunities with host families

Applicant Requirements
- Must be currently attending a high school in the Town of Milton
- Must be between the age of 15.5 and not yet 18 at the time of departure (Sept. 1, 2013)

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