Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Shopsy's Downtown/Quinn's Steakhouse & Irish Bar
96 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON  M5H 2A3
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member and DC16 Planning Committee Chair, Sandie Butterill, as our guest speaker.  Sandie provided club members with an overview of the conference preparations, and identified areas where volunteering assistance was required.  The team is preparing for a significant marketing push to clubs across District 7070 between now and the conference.  
There continue to be excellent Sponsorship opportunities available.  Please contact Clark or Sandie for further information.
Jim thanked Sandie for her presentation and leadership of the Committee.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member Vlad Litvinov as our guest speaker.  Vlad delivered an overview of the proposed Transforming Faces project including District and Global Grant applications which he is preparing on behalf of the project team.
Bob thanked Vlad (right) for his thorough work summarizing the project and preparing the applications.

Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise member Farid Siddiqui joined our club and expressed a vision, to establish a club in the Danforth area of Toronto.  Farid has held a variety of Rotary leadership positions in Bangladesh, and as he arrived in Toronto he found that there were a number of experienced Rotarians in his community who had not found a suitable club in their community.
Sunday July 17, Farid chaired a club organizing meeting which was attended by over a dozen experienced Rotarians and over two dozen new member prospects.  District Governor Jim Louttit and Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise Club President Clark Ferguson were honoured to attend the meeting and share their Rotary experience and support for the proposed club.
On Tuesday July 19, Toronto Sunrise was pleased to welcome Moyeen Choughury (Past President/Past Asst District Governor Rotary Bangladesh), and Suhel Ahmed (Past President Rotary Bangladesh) as guests of Farid to our club meeting.  (Photo:  Clark, Suhel, Moyeen, Jameel, and Farid)

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member Chris Chen as our guest speaker.  Chris delivered his Classification Talk, introducing the club to his passion for community through his martial arts training and teaching.  Chris works in the managed security services field providing a range of client focused business communications and service management at The Herjavec Group.
Seun thanked Chris (right) for his inspiring presentation.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise dedicated our club meeting to sharing ideas and extending our club strategic plan, facilitated by Lars Henriksson.  Wayne thanked Lars (left) for guiding the members through the session.
The club was pleased to welcome Rotarian Kanchana Silva (Rotary Club of Colombo Down Town, Sri Lanka) as our guest.  Clark and Kanchana (right) exchanged club banners.



The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to welcome Michael Bell (Past District Governor, District 7070) as our guest.  Michael officially "pinned" Jim Louttit (District Governor - 2016-2017, District 7070) and passed on the official "Home Club of the Governor" banner.



The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise welcomed Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director, APAA, as our guest speaker to speak about Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA).  APAA is a volunteer driven, charitable AIDS Service Organization serving the African communities in Toronto.  
Fanta shared her experience of receiving a phone call requesting assistance communicating with a patient in hospital some years ago.  From this experience she identified a gap in the community providing support in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African people living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, family and friends.
Pedro presented Fanta with a cheque in the amount of $1,600 which was raised through our involvement in the Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS held in April.
Mary Lou Harrison thanked Fanta for her presentation.
As a first in recent memory, the club meeting was conducted in english and french, making the information more accessible for a visiting Rotarian from Morocco, Maria Bensouda.  Members with varying experience speaking french took the opportunity to do a little practice.  In the end, Jameel Rahman expressed the sentiment of many members, "I proud that we conducted a club meeting in both official languages of Canada."
Clark Ferguson exchanged the club banner with Maria Bensouda, a visiting Rotarian from the Club Rotary Spartel Tanger,  Morocco.  
Les membres et les invités du Club Rotary de Toronto Sunrise ont apprécié la réalisation d'une réunion bilingue ce matin. Merci à Fanta et Maria pour nous rejoindre et faire de cette journée spéciale.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise closed the Rotary themed "Be A Gift To The World" year on a high, receiving two awards.  
The club achieved the Presidential Citation - Gold.  A club can earn a Presidential Citation from President K.R. Ravindran (Rotary International President 2015-2016) for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club.  Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.  Club president Clark Ferguson (right) accepted the award from Michael Bell, District Governor, District 7070, 2015-2016.
The club also received the District 7070 Foundation Citation, an award granted by the District to clubs who increase member education of the Rotary Foundation.
Published on Mar 1, 2015

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, President Elect of Rotary International delivers a speech in San Diego, CA announcing the the Rotary Theme "Be a Gift to the World" for 2015-16. Ravi will be the president of Rotary International for 2015-16.


The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise dedicated our meeting this week to reviewing our club Strategic Plan and considering how to strengthen our community service, and increase attraction and engagement of members.  Lars Henriksson joined the group to facilitate the discussions.
The club will complete Part 2 of our planning on July 12. 
Toronto Sunrise welcomes visiting Rotarians, and members of our community interested in learning more about our club and considering membership, to attend any of our weekly breakfast meetings.  We take pride in being active in our community and often have volunteers join members of the club in this local work.  
To introduce yourself and engage in an introductory conversation with a member of the club, please follow this link.  We look forward to meeting you!

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise welcomed Kelly Ku as our guest speaker.  Kelly shared highlights of her Rotaract exchange trip (aka "Rotaract Roundtrip") to Siberia where she was hosted by Rotaractors and visited about 4 major cities and participated in a wide range of familiarization activity, often accompanied by amazing food.
Kelly also shared information on the Rotaract T.O. Trip which is planned for later this month.  Six Rotaract participants from around the world (Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico, Poland, Italy, and the U.S.) have been selected to visit Toronto for 6 days.
Kelly indicated that these types of exchanges are communicated through Facebook and that this is a wonderful opportunity which she recommended other Rotaract members to consider.  For further information, please email Kelly Ku.

Sep 27, 2016
Chris Chen
Getting to Know You Better
Oct 04, 2016
Abdel Toukan
Rotaract Clubs in Egypt and Jordan
Oct 18, 2016
Sandie Butterill
District Conference 2016 - Final Preparations
Oct 25, 2016
Jim Louttit, District Governor
District Governor Annual Visit and Presentation
Nov 01, 2016
Beneficiary Selection Process
Nov 08, 2016
The Memory Project
Nov 15, 2016
Georgina Patko
Progress Place
Nov 22, 2016
Rotary Foundation
Upcoming Events
District Conference '16
October 21& 22, 2016
Richmond Hill, ON
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Community Service Director
Foundation Director
Executive Director/Secretary