Welcome to our Club!

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, our two Traditional meetings each month are virtual, using Zoom.  We love to welcome guests!  Meeting dates are in our Calendar and Speakers.   Click here or email info@rotarytorontosunrise.com for a Zoom link.

Our schedule: Each month, we have two "Traditional" meetings, one Social/Fellowship event and one Hands-On activity.  Our Traditional meetings are Tuesday mornings at 7:30am Eastern time.  These are usually the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, but can change based on holidays, so please check our Calendar, Speakers and Events on this page to confirm.


June 2021
Jul 13, 2021 7:30 AM
Jul 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Aug 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Aug 24, 2021 7:30 AM
Sep 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Sep 28, 2021
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April 11, 2021 - A cold and rainy Sunday morning in Toronto. On days like this, the homeless and marginally housed in downtown Toronto appreciate hot meals even more. Click 'Read More' for more about today, and photos.
Join us on the second Sunday every month - next is May 9 - from 9:00am to 1:00pm!  The Fort York Food Bank is at 380 College Street, at Borden and just west of Spadina, in downtown Toronto.
April 10, 2021: The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup has been postponed due to Covid, and Rotarians are encouraged to do their own garbage pickup in smaller and safe groups.  Mary Lou Harrison of Toronto Sunrise (and also Past District Governor of District 7070) took her father, Don Foster of the Rotary Club of Toronto West out to Tim Horton's Saturday.  While in a nearby park, they got a head start on the Cleanup - he pointed with his cane and she picked up garbage. It was a good example of inter club co-operation between Rotary Toronto Sunrise and Rotary Toronto West :)
March 23, 2021:   F.B. Fetherstonhaugh (a patent lawyer), William Still (an engineer) and John Dixon (a carriage builder), all of Toronto, built Canada's first electric car and first ran it around the track at the “Exhibition” in 1893.  Gasoline took over in the 20th century, and we're just getting back now.
March 14, 2021 - A beautiful, if cold, morning in Toronto. Perfect time for Rotary Toronto Sunrise, Rotaract GTA Connect, Toastmasters, and friends - and this week a member of the Rotaract Club of Ottawa 😊 - to cook and pack hot meals for the homeless and marginally housed at Fort York Food Bank, on College Street just west of Spadina in downtown Toronto.  Click 'Read More' for photos.
Join us next time, April 11!
March 9, 2021:  Canada needs immigrants: To grow its economy and compete in global markets, and To expand the workforce, so there are enough people to do the jobs that need to be done, build infrastructure, pay taxes and work in and contribute to vital health and community services.  New Canadians are vital to Canada's economic growth and prosperity.
February 23, 2021:  Nikita Williams, of Rotary District 7070's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve. 
One of many important things she shared was the importance of active listening. That is listening to understand, not listening to respond.


February 7, 2021:  Despite a global pandemic, some Toronto Sunrise Rotarians and friends gathered virtually to watch this year's Super Bowl.  A very enjoyable evening, and former Toronto Sunrise member Jason Pole joined us from his new home and career in Australia!
Click 'Read More' for photos :)
Brenda Stewart, Toronto Sunrise Rotarian and Spiritual Care Practitioner (Chaplain) at Sunnybrook, delivering the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise' contribution of 100 washable, reusable cloth masks for Sunnybrook staff, together with our messages of thanks and support for all front line workers. These non-medical masks are hand made in Fergus, Ontario, and we hope they brighten staff's day and help conserve medical masks for where they're needed most. A big thanks to Mary Lou for organizing and President Doug for transport!
November 28, 2018 - Past District Governor and current Foundation Chair Michael Bell visited Toronto Sunrise this morning with an update on The Rotary Foundation - history, where we are now and where we would like to be.  Michael encouraged us to look beyond ourselves to see the bigger picture, reminded of the value of regular giving, and described some new partnerships with other NGOs that offer opportunities for the Foundation to do even more.  This includes a maternal and child health project with CUSO in Ethiopia where, through matching, $1,000 can become $15,000 (!), and then buy and equip 30 Midwife Birth Kits and save hundreds of lives.   Photo, from left to right: Wayne, thanking PDG Michael; Michael; Toronto-Sunrise President Ian.
October 30, 2018 - Toronto Sunrise' current 3-year international commitment of $10,000 is to Transforming Faces, a Canadian registered charity that equips local teams to provide comprehensive cleft lip and palate care that is accessible for all.  More about what Transforming Faces does is here. Courtney Mollenhauer visited us this morning with an update on Transforming Faces' current work at Yekatit 12 Hospital in Ethiopia.  Left to right: Club President Ian, Courtney and Past District Governor Jim.
October 27, 2018 - 15 Toronto Sunrise Rotarians, partners and family enjoyed Rotary Reunion 2018 - the District 7070 Annual Conference in beautiful Prince Edward County.  Great focus on 6 important ways to make the world better: water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, and economic and community development.  There's more, including social media posts from the event, at http://rotary7070conference.org/
Congratulations to DG Mary Lou Harrison (of Toronto Sunrise!), co-Chairs Deb Murray and Rob Leek, and to all the Toronto Sunrisers who helped. Thanks also to the Wellington and Picton Clubs for Sweet County Welcome Friday night, and to all the area Rotarians who offered home hospitality!
Left to right: Brenda Stewart, Douglas the Flamingo of Change, Jameel Rahman, Sandie Butterill and Zareen Rahman.
Bob Butterill, Past District Governor Jim Loutitt and current District Youth Exchange co-Chair Jason Pole deep in discussion...
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have Georgina Patko, visiting Rotarian from Richmond Sunrise, as our guest speaker.  Georgina provided in introduction to Progress Place.  For over 30 years, Progress Place has been a recognized leader in psychosocial rehabilitation throughout Canada and the international Clubhouse community.  
There is no definitive path to recovery for people living with a mental illness. At the heart of Progress Place’s recovery model is the facilitation of an inclusive, respectful and engaging community. Members and staff work side by side to create an environment conducive to the health and wellness of people living with a mental illness. This model helps individuals find their own unique path to recovery, and work through that path at their own pace.
Progress Place has an extraordinary record of success helping people get back to work after their lives have been interrupted with a mental illness.  If you’d like to see for yourself how this unique model of support works, please contact Georgina for a tour at 416-323-0223 or gpatko@progressplace.org .
Sandie thanked Georgina (right) for her enlightening presentation.
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