At our weekly meeting on November 15, we had a fascinating guest speaker, Kathleen Davies – a beekeeper and school music teacher. She shared with us about how the important role for bees, plus a fascination with nature, attracted her to become part of the Toronto Beekeeping Collective. Fortunately, despite environmental degradation and pesticides bees are hardy creatures. She says bees are able to survive well in the city. They are kept in many places including the Royal York Hotel and the Ontario Science Centre. Kathleen says the bees have long history dating back to the time after dinosaurs became extinct. They form large complex family groups, and provide us with honey, pollen and wax. There are 20,000 different species of bees who live in every continent except Antarctica. Worker bees are female while the male drones just lie around and are expelled from the hive to die every fall. Hives can have as many as 80,000 bees. Kathleen brought samples of honey produced locally and from elsewhere in Ontario. Thanks for joining us, Kathleen!
Our next meeting is tomorrow, November 21, at 6:30 at the Office Pub. Join us to hear club member Julie Caron speak about her recent trip to Tanzania. We will also be recapping the success of our first-ever Rotary auction!
This year, Skyline is participating in the 36th Metro Toronto Rotary Auction for the first time! This is a great event run by Rotary clubs across Toronto to raise money to support organizations in Toronto and beyond.
Tune in to the Metro Toronto Rotary Auction and bid on the great items up for grabs. You can view all 900 items up for auction and when they will be available for bidding here: https://system.metrotorontorotaryauction.com/facebook
Tune in on Rogers TV or Rogers YouTube and call (416) 406-6187 to place your bid!
Auction runs on Friday, Nov 18 7pm – midnight and Saturday, Nov 19 10 am – midnight.
It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a special Holiday gift, treat yourself, and support a great cause. For more info, visit http://metrotorontorotaryauction.com/
On Friday, November 4th, we held our first game night for Club members and guests!
We had a great time playing games at A-Game Cafe. Contact us to find out more about our Club!
Join us on Tuesday, November 8 for our Remembrance Week meeting at 6:30 at The Office Pub. Our guest speaker will be Lieutenant (Naval) Ashley Beattie, who joined the Naval reserves in 2002 while studying at MacMaster University. Starting as a warship driver, he has served on the ships HMS Kingston, Star and York, as well as staff positions at Naval Reserve HQ, and the Department of National Defense in Ottawa. Currently he works part-time at HMCS York with a computer based simulation training program. His day job founder of Advolv, a social media advertising optimization company. We look forward to hearing from the perspective of a younger member of the the Canadian Forces.
Join us tonight, Nov 1st, for our weekly meeting at 6:30 at The Office Pub. Our guest speaker will be Ravi Amamath, a lawyer with Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP. He will be speaking about freedom of religion in Canada, and how courts have dealt with issues when religion and other values are in conflict.
We will also be discussing the upcoming Rotary TV Auction, taking place Nov 18 and 19.
Last but not least, we’re having a Boardgame Social on Friday, Nov 4. More info here!
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Thanks to our members and guests who volunteered at the Fort York Food Bank on Saturday. We cooked and served 190 plates…and chopped a LOT of carrots! Get in touch if you’re interested in more volunteering opportunities like these with … Continue reading
One of Canada’s priorities in international development is the support of maternal and infant health. Richard McGowan, of Emmanuel International, spoke to Skyline Rotarians on Tuesday Oct. 11, on his charitable organization’s work on infant and maternal health in the Zamba district of Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. McGowan, a member of the Uxbridge Rotary Club, described the Promise Project, an effort to support six health centres serving a population of 250,000. The project by the Christian development group, is aimed at reducing maternal deaths in childbirth by 15 percent. It will also include education on nutrition, the purchase on bicycle ambulances, water sanitation, and microcredit loans so Malawians can develop a sustainable economy. Emmanuel International is active in seven countries where it works through local church partners.
Coming up on October 18th, our guest speaker will be Nick Gunz, a part-time PhD student at the University of Cambridge and a lecturer at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. His subject is the Battle of Jutland in 1916 during World War 1. It was the biggest naval battle of all time. But Gunz says it has been largely forgotten because nobody won and everyone lost. Recently, historians have been better able to understand this historic battle, and Gunz says the result is “stranger and more amazing than anyone had ever imagined.”
To find out why, come out to the Office Pub at 6:30pm this coming Tuesday!!
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Last week, the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline visited the Foodshare site at the Heydon Park garden. Foodshare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. Our club has contributed to Foodshare … Continue reading
Join us for Totally 80’s Trivia Night this Saturday, Sep 17! A night of fun for a great cause. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation. All event details are below.
Join us next Sunday as we walk in the District 7070 Foundation Walk in Brighton!