Rotary Club of Ajax marks World Polio Day 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
The 2019 Kids Against Hunger food packing event was a big success thanks to +185 community volunteers.  50,000 meals will be distributed locally, to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan and to international areas in need of food support.  Many thanks to community volunteers, and sponsors McEachnie Funeral Home and Forest Brook Community Church.  Special thanks to the Durham Chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women with their team of 61 people and to repeat volunteers Daisy and other RBC staff members.
2019 Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event was a Big Success Thanks to +185 Community Volunteers Donna Bright 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Members of the club, including Rotarians Bruce and Paul shown here, gathered on September 26, 2019 for semi annual maintenance on the stretch of road on Audley Road that the club has “adopted”.

Ajax Rotarians Clean-up! 2019-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

I would sincerely like to take this opportunity to thank all those folk who participated in the Golf Tournament this year. Obviously, it is not a tournament without players. The day looked to be a bit iffy weather-wise but turned into a beautiful day for golfing.

I would also like to send my gratitude to all those who donated prizes and sponsored holes. A golf tournament without prizes is just…a game of golf with friends.

Arranging the golf tournament was oodles of fun and if you are looking for an opportunity to get to know some of your fellow Rotarians and show us your talents, this is it! Always looking for members of the committee.

Bruce Green, Rotarian

16th Annual Classic Charity Golf Tournament 2019-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

On August 29, 2019, our club welcomed two recipients this year’s scholarship bursaries. Shown from left to right are Rotarian Paul Taalman, recipient Haniah Iqbal, club president Heather Hebert, recipient Tyrell Williams and Rotarian Ken Hurst

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Christine Too Chung – Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School – King Street Community Church, Oshawa, Thurs. June 27, 2019
Haniah Iqbal – Ajax High School – Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby, Fri. June 28, 2019

These two young ladies were each presented with a Rotary Certificate of Achievement and a $500 cheque from the Rotary Club of Ajax for “Service Above Self”.

The “Service Above Self” Award is awarded to a graduating student who has exemplified this key principle of Rotary by providing notable community service through voluntary actions during their secondary school years.

Ajax High School Bursary Presentations 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Rotary Club of Ajax Events 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Join the Rotary Club of Ajax and 90,000 plus visitors in all the fun! We have 9 Award Winning Ribbers, Butter Tart Frenzy, Pickering Ribfest Midway, Buskers, Tons of Vendors and a lot of entertainment for the whole family.

We strive to create a safe, enjoyable, family-friendly community event. Our commitment to have quality entertainment, world-class ribs and food vendors, and a licensed park.

FREE Parking, FREE Admission, and FREE Entertainment

2019 Ribfest Hours

  • Friday May 31: Noon - 10pm
  • Saturday June 1: 11am - 10pm
  • Sunday June 2: Noon - 8pm

Located at The Esplanade Park in Pickering.

The 12th Annual Pickering Ribfest is coming soon! 2019-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Our guest speaker this past week was Alastair Field of the Enforcement Unit of the  OSC who talked to us about “protecting our money”.  Alastair spoke about his speciality of investment fraud, which many Canadians are victims of, and many are reluctant to even report the crime.  The loss may also lead to other physical or mental problems.

He talked about specific kinds of frauds

March is Fraud Prevention Month 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ajax.

Our speakers were from the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation. In this their 65th year, they noted the substantial contributions to the hospital by our club over the years, which total well over $550,000. We were there from the very formation of the APHF.

The Foundation is very happy with the way the integration in the Lakeridge Health system is proceeding, inasmuch as the foundation's fund raising efforts are permitted to help the Ajax location and not sent elsewhere.

The APHF is currently raising money for "Alaris Pumps" having committed to purchase 10 of these at $5000 apiece, and are looking to community partners such as our club to help. These pumps will significantly reduce the possibility of error in the administration of patient needs after procedures, and their capabilities will grow as the hospital IT system becomes more comprehensive.

Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ajax 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Welcomes it's Newest Member - George Okurapa 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Ajax is proud to announce that the communities that will benefit from the hockey equipment drive that our Club, and others in our District, have recently undertaken include: Grassy Narrows, Pikangikum, Mishkeegogmang, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Taykwa Tagamou Nation, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Iqualuit, and The Chippewa of Nawash.

The estimated number of children outfitted is around 700. Overflow and miscellaneous equipment will be broadly distributed.

Nine skids of equipment are on their way to the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council and will be distributed to various communities.

Hockey Equipment Drive Success! Helping over 700 Kids 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
On January 4, 2020 the Rotary Club of Ajax will hold its third drive for gently used hockey equipment and winter clothing. 
The equipment and clothing is donated free of charge to families in remote Northern communities and will allow children and adults to enjoy a healthy winter activity.
Equipment for all ages and genders will be gratefully accepted. 
We thank the community for your incredible support in 2018 and 2017 and hope to see you again in the new year.
Date:  Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time:  From 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:  The Rotary Room in the Ajax Public Library Main Branch - 55 Harwood Avenue South in Ajax.
For further information please contact Donna Bright at 289-404-3832 or at
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Rotary Club of Ajax Hockey Equipment Drive!
On December 15, 2018 the Rotary Club of Ajax will hold its second drive for gently used hockey equipment and winter clothing.  All donated equipment will be transported to remote First Nations communities.
The equipment and clothing are donated to families free of charge and will allow children and adults to enjoy a healthy winter activity.
Equipment for all ages and genders will be gratefully accepted. 
We thank the community for your support in 2017 and hope to see you again in December.
Date:  Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time:  From 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:  The Rotary Room in the Ajax Public Library Main Branch - 55 Harwood Avenue South in Ajax.
For further information please contact Donna Bright at 289-404-3832 or at
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On Saturday, April 21 the Rotary Club of Ajax and teams of community volunteers will package 50,000 meals during the Club's 5th Kids Against Hunger food packing event. For more information about Kids Against Hunger and its programs please see visit the Kids Against Hunger website -
By the end of the day, the Club will have packaged and donated 300,000 meals since 2014.  This work could not have been completed without our sponsors of Forest Brook Community Church and McEachnie Funeral Home and our community volunteers.
We cannot do this work without your help.  Please consider joining us for a two hour shift on April 21st. 
These hours are eligible for OSSD reporting.
To volunteer please contact Donna Bright at or register online at
Thank you.
50,000 Meals to Be Packed - Volunteers Needed for the 5th Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event. Donna Bright 2017-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
On April 8th, 2017 the Rotary Club of Ajax, in partnership with Kids Against Hunger Canada, the Forest Brook Community Church, McEachnie Funeral Home and a team of community volunteers, executed the Club's 4th food packing event.  
This year volunteers packaged 58,000 meals bringing the Club's four year total to 250,000 meals purchased, packaged and and distributed. One half of the food supplies were donated to Feed the Need Durham which will distribute the meals to its member agencies in Durham Region.  The rest will be, or have been sent to areas in need including Baffin Island in Canada and international locations.
Special thanks to Forest Brook Church which donated the space, McEachnie Funeral Home which provided food and beverages for the volunteers and donors Rotarians Marsha Jones Dooley and Steve King Senior.  Special thanks to Axalta Corporation, Ajax High School, TD Canada Trust (Salem Road) and RBC (Harwood Ave. South) who all came with enthusiastic teams of volunteers.
Another Successful "Kids Against Hunger" Food Packing Event - April 8, 2017 Donna Bright 2017-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
Presenting the 2017/2018 Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ajax

President/Public and Media Relations Director
Robert MacArthur
Past President/Foundation Director
Ken Hurst

President Elect/Club Administration Director
Bruce Green

Donna Bright

Gloria Sharples
Fundraising Director
Lon Harnish
Membership Director
Tom Batchellor
Social Director
Heather Hebert

Special Projects Director
Rene Soetens

Bingo Director
Paul Taalman
2017/2018 Board of Directors 2017-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
THE ROTACIAN 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Our awards evening will be held Saturday Feb. 28th at the Ability Centre in Whitby.  That evening the Paul Harris, Pat Bayly and President's awards will be announced and presented. The feature of the evening will be Chef David Evans who will prepare a gourmet dinner for our group, as we sip on wine and watch David create our meal. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are going quickly.  See Ken Hurst for your tickets!  Bring your friends!
The Pot of approximately $260.00 was waiting to be won by Marsha and Paul T. but the queen remains for another week.  Randy Slemin was the lucky winner of the wine draw.
Paul T informed us that the next Bingo is March 15th from 2:30 to 4:30.  2 people volunteered, but I neglected to record their names.
There was no speaker today, but the club began a discussion regarding the line-up of various fund raising events, especially during the summer months.  The board will be discussing which if any events that may be terminated.  More to follow!
That is it for this week.
Yours in Rotary
Steve King
Copy of THE ROTACIAN Steve King 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Our awards evening will be held Saturday Feb. 28th at the Ability Centre in Whitby.  That evening the Paul Harris, Pat Bayly and President's awards will be announced and presented. The feature of the evening will be Chef David Evans who will prepare a gourmet dinner for our group, as we sip on wine and watch David create our meal. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are going quickly.  See Ken Hurst for your tickets!  Bring your friends!
The club welcomes New Member Sundeep Oomen.  You will hear more about Sundeep when he does his classification talk.
The president of Rotary International will be visiting Canada in the near future.  A dinner will be held in Richmond Hill on March 24 at a price of $55.00 per person.  More details on the District web site.
The Pot of $240.00 was waiting to be won by Steve King Jr. and Paul Taalman but the queen remains for another week.  Dick was the lucky winner of the wine draw.
The speaker this week was Steve Apostolopoulos, who represented the family that is developing the 240 acres at the North/West corner of Church & Bayly.  The family business is vast and includes the former Pontiac Silver Dome, a European Soccer team and approximately 2000 acres in Durham Region.  They are looking at a project in the range of 1.6 billion dollars.  A full casino is on their wish list, but project not dependent on it.  "Durham Live" to be classified as a Tourist Entertainment District.  They are considering at water park, Hotel and convention centre, trampoline Park, Out door amphitheater and potentially an office tower.  With a casino they estimate 7,000 to 12,000 jobs, and 4,000 to 5,000 construction jobs.  Several options for access and other traffic issues are being considered.  It will be very interesting to see the outcome!
UNDERDOG BREWERIES  (with samples)
That is is for this week.
Yours in Rotary
Steve King
THE ROTACIAN Steve King 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Our Golf Tournament a success with almost a total sell out.  The weather for the most part held off.  It could have been quite damp. Tom C auctioned off a couple of the remaining prizes at last weeks meeting.
Visiting Rotarian Isaac Arulappan, a club member from India, thanked our club for being involved with a matching grants water project.
Axalta (formerly Dupont) will be hosting an open house on Saturday September 27th from 10 am until  for tour of the plant.  A number of members are planning on attending.
The Rotaract Club of Durham College have issued an invitation to attend their 2nd annual "Rotary And Rotaract Scholars Fundraising Reception"  The purpose is to raise funds for the student success fund for students with financial needs at UOIT.  Last year they raised $34,000.00 with a matching grant from UOIT for a total of $68,000.00. The event is being held  November 13th at 6:00 pm.  Further details at
The District conference is being held October 24-25.  More details to follow.
Our ever elusive Queen of spades is still up for grabs. Lon, who had a mile long string of tickets, and Lola Leon (guest) both pulled wrong cards and the pot lives on for another day.  Pot is approaching $400.00.  Will someone be very happy this Thursday?  Be there to find out!
Past President Randy was collecting for the up coming Presidents walk which I believe is this Sunday in Toronto.  Contact Randy for specific details.
This week's speaker was Linda Butson from  Jennifer Ashley Children's Charity.  This charity has helped over 11,500 children over the past 25 years. They assist approximately 100 children per year with serious illnesses. 
Oct. 29  BINGO
Nov 6    Paul Harris Dinner
Nov 29  Bingo
Some one did win the wine, but unfortunately the winner's name jumped off my notes or my memory failed me.  I do know they did not have to donate it to the golf committee.
Your Bulletin editor will be on vacation for the month of October,  the bulletin will continue to be published if there are a volunteer ot 2 that will take notes at the next 4 meetings, and email them to me.
Yours in Rotary
Steve King
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 Environmental Efforts: 
  • Donated Rotary Park to the Town
  • Donated over $5,000 towards planting of trees in Rotary Park
  • Has conducted Rotary Park clean up for many years
  • Adopted Audley Road to conduct spring & summer clean ups 
  • Won a sustainability award for waste reduction at Pickering Ribfest
  • Funded Enviro-Parks at three local schools in town
  • Received an “Excellence on the Waterfront Award”
  • Partly funded waterfront footbridge, park pavilion and playground

Contributions to Community: 

  • Donated over $600,000 to  the hospital
  • Donated $100,000 to the Ajax Public Library 
  • Provided over $160,000 to support various Town of Ajax projects (inclusive playground, trail, clock, Rotary Park)
  • Provided Herizon House with $15,000+
  • United Way has received $20,000+ over the years
  • Many students achieve community hours through volunteering with Rotary 
  • Pickering Ribfest – donated over $15,000. to small local organizations
  • Funded War Memorial in Ajax
  • Donated $12,000 to date to 3 local churches sponsoring Syrian refugee families

Outstanding Customer Service: 

  • Ajax Rotary Pancake Breakfast has been running for over 30 years to the delight of the Town's residents
  • Pickering Ribfest has grown from 32,000 to 52,000 to 70,000 to 90,000 satisfied customers
  • Ribfest has won the AjaxPickering NewAdvertiser award every year as BEST EVENT
  • A Customer Service Survey is done at Ribfest
  • Ajax Rotary members employ good customer service skills that are used in their own businesses
  • Club members are successful business leaders in the community
  • Many vulnerable community members approach us for help / solutions / understanding
  • Numerous sponsors and volunteers align with us due to our integrity 

Career & Business Achievements: 

  • Cec Winters was the first Ajax Rotary President
  • 4 Ajax Mayors were Rotary members
  • 1 former Mayor of Whitby Rotary was a Past President
  • 5 Ajax Rotarians have been the Chair of Ajax Homeweek
  • 1 Rotarian was a member of Parliament
  • 3 Ajax Rotarians were Volunteer Citizens of the Year
  • Ajax Rotary was in operation before the Town of Ajax was incorporated
  • Over 66 years of successful fundraising as a local service club


  • Rotarians commit to and live by Rotary’s Four-Way Test. 

The Four-way Test:

    • First – Is it the Truth?
    • Second – Is it fair to all concerned?
    • Third – Will it build goodwill & better friendships?
    • Fourth – Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

    Marketing & Promotional Achievements: 

    • Pickering Ribfest has been our biggest success in the last few years
    • Rotary Golf tournaments have sold out most years
    • Post mortems done on all events / activities
    Guiding Principles:

    The Object of Rotary

    The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

    • FIRST.  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
    • SECOND.  High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
    • THIRD.  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
    • FOURTH.  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persona united in the ideal of service.



    + 66 Years of Ajax Rotary Club Accomplishments Randy Slemin 2012-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mark Wagner

    Our president, Donna, got our meeting started, inviting Paul to play the anthem as we sang. Grace was led by Tom and the toast to the Queen was proposed by Nick. Our guests were Steve King Jr. and prospective member, Paulo Caporusso. 

    "Posting of Application for Membership"

    An application for membership in Rotary has been received from Paolo Caporusso.
    This is the single posting of this application. Anyone with comments should contact a Director
    (listed on on or before Monday April 22, when it will be otherwise finalized by the Directors.

    News and Announcements

    1. Please consider getting your Smart Serve certificate in time to help out at this year's RibFest.
    2.  Rene is now older and so we sang him a song. 
    3. There is a board meeting this Monday and you can come. 
    4. Nominations for Paul Harris fellowship awards should be forwarded to Clarence. 
    5. April is earth month and Randy is proposing we spend 20 minutes on Friday the 19th at 2pm cleaning up Rotary Park.
    6. Donna auctioned off a cuban cigar
    7. Dick has done yeoman's service at the welcome desk and we appreciate it!
    8. Happy bucks flowed like it was Spring.



    The weather outside was frightful, but the speaker was delightful. Our own Paul Butler gave us a lot of insight into a difficult disease, Muscular Sclerosis. Paul himself was diagnosed with MS when he turned 60. He now uses his scooter to improve his mobility. 



    Paul reminded us that May is the month when we focus on MS. The Walk for MS will be held on May 5th this year, and club member are welcome to sponsor Paul as he participated with his family members. Last year the walk raised $4.8 million. That money has allowed many people to remain living independently. Paul benefited from the support personally by getting two chair lifts to help him navigate his split level home. Money from the walk stay in our own community.

    Paul taught and demonstrated that a positive attitude is the most important thing to have in order to stay on top of the symptoms of MS. Paul was momentarily interrupted when a cell phone went off, but was quick to quip, "Tell them I'm busy!" That ready good humour stands Paul in good stead when the frustration of the disease could get him down.

    Thank you Paul for your informative talk and for your service to Rotary.

    Pictures of last year's walk are available here:

    By the Way...

    There were no winners in the 50/50 draw and our intrepid president walked away with the wine having had the wherewithal to do it!

    April 11, 2013 Mark Wagner 0
    Posted by David French

    With the new month - July 1 - starts one more New Rotary Year, the Rotary Year 2011 2012- that's Rotary always looking ahead; always working for a better future.

    Under the direction of the new Club President, Don Brewer, a new Board of Directors has been unveiled.  

    Check out their names on the bulletin on our homepage.

    New Rotary Year ........New Board of Directors. David French 0
    Posted by David French
    The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster...
    The Object of Rotary David French 0
    Posted by David French
    Rotary International is the association of Rotary Clubs throughout the world. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

    Rotary International David French 0
    Posted by David French

    From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians have been concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

    The Four-Way Test David French 0