People of Action
And we are off!  It's the new Rotary Year 2022-2023, Imagine!
Rotary Club of Willowdale is proud to have completed building three new classrooms at J. K. Nyerere Primary School. 
The students are happy studying in their new classroom, at their new desks with lights on! 
The students and teachers are very excited, and we are happy to continue with the construction of more classrooms during this summer of 2021.
Rotary Club of Willowdale is very proud of all the great people working on this project's success in Arusha, in Canada and other countries.
A special thanks to Fellow Rotarian Margaret with her family and friends, Fellow Rotarian Howard with his family and friends, and all Fellow Rotarian members contributing to this beautiful project. PEOPLE OF ACTION!
Two teachers at  J. K. Nyerere Primary School in Arusha, received an award for their accomplishments at the school. Their hard work and dedication to the students is recognized by their country!
Click on this link to make donations to this project.
Computer project Phase 1 Completed!
Rotary Club of Willowdale is proud to have Fellow Rotarian Jobson lead this beautiful computer project for flood affected schools in Kerala, India. 
Club President's Notification: 
We had a fantastic year 2021-2022, all things considered. It was great meeting our fellow Rotarians in-person again, and attend events in our 7070 District, as well as the recent International Conference in the USA.
As my presidency is reaching it's final stretch, I would like to thank all our fellow Willowdale members for hanging in there with us. Thank you for your hard work, your dedication to the success of all our projects in our community as well as abroad. I would like to thank my outgoing board for a magnificent job! The important professional work, and the incredible Rotary knowledge our esteemed members bring into our club and projects is invaluable. Thank you!
It is an honour to be part of our Rotary Club of Willowdale! 
KERALA (cont.)
Our Fellow Rotarian Jobson is happy and honoured to lead this project of re-building computer labs in Kerala, India schools which was washed away during the unprecedented flood in 2018. We are happy to announce completion of phase one. Jobson would like to thank his good friend Anil Sankar who was very instrumental on this idea and Sunil K Zachariah (Past Rotary Governor) for coordinating this project.
Thank you to all donors and the Rotary Club of Willowdale, Canada for leading fund raising for this project. A sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of kalamassery and Rajagiri the reach/college of social sciences for executing and effectively administering this project. 
The first phase is done, and the computers were delivered and received with great celebration!
Every Thursday at 12:30PM, online via Zoom.
Last Thursday of the month is an in-Person meeting at 6:30PM.
We were happy to meet in person again on March 31, 2022.
Our first in-person meeting in fall of 2021.
Our May, 2022
In-Person Meeting
Thank you IPP CS
for your kind gifts at our 2022 President's Night!
We Are Ready for the 2022 Imagine Tour in Canada, with our own fellow Canadian Jennifer E. Jones, as the new Rotary International President!
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The annual installation of the new Rotary Club of Willowdale officers was celebrated with much enthusiasm by its members and guests on June 30, 2022, at the Thornhill Golf & Country Club. The outgoing President, Chungsen Leung, passed on the Rotary gavel to the incoming President Heather Graeme.
It was a night filled with celebrations and accomplishment, as the first in-person President’s night since the Covid-19 Pandemic, with the appreciation of remarkable members of the Rotary Club of Willowdale, acknowledgment of successful completion of ongoing community and/or international projects, and recognition by Assistant District Governor 700, Khorshed Khan, as one of the significant clubs of District 7070.
The evening was guided by IPP Stephen Phillips, and initiated by the outgoing President, Chungsen Leung’s live rendition of the National Anthem on bagpipes. PP Peter Vanek recited the Land Acknowledgement. After a savoury dinner, outgoing President Chungsen Leung acknowledged the challenging Rotary year 2021-2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and mentioned how proud he is that the club still performed magnificently with local and international projects. He expressed gratitude to his board members for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Together with PP Howard Back, President CS presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Douglas K. Ward for his exceptional contribution to the club’s educational project, the J. K. Nyerere Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania. The evening continued by celebrating Chungsen Leung, Peter Vanek, Vern Barney, and Courtney Doldron for their Paul Harris Fellowship Major Donor Award.
The Presidential induction ceremony was the highlight of the evening, with Immediate Past President CS handing over the Rotary, pin, and gavel to the incoming President Heather Graeme. This was followed by her inspiring speech, presenting her vision for the 2022-2023 Rotary year, and then the installation of the 2022/23 Board of Directors: 
President Heather Graeme, President-Elect Jobson Easow, Secretary Stephen Phillips, Treasurer Margaret Adat, Past President Chungsen Leung, Community Service Jobson Easow, International Service Jobson Easow, Foundation Chair John Simpson, Membership Chair Al Warren, Club Administration Bill King, Assistant Treasurer Howard Back, Assistant Secretary Mike Butler, Public Relations Uka Marchena.
The icing on the cake was the presentation of the Rotarian of the Year Award and a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1 Award to Mike Butler for his extraordinary shouldering of the office of Secretary of the Rotary Club of Willowdale spanning over two decades.
The fantastic and very well attended evening concluded with IPP Stephen Phillips ringing the Rotary bell.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale would like to thank everyone, organizations, sponsors, businesses, and Rotarians in Rotary District 7070 for their valuable contribution and efforts during the past year.

Willowdale Rotary awarded a total of $800 to Beavers, Scouts and Venturers for their projects.
The Reward was offered for a project that would enhance understanding and build relationships in their local community.
Led by Council Commissioner Magda Zaghloul and their section leaders, nine Beavers from 14th Willowdale, six Scouts from 313th Toronto and one Scout and one Venturer from 14th Willowdale participated.
One brave Beaver told us all about his environmental poster that showed how we can protect the future of our world.
The older youth from 14th Willowdale had spent a whole month cleaning up different parks in the neighbourhood and gave a very detailed slideshow about separating different types of garbage.
The Scouts from 313th built eight little libraries as part of a Jewish book-sharing project. They gave an excellent slideshow presentation of how they used computer-assisted design to minimize the amount of wood used to limit both cost and waste.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale was happy to be part of the first post-pandemic District 7070 Conference in Oshawa, Ontario, held during the weekend of May 13-15, 2022.
It was great to meet our fellow Rotarians and friends in-person. The 2022 District Conference 7070 team did a fantastic job, with a full packed program that included top rank speakers with insightful topics and heart felt stories.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale promoted our educational project, a primary school in Arusha, Tanzania, with the sale of the book “Perfectly Ordinary, Yet Extraordinary.” All proceeds go to the J.K. Nyerere Primary School.
We are still saying Thank You to all the medical workers who have been there for us during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Check out the daffodils at the corner of Leslie and Sheppard Avenues in North York, Ontario.
If you haven't already donated to this worthwhile project please do so by clicking on the "Donate To Our Projects Button" on the home page of our Rotary Club of Willowdale's website.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale's members, Interact members, friends and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of North York enjoyed participating with the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup event on April 23rd, 2022, by assisting in the cleanup at the Bayview Village Park in conjunction with the Bayview Village Association's annual cleanup.
Thank you everybody for showing up and contributing to our community, the earth and our district 7070.
We are happy to meet again!
In November of 2021, the Rotary Club of Willowdale enjoyed its first in-person meeting after the Pandemic at Willie Stout's. We are doing it again! 
Our first in-person fellowship meeting for 2022 was held on on March 31, 2022, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Willie Stout's in North York.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale is happy that Canada is 100% open for business after two years!
It's been a long time without seeing our fellow Rotarians and friends in person. 
We are cautiously optimistic that the worst related to the COVID-19 Pandemic is behind us. Thank you to all for hanging in there with us for the last two years, and we are looking forward to our selected in-person meetings.

With winter on its way out, it is exciting to organize community activities again. Our club is ready to tackle ongoing and new projects near and dear to our hearts and the Rotary spirit.
One of our local projects is the Gratitude Gardens, which came to live in honour of all frontline workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stay tuned for new information related to this beautiful project.
Usa, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Willowdale received her Rotary pin from President-elect Heather on 10th February 2022. Also present Past President Stephen Phillips. Welcome to our club Usa.
It is with a heavy heart that the Rotary Club of Willowdale is announcing the passing of our dear friend and beloved wife of Fellow Rotarian Bill King, Joan King. Joan, the much-beloved, passed away peacefully on January 27th, surrounded by many who loved her.
Joan was an exceptional human being! She was a kind and loving person that was always ready to serve her community on many platforms, especially with Rotary's projects and events. Our club will miss her dearly!
Our deepest condolences goes to FR Bill, sons Bill Junior and Nelson. Also her three sisters, Connie, Holly and Mary and brother Charlie. Our heart goes to her grandchildren MacKenzie, Toby, Brianna, Graydon, Jamieson, Macallan and Cassie.
There will be no funeral, but a celebration of life will be held when pandemic circumstances permit.
Thank you Joan for all that you did for your family and friends, your community and your country. RIP Joan, missing you already!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year 2022!
Our Rotary Club of Willowdale was happy to celebrate our in person Christmas/Holiday luncheon on December 16th, right before new rules were applied for the holiday celebrations of 2021/2022. We loved the great music, the sing alongs and the fantastic festive food served by the Grand Luxe Event Boutique.
Our members and friends enjoyed a beautiful event in support of the Salvation Army, which was very well organized by our Fellow Rotarian Bill. Thank you Bill and Joan for making it possible and we are looking forward to seeing you both at the next celebration.
We would like to thank everybody that contributed to our cause for this event, and we were able to raise CAN$4,000.- for the Salvation Army Yorkwoods. We truly enjoyed seeing our friends in person again, and from great conversations to happy raffle winners, it was a successful and fantastic Christmas /Holiday luncheon 2021.
The Rotary Club of Willowdale is happy to invite you, to our in person Christmas/Holiday Season luncheon in support of the Salvation Army. Our Holiday celebration will be held at the Grand Luxe Event Boutique, 3125 Bayview Ave., North York (East side, midway between Sheppard and Finch), on Thursday, December 16, 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (lunch at 12:30 PM).
The cost of “tickets” is $55 per person. You are encouraged to bring one cheque for you and your guests made out to the Rotary Club of Willowdale with “tickets” in the message line.
As we are raising funds for the Salvation Army, Yorkwoods and their Homework Club afterschool program, we encourage you to bring a second cheque for donation made out to the Rotary Club of Willowdale with “Salvation Army” in the message line. A charitable donation receipt will be issued.
For those who would like to participate, a cash 50/50 draw will be available.
Participants will be required to wear a mask (at least when entering), show proof of double vaccination (and perhaps photo ID).
We can promise a good meal (with a cash bar), good fellowship and good entertainment which will probably include an opportunity for a seasonal sing-along.
We are happy to meet in person again, so we encourage you to invite family, friends, acquaintances, total strangers, etc. It would be much appreciated if you could RSVP to Bill King, or 416-223-4646 ASAP. The Rotary Club of Willowdale is looking forward to seeing you there!
Rotary Club of Willowdale is happy to continue with our traditional end of the year Ham and Cheese fundraising project, lead by our Fellow Rotarians John Simpson and Vern Barney.
Please order by November 14th, 2021, and help us support important causes in our community.
The Rotary Foundation Major Donor Crystal was created in recognition of Carol Barney.
On the left side is engraved “Carol Melba Barney”
On the right side “The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International “.
This is a very beautiful piece of artwork and accompanies the Major Donor pins presented by the Rotary Foundation,
to Carol and Vern Barney.  Carol is Happy!

It's with a heavy heart that we are announcing the sad news of the departure of our beloved Fellow Rotarian Dennis Kuysten. Our deepest condolences to his wife Lu Ann Lafrenz, his son Kristopher, family and friends.

Dennis Kuysten of Bobcaygeon, formerly of Willowdale, Ontario passed away at home October 28, 2021 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Lu Ann Lafrenz and dear father of Kristopher. Dennis is survived by his wife, son, mother Anne Gauthier (Brockville), sister Wilma Kuysten (Brockville), nephew Harris Lemon (Kingston) and brother Laurence (estranged), and numerous in-law family members in Iowa and Illinois. Dennis is predeceased by father Adriann Stephanus. Dennis was born and raised in Brockville, Ontario. Dennis worked in the Fleet Management industry for over 40 years and was part of the founding team at Transportaction Lease Systems Inc. (TLS) His work legacy was creating and implementing innovative ways to procure the funding needed to grow TLS into one of the largest fleet management companies in Canada. He is credited with being the first to develop and implement funding by way of “securitization”, which is used by all corporations in the industry today.  After retiring from TLS, he continued in the industry by starting Tax Plan Leasing.

For almost a quarter of a century many wonderful memories were created at the family cottage on beautiful Stoney Lake. Involvement in Boy Scouts started for Dennis as a youth and grew into an adult leadership role in the 6th Willowdale Scouts. After retirement Dennis became active in the Willowdale Rotary Club and he was a former president and Paul Harris Fellow. Recently he was involved in both the Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon Probus clubs. Amazing friendships were born from his curling at Avon Lea (Toronto), Bayview Golf & Country Club (Thornhill), Bobaygeon Curling Club and the Canada to Scotland 2014 Rotary Curling Tour Team. Additional activities he enjoyed include travelling across Canada and internationally, water sports, winter sports, winter and RV camping, golfing, cooking, playing cards, listening to 60s music and using up eight of his nine lives on motorcycles. Anyone that knew Dennis would say “he has a sense of humor, with a joke for every subject” and “stay away from talking politics unless you’re up for a hardy debate".

Thank you Dennis for all your great years of service. You will be missed.

Over Thanksgiving weekend members of the Rotary Club of Willowdale and family members took part in the Rally for North York General Hospital.
It was a lovely day for a family walk and our team raised $1350.00! Thank you to all our supporters.
Rotaract Club of Willowdale was very happy to join again the Rotary Club of Willowdale in an outside event in July, 2021. We would like to thank Heather and David for hosting such a great event, and for making us feel close to a normal service club again in the company of our fellow members. It was Awesome!
The Rotary Club of Willowdale honoured David Daudi Laizer with a Paul Harris Award, for his magnificent work at the J.K. Nyerere Primary school in Arusha, Tanzania. The Rotary Club of Willowdale recognizes that this ongoing, amazing project has been successful with the kind help of David Daudi Laizer, Margaret Adat and Riyaz Adat, without whom the project would never have got off the ground and developed into the ongoing and growing project so close to our hearts today.
Indeed a project recognized and honoured by our Rotary colleagues in District 7070. At the district year end celebration, the club was awarded the Doug Dempsey Literacy Award for our work with the J. K. Nyerere Primary School in Arusha Tanzania. The District 7070 award is due to the great work of our Fellow Rotarian Margaret Adat. Her great team is joined by her husband Riyaz Adat, David Daudi Laizer, Ms Mlay and the Rotary Club of Willowdale.
David was surprised with this beautiful video produced by Riyaz. David was thrilled! Here is his response:
“I would like to thank all members of Rotary Club for your appreciation and for trusting me to be your representative to
J. K. Nyerere Primary School. I know that it was not easy for you to believe and to trust on that. I thank you a lot. may all mighty bless the work of your hands”
We are very proud of this project and of the awards presented to David, Margaret and the Rotary Club of Willowdale.

Rotary Club of Willowdale would like to extent it's utmost gratitude for all the great contributions we received in 2020-2021. We are at the end of another Rotary year, and It was an honour to serve you as President. I am handing over the GAVEL to our President Elect Chungsen Leung.

Thank you everybody for a beautiful Virtual Turn Over meeting on June 26th, 2021. This was our second one, and I sincerely hope we will have the next one in person with all our Fellow Rotarians.

It's an understatement to mention that it was a very tough year for many! The Pandemic was a big lesson for all of us. The Rotary Club of Willowdale suffered the loss of great members and partners. Jan, Deborah and Carol, we will miss you forever!

Despite it all, people contributed to our projects, and for that we are grateful. Because of your kind donations, our projects were successful and made a significant difference in the life of many in Canada and abroad.

Thank you for contributing to: our Ham & Cheese project benefiting North York Salvation Army, our first Rotary Foundation Virtual Walk, our Food Bank benefiting North York Harvest Food Bank, The Phillips House project at the North York General Hospital, The Arusha School project in Tanzania Africa, The Kerala Schools Project in India -- offering computers to 15 schools in 4 districts, our Gratitude Garden project honouring our front line workers, SMILES benefiting locals and people in the Dominican Republic, and many more projects we are proud of.

I have no doubt that our projects will continue to be successful in the very capable hands of our magnificent team and new board members. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve you, and a big thank to my family for all the great support during this past unprecedented year.  Service Above All!

One June 26th, 2021, Rotary Club of Willowdale held it's second virtual Turn Over event.
Our President Stephen Phillips handed over the gavel to President Elect, Chungsen Leung.
We welcome our new President Chungsen Leung and his Board of Directors 2021-2022:
Past President
Community Service
International Service
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Administration
Assistant Treasurer
Public Imaging-Web Master
We are looking forward to continue navigating these special times we are living in, and we are counting on your support to continue with the good work. Our projects are important to our local communities as well as abroad.
Our committees are all set to go and our legacy projects are in good hands.

Working Committees:

Fund Raising

Heather Graeme (Chair/Coordinator)

Jobson Easow

Margaret Adat

John Simpson (Ham & Cheese)


Al Warren (Chair/Coordinator)

Bill King

Peter Vanek

International/Community Projects



Jobson Easow (Chair/Coordinator)

Margaret Adat

Heather Graeme

Environmental Initiatives

Stephen Philips (Chair/Coordinator)

Chungsen Leung

Technical Support (Virtual Meetings)

Al Warren


Legacy Projects:

Arusha, Tanzania - Margaret Adat

Kerela, India - Jobson Easow

Salvation Army (Literacy & Christmas Luncheon) - Dae-Gun Kim

Gratitude Garden - Heather Graeme

Scouts Peace Award (new) - Heather Graeme

Tree Planting (environmental) - Stephen Philips

Water Projects - Peter Vanek

70th Anniversary Celebration - Bill King (Coordinator) Stephen Philips


Thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors 2020-2021:
Past President
Community Service
International Service
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Administration
Assistant Treasurer
Public Relations
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Business (social, in person) meeting
Jul 07, 2022 6:30 PM
Enjoy dinner chez Heather & David Graeme (89 Citation Dr.) and help plan the 22/23 year
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Community Service
International Service
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Club Administration
Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Secretary
Public Relations
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jorge Montalvo
    July 16
  • Bill King
    July 22
  • Jobson Easow
    July 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Joy Vanek
    July 20
  • Bill Dixon
    Peggy Dixon
    July 14
Join Date:
  • John Simpson
    July 1, 1982
    40 years
  • Chungsen Leung
    July 2, 2014
    8 years