Rotary Club of Toronto
On Friday 12 May I exchanged pennants with President Susan Hunter of the Rotary Club of Toronto at their meeting in the prestigious National Club of Ontario. This is a very different Club from ours, with over 200 members and a Club Charitable Foundation of over 18 million Canadian dollars ( mostly made up of donations given by Rotarians in their Wills)! The meeting started with an opera singer, a ceremony involving the flags of Canada and Ontario and the singing of the Canadian National anthem. A superb meal followed.
The speaker, Paul Alofs ( former President of HMV Music Stores) told of his achievement in raising one billion dollars for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and told of the amazing progress made in the treatment of cancer, such as the use of robotics and increased development of immunotherapy.
Despite the fact that everything done in this Club is on a massive scale, the Club's actions are all taken in accordance with the Four- Way Test and in accordance with the same principles as Rotary Clubs worldwide.
I was proud to represent Grange over Sands Rotary Club and this visit gave me a valuable insight into an entirely different Club from ours and the differences and similarities between the two Clubs.
Rtn. Shirley M. Evans.