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Toronto Twilight
We Meet Every Other Wednesday at 7 PM
Wallace Gastropub
1954 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON  M4S 1Z4
Canada
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Welcome to the Toronto Twilight Rotary Club
Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Club Stories
On November 6th, we were lucky enough to host Jill Andrew, MPP of the Toronto-St. Paul - the riding in which our club resides. Outside of her amazing talk we were happy to host a number of different guests who helped us raise money for the club through Twilight Trivia to which our Sgt. @ Arms Diane was the big winner. A big thank you has to go to President-elect Andrew for finding us the Uptown Pub in the last minute!
 
Jill Andrew is an award-winning equity advocate, inclusive fashion educator, writer, speaker and columnist. As the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, Jill advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying. Jill is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop - the world's oldest LGBT bookstore. She has been an avid volunteer and donor to organizations across the GTA, supporting racialized communities, youth, women, chronic health and queer advocacy through community engagement, education, employment, healthcare and the arts.  Jill has a Master’s Degree in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto, and is a PhD candidate at York University.
Nick was lucky enough to volunteer with the Rotaract Club of Toronto Danforth on Saturday at the Fort York Food Bank. It's amazing to see how this vibrant club has taken the bull by the horns on this initiative creating a delicious meal for the clientele and bringing a good amount of volunteers. A big shout-out to President Fabiha who was our head chef (although praise went out to our member CJ for teaching the club a few tricks) and her team for working hard but bringing a sense of enjoyment to the service event. This month we cooked chili served with rice or pasta, roasted potatoes, and salad. 
Toronto Twilight saw an unbelievable turnout at this years District Conference in Muskoka. Kelsey, Diane, Tess, Nick, Joanne, Mary, and Andrew reconnected, reflected, and relaxed as they took in the sights and sounds of 7070's biggest event of the year. Tess and Nick even had booths in the House of Friendship as they promoted their missions and work with ShelterBox and Radar, respectively. Speakers included Amanda Lindhout and Erin Davis and when not sitting through sessions, club members enjoyed Okotoberfest, a few games of pool, nature walks, spa pools, Games Night, Home Hospitality Rooms, a sing-a-long and dance-off, and great conversation about our favorite subject: Rotary.
President Nick was able to take in the flag raising ceremony at City Hall for the EndPolioNow campaign, led by our esteemed Polio District Chair Jennifer Boyd. If you have time  and are downtown on Queen West, check out the CN Tower and the Toronto Sign as they will be lit up in the EndPolioNow campaign colours of Red, White, and Yellow!
The October 23 meeting had are speaker, Daniel Kinrys, take us through living, teaching and travelling abroad as he did for a decade in South Korea, Indonesia, and India. Daniel received a well deserved round of applause as he gave all attendees a bit of a travel bug. Before Daniel spoke, we had another great discussion about pursuing/supporting initiatives within our club which could address political differences within the club. We highlighted our upcoming schedule with the District Conference, World polio Day, Good Shepherd, and our next meeting - MPP of Toronto-St.Paul: Jill Andrew on November 6. We also played Twilight Trivia which has become a fun staple in our meetings raising another $25 for club initiatives. Thank you to everyone (including our guests) who attended!
Our first quarter has been successful. We have logged over 100 hours of service already and raised nearly $2,000. We have also had great speakers that include Mercy Ships, Shelterbox, Stephen Lewis Foundation, Toronto Argos, a classification talk, and our District Governor.
For our first meeting of Q2 of the Rotary Year, the club put their heads together for a candid and honest conversation on what should be done to celebrate our 10 years as a Rotary Club. In the end, Tess and Andrew agreed to step up and co-chair the event. In addition, we discussed our  upcoming plans for the year including our major events like the Rotary Pokerwalk for HIV/AIDS, Carrer Day, and the Toronto Marathon. Finally, Andrew was the first winner of the Credit Card challenge while Nick won our Twilight Trivia which has become to raise money for smaller initiatives. 
On September 25, Crystal joined us to discuss Mercy Ships, an international humanitarian organization committed to providing free quality health care for those who cannot afford it. Since 1978 their hospital ships have sailed to impoverished nations to perform free surgeries and provide training. On board, more than 400 volunteers - doctors, nurses, engineers, photographers, teachers, cooks and more give their time and skills to bring hope and healing to those in need.
 
We also cheered our Terry Fox Run amounts raised and confirmed our sponsorship of one student to attend the Argos Youth Day. 
Twilight continued it's annual tradition by participating in the Terry Fox Run at Forest Hill. Mixing 10 km runs and 5 km strolls, 4 Twilight members and 7 Twilight guests helped raise $215. Thank you to all who participated and all who donated.