Posted by Peter Masson on Mar 26, 2019

National Anthem: Gordon Brown 

Grace: Peter Masson 

Toast to the Queen, Canada & Rotary: President Donna Salamalay 

Members attending: 15 

Guests; Speaker Lita Button, Viresh Mathur (Scarborough Bluffs R.C.), Laela Coastantine 



Provincial Budget Breakfast: April 13th at JC’s 


Scarborough Politician Meet and Greet: April 26th from 6-8 pm at Centennial College


Club Fireside: Tuesday, April 16th 6:30 pm at the Highland Yacht Club clubhouse foot of 

Scarborough Bluffs Road. All members and guests will participate in making the plans 

for the new year beginning July 1, under the guidance of President-Elect Barry Smith. 

An event registration notice will follow. 


Club Meetings schedule: 

March 28th at the Fox Funs Free Pub 6:30 to 10:30 339 Kingston Road Pickering. (No 

meeting is scheduled at BR on March 27th) 

Meetings at Baton Rouge will be held 1st, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The 3rd 

Wednesday or alternate will be a Social Event. So in April for example we will meet at the 

Baton Rouge April 3, April 10 and April 16 (Tuesday) will be a Fireside/Social (see above) and 

April 24th will be a meeting at BR. 


Marbleous Draw: 

Our visiting Rock Steady Boxing champ Lita won the draw but not the big take-away 

marble. Her prize was a free lunch and $5 and a presentation by Gerd Wengler of a certificate 

for a sight restoration of a Nigerian. 


Sergeant at Arms: 

Frank Allison did the rounds and collected some fines but more happy bucks. Peter brought to 

the attention of the meeting that the April edition of The Rotarian features an article about 

PACT which our club has supported for years. See page 14. It is entitled “Second chances for 

teens in trouble”. Finally we have the full name of the program Participation, 

Acknowledgement, Commitment, and Transformation. It is a tribute to the tireless efforts of 

David Lockwood who co-founded the program 20 years ago. 


Program: Rock Steady Boxing: Non-Contact Parkinson Support Program 

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Gordon Brown introduced our featured speaker Lita Button who owns two fitness businesses, a 

boxing promotions company, has a BScN, a couple of fitness certificates and many records of 

amateur fights and some professional fights. Her passion is the Rock Steady Boxing club in 

Toronto since 2006. 

(Extracted from the home page of Rock Steady Boxing Toronto) 

“Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of 

motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. Parkinson Canada estimates there are more 

than 100,000 Canadians who have Parkinson's Disease and that number continues to grow 

each year. 

“Rock Steady Boxing is the first boxing program in Canada dedicated to the fight against 


“In our sessions, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Parkinson's boxers condition 

for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and 

overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the 

opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous 

and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. 

“Since the early 1980s, various studies have supported the notion that rigorous exercise, 

emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably 

impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent 

studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, 

and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective and actually 

slow disease progression. 

“Academic institutions (such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University) are reporting 

and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers, and our boxers heartily agree! 

Discovery of a cure might be many years away, but there is increasing evidence that improvement 

is being made by those participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program. This improvement 

is both cognitive and physical, and occurs for people at various stages of Parkinson's.” 

A link to Lita’s oral presentation is attached : 



President Donna finished the meeting in good time with the traditional ringing of the bell. 

Next Meeting at the Baton Rouge will be April 3rd. So come out to the Pub Night at “The Fox 

Runs Free” on Thursday March 28th. 


Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?... He’s a mile away and 

you’ve got his shoes! 

— Billy Connolly