Not joining the Rotary Club

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Frank Adamo suggested joining the Rotary Club or the Rotaract Club, so
I filled out the online application form for the Rotary Club of

They politely suggested that I check out the Rotaract Club at the
University of Toronto because I'm still young and unaccomplished (that
is, I haven't yet completed my education and I'm not working
full-time). I wrote them asking if I could attend as a guest anyway,
and they said they don't allow guests because then there would be no
reason to pay membership. They also pointed out that I probably won't
be able to afford the rates unless I have a full-time job.

I can't afford their rates, and I'm not going to make joining them one
of my financial goals. $175 per quarter + $30 per week is a whole lot
of water systems for villages, hot meals for the homeless, books for
kids… I'll focus on making the most of Toastmasters (I'd like to
participate at higher levels). I'm also looking for a foundation that
helps the homeless get back on track. Does anyone have a favorite
Toronto-based charity that does that kind of work?

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