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Our club, The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, in Rotary International District 7070 (in an area of Southern Ontario including Toronto, and stretching north to Alliston and east to Belleville), is part of one of the greatest service organizations in the world. 
Members attend Dinner Meetings held each Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Oshawa Golf Club, 160 Alexandra St, Oshawa , where we gather in friendship, talk about upcoming events and service projects, and listen to guest speakers  (usually local and sometimes international leaders of our community).
Comprised of both young, dynamic, and dedicated newer members as well as devoted energetic and well respected long standing members of the community, the men and women of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood aim to “make a difference” at home in Oshawa, in Ontario, throughout Canada and around the world, by devotedly living the Rotary motto "Service Above Self". 
Oshawa-Parkwood Rotarians believe also in the importance of being active in all seven Rotary Avenues of Service – Club Administration, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service, and Youth Service (formerly called New Generations). 
The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood members not only vocalize their concern for the local community and abroad, they actively participate in finding unique ways to meet the needs of the many organizations and causes.

THANK YOU  to our ticket purchasers, sponsors, and silent auction item donors. .. The Rotary Club of Oshawa – Parkwood held their 34th Annual Reverse Draw, Dinner and Silent Auction, at The Courtyard by Marriott, 1011 Bloor Street E., Oshawa on May 11, 2023. Another ourtsanding success...

Now is the time to get your lawns and gardens ready for Spring 2023 with Ploughman's Choice in 24 lb bags at $8.00 each. Order TODAY. Call Rotarian Hilda Finnigan at 905-431-4258 to place your order and make arrangements for pick up or delivery. Cash or cheque made out to The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood OR order online on our fundraising page: and pay by credit card. We will be back at the North Oshawa Farmers Market beginning in May 2023. 

Four Oshawa citizens honoured with Rotary's Highest Award...... OSHAWA, ONTARIO , CANADA - MAY 23, 2023 - 

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood honoured Jennifer Clark, Durham College; Morgan Joy, student; Will Lutchford, Kids' Safety Village, and Frank Sobil, Red Barn Bingos at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club with Paul Harris Awards for their service to the community and to Rotary, at the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood's Annual Paul Harris Awards Night on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 .

Ted Morrison , Rotary Past District Governor and a member of the Rotary District 7070 Rotary Foundation committee, a proud member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, conducted the presentation ceremonies. Rotary District 7070 Governor Iosif Ciosa talked about the importance of the Awards and handed their Paul Harris Awards to each of the recipients......

We had 4000 people attend the Kids Safety Village of Durham Region, on April 7, 2023 to kick off their two day Easter Event! It was so great to see all the smiling faces😀 .  Thank you to everyone at The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region, Durham Regional Police Service, Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and the many volunteers.... Here are some photos....

Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood members, and friends of Rotary, served pancakes and provided cleanup at Purple Woods Conservation area for the Annual Oshawa Maple Syrup Festival on April 1 and 2, 2023 . Ana's son Jarel was a big help to our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood and so too were many friends of Rotary as we helped our friends at Purple Woods with their successful Annual Maple Syrup Festival 2023. Rotarians really are People of Action. Thank you Rotarians Ana Rejab , Linda Porritt, and Jodi Hewett for some great photos......

On  December 13, 2022, at the Offices of Birch Law, Brady Bodley, Chair of our Rotary Community Service Committee presents a cheque for $500.00 to Tracy McGarry, Director of Quality Assurance & Community Development at The Participation House Project Durham Region, Andrea Andrus, Manager of Quality Assurance & Community Development at The Participation House Project Durham Region And Timothy (with Rex the Raptor) , a client at Participation House Durham Region, the non-profit organization that develops and provides a range of services for youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Durham Region for 47 years. Everyone in our Rotary Club is very pleased to continue our 40 year support for Participation House with this donation, especially during the holiday season. Read more to see more photos.....

On a cold March 2, 2023, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood was pleased to donate $2,000 to the Durham Ukrainian Relief Project, to assist the Project volunteers who are helping 2,000 Ukrainians settle within Durham Region, it was announced today by Linda Porritt, Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.

In the photo, L to R: Rev. Father Petro Tesnov, pastor of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Brady Bodley, Chair of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood's Community Service Committee, and Linda Porritt, Past President of the Rotary Club.....

On December 15, 2022, at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa, with David Penney, Past President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood and Yves Gadler, CEO of Lakeridge Health Foundation, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood made a donation of donating $10,000 towards the regional, robot-assisted surgical program and the da Vinci Surgical System to the Lakeridge Health hospital system, that will transform the way Lakeridge doctors offer surgery in Durham Region, especially for cancer patients.......

OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, MARCH 24, 2023 – The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is donating $500 to the Friends of the Second Marsh, to assist the preservation of the Second Marsh , it was announced today by Linda Porritt, Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood. In the photo L to R: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Past President Linda Porritt, and club treasurer Bill Creamer, and Friends of the Second Marsh President Peter Taylor . One of Rotary’s seven areas of focus is to protect the environment and the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is helping the Friends of The Second Marsh do just that. Rotary shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the environment..


On April 22, 2023, Earth Day, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood and Courtice are joining forces with our families and civic leaders and the Friends of the Second Marsh to participate in the third annual Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Clean Up, joining hundreds of Rotary clubs that surround the Great Lakes , on both sides of the border, cleaning up the Great Lakes watersheds in their local communities......


On December 15, 2022, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood donated $4,000 towards Durham College’s “Building for Skills” Campaign, shining a spotlight on skilled trades training, innovation and education. The presentation took place at the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology (CSTT) building which is now fully operational, with reconfiguration underway of space vacated in the Main Building, at the Durham College south campus......

On June 24, 2022, at Oshawa Ontario Canada City Hall, with Mayor Dan Carter, members of Oshawa City Council, Rotary District 7070 Governor Ron Dick, Rotary Club Presidents Peter Hernandez & David Penny, and members of the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood celebrated the Rotary 4 Way Test Plaque NOW on display at the entrance to the City of Oshawa Council Chambers.....

Thank you very much to Rotary Club of Oshawa President Peter Hernandez for organizing this fantastic event. Another first for the Rotary clubs in Durham Region as Rotary marched in the annual Fiesta Week Parade on June 19, 2022. . Rotary's 4th Avenue of service is to encourage and foster international understanding , goodwill and peace and what better way to do it than to be with all the different cultural organizations in Oshawa during Fiesta Week 2022 right here in Oshawa Ontario, Canada. When the Rotary banner and the End Polio Now flags were viewed by the public as we passed by them, we could hear a resounding applause... unsolicited. What a great Public Relations event for Rotary.  Thank you to Peter Hernandez, John Burns, and Joe Solway for taking these fantastic photos.....

Members of the 4 Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood, Whitby, Whitby-Sunrise, together with many family members joined forces, in a COVID responsible environment, and partnered with Kids Against Hunger Canada to purchase and to pack more than 36,000 meals, in one day, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, and the same 4 Rotary Clubs carried out the same magnificent humanitarian service project again on November 5, 2022, at the Jubilee Pavilion, in Lakeview Park, Oshawa , it was announced today by the Ted Morrison, Past District Governor of Rotary International District 7070 and chair of the event......

What a special night it was , as Durham College and Rotary invited the world to watch "LIVE” from Durham College's new Global Classroom on October 21, 2021

Tune In Here and press play.

The 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope ), on behalf of your co-hosts, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood and Durham College invited the world to District 7070's World Polio Day 2021 - Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada......

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NOW AVAILABLE . Get ready for the Spring of 2023 . Order TODAY -  delivery or pick up  For your lawns and gardens - Ploughman's Choice in 24 lb bags at $8.00 each. Pre-order available soon. Call Rotarian Hilda Finnigan at 905-431-4258 to place your order and make arrangements for pick up or delivery. Cash or cheque made out to The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood OR order online on our fundraising page: and pay by credit card. Come see us at the North Oshawa Farmers Market ON  Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm for the spring and summer season. 

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood hopes that, once again, we can help the gardeners of Durham Region get their flower and vegetable gardens and lawns ready for the 2023 season. The proceeds are going to help Rotary community projects.  Watch for us again this fall 2023 with Rotary Tulip bulbs to help us End Polio Now.

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