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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 EVERYONE 


The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction is NOW HISTORY.
 
 
Thank you for joining us at the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood's 35TH ANNUAL REVERSE DRAW, DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION
 
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024 AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, 1101 BLOOR STREET EAST IN OSHAWA.
 
WE ENJOYED A FABULOUS DINNER
 
WE BID ON SOME SENSATIONAL ITEMS IN THE SILENT AUCTION.
 
AND THE LAST TICKET DRAWN WAS WON BY DENISE BRANTON . SHE WON $ 2,000.00 AND EVERY 20TH TICKET OUT ALSO WON $100.00
License: M866235
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR TREMENDOUS DONATORS TO OUR SILENT AUCTION TABLE - 75 ITEMS VALUEED AT OVER $16,000.00
 
See all of the Silent auction items .  In the left hand column ....... WOW.

THIS IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF OSHAWA-PARKWOOD. PROCEEDS GO TO OUR MANY ROTARY LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
 
 
The proceeds from this Gala event will be used to support many community service projects of The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood such as: The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region, hospital equipment for Lakeridge Health Oshawa , the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Regional Cancer Centre, Participation House (for mentally and physically challenged adults), Ontario Tech U, Durham College, Feed The Need in Durham,  Simcoe Hall ,  the Eradication of Polio through Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign, and many more.
 
 
 
WE WILL SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR
 
THNAK YOU TO MILES GOACHER OF GOACHER WEALTH MANAGEMENT, MIKE MCLAREN OF MCLAREN WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND LINDA PORRITT OF CENTURY 21 INFINITY REALTY FOR BONG OUR GENEROUS 2024 SPONSORS.  
 
THINK ABOUT BEING A CORPORATE SPONSOR NEXT YEAR. 
 
 You can also lead the way and become a Platinum, Gold or Silver Corporate Sponsor.  I have attached a Sponsorship sheet outlining the advantages of each level. 
 
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS
 
Platinum Sponsor - $1,500.00
 
  • Prime corporate seating for four, including meals
  • Sponsor-provided corporate banner to be hung in dinner area
  • Full page ad in dinner program
  • Special acknowledgement and thank you in introductory and closing remarks at dinner
 
Gold Sponsor - $1,250.00
 
  • Seating for two, including meals
  • Half page ad in dinner program
  • Special acknowledgement and thank you in introductory remarks at dinner
 
Silver Sponsor - $750.00
 
  • Seating for two, including meals
  • Special acknowledgement in dinner program
 
 
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
 
Rotary connects 1.4 million members from 200 countries and geographical regions. Our work impacts lives both at the local and international levels, from helping families in need, right here in Oshawa, to working toward a polio-free world.
 
Rotarians are neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. With differing occupations, cultures, and countries, Rotarians are given a unique perspective. Their shared passion for service helps Rotarians accomplish the remarkable.
 
The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood has been serving the Durham Region for over 45 years through various fund raising endeavors. If you would like to learn more about Rotary or become a member please call President Linda Porritt at 905-626-6386.
 

Now is the time to think about getting your lawns and gardens ready for Spring, Summer and Fall  2024 with Ploughman's Choice in 24 lb bags at $8.00 each. Order Anytime. 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: funditrotaryparkwoodoshawa.ca and pay by credit card. We will be back at the North Oshawa Farmers Market beginning in May 2024. 

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood was proud to attend the Grand Opening of the Proto and EV Lab , on Augist 30, in the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology on the south campus of Durham College and at the same time make their second donation of $3,000 towards the expansion Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology builidng. This is the second installment of our $10,000 commitment to the expansion program - The Rotary Club's Vocational Service in Action.

Proto provides space to collaborate and develop creative solutions and prototypes to address industry challenges and theElectric Vehicle (EV) Lab equips students with sepcialized skills required in the evolving auromotive industry.

In the photo L to R are Rotary Club Past President Dave Andrews, Durham College President Don Lovisa, abd Rotary Club Director of Service Al Finnigan with the BIG ROTARY CHEQUE.

On September 6, 2023, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood donated $5,000 to Lakeridge Health Foundation with the BIG ROTARY CHEQUE. lakeridge Health Foundation is focused on what the Oshawa Hospitall needs now and in the future. Lakeridge Health Foundation supports the innovative technology, equipment critical renovations, education, and research needed to meet your health care needs.

By supporting Priority Needs, The Rotary Club is proud to be directly impacting the urgent essentials the Oshawa Hospital team needs to perform life-changing surgeries, emergency procedures, and improve the quality of care.

In the photo L to R: Steve MacDonald (Lakeridge Health Foundation's DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & CAMPAIGNS), Dave Andrews and David Penney (Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood).

 

On September 6, 2023, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood donated $1,000 to Community Care Durham to assist with thier COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Experience) mental health Program - a unique community-based mental health service provided by Community Care Durham (CCD) that offers group support to adults aged 16 and older, with emotional and/or mental health concerns with a goal to assist clients to remain in their community, to function as effectively as possible, and maximize their quality of life.

In the photo L to R with the BIG ROTARY CHEQUE are Rotary Club Director of Community Service (and Past President) Allan Finnigan; Melissa Rudan (Community Capital Development Lead at Community Care Durham) and James Meloche (CEO at Community Care Durham.

Rotary International President Gordon McInally encouraged Rotary clubs worldwide to assit with mental health programs in their community, during this Rotary year, and this is just one way the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is meeting that challenge.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood was so pleased to make a $ 1,500 donation to Whitby-Sunrise Rotarian Steve Rutledge, founder of Adopt A Village Laos, on August 29, 2023 at the club's weekly meeting.

In the photo L to R: Rotary Vice President Hilda Finnigan, Steve Rutledge, and David Penney our Rotary Club Director of International Service and the BIG ROTARY CHEQUE.

Adopt A Village provides clean water to villagers whose lives are dramatically be made healthier because of Steve, founder of Adopt A Village Laos (see : https://aavil.org ). You too can donate to this very worthy cause. Tax receipts to Canadian taxpayers are issued. (see: https://aavil.org/chalilac_campaigns/buy-a-water-filter/ )

 

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......

On Monday August 28 at the Thomas, Efraim Law office of two of our Rotary Club members (Leon Efraim and Brady Bodley) , Linda Porritt , President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood presented a BIG CHEQUE for $1,600 to Shannon Jackson, Exedcutive Director of Durham Youth Services.

The money will be used immediately to ourchase 4 beds for 4 youth who are leaving the shelter and renting a place of their own.

Durham Youth Services ( a non profit service organization, here in Durham Region) has a mission to end youth homelessness in Durham Region and to partner with youth to achieve and maintain lasting solutions to their housing crisis. (see: https://durhamyouth.com )

How Can You Help? You can help by: Donating to one of their programs; Volunteering at Delta Pickering Bingo; Organizing a hygiene kit drive (we can help!) and Fundraising .

In the photo L to R are : Shannon Jackson (Executive Director of Durham Youth Services) , Rotary Club Presdient Linda Porritt, and Brady Bodley (Rotary Club Director of Public Image) and Al Finnigan (Rotary Club Director of Community Service) .

 

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......

April 22, 2023 - Earth Day - And the Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup.

Members, families and friends of the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood and Courtice helped the Friends of the Second Marsh clean up the Second Marsh, in Oshawa, Ontario Canada. Thank you to our civic leaders, many if who are fellow Rotary Club members for helping: Durham Regional Chair and fellow Rotarian John Henry, Durham MPP Todd McCarthy, Oshawa Mayor and honourary Rotarian Dan Carter, Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster, Deputy Mayor of Oshawa Bob Chapman, Oshawa Councilors Jim Lee and Oshawa Councilor and fellow Rotarian Tito Dante Marimpietre.

This is the third annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup as thousands of Rotarians and their families from hundreds of Rotary Clubs that surround all of the Great Lakes , on both sides of the Canada-US border, are cleaning up the watersheds today and this week - as Rotary focuses on protecting the environment. 

 

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...

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.....

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 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.....

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..

And we are not done yet. WE WILL BE BACK PRESERVING 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......

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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 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.......

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AVAILABLE ANYTIME . Time to start tinking about getting your gardens ready for the the Spring 2024 . Order ANYTIME -  delivery or pick up . Ploughman's Choice for your lawns and gardens -  in 24 lb bags at $8.00 each.  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: funditrotaryparkwoodoshawa.ca and pay by credit card. Come see us at the North Oshawa Farmers Market Starting in May 2024. 

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 2024 season. The proceeds are going to help Rotary community projects.  Watch for us again this fall 2024 with Rotary Tulip bulbs to help us End Polio Now.