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Mailing Address: 96 KING ST. E., OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA L1H 1B6


ROTARY – People of Action

Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.

We're made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. 

We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in our community. 

It's up to YOU.............Join leaders in our community

Be sure to share this with all of your friends and associates and ask them to get in touch with our Club President Sue MacKinnon at 905-391-1501 or our Club Past President Lennis Trotter at 905-985-0963.

You are invited to our next Rotary meeting. You may wish to become a Rotarian. Dinner is on us. Isn't it time to give back to your community?.



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT:  Holger Knaack – Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany

R.I. DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR:         Mark Chipman - Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise in Whitby, Ontario, Canada

ASSISTANT DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: John Burns – Rotary Club of Bowmanville in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada



is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful

occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of

business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Rotary Code of Conduct provides a framework for ethical behaviour that all Rotarians can use, together with The Four-Way Test, in their business and professional activities.


As a Rotarian, I will

  1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities

  2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary

  3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others

  4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings

  5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society

  6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community

  7. Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians

  8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship



of things we think, say and do:

  1. Is it the truth

  2. Is it fair to all concerned?

  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING:  Tuesday, February 2, 2021

                              Editor:  David Penney



Birthdays Peter Dueck Feb 8th; Kris Sachdeva Feb. 9th

Anniversary Marg & Alan Nason   Feb 9th


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Lennis Trotter, Hilda Finnigan, David Penney, Ted Morrison, David Andrews, Sue MacKinnon, Robbie Laroque, Ana Rejab, Janice Coupland, Kris Sachdeva, Bob Koski

Guests:  Sandra McCormack and Dina Sicard from The Denise House Oshawa



This too shall pass, as all things will / if the virus don't kill us, the stay at home will

The kids are bored and restless / they scream and yell and squawk

And the teens and tweens, they're just plain mean / they bite your bleepin' head off,

And all those lovin' couples that were once so sweet and cozy / now the fight like cats and dogs, like Trump and Pelosi,".

"Lord, get us back to school and get us back to work / and get us out of this God dang house 'fore someone gets hurt.

And Lord, please find a vaccination in the form of a shot or a pill / 'cause if the virus don't kill us, the stayin' home will.                        Dolly Parton


Good “girl power” News—Canadian Valerie Wafer, now a resident of Collingwood, formally of Whitby, will be VP of Rotary International for the 21-22 Rotary Calendar year!!



Wednesday Feb 3rd @ 7:00PM Club Board meeting. Silent auction & Reverse Draw discussion

Saturday Feb 6th @ 3:30PM It’s 5’ O’clock zoom party with the Oshawa Rotary Club.

Tuesday Feb 9th it’s our Quarantine Party!  1st clue was a bottle of red wine, empty or full, second clue was aspirin.  Now for our final clue, some people I understand after wine and an aspirin, they may want a cup of tea!

Tuesday talks, Feb 9th   Conflict Resolution, recorded and available online.

February 18 – New members get together link in bulletin.

February 27 – 9:30 to 11:10 Grow Rotary Workshop part 3 (Pres Sue has registered)

Friday, February 5 Toronto Rotary Club hosting 3 zoom meetings with dynamic speakers; on Racism in Canada, final one this Friday Feb 5th at 12;15 TO 1:30PM.

RLI part 3, Feb 10/17 and 24 is sold out!



Our speaker was Sandra McCormack. She began working with The Denise House Feb 1985 just after the original shelter opened. She became the executive Director in August 1989 and has been there ever since.

Sandra briefly described the pre-COVID operations. They could accommodate 30 women and children in total. They are open 24-7. Their goal is to help their clients get back into the community. Clients make decisions and staff are there to support them.  They have a crisis help line taking 1200 to 1500 calls per year. They have outreach services as well –they become helpful listening partners. The intent is to move the women through and the norm would be to support 400-500 women in a year. There is a high school program as well.

COVID lockdown impacted operations. They are deemed an essential service so are open but must observe social distancing, cleaning and PPE protocols. This has reduced their ability to have women and children stay in home with them. They now function at about 50% of capacity. Like most organizations they have adapted to virtual programs to maintain contact and deliver services. Help lines are workable and are very active.

They are working on a re-opening plan. Their building is 36 years old so in need of up-grading. Ideally a new facility but that is a big wish. In any case they will always be there and make the best of the facilities they have.

Pres Sue said she was surprised that they were in schools. Sandra said the focus is on building self confidence and self love. They are also working with younger children now.

Ted Morrison asked about the scope of their coverage. There are four housing shelters in Durham and they work together. For example the YWCA and Bethesda House in Bowmanville have in-home services.

Kris Sachdeva asked about the number of beds in use now. They have 12 beds. Normal capacity is 27 to 30 people.

Pres Sue asked about repeat clients---Sandra responded that that has happened. Even children coming back as adults.

Janice Coupland thanked Sandra and said that the Club hoped to be able to help again. Sandra mentioned that one of her joys was seeing some of the children engaged in a game involving a bulletin board in the hallway.

Kris Sachdeva asked where they were located. They are on Princess street south. They have 11 bedrooms on the second floor so space per person is limited. Sandra mentioned some of the women work, they are encouraged to get out and engage in physical activities otherwise they are confined to the Home’s communal space.

Dina Sicard accompanied Sandra. She is a specialist in the Violence Against Women (VAW) sector. Her primary role at The Denise House is to raise funds communication and awareness.


 MEETING ADJOURNED:       at 8:10



Feb 9, 2021.   7 pm   Our club’s Zoom Valentine Party

Mar 2, 2021.   7 pm   John Currie, Exec Director Rotary Honouring Indigenous Peoples (see: )

Mar 9, 2021.   7 pm   Nilam Bedi, Chair, Districtn7070 Environmental Action Committee

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To our very own Oshawa-Parkwood Rotarian Eric Guernsey for arranging the Zoom Meeting sharing with Heather McMillan, Executive Director of the Durham Workforce Authority, The Durham Workforce Authority is the acknowledged provider of local workforce information and champion of workforce development initiatives unique to Durham Region. Their Mission is to produce and offer comprehensive Labour Market Information to our stakeholders, to facilitate workforce solutions by engaging community partners and employers and to encourage development and maintenance of a sustainable and dynamic workforce. It was so nice to be able to have a whole hour for our Zoom meeting. We look forward to 2021 with your help. THANK YOU.


The Rotary Club of Toronto is hosting an online 3-week series of dynamic speakers (January 22, January 29 and February 5 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. EST) sharing their experiences of Racism in Canada and promoting positive paths forward. This is meant to build awareness of and insight into the prevalence and impacts of racism and to stimulate ideas to help be a part of the solution. The series will be presented live on YouTube or you can view after using the links below.

You can also watch the first session on You Tube already recorded. Click on this link to watch the January 22nd session)

You can watch the second session on You Tube already recorded: January 29th: Exploring Systemic Racism with leaders from the Canadian Israel Jewish Association and Black North Initiative describe systemic racism and unconscious bias and their negative effects on human opportunity and potential. Click on this link to join this January 29th session live or to watch it after the event.


February 5th: A Call to Action – What Can We Do?

Be inspired to act hearing the city’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group report (including their Anti-Racism and Inclusion recommendations) and learn about an innovative mentorship program for Black youth.

Blake Goldring – Executive Chairman AGF

Michael Thompson – Deputy Mayor, Co-Chair ECRA Group

Advisory Board Members Zabeen Hirji and Agapi Gessesse

Nigela and Wayne Purboo, Co-Founders of Onyx Initiative

Click on this link to join this February 5th session live or to watch it after the event.



We will let you know when and if we return to the Oshawa Golf Club. As it stands right now, the Oshawa Golf Club is not hosting any outside organizations (such as ourselves) at the present time.



Thank you to several members of our Rotary Club who have stepped up and are volunteering for the Monday delivery by our Rotary Club. We are so proud of our club members for volunteering to help with this service to our community.




Here are as few sessions that may be of great interest to you and our club members. They includeNew Members Get-togethers, and a Grow Rotary Workshops for all Rotarians and Rotaractors (register for the following workshops online at

GROW ROTARY WORKSHOPS – Saturday February 27 – please register as soon as possible:

Approximately 90 minutes on a Saturday morning - currently all slated on Zoom – interact with Rotarians from all over the District. Get ideas and offer ideas how we can grow our club membership. Here is a link to the recorded  Oct 3  Zoom Grow Rotary Workshop.

Many excellent ideas to grow Rotary in this session. Are you interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary ?  Having a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves Membership - looking after our members - new, seasoned and potential;  Public Image – reaching out to our communities showing them what we do and showing the power of what we can do; and The Rotary Foundation.  This is your chance to hear from some District 7070 Clubs that are successfully Growing Rotary in this current situation.  We encourage at least 3 members from a club to attend so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.



One hour get together on a weekday evening – currently all slated-on Zoom – what an excellent opportunity for any member, new or old, to learn more about Rotary. Everyone is welcome.


District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Still Wanted:

Bob Wallace is still looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to help spend our Rotary District 7070’s money (grant money that is). See the District website (centre column) for more details.  Isn’t it time that you volunteered beyond your own Rotary Club?


TUESDAY TALKS: FEBRUARY 9 (7 to 8 pm) - Conflict Resolution - Understanding Your Conflict Management Style - Speaker is Gayle Wiebe Oudeh , Director, Coaching & Training - Centre for Conflict Resolution International

How we approach and deal with conflict can make the difference between resolving a conflict quickly or causing it to escalate dramatically. Yet we don’t always think about how we should respond to a conflict – we just react! This session will focus on the five different approaches people take to conflict using the metaphor of birds. Are you a woodpecker, owl, hummingbird, parakeet or ostrich? There’s a time and place for each style. Find out how you can resolve conflicts more effectively by adjusting and adapting your conflict management style!  Register:



The plan is for all clubs, not only our District, but in all of the Districts surrounding the Great Lakes, to participate!. Plans are underway to team up with all Clubs/Districts within the Great Lakes watershed on April 24, 2021 to clean up the shores of our waterways.  Save the date! President Sue is looking at cleaning up a portion of the Oshawa Creek Valley near the Children’s area, as a possible project for our club. Details will follow. Perhaps with the Oshawa Rotary Club too. We are encouraging all Rotary Club members to join the Facebook Group by clicking here.


Rotary Leadership Institute  - On Zoom for 2020-21 – Registration Is Filled for the February 2021 Part III

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has a mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. As Rotarians, you are already a leader in your community and in your profession. The purpose of RLI is to give you the skills and competencies to be an effective leader in Rotary. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service will benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotarians to create a more peaceful and equitable world for all.

Part II: Wednesday, January 13, Wednesday, January 20, Wednesday, January 27 (Sold Out)

Part III: Wednesday, February 10, Wednesday, February 17, Wednesday, February 24 (REGISTER TODAY). Part III is open to any Rotarian or Rotaractor who has completed Part II 

TIME:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom videoconference. FEE:  $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation is being requested for each Rotarian

REGISTER TODAY : Classes will be 15+ in size.


For more information, please contact Susan Hunter at



Feb 9, 2021.   7 pm   Our club’s Zoom Valentine Party

Mar 2, 2021.   7 pm   John Currie, Exec Director Rotary Honouring Indigenous Peoples (see: )

Mar 9, 2021.   7 pm   Nilam Bedi, Chair, Districtn7070 Environmental Action Committee



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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Linda Porritt
July 17
Spouse Birthdays
Kay Hurren
July 8
Esther Trotter
July 25
Greg McDowell
July 31
Robert Kipling
Caroline Kipling
July 8
Florin Popa
Roxana Popa
July 11
Jul 13, 2021 6:30 PM
Half Hour Get Together then Tuesday Talks at 7 PM
Jul 13, 2021 7:00 PM
What’s Happening in District 7070 This Year
Jul 20, 2021 7:00 PM
How Each Member Can Use Their Paul Harris Recognition Points
Jul 27, 2021 7:00 PM
Promoting Our Brand In A Positive Way
Aug 03, 2021 7:00 PM
Adopt A Village - Update
Aug 10, 2021 7:00 PM
His Annual Address to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
Aug 24, 2021 7:00 PM
Annual address to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
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Director - Community, Vocational,Youth Service
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