age 3 - Feb 23, 2021




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.



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.


GROW ROTARY WORKSHOP – 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.


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?


MAR  8 - Celebrating Women in Rotary D7070, International Women's Day, March 8, 630pm.  Celebrating Women in Rotary D7070, International Women's Day, March 8, 630pm. Join us for a District 7070 wide celebration which brings together female leaders both in industry and Rotary sharing bold ideas, history and women in Rotary and business. These trailblazers are sure to invoke our Rotary spirit and inspire us all with the work they have done over the years! Be sure to join us at 6:30 pm, Monday March 8. Limited virtual capacity, maximum of 500, please reach out to for an invite to this district event over Zoom. There will be a quick meet and greet before we start the presentations, be sure to have something to drink on hand for a celebration toast.Join Zoom Meeting  :   Meeting ID: 861 5510 8001   Passcode: 801545  Speakers: Dr. Sylvia Whitlock While she is perhaps best known for being the first woman ever to become president of a Rotary club, she did a lot more besides; Valarie Wafer - RI Director; Sherry Colbourne is a Canadian entrepreneur with decades of experience in Ontario’s high-tech sector.; Nadine Pemberton is a coach, lawyer and diversity and inclusion educator, who lives in Sheffield, England.

See the District 7070 Website for more info:



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 has secured our location to clean up - the portion of the Oshawa Creek Valley near the Children’s area, as our club project. Details will follow. We are encouraging all Rotary Club members to join the Facebook Group by clicking here.




MAY 12, 2021 ( 8 to 9 PM) -  Online Rotary Foundation Gala Event - "Celebrate our Foundation!"

All Rotarians are Invited

From Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer and Rotary Foundation Trustee Dean Rohrs: We are asking for your help with our Rotary Foundation event on May 12, 2021. Together, we will celebrate what we have achieved and inspire Rotarians to do more. The online Gala event, "Celebrate our Foundation!" will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 8-9 pm ET (5-6 PT). It will be a fast-paced 60-minute variety style show featuring Rotary dignitaries, celebrities, musicians, entertainers and more. Details are at the event website: .

Support of The Rotary Foundation has increased by 6%, but the demand has doubled. In 2020, we did not have enough funds for all the projects that Rotarians asked us to support. In 2021 we will likely run out of funds by the end of May. Those requests for funds come from your clubs, and your members. The ticket price is $110 USD, of which only $10 goes to the event itself. You, the Foundation supporter will get a charitable tax receipt for the $100, along with 100 Paul Harris Recognition points. CLICK HERE to watch a brief video. This is our call to action. Together we will celebrate our Foundation and do even more good in the world. Thank you for your support.





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Available MID APRIL 2021 in 24 lb bags for $7.00 per bag.

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MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING:  Tuesday, February 23, 2021

                              Editor:  David Penney


Mr. Cha Cha Cha himself, Ted Morrison has a birthday today as well as the birthday of Rotary. Not the same year, just the same date. Rotary is 116 today.

Larry Hurren has a birthday on February 27 !


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Robert Kipling, Ted Morrison, Al Finnigan, Hilda Finnigan, Larry Hurren, Linda Porritt, Dave Andrews, Janice Coupland, Kris Sachdiva, Sue MacKinnon, Bill Creamer, Lennis Trotter, Bob Koskie, David Penney

Guests:   Nancy Shaw (COE Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce);  Zoe (guest of Pres Sue); Sharron Morrison



Welcome to our February 23 meeting and welcome to our guests, Nancy Shaw, CEO of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and Zoe and Bonnie.

Last week we touched on Rotary Core values of Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity, Service, Leadership and Environment when we started to update our Strategic Plan.  We also have seven focus areas:

  • Peacebuilding & conflict prevention

  • Disease prevention and treatment

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Maternal and child health

  • Basic education and literacy

  • Community economic development

  • Supporting the Environment

When we donate to the Rotary Foundation, chances are, it will benefit one of these areas. As one area is maternal and child health, I would like to read a short note from Melinda Gates that ties to maternal and child health, that is current to our pandemic. 

Upon completion, I would like to have 30 seconds of silence to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to live in Canada.


Melinda Gates  “When it comes to our work outside the United States, my major focus has been calling on world leaders to put women at the center of their Covid-19 response.  If governments ignore the fact that the pandemic and resulting recession are affecting women differently, it will prolong the crisis and slow economic recovery for everyone.

For example, because of the economic shutdowns over the last year, hundreds of millions of people in low-income countries have needed help from their government to meet basic needs.  But the cruel irony is that the women who most need these economic lifelines tend to be invisible to their governments.  It is hard to send cash safely and swiftly to a woman who doesn’t appear in the tax rolls, have a formal identification, or own a mobile phone.  Unless financial systems are specifically designed to include these women, these systems are likely to exclude them, pushing them even further to the economic margins.  Our foundation has worked with the World Bank to help countries overcome these hurdles and create digital cash transfer programs with women’s needs in mind.

30 seconds of silence

Thank you!

I would also like to acknowledge the passing of Donna Pyott, spouse of past president, Andrew Lyons.





Women in Rotary is March 8 – talk a little more about it next week.


GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEAN UP PROJECT is April 24 -  put that date in your calendar!

FUNDRAISER # 1: We have the fertilizer fundraiser coming up and hoping our secure website is up and running in time. Details in our bulletin.

FUNDRAISER # 2: When the secure website is running, we will be introducing online gaming!

Ted Morrison reported that the The Rotary Foundation is “broke” this year. Requests have far exceeded what is available—TRF is projected to be out of money in May. This is a good time to give! We are all invited to attend the May 12, 2021 Fundraising Gala for the entire Rotary Zone 28 & 32 .


SPEAKER:  Nancy Shaw – CEO, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Our guest speaker this evening is Nancy Shaw Executive Director of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Durham, Nancy has always maintained a close connection to the community.  She was an active member of ProAction Cops & Kids, Tribute to our Troops and the Abilities Centre. She is the past President of the Foundation Board for Parkwood National Historic Estate in Oshawa and is a Director on the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Committee.  Most recently, becoming the Honorary Lieutant Colonel of the Ontario Regiment.

Nancy was the former Executive Assistant to the late Honourable Jim Flaherty, M.P., Minister of Finance for Canada.

Nancy is married to Ken and together have seven children.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber takes in a portion of Clarington. There are 600 members with small medium and large businesses. The largest number are in the SM group. It represents retail, automotive, production , educational and health care segments. Chamber is the business educated voice of the community. This has been a difficult year with some businesses closing due to COVID.

The Chamber:

Provides business people the opportunity to network and learn from one another.

Seminars are now run on ZOOM.

Tax changes are a recurring subject. This year Home Expenses caused by COVID circumstances.

Social media is used extensively.

Not-For-Profits are also an important member constituency.

Politicians are frequent speakers – Nancy has strong connections with the Government of Ontario. She meets with the Mayor of Oshawa every 3 months and stays connected with the Regional Chair.

Other Boards of Trade are tightly connected including the Ontario and Canadian Chambers. Sometimes they are one voice advocating for business with all levels of government Internal management is conducted through committees.

There are 4 staff members. CEO Nancy, Ashley Bain Business Development, Emma Cachia Communications and Marketing and Maggie Miller office support.

Rotary Member comments:

Lennis wasn’t convinced that a prior connection had been that beneficial. Nancy responded that perhaps an interview of a Rotarian and a podcast might be more effective.

President Sue asked about funding. There is no Government funding. Members and sponsors provide all of the funds.

Janice Coupland offered that our club could partner on some project but that we were not in a position to be a sponsor.

Nancy said that the Chamber focused an diversity in a large way including business size as well as the other factors like gender ethnicity etc.

Ted Morrison thanked Nancy for an interesting and informative talk.


MEETING ADJOURNED:       at 8:13 pm



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

Mar  9, 2021.   7 pm   Nilam Bedi, Chair, District 7070 Environmental Action Committee

Mar 16, 2021   7 pm   St Patrick’s Day Fun Zoom meeting – Spouses invited

Mar 23, 2021   7 pm   Club Strategic Plan Review # 2

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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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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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