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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, September 29, 2020

                      Bulletin Editor: Ted Morrison, Hilda, and Dave


Sept 29  -     Happy Birthday to John Kellam

October 3  - Happy Birthday to Craig Porritt

October 4  - Happy Birthday to Hilda Finnigan and to Laura Carey

On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, Ted Morrison, Robert Kipling, Tim Dwyre, David Penney, Robbie Larocque,  Ana Rejab,  Hilda Finnigan, Stanley Igboanugo, Bob Koski,  Bill Creamer, Eric Guernsey, Al and Hilda Finnigan, Linda Porritt

Guests :  A warm Oshawa-Parkwood Rotary WELCOME to Ben Earle, our guest speaker and Executive Director at Feed The Need Durham; and a warm welcome Leon Efraim

AGAIN, for these many weeks, THANK YOU TO: our very own Oshawa-Parkwood Rotarian Eric Guernsey for arranging ( and coming to our rescue this week, at the last minute to get us started) the Zoom Meeting sharing with tonight’s guest speaker, 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. Heather just happens to be tonight’s guest speaker. 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 thank you both and we thank you both for the continued use of your Zoom meeting network.


President Sue welcomed everyone to our meeting, reminded us all to be a good neighbour and be kind. Do a random act of kindness for someone. She asked us to learn the Art of Listening and to always end the day with a Positive Thought and remember -  tomorrow is a Fresh Start


From President Sue MacKinnon:

Sad News – Tim Dwyre’s Mother passed away; we have no details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tin and Anne.

Community Bottle and Food Drive, September 26, 2020:  President Sue thanked everyone for helping from both Rotary Clubs in Oshawa as we joined with clubs from all over the District and held our Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26, at the Oshawa Centre and Durham College / Ontario Tech University North Campus. Please check out the District 7070 Facebook Page for our Bottle and Food Drive and the others too. And a special thank you to the Oshawa Express (thank you Sandy and Kim) for their article in last Wednesday’s edition. Although we did not raise a lot of money, we did take in  241lbs of food which equals 200 meals.  Thank you everyone.

The Hallowe’en Haunt at The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The safety of the kids is our utmost importance. The Board of Directors of the Kids Safety Village is now looking hard at whether or not we do Christmas at The Village in late November / early December. Stay tuned. Note: The Whitby and Oshawa Santa Claus Parades have already been cancelled.

OUR REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS WILLL NOT BE AT THE OSHAWA GOLF CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will let you know when that may happen. As it stands right now, the Oshawa Golf Club is not hosting any outside organizations (such as ourselves) at the present time.

President Sue announced that September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Indigenous Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

OCTOBER 6, 2020 AT 6 PM: DISTRICT GOVERNOR MARK CHIPMAN’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO 5 ROTARY CLUBS ON ZOOM: District Governor Mark has set up October 6 for his official visit to the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood, Bowmanville, Courtice and Port Perry. Here is the LINK: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 2851 3394
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OCTOBER 7 – Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Board of Directors ZOOM  Meeting  - time to be announced

The 2020 Foundation Walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation – Will NOT take place on October 18 at the Toronto Beaches boardwalk! due to the new 25  limit on outside gathering numbers imposed for COVID-19.  District 7070 was planning a smaller in-person and COVID responsible walk with 100 Rotarians to comply with existing Toronto By-laws.  Attendees were to be mainly Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents and District Leaders.  BUT our next step is raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. This is a very important part of a walk, a virtual walk or a club walk, as District 7070 Rotary Clubs annually raise over $100K from this event for the good work of the Foundation.  The District 7070 is also encouraging clubs to hold their own walks within their communities! President Sue has suggested our own walk on October 25, 1PM  at Cullen Park. It is flat, has wide pavement that will allow for social distancing . All we have to do now is get pledges and raise funds and go on our own Walk for the Rotary Foundation.  Let’s start raising our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood funds for the Rotary Foundation Walk. It will be here in no time.

DUES ARE DUE: You have all received an invoice from our Treasurer, Bill Creamer, for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. There are still members who have not paid. The Annual Dues will be $230.00. At the same time, you will have the option to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund of $100 and a donation to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Funds for $20 (or more if you wish). You will be credited towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. Please pay your dues promptly when you get your invoice, by mailing or dropping off your cheque (or cash), payable to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, to 96 King Street East, Oshawa L1H 1B6. Thank you everyone. We have already paid our semi annual invoice from Rotary International. You can send him a cheque or you can pay Bill bye-transfer. The address of the e-transfer is and the answer to the question is Oshawa.

Meals On Wheels – Volunteers Are Still Required - We need help, members. Bill and Sue have been the only ones helping so far.  Please contact Bill or Sue if you can help. This is a commitment we have as a Rotary Club to ensure the success of this very important community service. Monday is our day to volunteer.  

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Volunteers Are Still Required NOW – We need help, members. Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. August was looked after. Thank you, Janice Coupland and Kris Sachdeva for August. Thank you Ted Morrison for doing September. Since NO ONE else has volunteered, Janice has volunteered again to do the bueeltin in October.  (Editor’s note: It is time for more club members to step up and do your duty – volunteer) . We need editors for November 2020 through June 2021.  And it is not too late to assist Jan and take over October.  Please let Hilda Finnigan know as soon as you can.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED ZOOM SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR ROTARY CLUB -  includes a New Members Gatherings, and a Grow Rotary Workshops for all Rotarians and Rotaractors (register for the following workshops online at

New Members Gathering – 1 hour 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.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 7-8 pm

  • Thursday February 18, 7-8 pm


Grow Rotary Sessions – 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. A Zoom link will be sent on Friday Oct 2nd to everyone who has registered by 9 p.m. on Oct 1. 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 – our Foundation.  Hear from some D7070 Clubs that are successfully Growing Rotary in the 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.

  • Saturday, October 3, 9:30-11:30 am  - Register here!

  • Saturday, January 23, 9:30-11:30 am 

  • Saturday, March 27, 9:30-11:30 am


Tuesday Talks - “Developing Leaders in District 7070” - with The District 7070 Leadership Development Committee - REGISTER TODAY.Our next Tuesday Talk is coming up on October 13 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Dhamay Kanthan, Chair, and her entire District 7070 Leadership Development Committee invite you to "Tuesday Talks" on October 13 from 7 PM to 8 PM, entitled, “Developing Leaders”.  Come ready to learn and connect as this team charts its course to create an effective leadership framework in our district that includes engaging a younger generation in Rotary service. Developing good leaders is key to turning Rotary's vision of ‘a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change’ into reality. Leadership is about bringing clarity to where we are headed and then creating an environment where people have the freedom to be their best and can use their gifts to get there. It is always, always all about the people, not just the plan.

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members 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? Just as Past District Governor Ted, Public Image Chair Dave A or Diversity Equity & Inclusion Chair Heather just how rewarding it is to help 55 Rotary Clubs right here in our area. 

Interested in becoming an Assistant Governor? ...or know someone who may be interested in this role?  We are in the process of seeking several enthusiastic, qualified Rotarians to take on the important role of AG next year.   Check out the attached document outlining the AG mandate and qualifications required - application deadline is October 1/20 and can be emailed to me.  Rotary offers "endless opportunities" and this may be one of them for you!



Our second day back was Sept 26 at 12:30 PM. Need to be there by 11 AM. We have 3 people for this session. Thank you Al and Hilda Finnigan and David Mankiewicz.

Note: Only 3 volunteers at the Bingos at the present time: ONE Banker. ONE front desk Sales Person and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person.

Volunteers Are Still Required NOW - We need help, members.  Please let Sandy know if YOU are available for future Bingos. We need to be there by 11 AM. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned. Sandy is looking for 3 ONLY volunteers for October 24. Please let Sandy know if you can volunteer, as soon as you can.

Here is a note from the Red Barn:

As part of stage 3, upon opening, we will only be permitted 50 customers per session. This restriction, although keeps everyone safer, makes it very difficult to operate our regular bingo schedule.  Please be patient with us in this introductory phase as we anticipate opening with 2 events per day (12:30 pm and 6:45 pm) with new programs that must be geared towards smaller crowds due to the temporary capacity restrictions.  We have applied for a special request to increase the number of patrons permitted in the hall and we shall give you an update as soon as we have one.  Please know that we are working very hard towards opening and offering a product that is acceptable to you until things get back to normal.  

PLEASE NOTE: Doors will be opened at 11:30 am for our 12:30 pm session and 5:45 pm for the 6:45 pm session.

The Snack Bar will be closed until further notice but we have installed Vending Machines with Cold and Hot Beverages and Snacks for your convenience.

The health and wellness of our customers, charities, and staff are paramount.  Upon arrival, customers will be greeted by an attendant at the front entrance to ensure social distancing is adhered to.  Please note that if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath; or if you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; or if someone you are in close contact with tested positive for Covid 19; or if you have been told to self-isolate by a medical professional or Public Health, we apologize but you will not be permitted to enter the premises.

Other Precautions in effect:

Promoting Social Distancing by managing traffic flow throughout our hall.
Customers, Staff and Charity Volunteers are asked to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
Customers will be seated 6 feet from each other.
Sneeze Guards are placed at all selling stations.
Sanitizing Stations have been implemented throughout the hall.  Please use the provided hand sanitizer when entering the building and we encourage you to clean hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer.
Regular cleaning/disinfecting of all surface areas.  Table tops and chair frames will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected in between bingo sessions.
All staff and charity volunteers are required to wear masks or face coverings.
Customers are required wear masks or face coverings at all times while in the hall.  If you do not have your own mask one will be provided for you.
Restroom have enhanced automatic capabilities.   
Thank you and stay tuned for further details.

Red Barn Management and Staff



A joint meeting of the 10 Durham Region  Rotary Clubs live from the new Global Classroom in the new Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham  College where we will celebrate World Polio Day with leaders from around the world. This year, it is online.

Spouses, guests and prospective members, your friends and all clubs in District 7070 and all over the world will be watching. Proclamations presentations and flag raisings from the 8 City and Region Mayors to our 10 clubs in Durham Region will also be shown by video. Dr. Bob Scott, immediate past chair of Rotary’s PolioPlus Committee (worldwide) will be our keynote speaker, updating everyone on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from this world. He will be talking LIVE with Ian Riseley, Past President Rotary International, from Australia,  and he may connect  with  PolioPlus Volunteers from around the world.  We will also see the Rotary International 2020 World Polio Day broadcast and we will livestream that too to everyone in the world. All clubs in the District are invited to watch the event.  This will be the link:

Please look for the story by Dave Andrews in End Polio Now “Rotary Voices: on the Rotary International Website:

Bulletin Editor for September 2020 is Past District Governor Ted Morrison. Thank you, Ted, for volunteering. Janice Coupland has volunteered for the second month this year, for October. Please Let Hilda know if you can do a month’s worth of bulletins as soon as possible.


President Sue is still looking at having a VIRTUAL OCTOBERFEST near the end of October.  This would include a meal that could be picked up or delivered. Sue has established a committee to look into it. Volunteers to help were Jan, Tim, Ana, Sue, Dave A and Linda.

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GUEST SPEAKER:  Ben Earle Executive Director of Feed the Need Durham

Introduced by Janice Coupland, Ben gave a very informative and interesting review of Feed the Need which is recognized as the Regional Emergency Food Hub.

Feed the Need in Durham believes that food insecurity should not prevent anyone from fulfilling their potential or participating fully in the life of our community. It is our mandate to work with our member agencies to alleviate hunger by providing fresh, frozen, and non-perishable food to those who need it most in our community

Food donations come from a variety of sources such as distribution centres, store recovery programs, retail stores, food drives, manufacturers, individuals and families. We also have a bulk food purchasing program if our member agencies need specific items that we do not have in stock. Besides food, we also accept personal hygiene items, and household cleaning products.

We address food insecurity using a collective impact approach, leveraging our network and common infrastructure to collect and distribute food for those who face food insecurity in Durham Region. This allows Feed the Need in Durham to distribute 1.44 million pounds of food each year, equivalent to 1.2 million meals to 60 Food Banks in Durham Region (since March 2020, that number has grown to 70 food banks).

Recent hiring of a Warehouse Manager has increased efficiency as has the purchase of a second truck. He also provided interesting statistics some of which are the result of the impact of COVID on the need.

Due to social distancing in the warehouse, their volunteers were let go so that they could run safely. The food handling increased but the number of touches decreased, due to some efficiencies put in place a lot sooner than they expected to implement them (such as PPE and warehousing equipment).

They have been able to purchase $100,000 worth of food (including fresh milk) from Feed Ontario. In addition, they have been able to purchase $60,000  in Loblaws gift certificates at a reduced rate thru Feed Ontario as well.

Ben showed the difference between March thru August 2019 vs March thru August 2020

  • 38% increase in food distribution

  • 31% increase in food bank visits (a total of 47,307 visits on the March thru August 2020 time period)

  • 74% increase in first time users of the service

  • 182% increase in No Income users (that’s 587 households)

12% of the population in Durham is food insecure but 70% do not use the food banks. They make ends meet.

Ben worries about those living paycheque to paycheque

Several questions were asked by those present – one re rental cost for distribution warehouse is $100,00.00 annually

Ben was thanked by Dave Andrews.



Topic: District Governor Mark Chipman’s Official Visit to 5 Rotary Clubs:

OCT 6 :  6 PM Start – Special Zoom Meeting LINK

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Topic: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Weekly Meetings on ZOOM, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Oct 13,  2020   07:00 PM

         Oct 20, 2020 - – No Meeting – INSTEAD - Please tune in to World Polio Day in Durham Region on Oct 22.

         Oct 27,  2020   07:00 PM

         Nov  3,  2020   07:00 PM

         Nov 10,  2020   07:00 PM

         Nov 17,  2020   07:00 PM

         Nov 24,  2020   07:00 PM


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