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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, June 9, 2020

                                  Editor: Hilda Finnigan


June 7 – A very Happy Birthday to YOU !!!  Cha Cha Cha Robert Kipling

June 11 – Happy Birthday to Bob Elliott

June 12 – Happy Anniversary to Sandy & Greg McDowell and to David & Jan Penney

June 13 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Elizabeth Carrie

June 15 – Happy Anniversary to Ted & Sharron Morrison

June 19 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Alan Nason and Moira Pantaleo

June 20 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Robbie Larocque

June 21 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Caroline Kipling

June 23 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! David Penney

June 28 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Linda Biddle


On the Zoom Call Tonight: 

Robbie Laroque, Hilda Finnigan,  David Andrews, David Penny, Janice Coupland, Kris Sachdeva, Sue McKinnon, Robert Kipling, Bob Koski, Chidinma Igboanugo, Sandy McDowell, Ted Morrison,  Heather Drakes, Tim Dwyre, Lennis Trotter, Pat Dyke, Linda Porritt, Ana Rejab (while shopping), David Mankewicz, Eric Guernsey, Al Finnigan

Guest : Guest Speaker Councillor Derek Giberson, and John McLean both from The Back Door Mission

President Lennis started the meeting at 7:06 pm  and welcomed everyone !!!

AGAIN, THANK YOU 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 thank you both.



Ted  reminded all of us to tell our friends and neighbours to make a donation to our Rotary Cub to help fight COVID-19 right here in Oshawa and our club will match their donation. Thank you to Kim and Sandy for their excellent half page ad in the May 13 and May 20 editions of The Oshawa Express and the news article in the May 20 edition, announcing our big fundraiser to fight COVID-19 here in our community. Thank you for the news article too announcing the matching funds donation. Our Rotary Club will match dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $5,000, all money received from the public to go local community organizations to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As individuals, we all can make a donation to help get to the $5,000 mark, and our club will match that.





JUNE 20 - 26 – Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii ZOOM Style:

Please register today. No charge.

Saturday, 20 June, General Session 1: Together, We Connect  9 to 10:15 am

Sunday, 21 June, General Session 2: Together, We Learn 9 to 10:15 am

Monday – Friday, 22- 26 June: Featured Breakout Sessions (details now available on the                       website ) Each day, one breakout session will be offered at each of the following times:

9:00 – 10:00 am EDT  and  1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT and 7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT


JUNE 23 - Regular ZOOM Meeting – Regular Weekly Zoom Meeting – 7 PM to 8:00 PM (maybe longer if we don’t get cut off) . Spouses are most welcome. Join Zoom Meeting   Meeting ID: 999 2616 6884 
Dial by your location  +1 647 558 0588.  Find your local number:    PRESIDENTS’ NIGHT – SPOUSES INVITED


JUNE 30 - Regular Meeting –  Our Club Meeting is cancelled . But Be sure to Tune in to the District Zoom Year End Celebration and Awards Presentations.  6:45 to 8 PM , Be sure to register:


President Lennis also noted a few more events too:

Rotary District 7070 Virtual Walk for HIV / AIDS  and Community Health will take place on June 20. Please register on the District 7070 Website

Past District Governor Ted Morrison, and current District 7070 Annual Programs Fund Chair of the Rotary Foundation,  alerted everyone to the fact that Rotary International donations from our clubs and members for the Polio Fund of the Rotary Foundation needs our help. Bill and Melinda Gates are matching 2 for 1 our contributions. If Rotary puts in $50 million US, Gates will put in $100 million. We are currently short and we need your support for a donation before June 30. For every dollar we are short, that’s $2 dollars we will not get from the Gates Foundation.  

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GUEST SPEAKER:  Derek Giberson – Back Door Mission.

The Back Door Mission started as a place for drop ins , some living unhoused, some in a tent , some in rooming houses., all asking “where do I turn, where do I go?”. Then COVID-19 hit and everything changed. Clients have high levels of anxiety and aggression  and they are in distress.

The church kitchen is a full service kitchen now serving lunches in take out containers.

Recently, the City Council took a tour and things are changing.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become Mission United with CMHA having a nurse practitioner on site. A clinic has been created. There are multiple services under one roof, including a medical doctor.  Derek hopes that it will stay as Mission United with these services available after the pandemic has lifted.

Showers are being installed downstairs  (for post COVID-19). And there will be laundry facilities. There are lockers on site so that the homeless can store some of their belongings while they search for housing.

Because of the Mission and its services, the street individuals are now clear eyed and coherent.

They now pre-screen every individual due to COVID-19. There is a rest area (which was the chapel) that Durham mental Health uses. The church parlor is now a food service prep area with fridges and freezers.  The memorial hall is now a triage area with a nurse and doctor. The doctor is part of Lakeridge Health and also works with the CMHA.

Some Durham College students are also helping. They have a full medical bed and equipment on site.

The Oshawa PUC has installed hi speed WI Fi so that the doctors can relay info to the hospital, via video conference. The AIDS Committee of Durham region also has set up in the Mission.

Derek’s band, the Professors of Funk, play in the church and have had 2 Christmas Concerts last year . The 2 nights had 800 people in attendance an $21,000 was raised last year. Over $72,000 in 7 years. All for the Back Door Mission and the relief of poverty.

They are now open 7 days a week serving lunches (no charge).

During non COVID-19 times, the Back Door Mission hands out meal tickets (costing $1.50) at no charge, for hot meals at St Vincent’s Kitchen. However, the Kictchen is closed at this time.

Currently , the back Door Mission serves 135 to 140 meals per day. They see 15 to 25 health cases a day and 3 to 7 mental health cases per day.

They have a food bank pantry where clients can pick up some essentials .

How can our Rotary Club help: Just as we have already done with a donation and we can also volunteer. Human to human contact is very important for the clients. It does help build community support.


Online: You can make an online donation through: CanadaHelps
In Person: At our office Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00 pm (please call in advance to ensure someone is available).
By Mail: 66 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G3
(Please make cheques Payable to Back Door Mission For the Relief of Poverty. Tax receipts are provided for all gifts $15.00 and over)

Donate Food

We maintain a pantry and accept non-perishable items.
Suggested Foods to Donate:
Foods that can be easily prepared, without a stove, in a microwave. Such as: canned stew, canned meat, canned spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, soup, rice, peanut butter, juice boxes, cereal, crackers, granola bars.



Donate Clothing and Supplies

NOTE: We currently can NO LONGER accept donations of used clothing until after the COVID-19 crisis is over.
We are currently in need of: summer items such as cool clothing (new), running shoes, socks, hats, sunscreen and bug spray.
2 shelving units (to store canned goods).  No wider than 3 feet and ideally,14 inches deep. 
We would be very grateful if you could help with any of these items!

Donation Drop-Off: you can drop donations off during the week between the hours of 10am-3pm. For outside hours, call to arrange a time for delivery.


The Back Door Mission started 6 years ago, but the congregation at Simcoe Street United, ( the location of the Back Door Mission) started this program in 1997.

For mor info, please take a look at their website and Facebook page.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many services closed their doors leaving the people living unsheltered or marginally housed with limited access to supports such as washrooms, showers, food and other resources. In recognition that COVID-19 posed unique and urgent challenges for people in need of help, the Back Door Mission with the support of Simcoe Street United Church opened its available spaces to be used as a collaborative and centralized service operating as Project Mission United. 
Mission United, a collaboration with CMHA Durham Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic, Durham Mental Health Services, Region of Durham Health Department, Housing Services Division and Social Services Department (PCOP), Lakeridge Health, AIDS Committee of Durham Region, Carea Community Health Centre, John Howard Society, CDN Protection, and a growing list of community partners provide the following services on Monday-Friday 10am-3pm:

  • Multi-service navigation and assistance

  • Medical clinic (Doctor and Nurse Practitioner)

  • Crisis and mental health supports

  • Rest centre

  • Harm reduction and supplies

  • ​Withdrawal management

The Back Door Mission continues with its core offerings such as meals, washrooms, clothing and food pantry items and is now open 7 days a week.

 The Back Door Mission works to relieve the burdens of poverty and social dislocation within the economically deprived and street population of Oshawa. Originally a drop-in centre, the Back Door Mission has expanded its services during the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently operating Mission United.

Derek was thanked by our Secretary Robbie Larocque.

President Lennis closed meeting at 8: 06 pm.



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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 28, 2020 7:00 PM
"State of the Region" Address to our club
Aug 04, 2020 7:00 PM
Her Update on activities in the Oshawa Riding
Aug 11, 2020 7:00 PM
Steve annual update on Adopt A Village -LAOS
Aug 18, 2020 6:30 PM
His Annual Update to our Club
Aug 25, 2020 6:30 PM
Their Plans for 2020-21
Sep 01, 2020 6:30 PM
His Annual Address to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
Sep 08, 2020 6:30 PM
Annual address to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
Sep 15, 2020 6:30 PM
His Annual Address to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
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Director - International Service
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