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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 Membership Chair Mike McLaren at 905-576-7878 or our Membership Director Sue MacKinnon at 905-391-1501 or our Club President Linda Porritt at 905-626-6386.

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: Barry Rassin – Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

R.I. DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: Mary Lou Harrison - Rotary Club of Toronto-Sunrise in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ASSISTANT DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: Roger Tessier – Rotary Club of Cobourg in Cobourg, 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 MEETING : Tuesday July 24, 2018


O Lord, The Giver of all good,

We thank Thee for our daily food

May Rotary friends and Rotary ways

Help us to serve Thee all our days.


Grace: Robbie Larocque

O Canada: Peter Dueck

Toast To The Queen : Tim Dwyre

GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS: A warm Rotary welcome to our guest speaker and fellow Rotarian (from the Rotary club of Whitby Sunrise) Steve Rutledge and a warm Rotary welcome to Colleen McLaren (and Mike was very glad that she could be here tonight). And a very warm welcome to one of our Honourary member, Past President Alan Nason. So glad to see you.

BIRTHDAYS AND : Happy Birthday to Esther Trotter on July 25 and Happy Birthday to Greg McDowell on July 31. If you get a chance,be sure to wish them both Happy Birthday !!!ANNIVERSARIES



Dave Andrews Rotary District 7070 Friendship Day at Parkwood Estate September 8 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm with optional tours planned afterwards. Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary International PolioPlus Program is our guest speaker, at our luncheon, who will provide the very latest on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. Cost $75.00 per person, with a portion of the ticket price going to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and will be credited to your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. There will be a luncheon and a cash bar on the grounds at Parkwood. Please register here and please register as soon as possible. There is a massive amount of planning being done by the Committee (Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood) and tickets sales will start to pick up as the Committee gets around to all clubs in the District in the next few weeks. Don't be left out. Spouses, guests, and prospective member are most welcome. We will be asking for Rotary volunteers to go around to our neighbouring clubs to promote this event during August. Please say YES when you are asked.

Dave Andrews – Thank you to the Public Image Committee for attending our Committee meeting tonight and for your willingness to volunteer. If you would like to become a member of the Public Image Committee, please let Dave know.

Dave Andrews – once again this year, we will be helping the Rotary E Club of Southern Ontario Western New York with the sale of tickets (750 this year) for the Big Game #53 in Atlanta on Feb 3, 2019 at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Tickets will again be $5 each or 5 for $20. And this year , we have 5 prizes . Stay tuned.

Dave AndrewsWorld Polio Day 2018 will be held right on the date, Wednesday October 24, 2018 at Durham College in the new Global Classroom of the new Centre for Collaborative Education. We will cancel our regular weekly meeting on Tuesday October 23 and urge everyone to attend this grand event. Please register at the District Wensite as soon as you can. All of the Clubs in Durham Region have been invited and urged to register as soon as possible. The cost for the event will be $25 with a portion of the ticket price going to the Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Program and will be credited to youe next Paul Harris Fellow. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. There will be a fellowship time from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm followed by a welcome from Durham College and Rotary District Governor Mary Lou Harrison. At 5:45 pm we will feed in the live stream Rotary Polio Program, live from Philadelphia this year from 6 to 6:45 pm . We will continue broadcasting live from Oshawa and the two Rotary Club Presidents from Oshawa will receive their Proclamations from the Mayor of Oshawa, and the 10 Rotary Club Presidents and District Governor Mary Lou Harrison will receive their Proclamations from the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Durham. Dr. Bob Scott, the immediate Past Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee will bring us up to date and hopefully , bring in some of his associates from the Polio stricken countries , again, live. Questions and answers will follow and then an after-party, finishing at 9 pm. The entire event will be available , by computer , through a URL for any Rotary Club to view. In addition, the broadcast will be sent live all over the world to the colleges and universities on the Durham College Global Classroom network.

Sonya Thompson – announced that there will be a Youth Services Committee meeting on August 14 starting at 5:15 pm. If you are interested in joining this committee, please send Sonya an email as soon as possible. Sonya hopes that last year's Youth Services Committee member ( Chidinma, Pat, David Penney, David Mankiewicz, and Lennis) will stay on for another year. Please confirm with Sonya as soon as you can.

Kim Boatman has asked anyone who is interested in serving on the Community and Vocational Service Committee to let Kim know, with an email, as soon as you can. A meeting will be called in the next few weeks.Kim hopes that last year's Community and Vocational Service Committee member ( Janice Coupland as Chair, also Sonya, Sandy, Sue, Chidinma, Hilda , Kris, Robbie, Robert Kipling, Myles and Tim) will stay on for another year. Please confirm with Kim as soon as you can.

PDG Ted Morrison – Urged everyone to volunteer for committees. This is where the real work is done in every Rotary club, especially in our Club.

Pres Linda – agreed with PDG Ted and said that this is your opportunity to serve. Serve on a committee. Recommendations go from the Committee to the Board of Directors. Your participation and your voice counts.


Pres Linda – announced that there will be a Free Swim Hosted by Rotary Club of Oshawa on July 26, 2018 at Rotary Park, Oshawa (Corner of Center St. and Gibb St.) 1:30 to 4:30. Come join in the free swim and free BBQ (hamburgers/hot dogs while supplies last).

Pres LindaEman Attallah has decided to resign from our Rotary club. She was a member for a number of years. We have said that when she can find the time to come back to Rotary, she will be most welcome.

Pres Linda said there are lots of events and important dates, all in our weekly calendar and on the club and District Websites. Here are just a few for you to consider helping your fellow Rotarians: July 27- 29 Port Perry Ribfest; August 18-20 Oshawa Ribfest; Aug 20 – Brighton Corn Roast and BBQ; Sept 8 – District 7070 Friendship Day in Oshawa

HildaAug 11 is our Rotary BBQ at the home of Robert and Caroline Kipling. 2 pm to about 7 pm. There is a sign up list going around. Be sure to get on that list. Cost is $15 per couple for a BBQ steak (if you prefer chicken, please indicate). Also you will be asked to bring salads or desserts, etc.

LennisRotary Club branded hats 3 for sale - $20 each. Perfect for our Rotary projects and outing. Tell everyone YOU are a member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood. If you desire to purchase clothing with our Rotary Club branding, please see Lennis.

LennisSept 22 is the Kids Safety Village Grand Re-opening, from 10:30 to about 2 pm. We would like as many Rotarians out as possible to our signature project's big event of the year.

Club Service Chair Hilda Finnigan is just about finished with the revised Name and Address list. If you know of any changes to your info, please let Hilda know.(name, classification, address, phone (home and cell), email, address, birthday anniversaries, spouses birthdate,etc) .

REMINDER: Bingo Chair Sandy McDowell – Bingo Report from our first week at Bingo – our profit will be approximately $500 for the night. Our float balanced at the end of the night. Lots of helpful tips learned from night One: have dinner before you get there. Be there at 4:30 pm – there is lots to do and we start selling at 5:30 pm. Team Captains – you may want to add two more people to your team, certainly, for the first few weeks your team is on duty. The Bingo goodie bag will go from Captain to captain – it is filled with the float, calculators, pens, aprons (A big thank you to Sue MacKinnon who made the aprons). Rotate the jobs on your team so that everyone can do each job. There is lots to do to clean up at the end of our session and it must be done accurately and quickly . Need at least three team member on the floor then. The customers will be lined up for the next bingo session. If you have any tips that you see during your night, please tell Sandy and she will pass them on to everyone.

REMINDER: Treasurer Devon Biddle announced that our annual club dues invoice will be sent to us by email. $210 for the year (may be paid now or one half now and one half Jan 1, 2019). On the invoice , there will be a voluntary contribution of $100 for the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and $20 for Polio Eradication, if you so desire to pay and Devon will ensure that you get credit towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. Spouses may pay $165 annual dues for their membership, as long as one spouse pays the $210. You can start paying next week at the front Registration Desk, when you come into the meeting. Invoices will be emailed shortly.

REMINDER: President Linda announced that the Rotary Club of Brighton is having their annual Corn Roast and Karaoke Night, on Aug 20 at 5 pm, at the Comunity Hall, 75 Elizabeth Street in Brighton. Cost is $10 with a cash bar. See President Linda if you are going to attend so that you can register.

REMINDER: Vice-President Lennis Trotter announced the next Kids Safety Village meeting will be Monday August 13 at 5:30 at the Village


ACE OF SPADES DRAW: Steve Rutledge drew Sonya's ticket number and she drew the Jack of Spades. The deck gets



Steve Rutledge – A sad buck for the people of Laos who were hit with torrential rains, a dam burst and several are killed and many homeless. We pray for them all.

Dan Pantaleo - Very happy to be here at our Rotary club meeting. The best part of the day.

Kris – asked us all to say a prayer for those killed and injured along the Danforth this week.

Sue – very happy that her daughter is coming home on Saturday, from Dubai for 5 weeks , before moving to London, UK

Mike McLaren – glad to have Colleen here tonight but not so glad when she keeps asking him to keep the toilet seat DOWN

PDG Ted – very glad that the deck at his house is now finished, thanks in part to Richard Boatman, and glad that almost all of the gardens are also fixed up for the summer.

Kim – glad that Richard was able to help Ted with the deck and she MCs also glad that her son MCs coming home for a visit from Vancouver

Devon – Knew that Steve was coming tonight and would be talking about Laos, so he went through his vast tie collection and found one just right for the occasion - -a tie from very close to that area – it was from Vietnam. Very nice tie . Very colourful.


President Linda asked everyone to look at the August edition (and every edition for that matter) of The Rotarian Magazine and in particular to page 8 in the August edition. Down the left-hand column of that page we always see three key Rotary documents: The Objects of Rotary, The Four-Way Test, and the Rotary Code of Conduct. Please take time to read them.

DUTY ROSTER: FOR July and August

July 31 Front Desk Sonya / Jan           Bulletin Editor/Greeter David Andrews

Aug 7 Front Desk Mike McLaren         Bulletin Editor/Greeter David Andrews

Aug 14 Front Desk Sue MacKinnon    Bulletin Editor/Greeter David Andrews

Aug 21 Front Desk Sonya / Jan          Bulletin Editor/Greeter David Andrews

Aug 28 Front Desk Hilda Finnigan      Bulletin Editor/Greeter David Andrews

(Editor’s note: If you cannot be available for these duties , please find a replacement)

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As you may know, Steve is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and Steve along with volunteers from right here in Durham Region in southern Ontario, Canada and also a group of Rotarians from Western Canada, travel each year, and for the last 9 years to Laos, to construct dams and series of tubing (that in essence is a water system) and sanitation to villages that have never had fresh water. You too can volunteer for a mission to Laos. You too can purchase a water filter and get your family's name and photo on the filter. When the filter gets to Laos, the receiving family with seeing a Canadian flag and your family's photo and the words "In friendship and Respect".

On Tuesday July 24,the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood had the pleasure of listening to and watching as Steve Rutledge, co-founder of Adopt-A-Village Laos gave our club members an update of what he and his volunteers have done this year in Laos and their plans for next year in the northern, poorest villages of Laos, to bring clean water and sanitation to villages and schools for the first time in their lives.

Rotary Clubs from Southern Ontario, Gravenhurst, Lunenburg Nova Scotia, plus Ladner, Coquitlam Sunrise and Tsawwassen from the British Columbia west coast were the primary sponsors of the water projects.  Many, many more private sponsors and Friends of Rotary, plus Rotaract has helped us to help so many.  The prayers of thousands have been answered. 

With just a couple of weeks to go, we are busily completing a whole series of documents and closing reports for our many selfless donors.  Through so much amazing generosity, over 4,000 more rural villagers (this year alone) would be without hope of a better future. 

A few years ago we had seen the results of a water project that was completed by another NGO.  They ran the water pipe right through the river…and, of course, it was washed away during the first rainy season.  As a result, that village no longer had water.

From there, we headed straight to Ban Xiengda for a quick lunch and to inspect the completion of the project.  They still have a fair bit of pipe to bury but at least everything is operational and working well.

It should be noted that only 6 out of 17 teachers are actually on salary. The fellow (husband of the lady) still is not on salary, after 8 years.  So both are living on her small salary. 

Early the next day, we took the 2 1/2 hour journey to Mok Kok, and were lucky it didn’t rain, although there was still lots of mud everywhere.

First, we decided to head to Mok Kok (pronounced Moke Koke) Secondary School and village located way off the beaten path. This was to review their requirements for a permanent water supply for next year.  As we got about halfway, the village chief called us to say it was pouring rain there and suggested we cancel the visit for the day – the mud roads would be impossible to navigate, so instead we continue north along the main road past Nong Khiaw to another secondary school located in the highlands.

It has been a bit of a scramble to fit in the last of the commitments for the various projects. Plus, with our budget starting to run low we squeezed everything in one last trip to the villages, before my return trip to Canada and our next fundraising campaign begins for the 2018/19 season.

Steve's Report on his Final Villages Trip for the 17/18Season

The remote villages of Laos have never recovered from the ‘Secret’ war of the 1960′s and early 70’s. While rich in culture and tradition, their education, healthcare and hygiene conditions are severely lacking. The average lifespan is only 58 years average age is only in the mid to late 20’s, caused by poor quality water, poor hygiene and general poverty. BUT with your help, a positive difference has been made in the lives of thousands of villagers. We have completed over a dozen school projects, 12 water projects bringing water to several villages and a hospital (imagine a hospital with no water!) and have completed well over 20 toilet banks for schools and villages. We have also provided 3,900 water filter systems (about 20,000 people!), along with critical hygiene training for families, schools and hospitals to promote longer, healthier and happier lives. That’s not all! We are also sponsoring a lot of primary and secondary school kids, 1 university student and 2 interns, plus have installed numerous solar panels to bring light to the poorest of villages. More bicycles were distributed to get even more kids to and from school and there were a number of smaller projects completed too.and

Kris Sachdeva introduced Steve to our club tonight. Steve has 20 years of Rotary service and he is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow Adopt A Village Laos. awardee, and has volunteered on his most cherished project now for 9 years.




Through this link,, you can view, download and share the latest version of the water filter brochure and purchase a filter which will be delivered next year, early in 2019 by Steve and his team of volunteers.

The volunteers not only pay for their way to Laos but also work there to build water dams and flow thru systems to get water from the mountains to the villages. And they also bring with them, water filters, so that each family in the village can have clean water for the first time in their home. Steve even has Dentidtd here in Durham Region, supply toothbrushes and toothpaste with the filter.

In the 9 years, Steve and his volunteers have installed 3,899 water filters, brought water to over 20,000 villagers in 35 villages.

Here are two photos from last night at our Rotary meeting. The first is a posted showing a very happy family in Laos with their water filter and the second is Steve with Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood President Linda Porritt showing how the water filter works.



The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood has supported Steve Rutledge and Adopt-A-Village Laos for many years.

Be sure to visit and see how you can volunteer and how you can purchase a filter and bring clean water and sanitation to a family in Laos.

This is a real one good example of Rotarians being "People of Action"

You can go on the February 2019 trip and help Steve and the rest of the Rotary volunteers. Your cost is approximately the flight about $2,000, plus 2 stops (likely Bankok and Hong Kong) plus 6 full days with Steve (another $465 Cdn).

Steve was thanked by PDG Ted Morrison who added that our club is honoured to take part in Steve's project.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, MAKE UP : Go online at go to the Rotary Club Locator and find a club or clubs near your destination. Or you can add the free App Rotary Club Locator to your phone for instant look up of any club in the world. Please mail or fax your make-ups to Secretary Robbie Larocque, or give your make-up card to the attendance/registration officer at the next club meeting.

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