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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, January 5, 2021

                              Editor:  Bob Koski


Jan 7 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Eric Guernsey

Jan 10 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Margaret Nason

Jan 12 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Rhonda Stewart

On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Dave Andrews, Janice Coupland, Bill Creamer, Tim Dwyre, Al & Hilda Finnigan, Heather Drakes (signed on after attending her mandatory work related meeting), Robert Kipling, Bob Koski, Robbie Larocque, President Sue MacKinnon, Ted Morrison (and Sharron), David Penney, Linda Porritt, Ana Rejab, Kris Sachdeva, Lennis Trotter.

Guests :   

Visiting Rotarian: A warm welcome to Nevine Yassa (our guest speaker) from the Rotary Club of Scarborough



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.




Put your empties to work for your Community on January 30, 2021. Proceeds support Rotary community service projects.

Members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa and the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood have joined forces to raise money for the community. SAVE YOUR EMPTIES NOW and donate them on January 9. Anything the Beer Stores and LCBO Stores accept !!! DROP OFF (10 am to 4 pm):   LOCATION: Oshawa Centre - Stevenson & King, 419 King St W, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5 North West Parking Lot . 2 Great Rotary Clubs in 1 great community!

Janice Coupland mentioned that their condo building has collected over 200 bottles already for the January 30 Rotary Bottle Drive. Thank you Janice and Kris.



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.


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.


Volunteers Are Still Required. Thank you to Bb Koski for being our Editor for January. Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. We still need editors for February  through June 2021.   Please let Hilda Finnigan know as soon as you can.



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


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 – 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.


One hour get togethers 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?

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup:

Plan is for all clubs in District 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 the Oshawa Creek Valley Bike Path 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.


Our next BINGO is To Be Announced - Doors open at 5:45 PM.  - We Need to be there by 5 PM. Note: Only 4 volunteers at the Bingos at the present time: ONE Banker. TWO front desk Sales People and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please see Hilda or Sandy as soon as possible if you can be on a team. We need your support. Bingo Volunteers Are Still Required Ongoing basis – New Teams Are Being Set Up  - We need help, members.  Please let Sandy know if YOU are available for future Bingos. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned.  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.


Rotary Leadership Institute  - On Zoom for 2020-21 - Register Today for the January 2021 Part II and 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 (REGISTER TODAY). Part II is open to any Rotarian or Rotaractor who has completed Part I 

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







President Sue and her committee are looking at having a VIRTUAL DINNER with Bistro 238 in the near future (likely in the new year).  It may even be on an ongoing basis, every two weeks. This will be pick up and / or delivery. We will need volunteer drivers for one evening, every two weeks. Please let President Sue know as soon as you can. Lots to planning taking place for this new fundraiser. We need your help. Be sure to check out the Bistro 238 website for a sample of their




Dr Kris Sachdeva updated our club on events concerning COVID-19.  

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GUEST SPEAKER:   Nevine Yassa    Topic: ROOTA

Introduced by Kris Sachdeva, Nevine’s first involvement with Rotary was through Rotaract as a member of the Rotaract of Heliopolis, in Cairo, Egypt and translated the Rotaract Constitution from English to Arabic.  It was published and distributed in the middle East in 1983.

She then joined the Rotary Club of Scarborough in 1999.  Her passion was international committees and was involved in various Global Grants between Rotary Club of Scarborough and various districts around the world  ex Canada and Ethiopia; Canada and Sudan; Canada and Egypt.

She obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of Alexandria, Egypt as well as a degree in simultaneous translation from The American University in Cairo.  Her work experience was mainly in fashion working  as a fashion coordinator with the Wool House, London which gave her extensive opportunities of travelling around the world attending fashion shows and coming back to Cairo to share the knowledge with the Egyptian private and public sectors in Egypt. She then diverted to Education in Canada, where she went to Queens University for a third degree which was a Bachelor degree  in Education and then started her Masters in Education.  As her husband had to pursue a  fellowship in Northern Ontario for his studies, she opted on completing her Masters degree at Lakehead University rather than continuing part time at Queens University and published in Research in Drama Education in 1999. She was  then accepted to do her PhD at OISE. However, due to family reasons she deferred the proposal of a doctorate for a year, but then decided to teach at the school level. She teaches French and still pursues her passion for fashion  and Rotary.

She is also the Inter Country Committee Regional Coordinator for North America & Mexico and the ICC National Coordinator for Canada.

 Nevine made an excellent presentation to us.  ROOTA is an acronym for Rising Out Of The Ashes.  Her topic featured the collection of garbage in the city of Cairo performed by Zabaleen. The men start collecting around 1 am.  The rest of the day starting at 6 am is spent by the women and children sorting  through the debris to retrieve recyclable paper, clothing, etc.  Unfortunately, they live in the garbage as well as trying to benefit from the contents.

These people migrated to Cairo from upper Egypt, where they were farmers.  There are approximately 30,000 Zabaleen in Cairo.

Education in Egypt is free.  These people do not take advantage of the free education as their days are consumed by trying to survive.

 Pigs used to eat the garbage, but they were eliminated because it was believed that the pigs caused the SARS pandemic.  Goats are used to feed off the garbage these days.  

  Nevine is striving to help these Zabaleen to become financially independent as recycled paper producers, the weavers of cloth and to become educated.

  She has earned a District Grant of $9,000.00 and has a year to report back to the District illustrating how the money was used to establish sustained 

  business operations and to show how many people have become literate.  


Q & A:

 Nevine informed us that it costs $500.00 to have a custom built loom in Egypt.  Kris informed the club and Nevine that Parkwood Rotary is going to provide $500.00 to assist her efforts this Rotary Year and to recommend that future International Committees should consider the same support. 

  Lennis advised Nevine that she should contact a Rotary Club in Egypt to endorse  her mission, in order to qualify for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.

Thanked by: Past District Governor Ted Morrison.  He noted that her presentation was very professional and an excellent way for our club to start 2021.



Next Week: January 12, 2021:

Please plan on attending our regular weekly club meeting from 6:30 pm to 6:55 pm on our regular Zoom connection.


Then, just before 7:00 pm, please join us for the second meeting from 7 pm to 8 pm. We are registered for the Rotary District 7070 Tuesday Talks, this month featuring Michael Angelo Caruso entitled: Save Time and Get Results -- Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary. We will continue our regular weekly meeting right here on our second Zoom call. All club members have been registered for our next Tuesday Talk coming up on January 12!  You will get a link to this meeting shortly. The District 7070 Public Image Team will show you how to Save Time and Get Results—Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary. Our dynamic keynote speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, who is our Rotary Zone 28 East Public Image Coordinator, is known for getting extremely fast results. He can make anyone a better communicator and regularly demonstrates his effective communication strategies by helping audience members improve during his presentation.  In addition, our Public Image Private Investigators will review, the District Rotary and Rotaract Clubs' digital and social media presence and provide some tips on how they can enhance their public image. Sue Miller of the District Public Image Committee, will highlight some excellent District social media work, and we will hear from clubs who will talk about some of the benefits from their successful Public Image campaigns.  There will be time for you to ask some questions from our presenters and from some of the Rotary Zone 28 East Assistant Public Image Coordinators, who will be on the call and ready to help you and your club.

 For more info on the Tuesday Talks for January 12, please click here.


Jan 19, 2021.  7 pm James Titmarsh Durham Steelhawks Sledge Hockey

Jan 26, 2021. 7 pm Mark Blackmore (Heather’s Spouse) Toastmasters International - A new Rotary Partner

Feb 2, 2021.   7 pm Dena Sicard Executive Director of Denise House

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



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Miscellaneous Discussions before the meeting ended.

Sue and Heather informed us about our very special Christmas project to assist a woman caring for eight children with special needs.  They range in age from 1 - 14.     This woman is a saint.  Sue and Heather were very impressed by the caregiver.  They enjoyed helping this family and thanked our members for contributing to this need.

Heather, our Chair of the Rotary District 7070 InterAct Committee,  informed us that there were no elementary school InterAct clubs in our District, at this time.  She has put together an District 7070 Interact Handbook and has done an fantastic job of documenting “how to set up a InterAct Club” for other clubs to use.  Heather is well on her way to establishing an InterAct Club at her school.  

Robert Kipling told us that he has 2021 desk calendars for everyone in our club. Please give him a call.  He will provide for a porch pick up at his home..

Lennis noted that he has not fully recovered his eyesight due to his cataract surgery procedure.  He will visit his doctor next week for another follow up. 

Sue adjourned our Zoom meeting at 8:30 pm.


IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, MAKE UP: Go online at go to the 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.


Here is some additional information on ROOTA  that appeared in the   edition of the Rotary District 7070 Newsletter:

In the spirit of giving, this year The Rotary District 7070 Inter-Country Committee is incorporating one of Rotary-ICC activities which act as a twin edge sword. The Rotary-ICC, increases awareness about other cultures through Art and culture. 

Rotary-ICC collaborates with Rising Out of the Ashes (ROOTA) aiming at increasing awareness of a marginalized community in Egypt: mainly the recyclers of Egypt  - i.e. the Zabaleen (Garbage Collectors) in Egyptian. These incredible recyclers create Art from trash and scrap fabric.

When you buy one of the products of Zabaleen , please know that 50% of the proceeds are going to Rotary while the other half is going to these amazing recyclers The Zabaleen who are repurposing garbage.

The Zabaleen have been Cairo’s informal garbage collectors since the 1940’s and number between 50,000 to 70,000. The Zabaleen transport the garbage to their homes sort the garbage, and sell it to a middleman or create new products from the recycled garbage. These are a hardworking and self-sustaining people offering informal and yet organized service throughout the city. Garbage is an asset to them. This is their daily life.

What are their products ?    Greeting Cards, quilts, hand bags, blankets, and woven rugs.

Sample pictures of their products, and the Roota objectives can be viewed on the Roota at

 Please support Rotary and Rotary-ICC by surfing the website at    Note that all items purchased will be delivered to your club.

Here is one example how Rotary Clubs have already helped:

The Rotary Club of Scarborough supported the Zabaleen (garbage collectors in Egyptian) in Egypt allowing women to be independent entrepreneurs by donating four looms to these very efficient recyclers.

ROOTA (Rising Out of the Ashes), is a non-profit organization founded here in Canada by Nevine and some friends, and their mission is to raise the social, educational, economical and health standards of marginalized groups in Egypt. Their present focus is on the Zabaleen of the Mokattam Mountain in Cairo.

They are all volunteers and work with an NGO on site in Egypt called APE (Association of the Protection of Environment) who know the needy on site and disperse the looms as they deem fit.

APE is looking at the increased number in population and hence, they are in dire need of opening new schools for tutoring, and pre-school.

APE currently focuses on four key areas: Environment, Empowerment, Education, and Employment.

Roota’s role here in Canada is to increase awareness about a marginalized community in Egypt called the Zabaleen.

The word “Zabaleen” is an Egyptian Arabic word which means “garbage collectors”. The Zabaleen have been Cairo’s informal garbage collectors since the 1940’s. They are spread around seven different settlements in Cairo and number between 50,000 to 70,000. The Zabaleen once used donkeys to pull carts but now use trucks to transport the garbage to their homes in Mokattam, where they sort the garbage, and then sell it to a middleman or create new products from their recycled garbage. This is a hardworking community and self-sustaining people offering informal and yet organized service throughout the city. Garbage is an asset to them. This is their daily life.


The Zabaleen recycle up to 80 percent of the waste that they collect, soliciting the help of goats ( and pigs before SARS) to consume much of the organic waste. The Zabaleen have recently been recognized by the government as an integral part of Egyptian society.

Roota is a Non-Profit Organization, ROOTA’s mission is to:

  • support APE in their running health and education programs for the Zabaleen women and children in Egypt.

  • train the Zabaleen on the proper, safe, efficient, and sanitary means of collecting, recycling, and selling their raw material,

  • provide workshops on Hepatitis B and C awareness, diabetes and anemia and administer early detection tests for Hepatitis C,

  • teach and empower women to generate revenue

  • Support APE by promoting Zabaleen products in Canada

  • Promote local events where Zabaleen products can be obtained

Current Status:

  • Women are exercising their rights, participate openly, express themselves freely, and are covered by social insurance.

  • Recreational Programs: exposure and mobility outside the community, skills training, sense of ownership and responsibility enable girls and women living in marginalized communities to make informed decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.

  • To .date more than 80% of women living in one of the most marginalized communities in Cairo have been directly or indirectly reached by APE’s programs

An intercountry committee, or ICC, is a network of Rotary clubs or districts in two or more countries working together. They’re formed with the approval of district governors.

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Bob Elliott
June 11
Alan Nason
June 19
Robbie Larocque
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David Penney
June 23
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June 28
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June 21
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David Penney
June 12
Sandra McDowell
Greg McDowell
June 12
Ted Morrison
Sharron Morrison
June 15
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Windreach Farm
Jun 29, 2021 7:00 PM
Presidential Changeover Night - Spouses invited
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Club Assembly
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Meet and Greet for 30 min, then switch to Tuesday Talks
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District 7070 Year End Celebration
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