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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:  Mark Maloney – Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA

R.I. DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR:         Beth Selby - Rotary Club of Cobourg in Cobourg, 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 MEETING : August 6, 2019

Editor – David Andrews


ROTARY GRACE                                                                                                                     

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:                          Past President Bob Koski

O Canada:                    Janice Coupland

Toast To The Queen:   Heather Drakes



Welcome to our guest speaker:  Bonnie Fraser

Welcome to our guests Jackie Schagen, Andrew Schagen, Eric Guernsey, Trent James, and Bill Creamer (a guest of Devon Biddle)



Not even one this week



Past President Dave Andrews : Dave announced that we are assisting the Rotary E Club of Southern Ontario / Western New York sell the “Big Game 54 “ lottery tickets. They are available Every Week. The selling price is the same as last year- 5 tickets for $20. The prizes remain the same. First prize has 2 tickets to the Big Game 54 in Miami, PLUS 4 nights accommodation in Miami PLUS $1,000 US. The second prize is $1,000 US, the third prize is $500 US, the fourth prize is $300 US, and the fifth prize is $200 US. All tickets must be sold by mid November. NO EXCEPTIONS. Get your tickets from Dave.

Past President Hilda Finnigan – Our Annual BBQ / Picnic is at Devon and Linda Biddle’s cottage on August 24. SIGN UP TODAY AND TELL HILDA WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BRING TO THE PARTY. Dave supplies the corn on the cob. Devon and Linda get the steaks from Buckingham (if you prefer chicken, please specify when you sign up). Time is from from 2 til about 7 pm. Bring your own beverages. Bring your bathing suit for the lake and the hot tub.  And some former members will be asked to come too. Cost is $15 per couple for a BBQ steak (if you prefer chicken, please indicate). BRING YOUR MONEY TO ROTARY. WE WILL BE COLLECTING FUNDS AT THE REGISTRATION TABLE Also, you will be asked to bring salads or desserts, etc.

President Lennis Announcements :

The Eastern Rotary Clubs in District 7070 are having their annual Interclub BBQ - August 19  in Brighton at Proctor Park, 96 Young Street, Brighton, ON  K0K 1H0  from 5 to 8 PM

The Rotary Club of Toronto is having their 71st Annual Golf Tournament at Cherry Downs on August 22. Don’t miss a chance to win a West Jet Voucher for 2 flights to anywhere in the world that WestJet flies.    Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each or 3 for $50. Register for golf which includes lunch, dinner and cart  for  $175.00. Join us for an amazing dinner only without golf  for $60. Its 4 person scramble  for more team fun with amazing prizes .   We are adding special tees for non/new golfers and will be having contests for non/new golfers only.  This year we have chosen to support a great organization Hope Air  that provides Canadians in financial need with free travel to obtain medical care.  To become a sponsor please contact:   Mathew Harrison, 416-868-3578 or email To register  contact Rotary Toronto or click on this link  


 SEPT  8 – District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk – 8:30 AM to 2 PM – High Park,  1873 Bloor St W, Toronto.  Join fellow Rotarians with friends and family for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation. Enjoy a leisurely morning as you stroll through the park in the city.  High Park is Toronto's largest public  park featuring many hiking trails, sports facilities, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront,  convenient parking, easy public transit access, a dog park, a zooplaygrounds for children, a couple of  eateries, greenhouses, picnic areas, a bunch of squirrels and various other events throughout the year. This year one of those events will be our District 7070 rotary Foundation Walk. Stay tuned for registration and walk details. You can plan your fundraising ahead.  Individual pledge forms can be downloaded by         clicking on the pledge form link.  Please co-ordinate all club pledges with your club delegate for the foundation walk.  Clubs should submit one cheque per club directly to Rotary Foundation: Rotary Foundation (Canada), c/o 911600, PO Box 4090 STN A, Toronto, ON M5W 0E9

Here is a REMINDER from Lennis – The next meeting of the Kids’ Safety Village will be held on Monday, Aug. 12 at 5:30 pm at the Village.

REMINDER from Heather Drakes – The 2019-20 Community Service Committee, will meet Aug. 13 at 8 PM.

REMINDER from Kim Boatman – The 2019-20 Youth Committee, made up of David Penney, Heather, Dan, Stanley and Chidinma, will meet Aug. 20th at 5 pm at the Oshawa Golf Club.

REMINDER from Treasurer Devon Biddle – Club dues are due. We will be ready at the Front Desk next week to take your money (Annual Dues are $210 and as an option , you may wish to contribute to The Rotary Foundation (perhaps $100 – just a suggestion ) and to the Polio Fund (perhaps $20 – just a suggestion). Donations to the Rotary Foundation will be registered towards your next Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Award level. Thank you.

REMINDER from Pres Lennis – October 25 thru 27 Please register as soon as you can for The Rotary District 7070 Conference, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa 1050 Paignton House Rd., Minett, Ontario. Here are some conference details, in detail. NOTE: Book your room at the fantastic rate of $135 per night. (this rate is good for the entire week (Oct 21 thru Oct 28).

Sandy McDowell talked about the Kids Safety Village at the Delta Bingo in Pickering and the training we will all have to do before we can go over and “work” a bingo. Dress code is very strict, No cell phones, on the floor at all times during the bingo. Etc. There are veay fines for those volunteers caught disobeying the rules. More training on Sept 3 (right when our meeting takes place) % more volunteers are required to sign up with Sandy. The good news: we will be able to raises as much as $2,500 per month for the Kids Safety Village. Heather and Sue will volunteer at the first Bingo.



Aug 13     Front Desk  David Penney                Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Dave Andrews

Aug 20     Front Desk  Kim Boatman                Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Hilda Finnigan

Aug 27     Front Desk  Sandy McDowell           Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Bob Stewart

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




Winner: Colin Carrie drew his own number but drew the Queen of Spades won a tube of tooth paste, compliments of Dr. Larry Hurren.

The deck is getting much smaller and the pot gets much bigger.ime to buy two or three tickets a week if you wish.



Jackie Schagen – Very happy to have her husband Andrew here tonight to see the induction ceremony.

Dan – Hello to everyone and he is so glad that this is the most thrilling part of his week.

VP Sue – So happy to see all of the guests and so glad to see Bill Creamer again, after 45 years. She also just got back from a cottage.

Terry Giles – Happy that his daughter just turned 63 today and happier that he came to Rotary tonight.

Janice – where is Perter Dueck when you need him to lead the National Anthem?

Devon – Was reconciling the Happy Bucks a few weeks ago and came across what looked like a twoonie. Upon closer inspection it was a 10 Uruguaya pesos worth about 38 cents. Anyone been to Uruguay lately?

Ted – Very happy that Bonnie Fraser could join us tonight. Also, very happy to have competed in the 81st Annual Gold Cup lawn Bowling Tournament that brought teams form all over North America to Oshawa to compete. His team played very well this year. On Sunday, they played and hosted in the Morrison Cup Tournament and almost. Also , more lawn bowling this wee coming up: Bobcaygeon, Cobourg and here at home too.

Shawn – his daughter, Riley,  has become quite a fisherman at 5 years of age catching 16 fish in one hour at their cottage this weekend

Al Finnigan – lost $2 at Golf ,even though he birdied the hole.  And he was playing Golf with his son on Sunday and learned that his son, the new landlord of the hose Al sold him in Peterborough, had to do his first eviction.

Pres Lennis – His daughter took baking classes from a teacher many years ago named Eva from Thailand. Eva and her husband came over to Canada for a vacation and stayed with Lennis’ daughter , this week, some 20 years later.  

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Congratulations to Jackie Schagen and Eric Guernsey. We are all so proud of both you for becoming Rotarians and Members of our Rotary Club.

Our new vision statement tells it all so well: “together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting

change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Your fellow Rotarians will, by example, show you how to serve in your community, serve in and through your vocation, and they will show you how to contribute to world peace and understanding through  The Rotary Foundation.

As Rotarians, we know that you will serve to enrich the lives of others. And through this service, we know that you will help others build a better world. By joining the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, you have chosen to take those important steps forward to serve your fellow human beings.

Our club, and everyone of its members has an obligation to you: to reach out and welcome You in friendship and through Rotary service, they will be fine examples to you, as you start on your adventure of service with your Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.




Name of Speaker: Bonnie Fraser, Vice President of the Fraser Auto Group. The Fraser Auto Group is a family owned

and operated dealership group that has been growing since 1996 and commitment in the Durham Region. They offer a full service environment within sales, service & maintenance and parts & accessories. They have Ford and Chrysler Vehicle sales and service stores in Oshawa, Cobourg, and Pickering and Carstar Autobody franchises in Oshawa, Cobourg, Clarington and Port Hope. Bonnie , a committee member of PADAN (Durham Region Police Association Dinner and  Awards Night), began her business career in the dental industry, later became President of the Ontario Dental Nurses and  Assistance Association. She is a strong community supporter and sits on various committees and foundations. Bonnie is a  former director of the APBOT and co-chair of the Business Excellence Awards. She is also the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction and Women of Success awards.




Her presentation spellbound the members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood as Bonnie read excerpts of her newly published book “Fred Lodge’s Diaries- A Quiet Mans Journey Through Hell”.  This book was created from the 7 Diaries her Father wrote from the day he enlisted in the military in 1939 when WW2 was declared to when he was repatriated in 1945. In this time period Bonnie’s Dad was captured on the beaches of Normandy during the Dieppe Raid and was incarcerated in a German Prisoner of War camp for 3 years.  Her Dad was a committed diarist and kept very detailed daily journals of his every day activities and even when he was a POW.  Bonnie shared with us some details of this very unique piece of Canadian history.

Frederick Thomas Lodge was born in Kenora, Ontario, in January 1913, the ninth and final child of poor English immigrants. His father and brother both served in the Canadian Army overseas during World War One and his brother, Bill, was killed in action in 1917. Fred Lodge grew up a skilled outdoors-man, often listening to stories about Army life and the courage and sacrifice of his brother. Fred enlisted in 1940 as an infantryman in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. He experienced the best and the worst of wartime service, surviving the disastrous 1942 Dieppe Raid and three years as a prisoner of war. After the war, Fred returned to Canada, married and raised three children while living out his life in Kenora. Fred Lodge died in June, 1976, a man proud of his family and military service.

The wartime diaries of Fred Lodge underscore his perilous passage through World War 2 including the Dieppe Raid and three years as a POW in Germany. Fred was a quiet, kind, considerate and courageous young Canadian who trained in Canada as an infantry soldier; practiced his military skills in England; waded onshore at Pourville, France on August 19th, 1942 (503 landed on the beach; 340 casualties, 60 killed, and 167 taken as POW’s) ; he survived intense German gunfire; saw his buddies killed, maimed, indeed slaughtered. Somehow he survived that awful day at Dieppe and was transported to Stalag VIIIB and later to Stalag IIC in eastern Germany. As a POW he was often hungry, bored, shamed, shackled, witnessed summary executions and was forced to participate in a death march in early, 1945. Through it all Fred Lodge was courageous and true to his beliefs no matter what obstacles, temptations or mistreatment came his way. He always did his best and the "right" thing. Fred didn't hate Germans although he had no respect for inhumane NAZI zealots. With the Russian Army fast approaching, Canadian POWs were evacuated westwards in January,1945 in bone-chilling cold and snow. Over four months they were marched west with little food, no warm clothing, little shelter and no reason to think they might survive. However, Fred and most of his fellow POWs did survive and in late April, 1945 they were liberated and returned to England. Somehow Fred Lodge remained the same quiet, kind, considerate and courageous man he was at the beginning. This story, as told by Fred Lodge himself, is a gripping tale. He passed through the hell of war and emerged whole.

Bonnie calls this an unfiltered view of a common soldier and the human side he shared with his fellow soldiers. Bonnie felt the sacrifices he made the pain, the fears , the lack of food, near starvation, the mortors firing all around, the blood from his fellow soldiers as he watched many of them die,  her father endured for many years. After reading the diaries, that were kept from her and the family until he died, Bonnie then understood why he would often stare into space when he got home, and why he went to the legion every night.

The book is available in Kindle, paperback and hardback versions on Google, Amazon, and many other locations. It was published by Friesen Press on June 10, 2019.

Bonnie was thanked by our Secretary and past President Robbie Larocque.


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.

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Mar 31, 2020 6:00 PM
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Apr 07, 2020 6:00 PM
Renewing your license for those over 80
Apr 14, 2020 6:00 PM
Her Annual Address to our Rotary Club - Update on What's Happening at Queen's Park
Apr 21, 2020 6:00 PM
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