Page 1 - 2020-21





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?


Page 2 - Sept 1, 2020

MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING :  Tuesday, September 1, 2020

                                      Bulletin Editor: Ted Morrison



Sept 2 -  Happy Birthday to Dr Roxana Pops

Sept 5 – Happy Anniversary to Ana and Nizarhimie Rejab



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, Linda Porritt, Hilda Finnigan, Chidinma and Stanley Igboanugo, Bob Koski, Colin Carrie, Eric Guernsey

Guest :  None tonight

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 and hope we can continue in July.



President Sue opened the meeting by honouring our dear friend and fellow Rotarian, Devon Biddle. In her own words: “Devon was a devoted husband, wonderful father, amazing brother and brother in law. He was a great friend, successful Engineer, accomplished Businessman and a Rotarian that we all aspire to be.

Devon had an amazing life that included his passion to help others that were less fortunate, including monetary gifts to administering polio drops in India and lending his expertise on water purification. This great person was a member of our club! Visitation is on Thursday September 3 from 4 to 8 pm at Oshawa Funeral Service.

Let's take 30 seconds to remember Devon and all he accomplished in his personal life and his extradinary life as a philantropist.”



CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: SEPT 2 AT 7 PM ON ZOOM: President Sue reminded Board members of the meeting and asked all Board Members who did not do a report to the club on Aug 25 to present one to the Board on Sept 2.

From District Governor Mark Chipman:

2020 Foundation Walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation - October 18 at the Toronto Beaches boardwalk!  We are planning a smaller in-person and COVID responsible walk with 100 Rotarians to comply with existing Toronto By-laws.  Attendees will be mainly Rotary and Rotaract Presidents and District reps.  This will be important date as we regularly raise over $100K from this event for the good work of the Foundation.  We are also encouraging clubs to hold their own walks within their communities! Let’s start raising our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood funds for the Foundation Walk.


DUES ARE DUE: Treasurer Bill Creamer: . Very soon, you will receive an invoice from our Treasurer for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. 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 received our invoice from Rotary International.

Meals On Wheels – 2 Volunteers Are Still Required - President is on vacation for a few weeks coming up . We need 2 volunteers. Please see President Sue so that our Rotary Club can fulfill our commitment to this very important community service.Monday, Sept 7  is a holiday so no meals on wheels will be done, that day.

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. August is looked after. Thank you, Jan and Kris. We need editors for October 2020 through June 2021 . Thank you to Ted Morrison for being our Bulletin Editor for September 2020. Please let Hilda 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 – 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 membership.

  • 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


District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Wanted!!! - we are looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to make a difference. See the District website (centre column) for more details.  members. 

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!

Community Bottle and Food Drive, September 26, 2020:.  Are you ready for some fun and community engagement?  Join clubs across the District as we hold a Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26.  This will be an opportunity to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke to Picton and Belleville and north to Alliston and Newmarket.  Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event; the District will help promote on social media. Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. Attached is a template to use to market the event – there are spaces on the template to add your club name, event date and location drop-offs.  Let’s make this happen!!!!



Some changes are coming due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • Members will need to inform David Andrews if they are not coming to a meeting just as before (by the Sunday evening prior to the Tuesday meeting). Note: We will need 100% of the members on board with this.

  • A combination of in person plus zoom does not look promising unless we can get a minimum of 20 members attending each meeting, in person at the Golf Club.

  • There will be an Oshawa Golf Club Greeter at the front door

  • Masks are required until seated at a table

  • Maximum four at a table

  • Designated washrooms (if we meet upstairs, we use the upstairs washrooms)

  • Served meals – no buffet

  • Maximum 50 per room

  • Golf Club will make a copy of our Weekly attendance sheet for tracking purposes



Our second day back is Sept 26 at 12:30 PM. Need to be there by 11 AM. We need 3 people only: ONE Banker. ONE front desk Sales Person and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please let Sandy know if YOU are available.. 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 Sept 26. Please let Sandy know 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


KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE UPDATE: Past President Lennis Trotter: Next meeting on Sept 28 at 5 PM at the Kids Safety Village.


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 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 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)  and he may connect  with  PolioPlus Volunteers from around the world.  We will also see the Rotary International  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:


HOLIDAYS FOR PRESIDENT SUE:  President Sue will be on holidays for another week. Her Live pictures on Zoom from Vancouver , looked great this week Have a very nice family holiday.

​​​​​​​Bulletin Editor for September 2020 is Past District Governor Ted Morrison. Thank you, Ted, for volunteering.

Page 3 - Sept 1, 2020

GUEST SPEAKER:  Colin Carrie, PM Oshawa Riding & fellow Rotarian

Introduced by Dave Andrews: Colin needs very little introduction to The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood We have had the pleasure of hearing Colin speak to our Rotary Club on several occasions.

Over the years, Colin has also been a big contributor, to our annual Reverse Draw, Dinner, and Silent Auction  Night. He buys a ticket every year, when asked and even contributes annually to our door prizes for our big event. We thank you every year for your generous assistance to The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, each and every year. He also hosts a BBQ after the clean up of Downtown Oshawa, every year and he has helped us pack food for Kids Against Hunger.

And now we can proudly call him fellow Rotary Club member Colin Carrie.

Tonight , he is part of our civic leaders presentations to our Rotary Club. This is our chance to get to know our community just a little bit better  as we listen to our civic leaders tell us what’s going on in Oshawa. Tonight, he is going to update our club members, as our Member of Parliament for the Oshawa Riding, and hear what is happening in Oshawa and in Ottawa.

You all know that Colin is the proud son of a career Naval officer . He is a graduate of Oshawa’s RS McLaughlin CVI, Colin earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989.

He returned to Oshawa where he established a practice and began a family. Colin and his wife Elizabeth have three children. Colin has always been deeply involved in his community of Oshawa, and in the rest of our country too. Before entering politics, Colin had one of the leading chiropractic and wellness clinics, in the City.

Colin was first elected to represent Oshawa in June 2004, and was re-elected in January 2006, October 2008, May 2011, October 2015 and again in October 2019.

Colin has had the privilege of serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Industry, and Health and Environment, during his time in Parliament. In the 42nd Parliament he served as the Official Opposition Critic for Health and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Canada-U.S. Relations. He continues to be deeply involved in all aspects of our national and international industrial, trade and regulatory policies. In the current Parliament, Colin serves as the Shadow Minister for Canada-U.S. Relations and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario In Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

 And then along came COVID-19 and our world changed.

I asked Colin tonight to tell us more about how our community is coping with COVID -19 and some of the things he and his team are doing to assist those in need. Please join me in welcoming Fellow member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parwkoood and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, Dr Colin Carrie.

Colin’s Remarks:

Colin began his remarks with a glowing tribute to Devon Biddle say “knowing Devon made me a better person, and a better Rotarian”.

During the pandemic Colin kept his office open and he thanked his staff for helping the citizens of Oshawa with their questions.

Colin helped with the repatriating of Canadians who couldn’t get home when the borders closed. There were 100 citizens caught in that mess.

Colin is sitting on a Task force on human trafficking mostly along the 401 corridor.

He mentioned how proud he was of GM retooling to make PPE to help front line workers.

He mentioned Erin O’Toole as his new leader and he can’t wait to get to work holding the government to account.

During questioning he mentioned that he sits on a joint commission with US reps monitoring Great Lake water levels.

 He also he is happy with his role as Can/US relation_ committee.

When asked if he thought Gov’t would call a snap election, he didn’t want one right away but he thought the Canadian Gov’t should be declared an essential service.

When asked is there any area of Oshawa that needs more help he mentioned Simcoe Hall Settlement House, The Refuge, and the Back Door Mission.

He indicated he is afraid of what might happen when the gov’t assistance runs out.

Colin was thanked by fellow Rotarian Eric Guernsey.

Before President Sue adjourned the meeting, Ted offered Robert Kipling our club’s condolences on the loss of his brother-in-law Devon Biddle . Robert thanked everyone



Topic: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Weekly Meetings on ZOOM, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every week on Tue,
        Sept  8, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 15, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 22, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 29, 2020   07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 999 2616 6884
Dial by your location        
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada       
Meeting ID: 999 2616 6884

Find your local number:


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.



Are you Looking for more funding for your business? Do you have plans to expand your business?

Ana has invited us and our friends to a Webinar:

With government-mandated shutdowns and a concerned customer base also facing uncertain circumstances, it’s clear that the rules of business have changed.  However, your ambitions shouldn’t change. Based on your product and business model, government funding options may be appropriate, from technology-focused wage subsidies to grants, tax credits and loans!

Join Ana Rejab from CIBC Business Banking and Mahmood Qasmi from transioTEK to learn how you can navigate the several incentive programs available to fuel your business in this time of uncertainty! Get the expert advice and solutions you need to help with today's challenges by joining them through a webinar.

When : September 16th at 12pm

Where: Zoom link

Ana will explain the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) and clarify any questions you may have in your mind. The CSBFP was developed by the government to support your for-profit business plans (excluding agriculture businesses). Mahmood will highlight key tactics and resources to secure funding for businesses via government incentives by focusing on technology and innovation.

Ana Rejab is the Business Development Manager for CIBC Business Banking covering Scarborough and Durham. She is passionate with helping business owners in making their ambitions a reality. The Business Banking team in CIBC is committed to helping businesses when they need it most. Through an integrated team approach, business owners can count on CIBC Business Banking to restructure finances to deal with today’s challenges, and to plan for the future.

Mahmood Qasmi is the founder of transioTEK, a digital transformation and funding consulting company in Ontario, Canada. With over two decades of experience in product development, project management and consulting, Mahmood helps his clients solve a variety of complex challenges around business intelligence and data analytics, solutions development as well as in securing government funding through grant and tax credit programs.

What we will cover in the session:

  • Who is eligible?

  • What can be financed?

  • How much can be financed and what is the breakdown of the calculation of the actual loan maximum?

  • What are the conditions?

  • What information would you need to provide?

This is going to be an interactive session that will provide you with the knowledge to make informed decisions to move forward with your plans.

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who’s interested in making their ambitions a reality.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Eric Guernsey
January 7
Patricia Dyck
January 18
Myles Fisher
January 27
Timothy Dwyre
January 28
Spouse Birthdays
Margaret Nason
January 10
Rhonda Stewart
January 12
Patti Koski
January 21
Ann Dwyre
January 25
Jan 26, 2021 6:30 PM
Toastmasters International
Feb 02, 2021 7:00 PM
Denise House
View entire list
Executives & Directors
Vice President
Director - International Service
Director - Rotary Foundation
Director - Membership
Director - Club Administration
Director - Community, Vocational,Youth Service
Director - Sergeant-at-Arms
Past President
Director - Public Relations
Executive Secretary
RSS Feed

When Rotary members tried to bring toilets to a remote island, the population wasn’t ready.


As we stand at the threshold of the third decade of the 21st century, imagine where we’re


When clubs cultivate relationships with Rotary alumni, both sides benefit.


The people who fill the truly essential roles in society are often in short supply


After successfully establishing a presence in Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary expanded its reach to mainland Europe with the chartering of a club in Madrid, Spain, on New Year’s Day 1921.

Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile