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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 26, 2021

                                     Editor:  Bob Koski


Myles Fisher - Jan 27, Tim Dwyre - Jan 28.


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

David Andrews, Janice Coupland, Bill Creamer, Heather Drakes, Leon Efraim,Hilda Finnigan, Larry Hurren, Robert Kipling, Bob Koski, President Sue MacKinnon, Ted Morrison, David Penney, Linda Porritt, Kris Sachdeva, Lennis Trotter.


Guests and Visiting Rotarians:  

Guest Speaker Mark Blackmore from ToastMasters (and Deena Helson from ToastMasters).



President Sue opened our meeting by reciting a poem for us that captured the thought that “Life is too short to be unhappy”.



Sue: Kid’s Safety Village will not be open for Easter this year


        Our Christmas Tree Sales partnered with Oshawa Club provided $3,890.88 for each club.  We will be donating

        $500 to Settlement House as this was part of our original agreement for this project.  John Henry agreed to

        donate $10 for every tree we sold to Durham Feed The Need.  Since  we sold all of the 125 trees;           

        Feed The Need in Durham Region will receive $ 1,250.00 thanks to John.


        Sue reminded everyone about our upcoming zoom Valentines Party (Quarantine Party?).  Clue number one is

        a bottle of red wine.  Clue number two is  your own cure for a hangover.  There will be a prize available - TBD

        by the Board of Parkwood Rotary.  More information next week!      


        Sue mentioned that we are in early discussions with Sportech (Bump) to provide our club with an internet

        Chase The Ace raffle platform.  This company is currently  being utilized by the Rotary Club of Ajax.  In 2019,

        the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach used them to help with the raffle of a sports car.  This could become a

        major  Fundraiser for our club.  This agreement may also answer our search for an automated

        collection/distribution software utility.  As we progress, we will apprise the  Club members.  This is being

        spearheaded by David Penney.  Committee members are: David A., Bill, Bob K. and Lennis. 


Heather: The Concert for Feed The Need reported that they have collected $20,120 in 2020 ($14,000 in 2019).

               That $20K equates  to $ 140,000 worth of purchased food for their food banks.  Our club’s Community

                Service Committee also donated $500 to them last year.


David P. - informed us that so far our club has donated 241% more than what our club was scheduled to donate, as

                 of two weeks ago.  There are some clubs in our District that are delinquent in this activity.  Dave, Sue and

                 Bill encouraged the members to “carry on” giving when possible. 


Kris: January 6 is India’s Republic Day.  It’s celebrated today.  Today also marks the accidental death of Kobe



Kris Provided our weekly updates regarding the Coronavirus.  

       He noted that the vaccines that are being distributed work as well on the virus mutations that are now being

       recognized in Canada.

       He explained that Merck Pharma has ceased their Covid19 Vaccine development, as early indications are that

       it’s success rate is quite low compared to the other vaccines that are in distribution currently.  




Heather  introduced Mark Blackmore (her fiancé) to the club.  He has been with ToastMasters since 2018, has served as: club secretary, club president, past president in charge of membership development and in 2021 will be nominated for Division Director.  

Mark Blackmore provided us with an excellent presentation describing the many, many similarities between ToastMasters and Rotary.  He acknowledged the partnership that has been formed with Rotary and ToastMasters.  This is a very positive alliance for both parties.   Rotary focuses on providing services to make the world a better place and Toastmasters concentrates on self improvement and developing leadership skills individually and collectively.  Rotary has adopted the Pathways programs offered by Toastmasters.  These are available to all Rotarians by logging on to My Rotary.  Ted has taken three of the online courses this past week. 

Heather thanked Mark on behalf of the club.  We will make a contribution to End Polio Now as a thank you to Mark.



Sue closed the meeting at 8:18 pm.



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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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.


The Rotary Club of Toronto is hosting an online 3-week series of dynamic speakers (January 22, January 29 and February 5 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. EST) sharing their experiences of Racism in Canada and promoting positive paths forward. This is meant to build awareness of and insight into the prevalence and impacts of racism and to stimulate ideas to help be a part of the solution. The series will be presented live on YouTube or you can view after using the links below.

Here are the two remaining sessions. ( Note: you can also watch the first session on You Tube already recorded. Click on this link to watch the January 22nd session)


January 29th: Exploring Systemic Racism (watch for update on speakers)

Learn from leaders from the Canadian Israel Jewish Association and Black North Initiative describe systemic racism and unconscious bias and their negative effects on human opportunity and potential.

Click on this link to join this January 29th session live or to watch it after the event.


February 5th: A Call to Action – What Can We Do?

Be inspired to act hearing the city’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group report (including their Anti-Racism and Inclusion recommendations) and learn about an innovative mentorship program for Black youth.

Blake Goldring – Executive Chairman AGF

Michael Thompson – Deputy Mayor, Co-Chair ECRA Group

Advisory Board Members Zabeen Hirji and Agapi Gessesse

Nigela and Wayne Purboo, Co-Founders of Onyx Initiative

Click on this link to join this February 5th session live or to watch it after the event.




We will let you know when and if we return to the Oshawa Golf Club. 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.



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


GROW ROTARY WORKSHOPS – Saturday January 23 – please register as soon as possible:

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; and The Rotary Foundation.  This is your chance to hear from some District 7070 Clubs that are successfully Growing Rotary in this 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.

  • Saturday, Feb 27, 9:30-11:30 am



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?


TUESDAY TALKS: FEBRUARY 9 (7 to 8 pm) - Conflict Resolution - Understanding Your Conflict Management Style  - Speaker is Gayle Wiebe Oudeh , Director, Coaching & Training - Centre for Conflict Resolution International

How we approach and deal with conflict can make the difference between resolving a conflict quickly or causing it to escalate dramatically. Yet we don’t always think about how we should respond to a conflict – we just react! This session will focus on the five different approaches people take to conflict using the metaphor of birds. Are you a woodpecker, owl, hummingbird, parakeet or ostrich? There’s a time and place for each style. Find out how you can resolve conflicts more effectively by adjusting and adapting your conflict management style!  Register :



The plan is for all clubs, not only our District, but in all of the Districts surrounding the Great Lakes, 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 a portion of the Oshawa Creek Valley near the Children’s 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.


Rotary Leadership Institute  - On Zoom for 2020-21 - Register Today for 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 (Sold Out)

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



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

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

Mar 2, 2020    7 pm   John Currie, Exec Director of Rotary Honouring Indigenous Peoples ( see:

Mar 9, 2921    7 pm   Nilam Bedi, Chair , District 7070 Environmental Action Committee



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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Kipling
June 7
Bob Elliott
June 11
Alan Nason
June 19
Robbie Larocque
June 20
David Penney
June 23
Linda Biddle
June 28
Spouse Birthdays
Caroline Kipling
June 21
June 23
David Penney
June 12
Sandra McDowell
Greg McDowell
June 12
Ted Morrison
Sharron Morrison
June 15
Jun 22, 2021 7:00 PM
Windreach Farm
Jun 29, 2021 7:00 PM
Presidential Changeover Night - Spouses invited
Jul 06, 2021 7:00 PM
Club Assembly
Jul 13, 2021 6:30 PM
Meet and Greet for 30 min, then switch to Tuesday Talks
Jul 20, 2021 7:00 PM
How Each Member Can Use Their Paul Harris Recognition Points
Jul 27, 2021 7:00 PM
Promoting Our Brand In A Positive Way
Aug 03, 2021 7:00 PM
Adopt A Village - Update
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Upcoming Events
District 7070 Conference - 2021
ZOOM Meeting
Jun 25, 2021 5:00 PM –
Jun 26, 2021 4:00 PM
Bike Rodeo
Mary Street Community School
Jun 26, 2021
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
District 7070 Year End Celebration
ZOOM Meeting
Jun 30, 2021
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM
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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
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