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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, June 23, 2020

                                    PRESIDENTS’ NIGHT 2020

                                  Editor: Dave Andrews


June 7 – A very Happy Birthday to YOU !!!  Cha Cha Cha Robert Kipling

June 11 – Happy Birthday to Bob Elliott

June 12 – Happy Anniversary to Sandy & Greg McDowell and to David & Jan Penney

June 13 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Elizabeth Carrie

June 15 – Happy Anniversary to Ted & Sharron Morrison

June 19 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Alan Nason and Moira Pantaleo

June 20 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Robbie Larocque

June 21 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Caroline Kipling

June 23 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! David Penney

June 28 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Linda Biddle


On the Zoom Call Tonight: 

Al Finnigan,  David Andrews, Janice Coupland, Kris Sachdeva, Sue MacKinnon, Robert Kipling,  Chidinma and Stanley Igboanugo, Sandy McDowell, Ted Morrison,  Tim Dwyre, Lennis Trotter, David Mankewicz, Bill Creamer, Devon Biddle, Linda Porritt, Kim Boatman, Bob Koski, Ana Rejab, Dan Pantaleo, Robbie Larocque

Guest : Caroline Kipling, Sharron Morrison, Esther Trotter, Linda Biddle, Terri Lynn Larocque


President Lennis started the meeting at 7:06 pm  and welcomed everyone !!!

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.



Ted  reminded all of us to tell our friends and neighbours to make a donation to our Rotary Cub to help fight COVID-19 right here in Oshawa and our club will match their donation. Thank you to Kim and Sandy for their excellent half page ad in the May 13 and May 20 editions of The Oshawa Express and the news article in the May 20 edition, announcing our big fundraiser to fight COVID-19 here in our community. Thank you for the news article too announcing the matching funds donation. Our Rotary Club will match dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $5,000, all money received from the public to go local community organizations to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As individuals, we all can make a donation to help get to the $5,000 mark, and our club will match that.



JUNE 20 - 26 – Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii ZOOM Style:

Please register today. No charge.  32,000 have registered so far.

Monday – Friday, 22- 26 June: Featured Breakout Sessions (details now available on the                       website ) Each day, one breakout session will be offered at each of the following times:

9:00 – 10:00 am EDT  and  1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT and 7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

JUNE 30 - Regular Meeting –  Our Club Meeting is cancelled . But Be sure to Tune in to the District Zoom Year End Celebration and Awards Presentations.  6:45 to 8 PM , Be sure to register:  . There will be special recognition for one of our members at the Awards evening. Be sure to register and tune in.

President Lennis made a few more announcements:

Rotary District 7070 Virtual Walk for AIDS  and Community Health will take place on July 29 at 7 PM. Please register on the District 7070 Website

Long time member and Past President Tom Fitzsimmons, of the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club passed away on Monday, from a car accident on Columbus Road, on his way home from a game of golf. Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom’s family and everyone in the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club.

Pres Lennis wished everyone a happy birthday and happy anniversary to those celebrating this month.

Pres Lennis wanted to make sure Devon and Linda Biddle had a good time with all of the western relatives this weekend. They said they did.

Past District Governor Ted Morrison, and current District 7070 Annual Programs Fund Chair of the Rotary Foundation,  alerted everyone to the fact that Rotary International donations from our clubs and members for the Polio Fund of the Rotary Foundation needs our help. Bill and Melinda Gates are matching 2 for 1 our contributions. If Rotary puts in $50 million US, Gates will put in $100 million. We are currently short and we need your support for a donation before June 30. For every dollar we are short, that’s $2 dollars we will not get from the Gates Foundation. In addition, we are very close to the Mill For Bill – the One Million $ US contributions to The Rotary Foundation - a goal that Past District Governor Bill Patchett dreamed of, before his passing. Ted said that he has heard from individuals and clubs who are donating as we speak. Ted urged our members to make that last minute donation before June 30. Thank you all. Here is the quickest way now to donate:

Incoming President Sue MacKinnon is working with Trish Best, Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa on a joint venture fund raiser … A Bottle Drive in Oshawa for Saturday, July 18. The Rotary Bottle Drives have been very successful in Bowmanville, Whitby and Ajax over the last few weekends. More details will be coming out in the next few days, but we need volunteers to commit NOW. We have 19 volunteers from our club already. Fantastic. The more volunteers we have, the better the ratio of the profits to be split.   Please contact Sue TODAY.

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Pres Lennis noted that we started off running with a new Vision ("Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."  and Strategic Plan and its 4 priorities for the next 5 years ( to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt)  from Rotary International.

We had great speakers (leaders from our community, our own members’ craft talks, and lots more from the world of Rotary, our own Board member committee updates and general interest speakers), successful fundraising events (Big Game 54, Bingos, our Fashion Show), lots of social get togethers (our BBQ at the Biddles, our Christmas party with Participation House, our Christmas party at the Trotters, our annual Valentine’s Dinner and outr Tour of The Canadian Automotive Museum) , 6 new members and many service projects (Shelterbox, Adopt A Village Laos, Lakeridge Health, Fee The Need in Durham, the Back Door Mission, Ontario Shores, YWCA, Krinkle Project, and many more).

Our District Governor Beth Selby joined us for a 4-club joint meeting, along with 100 members form the Oshawa, Bowmanville and Courtice Clubs. Our members attended the International Convention in Hamburg and the District Conference in Muskoka. We received District and Global Grants for our Kids Against Hunger Project, and for the school and bus in India.

We co-hosted the second World Polio Day livestream event with the Oshawa Rotary Club and Durham College in the Global Classroom, as 10 Durham Region Rotary clubs, their mayors, and Regional Chair all took part in the event along with Rotary dignitaries from all over the world. The event was seen by thousands world-wide.

The Kids Safety Village continued to attract kids from grades 1 thru 6 teaching them safety from the police, fire dept, ambulance, and GO Transit, teaching them about street safety, fire safety, 911 calls, internet safety, cyberbullying, chatting with strangers, bullying, and disaster training. Our club also helped out with the annual Halloween Haunt and the Christmas At The Village events when thousands of kids and parents enjoyed the Village, our signature project.

We had a series of Club Presidents meetings with the 9 other Durham Region Rotary Club Presidents , to better combine our service and fellowship efforts.  

On March 10, 2020 we had our last meeting at the Golf Club as the world changed. COVID-19 was upon us.

Our Board of Directors and club members worked well together, and adapted to the new times. By April 28, we were back up and running with our regular weekly Zoom meetings, guest speakers, fundraisers, and even toured the Back Door Mission.  

Lennis thanked everyone for their tremendous support throughout the year, especially during the epidemic. He thanked his Board of Directors, Committees and our members, and looks forward to working with President Sue MacKinnon and her Board as we move from” Rotary Connects the World” to “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.

Thank you to Sandy and Kim and everyone at The Oshawa Express for the article on our Rotary year of Avcive Service to our local and international communities . Here is a link to see that article:



Secretary Robbie Larocque then presented the Perfect Attendance pins to a large number of our members. Robbie noted that the Rotary Year is tracked from July 1 through June 30. This year we have factored into the Rotary Year the adverse influence of Covid 19 and the restrictions which have been placed on us locally and globally. This year we have tracked the attendance records from July 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020.  The attendance pin is an ‘add on’ to one’s Rotary Pin. The attendance pin has a number which identifies number of years of perfect attendance. The term “PERFECT” attendance should not discourage you from attaining the Perfect Attendance Pin. The recipients of the pins this year, may not have attended every Rotary meeting. However, they have earned the attendance pin through participating in additional Rotary meetings and/or events. This group of Rotarians have participated in one or more of the following Rotary functions: at the Board level, at the District level, attending the District Conference, attending the International Convention, assisting with Bingo, attending a Committee Meeting, and participating at a Kids’ Safety Village events and other community projects. Robbie then presented the pins as follows: - Kim Boatman <2 years>, - Janice Coupland <2 years>, - Susan MacKinnon <2 years>, - Sandy McDowwell <2 years>, - Kris Sachdeva <3 years>, - Linda Porritt <4 years>, - David Penney <6 years>, - Ted Morrison <6 years>, - Dave Andrews <13 years>, - Devon Biddle <14 years>, - Lennis Trotter <44 years>. Congratulations to everyone.

President Lennis presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Past President Linda Porritt for her outstanding year and strong leadership as 2018-19 President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.

President Lennis presented the  “Rotarian of the Year” Award to Sue MacKinnon. Sue attended bot District Conference, and International Conventions, organized our hospitality suite with the Oshawa Club, volunteers and helps organize Bingo and Kids Safety Village Boards, and got us all involved in many activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. And many contributions during her year as VicePresident.

President Lennis presented an “Outstanding Service” Award to Dave Andrews. Dave has been very active in the club and at the District level for many years, and as Executive Secretary of the club as a link to Rotary International, Club Central, and Citation business. The pandemic hit and Dave helped get our zoom meetings up and running and we have never looked back and has been a great advisor to Lennis throughout the year.

President Lennis presented and “Outstanding Service “ Award to Devon Biddle.  Devon has been Secretary and Treasurer for our club for the past 27 years. He has been very ddedicated to Rotary locally, at the District Level and Internationally for many years and of course a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation, and has been a great advisor to Lennis throughout the year

President Lennis announced special recognition to Devon Biddle. Lennis announced that  for al of his outstanding service over the years, the annual donation that our club makes to The Rotary Foundation on behalf of our guest speakers will forever be named in Devon’s honour.

Loud applause over Zoom by all the members.

President Sue MacKinnon then made her opening remarks to the Club:.   

“Thank you Lennis,  I am happy to be your president for a year.

My first mission : to align the Rotary year with the calendar year. Who wants to take over in the middle of a pandemic?

On a personal note, this pandemic has not affected me.  I feel very fortunate.  When I fall asleep at night, I don’t have a care in the world. I don’t go to bed hungry.   I have two great kids that have careers in their chosen field and I love their partners Karly and Roberto and who doesn’t know that I have a 6 month-old grandson.

This pandemic is making it difficult for us to continue with fundraising that enable us to deliver projects and service we are known for.  But it’s really just an inconvenience for us.  Some people would love to be in our shoes, the ones that have truly been affected.  Ones that have lost loved ones, jobs or a business.  The ones that have swallowed their pride and now go to a food bank.

We have donated to the Back Door Mission and Feed the Need.  Unplanned donations, just like the pandemic itself. 

We will recover.  This is the time for all members of our club to work together, everyone needs to be vocal, not just those on a committee.   New Ideas need to be bounced off each other.

 So start thinking, listening and searching .  As my grade 3 teacher would say, put your thinking cap on.

Sometimes I get annoyed at idioms such as:  The new normal, at the end of the day, its all down hill from here.   Recently I heard one that I didn’t find annoying:  20% of the people are doing 80% of the work.  This is not the time for to this happen.

One project that is now being organized, is our first ever bottle drive.  This bottle drive is also an opportunity for our club to work with the Oshawa Club.  We are being encouraged to work with other clubs in our district.   No one knows what the new normal is going to be and I don’t think we should wait to find out.  We are people of action.

If someone asks me what projects we do, usually the Participation House comes right after the Safety Village .  Most people are familiar with the Kids Safety Village but few know about the Christmas Party we have for Participation House. I explain in detail how the residents are challenged and we provide a truly amazing  Christmas party for them.  The dining room is set up for that party in a winter wonderland setting, as long as there is snow on the golf course, they have a great meal and entertainment.    The calibre of these two projects is outstanding.  Lets keep the tradition and incorporate a few new ones.

Let’s have a wonderful year, continue to check on our neighbours and be kind.”

On behalf of all of the Club members, Past District Governor Ted Morrison thanked Lennis for an outstanding job during a most difficult time in our history.  

President Lennis closed meeting at 8: 06 pm.



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