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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, August 11, 2020

                                  Editor: Kris Sachdeva


Aug 15 – Happy Birthday to Launi Elliott

Aug 16 – Happy Birthday to Richard Boatman

Aug 20 – Happy Anniversary to Colleen and Mike McLaren


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, Ted Morrison, Robert Kipling, Tim Dwyre, David Penney, Bill Creamer, Robbie Larocque, Heather Drakes, Florin Popa, Devon Biddle, Ana Rejab, Linda Porritt, David Mankiewicz, Bob Elliott, Hilda Finnigan


Guest : Welcome to Steve Rutlege, our guest speaker and member of the Rotary Club of Whitby-Sunrise

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 MacKinnon started the meeting at 7:01 pm  and welcomed everyone !!!



Pres. Sue opened our meeting with 10 seconds of reflection and asked us to think about the great country we live in..



Treasurer Bill Creamer: DUES ARE DUE. 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. Jan has volunteered to help Bill Creamer for Monday August 31st 2020. The following Monday is a holiday so no meals on wheels will be done

Our Treasurer, Bill Creamer, is working with our bank for a way that we may be able to do e-transfers.

Which brings us to HAPPY TWOONIES: Since we have not met for many months, president Sue just knows that there is a great deal pf pent up demand to donate Happy Twoonies, when we return to the Oshawa Golf Club (or perhaps even earlier if Bill can get the e-transfer working. We could do that every week.) 

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 September 2020 through June 2021 . Please let Hilda know as soon as you can.

REMINDER: Kids Safety Village Committee and Board Meeting – Aug 24 at 3 PM at the Kids Safety Village

REMINDER: Aug 25 Zoom Meeting at 7 PM – Report by the Board of Directors on their plans and objectives for the 2020-21 Rotary Year – a good opportunity for members to ask questions and also volunteer to help.


OUR GLOBAL GRANT PROJECT IN INDIA - A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS: A very special thank you to Dr Kris Sachdeva and to Ganesh Kamath in India.

Look what happens when you put together 4 Rotary Clubs in 2 Rotary Districts, oceans apart and The Rotary Foundation: What a great success story for the children in Vandse, India.

When the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa-Parkwood and Whitby-Sunrise get together with the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee and 2 Rotary Clubs and a District 3182 in Vandse, India, and receive a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation. what a difference it makes in so many lives.

Here is a note from our Rotarian friend in India, Ganesh Kamath,

"I thank all the Rotarians of the Rotary Club Oshawa-Parkwood, the Rotary Club Whitby Sunrise, and the Rotary District 7070 for their help and support. I am very much indebted to you , in particular, for your cooperation, help and attention in completing this project. This project has helped Government Higher primary school, Vandse in improving the caliber of the students and the managing committee, Mookambika Charitable Trust, Teachers, students and the parents are grateful to all the Rotarians. Rotary has earned immense goodwill in the village and the people from the vicinity have started approaching us for similar help to their school.

With best regards and thanking you once again,

Ganesh Kamath

Thank you Rotary Foundation.

Here is a video that says it all:




Weekly message to 2020-21 District 7070 AGs & Rotary and Rotaract Presidents from DG Mark Chipman, Aug. 10, 2020

Helping out Beirut - The explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4 impacted the entire city resulting in widespread destruction, loss of many lives, injuries in the thousands and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of citizens. The District is currently looking into possible opportunities for clubs to help including possible matching club donations by our Federal Government.

AIDs/HIV and Community Health Walk - congratulations to all who participated as the event raised approx $23K for AIDs/HIV programs and Feed Ontario!!  Here is the final version of the video with all the walks -

Upcoming Membership related Zoom sessions - includes a New Members Gathering on August 20/20, and a Grow Rotary Workshop on October 3/20 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 to learn more about Rotary

  • Thursday August 20, 7-8 pm

  • 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

  • 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 - have a look at the attachment for further details and pass on to your club members.  Deadline is August 15/20.

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 26/20.  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.



Our first day back is August 29 at 12:30 PM. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may inly get one bingo per month. Stay tuned. Sandy is looking for volunteers. I believe that we have Lennis, Ted and Sharron, (and Dave A for one hour), We could use one more. Sandy will be the banker. 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 unitl 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


Bulletin Editor for August 2020 is Janice Coupland. Thank you Janice for volunteering.

Thank You Kris Sachdeva for filling in tonight.

Jan and Dave Penney were on the District “Tuesday Tallks” Zoom Meeting on Fundraising.

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GUEST SPEAKER:   Steve Rutledge – Adopt A Village-Laos

Introduction by Kris Sachdeva, our Director of International Service:  

Steve Rutledge – President of Adopt A Village Loas, Rotarian on the International Service Committee with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, recipient of two Port Hope Civic Awards, the most recent in 2011 for Philanthropy, is a recipient of two Paul Harris Awards and The Spirit of Rotary Award.  In 2016 Steve was awarded the Family and Community Award by the Rotary Club of Courtice.  In June 2020, Mr. Rutledge was awarded the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award from the Rotary District 7070.

Steve was co-owner of a medium sized computer firm for 22 years. Since then Steve has served on several boards and committees including the municipal Culture Committee, Skatepark Committee, Capitol Theatre Board, Canadian Spinal Research and others.

Here is a summary of Steve’s talk to our club, the video he showed about the work he did last year, and an interactive map of all the villages that he has helped get clean water in Laos over his 12 years of visits

Steve noted that a severe drought in 2019-20 made this year most challenging and most successful. In short, here is what he and some volunteers accomplished : 2 dams in 2 villages that had no clean water, plus miles of pipe from the dams to the villages, hundreds of filters and the result: clean water to over 4,000 people that changed their lives forever. The youtube video says it all.

Our fundraising activities begin as soon as our visiting director(s) return from Laos each winter.  It runs from approximately April 1 through November 30 each year.  This year, 2020/21, our budget has been significantly reduced, due to all traditional outdoor events being cancelled for the summer or fall, due to Covid-19 concerns.

There are currently, about 40 Rotary presentations planned on-line, in Southern and Central Ontario, and Vancouver area.  There are also a couple of fundraisers in the planning stages.  Global Change For Children has recently provided a donation as has HMA Benefits for their sponsorship of the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award, awarded to the president of Adopt A Village in Laos.  We are humbled.

Much of our water project funding comes from various Rotary Clubs and District Matching Grants, but corporations and many individuals also assist.  This year we hope to raise funding for one large water project ($57,600) plus a small water project ($12,000).  In addition we have raised for for all of our secondary school students and are raising funds for our university student ($6,000).  Fortunately, JDM Actuarial Expert Services has stepped up to the plate and offered a 1:1 match, up to $3,000 towards this goal.  As of July 10th, $1,000 has been raised, so $2,000 more is required.


If you feel you may be able to help us with funding, or know of others that may be interested in funding or wish to visit, we hope that you will contact us.  If you aren’t sure where exactly you would like to apply your funds, please contact us and we will let you know where they are needed the most.  Perhaps you may be interested in doing a fundraiser for, or with us.  A few dollars can go a long way.

Many of our followers contact us from time-to-time to either donate to our projects, or enquire about visiting some of our projects. For those of you who are interested in joining us, our season in Laos is from the beginning of December to early April each year. All our welcome. We generally have four or five groups visit us during that time. If you are interested, please note that this is not a sweat equity trip, although some assistance with the distribution of water filters is certainly welcome. We ask for 1 week of your time with us and will provide you with an itinerary for review before making a decision, and will provide you with estimated costs. Once you advise us of your continued interest, additional information is sent and we will ask you about any health issues you may have in order that we may adjust the itinerary according to your needs. We ask for one favour however….the donation of a water filter to a needy family (currently $125) per visitor so that you can experience the sincere appreciation from the receiving family. Please contact us at

Steve enclosed a link to his interactive map, showing the 65 villages that now have clean water thanks to Adopt A Village and Rotary Clubs like ours, who have helped over the years, including last year. Although there are still a few villages that Steve has to load up along with more pictures.  It is interesting for visitors that have been there with Steve or wish to go. YES, you can volunteer to go and help Steve in Laos. Here is that link to the map: is

For those that weren't able to join us at the meeting I have also enclosed the youtube link to their video, that really shows Steve’s activity last year and we can see where our money went. As Steve said: it really changes their lives. .

Finally, Steve has enclosed more details for our water filter program, as promised.  The cost of the filters are $125 each, same as last year and as a reminder, any members and friends who wish to donate, will receive an emailed tax receipt.  They will also get an emailed picture of the receiving family with their water filter and will be able to zoom in on the label to see the name or phrase they chose. We will attach the brochure to our Bulletin.

Steve Rutledge and the Adopt A Village info can be seen here:

Past President David Andrews thanked Steve, for his continuing efforts to change peoples lives forever in Laos..

Meeting adjourned by Pres. Sue at 8:00 pm


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