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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:  Tuesday April 9, 2019

Editor – Bob Stewart

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:                        Stanley Igboanugo                       

O Canada:                  Peter Dueck 

Toast To The Queen: Mike McLaren                                                         



A warm welcome to our guest speaker, Linda Lowry and her husband Ted Dionne, and a warm welcome to see our very first Rotary Club President and current Honorary member Terry Giles, visiting with us again.



Happy Birthday to our very own Dan Pantaleo and Ted Morrison led us in signing and dancing our Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha in honour of Dan’s Birthday.



EDITOR’S NOTE: Food from the BUFFETT was, in your scribe’s opinion, “ SUPERLATIVE “

Our Charter President Terry Giles reminded us that today was the anniversary World War 1 Major Canadian Victory at Vimy Ridge where other Allied countries had unfortunately failed. We should be proud to be Canadians.

REMINDER: Terry Giles –invited all of us to his 90th birthday reception on Friday, May 3 at the Armouries (Ontario Regiment) Officers Mess, on Simcoe St N at 6 pm. (Note: Dave A talked with Terry’s daughter Lynn. She is expecting a number of our members to attend.)

REMINDER - Dave Andrews – The May 9, 2019 Reverse Draw Tickets - Let’s Sell  sell, sell !!!!!  Let’s secure lots of  Silent Auction items (be sure to send a photo, retail value, donor name address, etc to Dave Andrews so he can create a poster for the evening and also for Facebook and our website. Your donors will appreciate the promo). Ted is back. Be sure to get your items to Ted as soon as you can.  106 Ticket out so far for Reverse Draw Only have 16 prizes so far. AND we could really use a Platinum Sponsor. A great value.

FUTURE GUEST SPEAKERS: Do you have a prospective member in mind who just may be interested in joining Rotary? Invite them to a meeting. Dave A – Now is the time to invite prospective members to attend upcoming meetings as our Speaker List is most IMPRESSIVE. Here are a few speakers they just may want to hear: Apr 30 – Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter; May 7 – Samantha George (Parkwood Estate); and on May 14 - Don Lovisa  Durham College ; July 23 - Matt Anderson, CEO of Lakeridge Health and Yves Gadler, CEO of Lakeridge  Health Foundation

BINGO: Sandy McDowell – request for Bingo helpers as we only have 2 for Saturday night. Robbie, Hilda, Al and Linda may be available to assist. Please let Sue know as soon as possible.  And President Linda – esoterically philosophized about the FUN aspect of working at Bingo

We all have an opportunity to do some “hands-on” service . Two opportunities both at the Kids’Safety Village:

KIDS ASFETY VILLAGE CLEAN UP DAY: April 13 from 9 am to 2 pm – Clean Up The Kids Safety Village to get it ready for Easter Saturday and the Easter Eggstravaganza. The Kids Safety Village would like 6 to 8 volunteers from our Rotary Club – Rotarians, Rotaractors, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends and even potential members. Bring a broom and bring a rake. We need to get the outside cleaned up. Please let Sue MacKinnon know so that she can pass your names on to Constable Corey Walsh to sign you in.

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: April 20 from 9:30 am to about 2:30 pm – Easter Eggstravaganza at the Kids Safety Village. The Kids Safety Village would like 6 to 8 volunteers from our Rotary Club – Rotarians, Rotaractors, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends and even potential members. Please let Sue MacKinnon know so that she can pass your names on to Constable Corey Walsh to sign you in. Our job is to make all of the kids and their parents and grandparents welcome at the Village as they collect Easter Eggs and paly various games. With Easter later this year, we expect a very large crowd. 

When someone asks you what we do, these are two very good examples of things we “do”. Why ? - To support and encourage a welcoming atmosphere for the children and parents as they visit our signature project - The Kids Safety Village – a place that teaches SAFETY to children in our community of Durham Region .

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE  -  ANNUAL JOINT MEETING WITH ROTARY , OPTIMISTS, LIONS AND DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE – APRIL 23 – at our regular weekly meeting at the OSHAWA GOLF CLUB: Annual Joint Meeting of the Kids' Safety Village with the    Optimist Club of Ajax, the Whitby Lions Club, Durham Regional Police Service, and our Rotary Club. At the Oshawa Golf Club. SPOUSES INVITED. The cut off date for signing up is April 16. Please contact Dave Andrews immediately (Are you attending?: Yes or No. Are you bringing a guest / spouse? Yes or No)  Regular start time of 6:30 pm. See:


We all have another opportunity to do some “hands-on” service:

COMMUNITIES WITH BROOMS: Pres Linda - VP Linda  -  announced the City of Oshawa is hosting a Communities with Brooms event, on Thursday, April 25. It is an initiative organized by the City (with the support of the BIA) every year and this is the 11th year for the program. There are numerous volunteers who join with staff from the City to generally pick up garbage around Downtown, along the creek etc. At the end of the 2 hour activity, Colin Carrie's office hosts a bbq for all to enjoy. It just requires a registration with the John Howard Society so we know who is working where and we don't end up with 2 or 3 different groups in one area bumping into each other. The clean-up is from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm..  Organizers will arrange to get the garbage bags and gloves, etc. And we have a BBQ to follow afterwards, sponsored by Colin Carrie. Be sure to wear 'Rotary' clothing. This is a great Hands-On Service Project that we can do together and members of the Rotaract Club and the Oshawa Rotary Club will be participating. SIGN UP TODAY. Please let Janice know if you (and your family member) can help. For details , see

ROTARY DISTRICT 7070 POKER WALK FOR HIV AIDS REMINDER -Pres Linda - APR 27 DISTRICT 7070 ROTARY POKER WALK FOR AIDS – Time and location in Toronto (in the Beach) and Belleville on the  . Our club could form a team, raise funds, go on the walk in Toronto,and help people right here in Durham Region who have AIDS. Who wants to Champion this worthy cause?

KIDS AGAINST HUNGER: PDG Ted – MAY 4, 2019 - Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing Day – Tentative Location Jubilee Pavilion at Lakeview Park. Alternate Location: The Onion at Durham College - gather your spouse, children and grandchildren too (over 8 years of age) and come out and help  pack thousands of meals . Joint project with the 2 Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and our two Rotary Clubs in Whitby. Start time at 8:30 am BBQ to follow. We need lots of hands on help from you, your family and friends. Past Pres Ted will pass around a SIGN UP sheet . He is  very excited that we as a Club are jointly packaging up to 30,000 meals at the Jubilee on May 4 . Three people are needed at 7:30 to carry bags of rice into the Hall. Starts at 9:00. This Meals against Hunger project can be a Kid’s against Hunger also as children and grandchildren are invited to participate.  Please let him know if you can attend. What a great time to bring out a prospective member to see how we really are People of Action.

ZARMINA NEKZAI WALK FROM BARRIE TO OTTAWA: MAY  6 – Zarmina Nekzai, of the Rotary Club of North York (the lady who put together the successful project “Hockey Girls of Kabul” in Afghanistan, (take a look at: )  is coming through Oshawa on May 6 . She is walking from Barrie to Ottawa, to raise money for her next project in Afghanistan, called Place of HOPE. She is looking for sponsorship in the form of money (per kilometre) as well as support from members of Rotary Clubs or Canadian Federation of University Women on the route to provide overnight accommodations, and also to walk with her for a short distance. Please check out the website for all of the details and SIGN UP with President Linda if you can walk with Zarmina on May 6, and also if you can contribute to her project. This could be a great joint Oshawa Rotary Clubs project.


RYLA  - ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS: President Linda reminded us that we have a Candidate for RYLA, thanks to our District 7070 Rotaract Representative, Carolina Rodriguez. Our Awardee is Terry-Ann Thandiwe Hemmings is in the Bachelor of Science: Life Science program at UOIT, graduating in 2021 and she is Secretary of the Rotaract Club of UOIT. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is taking place, this year with a maximum number of 40 Youth Participants, from May 3 to May 9, 2019 at the YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoors Centre. Our Rotary Club will cover the cost. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program of Rotary District 7070 gathers youth ranging from ages 19 to 25 for an immersive program focused on diversity, leadership, and action. Here is a link to the details. See link here for more info:

RYLA GALA AWARDS DINNER : MAY  8RYLA Gala Dinner and Awards - Come meet the future leaders of today as well as other Rotarians from the district on May 8, 2019 at The YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre (13300 Concession Rd 11, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0). We are all invited. The evening starts at 6:00 PM with a meet and greet of all the RYLA participants and their sponsors. Dinner is at 7:00 pm followed by a graduation ceremony. Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased online here. More details on programming and objectives, please visit:

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY: District Assembly, May 11, 2019 at BMO Institute For Learning (IFL), 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 3Z3   8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lennis Trotter has asked all of the incoming Board Members and Committee chairs for next Rotary year to attend and sign up on the District 7070 website. Open to all Rotary Club members. Our Rotary Club will pay for your registration cost. Registration open soon.

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: REMINDER –Pres Linda - May 31 is the deadline for applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships. Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Here is the link. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities. Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves. Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP DAY IN OSHAWA: September 7, 2019 – Joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood. Noon to  1:30 pm at Parkwood, the estate of the late Colonel R. S. McLaughlin as both clubs    host and ressurect District 7070  Rotary Friendship Day in Oshawa. Everyone in District 7070 is invited. Cost to be determined. You may bring guests as well.  A portion of your ticket price will go to The Rotary Foundation and will be credited to you next Paul Harris Fellow. Registration will open in the summer. This is an excellent opportunity for both of our Rotary  clubs to work together again. You can register soon for you and your guest to attend  Rotary Friendship Day in Oshawa at Parkwood Estate.

ROTARY FASHION SHOW: REMINDER - Janice Coupland - The revised date for the fashion show is now Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

ROTARY ZONE 24 7 32 CONFERENCE: Pres Linda2019 Rotary Zone 24 & 32 Zone Conference - Zone Conference - September 19-21, 2019 in Niagara Falls. This is a great opportunity to meet more members of the Rotary family in a location close to home. The conference theme is “People Coming Together.” Be sure to Register TODAY.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP DAY WITH THE TORNTO ARGONAUTS: Pres Linda – Reminded us about The Rotary Clubs of Toronto and Toronto West exploring a renewed partnership with the Toronto Argonauts with a special focus on our common interest in Youth Services. The current proposal is for a Rotary Youth Leadership Day on the afternoon of Saturday, September 28, followed by the game at 7:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity to sponsor young people to attend the leadership session and also the opportunity to attend the game for a price that includes a donation to End Polio Now. Stay tuned.


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WORLD POLIO DAY IN DURHAM REGION: October 24 – DETAILS TO FOLLOW  - Tentative details - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm -  joint  meeting of Durham Region Rotary Clubs at 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.  Cash bar and   hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cost $25 per person (portion will be donated to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Eradictaion Initative and will credited to your next Paul  Harris Fellow.) Spouses, guests and prospective members are invited. We will see the live Rotary International livestream event and then   we will brodacast our event live to Rotary Clubs and to Universities and colleges worldwide.  Proclamations from City and Region to our clubs. Dr. Bob Scott , Our keynote speaker has already confirmed other speakers from around the world .

DISTRICT CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 25 – 27: REMINDER - VP Lennis Trotter – The cost for the District 7070 Conference on Oct 25-27 held in Muskoka on Lake Rosseau, is $299 until the extended date of March 17 which then jumped up to $349. Rates for the Marriot are $135/night. Did you register?

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE HALLOWEEN HAUNT: OCTOBER 25 AND 26: SAVE THESE DATES: The next big VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that we will have at the Kids Safety Village will be The Halloween Haunt on Oct 25 and 26 (and some preparation to spruce up the Village for Halloween, before these dates),

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE : CHRISTMAS AT THE VILLAGE: and the Christmas at The Village on Nov 21,22 and 23 and also on Nov 28, 29 and 30 (plus some sprucing up The Village for Christmas before these dates).


SARGEANT AT ARMS: Sonya Thompson - conducted our Draw tonight. Thank you, Sonya


Winner:  Larry Hurren             Card Drawn: 10 of Hearts… the deck of Cards get smaller.

Thank you to Dr Larry Hurren for supplying our consolation prize of travel szxed tooth paste.



On The Front Door: Janice Coupland

Bulletin Editor: Bob Stewart

Greeter:  Bob Stewart


Hilda – great to be back. April is Organ Donor Month

Ted – spent 10 minutes telling us how happy he is to be back with Rotary friends. His friend survived a Stroke and his daughter a bad car accident causing her to rent a car to visit them in Florida.

Terry – happy to be almost 90

Dave A– happy for return of Hilda and Ted

Larry – Nephew now a famous musician

Dave Penney– heading off to Ecuador, Peru and Gallapolos Islands next week. Away 17 days.

Bob Styewart – happy Hilda and Ted back so that the rest of us can take a break from all the hard Rotary work we have been doing to compensate_for their absence


Ted – Presented a hilarious adaptation of considering attending Rotary like a trip to the Doctor’s Office. Well done Ted. Perhaps all future Rotary Moments will be set in a jocular tone. Precedence has been set.


Introduced by Dave Andrews, Kyle Benham is currently the Director, Economic Development Services at the City of Oshawa.  Kyle draws upon over 25 years of municipal and economic development experience with expertise in business development and retention, sector and strategic development, investment attraction and land development.    

Before joining Oshawa in 2016, Kyle served as the Director of the Milton Innovation Centre, the Executive Director at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation and as the Director of Business Development and Retention with the City of Toronto’s Department of Economic Development.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto.  He is a member of the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Kyle is the Director of Economic Development for Durham Region

Here is a link for more info:

Economic Development Services implements Council's commitment to economic growth in the City of Oshawa through strategic activities that enhance job growth and create investment opportunities in the City.

Key activities include:

  • continuing downtown revitalization

  • pursuing commercial and industrial investment

  • working with the existing business base to encourage further investment

  • actively encouraging the growth of the City's post-secondary educational institutions

  • promoting and leveraging Oshawa's key arts and culture strengths and assets

  • strategically managing the City's infrastructure assets at the Airport

The Economic Development Office (E.D.O.) provides information and services to help your business grow and prosper in Oshawa. Let us be your first point of contact for business development. From real estate professionals and site selectors to business owners, our team can help facilitate your project and expedite the site selection process.

Whether you are just starting out, expanding, consolidating or relocating your company, you can rely on our team of professionals to help make your decisions easier, faster and more effective. We have the connections to help you with:

  • site location assistance

  • information and statistics

  • streamlining the development approvals process

  • business problem-solving

  • business and community contacts

  • industry and business networks

  • access to community improvement incentives

Oshawa's Economic Development Action Plan presentation was developed to address the current state of of the City's economy and plans moving forward. 

Kyle’s remarks:

Oshawa is rated in the top 100 Canadian neighbourhoods to live

We have a fast growing Tech Market

Growth has been steady so we are on a Roll

Health Care is now the largest employment sector

Student base is growing at a fast clip

Our Economy is perhaps one of the most diverse in Canada

G.M. is an unwelcome challenge but luckily we have a mature enough industry to deal with it

Suffer from a lack of marketable land

Kyle was flooded with questions from Rotarians afterwards who seemed to really enjoy and appreciate his illuminating presentation.

Past Pres Robbie thanked Kyle. .


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