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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 : July 30, 2019

Editor – David Andrews


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:                          Past District Governor Ted Morrison

O Canada:                   Peter Dueck

Toast To The Queen:    Past President Hilda Finnigan



Welcome to our guest speakers:  Carol Vandersanden and Michelle Perry of We Grow Food

Welcome to our guests Jackie Schagen, Eric Guernsey, Rhonda Stewart and Kelly Taylor


Happy Birthday to Greg McDowell on July 31 and Happy Anniversary to Larry and Kay Hurren on August 3



Past President Dave Andrews : Dave announced that we are assisting the Rotary E Club of Southern Ontario / Western New York sell the “Big Game 54 “ lottery tickets. They are available NOW.  The price is the same as last year- 5 tickets for $20. The prizes remain the same. First prize has 2 tickets to the Big Game 54 in Miami, PLUS 4 night accommodation in Miami PLUS $1,000 US. The second prize is $1,000 US, the third prize is $500 US, the fourth prize is $300 US, and the fifth prize is $200 US. All tickets must be sold by mid November. NO EXCEPTIONS. Get your tickets from Dave.

Past President Hilda Finnigan – Our Annual BBQ / Picnic is at Devon and Linda Biddle’s cottage on August 24. A sign-up sheet will be going around next week. Dave supplies the corn on the cob. Devon and Linda get the steaks from Buckingham (if you prefer chicken, please specify when you sign up). Time is from from 2 til about 7 pm. Bring your own beverages. And some former members will be asked to come too. Cost is $15 per couple for a BBQ steak (if you prefer chicken, please indicate). Also, you will be asked to bring salads or desserts, etc.

Past President Linda Porritt chaired the meeting. Thank you Linda. She had a few announcements from President Lennis who was with Sue, Sandy, Heather and Devon will attend training on July 30 for the Pickering Bingo.

The Eastern Rotary Clubs in District 7070 are having their annual Interclub BBQ - August 19  in Brighton at Proctor Park, 96 Young Street, Brighton, ON  K0K 1H0  from 5 to 8 PM

The Rotary Club of Toronto is having their 71st Annual Golf Tournament at Cherry Downs on August 22. Don’t miss a chance to win a West Jet Voucher for 2 flights to anywhere in the world that WestJet flies.    Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each or 3 for $50. Register for golf which includes lunch, dinner and cart  for  $175.00. Join us for an amazing dinner only without golf  for $60. Its 4 person scramble  for more team fun with amazing prizes .   We are adding special tees for non/new golfers and will be having contests for non/new golfers only.  This year we have chosen to support a great organization Hope Air  that provides Canadians in financial need with free travel to obtain medical care.  To become a sponsor please contact:   Mathew Harrison, 416-868-3578 or email To register  contact Rotary Toronto or click on this link  

SEPT  8 – District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk – 8:30 AM to 2 PM – High Park,  1873 Bloor St W, Toronto.  Join fellow Rotarians with friends and family for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation. Enjoy a leisurely morning as you stroll through the park in the city.  High Park is Toronto's largest public park featuring many hiking trails, sports facilities, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront,         convenient parking, easy public transit access, a dog park, a zooplaygrounds for children, a couple of eateries, greenhouses, picnic areas, a bunch of squirrels and various other events throughout the year. This year one of those events will be our District 7070 rotary Foundation Walk. Stay tuned for registration and walk details. You can plan your fundraising ahead.  Individual pledge forms can be downloaded by         clicking on the pledge form link.  Please co-ordinate all club pledges with your club delegate for the foundation walk.  Clubs should submit one cheque per club directly to Rotary Foundation: Rotary Foundation (Canada), c/o 911600, PO Box 4090 STN A, Toronto, ON M5W 0E9

Here is a REMINDER from Sue MacKinnon – The next meeting of the Kids’ Safety Village will be held on Monday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 pm at the Village.

REMINDER from Kim Boatman – The 2019-20 Youth Committee, made up of David Penney, Heather, Dan, Stanley and Chidinma, will meet Aug. 20th at 5 pm at the Oshawa Golf Club.

REMINDER from Treasurer Devon Biddle – Club dues are due. We will be ready at the Front Desk next week to take your money (Annual Dues are $210 and as an option , you may wish to contribute to The Rotary Foundation (perhaps $100 – just a suggestion ) and to the Polio Fund (perhaps $20 – just a suggestion). Donations to the Rotary Foundation will be registered towards your next Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Award level. Thank you.


Aug  6      Front Desk  Hilda Finnigan               Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Dave Andrews

Aug 13     Front Desk  David Penney                Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Dave Andrews

Aug 20     Front Desk  Kim Boatman                Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Hilda Finnigan

Aug 27     Front Desk  Sandy McDowell           Bulletin Editor and  Greeter  Bob Stewart


(Editor’s note: If you cannot be available for these duties, please find a replacement)



Winner: Bob Koski who drew the Ace of Diamonds and won a tube of tooth paste, compliments of Dr. Larry Hurren.

The deck is getting much smaller and the pot gets bigger.



Hilda – A happy $ 5  - happy for the great trip to Newfoundland and noticed that we had no registrar nor bulletin editor for tonight  assigned, but it worked out okay. No sign of Al tonight.

Ted – they have been 6 years at Wilmot Creek  - time for painting and on Aug 1, the floors will start being replaced.

Eric – glad to have running Water back in the house

Dan  - finally got his muffler fixe. He is no longer that person with the loud car.

Rhonda Stewart – had a great trip to PEI and I am sure she will find Bob sometime before September



 None tonight

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Name of Speaker: Carol Vandersanden and Michelle Perry from “We Grow Food”

Carol was introduced by Janice Coupland. Many Rotarians know that prior to creating, We Grow Food, Carol (Carol Cavallari) was owner of Pelican Catering (one of Oshawa’s finest Catering companies) and also owner of The Table By Carol Restaurant in downtown Oshawa.

We Grow Food (be sure to see their website and Facebook pages: ) .

Carol Vandersanden, with nearly 30 years in the food industry, knows best how to engage the community in interesting and innovative projects. When, in 2013, she saw how eager children were to sacrifice their afternoons and weekends to learn more about gardening, Carol decided that she had a new calling: to install a series of “public vegetable gardens” in a project that would become known as “We Grow Food.”  

In 2014,  the We Grow Food team of volunteers jumped on the construction and maintenance of more than 30 gardens in the Oshawa area, about half of these were open to the public. Volunteers would be assigned a place and time to meet. From a central meeting point, vans filled with garden tools and gardeners would head out to a location and start creating what would become a vegetable garden in a few short weeks.

Today, they focus on 5 community gardens (some in their 6th year) :

The Pepper Patch – John & Albert Streets

The Berry patch – John & Albert Streets

The South Patch at Cordova Park (on Glen Street)

King Street geared to income Seniors residence

Alexandra’s Bounty – on Simcoe Street, just north of the Hospital (the old Dr Rundle residence)

It is gardening in safe spaces; no waste (food or compost); ”enoughness” (sharing the bounty & not hoarding).

All beds are raised, and wheel chair accessible.

People who use the food bank can also pick their own at the gardens.

There are many educational opportunities with grades 1 through 12 in association with the Durham District School Board, including how to grow food, how to harvest, bees, the importance of good soil, how to work the gardens. Hands-on learning.

Carol is looking to get grants for 4 students next summer.

She has a signage program to name all of the various plants and also a seedling project (with 2,000 seeds from the City of Oshawa).

A grant from AVIVA has helped finance a greenhouse at Alexandra’s Bounty.

They have an annual harvest feast and open garden tours  (started in the fall of 2013) with now over 200 people attending back at CAREA (Carea Community Health , a registered charitable organization providing a variety of free, community programs and services to people of all ages across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering). The feast is hosted by volunteers – with 20 different dishes  - all plant based.

Their newest project is a 31 foot trailer, a working classroom that can tour the area to the schools, growing all sorts of vegetables. Solar panels help with the growing. The mobile trailer can meet larger groups at their location.

Many community partners including the City of Oshawa, CAREA, Durham Region, Feed The Need, Durham District School Board, Durham College, the International Association of Firefighters, and Companies Who Care. Carol is making presentations to many of our local service clubs and would very much like the Rotary clubs in the area , in particular, to join We Grow Food and assist.

Volunteers are the key to any organization.

On August 25 from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm, they are having a “Garden Day” open to the public, with tours of each of the gardens followed by the family activites at each garden, and dinner served after. Bring your own dishes and cutlery. These are garbage free zones. If you are interested, please register on their website.

We Grow Food has been completely funded with private donations from local residents and businesses.  Along with the land on which the community garden rests, there is also a large garage for the storage of gardening equipment and a set of timber stumps in a circle used for gatherings.  Volunteer gardeners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities show up consistently throughout the growing season and for planning meetings through the winter.

Carol and Michelle were thanked by Dan Pantaleo.


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.

Nov 05, 2019
Rotary Foundation Month
Nov 12, 2019
Update to our Club on Fire Services in Oshawa
Nov 19, 2019
Nov 26, 2019
Rotary Foundation Month
Dec 03, 2019
Holiday Party - Spouses Invited
Dec 10, 2019
Holiday Party - Spouses Invited
Dec 17, 2019
Happy Holidays Everyone - See you in 2020
Dec 24, 2019
Happy Holidays Everyone - See you in 2020
Dec 31, 2019
Happy Holidays Everyone - See you in 2020
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Upcoming Events
Oct 12, 2019 11:00 AM –
Nov 10, 2019 4:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Sue
Red Barn
Nov 09, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2019 Holiday Spirit at The Kids Safety Village
Kids Safety Village
Nov 21, 2019 5:00 PM –
Nov 30, 2019 8:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Robbie
Red Barn
Nov 23, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Ted
Red Barn
Nov 30, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Hilda
Red Barn
Dec 14, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Janice
Red Barn
Dec 28, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Director - International Service
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