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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, May 12, 2020

Editor: Al Finnigan



Congratulations to our Rotary friends celebrating in May 2020:

     May 12   - Happy Birthday to Andrew Schagen

     May 14 – Happy Anniversary to Patti & Bob Koski

     May 18 – Happy Anniversary to Tim & Ann Dwyre

     May 20 – Happy Birthday to Al Finnigan

     May 20 – Happy Anniversary to John & Willie Kellam

     May 23 – Happy Birthday to David Mankiewicz


On the Zoom Call Tonight: 

Sue MacKinnon, Dave Andrews, Lennis Trotter, Robert Kipling, Robert Koski, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Dave Penny, Linda Porritt, Ted Morrison, Robbie Larocque, Larry Hurren, Hilda Finnigan, Allan Finnigan, Bill Creamer, Heather Drakes, Tim Dwyre, Devon Biddle

Special Welcome to our visiting Rotarians  and guests tonight:

Linda Biddle, and our guest speaker Ron Denham

President Lennis started the meeting at 7:00 pm  and welcomed everyone !!!

Thank you, again, 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.



Dave Andrews announced that the May 2 Rotary International Telethon , broadcast live on Facebook to thousands worldwide showcased what Rotarians were doing to help their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Rotary's COVID-19 Livestream Telethon received over  $529,376 during the May 2, 2020 event. The COVID-19 Telethon, led by Past R I President Barry Rassin, Past R I Director John Smarge, Past R I Director Jennifer Jones and Past R I Director Julia Phelps along with other Rotary leaders, was a thumping success. The donations are expected to gross over $ One Million by March 3, 2020.  If you missed the COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon, you can watch in YouTube . it was inspiring and uplifting to see how Rotarians worldwide, have responded to helping their fellow himan beings during this pandemic. In true fashion #RotaryResponds.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the frontlines to battle COVID-19.  Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.

Lennis encourage everyone to attend, online, the  MAY 20 – 7 PM for District 7070 Connects . We are all invited to D7070 Connects, a virtual District get together. Come find out what's happening all over the District how Rotarians are staying CONNECTED with Rotarians and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It;s a Zoom gathering. But you must register online. (see: )  This is our second 'D7070 Connects' - a virtual District get together via Zoom. We will have a brief update from DG Beth and DGE Mark on where we are and what is coming up in our District and in Rotary. We will share success stories for Staying Connected with Rotarians and with our communities - perhaps you can find some ideas to build on! And we will answer questions from the group. All interested District 7070 Rotarians are welcome to participate, with a special invite to any newer Rotarians who have joined in the past few years - come experience our District! Cost is free but you need to register in order to get a link for the session. Please register by 7 p.m. on Monday May 18th. A link will be sent on Tuesday May 19th.

.Ted next week's meeting will be the annual (May 19th) Paul Harris Awards Night – Spouses Invited and will be introduced 7 PM to 8:00 PM (maybe longer if we don’t get cut off) . Join Zoom Meeting   Meeting ID: 999 2616 6884  . Dial by your location  +1 647 558 0588 Canada   Find your local number:  . This is the night we say Thank You and congratulate our Paul Harris Awardees. Special Guest Speaker: Incoming District 7070 Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee: Bob Wallace . This is a spouses night and they are most welcome to attend. They will be introduced too. .

Congratulations to Bill Creamer who became a Grampa, again.

Ted thanked Kim and Sandy for their excellent half page ad in the May 13, edition of The Oshawa Express, announcing our big fundraiser to fight COVID-19 here in our community. 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.


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GUEST SPEAKER:  Ron Denham – Water Project in Ghana

David Penney introduced Ron Denham. Ron, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto-Eglinton, is also a Past District Governor of District 7070. His work on water projects is known worldwide. Ron is also Chair Emeritus of WASRAG ( The Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group)  (see: ) . Ron is the recipient of the Dr. Bpb Scott Disease Prevention Award for his outstanding work in water and sanitation work worldwide.

The Ghana project is the largest project Internationally outside the Polio campaign.

It all started when Ron met a group of people in Mexico City, in 2007, to form a partnership with USAID to pick joint water projects and countries to support and develop water projects. The partnership agreed that Ghana was chosen. A large Rotarian presence in Ghana and that certainly helps with Rotary funded projects.

Ghana, which already had bore hole water projects in use, and they decided to expand on these.

TheRotary – USAID partnership split Ghana into 4 regions to supply much needed water. The partnership developed 4 areas of Ghana for the bore hole well project . The partnership went back to see Phase One and to seehow sustainable the project has been. It was found that 2 of the 4 existing projects are still working.

Time to fix the 2 areas of the country. They hired a Project manager to oversee operation and ongoing maintenance of the systems. The solution is a bore system using a combination of solar power with a submersible pump combination was decided to be used, after thorough research on existing systems. The project includes 125 units to be constructed, of which approximately  85 have been completed. It is ready to be completed in these 2 remaining areas of Ghana.

The project was highlighted a few months ago in Rotarian magazine. (see: )

Here is a link to the project:

This is a $4 million (USFunds) project. $2 million is funded by USAID. $2 million from Rotary. Thru grants from the Rotary Foundation , $1.8 million was donated. That left $200,000 . The local clubs in Ghana, donated , as did the funds from the Arch Klumph donation from our very own Devon and Linda Biddle which left $20,000 to raise. Our District has agreed to put in $10,000 of District Designated Funds and the District 7070 is asking the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 to come up with the remaining $10,000. We think we are there, thanks in part to our own Rotary Club for their $2500 donation.

Special thanks to Devon and Linda for their generous donation from funds when they became members of the Arch Klumph Society.



Lennis asked why they did not use swamp purification. ….Ron indicated it was not viable, Devon supported this with the fact that the surface water and area was to polluted.

Ron was asked how deep are the bore hole wells….. he indicated 80 to 100 meters and tests showed that they did not need purification.

Ted thanked Ron for being such a great orator on the subject and that we are making a donation to eradicate Polio on his behalf.

President Lennis closed meeting at 7.45 pm.


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July 17
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July 8
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July 25
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July 31
Robert Kipling
Caroline Kipling
July 8
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Roxana Popa
July 11
Jul 28, 2020 7:00 PM
"State of the Region" Address to our club
Aug 04, 2020 7:00 PM
Her Update on activities in the Oshawa Riding
Aug 11, 2020 7:00 PM
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