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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 October 29, 2019

Editor: Hilda Finnigan


ROTARY GRACE                                                                                                                     

O Lord, The Giver of all good,                                        

We thank Thee for our daily food                                  

May Rotary friends and Rotary way

Help us to serve Thee all our days.


Grace:   David Andrews

O Canada: Bill Creamer

Toast To The Queen : Terry Giles 



Robbie Larocque welcomed Linda Biddle, Caroline Kipling, Carol Sandford, David Biddle,  Sharron Morrison, Esther Trotter, Jan Penney and Andrew Schagen.

It is also, great to see Bob Elliott with us tonight - a sure sign that summer is over!!



Happy Birthday to Stanley Igboanugo tonight – and we all sang Happy Birthday to YOU Cha Cha, Cha !!! led by our very own Past District Governor Ted Morrison



REMINDER:  to those who pledged $$$ to the Presidents Walk to pay at the Front Desk as soon as possible (list has been misplaced!!!). For every Dollar that you personally donate, anytime, during this Rotary year, to the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund, our Rotary Club will match that amount to a maximum of $3,200 USD. Remember our goal “A Mill for Bill”.   (list has been misplaced!!!)

David Andrews - all superbowl draw tickets are out and since none have been returned, we thank everyone for selling them ALL.   We are assisting the Rotary E Club of Southern Ontario / Western New York sell the “Big Game 54 “ lottery tickets. It is now TIME to get the stubs in and the money into our bank and to the Rotary E Club. Please get your ticket stubs and money into Dave  - LAST CALL is November 5. We need to get the stubs back to the E Cub as soon as possible and get them into the draw. This has been an excellent fundraiser for our club. Thanks to everyone who did all of the selling.

David Andrews - October 24 – World Polio Day – Thank you to everyone that made Wrold Polio Day a huge success  - at the Flag Raising ceremonies in Oshawa and at Durham Regional Headquarters and also fo the livestream presentation at Durham College. A great team effort.  There are lost of photos on our District Facebook page and in the Photo Albums of the District website. If you wish to see the event at Durham College, here is a link:

Pres Lennis - KSV Board/Committee - meeting Wednesday November 6 at 7:30pm  at the Kids Safety Village

David Andrews:  Night of 1000 Dinners in support of the Canadian Landmines Foundation, hosted by Rotary Club of Oshawa is November 20 at the Officers Mess, Ontario Regiment, 52 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa - tickets $75.00. You may purchase your tickets directly from Oshawa Rotarians Gordon Dowsley at (905-756-3636) or Peter Hernandez at ( 289-240-2638) or Michael Adams at (905-431-3070).

Hilda Finnigan noted there are two months (April & June 2020) needing a volunteer for Greeter/ Bulletin Editor AND we are updating our membership names, address and phone list

Hilda also announced that  Sue/Jackie are on Front Desk November and Ted is Greeter/Bulletin Editor

Hilda asked for  two volunteers to replace Al and herself at Bingo while they are in Florida (probably two Bingos during that time - January - March)

Ted Morrison Cakes/Hams orders due November 5 - order goes in November 10;

Robbie Laroque thanks to volunteers at Safety Village Hallowe'en - record numbers Friday 1600+; Saturday 2900+


ACE OF SPADES  DRAW:  Conducted by our Sgt at Arms Larry Hurren

Stanley drew the 4 of Diamonds but received two tubes of travel sized tooth paste compliments of Dr Hurren



Front Door : Sue MacKinnon / Jackie Schagen

Bulletin Editor & Greeter : Ted Morrison

(Editor’s note: If you cannot attend , please find a replacement)


HAPPY TOONIES Conducted by our Sgt at Arms Larry Hurren

John Kellam - impressed with the Safety Village, his first visit was this past weekend

Ted Morrison - Reminder orders for Cakes and Hamsby next week please; great weekend in Muskoka at District Conference; World Polio Day at Durham College a great success, special thanks to David Andrews

Larry Hurren - serving ++ popcorn at the Safety Village

Bob Koski - raccoons?? has a cage but no one asking to borrow it!!

Dan Pantelao - VERY HAPPY he will be moving to Newcastle November 6th

Kris Sachdeva - Diwali , October 27, 2019  - is the Indian “festival of lights,” a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Though technically religious, it’s also become a cultural event in North America—celebrated with sweets and special foods. Learn about Diwali, when it occurs, and common traditions.

Robbie Laroque - thanks to those who volunteered at Safety Village Hallowe'en - record crowd!!!

Pres. Lennis, Esther, David Andrews, Hilda Finnigan, David Penney, Devon Biddle - great conference, thanks to Sue McKinnon and Esther Trotter for "food" at our hospitality suite; Devon seems to have short memory, according to some!?!?!



None this week

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Our speaker this evening was our own Devon Biddle who needed no introduction.  In charge of the video was his "best" friend and partner in life, his wife, Linda.  Devon, Linda and members of their family recently traveled to Norway, to participate in a reunion of Canadians and Norwegians who shared an WWII experience 75 years ago - September 26, 1945. 

Devon's father, Gordon Biddle was the pilot of a plane that was forced to land in enemy territory on that day.  Due to his skill, he and all five of his crew survived this landing, only to find themselves in the unbelievable position of being alive, but at the mercy of the Germans.  Thanks to the Norwegian resistance who led them to safety, using code such as - "keep the meatballs warm", "it's raining in the mountains", "coconuts are on holiday" ;  hiking for five days, hiding in caves, finally making it to the coast where they were picked up and returned to safety.

These airmen and their rescuers kept in contact over the years (only one of each group survives today) and passed the amazing story of survival on to their families.

Devon's father enlisted in September 1940, married in June 1941, went overseas in February 1943.  Devon's mother and members of the families of the other crewmen received the fateful telegram stating "missing in action", not knowing what the outcome would be.  Then the news that they were safe and returning to Halifax - this was October 25, 1945.  Devon came in to this world in August the following year.

Past Pres. Robbie Larocque thanked Devon for this account of shared bravery and awesome reward, reminding us all that the freedom we enjoy today came at great cost. 

Here is a copy of the article that appeared in The Oshawa Express:

Meeting Adjourned

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