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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, May 7, 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:                         David Penney                 

O Canada:                  Peter Dueck                                                                                            

Toast To The Queen: Dan Pantaleo                                                         


A warm welcome to our guest speaker, Samantha George, curator of Parkwood Estate and to Rhonda Stewart and Kelly Taylor (who are also volunteers at Parkwood). Welcome to Colleen McLaren and to Patrick Anderson.  We are glad to see each and every one of you. Please come back again and visit us soon. You are always welcome.

And as always, a very warm welcome to our first (Charter) Rotary Club President and current Honorary member Terry Giles, visiting with us again.



Happy Birthday on May 9 to Sonya Thompson and Happy Anniversary to Bob and Patti Koski on May 14.  



Past District Governor Ted Morrison thanked everyone who came out last Saturday for our meal packing for Kids Against Hunger at the Jubilee Pavilion at Lakeview Park and thank you to our Rotary partners.  It was a real joint effort. Thank you to the 2 Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and our two Rotary Clubs in Whitby. Thank you to Rotarian and Regional Chair John Henry, MPP Jennifer French, Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter, Deputy Mayor Bob Chapman, Whitby Councilors JoAnne Alexander and Dierdre Newman and thank you to our Rotary Club member Dr Colin Carrie, our MP for Oshawa who all came out and helped. Rotarians and their families really are People of Action.

NOTE: You can still see Ted’s interview on ROGERS TV CHANNEL 10 IN OSHAWA. Here is the link to the program:

Past District Governor Ted – Bingo Team # 1 at 5 PM at the Red Barn on Saturday, May 9. Thank you team.

Past Pres Dave Andrews - 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:  May 14 - Don Lovisa. President of Durham College ; May 28 – Rebekkah Finnigan (talking on Kicking the Sugar Habit) ,  July 23 - Matt Anderson, CEO of Lakeridge Health and Yves Gadler, CEO of Lakeridge  Health Foundation.

Janice Coupland  – read thank you letter from one of the organizations that we support.

President Linda – thanked Dave and Lennis for organizing the Joint meeting of the Service Clubs and the DRPS Kids Safety Village Meeting last week.

Reverse Draw Co-Chair Robbie Larocque – reminded the Committee to stay for a few minutes to review any last minute details for Thursday May 9.

RYLA GALA AWARDS DINNER : President Linda reminded everyone in our club to attend the 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:

REMINDER – Past Presdient Dave Andrews reminded us all to attend and make our guests feel very welcome at our May 9, 2019 Reverse Draw Tickets – Don’t stop the sales of tickets or the silent auction items.  Let’s Sell sell, sell !!!!! Let’s sell tickets to the event and 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). Be sure to get your items to Ted as soon as you can.  150 Tickets out so far for Reverse Draw. We have 60 items, so far, going for a goal of 100. AND we could really use a Platinum Sponsor. A great value. NOTE: ALL TICKET STUBS AND MONEY NEED TO BE IN TO DAVE TONIGHT.

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.  Incoming President 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.

Incoming President Lennis announce that the next meeting of the Kids Safety Village Board and Committee would be August 12 at the Kids Safety Village. Time to be announced.

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP DAY IN OSHAWA: (tentative date: September 28, 2019 )– Once again, this year, our two Rotary Clubs in Oshawa will have our 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 bring back to life, 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:  President Linda encouraged everyone to register for the 2019 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: President 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.

WORLD POLIO DAY IN DURHAM REGION: October 24 – DETAILS TO FOLLOW  - Tentative details - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm -  joint  meeting of Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood hosting our 10 Durham Region Rotary Clubs in 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.  ALL ROTARIANS AND GUESTS IN DISTRICT 7070 ARE INVITED TO THE GLOBAL CLASSROOM . Cash bar and  hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cost to be determined for 2019 (last year we had it pegged at $25 per person , with a portion to 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 livestream our event live to Rotary Clubs, Universities and colleges worldwide.  Proclamations from our cities and Durham region will be presented to all 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region. Dr. Bob Scott , our keynote speaker has already confirmed other speakers from around the world .

.DISTRICT CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 25 – 27: REMINDER – Vice President Lennis Trotter – encouraged everyone to register TODAY, for the District 7070 Conference on Oct 25-27 held in Muskoka on Lake Rosseau. Cost to register is $349 per person. Rates for the Marriot are $135/night. Did you register? For all of the details and to help you register here is the link.


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: Larry Hurren – ACE OF SPADES Draw and our Happy Toonies , tonight. Thank you, Larry.

THE ACE OF SPADES DRAW:   Winner:  Dan Pantaleo, who  drew the 10 of Clubs and received tubes of travel sized toothpaste courtesy of Dr Larry Hurren . The pot grows and the deck gets smaller.


On The Front Door: Hilda Finnigan


Bulletin Editor: Dave Andrews



Larry helped organize Heart Care,( cardiac prevention, research and rehab) who hosted a free education forum at Faith United Church in Courtice on May 4. Local experts discussed various cardiac care topics and handed out awards to the most outstanding cardiac nurses and paramedics in Durham Region, with Dr Bhargava and then Larry had enough energy to help at Bingo, Saturday night.

David Penney – had a fantastic trip to Ecuador and Peru and to Galapagos Island. Lots of hiking on their trip at high altitudes.

Colleen McLaren – very happy to be getting a new pool deck and liner which has needed it for 12 years. Way to go Mike.

Mike McLaren – lots of reasons-  $$$ - for waiting a few years to get the pool refurbished.

Terry Giles -  thanked everyone for coming to his 90th birthday party at the Armories on May 3. So nice to see so many Rotarians past and present.

Robbie Larocque – happy that this hockey season has finally come to an end for the Larocque family  and next year starts again in June.

Ted Morrison – at 4:30today, they noticed a leak under the floors at home. And the journey to fix the leak and do all of the repairs has begun.

Hilda Finnigan really had a great time at Kids Against Hunger as did A and  Al’s brother Mike, who was visiting

David Andrews – very happy for the successful Kids Against Hunger project and also for a very Happy Birthday at Terry’s party last Friday evening.


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Introduced by our very own Rhonda Stewart (also a volunteer at Parkwood), Samantha George is the curator at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa, Ontario, once the home of auto baron R.S. ‘Sam’ McLaughlin and his family, since July 2000. Since then, she’s spent almost every day, and some nights, at Parkwood, doing a myriad of duties that include everything from researching questions visitors ask tour guides, to educating those guides, to working with volunteers, to researching the family, the estate and the time period to overseeing the many TV, movie and commercial film crews that shoot at the national historic site to writing grant applications. She organizes a wide range of social programs, from a culinary club to dining etiquette programs to basement tours. She is a Graduate of York University, majoring in history and anthropology and also has a degree in Museum Studies from Algonquin College. She is a Board member of Culinary Historians of Canada since 2015. She is on the membership committee of Attractions Ontario, a fully licensed Zumba Instructor and has her own Appraisal business

Parkwood is extremely fortunate in that they have not had to source or collect artifacts for their collection. When the Estate became a National Historic Site, the house was full of items that belonged to the McLaughlin Family when they lived here. As the estate is now over 100 years old, signs of time, gravity and wear and tear have begun to emerge. Although quite an extensive and expensive process, in order to properly preserve our artifacts, they attempt to conserve the collections, architecture and heritage assets of Parkwood through the careful work of trained conservators.

This year, Samantha took us through the $1.2 million restoration project of the now famous greenhouses. They used as much of the original material as possible. This project has been nominated for a Prince of Wales conservation award. The original George Tanaka drawings showed where everything was to be and the Durham College horticultural students made the greenhouses a Lab and greatly assisted with the placement of items, as they were originally, in those drawings. Parkwood is thrilled to have learned on May 6, that the greenhouse complex conservation project has been shortlisted for the Cornerstone Award in Transformative Projects, specifically for architectural heritage.

In addition, Flora, the statue, is the Pond House, has been restored.   Parkwood has over 100 volunteers and many of them assist with restoring .

Natalie, a conservator from the Sir Sandford Fleming Conservation program has been volunteering numerous hours to conserve our anaglypta wallpaper located at the back staircase. As many of you know, we completed Part A of Stage II of the HVAC Retrofit ($1.8m to date), adding central air and humidification to the Art Deco Bedroom Suite, the Art Gallery and part of the third floor. Using closet spaces and the fireplace flues to run the duct work, etc. to ensure the work did not compete with or destroy our original finishes, construction crews negotiating the stairway with fan belts, and piping contributed to some of the wear and tear the natural aging process of the anaglypta has seen over the last 94 years. She has applied syringes filled with adhesive to consolidate some flaking that has occurred on the anaglypta around a window frame. This damage, and areas of loss, has been sustained over the years, due to an exposure to moisture, accumulative damage simply due to opening and closing windows for approximately a century. Once the adhesive is dried, the cracks will be flattened out with the use of a heated spatula which will relax the painted surface of the anaglypta ( the pink colour). Natalie will fill the areas of loss with a home-made paste, a recipe that consists of paper fibres and methyl cellulose adhesive, creating the same texture and density of the surrounding wallpaper. The walls are then cleaned with a 90 : 9 : 1 solution of water, mineral spirits and orvus paste, followed by a rinse. Once dry, Natalie will colour match to the pink walls and infill the areas that have been consolidated.

They also look at repairs to roofs, windows, wiring, fire, and safety systems. They improve temperature, humidity levels and air quality, control light and UV. They intervene with artifacts and architectural finishes as little as possible, preserving them in their current situations and conditions. When they need to intervene, they conserve, treating room finishes, painting and artwork, furniture, carpets, fabrics and lighting with minimal measures without altering the historic integrity of the artifact.

The most valuable items in the house are the paintings of Colonel Sam, Adelaide and the 5 daughters , in the dining room.

Parkwood’s burn time is 17 minutes and the Fire Dept has been told that the paintings must be the first items to be saved. The portraits need restoring and will be done over a period of one year.  Other original paintings are now in Art Galleries across Canada to preserve them. Paul Peel’s After The Bath is at AGO and the McMichael Gallery has many McLaughlin collection items from the Group of Seven.

Floors have been rebuffed.

The carpet on the circular staircase, originally installed in 1930, and made in Scotland. The loom, after its use, was ordered destroyed so that no duplicate rug could be made. They are now working to conserve the rug.

In Samantha’s words, they want Parkwood to be left “as if the family just left, and were coming back any minute”

Parkwood was used as a set in the Handmaids Tale (Episode 6). Money from this is being used for many restorative items.

History Channel, CNN, Hulu, Netflix all use Parkwood in many films. Be sure to watch the History Channel’s “100 days to Victory”. As part of her Museum Morsels program, Samatha and her volunteers were able to prepare the meals for scenes when Churchill met with Eiesnhower at Chartwell.  Over 15 productions will be shot this summer alone. Parkwood has become very much in demand by the film industry. Samantha works with the Directors Guild to ensure that the words “preserve and conserve“ will be the norm at Parkwood.

Samantha came across war poetry in many of the books at Parkwood. On 11/11/ 2018, they held a war poetry reading at Parkwood.

Thanks to TD Bank and the Durham Master Gardeners, the White Garden has been restored to look like the original.

Samantha noted that there re 15,000 artefacts on display at Parkwood and 15,000 more on storage. For example, The McLaughlin Car Club will be donating many of the GM Car catalogues which will be digitized for preservation.

This year, Parkwood will have the Gus Brown Golf Tournament at the Oshawa Golf Club in August and also the Gala in September.

She has started a seed preservation program as well so that flowers and vegetables, originally grown at Parkwood , can be on display in the same gardens again.

The 3rd floor servants’ quarters will be open for view soon as will the kitchen, for all to see.

Samantha George was thanked by incoming Vice President Sue MacKinnon.

Be sure to follow Parkwood Estate on Facebook and Twitter . Lots of timely posts and pictures to see.

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Oct 15, 2019
Annual UPDATE of DRPS in Durham Region to our Rotary Cub
Oct 22, 2019
See You All at " World Polio Day in Durham Region" on Oct 24 at Durham College
Oct 29, 2019
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
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Upcoming Events
Oct 12, 2019 11:00 AM –
Nov 10, 2019 4:00 PM
Bingo at the Red Barn - Team Hilda
Red Barn
Oct 12, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oshawa Media Debate 2019 on Rogers TV Durham
Oct 12, 2019 7:00 PM –
Oct 18, 2019 9:00 AM
Kids Safety Village Board and Committee Meeting
Kids Safety Village
Oct 16, 2019
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Set up for Halloween at the Kids Safety Village
Kids Safety Village
Oct 18, 2019
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
END POLIO NOW Flag Raising at Region of Durham
Region of Durham Headquarters
Oct 21, 2019
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
END POLIO NOW Flag Raising at Oshawa City Hall
Oshawa City Hall
Oct 22, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
World Polio Day 2019 in Durham Region
Durham College
Oct 24, 2019
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Halloween Haunt at the Kids Safety Village
Kids Safety Village
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Oct 26, 2019 9:00 PM
Rotary District 7070 Conference
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