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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, July 28, 2020

                                  Editor: Hilda Finnigan


July 31 – Happy Birthday to Greg McDowell

Aug   3 – Happy Anniversary to Kay & Larry Hurren

Aug 15 – Happy Birthday to Launi Ellliott

Aug 16 – Happy Birthday to  Richard Boatman

Aug 20 – Happy Anniversary to Colleen & Mike McLaren

Aug 22 – Happy Birthday to Kim Boatman

Aug 23 – Happy Birthday to Terri Lynn Larocque

Aug 28 – Happy Birthday to Devon Biddle

Aug 29 – Happy Anniversary to Linda & Craig Porritt

Aug 31 – Happy Birthday to David Andrews


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, Hilda Finnigan, David Andrews, Ted Morrison, Robert Kipling, Tim Dwyre, David Penney, Bill Creamer, Linda Porritt, Sandy McDowell, Robbie Laroque, Allan Finnigan, Durham Regional Chair John Henry (Guest Speaker and Visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Oshawa)

Guest : Welcome to our Durham Regional Chair John Henry (our Guest Speaker and Visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Oshawa)

AGAIN, THANK YOU 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 and hope we can continue in July.


President Sue MacKinnon started the meeting at 7:02 pm  and welcomed everyone !!!



Pres. Sue opened our meeting by asking 10 seconds of silence to reflect on “how we could be a better person”.


Birthdays /Anniversaries  Sandy thanked Pres. Sue for the reminder re Greg’s birthday!!


 Ted  reminded all of us to tell our friends and neighbours that there is still time to make a donation to our Rotary Club to help fight COVID-19 right here in Oshawa and our club will match their donation. Thank you to Kim and Sandy for their excellent half page ad in the May 13 and May 20 editions of The Oshawa Express and the news article in the May 20 edition, announcing our big fundraiser to fight COVID-19 here in our community. Thank you for the news article too announcing the matching funds donation. 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. Lets all get together and put on that one last  big push. This is the FINAL Two weeks. Done on Aug 15.






President Sue also noted a few more events too:

July 29 – Rotary Club Board of Directors Zoom Meeting at 6:30 PM – On Finances

Rotary District 7070 Virtual Walk for AIDS  and Community Health will take place on July 29 at 7 PM. Please register on the District 7070 Website

Treasurer Bill Creamer: Dues are Due. Very soon, you will receive an invoice from our Treasurer for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. The Annual Dues will be $230.00. At the same time, you will have the option to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund of $100 and a donation to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Funds for $20 (or more if you wish). You will be credited towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. Please pay your dues promptly when you get your invoice, by mailing or dropping off your cheque (or cash), payable to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, to 96 King Street East, Oshawa L1H 1B6.  Thank you everyone. We have already received our invoice from Rotary International.

Meals On Wheels – 2 Volunteers Are Still Required - President Sue’s car insurance no longer allows her to drive her car for meals on wheels. She is also on vacation for a few weeks coming up . She will look into the Rotary Club insurance to see if her car is covered for “Rotary business”. We need 2 volunteers. Please see President Sue so that our Rotary Club can fulfill our commitment to this very important community service.


President Sue announced that our Club made $1,000 on the Bottle Drive. Thank you all for helping.  

President Sue announced the SEPT 26 – Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive  - in every Community in Rotary District 7070.  We will be joining all of the Rotary Clubs all across southern Ontario , here in District 7070 as we hold a Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26. This will be an opportunity for Rotary clubs to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke, east to Picton and Belleville and north to Alliston and Newmarket. Stay tuned. Get ready to volunteer. More to come. Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event. District 7070 will help promote on social media. Note to Clubs: Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. WOW. 55 Rotary Clubs and one huge bottle drive like Southern Ontario has never seen before


Some issues regarding our return to the Golf Club on August 18th

  • Alternative for Visa being discussed

  • Members will need to inform David if they are coming to a meeting to ensure a meal is prepared. He will send out a letter in a few days.

  • We will need a minimum of 20 attending each meeting at the Golf Club.

   There will be more discussion prior to our return to the Golf Club.



Hilda asked if the updated Membership Phone / email and Mailing Address Lists had been received and were correct.  Those present stated “Yes”.

Bulletin Editor for August 2020 is Janice Coupland. Thank you Janice for volunteering.

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GUEST SPEAKER:   John Henry, Chair, Regional Municipality of Durham

Note: Regional Chair John Henry is the first of our civic speakers for the 2020-21 Rotary year. The civic speakers (Regional Chair, MP, MPP. Mayor, Police and Fire Chiefs) provide valuable insights into the wants and needs of our community and help our Rotary Club to plan a better path to helping our community , as a result.

Past President David Andrews introduced Regional Chair John Henry, highlighting John as a fellow Rotarian; noting his dedication to the people of Durham Region and his ongoing support and of Rotary in local projects such as the Rotary Ribfest, the Rotary Centennial Bridge and The Rotary Gazebo in the Oshawa Botanical Gardens, World Polio Day, our Reverse Draw, Kids Against Hunger, the recent Rotary Bottle Drive, and his enthusiasm to speak to our Rotary Club whenever asked. He is a great supporter of our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.

John spoke with his usual enthusiasm for Rotary and the successes of Durham Region.  I am able to highlight only some these.  As always, his knowledge of the history of the area is amazing!

  • As for the Rotary Bridge and Gazebo, he noted that the Rotary Wheel embedded in the floor of the Gazebo was originally at the Rotary waterfront cottage which is now the Jubilee Pavilion. The wheel was donated by Oshawa Rotarian Bob Hambly.

  • Even in these challenging times, there were three exciting announcements that John attended today in Durham Region: Facebook Canada announced today that it is teaming up with Ontario Tech University's Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism to create what it calls the Global Network Against Hate. The network, which is to receive $500,000 from Facebook over five years, is being tasked with spotting emerging trends in online extremism and developing strategies, policies and tools to counter them. The move comes as experts like Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism warn that the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming U.S. election campaign are likely to drive a wave of online hate postings in Canada and elsewhere over the coming months — hate that could spill over to the offline world.

  • In Newcastle, today ,John was at an event where it was announced that $2.6-million going to the Parkview Seniors Lodge expansion in Newcastle will help to fill a much-needed gap for affordable seniors’ housing. The expansion will add 37 new units, of which 30 will be affordable. The investment is part of a joint federal-provincial Social Infrastructure fund.

  • In Ajax, John attended with Premier Doug Ford who announced that the Ontario government announced that a new long-term care home will be built at Lakeridge Health's Ajax Pickering Hospital site in months, not years. The project is part of the province's Accelerated Build Pilot Program. By working with Lakeridge Health and Infrastructure Ontario, the province intends to build up to 320 new long-term care beds by 2021 at this site.

  • He noted that the are NO Covid 19 cases in Durham Region hospitals today and only one active case in Durham Region

  • If you get a chance, please go to the new updated Region of Durham website and see all of the date and news and regulations and procedures that go along with COVID-19 in all of our daily lives.

  • He wanted to know that Durham Region is open for business. There are 150 projects on the go during COVID-19 pandemic

  • There are 4,200 region staff (not counting Durham region Police) who are working from home,  looking after all of the various services: water, roads, traffic, health, education, etc

  • He said that the busses in Durham Region have been working with everyone practicing social distancing and masking. Transit was free up to mid July.

  • The region lost many volunteers, due to the pandemic, particularly in the long term care facilities that are open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Region hired an additional 230 people for the Region’s 4 long term care facilities.

  • The Region was able to shift around 458 people to work in other departments during the pandemic so that no one was laid off.

  • Paramedics, for example still took 32,569 calls since the pandemic started and conducted 19,000 patient transfers

  • Pending connection of GO East to Bowmanville right thru Oshawa and the old Knob Hills  / Fittings property .

  • With the $4 billion announced by the province last week, Durham region will certainly get some of those funds, but to date, since the pandemic started, they are in a $43 million loss position.

  • In addition, Buses are being upgraded and new ones are being added , as well to meet the new demands . Some of which are electric.

  • Durham Region Transit has an “On Demand” service throughout the Region. You can call in and within 2 hours, b picked up at your house and taken to the nearest transit point. On Demand service has expanded to Brock Township, making access to public transit service throughout Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock townships easier than ever. To learn more about On Demand service, visit the Planning Your Travel page. On Demand/Specialized is a flexible and personalized service for customers who do not have: Access to scheduled service – rural areas in Durham Region AND The ability to use scheduled service – eligibility requirements apply

  • Zoom and Webex platformed meetings have made meetings well attended and very popular throughout Ontario and will certainly be the way to meet, going forward, even getting quorum at Region Meetings

  • The communities in Durham are  being planned around the transit

  • Lots of new supportive housing is in the works: New Housing Units in Beaverton and Oshawa to support Senior Housing

  • Recognizing areas of poor technology connections during this pandemic and pushing to have improving this a national priority

  • In spite of problems created by the pandemic there have been positives in Durham Region

    • New business in Port Perry

    • Adapting to making PPE

    • Farms and Markets are open

    • Agricultural growth ie Willowtree Farm

  • Building continues – we are open for business

  • A new task force has been formed to help businesses deal with COVID-19. With some businesses forced to close their doors, the Durham Economic Task Force quickly came together to provide supports and information for businesses. Members of the task force include the Region's Economic Development and Tourism team, the Business Advisory Centre of Durham, all the Durham chambers of commerce and boards of trade, and local municipal economic development teams. The Durham Economic Task Force has one goal: to deliver the urgently needed information, support, and resources to our business community to help them get through this difficult time. The Task force, headed by Simon Gill, Director of Economic Development and Tourism heard what business  urgently needed, and they are all working to make sure the businesses are supported.

  • Durham Region’s New Strategic Plan includes a Recovery Framework considering social and economic needs. The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan is focused on five goal areas: 1.Environmental Sustainability 2.Community Vitality 3.Economic Prosperity 4.Social Investment and 5.Service Excellence

  • John notes that Durham is recognized as the greatest Region in Canada and is recognized World Wide.  He also wears his Rotary Mask as well as his Paul Harris Pin at every opportunity thus promoting Rotary and encourages all of us to do the same. Premier Ford, a Paul Harris Fellow himself, noted John’s pin today. The Ford family have been Rotarians for many years.

  • John touched on Durham Region farmers and said that agriculture is a very important segment of Durham Region . He encouraged all of us to pick up the Durham Farm Fresh 2020 brochure.

  • John noted how proud he is to be a Rotarian and proud that Rotary is an organization that touches the entire world. He is also so proud of the 10 Durham Region Rotary Clubs and happy to host the clubs at World Polio Day 2020 with proclamations and the flag raising ceremony (held this year on Sept 21 so it can be videoed for the World Polio Day event in the Global Classroom at Durham College on Oct 22).

  • He reminded us that 40% of Ontario’s power come from the two nuclear plants in Durham region

  • Our farmers feed Toronto

  • Durham College is a leader in Artificial Intelligence.

  • Durham Region is more affordable than any community in the GTHA

  • Durham Region is a great story

  • The need for service clubs is stronger tha ever before

  • In response to questions John noted that there would be a tax increase but this would NOT be due to Covid related costs, only inflation

Past District Governor Ted Morrison thanked John noting his enthusiasm, great leadership and support of Rotary.

Meeting adjourned by Pres. Sue at 7:50pm


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