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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: Barry Rassin – Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

R.I. DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: Mary Lou Harrison - Rotary Club of Toronto-Sunrise in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ASSISTANT DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: Roger Tessier – Rotary Club of Cobourg in Cobourg, 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, August 28, 2018



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: Kim Boatman


O Canada: Peter Dueck


Toast To The Queen : Kris Sachdeva




A warm welcome to our guest speaker and fellow Rotarian Rob MacArthur, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ajax


BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES : Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha to Kim Boatman on August 22, to Devon Biddle on Aug 28; to Dave Andrews on Aug 31 and Happy Anniversary to Linda and Craig Porritt (their 32nd) on August 29.




Past Pres Dave AndrewsWorld Polio Day 2018 will be held right on the date, Wednesday October 24, 2018 at Durham College in the new Global Classroom of the new Centre for Collaborative Education. We will cancel our regular weekly meeting on Tuesday October 23 and urge everyone to attend this grand event. Please register here at the District Website, as soon as you can. All of the Clubs in Durham Region have been invited and urged to register as soon as possible. The cost for the event will be $25 with a portion of the ticket price going to the Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Program and will be credited towards your next Paul Harris Fellow. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. There will be a fellowship time from 5:00 pm to 5:45pm followed by a welcome from Durham College and from Rotary District Governor Mary Lou Harrison. At 5:45pm, we will feed in the live stream Rotary Polio Program, live from Philadelphia this year from 6 to 6:45 pm . We will then continue to broadcasting live from Oshawa. During this live Oshawa portion, the two Rotary Club Presidents from Oshawa will receive their Proclamations from the Mayor of Oshawa, and the 10 Rotary Club Presidents and District Governor Mary Lou Harrison will receive their Proclamations from the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Durham. Dr. Bob Scott, the immdeiate Past Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee will bring us up to date and hoepfully , bring in some of his associates from the Polio stricken countries , again, live. Questions and answers will follow and then an after-party, finishing at 9 pm. The entire event will also be available, by computer, through a URL for any Rotary Club in the world to view. In addition, the broadcast will be sent live all over the world, to the colleges and universities on the Durham College Global Classroom network.


Past Pres Dave Andrews - Big Game 53 (Superbowl) tickets have arrived from the Rotary E Club of Southern Ontario Western New York are now available for sale - $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. Great prizes, first being 4 nights lodging and 2 tickets to the game plus $1,000. Plus many more great prizes. Final day to have money and ticket stubs returned is November 20.


Past Pres Lennis Trotter – Kids Safety Village Board and Commmittee Meetings on Aug 27 at the Village at 5:30 pm

AND Kids Safety Village Board and Commmittee Meetings on Sept 17 at the Village at 5:30 pm AND The Grand Re-opening of the Kids' Safety Village will be on Sept 22 from about 10:30 am to about 2 pm at the Kids Safety Village , 1129 Athol Street, Whitby. We would like as many member as possible to be there for our Signature Project.


Past Pres Lennis Trotter – has two remaining Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood logo hats for sale $20 each. Please let him know if you care to purchase one or both.


Janice Coupland – We now have had a number of buffets and she asked everyong to get back to her how hey like them so that the Committee could let the Golf Club know .


Past Pres Hilda Finnigan Rotary District 7070 Friendship Day at Parkwood Estate September 8 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm with optional tours planned afterward (send Dave an email if you are going on the tour – only a very few available) . Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary International's PolioPlus Program is our guest speaker, at our luncheon, who will provide the very latest news on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. Cost $75.00 per person, with a portion of the ticket price going to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and will be credited towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. There will be a luncheon and a cash bar on the grounds at Parkwood. Please register here and please register as soon as possible. There is a massive amount of planning being dome by the Committee (Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood) and tickets sales will start to pick up as the Committee gets around to all clubs in the District in the next few weeks. Don't be left out. Spouses, guests, and prospective members are most welcome. Tours of Parkwood will be available at no charge to the fiorst 30 people . You must email dave Andrews to get on the guided tours. First come – first served. Still some tours available. We will be asking for Rotary volunteers to go around to our neighbouring clubs to promote this event during August. Please say YES when you are asked. IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL DAVE ANDREWS ANDHE WILL REGISTER YOU AND YOUR GUEST.


Past Pres Hilda - It is that time again to help out our Rotary Club and volunteer for the Registration Desk and to write the weekly Bulletin. She thanked everyone who have volunteered so foar for Bulleting and Registration but there are still a few holes. Please sign up. If you were away this week, please call her and volunteer your time and talents.


REMINDER: President Linda Porritt – We are going to have a Program for Rotary District 7070 Friendship Day 2018 and to help us defer some of the costs and ensure as much of everyone's ticket price as possible, will go to the Rotary Foundation, you and your company can advertise in the Program. Cost will be $100 for a business sized ad. Please let Linda know as soon as possible.


Kim Boatman – received a very nice thank you card and letter from Mark Cullen, Canada’s best known gardener and President of Mark’s Choice Ltd , and also Campaign Chair & Co-Founder of the Highway of Heroes Campaign for our generous donation of $1,500 toward 2 million trees that will be planted honoring those who have fought for our country and the 117,000 that will be planted along the Highway of Heroes in honour of those who died for our country in war time. Thisfall, there will be a tree planting at Camp X and hope that we would participate. Kim then read “In Flanders Fields”. Thank you Rotarians and thank you Mark Cullen,


Sandy McDowell – thanks ted's team for doing Bingo on August 25 and we are going to do bingo again this Saturday., September 1. On deck are Hilda and Al, Lennis and Esther, Pat , Sue, and Dave and perhaps Sonya this week – 4:30 pm sharp at The Red Barn. We will also need extra help for this long weekend (Sept 1 Bingo).


President Linda Porritt - read a ncie thank you note from Grandview Childrens Centre for our 3 year commitment and to stay tune for more news as the building gets completed.


Pres Linda - reminded everyone to register for the Rotary Foundation Walk in Kleinberg at the McMichael Gallery. And Please make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, as part of your walk. Join fellow Rotarians with friends and family on Sunday September 30, 2018 for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation.

Enjoy a leisurely morning as you choose how to enjoy the renoun McMichael Art Gallery. Registration from 08:30 to 10:00 am. There will be structured 2km and 5km walks starting between 9:30 and 10:00 in collaboration with the Humber Valley Trail Association. The gallery is available for your viewing pleasure following the walk. Lunch and fellowship gathering 11:00 am onwards. Note: Space is limited to 250 attendees due to venue capacity limitations. 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. Here is a place to get an get all of the information you will need. Please bring your own lawn chair and blanket .


REMINDER: President Linda Porritt – We are going to have a Program for Rotary District 7070 Friendship Day 2018 and to help us defer some of the costs and ensure as much of everyone's ticket price as possible, will go to the Rotary Foundation, you and your company can advertise in the Program. Cost will be $100 for a business sized ad. Please let Linda know as soon as possible.


REMINDER: Past Pres Lennis Trotter – Kids' Safety Village Board and Commmittee Meetings on Sept 17 at the Village at 7:30 pm to go over the final details of the Grand Re-opening of the Kids' Safety Village will be on Sept 22 from about 10:30 am to about 2 pm at the Kids Safety Village.


REMINDER: Sue MacKinnon – Are you interested on serving on the Membership Committee this year. Please let her know . So Far , we have Sue as Director and Mike McLaren as Chair. Please volunteer your time and talents to the growth of our Rotary Club. We have a membership Plan. We have a Strategic Plan. We need your help to make them work.


REMINDER: Treasurer Devon Biddle announced that our annual club dues invoice will be sent to us by email BUT you can pay right now at the front Registration Desk. Dues are $210 for the year (may be paid now or one half now and one half Jan 1, 2019). On the invoice , there will be a voluntary contribution of $100 for the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and $20 for Polio Eradication, if you so desire to pay, and Devon will ensuire that you get credit towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. Spouses may pay $165 annual dues for their membership, as long as one spouse pays the $210. You can start paying TODAY at the front Registration Desk, when you come in to the meeting. Invoices will be emailed shortly.


REMINDER: Incoming Presdient Lennis Trotter - District 7070 Conference – Rotary Reunion in Prince Edward County – Register at . Casual country all day and evening. 8:30 a.m. – Arrive and enjoy breakfast snacks between. All day Programming – Fun and learning through the six areas of focus. Lunch – Picnic lunch as you enjoy Reunion activities; 6:00 p.m.– Gather for the Rotary family banquet. Sunday– Prince Edward County area activities will be highlighted for personal enjoyment. The cost for the day is $99 per person.






ACE OF SPADES DRAW: Devon Biddle,the Birthday Boy, was the lucky winner tonight but alas, he drew the 4 of

Spades. The deck gets smaller and the pot grows.



Front Desk Tim Dwyre

Bulletin Editor/Greeter Kris Sachdeva

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



Dan – had a nuce lunch with his son today who graduated from Fanshawe College in urban forestry and is now going to be a teacher at the College in the same fireld.


Kim – a great Autofest number 25 this year and Lennis Trotter's son, Blair was the President for the second year in a row. Over $ 25,000 was raised for Grandview Childrens Centre while they attended Autofest at lakeview Park.


Rob MacArthur - happy to be here with us at the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood again, and happy to be expecting his 10th grandchild in December.


Devon – Happy to be here tonight celebrating his birthday with us. His birthday with the family was last weekend.


Robert Kiping – amazed that Devon would spend his real birthday with us at Rotary. Now that is DEDICATION.


Devon – added 10cents


Ted – said that he was at the Rotary Club of Cobourg this week talking about Freindship Day . In 30 minutes, the club raised over $800 in happy bucks (anywhere from $5 to $50 to even $100) . That takes our club all year to do that. He encourage everyone to make the donations .



None tonight.

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GUEST SPEAKER : Rob MacArthur – RAGAS -Rotary Action Group Against Slavery


Past Pres Dave Andrews introduced Rob MacArthur. Rob is a classic entrepreneur, always looking for new technology, products, and services, that will help people. His professional background has included working in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, Municipal Government, Hospitality, Retail, and Health and Wellness industries. His roles have included the areas of management, finance, information technology, communications, marketing, and media. He has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently, he is media, technology and management consultant, as well as working in the mortgage and music industries. His work centres around helping people and organizations with his expertise.
His real passion is helping. Currently, he is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Ajax.


Founder of RAGAS in Canada – Rotary Action Group Against Slavery

Rob is the father of six children, and the grandfather of nine. He and his lovely wife Lorraine also entertain as a band , duet, DJ's, and Karaoke Hosts. Their band (called Two Drunk to Fish) has performed at fairs, festivals, and Ribfest's throughout Ontario. Their duet has entertained across Ontario and Florida. Always looking for his next challenge, Rob has the Enthusiasm of Youth Combined with the Wisdom of Age!


Rob first played a very powerful video that was shown at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in June 2017.


In Canada, RAGAS Coordinator Rob MacArthur welcomes you to ‘local’ news, events, and opportunities to help end slavery here and abroad. To assist that we have a Canada focused FaceBook group … do join us at


Definition of slavery….I am often asked for a definition of a slave. Quite simply, it is someone who is forced to work without pay, who is unable to leave and who is controlled by violence or the merely threat of violence. For these people their free will is taken away. Their labour, their lives and their minds are being consumed by someone else’s greed. But there is another dimension to slavery which is often forgotten.


It eliminates identity…..My visits to Child Slave Rehabilitation Centres in India, Nepal and Thailand these last 16 years have made me realise that one of the great crimes of slavery is that it goes beyond “servitude”. It goes to the point of eliminating the identity of the individual and the younger someone is taken into slavery the less likely they are able to repossess their own identity. In effect they become like zombies. That is what I mean when I say slavery eliminates the identity of the individual. This is the essential ingredient of modern day slavery, ie the total control of one person by another for the purpose of economic exploitation.

Liberation is not enough….For the countless numbers of children and adults who are rescued from their factory prisons, fields, homes, quarries, restaurants etc, liberation is not enough. In Europe or in the United States, a child kidnapped and held in captivity for a number of years would automatically be given counselling. It would be assumed that the child or adult would need help for years to come. The trauma of slavery is just as bad and the need for rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community, is just as important.


The need for rehabilitation ….Children (and the same applies for adults) when rescued are usually broken in body, mind and spirit and if taken directly back to their homes, would undoubtedly remain traumatised and withdrawn for the rest of their lives. They therefore need to go through a physical, mental and spiritual rehabilitation process. For the lucky few, this process is undertaken wherever there is a place available at a Safe House, Rehabilitation Centre or Trafficking Shelter. Sadly, there are not enough of these in the developing countries I have visited.


The Rehabilitation process…At some of the Rehabilitation Centres I have visited in India, the rescued children are re-educated a) to believe that they are worthwhile, not worthless, b) to learn to love themselves again and c) to play and mix with other children. Also because the majority of these children are from the lowest caste (the dalits) and are illiterate, they are taught to read and to write and to acquire trade skills such as welding, weaving, electronics, screen printing, tailoring, bicycle repairs, sewing etc. Acquiring these skills will enable them to more easily reintegrate back into their own villages.


Rob's message:

It takes two to 6 years to deprogram a victim.


Here is a brochure that helps tell the story:


Here is the link to their excellent website:


45 million people are in slavery today. One in 4 slaves are children. It is possible to bring an end to modern day slavery (alos called human trafficing) and join with Rotarians around the world through RAGAS. Rob joined at the Atmanta Convention as did 3 other Canadians.

The average age in Canada is 14. In the UK and Australia, there are laws to stop modern day slavery. 58% of the slavery is in 5 countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan. When chlidren are enslaved, they never come back home. Recently 100 UN peacekeepers ran a slavery ring in Haiti while supposedly helping with the floodding. They have not been punished.

70% of the slavery in Canada is in Ontario and 86% of that is in the GT.Only 30% of those charge with trafficing in Canada go to jail. Not accurate figures available in Canada – jurisdictions call it different things. Statscan says about 6,500 are slaves. 50% of the slaves are between the ages of 18 and 24. Every hotel in Durham Region has the slave trade of human trafficing.

We can spread the word as Rotarians.


We can get to know what to look for.


Spot it to stop it - How to spot a trafficked victim

Signs of modern slavery can be difficult to detect, with victims remaining hidden for years. But you can be aware of the situations below.

Physical appearance….victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt or appear withdrawn.

Isolation….Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control or influenced by others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.

Poor living conditions…Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address.

Few or no personal effects….Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes – day in, day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.

Restricted freedom of movement…Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents such as passports, retained.

Unusual travel times…They may be regularly dropped off/collected for work very early in the morning or very late at night. Reluctant to seek help…Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing whom to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation or fear of violence to them or their family.


The mindset of a trafficked victim - Why doesn't a trafficking victim just leave?

 Traffickers teach victims to distrust outsiders, especially law enforcement officers.

 Foreign victims are afraid of the government and police because they believe they will be deported (whether they are in a country legally or not).

 Victims often feel it's their own fault that they have been trafficked.

 They develop loyalty to their captor as a coping or survival skill. Sometimes they even protect them from authorities.

Even if they are being raped for profit night after night, it may still be better than what they came from (unbelievable but true).

 Victims, whether domestic or foreign, probably don't know their rights.  Their captors have lied to them about their rights.  They don't see themselves as victims or trafficked.

 They don't have a cell phone, and their captors took away their ID, visas, and passport

 They never heard of calling or even knowing the number of a helpline and they distrust police anyway.

 Their captors may threaten their families, and say if they try to escape, their families will pay the price.


10 simple steps to help you on your way …

Step 1.Help build this Rotarian movement. Join RAGAS. Your Charter subscription works out at £10 ($15) a year. Two years in and that’s about the price slave masters pay to buy an enslaved soul at ‘Le Marche des Jeunes Gens’ on the Ivory Coast.

Step 2. Print off and promote our information leaflet (being updated)

Step 3. Spend a bit of time watching one of the many videos on the subject

Step 4. Recognise and buy only sustainable slave-free products

Step 5. Vow to, at least, achieve three of these simple Things I can do

Step 6. Spot it to STOP it – Recognise a victim in your neighbourhood

Step 7. Know your local Helpline number and promote it (Durham Regional Police)

Step 8. Don’t be challenged – Understand the different forms of slavery

Step 9. Don’t be shy – support relevant campaigns

Step 10. Develop, promote and support a practical project

Get the RAGAS Newsletters here.


Local organization: Safe Hope Durham


In Canada, there is no 1-800 line for victims or those who notice slavery to call.


This is more than a crime. It is a human rights issue. Call the police when you see the signs.


Rob was thanked by Dr. Kris Sachdeva


IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, MAKE UP : Go online at go to the Rotary 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.

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