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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 14, 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:                         Larry Hurren                   

O Canada:                  Janice Coupland                                                                                     

Toast To The Queen: Stanley Igboanugo                                                         



A warm welcome to our guest speaker, Don Lovisa, President of Durham College. 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 Anniversary to Bob and Patti Koski on May 14 and Happy 45th Anniversary to Tim and Ann Dwyre  and Happy Birthday to Al Finnigan on May 20.



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

NOTE: You can still hear Ted’s Kids Against Hunger interview with Terry Johnston on CKDO Radio . Here is the link to the program:  Thank you Terry Johnston.

Sandy McDowell – new bingo time for July thru December 2019. Sandy will let us know the schedule as soon as she gets it. Our time will be 3:15 to 5:30 pm on the Saturday instead of the 5:45 to 10 pm time frame.

Reverse Draw, Dinner Silent Auction Gala  Co-Chair Robbie Larocque – Thanked everyone who bought tickets, sold tickets, donated to the silent auction and more, and to the Committee. An excellent event and great results.

Incoming President Lennis Trotter  had an excellent start to the new Rotary year at the District Assembly on May 11 at the BMO IFL Centre in Toronto and also on the trip to Rotary International Headquarters on Sunday / Monday with all of the incoming District 7070 presidents.

Incoming Presdient Lennis Trotter announced the June 25 meeting of the incoming Rotary Board and asked that the Board have their committees in place by June 18 and forwarded to Dave Andrews so he can put them into the spreadsheet for all of the Board to review. Attention to Club members: If you want to be on a certain committee next year (July 1 thru June 30), please get in touch with Lennis or the Director. A list of next year’s Board is on the Club website.

Treasurer Devon Biddle: was happy to give us some NET estimates for the Reverse Draw: Auction $7500; briefcase $1500, Draw $9000. Estimated Total Net $18,000. Thank you: Everyone who helped make this a tremendous success.

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. Now is the time to invite prospective members to attend upcoming meetings as our Speaker List is most IMPRESSIVE. Check out the Calendar of Events and the Club website for all of the details.

Incoming President Lennis presented to Director of Youth Service Kim Boatman and to President Linda Porritt a certificate of appreciation, that was given out , at the District Assembly on May 11, to the Clubs who sponsored a Rotary Youth Leadership Awardee this year. Well done.









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: 5:30 pm.

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: Tim Dwyre – ACE OF SPADES Draw and our Happy Toonies , tonight. Thank you, Tim.


THE ACE OF SPADES DRAW:   Winner:  Dave Andrews, who  drew the 3 of Spades and forgot to pick up his travel 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



On The Front Door:  Stanley Igboanugo

Bulletin Editor:          Hilda Finnigan



Devon Biddle – an excellent District Assembly. Even though he has been to many , over the years, he always learns something and it really gets the Rotary juices flowing for the new Rotary Year that starts July 1, 2019

Dan Pantaleo  -  Happy for the wrong reason. He is happy he still has the racoon cage.

Ted Morrison – Glad he attended the District Assembly. It reaffirms that our Rotary Club is doing the right things to be an effective Rotary Club.

Sandy McDowell -  very glad to finally see the sun shining.

Janice Coupland – thanked everyone for an excellent evening at our Rotary Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction Gala last Thursday. And she is very glad to see Durham College President Don Lovisa and thanked him for spending his time with us this evening.  

Terry Giles – reminisced with us about the Paul Harris Fellow award that he received for being the first President of our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood. He also remembered how each president tried to “walk on water” at the end of their Rotary year. A tradition started by Terry in June 1977 as he attempted to walk on the water in the reflecting pond at Parkwood , where we used to hold our Annual President’s Night.

Larry Hurren – thanked everyone on the Reverse Draw Team -  another smooth draw thanks to the volunteers . Larry tried awfully hard to bid on the silent auction items but they went very high and he had to go back and run the Draw . Go Raptors . Amazing Kawai Leonard.

Kim Boatman – received mail from UOIT. It was addressed to Terry Giles, President , Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood (who was our President in 1976-77).

Don Lovisa – lots of happy dollars thanking our Rotary Club for the tremendous support over the years and in particular for spearheading the Durham Region Rotary Club donation initiative  to the Centre for Collaborative Education which opened last year.

Dave Andrews  - thanked everyone for the teamwork and the smooth running of the entire Reverse Draw, Dinner and Silent Auction Gala. It looks like we did what we set out to do. We got more than we did last year. Thank you all. And thanked Don Lovisa for speaking to us tonight and bring us up to date on the past, present and future of Durham College.

Tim Dwyre -  fondly remembered Bill Patchett  and his passion for Rotary in all manners. He will be missed by all of us.  

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GUEST SPEAKER: Don Lovisa, BA, MIM President, Durham College

Topic: DC Today and What it will be like in The Future


Dave Andrews introduced Don Lovisa, President, Durham College. Don Lovisa will tell you he has the best job anywhere and that Durham College (DC) is the best in Canada. It’s hard not to get caught up in the passion Don brings to his job as president of Durham College, a position he’s held for the past ten years of his 30 plus years in post-secondary education.

Since 2008, leading an institution of more than 2,400 full-time and contract employees dedicated to a mission that the student experience comes first, Don focuses on the development of new strategies to support its students, people, business and, community, now and in the future. Employment at DC now stands at 4,178.

Don has a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and has completed the course work for a PhD in Community College Leadership through the University of Toronto.  Don arrived at Durham College in July, 2007 as vice-president, Academic. Prior to that, he served 20 years at Confederation College in his home town of Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada) in progressively senior positions, including dean of the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts. Don has also worked internationally, consulting and providing training and teaching in the areas of globalization, market-driven economic transition, international trade, entrepreneurship and business development.

Durham College has thrived under Don’s leadership, growing to more than 12,500 full-time, post-secondary and apprenticeship students and over 30,000 students in total. To support this student population growth, the college has seen more than $200 million invested in new buildings and renovations within the past nine years. Don has negotiated a new strategic mandate agreement with the provincial government; launched Durham College’s first-ever baccalaureate degree in 2018, as well as a research operation that has generated millions of dollars in funding to support local small- and medium-sized enterprises.

One of the college’s most recent projects includes the AI Hub, which capitalizes on advances in machine intelligence, automated learning, decision support, optimization, robotics, language/meaning understanding, and advanced manufacturing practices.

Beyond DC, Don is considered a leader in the college system and the broader provincial and national communities. He is currently the Chair of Colleges Ontario and is also driving a group of leaders called the Idea Summit for the establishment of an Innovation Hub in the Durham Region. His track record of success was instrumental in Don receiving the Business Person of the Year Award in 2017 from the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Business Achievement Award in 2011 from the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, among other awards.  Don believes that the success of DC is premised on its dedication to the goals of student success and providing high quality teaching and learning, from whatever role one has at Durham College.

Don showed a brief video of “Durham College Today”.  Here is just a small sample:

In 1967, Durham College started with 16 portables. Today it offers flexible, experimental , lifelong learning. Students are aged 7 to 70. Over 140 programs,9 academic schools, 8 Apprentice programs - all Red Seal plus programs offering certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and even Honors Bachelor Degrees  - all from Durham College.

There are 30,000 full and part time students, including 2,200 international students from 64 countries and even 900 university grads joined Durham College, in Sept 2019, to further their education. The cross degrees are becoming popular with 540 UOIT grads enrolled this year at DC and 430 DC grads enrolled in UOIT programs. Degrees are being offered with 2 yrs at DC plus 2 yrs at UOIT.  440 students use the Pathways to learning by leveraging their Durham College education to earn a degree in less time, through a number of partnerships and agreements with institutions across Ontario, Canada and abroad, Durham College has established opportunities for them to further their education and gain advanced standing toward a degree. Field placement even includes China.

Don announced the Whitby Campus expansion in the fall of 2019, adding 60,000 sq ft costing $35 million for additional trades courses in boilermaker, crane operator and elevator mechanics (currently only offered at DC). For example, Ontario needs 600 boilermakers. 300 students will start in that program this fall. Thanks to OPG donations. This will allow for an expansion of 700 students.

Don told us about the A I Hub for artificial intelligence and research , currently assisting small to medium sized companies. 100 students are currently being paid by companies to do A I research and find A I solutions. Voice activation is just one example. Robotics is also a part of this discipline. A I is now part of all businesses and industries. A huge growth opportunity. As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly transform the way organizations and their people work, a shortage of skilled professionals remains the single most significant challenge facing AI adoption by industry. With a focus on enterprise AI, including both off-the-shelf solutions and proprietary AI, this graduate certificate program – the first and only one of its kind in Canada – will prepare students to meet this demand for AI-literate practitioners.

DC Library services are enormous. Resources include 103,000 books in print version plus 382,000 E books, and over 88,602 journals on line.

The economic impact DC has on our community is $913 million annually. In 2011, this figures was $255 million. GTA has recognized Dc as on of the top employers , 8 years in a row. And Canada’s top green employer 3 years in a row. The new CFCE building has solar panels on top and a geothermal field right beside it. This is now part of the DC curriculum as well.  

The new E-game arena for students to use as fun, is also part of the curriculum. Aligning with its focus on innovation, applied research and artificial intelligence, has developed and constructed an eSports Gaming Arena for students, which will allow the college to take a leading role in one of the fastest-growing industries in the gaming market. The inclusive nature of online video games allows non-traditional athletes to compete in the team-based sport. Netting $1.5 billion dollars in 2017, according to SuperData, the eSports industry has noticed a sharp spike in investments after recording a net worth of nearly $900 million in 2016. The arena is part one of a four-phase eSports plan, which will also see an eSports club, varsity program and eventually, integration into current and future curriculum.  It will provide space for students to participate in the sport – either recreationally or competitively, while also providing experiential learning opportunities for several programs. Students who are graduating are being scooped up by Ubersoft at the pay rate of $60,000 annually. Just google E sports and see how big it is. More people worldwide are watching ESports than the Super Bowl.

DC recruiting programs are offered to students as early as grade 7and 8 to help them select their educational opportunities, in science, technology and trades. New trades now offer high salaries and job security, and Dc offers a wide variety of educational products.

Don was thanked by our Director of Service, Kim Boatman.

Be sure to keep up to date with everything that is happening at Durham College – past, present and future. Go to:

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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
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Halloween Haunt at the Kids Safety Village
Kids Safety Village
Oct 25, 2019 5:00 PM –
Oct 26, 2019 9:00 PM
Rotary District 7070 Conference
J W Mariott Rosseau Resort and Spa
Oct 25, 2019 5:00 PM –
Oct 27, 2019 2:00 PM
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Director - International Service
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