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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, September 8, 2020

                                      Bulletin Editor: Ted Morrison


Sept 9   – We remember, Devon on this day, which would have been Linda and Devon Biddle’s 53rd Anniversary

Sept 13 -  Happy Birthday to Sandy McDowell


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, Ted Morrison, Robert Kipling, Tim Dwyre, David Penney, Robbie Larocque,,  Ana Rejab, Linda Porritt, Hilda Finnigan, Stanley Igboanugo, Bob Koski, Colin Carrie, Bill Creamer

Guest :  Emmy Iheme (Past President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa), and mayor Dan Carter (Honourary member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa) . Note: Emmy sponsored Dan into the Oshawa Rotary Club.

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 welcomed everyone to our meeting, live from Vancouver where she showed us the beautiful skyline.

She then asked all of us to take a moment of silence as we remember the Trainor family in Oshawa.



From President Sue MacKinnon:

The 2020 Foundation Walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation - October 18 at the Toronto Beaches boardwalk!  District 7070 is planning a smaller in-person and COVID responsible walk with 100 Rotarians to comply with existing Toronto By-laws.  Attendees will be mainly Rotary and Rotaract Presidents and District reps.  This will be important date as we regularly raise over $100K from this event for the good work of the Foundation.  We are also encouraging clubs to hold their own walks within their communities! Let’s start raising our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood funds for the Rotary Foundation Walk. It will be here in no time.

DUES ARE DUE: You have all received an invoice from our Treasurer, Bill Creamer,  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 paid our semi annual invoice from Rotary International.

OCTOBER 6, 2020 AT 6 PM: DISTRICT GOVERNOR MARK CHIPMAN’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO 5 ROTARY CLUBS ON ZOOM: District Governor Mark has set up October 6 for his official visit to the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood, Bowmanville, Courtice and Port Perry. A LINK will be provided soon.

Meals On Wheels – Volunteers Are Still Required -. Please see President Sue so that our Rotary Club can fulfill our commitment to this very important community service. Mondays is our day to volunteer.  

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. August is looked after. Thank you, Jan and Kris. We need editors for October 2020 through June 2021 . Thank you to Ted Morrison for being our Bulletin Editor for September 2020. Please let Hilda know as soon as you can.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED ZOOM SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR ROTARY CLUB -  includes a New Members Gatherings, and a Grow Rotary Workshops for all Rotarians and Rotaractors (register for the following workshops online at

New Members Gathering – 1 hour on a weekday evening – currently all slated on Zoom – what an excellent opportunity for any member, new or old, to learn more about Rotary. Everyone is welcome.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 7-8 pm

  • Thursday February 18, 7-8 pm


Grow Rotary Sessions – 90 minutes on a Saturday morning - currently all slated on Zoom – interact with Rotarians from all over the District. Get ideas and offer ideas how we can grow our membership.

  • Saturday, October 3, 9:30-11:30 am  - Register here!

  • Saturday, January 23, 9:30-11:30 am 

  • Saturday, March 27, 9:30-11:30 am


Tuesday Talks - “Developing Leaders in District 7070” - with The District 7070 Leadership Development Committee - REGISTER TODAY.Our next Tuesday Talk is coming up on October 13 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Dhamay Kanthan, Chair, and her entire District 7070 Leadership Development Committee invite you to "Tuesday Talks" on October 13 from 7 PM to 8 PM, entitled, “Developing Leaders”.  Come ready to learn and connect as this team charts its course to create an effective leadership framework in our district that includes engaging a younger generation in Rotary service. Developing good leaders is key to turning Rotary's vision of ‘a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change’ into reality. Leadership is about bringing clarity to where we are headed and then creating an environment where people have the freedom to be their best and can use their gifts to get there. It is always, always all about the people, not just the plan.

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Wanted!!! - we are looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to make a difference. See the District website (centre column) for more details.  members. 

Interested in becoming an Assistant Governor? ...or know someone who may be interested in this role?  We are in the process of seeking several enthusiastic, qualified Rotarians to take on the important role of AG next year.   Check out the attached document outlining the AG mandate and qualifications required - application deadline is October 1/20 and can be emailed to me.  Rotary offers "endless opportunities" and this may be one of them for you!

Community Bottle and Food Drive, September 26, 2020:.  Are you ready for some fun and community engagement?  Join clubs across the District as we hold a Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26.  This will be an opportunity to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke to Picton and Belleville and north to Alliston and Newmarket.  Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event; the District will help promote on social media. Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. Attached is a template to use to market the event – there are spaces on the template to add your club name, event date and location drop-offs.  Let’s make this happen!!!!



Some changes are coming due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • Members will need to inform David Andrews if they are not coming to a meeting just as before (by the Sunday evening prior to the Tuesday meeting). Note: We will need 100% of the members on board with this.

  • A combination of in person plus zoom does not look promising unless we can get a minimum of 20 members attending each meeting, in person at the Golf Club.

  • There will be an Oshawa Golf Club Greeter at the front door

  • Masks are required until seated at a table

  • Maximum four at a table

  • Designated washrooms (if we meet upstairs, we use the upstairs washrooms)

  • Served meals – no buffet

  • Maximum 50 per room

  • Golf Club will make a copy of our Weekly attendance sheet for tracking purposes



Our second day back is Sept 26 at 12:30 PM. Need to be there by 11 AM. We need 3 people only at the Bingos at the present time: ONE Banker. ONE front desk Sales Person and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please let Sandy know if YOU are available.. We need to be there by 11 AM. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned. Sandy is looking for 3 ONLY volunteers for Sept 26. (Hilda and Al Finnigan have volunteered) Please let Sandy know if you can volunteer, as soon as you can.

Here is a note from the Red Barn:

As part of stage 3, upon opening, we will only be permitted 50 customers per session. This restriction, although keeps everyone safer, makes it very difficult to operate our regular bingo schedule.  Please be patient with us in this introductory phase as we anticipate opening with 2 events per day (12:30 pm and 6:45 pm) with new programs that must be geared towards smaller crowds due to the temporary capacity restrictions.  We have applied for a special request to increase the number of patrons permitted in the hall and we shall give you an update as soon as we have one.  Please know that we are working very hard towards opening and offering a product that is acceptable to you until things get back to normal.  

PLEASE NOTE: Doors will be opened at 11:30 am for our 12:30 pm session and 5:45 pm for the 6:45 pm session.

The Snack Bar will be closed until further notice but we have installed Vending Machines with Cold and Hot Beverages and Snacks for your convenience.

The health and wellness of our customers, charities, and staff are paramount.  Upon arrival, customers will be greeted by an attendant at the front entrance to ensure social distancing is adhered to.  Please note that if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath; or if you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; or if someone you are in close contact with tested positive for Covid 19; or if you have been told to self-isolate by a medical professional or Public Health, we apologize but you will not be permitted to enter the premises.

Other Precautions in effect:

Promoting Social Distancing by managing traffic flow throughout our hall.
Customers, Staff and Charity Volunteers are asked to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
Customers will be seated 6 feet from each other.
Sneeze Guards are placed at all selling stations.
Sanitizing Stations have been implemented throughout the hall.  Please use the provided hand sanitizer when entering the building and we encourage you to clean hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer.
Regular cleaning/disinfecting of all surface areas.  Table tops and chair frames will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected in between bingo sessions.
All staff and charity volunteers are required to wear masks or face coverings.
Customers are required wear masks or face coverings at all times while in the hall.  If you do not have your own mask one will be provided for you.
Restroom have enhanced automatic capabilities.   
Thank you and stay tuned for further details.

Red Barn Management and Staff


KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE UPDATE: Past President Lennis Trotter: Next meeting on Sept 28 at 5 PM at the Kids Safety Village.


A joint meeting of the 10 Durham Region  Rotary Clubs live from 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. This year, it is online.

Spouses, guests and prospective members and all clubs in District 7070 and all over the world will be watching. Proclamations presentations and flag raisings from the 8 City and Region to our 10 clubs in Durham Region will also be shown by video. Dr. Bob Scott, immediate past chair of Rotary’s PolioPlus Committee (worldwide) will be our keynote speaker , updating everyone on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from this world. He will be talking LIVE with Ian Riseley, Past President Rotary International)  and he may connect  with  PolioPlus Volunteers from around the world.  We will also see the Rotary International  broadcast and we will livestream that too to everyone in the world. All clubs in the District are invited to watch the event.  This will be the link:

Please look for the story by Dave Andrews in End Polio Now “Rotary Voices: on the Rotary International Website:

Bulletin Editor for September 2020 is Past District Governor Ted Morrison. Thank you, Ted, for volunteering.

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GUEST SPEAKER:  Dan Carter, Mayor of Oshawa & fellow Rotarian

Introduced by Dave Andrews:

From a background of immense personal challenge and tragedy, Dan has become an inspiration and role model to individuals across Canada. As a professional speaker and leadership expert, Dan has motivated many people to achieve their full potential. As a life-long learner, he has completed leadership training with the Zappos’ Team in Las Vegas and the Disney Institute in Florida.

Active in community development initiatives, Dan lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours.  His deep commitment to making a difference to those in need led to the creation of the Day of Hope and Leadership which has raised close to one million dollars for Carea Community Health Centre and the establishment of The Hope Centre of Learning. Our own Rotary Club member, the late Todd Skinner, a Director in our Rotary Club, was a huge supporter of this project with Dan. The objective of the centre is to enhance people’s opportunity for learning and was built on the belief that we can do more, be more, and help more when we learn more.

Dan’s leadership and contributions have been widely recognized and he has received several honours and awards for his work, including the Business Person of the Year by both the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, the CAMH Courage to Come Back Award, Paul Harris Fellow from the Courtice Rotary Club and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medallions.  In addition, Dan is now an honourary member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa.

In 2011, Dan was conferred a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

As a Regional and City Councillor for Oshawa he chaired the Finance Committee. As a member of the Health and Social Services committee at the Regional level, he was instrumental in getting the mobile health unit on the streets.  In his capacity as President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Dan worked successfully to bring to Durham the Building Up training program that provides employment opportunities for residents of supportive housing as well as the Rogers Connected for Success program which provides high-speed internet access to people living in rent-subsidized non- profit housing. Dan has been and is a strong supporter of our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood during the Kids Against Hunger project and Reverse Draws for many years.

Dan takes his role as Mayor of the City of Oshawa to heart and feels very blessed that he has been given the opportunity to serve and to help people in his community every day. And in spite of COVID-19, Dan is committed to leading in a way that will bring out the best in all of us and be the light that brings hope, optimism, and pride to this great city.

Mayor Carter’s Remarks:

Mayor Carter said he was at a loss for the correct words to describe the out pouring of grief for the Trainor family, members of which were murdered. The City will take a long time to heal. The family does not walk alone. He encouraged the whole community to lend support to the family.

During the COVID pandemic he witnessed the community coming together to ensure the virus did not spread. He received letter from young children asking “What can I do to help?”

If you have to use City Hall services right now there is only one open entrance.

Staff has been reorganized to serve citizens better. Part of  the new standard: “service excellence in everything we do”. Over 4 million dollars have been saved by this reorganization of city hall.  

Mayor Carter mentioned the retooling of Oshawa GM plant to produce PPEs.

The City has been working with the Port Authority in light of the federal Government’s decision to amalgamate Oshawa and Hamilton Port Authorities.

He mentioned how proud he was of Tent university’s new building that just opened in the city, and new buildings at Ontario Tech U and at Durham College.

He spent some time talking about the opiate crisis in the city . He says we are losing the battle because people are still dying in the streets even though they have implemented a very detailed plan to help these people..

300 individuals have come to Oshawa from the surrounding area for help, since COVID-19 started. He talked about the Back Door Mission and the one stop Mission United , helping the homeless in Oshawa. He talked about utilizing Camp Samac and how they have been able to provide shelter for 100. He says that 45 unsheltered people will not accept help from the City. Some of those people are causing crimes in the city.

He is looking at long term affordable housing with 70 mini homes with services nearby.We need a place for people to lay their head. .

 He maintains that public safety is #1 priority for him.

He is a member of the mayor’s economic task force assisting businesses that are in difficulty due to COVID. He said the poverty level is at 14% and has been steady at that for a long time.

He maintains that next year will be better than this year. Hardships bring out the best in all of us.

Mayor Carter was thanked by Past President Linda Porritt.



Topic: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Weekly Meetings on ZOOM, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every week on Tue,
        Sept  8, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 15, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 22, 2020   07:00 PM

        Sept 29, 2020   07:00 PM


OCT 6 :  6 PM Start - Zoom Meeting LINK  to be announced.


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