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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, November 10, 2020

                                          Editor:  Hilda Finnigan        


Nov 10 – Happy Birthday to Janice Coupland

Nov 12 – Happy Birthday to Kristen Colton


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, David Penney, Hilda Finnigan,   Bob Koski,  Bill Creamer, Linda Porritt, Heather Drakes, Ana Rejab, Tim Dwyre, Colin Carrie, Larry Hurren, Bob Koski.

Before the meeting started , everyone said welcome back to Larry Hurren .

Guests :  A warm Oshawa-Parkwood Rotary WELCOME to our new friends ( and one old friend) from Toastmasters: our guest speaker Kris Nelson, Iona Rodricks and David Bachans, and our good friend Mark Blackmore (Heather Drake’s fiancé) who is also in Toastmasters.



President Sue opened the meeting by reading a poem and asked us all to take a moment of silence and remember all those who risked their lives fighting for Canada in our armed forces as we embark on tomorrow, Remembrance Day 2020.




OUR REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS WILL NOT BE AT THE OSHAWA GOLF CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will let you know when that may happen. As it stands right now, the Oshawa Golf Club is not hosting any outside organizations (such as ourselves) at the present time.

DUES ARE DUE: You have all received an invoice from our Treasurer, Bill Creamer, for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. There are still 7 or 8 members who have not paid. 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 and our dues to District 7070. Now we need your help.  You can send him a cheque or you can pay Bill by e-transfer. The address of the e-transfer is and make sure the answer to the question is Oshawa.

MEALS ON WHEELS:  – Volunteers Are Still Required - We need help, members. Bill and Sue have been the only ones helping so far. And Jan has helped too. Please contact Bill or Sue if you can help. This is a commitment we have as a Rotary Club to ensure the success of this very important community service. Monday is our day to volunteer.  

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Volunteers Are Still Required  -We need help, members. Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. August was looked after. Thank you, Janice Coupland and Kris Sachdeva for August. Thank you, Ted Morrison for doing September. Since NO ONE else has volunteered, Janice has volunteered again to do the bulletin in October.  (Editor’s note: It is time for more club members to step up and do your duty – volunteer). Thank you, Hilda, for November. And David Penney has offered to help too. We still need editors for December 2020 through June 2021.   Please let Hilda Finnigan know as soon as you can.

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

NEW MEMBERS’ GET TOGETHER – 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.

GROW ROTARY WORKSHOPS – Approximately 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 club membership. Here is a link to the recorded  Oct 3  Zoom Grow Rotary Workshop.

Many excellent ideas to grow Rotary in this session. Are you interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary ?  Having a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves Membership - looking after our members - new, seasoned and potential, Public Image – reaching out to our communities showing them what we do and showing the power of what we can do – our Foundation.  Hear from some D7070 Clubs that are successfully Growing Rotary in the current situation.  We encourage at least 3 members from a club to attend so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.

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

  • Saturday, March 27, 9:30-11:30 am


District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Still Wanted!!! – Bob Wallace is still looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to help spend our Rotary District 7070’s money (grant money that is). See the District website (centre column) for more details.  Isn’t it time that you volunteered beyond your own Rotary Club? Just as Past District Governor Ted, Public Image Chair Dave A or Diversity Equity & Inclusion Chair Heather just how rewarding it is to help 55 Rotary Clubs right here in our area. 

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 – still time to send in your application and can be emailed to DG Mark Chipman.  Rotary offers "endless opportunities" and this may be one of them for you!

Check out both Leadership Opportunities here:



Our next BINGO is To Be Announced - Doors open at 5:45 PM.  - We Need to be there by 5 PM. Note: Only 4 volunteers at the Bingos at the present time: ONE Banker. TWO front desk Sales People and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please see Hilda or Sandy as soon as possible if you can be on a team. We need your support.

Bingo Volunteers Are Still Required Ongoing basis – Teams Being Set Up  - We need help, members.  Please let Sandy know if YOU are available for future Bingos. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned.

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 – BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETING NOTES  - was held on November 9 at the Kids Safety Village. It was decided not to have Christmas at The Village this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions and our concern for the safety of the kids and their parents. It was also decided to allow the Durham Region Police Service use the Village as a drop off point for all of the citizens of Durham Region to drop off food and toys for the annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive. Christmas food and toy collection * collects non-perishable foods and new unrwrapped toys for those in need in Durham Region * cash and gift cards so food and toys can be purchased * distributed to Durham agencies such as Simcoe Hall Settlement House and Salvation Army * need teen gifts for both boys and girls, toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at any DRPS Division and Headquarters in Whitby or any Fire Station in Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, and Whitby, and this year, at the Kids Safety Village.

Here is an opportunity for you to drop off food and toys to support this community service program during the holiday season. Watch the media for dates and times for the Village to be open to take your donations.


Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Bring an unwrapped gift & your ‘Drive-Thru Breakfast’   is compliments of The Crooked Uncle, 1180 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa . Check out: The Crooked Uncle is located on a corner lot.  Entry from Simcoe Street will be restricted.  Please plan to enter coming eastbound down Orchardview Boulevard towards Simcoe St.  You will be directed into the parking lot of The Crooked Uncle to drop off your gift and receive your breakfast. You will then be directed out through the plaza onto Simcoe Street.  Thank you! Gifts: We are continuing to focus on ages 13 years & Up!  (Sample Gift Items: OC gift card, Visa/Mastercard gift cards/Best Buy gift cards/ toiletries/blow dryers/curling irons/ makeup/shaving kits/socks/Chapters gift cards). All proceeds to "Sharon's Kids"

Supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation Holiday Hope Program




Ted Morrison, Chair, again this year, for what may be our big fundraiser this year. We need funds to help those in our communities who need it the most. Timing is crucial.

Deadline for ordering is NOVEMBER 15, Delivery will be first week of December. We really need everyone in our club to double their efforts and reach out to more than who we sold to in previous years.  

You have the order form, and all of the details.

Cakes: $25 each. 2.8 lb holiday fruit cake in a cardboard box with a Rotary sticker. order with Ted Morrison by November 22. Pick up Nov 30

Hams: $30 each. 2 kg Black Forest ham, in the plastic bag from Brandt Meats.  order with Ted Morrison by November 15. Pick up Nov 30. Note: If COVID-19 affects the western Canada suppliers again this year, we may not be able to deliver.

You can you Bill by e-transfer. The address of the e-transfer is and make sure the answer to the question is Oshawa.



President Sue introduced Emmy Iheme , Past President of the Oshawa Rotary Club who gave us all some details for another big joint fundraiser with the Oshawa Rotary Club ( 2 great clubs – another great project) for December 4 thru Dec 24 at the Oshawa Centre, outside, WINTERLUDE. We have been asked by the Rotary Club of Oshawa to join them in selling Christmas trees , outside, every day from Dec 4 to 24, with the shifts Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Our goal: Sell 100 trees, with profits of $3,000 split between our two clubs.. Trees will come wrapped from Prestonvale Tree farm (same supplier that RC Bowmanville uses) – different kinds of trees at different selling prices.  We will need everyone in our club to help. And we can use and need students too who would like to volunteer and receive their community hours. President Sue will be calling you to ask you to volunteer. It is anticipated that each shift will be 3 hours (all outside). The shift list is being developed as we speak. Thank you all. Lots of fun and friendship between our clubs. Trees to be protected by Oshawa Centre Security.



President Sue and her committee are looking at having a VIRTUAL DINNER with Bistro 238 in the near future (likely in the new year).  It may even be on an ongoing basis , every two weeks. This will be pick up and / or delivery. We will need volunteer drivers for one evening, every two weeks. Please let President Sue know as soon as you can. Lots to planning taking place for this new fundraiser. We need your help. Be sure to check out the Bistro 238 website for a sample of their offerings: Sue has established a committee to look into it: Jan, Tim, Ana, Sue, Dave A, Dave P and Linda. Details to follow.




ROTARY CLUB FUN NIGHT # 1: OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY ON ZOOM – DECEMBER 8 AT 7 PM –  Rotary Club Virtual Christmas Party, Spouses invited. Dress up ! It’s Christmas – some fun, Christmas Carol singing and some surprise friends to see too. From the Fun & Fellowship Committee  


Ana Rejab is setting up for us a games night. Here’s Ana to tell us how it will work:

Hello fellow Rotarians! Do you remember playing the "Alphabet Game" on long road trips? Do you remember playing "Guess Who?" So many of you have worked so hard because Rotarians are do-ers! Shall we have a night to have fun over zoom while also contributing a small amount to our chapter? $5 to join, (you can e-transfer that to treasurer Bill.) winner takes 3/5 of the pot.

Let's start the night with "Guess Who?". I will assign a famous person to each person joining via direct email. On that night, we will take turns to be in the spotlight. Each participant can ask one question to the one in the hot seat. The one in the spotlight will only answer "Yes" or "No". After all of us have had our turn in the spotlight, we write down our answers and reveal at the same time.

The top 5 will proceed to the next level - the "Alphabet Game". Highest scorer(s) will go first.  I will name the latter and category. Each contestant will name something in that category that starts with the said letter, 10 seconds per contestant. We will carry on until all but one is eliminated.

Spouses are certainly invited. If you want them to be part of the game, then they will have to put $5 into the pot too.


Ted encourages all of us to focus on the importance of the activities and the importance of donating to the Rotary Foundation, both to the Annual programs Fund and to the Polio Fund (Bill Gates matches the Polio donation 2 to 1). Donations are tax deductible. Lots of info on the Rotary website: .



This week, we sent out a flyer(hats, shirts, blouses, coats, etc) and Lennis is ready to take orders. Be sure to give him a call.  



Hilda Finnigan has a list of 12 this year, that we annually bring good cheer to at Christmas time and will purchase poinsettias – hoping to coordinate delivery with cakes/hams delivery. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with this act of kindness.

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Introduced by Heather Drakes, Kris is an Account Manager with Kenilworth Media Inc.; a subsidiary of FORUM MEDIA GROUP GMBH and before that the Sales & Marketing Manager of John McLellan Contracting Inc.

Kris joined Toastmasters in 2014, and it was a direct result of that very common fear of public speaking. Kris led meetings, took on club officer roles, and competed in contests, and then began coaching a club, and then served as an Area Director. As an Area Director, she connected with Toastmasters at other clubs and learned about their challenges. She appreciated some of the creative additions to their meetings, and built bonds which still exist years later.   As a Club Coach, she gained valuable lessons about stepping in to act, and stepping back to push club members in their own skills.  As a Club Sponsor, she has learned that sometimes the hard call to “let it go” is the best choice, and that new, more fruitful, opportunities exist. As Division E Director this year, she has had opportunities to jump unexpectedly into leadership gaps, to take new initiatives in online Club Officer Training, to connect with Toastmasters in Division E and throughout District 60 (Toronto east to Belleville) , and to build her own support team within Division E in offering promotional and web support to Toastmaster clubs.  In “leading leaders”, she has had the privilege of watching leaders in Division E grow and develop their own skills, and to encourage them in their own diverse goals for the coming year. Her own personal experiences with single parenthood, entrepreneurship, homelessness, and a severe injury with lifelong repercussions have all helped her to develop a skill she sees as key in any leadership role:  adaptability.  The past few months have clearly shown that maintaining the status quo isn’t good enough – as humans, as leaders, it’s essential that we are able to find, and create, new solutions when change occurs.  While some of her past experiences weren’t pleasant, she is very grateful for the experience in adapting to these – it’s a valuable skill in any leadership role.

Here are the key points of her speech:

  • Powerful, inspirational, impactful talk of her own life experiences and what she learned along the way

  • The need for control, safety and self worth; the keys to this are within ourselves

  • Learning to live with choices we have made but cannot control

  • Appreciating the power of friendship

  • Okay to make changes and right the wrongs

  • We don’t know what’s coming so embrace change

  • We all have the power to make change. It lies within us

  • She gained the opportunity to gain control over her life and gained the desire to make change

If you wish to talk to her, Kris can be reached at

Iona Rodricks a guest of Kris Nelson requested to read a poem of appreciation for Canada and what it means to her as an immigrant.  This was a very fitting closer to our meeting at this “Remembering” season.

Mark Blackmore (Heather’s fiancée) and a member of Toastmasters, thanked Kris on behalf of our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.



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