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Mailing Address: 96 KING ST. E., OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA L1H 1B6

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT:   Jennifer Jones – Rotary Club of  Windsor-Roseland, Windsor, Ontario, Canada  
R.I. DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR:     Iosif Ciosa - Rotary Club of  Etobicoke , Ontario, Canada
ASSISTANT DISTRICT 7070 GOVERNOR: Gord Wallace – Rotary Club of Bowmanville , Ontario, Canada



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 Robbie Larocque at 905-576-8500 or our Club Vice 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?.



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, March 1, 2022

Oshawa Golf and Curling Club

Editor:  Dave Andrews


Meeting Called to Order by President David Penney at 6:30 pm

Grace: Bob Stewart

Toast to the Queen: Pat Dyck


Land Acknowledgement:

We respectfully acknowledge that we are hosting this Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood meeting from land within the jurisdiction of Williams Treaties and on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. This acknowledgement reminds us of our responsibilities to our relationships and the ancestral lands on which we learn, share and live.

Moment of Silence: President David Penney asked all of us to stand for a Moment of Silence for the people of Ukraine.


Guests:    Rhonda Stewart and Kellie Taylor , both volunteers at Parkwood, and Samantha George, curator of Parkwood Estate



March 3,  - Happy Anniversary Peter and Elfrida Dueck



  • President Dave: From District Governor Ron Dick   -Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium: Search out a Youth in Your Community and invite them. Rotary District 7070 is excited to announce the 2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium, May 26-29, 2022 taking place at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Centre, an environmentally sensitive, overnight outdoor education facility located in the heart of the majestic Ganaraska Forest just north of Port Hope! The 3 night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Indigenous Culture, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Toastmasters/Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with camp fires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!!  All this for only $299 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There are only 30 spots available so act fast!  March 20 is the registration Deadline. For inquiries and to receive a registration form, please contact PDG Mark Chipman at

  • President Dave: Board meeting March 2  will  be at Larry Hurren’s home at 7 PM. Robbie has also set up a Zoom link.

  • President Dave: Next Bingo is Evening March 5th, Linda Porritt, Ted Morrison, Sharron Morrison and Lennis Trotter.

  • President Dave: March 15 is our St Patrick’s Day party right here at the Oshawa Golf Club. Thank you to Sue MacKinnon for organizing. Spouses Invited. The meal will be – Homemade Steak and Guinness Pie with Baily’s Cheesecake for dessert. The maximum number of guests total would be 30 people. The cost per person would be the same as it is every other week. Proof of vaccination will be required. Please contact Past President Sue MacKinnon with a YES or a No and How Many are coming.

  • President Dave: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Reverse Draw Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on June 2nd. We have been granted the lottery  license application and certificate of insurance. Will be held at the Courtyard.Marriott Oshawa.

  • Past-President David Andrews: There are 225 Tickets to sell Reverse Draw Dinner and Silent Auction. President Dave has sold 6. Encouraging all to start selling early. The printed tickets will be available next week. David will be sending out a letter that we can share with friends, family and colleagues, as well as a poster.

For the Silent Auction Items - Take a picture of the item, write up as much information as you can, send the photo and description to David Andrews, then deliver the items to PDG Ted Morrison

  • President Dave: Our soil amendment (a.k.a. manure) material has been ordered. So everyone should start taking orders!

  • President Dave: District 7070 Softball Tournament. Thank you to John Kellam for volunteering to lead  this fun event. If you want to play, please let John know as soon as possible. The Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S.(the newest club in our District)  is hosting an inaugural Rotary softball fundraiser tournament and needs your participation!   We're looking for teams and/or individuals to play in a fun, one-day Saturday tournament in Whitby this June (11th or the 18th)!    guaranteed four, up to six games; all (or no!) skill levels encouraged to play!; three-pitch (i.e. pitch to your own team); prizes, raffles, and all proceeds to benefit Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. charitable account! We have to get back to Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. Secretary Mark Blackmore at or call/text at 905 626 8742 by March 15 to make inquiries or express our interest!




New ticket deal: $ 2 each OR 3 for $5. Over $450 in the pot.

Winner of the draw was Robbie Larocque. He drew the 2 of Clubs.



Bob Koski – His grandparents came from the Ukraine to Manitoba where Bob was born and in February, his family had their Ukranian Christmas Dinner .

Bob Stewart – Went to Subway for lunch recently and saw two kids in there too. He asked them if they were skipping school. He also told them he was at the very first class at Paul Dwyre High School. Bob said the principal was very strict and then Bob switched to MCVI.

Robert Kipling – His grandparents also came from the Ukraine and settled in Saskatchewan. He was looking through the family trunk to see some of the memorabilia when they came to Saskatchewan.

Linda Porritt – we can donate TODAY to assist everyone in the Ukraine. Here are two places. The Canadian Red Cross (where our Cdn govt will match your donation)(see:  and also at the United Nations site: (see: .

  • Editor’s note: In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine, Rotary created an official channel for contributions to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts You can also donate to the Rotary Foundation Canada to the Disaster Response fund. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.

Pat Dyck has one grandson going to Quebec for navy training and another grandson going into the Canadian Army and of course , she is worried about them.

John Kellam had 3 granddaughters over to their home this weekend and his 13 yr old granddaughter wanted to and went to work at MAK Funeral Home with John on the weekend. He is very proud of her.

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GUEST SPEAKER – Samantha George, curator of Parkwood Estate

Introduced by Dave Andrews, Sam gave a brief updated on the activities during COVID at Parkwood. She noted that the film industry was there for most of the time which allowed her to keep her staff on duty at Parkwood. Thanks to “Nightmare Alley” and Langdon’s “Lost Symbol” by base don Dan Brown’s novels. The revenue from the film shoots will help to pay for the restoration of the portraits of Colonel Sam’s daughters that have been in the dining room since they were first created.

Tonight, Samantha, who has been the curator now for 22 years, wanted to share what she has been working on during the last 18 month: Adelaide McLaughlin.

Sam noted that Adelaide passed away in 1958 and Colonel Sam in 1972. As a result, there were little information  available , particularly when the Oshawa Times and the Oshawa Museum had their fires. Samantha was able to find an address book of Adelaide’s and then she was able to use the names in the book and by researching these names and the organizations they belonged to, she found the relationship back to Adelaide.

Adelaide was born in Kinsale, Ontario. Samantha found a 1893 letter, Adelaide graduated teacher’s college in Ottawa (during which time she was active in the suffrage and temperance movements and was part of the National Council of Women), and returned to Whitby to teach, and then Tyrone where she met Colonel Sam. Sam and Adelaide married in 1898. They moved to Oshawa (to a house on King Street), had 5 daughters and then in 1917, moved into Parkwood.

At that time, Sam and Adelaide had not cracked the establishment (in Toronto and Montreal). For example, they could not purchase a home on Bridlewood and instead, built Parkwood.

Sam was able to review the ledger of Verna Conant and the United Empire Loyalist archives, showing that Adelaide joined UEL, as did Lady Eaton. By 1924, they were being noticed. The daughters all rode horses and won ribbons at the Royal Winter Fair, again establishing a place in the establishment.

Adelaide had Chrysthanemums grown in the greenhouses (300 different varieties) and showcased them by hosting the Mum Tea.

In 1927, Adelaide was featured in Saturday Night magazine which gained her national exposure.

Adelaide was a very good golfer, being a member of the Oshawa Golf Club and the Mississauga Golf Club , winning tournaments which allowed them to then become members of  Rosedale Golf Club.

In the 1930’s she assisted the Ontario Government with high school curriculum. She was involved in progressive movements in the arts, education and hygiene. She also very interested in the working conditions of the female staff (more than 40) at Parkwwod. She had great affection for the staff.

In 1939, when WW II started, Adelaide was asked by the Red Cross to set up blood donor clinics across Canada, and was President of the Airforce Auxillary, at the Oshawa Airport.  She set up knitting bees and packed POW kits at Parkwood and donated them to the Red Cross and did many speaking tours across Canada.  During the War, women worked in factories    and the children, in many cases were left at home during the day to fend for themselves. Adelaide saw the need and assisted with setting up the first day care facilities in the country.

In 1946, at the end of the war, Col. Sam and Adelaide spent more and more time at their home in Bermuda and at Cap-Chat, Quebec

She passed away in 1958.

Four of her grandchildren died in the 1990’s and the great grandchildren, now in their 40’s have no memory of Sam and Adelaide.

Did you know that Parkwood has a You Tube Channel? Many excellent remembrances are there, thanks to Samathna George.  (see: )

See also:

Past District Governor Ted Morrison, who worked in the gardens as a student, thanked Samantha with a certificate of our appreciation.


Meeting adjourned Approx 8:20 pm



 MAR  5 – BINGO – RED BARN – Evening – 5 PM – Team # 1 – Linda Porritt, Ted Morrison, Sharron Morrison, Lennis Trotter

MAR  8 -   Regular Weekly Meeting – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club  .    Speaker: ­­­­­_Martin Franssen, Detective - Durham Regional Police Service Fraud Squad




MAR 8-14 – World Rotaract Week .

MAR 9, 16 & 23 – Rotary Leadership Institute – (3 nights)  6 to 8 pm - Rotary Leadership Institute  - Part TWO – Spring 2022 - Join us for an engaging session to learn and grow your knowledge of Rotary.  RLI is a three part course and each part consists of three 2 hour sessions. When registering here for part 2, you are registering for all three sessions. Register here:

MAR 15 - Regular Meeting -  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club  

                Speaker: St Patrick’s Day Party at The Golf Club. Spouses invited. Sign up with Sue MacKinnon 

MAR 22 – World Water Day

MAR 22 -  Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club  

              Speaker: Yves Gadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lakeridge Health Foundation

              For more info see:

MAR 26 – BINGO – RED BARN – Matinee – 11 AM – Team  – Sue MacKinnon, Bill Creamer, Larry and Kay Hurren

MAR 29 -   Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club  

               Speaker: Pastors David & April McNeilly, Salvation Army, Oshawa

               For more info see:


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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dan Pantaleo
April 10
Colin Carrie
April 11
Susan MacKinnon
April 29
Lennis Trotter
Esther Trotter
April 17
Apr 11, 2023 6:30 PM
Annual Update of Kids Safety Village to our club
Apr 18, 2023 6:30 PM
Dean & Head of Trent University Durham
Apr 25, 2023 6:00 PM
No Meeting at the Golf Club
May 09, 2023
May 16, 2023 6:30 PM
Their Trip to the Far East
May 23, 2023 6:30 PM
Spouses Invited
May 30, 2023 6:00 PM
No Meeting at the Golf Club
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DG Biddle Boardroom
Apr 05, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bingo at The Red Barn - Team
Red Barn
Apr 29, 2023
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Rotary Club Board of Directors Meeting
DG Biddle Boardroom
May 03, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bingo at The Red Barn - Team
Red Barn
May 06, 2023
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
2023 Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction Gala
Courtyard by Marriott
May 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Bingo at The Red Barn - Team
Red Barn
May 27, 2023
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
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Director - International Service
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