MINUTES OF MEETING:  Tuesday April 9, 2019

Editor – Bob Stewart

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:                        Stanley Igboanugo                       

O Canada:                  Peter Dueck 

Toast To The Queen: Mike McLaren                                                         



A warm welcome to our guest speaker, Linda Lowry and her husband Ted Dionne, and a warm welcome to see our very first Rotary Club President and current Honorary member Terry Giles, visiting with us again.



Happy Birthday to our very own Dan Pantaleo and Ted Morrison led us in signing and dancing our Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha in honour of Dan’s Birthday.



EDITOR’S NOTE: Food from the BUFFETT was, in your scribe’s opinion, “ SUPERLATIVE “

Our Charter President Terry Giles reminded us that today was the anniversary World War 1 Major Canadian Victory at Vimy Ridge where other Allied countries had unfortunately failed. We should be proud to be Canadians.

REMINDER: Terry Giles –invited all of us to his 90th birthday reception on Friday, May 3 at the Armouries (Ontario Regiment) Officers Mess, on Simcoe St N at 6 pm. (Note: Dave A talked with Terry’s daughter Lynn. She is expecting a number of our members to attend.)

REMINDER - Dave Andrews – The May 9, 2019 Reverse Draw Tickets - Let’s Sell  sell, sell !!!!!  Let’s secure lots of  Silent Auction items (be sure to send a photo, retail value, donor name address, etc to Dave Andrews so he can create a poster for the evening and also for Facebook and our website. Your donors will appreciate the promo). Ted is back. Be sure to get your items to Ted as soon as you can.  106 Ticket out so far for Reverse Draw Only have 16 prizes so far. AND we could really use a Platinum Sponsor. A great value.

FUTURE GUEST SPEAKERS: Do you have a prospective member in mind who just may be interested in joining Rotary? Invite them to a meeting. Dave A – Now is the time to invite prospective members to attend upcoming meetings as our Speaker List is most IMPRESSIVE. Here are a few speakers they just may want to hear: Apr 30 – Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter; May 7 – Samantha George (Parkwood Estate); and on May 14 - Don Lovisa  Durham College ; July 23 - Matt Anderson, CEO of Lakeridge Health and Yves Gadler, CEO of Lakeridge  Health Foundation

BINGO: Sandy McDowell – request for Bingo helpers as we only have 2 for Saturday night. Robbie, Hilda, Al and Linda may be available to assist. Please let Sue know as soon as possible.  And President Linda – esoterically philosophized about the FUN aspect of working at Bingo

We all have an opportunity to do some “hands-on” service . Two opportunities both at the Kids’Safety Village:

KIDS ASFETY VILLAGE CLEAN UP DAY: April 13 from 9 am to 2 pm – Clean Up The Kids Safety Village to get it ready for Easter Saturday and the Easter Eggstravaganza. The Kids Safety Village would like 6 to 8 volunteers from our Rotary Club – Rotarians, Rotaractors, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends and even potential members. Bring a broom and bring a rake. We need to get the outside cleaned up. Please let Sue MacKinnon know so that she can pass your names on to Constable Corey Walsh to sign you in.

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: April 20 from 9:30 am to about 2:30 pm – Easter Eggstravaganza at the Kids Safety Village. The Kids Safety Village would like 6 to 8 volunteers from our Rotary Club – Rotarians, Rotaractors, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends and even potential members. Please let Sue MacKinnon know so that she can pass your names on to Constable Corey Walsh to sign you in. Our job is to make all of the kids and their parents and grandparents welcome at the Village as they collect Easter Eggs and paly various games. With Easter later this year, we expect a very large crowd. 

When someone asks you what we do, these are two very good examples of things we “do”. Why ? - To support and encourage a welcoming atmosphere for the children and parents as they visit our signature project - The Kids Safety Village – a place that teaches SAFETY to children in our community of Durham Region .

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE  -  ANNUAL JOINT MEETING WITH ROTARY , OPTIMISTS, LIONS AND DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE – APRIL 23 – at our regular weekly meeting at the OSHAWA GOLF CLUB: Annual Joint Meeting of the Kids' Safety Village with the    Optimist Club of Ajax, the Whitby Lions Club, Durham Regional Police Service, and our Rotary Club. At the Oshawa Golf Club. SPOUSES INVITED. The cut off date for signing up is April 16. Please contact Dave Andrews immediately (Are you attending?: Yes or No. Are you bringing a guest / spouse? Yes or No)  Regular start time of 6:30 pm. See:    http://www.durhamsafetyvillage.com/


We all have another opportunity to do some “hands-on” service:

COMMUNITIES WITH BROOMS: Pres Linda - VP Linda  -  announced the City of Oshawa is hosting a Communities with Brooms event, on Thursday, April 25. It is an initiative organized by the City (with the support of the BIA) every year and this is the 11th year for the program. There are numerous volunteers who join with staff from the City to generally pick up garbage around Downtown, along the creek etc. At the end of the 2 hour activity, Colin Carrie's office hosts a bbq for all to enjoy. It just requires a registration with the John Howard Society so we know who is working where and we don't end up with 2 or 3 different groups in one area bumping into each other. The clean-up is from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm..  Organizers will arrange to get the garbage bags and gloves, etc. And we have a BBQ to follow afterwards, sponsored by Colin Carrie. Be sure to wear 'Rotary' clothing. This is a great Hands-On Service Project that we can do together and members of the Rotaract Club and the Oshawa Rotary Club will be participating. SIGN UP TODAY. Please let Janice know if you (and your family member) can help. For details , see https://www.oshawa.ca/things-to-do/community-clean-up.asp

ROTARY DISTRICT 7070 POKER WALK FOR HIV AIDS REMINDER -Pres Linda - APR 27 DISTRICT 7070 ROTARY POKER WALK FOR AIDS – Time and location in Toronto (in the Beach) and Belleville on the http://rotaryaidswalk.ca/  . Our club could form a team, raise funds, go on the walk in Toronto,and help people right here in Durham Region who have AIDS. Who wants to Champion this worthy cause?

KIDS AGAINST HUNGER: PDG Ted – MAY 4, 2019 - Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing Day – Tentative Location Jubilee Pavilion at Lakeview Park. Alternate Location: The Onion at Durham College - gather your spouse, children and grandchildren too (over 8 years of age) and come out and help  pack thousands of meals . Joint project with the 2 Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and our two Rotary Clubs in Whitby. Start time at 8:30 am BBQ to follow. We need lots of hands on help from you, your family and friends. Past Pres Ted will pass around a SIGN UP sheet . He is  very excited that we as a Club are jointly packaging up to 30,000 meals at the Jubilee on May 4 . Three people are needed at 7:30 to carry bags of rice into the Hall. Starts at 9:00. This Meals against Hunger project can be a Kid’s against Hunger also as children and grandchildren are invited to participate.  Please let him know if you can attend. What a great time to bring out a prospective member to see how we really are People of Action.

ZARMINA NEKZAI WALK FROM BARRIE TO OTTAWA: MAY  6 – Zarmina Nekzai, of the Rotary Club of North York (the lady who put together the successful project “Hockey Girls of Kabul” in Afghanistan, (take a look at: http://hockeygirlsofkabul.com/ )  is coming through Oshawa on May 6 . She is walking from Barrie to Ottawa, to raise money for her next project in Afghanistan, called Place of HOPE. She is looking for sponsorship in the form of money (per kilometre) as well as support from members of Rotary Clubs or Canadian Federation of University Women on the route to provide overnight accommodations, and also to walk with her for a short distance. Please check out the website for all of the details and SIGN UP with President Linda if you can walk with Zarmina on May 6, and also if you can contribute to her project. This could be a great joint Oshawa Rotary Clubs project.


RYLA  - ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS: President Linda reminded us that we have a Candidate for RYLA, thanks to our District 7070 Rotaract Representative, Carolina Rodriguez. Our Awardee is Terry-Ann Thandiwe Hemmings is in the Bachelor of Science: Life Science program at UOIT, graduating in 2021 and she is Secretary of the Rotaract Club of UOIT. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is taking place, this year with a maximum number of 40 Youth Participants, from May 3 to May 9, 2019 at the YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoors Centre. Our Rotary Club will cover the cost. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program of Rotary District 7070 gathers youth ranging from ages 19 to 25 for an immersive program focused on diversity, leadership, and action. Here is a link to the details. See link here for more info: www.rylad7070.org.

RYLA GALA AWARDS DINNER : MAY  8RYLA Gala Dinner and Awards - Come meet the future leaders of today as well as other Rotarians from the district on May 8, 2019 at The YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre (13300 Concession Rd 11, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0). We are all invited. The evening starts at 6:00 PM with a meet and greet of all the RYLA participants and their sponsors. Dinner is at 7:00 pm followed by a graduation ceremony. Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased online here. More details on programming and objectives, please visit: www.rylad7070.org/2019-ryla-gala

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY: District Assembly, May 11, 2019 at BMO Institute For Learning (IFL), 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 3Z3   8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lennis Trotter has asked all of the incoming Board Members and Committee chairs for next Rotary year to attend and sign up on the District 7070 website. Open to all Rotary Club members. Our Rotary Club will pay for your registration cost. Registration open soon.

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: REMINDER –Pres Linda - May 31 is the deadline for applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships. Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Here is the link. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities. Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves. Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP DAY IN OSHAWA: September 7, 2019 – 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 ressurect 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: Pres Linda2019 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: Pres 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.