WORLD POLIO DAY IN DURHAM REGION: October 24 – DETAILS TO FOLLOW  - Tentative details - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm -  joint  meeting of Durham Region Rotary Clubs at 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.  Cash bar and   hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cost $25 per person (portion will 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 brodacast our event live to Rotary Clubs and to Universities and colleges worldwide.  Proclamations from City and Region to our clubs. Dr. Bob Scott , Our keynote speaker has already confirmed other speakers from around the world .

DISTRICT CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 25 – 27: REMINDER - VP Lennis Trotter – The cost for the District 7070 Conference on Oct 25-27 held in Muskoka on Lake Rosseau, is $299 until the extended date of March 17 which then jumped up to $349. Rates for the Marriot are $135/night. Did you register?

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: Sonya Thompson - conducted our Draw tonight. Thank you, Sonya


Winner:  Larry Hurren             Card Drawn: 10 of Hearts… the deck of Cards get smaller.

Thank you to Dr Larry Hurren for supplying our consolation prize of travel szxed tooth paste.



On The Front Door: Janice Coupland

Bulletin Editor: Bob Stewart

Greeter:  Bob Stewart


Hilda – great to be back. April is Organ Donor Month

Ted – spent 10 minutes telling us how happy he is to be back with Rotary friends. His friend survived a Stroke and his daughter a bad car accident causing her to rent a car to visit them in Florida.

Terry – happy to be almost 90

Dave A– happy for return of Hilda and Ted

Larry – Nephew now a famous musician

Dave Penney– heading off to Ecuador, Peru and Gallapolos Islands next week. Away 17 days.

Bob Styewart – happy Hilda and Ted back so that the rest of us can take a break from all the hard Rotary work we have been doing to compensate_for their absence


Ted – Presented a hilarious adaptation of considering attending Rotary like a trip to the Doctor’s Office. Well done Ted. Perhaps all future Rotary Moments will be set in a jocular tone. Precedence has been set.


Introduced by Dave Andrews, Kyle Benham is currently the Director, Economic Development Services at the City of Oshawa.  Kyle draws upon over 25 years of municipal and economic development experience with expertise in business development and retention, sector and strategic development, investment attraction and land development.    

Before joining Oshawa in 2016, Kyle served as the Director of the Milton Innovation Centre, the Executive Director at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation and as the Director of Business Development and Retention with the City of Toronto’s Department of Economic Development.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto.  He is a member of the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Kyle is the Director of Economic Development for Durham Region

Here is a link for more info:

Economic Development Services implements Council's commitment to economic growth in the City of Oshawa through strategic activities that enhance job growth and create investment opportunities in the City.

Key activities include:

  • continuing downtown revitalization

  • pursuing commercial and industrial investment

  • working with the existing business base to encourage further investment

  • actively encouraging the growth of the City's post-secondary educational institutions

  • promoting and leveraging Oshawa's key arts and culture strengths and assets

  • strategically managing the City's infrastructure assets at the Airport

The Economic Development Office (E.D.O.) provides information and services to help your business grow and prosper in Oshawa. Let us be your first point of contact for business development. From real estate professionals and site selectors to business owners, our team can help facilitate your project and expedite the site selection process.

Whether you are just starting out, expanding, consolidating or relocating your company, you can rely on our team of professionals to help make your decisions easier, faster and more effective. We have the connections to help you with:

  • site location assistance

  • information and statistics

  • streamlining the development approvals process

  • business problem-solving

  • business and community contacts

  • industry and business networks

  • access to community improvement incentives

Oshawa's Economic Development Action Plan presentation was developed to address the current state of of the City's economy and plans moving forward. 

Kyle’s remarks:

Oshawa is rated in the top 100 Canadian neighbourhoods to live

We have a fast growing Tech Market

Growth has been steady so we are on a Roll

Health Care is now the largest employment sector

Student base is growing at a fast clip

Our Economy is perhaps one of the most diverse in Canada

G.M. is an unwelcome challenge but luckily we have a mature enough industry to deal with it

Suffer from a lack of marketable land

Kyle was flooded with questions from Rotarians afterwards who seemed to really enjoy and appreciate his illuminating presentation.

Past Pres Robbie thanked Kyle. .


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.