MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING:  Tuesday, December 1, 2020

                              Editors:  Hilda Finnigan & Dave Andrews        


Dec 3 – Happy Birthday to Bill Creamer

Dec 5 – Happy Birthday to Heather Drakes


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres Sue MacKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, David Penney, Al and Hilda Finnigan,   Bill Creamer, Robbie Larocque,  Ana Rejab, Tim Dwyre, Larry Hurren, Bob Koski, Robert Kipling, Leon Efraim, Linda Porritt.

Guests :  Joe Solway, Rotary Club of Bowmanville


THANK YOU FOR ZOOM : 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.




Sue started off the meeting with a poem about the Soul:



President Sue talked about the family at Christmas that need our help. A mother with 8 kids (some of whom she took into her home, from her sister), and some who are clients at Grandview Children’s Centre. Grandview approached Sue and Sue called the mother. A very needy family, especially at his time of year. President Sue is asking for our help: monetary donations, socks, underwear, pj’s, and toys. When you come to Bill’s and pick up your cakes and hams, please think of this family and help. Thank you. Bill will take e-transfers anytime for this family at parkwoodrotaryacct@gmail.com  (use the password oshawa).

 Thank you to everyone who have already donated.

If you can contribute any of these items, Sue is going to send an updated list of what she needs to make their lives a little better at this time of year. Here is last week’s list for some ideas. Please contact Sue as soon as possible and tell her what you will get. Sue has already done some buying today and she has received donations as well. Every little bit helps these 8 kids. Even stocking stuffers delivered to Bill’s would be fantastic. :

Rotary Club of Oshawa Parkwood

Christmas 2020

Name of child

Age and approximate clothing size


Pj’s, socks, underwear


Any other info that may assist shoppers


ladies small or kids 14/16


Make up


Gift card

PTSD, anxiety

Manic depresssion



Size 14


Art therapy
make up






Size 12



Make up Nintendo switch games



size 8


Art therapy
make up

Nail polish

Odd adhd



size 8


Baby dolls
board games
educational toys

global developmental delay


size 4T


Peppa Pig castles
mini mouse



size 2T


pretend toy cleaning stuff



size 24 months


Educational toys
pretend telephone with lights

global developmental delay


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 a few members who have not paid. You can send him a cheque or you can pay Bill by e-transfer. The address of the e-transfer is  parkwoodrotaryacct@gmail.com 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. Thank you to those who have volunteered. 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. We still need editors for the rest of 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 rotary7070.org.) :

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. https://youtu.be/M8m5B0kJes4

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.


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 www.rotary7070.org (centre column) for more details.  Isn’t it time that you volunteered beyond your own Rotary Club?

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: https://rotary7070.org/sitepage/current-leadership-opportunities



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 – New Teams Are 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.

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.

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE – UPDATE  - 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 Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive. Christmas food and toy collection (donations of  non-perishable foods and new unwrapped toys for those in need in Durham Region, cash and gift cards so food and toys can be purchased, all gratefully accepted) and will be distributed to Durham agencies such as Simcoe Hall Settlement House and Salvation Army. Biggest need: teen gifts for both boys and girls, toiletries. Donations can also 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 a link from Oshawa express to get more details : http://oshawaexpress.ca/drps-kicks-off-annual-food-and-toy-drive/ 


Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Another opportunity for Club members to make a donation during the holiday season. Please bring an unwrapped gift & your ‘Drive-Thru Breakfast’   is compliments of The Crooked Uncle, 1180 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa . Check out:  www.thecrookeduncle.com. 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. Here is a Facebook Link to the Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-crooked-uncle/sharons-kids-annual-kids-charity-breakfast/778035413046293/