MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING:  Tuesday, November 24, 2020

                                          Editor:  Hilda Finnigan        



Nov 25 – Happy Birthday to Bob Stewart

Nov 27 – Happy Birthday to Ana’s husband, Nizarhimli Rejab

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, Heather Drakes, Ana Rejab, Tim Dwyre, Larry Hurren, Chidinma Iboanugo.

Guests :  Trish Best, President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa

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:


T’was a month before Christmas, and all through the town,

People wore masks, that covered their frown.

The frown had begun way back in the Spring,

When a global pandemic changed everything.

They called it corona, but unlike the beer,

It didn’t bring good times, it didn’t bring cheer.


Contagious and deadly, this virus spread fast,

Like a wildfire that starts when fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded, travel was banned.

Borders were closed across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown to flatten the curve,

The economy halted, and folks lost their nerve.


From March to July we rode the first wave,

People stayed home, they tried to behave.

When summer emerged the lockdown was lifted.

But away from caution, many folks drifted.

Now it’s November and cases are spiking,

Wave two has arrived, much to our disliking.


Frontline workers, doctors and nurses,

Try to save people, from riding in hearses.

This virus is awful, this COVID-19.

There isn’t a cure. There is no vaccine.

It’s true that this year has had sadness a plenty ...

We’ll never forget the year 2020 ...

And just ‘round the corner - The holiday season,

But why be merry? Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house and put up the tree,

When no one will see it, no-one but me.


But outside my window the snow gently falls,

And I think to myself, "Let’s deck the halls"!

So, I gather the ribbon, the garland and bows,

As I play those old carols, my happiness grows.

Christmas ain’t cancelled and neither is hope.

If we lean on each other, I know we can cope.

Author unknown



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 with the 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, please contact Sue as soon as possible and tell her what you will get. Sue has already done some buying today. 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 7 or 8 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 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.

  • 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 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. Watch the media for dates and times for the Village to be open to take your donations.