MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING :  Tuesday, September 1, 2020

                                      Bulletin Editor: Ted Morrison

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  

Sept 2 -  Happy Birthday to Dr Roxana Pops

Sept 5 – Happy Anniversary to Ana and Nizarhimie Rejab

 

 

On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres. Sue McKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, Lennis Trotter, David Andrews, Ted Morrison, Robert Kipling, Tim Dwyre, David Penney, Robbie Larocque,,  Ana Rejab, Linda Porritt, Hilda Finnigan, Chidinma and Stanley Igboanugo, Bob Koski, Colin Carrie, Eric Guernsey

Guest :  None tonight

AGAIN, THANK YOU 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 and hope we can continue in July.

 

PRESIDENT SUE’S OPENING REMARKS & MOMENT OF REFLECTION IN HONOUR OF OUR DEAR FRIEND DEVON BIDDLE:

President Sue opened the meeting by honouring our dear friend and fellow Rotarian, Devon Biddle. In her own words: “Devon was a devoted husband, wonderful father, amazing brother and brother in law. He was a great friend, successful Engineer, accomplished Businessman and a Rotarian that we all aspire to be.

Devon had an amazing life that included his passion to help others that were less fortunate, including monetary gifts to administering polio drops in India and lending his expertise on water purification. This great person was a member of our club! Visitation is on Thursday September 3 from 4 to 8 pm at Oshawa Funeral Service.

Let's take 30 seconds to remember Devon and all he accomplished in his personal life and his extradinary life as a philantropist.”

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: SEPT 2 AT 7 PM ON ZOOM: President Sue reminded Board members of the meeting and asked all Board Members who did not do a report to the club on Aug 25 to present one to the Board on Sept 2.

From District Governor Mark Chipman:

2020 Foundation Walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation - October 18 at the Toronto Beaches boardwalk!  We are planning a smaller in-person and COVID responsible walk with 100 Rotarians to comply with existing Toronto By-laws.  Attendees will be mainly Rotary and Rotaract Presidents and District reps.  This will be important date as we regularly raise over $100K from this event for the good work of the Foundation.  We are also encouraging clubs to hold their own walks within their communities! Let’s start raising our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood funds for the Foundation Walk.

 

DUES ARE DUE: Treasurer Bill Creamer: . Very soon, you will receive an invoice from our Treasurer for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. The Annual Dues will be $230.00. At the same time, you will have the option to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund of $100 and a donation to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Funds for $20 (or more if you wish). You will be credited towards your next Paul Harris Fellow Award. Please pay your dues promptly when you get your invoice, by mailing or dropping off your cheque (or cash), payable to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, to 96 King Street East, Oshawa L1H 1B6.  Thank you everyone. We have already received our invoice from Rotary International.

Meals On Wheels – 2 Volunteers Are Still Required - President is on vacation for a few weeks coming up . We need 2 volunteers. Please see President Sue so that our Rotary Club can fulfill our commitment to this very important community service.Monday, Sept 7  is a holiday so no meals on wheels will be done, that day.

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. August is looked after. Thank you, Jan and Kris. We need editors for October 2020 through June 2021 . Thank you to Ted Morrison for being our Bulletin Editor for September 2020. Please let Hilda know as soon as you can.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED ZOOM SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR ROTARY CLUB -  includes a New Members Gatherings, and a Grow Rotary Workshops for all Rotarians and Rotaractors (register for the following workshops online at rotary7070.org.)

New Members Gathering – 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.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 7-8 pm

  • Thursday February 18, 7-8 pm

Grow Rotary Sessions – 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 membership.

  • Saturday, October 3, 9:30-11:30 am  - Register here!

  • Saturday, January 23, 9:30-11:30 am 

  • Saturday, March 27, 9:30-11:30 am

 

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Wanted!!! - we are looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to make a difference. See the District website www.rotary7070.org (centre column) for more details.  members. 

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 - application deadline is October 1/20 and can be emailed to me.  Rotary offers "endless opportunities" and this may be one of them for you!

Community Bottle and Food Drive, September 26, 2020:.  Are you ready for some fun and community engagement?  Join clubs across the District as we hold a Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26.  This will be an opportunity to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke to Picton and Belleville and north to Alliston and Newmarket.  Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event; the District will help promote on social media. Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. Attached is a template to use to market the event – there are spaces on the template to add your club name, event date and location drop-offs.  Let’s make this happen!!!!

 

OUR REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS RETURN TO THE OSHAWA GOLF CLUB SOON: WE ARE LOOKING AT A START BACK DATE OF OCTOBER 6, 2020:

Some changes are coming due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • Members will need to inform David Andrews if they are not coming to a meeting just as before (by the Sunday evening prior to the Tuesday meeting). Note: We will need 100% of the members on board with this.

  • A combination of in person plus zoom does not look promising unless we can get a minimum of 20 members attending each meeting, in person at the Golf Club.

  • There will be an Oshawa Golf Club Greeter at the front door

  • Masks are required until seated at a table

  • Maximum four at a table

  • Designated washrooms (if we meet upstairs, we use the upstairs washrooms)

  • Served meals – no buffet

  • Maximum 50 per room

  • Golf Club will make a copy of our Weekly attendance sheet for tracking purposes

 

BINGO AT THE RED BARN RETURNS:

Our second day back is Sept 26 at 12:30 PM. Need to be there by 11 AM. We need 3 people only: ONE Banker. ONE front desk Sales Person and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please let Sandy know if YOU are available.. We need to be there by 11 AM. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned. Sandy is looking for 3 ONLY volunteers for Sept 26. Please let Sandy know as soon as you can.

Here is a note from the Red Barn:

As part of stage 3, upon opening, we will only be permitted 50 customers per session. This restriction, although keeps everyone safer, makes it very difficult to operate our regular bingo schedule.  Please be patient with us in this introductory phase as we anticipate opening with 2 events per day (12:30 pm and 6:45 pm) with new programs that must be geared towards smaller crowds due to the temporary capacity restrictions.  We have applied for a special request to increase the number of patrons permitted in the hall and we shall give you an update as soon as we have one.  Please know that we are working very hard towards opening and offering a product that is acceptable to you until things get back to normal.  

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.

The Snack Bar will be closed until further notice but we have installed Vending Machines with Cold and Hot Beverages and Snacks for your convenience.

The health and wellness of our customers, charities, and staff are paramount.  Upon arrival, customers will be greeted by an attendant at the front entrance to ensure social distancing is adhered to.  Please note that if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath; or if you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; or if someone you are in close contact with tested positive for Covid 19; or if you have been told to self-isolate by a medical professional or Public Health, we apologize but you will not be permitted to enter the premises.

Other Precautions in effect:

Promoting Social Distancing by managing traffic flow throughout our hall.
Customers, Staff and Charity Volunteers are asked to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
Customers will be seated 6 feet from each other.
Sneeze Guards are placed at all selling stations.
Sanitizing Stations have been implemented throughout the hall.  Please use the provided hand sanitizer when entering the building and we encourage you to clean hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer.
Regular cleaning/disinfecting of all surface areas.  Table tops and chair frames will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected in between bingo sessions.
All staff and charity volunteers are required to wear masks or face coverings.
Customers are required wear masks or face coverings at all times while in the hall.  If you do not have your own mask one will be provided for you.
Restroom have enhanced automatic capabilities.   
Thank you and stay tuned for further details.

Red Barn Management and Staff

 

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE UPDATE: Past President Lennis Trotter: Next meeting on Sept 28 at 5 PM at the Kids Safety Village.

WORLD POLIO DAY 2020 IN DURHAM REGION: OCT 22 FROM 7 TO 8:30 PM VIA LIVESTREAM:  

joint meeting of the 10 Durham Region  Rotary Clubs live from 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. This year, it is online.

Spouses, guests and prospective members and all clubs in District 7070 and all over the world will be watching. Proclamations presentations and flag raisings from the 8 City and Region to our 10 clubs in Durham Region will also be shown by video. Dr. Bob Scott, immediate past chair of Rotary’s PolioPlus Committee (worldwide) will be our keynote speaker , updating everyone on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from this world. He will be talking LIVE with Ian Riseley, Past President Rotary International)  and he may connect  with  PolioPlus Volunteers from around the world.  We will also see the Rotary International  broadcast and we will livestream that too to everyone in the world. All clubs in the District are invited to watch the event.  This will be the link: https://durhamcollege.ca/globalclass/class/rotary-international-world-polio-day-2/.

Please look for the story by Dave Andrews in End Polio Now “Rotary Voices: on the Rotary International Website: https://www.endpolio.org/how-to-plan-a-virtual-world-polio-day-event

 

HOLIDAYS FOR PRESIDENT SUE:  President Sue will be on holidays for another week. Her Live pictures on Zoom from Vancouver , looked great this week Have a very nice family holiday.

​​​​​​​Bulletin Editor for September 2020 is Past District Governor Ted Morrison. Thank you, Ted, for volunteering.