MINUTES OF  MEETING:  February 7, 2023

                                          Editor:  David Penney

Meeting Called to Order at 6:31 PM: by Past President DaveAndrews

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that we are hosting this Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood meeting from land within the jurisdiction of Williams Treaties and on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. This acknowledgement reminds us of our responsibilities to our relationships and the ancestral lands on which we learn, share and live.

ROTARY GRACE: Led by Sue MacKinnon

TOAST TO THE KING: Led By Lennis Trotter

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Sue MacKinnon welcomed our guest speaker and member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, Detective Martin Franssen


Happy Birthday to YOU  !!! Peter Dueck on Feb 8 (90 yrs old); Kris Sachdeva on Feb 9; Bob Koski on Feb 12; Mike McLaren on Feb 14 and Jan Penney on Feb 20

Happy Anniversary to YOU !!! Marg and Alan Nason on Feb 9; Leon and Keela Efraim on Feb 11


  1. Dave A now has tickets for this year’s REVERSE DRAW_on May 11 Tickets are $150. The increase in price is mainly due to an increase in the cost of the meal. He asked everyone to think about possible sponsors. Get your tickets from Dave.

  1. Dave A. encouraged everyone to be on the lookout for silent auction items. The goal is 60 again this year. The average price of an item should be $100. Try and get experiences rather than things if possible.

  1. We have APR 1 and 2 as dates to volunteer at Purple Woods Pancake Breakfast. Volunteers could include spouses , children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors. Robbie is the liason with Purple Woods for the Maple Syrup Festival and Ted is looking after the sign up sheet.  We have 13 each day!  On the day of event, our names and contact info will be required.  Best to arrive at 8:30 for good parking. Event open from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm  (see: https://www.cloca.com/maple-syrup-festival )

  1.  Rotary Leadership Institute  - PART I is Wednesday evenings in February  8 15 AND 22 FROM 6 TO 8 PM – Please register TODAY: https://rotary7070.org/event/copy-of-district-7070-rli-part-1--sep-14--21-and-28th-2022/. Robbie encouraged members to sign up for a refresher about Rotary.

  1. In May, District is having a Rotary Youth leadership Symposium. The 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) is taking place, May 11-14, 2023 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre! The 3-night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconciliation and Land Based Education, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with campfires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!! All this for only $375 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host. There are only 30 spots available!  Online applications and further details will be available on the Rotary District 7070 website and all District social media channels by January 31, 2023. Stay tuned!!

  1. Lennis announced Easter celebrations at the Kids Safety Village April 7 & 8 from 10am until 2pm. We need 6 to 8 Rotary Club Volunteers needed from our club each day. Please sign up with Sue MacKinnon. Sue will have Police check applications after the next KSV Committee meeting.  

7.  FEB  16 -  TOUR OF PARKWOOD  - 12 NOON; 1 PM; 2 PM; 3 PM – With Area Rotary Clubs – Sign up with Dave Andrews  as soon as possible – Rotarians and Spouses  - No Charge – Compliments of Parkwood Estate


  1. FEB  16 -  OUR CLUB'S VALENTINE'S PARTY  AT HARPO’S AT 6 pm – Menu and price sent on previous email. Thank you so much to Rhonda Stewart for helping with the sign up.NO MEETING ON FEB 14 AT THE GOLF CLUB.

  1. FEB  21– Regular Weekly Meeting 6:15 PM START to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: ­­­­­_ZOOM -  Get Revved Up About Rotary

                                                           -  Second of three District 7070 Membership workshops.

  1. FEB 23 – Rotary District 7070 World Understanding and Peace Symposium on Zoom. 7 to 8:30 pm. Register TODAY.  Register HERE: https://rotary7070.org/event/world-understanding-and-peace-day-conference/

  1. FEB  25 - BINGO – RED BARN – Matinee – 11 AM – Sue MacKinnon, David Penney, & Dave Andrews PLUS ONE MORE VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

  1. FEB 28 – Regular Weekly Meeting -  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: Colin Carrie, MP Oshawa

  1. MAR  7 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: Dr. Beth Dorrans­­­­­, Rotary Global Grant Scholar

  1. MAR 28 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: James Barnett, VP Advancement  - Ontario Tech University

                                                             (arranged by Clive Waugh & Jodi Cowan Ont Tech U)

  1. APR  4 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: ­­­­­Dan Ruby, Manager Business Development, Invest Durham

                                                    – Topic: an exciting and innovative new investment attraction plan, and

                                                        is focused on growing investment at the intersection of clean energy

                                                       and advanced automotive (accompanied by Simon Gill, Director Invest


  1. APR 11 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE  ANNUAL UPDATE –

                                                              – SPOUSES INVITED

  1. APR 18 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker:  Dr. Scott Henderson, Dean and Head of Trent University

                                                         Durham (accompanied by Donna Doherty, Rotary Club of Oshawa) see:


  1. APR 22 – EARTH DAYGreat Lakes Water Cleanup  (Potentially at The Second Marsh with Oshawa Rotary Club – details being worked)


  1. MAY 23 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: ­­­­­PAUL HARRIS AWARDS NIGHT – SPOUSES INVITED


SGT AT ARMS:   Bob Koski


Draw winner was Pat Dyck and she drew the three of spades. The pot grows.


Sue MacKinnon –  Florida trip great except for lost and then found suit case.

Bob Stewart  - outlined his theory on horse racing. Pick the loser of the first race and bet for in the second race to win—especially if grey—sure winner.

Dave Andrews –great Saturday at PETS training as the trainer of course. Back-to-back lectures.

Bob Koski – granddaughter studying at Guelph--- made the dean’s list AGAIN. Chip off the old block.

Lennis Trotter – happy  -  his furnace fixed – and electricity pole was also a problem that was not attended to in a timely manner. Okay now