MINUTES OF MEETING:  June 20, 2023

                   Editor:  Past President Hilda Finnigan

Meeting Called to Order at 6:30 PM: by President Robbie Larocque

ROTARY GRACE: Led by Pat Dyck

TOAST TO THE KING: Led by Janice Coupland

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.

TOAST TO CANADA: Led by President Robbie Larocque

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Our speaker, Morgan Joy, Sharron Morrison (her grand niece), Tracy McGarry (Participation House)  and Terri Lynn Larocque


Happy Birthday to President Robbie Larocque TODAY – June 20

Happy Birthday to Caroline Kipling – June 21

Happy Birthday to Keela Efraim and to Past President David Penney – June 23


Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha to L to R: Dave Penney, Ted Morrison, Robbie & Terri Lynn Larocque



President Robbie :

June 22 –meeting with Friends of Second Marsh – details available if you are interested in attending

District Governor Changeover/Awards Night is June 23 @ Whitby Marina

June 24 – A busy day for our Rotary Club: Yard Sale, Bingo at The Red Barn, and Ploughman’s Choice Sales at the North Oshawa Farmers Market…. We need your help

June 25th Pride Parade in Toronto – Mary Lou Harrison is arranging Rotary participation

 Oshawa Parkwood President’s Night is June 27th, spouses/partners are invited

Tracy McGarry: Director of Quality Assurance and Community Development at Participation House

Tracy presented to President Robbie Larocque The 2022 Marten Van Harmelen Volunteer Award. Every year in December we celebrate the successes of the past year and recognize the contribution of both our employees, and our very important community partners. The Marten VanHarmelen award acknowledges Volunteerism is an important element for the health of every community. Through the selfless giving of time and sharing of knowledge many organizations and the people they support prosper from these champions. As a means of celebrating and recognizing the valuable contribution of members of the community who embrace this practice of volunteerism. PH introduced the Marten Van Harmelen Volunteer Award back in 2015. The Oshawa Parkwood Rotary club has been a huge supporter of PH, it’s efforts and those it supports for a number of years.  Many of our service recipients have been deeply impacted by your generosity.  Pre-covid the Christmas dinner that you included us in was a highlight of many people’s year.  Getting to see old friends and truly celebrate the spirit of the season surrounded by genuinely caring people is something that cannot be replicated. It’s because of service groups like the Oshawa Parkwood Rotary, that we are able to fulfill our commitment ensuring that everyone involved with PH has the opportunity to experience full citizenship. Something you cannot put a price on! Many thanks to you all and your ongoing commitment to make a difference not only in the lives of people but in your community.


John Kellam stated we have received many donations towards the Yard Sale with more to come; a sign up sheet for volunteers/ needed equipment was circulated – thanks to all who volunteered

Hilda Finnigan noted there have been several changes in Bingo list, thanks to all; Sue will be sending an updated list; Hilda also asked volunteers for Bulleting Editor 23/24 to check info

Dave Andrews announced a “Movie Night” sponsored by Whitby Sunrise “Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning” w Tom Cruise!  July 12th /$15.00 ea. Register with Dave by June 27  Those present opted for NO change in our meeting schedule in lieu of this event

Linda Porritt Ways and Means Committee Meeting June 20 cancelled will be on the Agenda for

July 5th Board Meeting (Bill Creamer hosting)

Jan Coupland will send email to members re meal June 27th; dessert added; cost $40



President’s Walk October 15

District 7070 Conference October 20/21/22 at the Courtyard by Marriott – Last call for the reduced Registration Fee

2024 Reverse Draw, Dinner and Silent Auction at the Courtyard by Marriott – May 9, 2024!!


SGT AT ARMS:   Bob Koski


Dave Andrews Won the chance to draw the Ace of Spades, but instead drew the 2 of Hearts. The jackpot grows.


Al Finnigan – pending successful Yard Sale

Jan Coupland – the arrival of “Fiona”, her third grandchild

David Penney – cleanup of cottage waterfront with help from Jan

David  Andrews – thanks to Tracey for our Award

Lennis Trotter- old car tour and Father’s Day

Sharron Morrison – here with her great neice; surprise partner in golf tournament was Velma Ratchford and They WON!!

Hilda Finnigan-a sad buck-Tim Dwyre in hospital being treated for Congestive Heart Failure but very happy Morgan is here and thank you for the PH Award from Tracey

Pres. Robbie happy to be celebrating 59 years a good life