MINUTES OF  MEETING:  March 21, 2023

                                          Editor:  PDG Ted Morrison

Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 PM: by Past President Dave Andrews

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 Lenis Trotter

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  None tonight


Happy Anniversary to Shawn Kellam and Kristen Colton on March 23


 1. Sue announced that Bingo was scheduled for Saturday March 25 matinee this week. Ted, David A , Bill, and Sue should arrive at 11am.

  1. Sue 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. Sue has Police check applications . Please fill out and give to Sue as soon as possible. (Need  a new one every 6 months).   Sue passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers

  1. Sue also announced she is meeting with Holly to arrange for our Paul Harris night possibly upstairs with a special meal.

  1. Ted announced the people who have signed up for Purple Woods Pancake Breakfast. We are asked to arrive at 8:30 am. And park on the west side of the parking lot.

  1. Ted asked the members to consider sponsoring Sharron in a bowl-a-thon for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarington. (and she thanks everyone for their generosity)

  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. Over 90 tickets out so far.

  1. Ted M and 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. Take a photo of the item, get a retail value and send to Dave A so he can add to the website and social media. 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 ) Ted Morrison has organized the details of our club’s volunteer efforts. Everyone knows when they will be there. Wear your Rotary clothes and a hat if you are serving pancakes.

  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. We have selected Morgan Joy and she has applied to be our candidate. Morgan has assisted our club at the Farmers Market, at Kids Against Hunger, and on the Great Lakes Cleanup, just to name a few. Still some spots available. If you know of another candidate, there is a form to fill out (see the District 7070 March Newsletter for details).

  1. MAR 16 -  Our Club's St Patrick's Day Party at Fionn McCool’s at 6 PM – Thank you to Sue and Janice for making this a real fun night .

  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 20 – YUK YUK’s Comedy Night - 67 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G 4S3 - $30 per person. 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm. 50-50 Draw. All Durham Region Rotary Clubs have been invited. Fundraiser for Denise House

  1. APR 21 – Waverly Public School Play Day – New Playground equipment will officially open. This may be a great day for a grand opening. Perhaps our Club could arrange the Grand Opening with Sherri Parr on this day. Community Service Committee to review with Sherri.

  1. APR 22 – EARTH DAYGreat Lakes Water Cleanup – 9:30 am to 11:30 am at The Second Marsh with Oshawa and Courtice  Rotary Clubs. Bring your own water (in a reusable bottle) and a picker if you have one. Rotarian and families (sign up sheet will go around). Civic Leaders also invited. Park along Col Sam Drive near Second marsh sign (on south side of road).


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


SGT AT ARMS:   Bob Koski


Draw winner was David Penney who drew the 4 of Spades – sorry Dave ……. The pot grows.


1.David Penney was happy to host a special birthday party for his mother-in-law who turned 100 years old on the weekend.

2.Bill Creamer was his happy that his son bought a larger house on a 2 acre lot in Enniskillen.. possible site for Parkwood Rotary summer picnic.

3.David Mankiewicz received a special industry award for his work.

4.Linda Porritt also received an award from century 21 Silver Level award top 1% in the GTA.

5. Everyone thanked John Kellam for his generous donation of dessert tonight.