MINUTES OF  MEETING:  Tuesday, November 22, 2022

                                          Editor:  Linda Porritt

Meeting Called to Order at 6:59 PM: by Past Pres Dave Andrews for President Robbie Larocque

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: Larry Hurren

Toast to the King  Tim Dwyre

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Fellow Rotarian Emmy Iheme from the Rotary Club of Oshawa, who is also the Guest Speaker tonight. 

 BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  Nov. 22nd Willie Kellam’s Birthday; Nov. 23rd Bob & Launi Elliott’s Anniversary; Nov. 23rd Bob Stewart Birthday; Nov. 27th Nizar Rejab Birthday; Dec. 3rd Bill Creamer Birthday

SGT AT ARMS:             Tim Dwyre

ACE OF SPADES:       Hilda Finnigan had the winning ticket. She drew the Queen of Hearts. The Pot is Growing!! (We need donations for consolation prizes.)


Ted Morrision :

- Cakes & Hams - Cakes and Hams are arriving on Monday November 28th @ MAK. Volunteers are needed to offload.  Pick up will be available at Bill Creamer’s - will just need to let him know when you plan to come. Send payment by e transfer or give directly to Treasurer Bill.

  • Orono Santa Claus Parade is Sat. Nov. 26th 10:30 am (Ted playing Santa!)


Hilda Finnigan:

 - Nov 28th at 11:30 am at Wendel Clark’s (Holiday Inn Express) - our joint meeting with the Oshawa Club and District Governor Iosif Ciosa. $20 + tax, Buffet. Bring a Food Bank Donation.

- Need a Bulletin Editor for March. Ted Morrison will cover January. David Penney will cover February.

- Dec 13th is the club Christmas party at Bella Notte in Whitby. 6pm $52/person.

-Updated membership list was sent out - there are a couple of updates on email addresses.

- Janice Coupland will be handling meals while Hilda is gone.

- Bill & Sue will cover the Front Desk.


David Andrews:

 - Christmas at the Village Nov 24, 25, 26 and Dec. 1, 2, 3 4:30 to 8:00 pm.

- Bingos at the red Barn Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 30. Need one volunteer for Dec. 3rd

- Nov 26/27 There is a Rotary Environmental conference online. President Robbie can get the login info. Assisi Climate Action Forum ID=8252 (4)


Michelle Thatcher, Rick Wayman, Paul van Engen, Dr. Paola Fiori


Inspiring and Equipping Rotary Clubs for Climate Action


The Rotary Clubs of Assisi and San Francisco invite you and your Rotary Club to participate in our Global Climate Action Forum from Assisi, Italy on November 26-27, 2022. Co-hosted by the Rotary Climate Action Team Network (RCAT) and major climate action organizations, the purpose of this global event is to challenge ourselves and our clubs to take climate action in 2023.  The Saturday program will be both online and in-person, while Sunday events are in-person. Saturday speakers include Michelle Thatcher of Global Climate Pledge; Rick Wayman, CEO of Foundation for Climate Restoration; Paul van Engen of Our Planet, Our Future; and Dr. Paola Fiori of Eticambiente Sustainability and Communications Consulting. The conference will offer you practical answers to these questions: what concrete actions can my Club take? What can I do daily through my profession, my leadership, and my choices?  How can I – and my Club – make a difference in this existential crisis?

Over 900 Rotary clubs in 92 countries have already committed to act to address climate change.  We are partnering with the Global Climate Pledge to get 2 billion individuals and 4,000 Rotary clubs to commit to act in the next 2.5 years.  Visit the conference website for the full program, speaker profiles, and resources. Register here to participate in the Assisi Forum. The conference fee is E10.  If you attend in person, meals will cost E25 each for dinner on November 26 and lunch on November 27.  Participating hotels in Assisi are offering very reasonable rates. Follow the event on Facebook, and share this video invitation with your club. 


Saturday Nov-26-2022  to  Sunday Nov-27-2022 from 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

- Nov 29th - No club meeting. Reverse Draw Committee will meet at 7 pm at the DG Biddle offices

.- Dec 3rd is the annual Sharon’s Kids breakfast and collection of gift donations. The event is a drive through 8 am to 10 am. Enter the parking lot off of Orchard View.

 - Dec. 10th is the new date for the Feed the Need Concert. Venue change to the Biltmore at 39 King St E in Oshawa. Cost $30/ticket.


Larry Hurren:

 - A meeting of the Community Services Committee to be held tonight after the club meeting.

Happy Bucks:

Hilda Finnigan - Not long now until Hilda & All go south for a few months. Thank you to all who have volunteered to take her duties while she is gone

David Penney - Got his 5th Shot today.

Larry Hurren - Recently celebrated Kay’s Mom’s 97th Birthday, then she got Covid but is now recovered. Larry & family went to LA. Had a good time. It’s very expensive there! Amazing trip.

Al Finnigan - Always good to see Emmy Iheme.

Emmy - put in $5 - always happy to visit Oshawa-Parkwood. He attended the Night of a 1000 Dinners last week, and was pleased to sit ata table with many of our members.

David Andrews - Enjoyed the Night of 1000 Dinners and looking forward to a repeat next year. $4,000 was raised to help save lives by removing landmines in Cambodia. Also attended the 100th Anniversary of the Cobourg club and there was lots of support from across the district.

Robert Kipling - Canada plays a World Cup soccer match tomorrow, first in 36 years. In 1986 they did not score a goal. Robert is confident they will do better this year.

Ted Morrison - Also happy to attend the Night of 1000 Dinners. Wilf Wilkerson & wife were there. Happy also to have attended the Cobourg club’s 100th Anniversary lunch. Last night Ted spoke at the Port Hope Club. Sharron is away for 3 days of shopping - could be hard on his wallet!

SPEAKER:   Emmy Iheme – 2023 Ontario Parasport Games

Past-President Dave Andrews introduced our guest speaker, Emmy Iheme.  Emmy is well known to our club. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, Retired Staff-Sergeant for the Durham Regional Police Services. Emmy is currently the co-chair (with Willy Woo, Councillor from Clarington) of the Fundraising Committee for the Ontario 2023 Parasport Games. The Games are being held in Durham Region February 3 to 5, 2023.


The Ontario 2023 Parasport Games will feature 550 Athletes. The athletes, plus coaches, family, and friends will provide a good amount of economic benefit to Durham Region. Venues for the events are across Durham. including Curling which will be held at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club.

Durham hosted the Ontario Parasport Games in 2019. Feedback was that they were the best games to date. Estimated community economic benefit was $1,000,000 in 2019. The Games received several awards that year, including an award for Economic Development from the Lieutenant Governor and Sports Event of the Year from Sports Tourism Canada. In 2019 the Games Committee raised $120,000 more than was needed for the event and they created a Legacy Fund. Those funds are to be used to support accessibility and venues for disabled athletes. For example $25,000 was used to remove obstacles to accessibility for Sledge Hockey at Iroquois Park Arena in Whitby. The charity Their Opportunity received the balance of funds to go to athletes with disabilities.

The overall budget this year is $465,000. They have received a $100,000 grant from the Ontario Government. The balance of funds needed have already been raised, either as donations of cash or goods in kind. The Goal is to increase the Legacy Fund to $165,000. All funds from charitable groups like Rotary will go to the Legacy Fund. The plan for the funds is to equip all of the schools in Durham with sports equipment to accommodate young athletes with disabilities. This will include equipment for sitting volleyball, Bocce, and wheelchair basketball.

In 2019 every athlete received a package with a toque, mitts and scarf knitted by volunteers. The balance of the knitted items were sold for game souvenirs. They are working on a similar package for 2023.

Volunteers can sign up on the website:   https://durhamregion2023.ca/en/

Even if all the event volunteer spots are filled, there is a special category of volunteers called “Be The Roar”. If you volunteer as part of “Be The Roar”, you will attend one or more events to cheer on the athletes!!

Past District Governor Ted Morrison thanked Emmy for his presentation.

Past-President David Andrews closed the meeting at 7:51 pm



NOV 24 – 26 – Christmas at The Kids Safety Village – 4:30 to 8 PM

NOV 26 –  BINGO – RED BARN – Matinee  -11 AM – Team # 3 – Sue MacKinnon , Bill Creamer, Al and Hilda Finnigan

NOV 28 – District Governor Iosif Ciosa Official Visit to the 2 Rotary Clubs in Oshawa – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Wendel Clark’s Restaurant, 67 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G 4S3. A luncheon meeting. Joint meeting of the two Rotary Clubs here in Oshawa. BRING A FOOD ITEM FOR FEED THE NEED IN DURHAM


NOV 29 – Committee Meeting – Reverse Draw , Dinner & Silent Auction 2023 – 7 PM at Robbie’s office and online

DEC 1 - 3 – Christmas at The Kids Safety Village – 4:30 to 8 PM

DEC 3 – BINGO – RED BARN – Evening  -5 PM – Team # 1 – Linda Porritt, Ted Morrison, Robbie Larocque,

                                                                                                       PLUS One Volunteer

DEC  6 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM . Oshawa Golf Club   

                                                            - Speaker: ­­­­­Gem Munro, Amarok Society is proud to have partnered with dozens of Rotary Clubs to pursue a new model of education: instead of teaching children directly, we teach illiterate mothers to become neighborhood teachers. This mothers-first approach to education is transforming  entire communities. Amarok Society co-founder Gem Munro is on a speaking tour, raising awareness of the impact of this new educational 
approach and inspiring people with what's possible for the future. To read what the past Vice President and Director, Rotary International, Valarie  Wafer, has to say about Amarok Society, visit: 

DEC 10 – Concert to Feed The Need – Biltmore Theatre, 39 King St East, Oshawa : 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Hosted by 11 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region. Proceeds to Feed The Need Durham. For tickets, please see https://tickets.biltmoretheatre.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=76

DEC  13 – Regular Weekly Meeting 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM .   NO MEETING AT THE OSHAWA GOLF CLUB

                                                             SOCIAL NIGHT – HOLIDAY PARTY - SPOUSES INVITED

                                                              At Bella Note, 3570 Brock St N, Whitby, ON L1N 3J4

DEC 30 –  BINGO – RED BARN – Matinee  -11 AM – FRIDAY – Linda Porritt, Ted Morrison, Sharron Morrison,

                                                                                                         Lennis Trotter


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