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February 2018
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Major William Hans Schmidt (Retired)
Feb 27, 2018 7:15 AM
Canadian Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

Major Schmidt will speak about his experiences with the Canadian Forces and about the need to support our veterans.

Mayor Adrian Foster
Mar 06, 2018 7:15 AM
Clarington Update
Past Speakers
Feb 20, 2018 7:15 AM
Club Members Only
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville Website

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Bowmanville Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Trinity United Church
116 Church Street
Bowmanville, ON  L1C 1T2
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Special Rotary Evening Meetings
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has made an important change to its meeting times.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, with some exceptions, will be held at 6:00 PM at The Clarington Beech Centre.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.
The Clarington Beech Centre is located at 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville ON  L1C 3A2.
If you cannot join us for breakfast, why not consider joining us for dinner during an evening meeting on one of these dates:
  *     February 27, 2018
  *     March 27,2018
  *     April 24, 2018
  *     May 29,2018
  *     NOT June 26, 2018 - This will be a morning meeting.
Our News and Stories

A Little Bit about Rotary 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide.  Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, nationally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self".  We are proud to be a part of this dynamic organization as we celebrate 93 years of service in our community.  Please take a few minutes to peruse our website and read our promotional brochure, "This is The Rotary Club of Bowmanville".

Are you the missing piece?  Are you interested in joining Rotary?  For more information about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, please contact Chris Christodoulou at 905-441-5259 or email  Thank you.


Rotary has been involved in the fight to eradicate polio since 1987.  The Insight Section of the Saturday February 17, 2018 issue of the Toronto Star featured an article on this global effort.  You may read the article by following this link.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was honoured to support The Grandview Children's Foundation with a generous gift of $20,000.  Present from Grandview to accept the donation were Foundation Board Chair Bryan Yetman, Executive Director of Development Brigitte Tschinkel, and Grandview Centre Trustee Brad Phillips.  Presenting on behalf of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville were President Reg Freethy and President-Elect John Burns. 
Prior to the presentation, Bryan Yetman and Brigitte Tschinkel showed a short video which spotlighted the amazing achievements of one young lady who was a "Grandview Kid".  They emphasised the wonderful work Grandview does on behalf of children with special needs and with 3000 children on a wait list, the need to grow and expand the services offered by Grandview.  For more information about Grandview Children's Centre or to donate, please visit their website by clicking here
(L to R) Brad Phillips, Brigitte Tschinkel, Bryan Yetman, Reg Freethy, and John Burns 
The February 6, 2018 meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was rather special because three of our members were each awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship.
Our first recipient was Don Hutton who was presented with his first Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship by Rotary Foundation chair Gord Wallace.
Don Hutton (L) receives his First Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship from Gord Wallace
On Tuesday January 30, 2018 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville held a special evening meeting to celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns.  The evening began with an opportunity to sample the various brews offered by Brock Street Breweries and, in keeping with the theme of the evening, an opportunity to nose, sip, and evaluate the flavours of three exceptionally fine single malt whiskies.  Adding to the experience was the knowledgeable commentary offered by John Burns and Gord Wallace.
The Gathering of the Clans: (L to R) John Burns, Pauline Calvert, John Kay, Steve Kay, and Gord Wallace
The Bowmanville Rotary Club's annual Christmas dinner, held at the Clarington Beech Centre on December 12, 2017, was special in several ways.  First, it was an opportunity for Rotarians and their partners to get together for an evening of good food and fellowship.  And, it was also the perfect opportunity to make two very special presentations.  The first, a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship; the second, a major donation by the International Committee to Allison Edwards' Jinja Connection.
(L to R)  Debbie Mandryk, Bob Stevens, Don Hutton, and Jean Stevens enjoy some casual conversation
The Annual Rotary Children's Christmas Party was once again a great success with about 140 children, parents, grandparents, friends and Rotarians in attendance at the Clarington Beech Centre on Sunday December 3, 2017.  Everyone was delighted with the craft table, decorating gingerbread men and women, face painting, and balloon art. But of special interest was the presence of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue who set up a display for the children and brought five unique animals for the children to learn about and pet.

Someone cannot wait to open his gift from Santa
The Rotary Christmas Trees have arrived at Watson Farms Market.  We have a great selection of spruce and firs ranging in price from $40 to $70 (HST included) depending on size and variety.  The proceeds from the sales of Rotary Christmas Trees help fund our charitable initiatives in our community. This means that you can select the perfect tree and help your community by purchasing a Rotary Christmas Tree.  It doesn't get any better than that.
Watson Farms Market is located at 2287 Highway #2 L1C 3K3 in Bowmanville.  Our hours are:
Monday to Friday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
The crew that unloaded the Rotary Christmas Trees
October 10, 2017 saw the official dedication of a "Buddy Bench" at John M. James Public School.  The "Buddy Bench" was donated by The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  The purpose of the bench and details of the dedication ceremony were well covered in a story published in The Clarington This Week.
Rotary District 7070 Governor Neil Phillips spoke at a special Tri-Club meeting held Tuesday October3, 2017 at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club. Rotarians from the Oshawa Rotary Club, Oshawa Parkwood Rotary Club, the Bowmanville Rotary Club, and a number of guests were present.  D.G. Neil began by stating that he had not come armed with a laundry list of "to dos".  His philosophy is that most ideas for moving Rotary's objectives forward come from the grassroots and that District 7070 and Rotary International are there to support those initiatives. 
At a special Tri-Club Rotary meeting held on Tuesday October 3, 2017 at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club, Bowmanville Rotarian Chuck Cattran received a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin to recognize his contributions to the Rotary International Foundation. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary International’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational and cultural programs. Congratulations, Chuck, and thank you for your dedication to and support of the Foundation.
L to R: Rotary Club of Bowmanville Foundation Chair Gord Wallace, President Reg Freethy, and Paul Harris Sapphire Pin recipient Chuck Cattran
Rotary District 7070 held its annual Rotary Foundation Walk on Sunday September 10, 2017.  The 5.1 km walk was hosted by the Whitby Rotary Clubs and was held at the Heydenshore Pavilion.  The route travelled through park land, past the Whitby marina, and around the block enclosing the park where the Whitby Sunrise club holds its annual Ribfest.  Bowmanville was especially well represented this year.  President Reg Freethy, nine club members, and one member's spouse participated.  Breakfast consisted of fruit, granola bars, and assorted drinks.  Following the walk, lunch included a pulled pork sandwich with salad and chips.  All-in-all, a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning and raise ~$120,000 for Rotary Foundation.
L to R: Lyle Goodin, Tim Funchion, Kevin Anyan, Reg Freethy, Steve Code, Gord Wallace, John Burns, Don Hutton, and Don's wife Elaine.  Absent from the photo are Chuck Cattran and Lynda Mayes
The Summer Respite Care Program is one of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville’s signature programs.  The Bowmanville Rotary Club has had a long history of support for children with special needs and their families.  Recognizing that families with special needs children deserve some respite, especially during the summer months when children are not in school, the Bowmanville Rotary Club offers a Summer Respite Care Program that provides home care for children with special needs.
At its August 8th meeting the Rotary Club of Bowmanville continued its generous support of Steve Rutledge and his Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos project with a donation of $10,000.  Steve's dedication to this project is truly inspiring and the success of the project is evident in the increase in health and wellbeing of the villages he has supported to date.  For further information about Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos or to donate to this amazing project, please visit the website by clicking here.
International Committee Director Pauline Calvert presenting Steve Rutledge with a cheque for $10,000
The annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program has been a signature program of the Rotary Club of Ottawa since 1951.  Approximately 220 senior high school students from across Canada spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship.  This year the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to sponsor Bailey Elliott, who has just graduated from Clarke High School, to attend the program.  At the Club's meeting on July 18, 2017, Bailey was our guest speaker.  She spoke about her experiences with the program, the insights into our democratic institutions that the program provided her, and how it inspired her.  Bailey, who is also one of our bursary winners, will be attending Carleton University in Ottawa this fall where she is enrolled in the Global Law and Social Justice program.  
Bailey Elliott presents to the Bowmanville Rotary Club
At its July 11th, 2017 meeting the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to present bursaries to eight accomplished and deserving Clarington students who were either continuing their post secondary studies or were entering their first year of post secondary education.
The Matawa First Nations Learning Centre in Thunder Bay held its graduation ceremony on June 8, 2017.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to be able to support the Learning Centre by providing $11,000 in bursaries to recognize the achievements of graduates or classrooms.  Two Bowmanville Rotarians, Ted Mann and Georg Krohn, attended the ceremony.  As a token of their appreciation, the Matawa Learning Centre presented the Club with a framed Rotary logo intricately created in bead work.  For more information, please download the ceremony program by clicking here.
Our 10th Annual Ribs & Brews Event was one of our best ever and it is all thanks to you, the families in Clarington who came out on the June 9th to 11th weekend to have a good time and at the same time support Rotary.  The new venue at Clarington Fields gave us lots of room for the music, craft brewers, ribbers, fun foods, vendors, carnival and so much more.  The new Kids Zone, sponsored by OPG, was a success and we look forward to making it even better.
The great news is that we raised about $127,950!  This money will be used to support our charitable work within Clarington and throughout Canada and the rest of the world.  
If you have comments or suggestions about the event or would simply like to keep up-to-date with what we are up to, why not like us on FACEBOOK
The District 7070 District Assembly held at the BMO Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough ON  M1W 3Z3 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday May 13, 2017 was an excellent opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  
Workshop sessions included dealing with conflict, vibrant clubs (a workshop from PETS that was back by popular demand), your public image, membership, youth exchange, and an excellent session on Club governance.  Also, two sessions on grants - one each with a focus on district or global grants.  Each of these constituted a make-up for Clubs that missed the Grant Management Certification seminar held in Oshawa in April.
All in all a very worthwhile way to spend a rainy Saturday and one of the best attended District 7070 Assemblies ever.
Much "I Do" About Nothing, with apologies to the Bard, was a unique fundraising event planned by The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  About 48 Rotarians and guests gathered in the beautiful Newcastle Town Hall to witness an "interesting" wedding ceremony for which members of the wedding party were chosen from a bucket (another addition to someone's bucket list?).  The festivities, complete with a Scottish emcee, a drunken mother of the bride, a short man with a big gun, and a truly vivacious maid of honour, provided lots of laughs and raised ~$3500 for the Rotary Club's Respite Care Program.  The ceremony was followed with a sumptuous dinner catered by KCC Gourmet Catering and dancing to the music of a disc jockey.  Although the marriage will not likely last (the bride and groom each left with someone else), the memories of a great time surely will.
All About Purple!  That was the theme for Epilepsy Durham Region's Annual Purple Pancake Breakfast held at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville on Tuesday February 21, 2017.  A hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausages topped with butter, blueberries, and maple syrup was served by members of he Bowmanville Rotary Club between 07:30 AM and 09:00 AM to many hungry guests.  The cost was by donation and a little over $500 was raised to support Epilepsy Durham Region.  Our sincere thanks to those who came out to support this great cause.
The annual Lions/Rotary Elimination Draw was held at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre on Wednesday February 15, 2017.  Attitude adjustment and side betting began at 6:00 PM with a roast beef dinner catered by Hampton United Church served buffet style at 7:00 PM.  After dinner the eliminations began with number after number falling by the wayside until only three remained.  Third last out was Heather Griffin who won $200.  Second last out was Tom Wright who won $300.  And the last number to be eliminated belonged to Mike White who won the Grand Prize of $2000!  Congratulations to the winners!
Names are eliminated as the numbers are drawn.
All eyes on the draws
When a bunch of Rotarians and friends gathered at Shooters Billiards in Bowmanville for an evening of fellowship and a few games of pool, they knew they were in trouble when Don The Hustler Hutton showed up with his own custom pool cue.  The handful of sharks in the room and the Fast Eddie Felson wannabees all had a great time chatting, joking, and knocking the balls about.  The evening ended with one thing being very clear; some rematches are in order!

Fred takes a bead on the 8 ball
Fred Devries takes a bead on the 8-ball while Paul Davidson (L) and Brad Phillips hope for a miss.

Bono, lead singer and front man for the rock band U2, is well known for his humanitarian work.  In this brief video Bono pays tribute to Rotarians and their belief in their motto of "Service Above Self".

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Director, Community Service
Rookie Committee Chair
Respite Care Chair
Director, Youth Service
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Fundraising & Special Events
Director, Public Image & Branding
Director, Club Administration
Foundation Chair