Bowmanville Rotary Club Supports
International Women's Day
March 8, 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

World Autism Awareness Day

Polio Eradication
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
Director, Youth Services
Director, International Service
Director, Club Administration
Director, Fundraising and Special Events
Director, Public Image and Branding
Director, Membership
Director, Community Service
The Rotary Foundation
Mini Calendar
March 2021
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Yvette Nechvatal-Drew
Mar 09, 2021
Girls Inc.

The Exec. Director of Girls Inc. of Durham discusses how her organization delivers life-changing programmes and experiences that equip girls to overcome barriers and grow up strong, smart and bold.

Sheila Hall
Mar 16, 2021
Clarington business Outlook
Sara Dunkley/Prossy Namtongo
Mar 30, 2021
Girls' Post-secondary education in Africa
Erin O'toole
Apr 06, 2021
National issues
Pearl Gabona
Apr 13, 2021
Metis Nation of Ontario
Todd Simkover
Apr 29, 2021
The importance of Neurodiversity
Past Speakers
Stuart McReynolds
Mar 02, 2021
Abilities Centre
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26 Beech Avenue
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A2
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Important Information Regarding Club Meetings During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Fellow Rotarians and Community Members;
As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to develop with the emergence and community spread of more contagious variants, we are all now working to prevent a resurgence in the form of a significant third wave while waiting patiently for our opportunity to receive a vaccine.  Public health officials continue to advise us to adhere to their guidelines and to remain diligent in practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, especially when physical distancing is not possible, and washing our hands frequently and using sanitizer.  Together we can continue to slow the spread of this virus as we wait our turn to roll up our sleeve for a vaccine.
Because large social gatherings are still not permitted, we are continuing to cancel our in-person Club meetings until advised by authorities that it is safe to resume meeting.
We have been fortunate to be able to very successfully host our weekly Club meetings virtually using Zoom.  Should you wish to join us, please contact President Steve Kay, our online host, at
Thank you and Stay Safe!
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A Little Bit about Rotary 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs worldwide.  Rotary club members are "People of Action".  They are your neighbours and friends.  They are problem-solvers who take action to create lasting change by volunteering 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 96 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 a person of action who is interested in meaningful volunteer work?  Are you interested in joining Rotary?  For more information about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, please contact Gord Wallace by email at  Thank you.


The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative, taking place April 17 - 244, 2021, is an effort to focus attention to the Great Lakes and to all the great work that is being done to cleanup our lakes, streams, and waterways.  Through the coordination of many associated clean up events, to be held around the week of Earth Day, our goal is to make this the single largest series of linked clean up events ever planned and held during this one period of time on the Great Lakes.  For complete information, please visit the Rotary District 7070 website.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!!  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's Valentine's Day Dinner at Home was a wonderful success.  Our Club was able to support a local small business and offer a great Valentine's gift.
The numbers are finally in for this year's concert to Feed the Need in Durham that was streamed live before Christmas.  It took awhile to tabulate the money that came in from all the different sources.  The concert, of course, raises funds for the agency "Feed the Need in Durham", which distributes food to 62 members across the region -- places like food banks, shelters and other programs.
We're thrilled to announce that our third annual concert netted $20,120!  That's up from $14,000 last year.
For every dollar raised, Feed the Need can distribute 7 dollars worth of food ... so that means that with the funds raised by the concert, Feed the Need can distribute over $140,000 worth of food to our neighbours who need it ... and this year the need has never been greater.
A big "Thank you" to a whole lotta folks who made this happen ... the concert committee who put the virtual show together ... all the sponsors who stepped up ... the Rotary Clubs who got together to help fund the show - six of them from Durham and one from Toronto, with Bowmanville Rotary taking the lead ... the hosts - Ellis and Archer from KX96 and Chris Koppin from CKDO ... and of course, the performers themselves - musicians and dancers from across the Durham Region who donated their time and talent at a time when so many of them are having trouble finding paying gigs because of Covid-19.  Musicians are among the most generous people anywhere.
And finally, to all of you out there who made donations before, during, and after the concert.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You can still donate by the way - now and throughout the year at "Feed the Need in Durham (all one word) .ca".
And if you missed the concert, it's posted on the concert Facebook page.  The easiest way is to click here or you can simply Google "Concert to Feed the Need in Durham Facebook".
Many local organizations are facing difficulty brought on by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's Community Service Committee was pleased to be able to provide support in the form of cheques for $1,000 to each of the following local groups:
*  Bethesda House
*  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
*  Bowmanville Older Adult Association
*  Clarington East Food Bank
*  Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178
*  Salvation Army Food Bank
*  Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue
We wish to extend a sincere "Thank you" to the citizens of Clarington who support us in so many ways and allow us to support others through "Service Above Self".  Stay Safe, Stay Healthy! 
Bowmanville Rotary Club
is here to help.
Are you unable to get to the grocery store?
If you are a senior, immunocompromised, or
have no support, WE CAN HELP!
Email us at:
Or call 905-435-7428
We can take your order and arrange payment.
Our team of volunteers will shop for you and deliver to
your door.  Maximum orders not to exceed $200.
Payment by cash or cheque can be accepted without contact.
Simply leave it in a zip-lock bag.
If you cannot afford food, we can help.
AND, we have made over 80 deliveries to date!
Well, that didn't take long!  Thanks to the citizens of Clarington, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has sold out its 575 Christmas Trees.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you and your families all the very best for the Holiday Season and the coming New Year.  Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!
One of the unfortunate consequences of the corona virus pandemic was the cancellation of our Summer Respite Care Program for children with special needs.  However, the talented New Members Committee came up with an innovative idea to help the children celebrate Halloween.  Pumpkins were delivered to the homes of those who indicated their interest in participating and the children and their families created some simply amazing Jack-O'-Lanterns.  Prizes were presented to the top three based upon "Likes" on our Facebook page but we are sure you will agree that every one was was a spooky winner!  Please follow this link to see all the AMAZING Jack-O"-Lanterns.
On Saturday October 24th a crew of nine or ten Bowmanville Rotarians gathered at the Salvation Army Temple on Liberty Street South to assemble three large 8 foot by twelve foot garden boxes.  The project took about three to three and a half hours on a beautiful, crisp, sunny fall day.   Despite the masks and physical distancing, it was great fun for those involved.
The Construction Crew
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  Each year Rotary Clubs participate in a "Foundation Walk" to raise money to support The Rotary Foundation.  Usually the Foundation Walk is a District event but this year, because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the walks were local.  On October 18th The Rotary Club of Bowmanville held its walk along the trails in the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area.  The Club was please to be able to donate at least $5,000 toward the exceptional work of The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville donates at least $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation
Bowmanville Rotarians and Friends celebrate The Rotary Foundation Walk
Bowmanville Rotary's amazing Summer Squad has made the news!  With the cancellation of our long running Summer Respite Care Program due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the funding available was morphed into an idea which has become an amazing success.  Read all about the four savvy young women that have become our fantastic Summer Squad by following this link.
At its virtual meeting on June 16, 2020, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to be able to present its annual student bursaries to five very deserving students who will be attending post secondary institutions in September.  The recipients were:
Arin Jean Davey (Bowmanville High School) will be attending Trent University to study in the Biomedical Science Program.  Following that she plans to attend the University of Waterloo for the Vision Science Program.
Janine Grace Driesman (Durham Christian High School) will be attending to study in the Architectural and Environmental Technology Program.
Elizabeth Grace Kingsley (St. Steven Catholic Secondary School) will be studying Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Olivia Doorenspleet (Clarington Central Secondary School) plans to study Nursing at Ryerson University.
Cameron Nicholas Cheshire (Clarke High School) will be attending Trent University to study in the Environmental Science Program.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville wishes our bursary recipients every success in their studies and in their eventual chosen careers.
Through the Clarington Adopt-A-Road Program the Bowmanville Rotary Club has adopted the section of Baseline Road between Liberty Street and Green Road.  On Saturday July 4th a crew of ten Bowmanville Rotarians spent a couple of hours picking up litter along that stretch of Baseline Road.  There were a couple of "interesting" finds but on the whole the roadside was fairly clean.
Our front line health care and support teams at Lakeridge Health Bowmanvile are working under increasingly stressful conditions created by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  To top it off, the volunteer run snack bar has been closed due to the pandemic making it difficult to grab a quick bite on the fly.  As a gesture of support and appreciation for their heroic efforts, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has arranged for "treats" to be delivered to Lakeridge Health Bowmanville.  The treats are in the form of snack foods, prepared by Lisa's Cake Lollies and Treats, that can be taken during a break in their hectic day.
We wish to extend our heart-felt appreciating and gratitude to everyone at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville for all you are doing to keep us healthy and safe during these difficult times.
This initiative was spearheaded by Rotarian Phil Benner with the generous assistance of Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Volunteer Coordinator Vicki Adams and Lisa's Cake Lollies and Treats.
Phil Benner and Vicki Adams delivering treats
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's CURBSIDE BOTTLE DRIVE was a tremendous success!  With your generous support we raised $7,300 10 cents at a time.  With the cancellation of our Ribs & Brews Festival we are facing a difficult year as we continue to perform our charitable work within our community.  The generosity you have shown by simply dropping off your empties has been inspirational.  We owe you a huge THANK YOU for your support!
Rotary Club President Jason and Rotarian Rachel
Who are those masked men???
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville continued its long standing support for Feed the Need in Durham with a further donation of $2,225.  We would encourage anyone who is able to donate money, food, or time to this important cause to do so; especially given the difficult situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bowmanville Rotary supports Feed the Need in Durham
Veronica Breen and Paul Dobbs from the John Howard Society were the Rotary Club of Bowmanville's guest speakers on January 21, 2020.  Paul provided a historical overview of the John Howard Society and its work.  Veronica, the Executive Director of The Firehouse Youth Centre in Bowmanville, provided a review of the purpose and functioning of the Centre.  Veronica and Paul also answered numerous questions from the assembled Rotarians.  They also presented the Rotary Club of Bowmanville with a Certificate of Appreciation for the support the Club has provided to The Firehouse Youth Centre since its inception.  The Youth Service Committee of the Bowmanville Rotary Club presented The Firehouse Youth Centre with a cheque for $2,000.
(L to R) Veronica Breen, Joe Solway, and Paul Dobbs
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is delighted to announce that it has donated a total of $50,000 toward the construction of a hospice in Clarington.  The funds are intended to not only assist with the fundraising initiative to build the hospice but also to provide namng rights to one of the rooms in the hospice.  The room will be dedicated to the memory of Mary and Vincent Fletcher of Bowmanville.  Vince Fletcher was a very active Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.  Following his passing, his wife Mary continued their dedication to Rotary by giving $2,500 each year to support Rotary's Chriistmas Party for children with special needs and their families.  Upon her death, Mary bequithed $196,000 to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  The funds have been invested and it is the intention of the Bowmanville Rotary Club to fund one major community initiative each year for five years.  The contribution toward the Durham Region Hospice - Clarington is our first such initiative.  For more information about Durham Region Hospice - Clarington or to donate toward the Clarington Hospice, please visit their website by following this link.
Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns (C) presents a cheque to hospice advocate Marian Timmermans (L) and Donna McFarlane (R), Senior Advisor, Durham Region Hospice
Vince Fletcher was a long time member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville and along with his wife, Mary, they were great supporters of Rotary.  Both Mary and Vince were Paul Harris Fellows.  Following Vince's passing, Mary continued to support the Bowmanville Rotary Club's Children's Christmas Party with an annual donation of $2,500.  Mary Fletcher passed away in April 2018 and is truly missed by those who knew her.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was surprised and delighted to learn that Mary's will provided for a substantial donation to the Club.  During our September 18, 2018 meeting former Club member Don Hutton, a long time friend of Mary's, attended to announce that Mary was leaving the sum of $296,000 to the Club.  The Club will take some time to consider how to appropriately disburse the funds.  The Finance Committee will entertain suggestions from Club members and all members will be involved in making the decisions.  It is anticipated that distribution of the funds will take place over several years as worthwhile projects are identified.  
                     (L to R) President John Burns, Don Hutton, Rotarian Tim Funchion