Mini Calendar
September 2018
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Mayor Adrian Foster
Sep 25, 2018
Clarington Update

Mayor Foster will update the Club on what is happening in Clarington.

District Governor Mary Lou Harrison
Oct 02, 2018
District 7070 Goals for Rotary Year 2018/2019
Board of Directors
Oct 09, 2018
Club Assembly
Georgette O'Nabigon
Oct 16, 2018
Matawa First Nations Education
Oct 23, 2018
Attend World Polio Day Event at Centre for Collaborative Learning
Bryant Brown
Oct 30, 2018
Popular Economic Myths and the Problems They Have Created
Board of Directors
Nov 06, 2018
Club Assembly
Past Speakers
Sep 18, 2018
Children's Wish Foundation
Club Members Only
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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 is undergoing an important change to its meeting times.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 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 at the Clarington Beech Centre.
October 2, 2018:  There will be NO MORNING MEETING.  District 7070 Governor Mary Lou Harrison will present her objective for the 2018/2019 Rotary Year to the Oshawa, Oshawa Parkwood, and Bowmanville Clubs at 6:00 PM at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.
October 23, 2018:  There will be NO MORNING MEETING.  A special End Polio Now meeting of Durham Region Clubs will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Durham College Centre for Collaborative Education.
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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 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 94 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 Amy Barney at 905-697-8251 or email
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During our September 11, 2018 meeting, Rachel Boyd became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  Rachel is the daughter of Rotary member Pauline Calvert.  Her classification is "General Insurance" and she will be joining the Youth Service and the New Members Committees.
                           President John Burns (L), Rachel Boyd, and Tim Funchion
Recently inducted Bowmanville Rotary member Amanda Hoy presented her classification talk during our September 11, 2018 meeting.  Amanda is a Barrister and Solicitor with Creighton Law in Oshawa where she practices real estate and wills and estate law.  However, her passions are scuba diving,  other on-the-edge sports such as parachuting and bungie jumping, and driving her Mustang.  Public speaking is not one of her strengths hence the support from Jason Van Stiphout.  Amanda is a member of the Community Service Committee and the New Members Committee.
                                               Amanda Hoy and Jason Van Stiphout
The International Committee of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was delighted to be able to present Fran Kolesnikowicz with a cheque for $2000 to support the Help Syrian Children Smile Again project.  As a result of the civil war in Syria, many children are suffering from PTSD.  The project is currently trying to raise 18,200 in order to help 40 children enter a program to assist them in recovering from the trauma they have endured.  To learn more about this project or to donate to it, please follow this link
Director of International Service Pauline Calvert (L) presents Fran Kolesnikowicz with a cheque for $2,000 to Help Syrian Children Smile Again
This summer marked the 21st successful running of the Bowmanville Rotary Club's Summer Respite Care Program.  The Rotary 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 providing 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 its Summer Respite Care Program that provides home care for children with special needs.
The program began in 1998 with one Respite Care Provider and three families enrolled.  Over the past twenty one years it has grown to include between thirty-five to forty children and five Respite Care Providers.  The program involves one of the Club’s student Respite Care Providers spending one-on-one quality time with a special needs child and providing educational, social, and recreational activities appropriate for the child.  The Care Givers are equipped with a “toy box” of books, toys, games, and other activities designed to help entertain the children.  Using funds provided by the Rotary Club, they also participate in outings to Cedar Park, Joey’s Fun World, Municipal Swimming Pools, and other entertainment venues.
Program Supervisor Bonnie Seto (L) with Respite Care Givers (L to R) Courtney, Charlotte, Mackenzie (Program Coordinator), Laura, and Adrian
The Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was delighted to present a grant of $1500 to the YWCA Durham to help support women and children escaping domestic violence.  Following a presentation to the Club by Debra Mattson, Communications and Fund Development Manager for the YWCA, during which she expressed need for items such as bedding, school supplies for children, and personal hygiene products, the Community Service Committee quickly responded with the donation to help purchase such items. Community Service Director Lyle Goodin was pleased to be able to personally present the cheque to Debra.
                                                 Lyle Goodin and Debra Mattson
Soccer is an increasingly popular sport in Clarington and the municipality provides several soccer fields for this purpose throughout the community.  The Darlington Soccer Club works hard to keep the fields in pristine condition to enhance player safety and improve game pace and quality.  To accomplish this, the Soccer Club owns and maintains a tractor, field rollers, and other equipment used to seed, fertilize, water, and roll the fields.  In July the Darlington Soccer Club approached the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, which hosts its Ribs & Brews event at the Clarington Fields, with a request to donate funds to purchase a shed in which to house their equipment.  The Soccer Club also offered to engage in a joint branding opportunity.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to support the Darlington Soccer Club with a grant of $4400.00 to purchase the much needed shed and offered to pay for a joint branding banner to be affixed to the shed. 
(L - R) Kevin Anyan, Director, Public Relations and Branding; Kyle Elliott, Club Administrator, Darlington Soccer Club; Lyle Goodin, Director, Community Service 
In lieu of its regular morning meeting on August 7, 2018, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville held a "travelling dinner".  The evening began at 6:00 PM with appetizers and wine at the home of Lyle and Barbara Goodin.  Barbara had prepared a selection of interesting starters to begin the event.  Following appetizers, the diners then walked to the home of Ron Collis and Maureen Reed for a salad.  The salad of fresh fruits and vegetables was uniquely packaged in a take-away box and accompanied with chop sticks. The next trek was to the home of Mandy and Wes Leufkens where an oriental meal, prepared by Mandy and Renee Bos, was served.  Finally, the guests walked to the home of Pam and Mike Desrochers where dessert, coffee, and other libations were served.  Pam had prepared a cake, cupcakes, and fruit dishes that were the perfect end to the adventure.
                        Dinner Travellers enjoy some appetizers
Coffee and desserts for a perfect ending
Steve Rutledge, a Rotarian from the Whitby Sunrise Club, has for several years been working to bring clean potable water to remote villages in Laos.  Along with Canadian volunteers and local residents, Steve arranges for the purchase and delivery of water purification units for individual families.  The units are constructed in Laos creating a local industry.  In addition, he organizes and supervises, along with local engineers and villagers, the construction of small water cleaning damns and pipelines to bring water to the villages.  Some pipelines that have been constructed are over five kilometers long.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is proud to be one of Steve's major sponsors and sincerely appreciate his dedication to Rotary's moto of "Service Above Self".  This year our International Committee was once again pleased to provide Steve with a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to support this amazing project.
(L to R)  Pauline Calvert (Director, International Service), Rotarian Steve Rutledge, John Burns (President)
One of the six Areas of Focus of Rotary is Basic Education and Literacy.  This focus applies as much to our own students as it does to children in underdeveloped countries.  To this end, each year the Rotary Club of Bowmanville donates five bursaries to deserving graduating high school students who are going on to further their education at college or university.  Each bursary is valued at $2,000.  Students are selected based upon a set of criteria which includes financial need, academic standing, community involvement, and school involvement.
This year's recipients were (L to R) Tanner Foster, Breann Saulnier, Mandy Mongeon, Paige Brunelle, and Josh Touw.  Also pictured is Rotarian Brad Phillips, Director of Youth Service.
On Monday June 25, 2018 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville held a very unique and extra special meeting.  The occasion was held in conjunction with the 2018 Rotary International Convention being held in Toronto.  Rotary tradition has Rotarians from the hosting nation plan local events for attendees from other countries.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was delighted to host about fifty fellow Rotarians from Finland, Ghana, The Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States, and other far-flung and exotic locations such as Calgary and Halifax.  The attendees travelled to Oshawa by GO Train (we only lost one who exited at Pickering but was recaptured when he caught the next train) and thence by motor coach to Rotarian Jason Van Stiphout's home for the festivities.  Our very own Bob and Doug Mackenzie welcomed the visitors in true Canadian style and performed an induction ceremony to make our guests honourary Canadians.  This required them to sing our national anthem, drink Molson Canadian and kiss an NHL puck all while wearing a toque. 
                           Our Guests become honourary Canadians
What can we say except "THANK YOU!!!"  Thank you to our sponsors, to our vendors, to our volunteers, to our security staff and police officers, to our amazing Ribbers, to our carnival, and most of all to the thousands of you who attended and did your part to make this event the tremendous success it was.  We hope you and your family had a great time and sincerely appreciate your support.  We would like to assure you that every nickel we made will go back into our Rotary charitable activities such as providing respite care for children with special needs, providing financial to deserving students going on to post secondary education, and assisting other local charities.  We couldn't have done it without you so, once again, THANK YOU!!!
At its May 1, 2018 meeting the Youth Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville donated $3,000 to the Clarington Centre for Individual Studies (CCIS) to be used for bursaries in support of deserving students.  The CCIS is an alternative high school within the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Their goal is to help students graduate high school and achieve a successful transition to college or work.  For additional information about CCIS, please visit the website by following this link
Director of Youth Services Brad Phillips presents CCIS Vice Principal Dianne McGregor with a cheque for $3,000 for student bursaries.
In 2013 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville received an appeal for funding to help with tuition costs for a deserving foreign student.  Her name was Esther Okode and she was the youngest of a family of ten hoping to attend The Technical University of Kenya to pursue a five year degree in Civil Engineering.  We were told she was a bright diligent student but did not have the money for a university education.  The members of the International Committee of Bowmanville Rotary Club decided to support Esther to obtain her degree.
The road for Esther has not been easy mainly due to the ever changing political climate in Africa but she worked hard and at every opportunity tutored and taught to raise what money she could to put towards her education.
Today, Esther is a few months away from having her degree in Civil Engineering conferred.  It has been an honour to have been part of her journey every year since we first learned of her.
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Esther Okode (in yellow)
Pamela Deveaux, Director of Resource Development for Boys and Girls Club of Durham, was the guest speaker at our March 13, 2018 meeting.  Ms. Deveaux outlined the mission of Boys and Girls Club of Durham and illustrated its impact on the lives of several of its members.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to present Ms. Deveaux with a cheque for $2500 to help further the work of this amazing organization.
President Reg Freethy (R) presents Pamela Deveaux with cheque to support Boys and Girls Club of Durham
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 
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

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
Vice President
Director, Community Service
New Members Committee Chair
Respite Care Chair
Director, Youth Service
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Fundraising & Special Events
Director, Public Image & Branding
Director, Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair