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June 2021
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Carol Vandersanden
Jun 15, 2021
Growing Food for the Community

Learn about an urban farming project that helps feed those in need across the Durham Region.

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster
Jun 29, 2021
State of the municipality
Heather Pankhurst
Jul 13, 2021
Low wetlands levels cause for concern?
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Esther Okode
Jun 08, 2021
Kenyan scholar
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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 Rotary Club of Bowmanville was once again pleased to award bursaries of $1,000 to each of five very deserving students who will be pursuing post secondary education in September.  This year's recipients are:
*  Taylor Stevens from Durham Christian High School
*  Brendan Robins from Bowmanville High School
*  Nancy Phan from Clarke High School
*  Zoey Smith from Scugog, and
*  Kaleigh Duff from Clarington Central High School
After a very difficult year due to the pandemic, we wish our recipients every success in their future endeavours.   
The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre is a facility unlike any other in Canada or, for that matter, in the world.  Founded in 1989 by Marlene Grass, the mission of The Best is "to keep our children, youth, and adults living with type 1 diabetes healthy until a cure is found".  Over the years the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre has grown to serve more and more people necessitating several moves.  And once again, The Best finds itself wanting for space and has embarked on a fundraising program to expand its facility.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to donate $15,000 to the Building on the Best campaign.  In recognition of our donation, the Bowmanville Rotary Club is delighted that one of the children's play centres in the new facility will be named for the Club.  For further information about the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, please visit the website by following this link.  To learn more about The Best Centre's expansion plans or to donate, please visit the Building on the Best website by following this link.  
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's Thursday March 25th evening meeting was truly a special one.  The Club took the opportunity to present eleven Paul Harris Fellowships and two Paul Harris Fellowship Certificates of Appreciation to deserving Everyday Heroes of the Pandemic
Paul Harris was the founder in 1905 of what became Rotary International, a global service organization of more than 32,000 local clubs and over 1.2 million community minded individuals.  The motto of Rotary International is "Service Above Self".  The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship is Rotary's way of recognizing an individual's outstanding contribution to their community while a Paul Harris Fellowship Certificate of Appreciation recognizes the community contribution of an outstanding organization.
The recipients of Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF) were:
  • Jim Boate, a cycling and hiking enthusiast, was recognized for several community activities but especially for pestering the municipality into clearing the snow from the Bowmanville Valley Trails so they can be enjoyed during the winter.
  • Ben Earle, Executive Director of Feed the Need in Durham, received recognition for his leadership of his amazing team as they work to keep food available for those in need in Durham.
  • Joe Solway, a Bowmanville Rotarian, was recognized as the driving force behind the Concert to Feed the Need in Durham that raised $20,120 last December for the food bank.
  • Marj Huxter, a cashier at the Bowmanville Metro, received recognition for her welcoming smile and outgoing personality over 36 years that has been especially welcoming during this difficult time.
  • Steve and Cherie Mintz were recognized for putting smiles on children's faces this past Christmas.  They organized a socially distanced visit with Santa on their front lawn  and ended up raising $1,400 which they then distributed to several families in need.
  • Mark Canning received his PHF for taking the lead in organizing the construction and maintenance of two outdoor rinks in local parks, one in Courtice and one in Bowmanville, for kid's outdoor recreation.
  • Koren Kassirer was recognized for her many many community activities both prior to and during the pandemic.  Koren was a founder of Picasso's Picnic which became the Kids Outdoor Art Festival.
  • Martha McGee was recognized for her cheerful presence and welcoming smile while managing the Algoma Orchards store during the pandemic.  She is a good friend, good neighbour, and someone you can count on if you need help.
  • Eleanor (Eli) Brooks, a Bowmanville Rotarian, helped with the organization of the Concert to Feed the Need in Durham and was, and still is, the driving force behind Bowmanville Rotary's Grocery shopping and delivery program.
  • John Albi, owner of the Newcastle Rona, was recognized for his Newcastle Proud poster campaign, his Christmas lights on Toronto Street, and his gifts of flowers and poinsettias to local long term facilities.
  • Michelle Stroud, retiring CEO of Glen Hill Strathaven Long Term Care Facility, received her PHF for her aggressive, proactive management approach to the pandemic which resulted in a minimum of COVID-19 cases in the facility.
Two very deserving organizations received Paul Harris Fellowship Certificates of Appreciation.  They were:
  • Lakeridge Health and especially Lakeridge Health Bowmanville received a PHF Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the courage, hard work, and dedication of EVERYONE who works at the hospital.  Their willingness to tirelessly step forward on our behalf during this battle against COVID-19 has earned them our everlasting gratitude.  Accepting on behalf of Lakeridge Health was Dr. Harvey Williams and Registered Nurse Jennifer Keeler both of whom work in the Emergency Department at LHB.
  • Bowmanville Older Adult Association received a PHF Certificate of Appreciation for rising to the challenge to create online programming after the pandemic shut their doors in March of 2020.  Within two weeks online programming was available, staff were recalled, and daily care calls were being made to shut-in members.  The response of the BOAA team was nothing short of amazing.  The Certificate of Appreciation was accepted by Executive Director Angie Darlinson and her team.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville wishes to express its heartfelt thanks and well deserved congratulations to all Paul Harris Fellowship and Paul Harris Fellowship Certificate of Appreciation recipients.  It is people like you who make our community the the wonderful place to live that it is.  THANK YOU!!!
                       Koren Kassirer PHF Recipient                                         Eleanor (Eli) Brooks PHF Recipient
                           Marj Huxter PHF Recipient                                                    John Albi PHF Recipient​​​​
On Marcy 23, 2021 the Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to present a cheque for $1,000 to Mr. Ray Bond to support the Community Assisted Meal Program.  Mr. Bond and his volunteers offer lunch and dinner take-away meals to the homeless, and those suffering from food insecurity, in Oshawa.  During a typical day the program will provide over 100 lunches and slightly fewer dinners to those in need.  The program practices safe distancing and the wearing of masks while picking up the meal.
Ray Bond, C.A.M.P. (R) and Lyle Goodin, Bowmanville Rotary Club
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".
April 2, 2021 is World Autism Awareness Day.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is delighted to once again support Autism Home Base Durham during their Allies for Autism 2021 fundraising campaign being broadcast on Rogers Durham Cable 10, 63 and HD510, Ignite TV HD508 beginning on April 3rd and five times per week throughout the month of April.
Autism Home Base Durham is "a social hub for autistic adults and the people who love them".  It offers creative opportunities for their members to "discover new interests, engage in the community, build friendships, and develop lifelong supports". This year the funds raised will support new expanded services to more deeply serve autistic adults through live and virtual programs providing them and their families with the supports and tools needed to lead more fulfilling lives.
To learn more about Autism Home Base Durham and/or to donate to the Allies for Autism fundraising campaign, please visit their website by following this link.
Rotary District 7070 and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville are celebrating International Women's Day with a special virtual meeting being held on Monday March 8, 2021 at 6:30PM.  For complete information and to register for the meeting, please follow this link.
For its part, The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is also celebrating International Women's Day with a special meeting during its regular date and time slot (Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 07:30AM).  Spearheaded by Rotarian Johanna DeBoer, the meeting was planned and will be completely run by the women in our Club.
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative, beginning April 24, 2021 and continuing through until June 30, 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 on the program and how to participate, 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.
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.
The Bowmanville Rotary Club's grocery purchase program has been an overwhelming success.  We have made hundreds of shopping trips and served numerous individuals.  However, all good things must come to an end.  Virtually all of the persons we have been purchasing groceries for have been vaccinated while our shoppers have not.  Because of this, the Rotary Club is now winding the program down with an end date of May 14th.
We would like to thank the community for this opportunity to help.  Please take care and stay safe!  The end is in sight.
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.
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 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