Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Director, Community Service
Chair, New Member Committee
Chair, Respite Care Program
Director, Youth Service
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Fundraising & Special Events
Director, Public Image & Branding
Director, Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Mini Calendar
August 2019
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Lorrie Hogan and Marla Falzon
Aug 27, 2019
Charles H. Best Association

An update on the advanncements of Diabetes Care and Access to Information in Durham.

Pete Bombaci
Sep 03, 2019
The Genwell Project
Donna Doherty
Sep 10, 2019
Trent University in Durham
Dave Lawson
Sep 17, 2019
Fish spawning in Durham Creeks
Jodi Cowan
Oct 01, 2019
UOIT Update
Past Speakers
Respite Care Givers
Aug 20, 2019
Respite Care Program for 2019
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Bowmanville Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Clarington Beech Centre
26 Beech Avenue
Bowmanville, ON  L1C 3A2
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Important Information Regarding Change of Venue and Special Rotary Evening Meetings
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has made some important changes to its meeting times and the location of our meetings.  All morning and evening meetings will now be held at the Clarington Beech Centre.  The Clarington Beech Centre is located at 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville ON  L1C 3A2.  View map.
Morning meeting times will continue to be 07:30 AM to 08:30 AM with doors open at 07:00 AM.
We will also be continuing with our evening meeting schedule.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH will be an evening meeting held at 6:00 PM at The Clarington Beech Centre.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.  Any exceptions to this will be posted in this space.
If you cannot join us for breakfast, why not consider joining us for dinner at the Clarington Beech Centre.
August 27, 2019:  Evening Meeting at Clarington Beech Centre
September 03, 2019:  This meeting will NOT be at The Clarington Beech Centre.  It will be held at Bistro 67 located at the Whitby Campus of Durham College.  The address is 1604 Champlain Avenue, Whitby ON L1N 9B2.
September 24, 2019:  Annual Oshawa/Bowmanville Tri-Club Meeting.  See Upcoming Events for details.
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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 95 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 Steve Code by email at
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Bob Stevens was/is a consummate Rotarian!  When he was younger he rarely missed a meeting and when he did, he always tried to ensure he attended a make-up.  Bob joined the Rotary Club of Bowmanville on December 8, 1950 and, with a heavy heart, he suddenly resigned just shy of 69 years during our August 20, 2019 meeting in order to spend more time with his lovely and loving wife Jean who isn't well.  Bob status within the Club was immediately changed to that of "Honourary" Rotarian.
Both Bob's grandfather and father were members of the Bowmanville Rotary Club so he came by the ideal of service above self honestly.  Bob served as Bowmanville Rotary's president during the 1966-1967 Rotary year.  He received his first Paul Harris Fellowship in June 1987 and as of March 2019 is a PHF+6.  He was also one of the "Original Seven" who took out personal loans to purchase and save the old Cream of Barley Mill which is now Bowmanville's Visual Arts Centre.  As he presented what turned our to be his farewell speech, Bob presented a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to the Club.  His wish is that $5,000 be donated to The Rotary Foundation and the remaining $5,000 be put to good work by the Club.
Club members are truely going to miss Bob's sunny disposition and ever present smile at our meetings.  We wish both Bob and Jean all the very best.
After almost 69 Years, Bob Stevens announces his resignation from the Rotary Club of Bowmanville
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 has for 22 years offered a Summer Respite Care Program that provides both home care and experiences for children with special needs.
The program began in 1998 with three families enrolled and has grown to include over thirty-one families with thirty-five children ranging in age from 3 to 25+.  The program involves one of the Club’s student respite care givers spending quality time with the special needs child and providing social, educational and recreational activities appropriate for the child.
Not only does the Summer Respite Care Program provide respite for the families and quality care for the children, it also provides meaningful career-related summer jobs for the five college and university students we hire.
This year the Summer Respite Care Program ran for ten weeks from June 17, 2019 to August 23, 2019.  The very successful Program was funded in part by a grant from the Canada Summer Jobs Program administered through Service Canada and by the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  A family could request preferred hours to meet their particular needs during the summer.  The level of support available depended upon the funding available; however, the Rotary Club tried to provide between four to eight hours of respite care per week per child at a nominal cost of two dollars per hour of care.
This year's amazing Respite Care Givers and the Rotary support team are pictured below.
(L to R) Community Service Director Lyle Goodin, Program Supervisor Bonnie Seto, Program Coordinator Charlotte Timperley, Respite Care Givers Laura Gazley, Megan Lugtenburg, Emily Lehman, Abigail Heslop, and ADG John Burns
Oshawa Rotarian Ted Morrison was the speaker at Bowmanville Rotary's August 6th, 2019 meeting.  Ted's message was a challenge to all Rotarians in District 7070 to give $1,000,000 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this year in memory of Cobourg Rotarian Bill Patchett - Give a Mill for Bill.
Bill Patchett was a consummate Rotarian who, through his charm, wit, and unceasing efforts as District Chair of TRF, cajoled District 7070 into becoming one of the top contributors in North America to The Rotary Foundation.  The "Bill Patchett Salute" became a friendly way of teasing Bill.
Bill will be dearly missed by those who knew and admired him.  Bill's obituary may be found by following this link.
(L to R) Bowmanville Rotary Vice President Steve Kay with Oshawa Rotarian Ted Morrison
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was delighted to help WindReach Farm provide seven of its "Beyond the Farm Gate" program to the residents of Bethesda House with a grant of $2,100.  The "Beyond the Farm Gate" program allows WindReach Farm to take its educational and therapeutic programs to groups that may have difficulty accessing the Farm due to a lack of resources or other barriers.  For further information about WindReach Farm and the programs it offers, please visit the website by following this link.
(L to R) Rotarian Gord Wallace, Kate Bird - WindReach Farm, Sara Cosway - WindReach Farm, Rotarian Lyle Goodin
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville held its annual "changing of the guard" on June 25, 2019 at the home of incoming president Jason Van Stiphout.  The event was held in the evening with a BBQ and the changeover ceremony during which outgoing President John Burns turned over the reins to Jason.  Steve Kay became our new Vice President with Sandy MacLean remaining as Treasurer and Lynda Mayes as Club Secretary.  The members of the 2010-2020 Board of Directors are Eli Brooks - Club Administration, Amy Barney - Public Relations and Branding, Mike Desrochers - Fundraising and Special Events, Steve Code - Membership, Joe Solway - Youth Service, Don Gleed - International Service, and Lyle Goodin - Community Service.  Gord Wallace and Fred Mandryk will be co-chairing The Rotary Foundation committee.  Chris Zelasko is chair of the New Member Committee and Bonnie Seto will continue as Supervisor for the Bowmanville Rotary Respite Care Program.  For photos of the event, please visit the photo gallery by following this link.
Rotary Club of Bowmanville Officers, Directors, and Chairs for 2019-2020
THANK YOU Clarington!  The Bowmanville Rotary Club's Rockin' Ribs and Brews Festival kicked off summer again this year at Clarington Fields on June 7th, 8th, and 9th during one of the nicest weekends so far this summer!  And the weather wasn't the only reason for such a great time!  The food was delicious, the Craft Beer cold and refreshing, the music varied and amazing, the family stage a delight, and the patrons cheerful.  Everyone had a great time.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville would once again like to take this opportunity to thank its sponsors for their tremendous support.  Without you we could not hold what has become one of the signature events in this community.  We would also like to express our sincere thanks to our awesome volunteers, the Durham Regional Police Service, the Ribbers, the food vendors, the non-food vendors, the bird man, the Municipality of Clarington, and especially the residents of Clarington and surrounding area for your support.
The Ribs and Brews event didn't end on Sunday for members of the Rotary Club.  On Tuesday evening we did a walkdown of the Clarington Fields soccer pitches picking up garbage and debris left over from the event.
Bowmanville Rotarians sweep for garbage at Clarington Fields following the Ribs & Brews event
The Crew
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
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to assist with the cost of refurbishing the children's playground at the Bowmanville Valley Co-operative Homes location on Jackman Road.  The total cost of the project was $5,858 toward which the Club contributed $5,000.  The refurbishing of the playground was performed by Vant Play Equipment of Brantford.
Bowmanville Valley Co-operative Homes Refurbished Playground
Bowmanville Valley Co-operative Homes Refurbished Playground
The Orono Town Hall was built in 1898 and is one of Clarington's unique and beautiful heritage buildings.  Unfortunately, access for disabled persons is an issue and to correct this deficiency the Orono Town Hall Board of Management, with assistance from the Municipality of Clarington, is working toward installing an elevator.  Some of the funds must be raised within the community and the Bowmanville Rotary Club was delighted to be able to donate $5,000 toward the project.
Orono Town Hall - 1898
For a decade The Gathering Place has been serving delicious hot and nutritious meals on the second Friday of each month at Bowmanville's St. Paul's United Church.  The Gathering Place provides an opportunity to bring together volunteers from our local churches and community groups to serve those in out community in need of a meal.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to be able to offer its support to this very worthwhile community initiative.
St. Paul's United Church Bowmanville - The Gathering Place
Matt Zantingh is the youth director at Rehoboth Christian Reform Church.  The youth from that church organized a fundraiser to support SafeHope Home Durham.  Durham SafeHope Home Durham seeks to provide long-term recovery programs designed to guide sexually exploited or trafficked women and youth, or those at identifiable risk of becoming sexually exploited or trafficked, into full rehabilitation and re-integration into society.  The Bowmanville Rotary Club’s New Member Committee was delighted to be able to support this youth project with a donation of $500.  For more information about SafeHope Home Durham, please follow this link.
Matt Zantingh (L) receives a cheque from Rotarian Lloyd Rang
The roof at Trinity United Church is in need of repairs and the Church has been fundraising to raise funds for the needed repairs.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has been holding its morning meetings at Trinity United for quite some time but due to changing circumstances will be moving as of May 2019 to the Clarington Beech Centre.  As a parting "thank you" to Trinity, Bowmanville Rotary donated $10,000 toward Trinity's Roof Repair Fund.
Bowmanville Rotary would like to express its heart-felt appreciation for the many years that Trinity has hosted us and wish the church and its dedicated congregation all the very best.
Ann accepts a donation toward Trinity's Roof Repair Fund from Rotary President John Burns 
Rotary Expresses its Heart-Felt Thanks to the Trinity Volunteers who have hosted us all these years
The Bowmanville Rotary Club once again demonstrated its support for the Rotary International Foundation with a Club donation of $2,500.  This donation is in addition to the contributions made by individual members of the Club.  The mission of Rotary International's Rotary Foundation 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 spend more than $4 billion on life-changing sustainable projects.  For further information about The Rotary Foundation or to make a contribution, please follow this link.
Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns (L) presents District Foundation Chair Michael Bell with a cheque for $2,500 
During the Bowmanville Rotary Club's regular morning meeting on April 16, 2019, District 7070 Foundation Chair Michael Bell presented two Bowmanville Rotarians with Paul Harris Plus Fellowships.  Paul Harris Fellowships are given in recognition of donations to The Rotary Foundation.  Receiving the Fellowships were Ted Watson who received a PHF+2 Sapphire pin and Bob Stevens who received a PHF Ruby pin.  For more information about Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship, please follow this link.
District Foundation Chair Michael Bell (L) presents a Paul Harris Fellowship +2 to Rotarian Ted Watson
District Foundation Chair Michael Bell (L) presents a Paul Harris Fellowship Ruby to Rotarian Bob Stevens
The Clarington East Food Bank is located on King Avenue West in Newcastle and supports those in need in Newcastle, Orono, Newtonville, Kendal and Kirby.  The New Member Committee of the Bowmanville Rotary Club was pleased to be able to support this program with a donation of $500.  For further information about the Clarington East Food Bank or to make a donation, please visit their website by following this link.
Rotarian Rachel Boyd (L) presents to Marni Lewis from the Clarington East Food Bank
Bowmanville Rotarian Chris Zelasko, along with son Nick, presented a cheque for $505 to Debbie and Mel Clench in support of Shayne's Shore Run.  Shayne's Shore Run is an annual event started by the Clenches in honour of their late son, Shayne.  The run raises funds to support the Outpatient Transitional Aged Youth Clinic at The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby.
(L to R) Nick Zelasko, Chris Zelasko, Debbie Clench, and Mel Clench
In recent years Lakeridge Health has deemed toiletry items as non-essential, which can often leave patients in the hospital without the necessary items for personal hygiene. A group of nurses at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville started to provide these items to their patients at their own cost. The last 3 years there has been a toiletry drive at St. Joseph's Church to help these nurses provide the simplest of items, for example toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and soap, among other things.
The Bowmanville Rotary Club has also helped each year, the first year providing funding to purchase shelves and storage bins for the donations the nurses received, and we continue to help them financially, supplementing the items the nurses need to help take care of their patients.
Rotarian Amy Barney (L) presents a cheque to support the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Toiletry Drive
Thanks to the generosity of a Bowmanville Rotarian and his Family, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was able to donate an additional $1,500 to Feed the Need in Durham.  This donation is in addition to the $13,150 donated as the proceeds from the Feed the Need in Durham Concerts that took place last December.  Accepting the cheque on behalf of Feed the Need in Durham were Gail Nyberg and Kathie Gayda.
(L to R) Gail Nyberg, Kathie Gayda, Eli Brooks, Joe Solway
For the past few years the Alzheimer Society Durham Region has provided a support program at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre called Minds in Motion.  Minds in Motion is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care givers.  The program was originally funded through a Trillium grant which has now expired.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to provide a grant of $2,600 to support the offering of two eight-week sessions.  Our thanks to the Alzheimer Society Durham Region and the BOAA for this opportunity to support our community.
(L to R) Rotarian Lyle Goodin, Nada Loughead, Laura Clements, and Dawn Hannah
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

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".