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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
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December 2019
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Dec 10, 2019
Report from the Board
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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.
December 10, 2019:  Board report to Membership
December 17, 2019:  Annual Club Christmas Dinner at The Deck
December 24, 2019:  No Meeting
December 31, 2019:  No Meeting
Our News and Stories

The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is proud to present its second annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham.  Feed the Need in Durham provides perishable and non-perishable food to emergency food providers in Durham Region.  For more information, please visit their website by following this link.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for youth and children 16 years and younger and are available through eventbrite by following this link and clicking on "Select a Time".  Don't miss out; order your tickets today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available to show your support and help defray costs.  For more information and to download a sponsorship application form, please follow this link.

The amazing talent line-up has something for all tastes and ages:  *The Doozies  *Wooly  *Glendale One  *The Powerhouse Fellowship Soul Choir  *Ugly Horse  *Cale Crowe  *Jess & Tay  *Barbara Lynn Doran  *Matt Doran  *Alexa Goldie  *Kalista Wilson  *The Charles Street Band  *Hunter Sheridan  *Alicia Robicheau  *Naya Liviah & Carl Cotton  *Chris "Crisis" Inammorati  *James Wilson  *Oy to the World  *Hunter Sheridan

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 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 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 Steve Code by email at
.  Thank you.

Despite some very uncooperative weather, the annual Rotary Children's Christmas Party, held at the Clarington Beech Centre on Sunday December 1st, was a wonderful heart-warming event.  Organized by a team led by Rotarians Chris Zelasko and Rachel Boyd, the party featured a display and presentation by Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, entertainment by magician Magic Al, amazing face painting by Janet Lange, pictures with Santa by Hunter's Sports Photography, a sumptuous turkey dinner with all the fixin's catered by Massey House Restaurant, and (of course) a visit from Santa Claus.  Three of our Summer Respite Care Givers were able to attend and serve as Santa's elves for the distribution of gifts to the children. To view more photos of this wonderful party, please follow the link to visit the Photo Album.
Santa and his Elves (L to R) Charlotte, Laura, Santa, and Abby
L to R Kelly, Ryan, and Mark
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue with an Animal Friend
The First Annual Pumpkin Parade featured over 200 JacK-O-Lanterns lining the walkway and veranda of the Clarington Museum's Waverley Place.  Organized by Bowmanville High School student James Chocorlan with Rotary's financial support, the event brought out a throng of adults and children to view the amazing array of Jack-O-Lantern ideas from the very comical to the down right scary.  The event was also designed to support the local Salvation Army Food Bank by requesting a donation of non-perishable food items from the attendees.  The local Boy Scouts also participated by selling snacks as a fundraiser for their troop.  All in all this was indeed a tremendous success for a first time event and we at Rotary wish to congratulate James, his family, and his friends for the amazing effort they put into making it happen.  We also would like to see this event continue and will assist in any way we can.  Thank you to everyone who participated by bring their Jack-O-Lantern, donating to the Salvation Army Food Bank, or simply attended the event.  Our thanks as well to Clarington Museum and Archives for hosting the event and to the Municipality for arranging for the composting of the pumpkins.
Jack-O-Lanterns line the Walkway at Waverley Place
Really Spooky!!!
Dionne Powlenzuk, Executive Director of the Clarington Visual Arts Centre, receives a cheque from Joe Solway of behalf of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville's Youth Services Committee.  Our Rotary Club will once again be a sponsor of the Kid's Outdoor Art Festival (formerly Picasso's Picnic), held every summer at the VAC.  The Festival features some of the top young artists and performers in Clarington.
Dionne Powlenzuk with Rotarian Joe Solway
The Bowmanville Rotary Club's Youth Service Committee presented a $500 cheque to PFLAG beside the Rainbow crosswalk at John M. James Public School on Mearns Ave. Our club was one of the original sponsors of the crosswalk which was a grassroots initiative of PFLAG and others in the community that was installed last spring. The funding is earmarked for the organization's Camp Rainbow Phoenix, a residential-style summer leadership program for youth ages 13 to 17. PFLAG supports LGBTQ people and their families.
(L to R) Alison Ridding, Rotarian and Youth Service Director Joe Solway, Bowmanville Rotary Club President Jason Van Stiphout, Jordan McCormack and Erica Montgomery of PFLAG Durham Region
Bowmanville Rotarian Bob Stevens, who has left the Club after almost 69 years to spend more time with his wife, Jean, was honoured during the Four-Club meeting held at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club on September 24, 2019.  Bob joined the Rotary Club of Bowmanville on December 8, 1950 and has had perfect or near perfect attendance at the weekly meetings every year since.  Bowmanville Rotary President Jason Van Stiphout introduced Jean and Bob and announced that Bob had been inducted back to the Club as an Honourary Member.  He's not getting away that easily!  Jason was also pleased to be able to present Bob with a Paul Harris Fellowship +8 which recognizes Bob's generous contribution of over $9,000 US to The Rotary Foundation.
Jean and Bob Stevens are introduced by Bowmanville Rotary President Jason Van Stiphout
Bowmanville Rotary President pins Bob Stevens' Paul Harris Fellowship +8 to his lapel
During the Four-Club Rotary meeting on September 24, 2019, ShelterBox Canada Ambassador Geoffrey Lloyd presented Bowmanville Rotary's Past President John Burns with a Silver Hero Award in recognition of the Club's contributions to the ShelterBox program.  ShelterBox Canada delivers the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.  For more information about ShelterBox Canada or to donate to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort, please visit their website by following this link.
ShelterBox Canada Ambassador Geoffrey Lloyd presents a Silver Hero Award to Past President John Burns
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".