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February 2019
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Feb 19, 2019
Breakfast at Bistro 67 Durham College

A visit to Durham College's Bistro 67 for a scrumptious breakfast.  For more information about Bistro 67, please follow this link.

Pamela Deveaux
Feb 26, 2019
Boys and Girls Club of Durham
Board of Directors
Mar 05, 2019
Club Assembly
Nada Loughead and Dawn Hannah
Mar 12, 2019
Alzheimer Society Durham Minds in Motion Program
Mar 19, 2019
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Board of Directors
Feb 12, 2019
Club Assembly
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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 has undergone an important change to its meeting times.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH will be evening meetings 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.  View map.
If you cannot join us for breakfast, why not consider joining us for dinner at the Clarington Beech Centre.
February 12, 2019:  Club Assembly
February 19, 2019:  A special Breakfast meeting at Bistro 67 Durham College
February 26, 2019:  Evening meeting at the Clarington Beech Centre
March 5, 2019: Club Assembly
March 26, 2019:  A special Evening Dinner at Massey House in Newcastle
Our News and Stories

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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Major Roy Snow was born in King’s Point, Newfoundland.  He has completed 35 years as an Officer within The Salvation Army.   He and his wife (Major Daphne - retired) served as Corps Officers in Newfoundland, Bermuda and Nova Scotia.  They have two adult children – Royan (Ali) & Rochelle (Billy).  They have one step-granddaughter (Taylor) and one grandson (Liam).
For 17 years Major Roy served in downtown Toronto.  He has administrative experience in Mental Health & Addictions, Social Services and Long Term Care disciplines.  Prior to coming to Bowmanville, he concluded five years as the administrator of the Ottawa Grace Manor. Roy holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Theological Studies and is a certified LTC administrator.  His leisure activities include going to the gym, reading, and watching hockey.
Roy will automatically become a member of the New Member Committee and will also join the Community Service Committee.  Roy's classification is Clergy.
Director of Membership Amy Barney with new member Major Roy Snow
On November 20, 2018 Erin McLean from Children's Wish Canada visited our Club to tell us about the organization.  She shared with us the mission of Children's Wish and related a couple of heart-warming stories about how wishes granted by Children's Wish can make such an incredibly positive difference in the lives of children faced with life threatening diseases and their families.  Wishes can be large or they can be small but Erin advised us that the average cost of a wish is about $10,000 because wishes involve the whole family, not just the child.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was so inspired by Erin's presentation that we invited her back to our December 18, 2018 meeting to present her with a cheque for $10,000 - the average cost of a wish.  We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that the funds for this donation came from a rather significant bequest to our Club by the late Mary Fletcher.  Mary had been a long-time supporter of Bowmanville Rotary's initiatives involving children and what better way to acknowledge legacy her than through a donation to Children's Wish.
Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns presents a cheque for $10,000 to Erin McLean from Children's Wish Canada
This story has been updated with a revised amount raised!
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, the two December 16, 2018 Concerts to Feed the Need in Durham surpassed all expectations.  Thanks to the many local musicians who generously volunteered their time and talent, to the outstanding efforts of many Rotarians, especially Joe Solway and Eli Brooks, to the Bowmanville High School students and staff for their support, and to emcees Carolyn Ellis from KX96 and local councillor Ron Hooper, the concerts raised just shy of $13,150 for Feed the Need in Durham.  Given its unique resources and support from companies and other organizations, Feed the Need will be able to purchase up to $92,000 worth of groceries with the funds raised! 
Here are just a few photos courtesy of Jennifer Foley.  For more photos and videos of the concerts, please visit the FACEBOOK page.
Artemis Chartier and Dale Russell
During our December 4, 2018 meeting Rotarian Sandy McLean from IG Wealth Management presented Rotarian Joe Solway with a cheque for $1,050 to help support Rotary's Feed the Need in Durham efforts.  The funds will be added to the proceeds from the Feed the Need in Durham concerts that are being held at the Bowmanville High School at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Sunday December 16th.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville would like to extend its sincerest thanks to IG Wealth Management for its generosity in supporting this very worthwhile cause.  We would also like to remind everyone to get their tickets for the concerts.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was once again delighted to donate $3,000 to support the work of The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre.  Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Centre was Marlene Grass, the founder of the Centre.
The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre provides education and support to over 350 children and 1,200 adults with Type 1 diabetes.  Serving Durham Region, it is the first and only centre of its kind in Canada.  To learn more about the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre or to donate to this very worthwhile institution, please click here.
Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre Founder Marlene Grass with Bowmanville Rotary Director of Community Service Lyle Goodin
Kevin Miller grew up on a dairy farm in Brock Township.  After graduating from the University of Guelph and Fleming College in Peterborough he spent thirty years working in Material Management and Distribution.  During that time Kevin met and married Brenda, his wife of twenty-six years who was born and raised in Oshawa.  Brenda has her own successful wealth management practice with RBC Dominion Securities and her success has allowed Kevin to step away from his career to support her, their family, and our community.
Kevin and Brenda have two children.  Their son, Taylor, is in his third year of college studying computer programming while daughter Kaitlyn lives in Ottawa where she works and studies Culinary at Algonquin College.
Kevin enjoys travelling, camping, craft beer, and a good Leaf game.  Welcome to Rotary, Kevin!
New Rotarian Kevin Miller (C) with President John Burns (L) and Sponsor Tom Hill (R)
Autism Home Base Durham is a social club for adults with autism and the people who love them.  The charity strives to enrich the lives of adults with autism by offering social and recreational activities within Durham Region.  The Bowmanville Rotary Club recognizes the importance and value of such opportunities and was pleased to provide support for Autism Home Base's Clarington Swim and Gym Program with a donation of $2,000 to help offset the costs of facility rental.  For further information about Autism Home Base Durham or to support their programs with a donation, please visit their website by following this link
Bowmanville Rotary Community Service Director Lyle Goodin presents a cheque to Autism Home Base Durham President and CEO Judy Hanson
At its October 16th meeting, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville had the pleasure of hosting representatives from the Matawa First Nations Education Department who visited from Thunder Bay to update the Club on its achievements and the disbursement of the bursaries provided by the Club.  Education Manager Sharon Nate gave the Club a presentation related to the bursaries and to the on-going challenges they face and successes they have achieved.  Also participating in a question and answer session were Post Secondary Coordinator Georgette O'Nabigon and Junior Lead Kelly Soulias.  Initiated ten years ago by Bowmanville Rotarians Ted Mann and Doug Park, the Bowmanville Rotary Club has been privileged to provide over $80,000 in bursaries to help support the vision, mission and goals of Matawa First Nations education programs.  Lead by Georg Krohn, Renee Bos, and Fred Mandryk, Bowmanville Rotarians continue to support the original vision of the relationship and look forward to a long and lasting friendship with Matawa First Nations.
(L to R) Georg Krohn, Kelly Soulias, Georgette O'Nabigon, Renee Bos, Sharron Nate, Fred Mandryk, and Rotary Club President John Burns
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville recently supported the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Hospital Foundation with a gift of $10,000.  Pictured below is Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns standing alongside the donor's recognition wall at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
       Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns beside Donor Recognition Wall
At the Tri-Club Rotary meeting on October 2nd, Bowmanville Rotarian Fred Mandryk was honoured with a Rotary International District 7070 Past District Governors Award for making an outstanding contribution during the 2017/2018 Rotary Year.  In presenting the award to Fred, Past District Governor Neil Phillips highlighted Fred's involvement and dedication to the Kids Against Hunger Program that Fred is so committed to.  Millions of meals have been packed and distributed to disadvantaged children all over the world including here in Canada.  PDG Neil expressed his thanks to Fred for his tireless efforts and hard work in arranging food packaging events with Rotary Clubs all over Ontario.  Congratulations Fred; well done!!!
(L to R) District Governor Mary Lou Harrison, Fred Mandryk, Past District Governor Neil Phillips
During the Tri-Club Rotary meeting on October 2, 2018, Bowmanville Rotary Club President John Burns offered up a tribute to fellow Bowmanville Rotarian Bob Stevens.  Born May 8, 1928, Bob turned 90 this past spring and today was celebrating 67 years as a Rotarian.  Bob still has his drivers license and rarely misses a meeting.  He was Club president during the 1966/1067 Rotary year and earned his first Paul Harris Fellowship in June 1987.  In February 2017 Bob was awarded a PHF+5.  Bob exemplifies everything Rotary is about.  Congratulations, Bob!
Jean and Bob Stevens
The Bowmanville Rotary Club was pleased to be able to help three sisters realize their objective of getting a Rainbow Crosswalk in Bowmanville in support of the LGBTQ community.  The three, Jordan McCormack, Alison Ridding, and Emily Allison, originally approached the Municipality of Clarington and received unanimous approval to cost share the creation of the crosswalk.  The cost was estimated at about $8,000 which meant that the trio would have to raise $4,000 to see their dream realized.  The Bowmanville Rotary Club's New Member Committee, chaired by Joe Solway, started the ball rolling with a donation of $1,000.  Following that, Steve Kay, Director of Fundraising and Special Events, offered the three sisters the use of the Club's crowd sourcing site, to assist with their fundraising efforts.  The community's response was nothing short of amazing and the remaining $3,000 was raised in less than a week.  For more information about this unique project, please see the story published in the Clarington This Week or visit the Rainbow Crosswalk Facebook page.  Well done everyone!!!
(L to R) Steve Kay, Joe Solway, President John Burns, Jordan McCormack, Alison Ridding, Emily Alison, and Mayor Adrian Foster
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
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, Rachel Boyd, and Pauline Calvert
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
Below is the "Thank You" the International Service Committee received from Help Syrian Children Smile Again.
Dear Pauline, 
Many many thanks to the Bowmanville Rotary club for your generous donation! 
مع جزيل الشكر و التقدير لتعاونكم معنا ، أطفال مركزنا و الفريق ممتنين لجهودكم . 
Our very best wishes,
Layla , Susanne and the Happiness again team.
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!!!

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
President Elect
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