Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Director, Community Service
Chair, New Member Committee
Chair, Respite Care Program
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Fundraising & Special Events
Director, Public Image & Branding
Director, Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Mini Calendar
July 2019
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Sara Cosway
Jul 23, 2019
WindReach Farm

Sara Cosway will discuss WindReach farm's "Beyond the Farm Gate" program.  For further information about WindReach Farm, please visit their website by following this link.

David Hallett
Jul 30, 2019
ShelterBox Canada
Board of Directors
Aug 06, 2019
Report to Membership
Dianne McGregor
Aug 13, 2019
Clarington Centre for Individual Studies
Respite Care Givers
Aug 20, 2019
Respite Care Program for 2019
Past Speakers
New Members Dave S. and Doug S.
Jul 16, 2019
The new members will present their Classification Talks
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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.
July 30, 2019:  Evening Meeting!
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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
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A Little Bit about Rotary 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide.  Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, nationally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self".  We are proud to be a part of this dynamic organization as we celebrate 94 years of service in our community.  Please take a few minutes to peruse our website and read our promotional brochure, "This is The Rotary Club of Bowmanville".

Are you the missing piece?  Are you interested in joining Rotary?  For more information about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, please contact Amy Barney at 905-697-8251 or email
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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 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 offers a Summer Respite Care Program that provides home care for children with special needs.
The program began in 1998 with three families enrolled and has grown to include over thirty-five families with 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 will run for ten weeks from June 17, 2019 to August 23, 2019.  The Program is 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 may request preferred hours to meet their particular needs during the summer.  The level of support available depends upon the funding available; however, the Rotary Club strives 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 Respite Care Givers and the Rotary support team are pictured below.
(L to R) Club President John Burns, Program Supervisor Bonnie Seto, Respite Care Givers Laura Gazley, Abigail Heslop, Megan Lugtenburg, and Emily Lehman, Program Coordinator Charlotte Timperley, and Community Service Director Lyle Goodin
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
Dave Sullivan joined the Rotary Club of Bowmanville on April 9, 2019.  Dave's classification is Promotional Sales.  He has been assigned to the New Member Committee and the Fundraising and Special Events Committee.
(L to R) Dave Sullivan, Amy Barney, John Burns, and Mike Desrochers
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
Gail originally came from Quebec but spent summers as a child in Bowmanville with her Aunt Vivian and Uncle Howard Pickertt at the West Beach.  During her working career she was a school trustee for the Toronto District School Board and eventually became the Chair Person of the TDSB and held that position for many years. She was crucial in the implementation of the school food programs during her tenure. Gail then became the Executive Director of The Daily Bread Food Bank for 13 years and was instrumental in making it the success it is today.  She had met Joe Solway will at the TDSB and again worked with Joe on the annual Daily Food Bank fund raisers. 
Gail moved to Bowmanville 3.5 years ago after her husband told her he wanted out of the rat race in Toronto and for Gail Bowmanville was her only choice. She has three grown sons who all live in Durham Region and are close by. 
Upon retirement she assisted in creating the Feed the Need in Durham where she currently holds the position of Vice President and this is where Rotarian Eli Brooks first met Gail when they worked on the Rotary's first annual concert for FTND. 
In February 2018 Gail was awarded the Order of Ontario for her vast charitable works and for the implementation of programs that have aided so many people.  Most recently she was co-chair of Mayor John Tory’s communications along with fellow Rotarian Lloyd Rang’s wife.  Imagine two Bowmanville ladies running the mayor of Toronto’s communications!  We'll learn more about Gail’s exciting life during her Classification talk.
Eli Brooks (L) and Gail Nyberg
Considering this was the first year for the events, the Concerts for Feed the Need in Durham were a resounding success.  On January 22, 2019 concert organizers Joe Solway and Eli Brooks of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville were pleased to present a cheque for $13,150 to Ben Earle, Gail Nyberg, and Kathie Gayda from Feed the Need in Durham.  It is hoped that the concerts can become an annual event to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season and to help those less fortunate.
The Rotary Club would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the many volunteers and musicians who came together to help make Christmas a little brighter for so many.  Thank you!
(L to R) Joe Solway, Gail Nyberg, Kathie Gayda, Ben Earle, and Eli Brooks
The Bowmanville Rotary Club donated $1,000 to support the 2019 Durham ParaSport Games.  In addition, the Club provided both financial support ($500) and encouragement to Deanna Mcinroy, a local para-athlete.  Deanna achieved a Silver Medal in her sport of Boccia.
Rotarian Joe Solway (L) presents a cheque for $1,000 to Don Terry (C) and Emmy Iheme (R) to support the 2019 ParaSport Games 
Deanna Mcinroy receives a Silver Medal in Boccia
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, at last count the event has raised $13,150 for Feed the Need in Durham.  Feed the Need can use these funds to provide $92,050 worth of food to its 63 member agencies throughout the region.  That's because for every $1 donated Feed the Need in Durham can collect, store, and distribute $7 worth of food. 
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
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
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

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".