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Mini Calendar
August 2020
Upcoming Speakers
Cathy Abraham & Michael Nasello
Aug 18, 2020
Re-opening schools in September

What will Clarington students find when schools re-open in the fall? And what will school boards doing to keep them safe? We'll ask the Chair of the Public board and the Director of Education at the Catholic board.

John Walker & Elisa Snubbs
Aug 25, 2020
L.I.F.E. Community project Durham Region
Angelo Lyall & Nicole Hunt
Sep 01, 2020
Retooling in response to Covid
Past Speakers
Kristy Whittaker
Aug 11, 2020
opening Bowmanville's first Jamaican restaurant
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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 Club Meetings During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Fellow Rotarians and Community Members;
The SARS-CoV-2 virus situation continues to develop and at this point in time we are witnessing a gradual lifting of restrictions.  Public health officials are now telling us that if we adhere to their guidelines and continue to be diligent in practicing physical distancing and wearing masks when physical distancing is not possible, then we can continue to slow down the spread of the virus.
Because large social gatherings are still not permitted, we are continuing to cancel our in-person Club meetings until advised by authorities that it is safe to resume meeting.
Beginning with our meeting on March 31st, we have been very successfully hosting weekly virtual Club meetings.  Should you wish to join us, please contact President Steve Kay, our online host, at
Our News and Stories
Bowmanville Rotary's amazing Summer Squad has made the news!  With the cancellation of our long running Summer Respite Care Program due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the funding available was morphed into an idea which has become an amazing success.  Read all about the four savvy young women that have become our fantastic Summer Squad by following this link.
At its virtual meeting on June 16, 2020, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to be able to present its annual student bursaries to five very deserving students who will be attending post secondary institutions in September.  The recipients were:
Arin Jean Davey (Bowmanville High School) will be attending Trent University to study in the Biomedical Science Program.  Following that she plans to attend the University of Waterloo for the Vision Science Program.
Janine Grace Driesman (Durham Christian High School) will be attending to study in the Architectural and Environmental Technology Program.
Elizabeth Grace Kingsley (St. Steven Catholic Secondary School) will be studying Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Olivia Doorenspleet (Clarington Central Secondary School) plans to study Nursing at Ryerson University.
Cameron Nicholas Cheshire (Clarke High School) will be attending Trent University to study in the Environmental Science Program.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville wishes our bursary recipients every success in their studies and in their eventual chosen careers.
Through the Clarington Adopt-A-Road Program the Bowmanville Rotary Club has adopted the section of Baseline Road between Liberty Street and Green Road.  On Saturday July 4th a crew of ten Bowmanville Rotarians spent a couple of hours picking up litter along that stretch of Baseline Road.  There were a couple of "interesting" finds but on the whole the roadside was fairly clean.
Bowmanville Rotary Club
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Are you unable to get to the grocery store?
If you are a senior, immunocompromised, or
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Email us at:
Or call 905-435-7428
We can take your order and arrange payment.
Our team of volunteers will shop for you and deliver to
your door.  Maximum orders not to exceed $200.
Payment by cash or cheque can be accepted without contact.
Simply leave it in a zip-lock bag.
If you cannot afford food, we can help.
AND, we have made over 80 deliveries to date!

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.

Our front line health care and support teams at Lakeridge Health Bowmanvile are working under increasingly stressful conditions created by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  To top it off, the volunteer run snack bar has been closed due to the pandemic making it difficult to grab a quick bite on the fly.  As a gesture of support and appreciation for their heroic efforts, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has arranged for "treats" to be delivered to Lakeridge Health Bowmanville.  The treats are in the form of snack foods, prepared by Lisa's Cake Lollies and Treats, that can be taken during a break in their hectic day.
We wish to extend our heart-felt appreciating and gratitude to everyone at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville for all you are doing to keep us healthy and safe during these difficult times.
This initiative was spearheaded by Rotarian Phil Benner with the generous assistance of Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Volunteer Coordinator Vicki Adams and Lisa's Cake Lollies and Treats.
Phil Benner and Vicki Adams delivering treats
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's CURBSIDE BOTTLE DRIVE was a tremendous success!  With your generous support we raised $7,300 10 cents at a time.  With the cancellation of our Ribs & Brews Festival we are facing a difficult year as we continue to perform our charitable work within our community.  The generosity you have shown by simply dropping off your empties has been inspirational.  We owe you a huge THANK YOU for your support!
Rotary Club President Jason and Rotarian Rachel
Who are those masked men???
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville continued its long standing support for Feed the Need in Durham with a further donation of $2,225.  We would encourage anyone who is able to donate money, food, or time to this important cause to do so; especially given the difficult situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bowmanville Rotary supports Feed the Need in Durham
Veronica Breen and Paul Dobbs from the John Howard Society were the Rotary Club of Bowmanville's guest speakers on January 21, 2020.  Paul provided a historical overview of the John Howard Society and its work.  Veronica, the Executive Director of The Firehouse Youth Centre in Bowmanville, provided a review of the purpose and functioning of the Centre.  Veronica and Paul also answered numerous questions from the assembled Rotarians.  They also presented the Rotary Club of Bowmanville with a Certificate of Appreciation for the support the Club has provided to The Firehouse Youth Centre since its inception.  The Youth Service Committee of the Bowmanville Rotary Club presented The Firehouse Youth Centre with a cheque for $2,000.
(L to R) Veronica Breen, Joe Solway, and Paul Dobbs
The 9th Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville's Septua- Octa- Nonagenarian Society (SONS for short) was hosted by Fred and Debbie Mandryk at the Bowmanville Family Restaurant on Friday January 3, 2020.  Following an introductory welcome to the assembled #genarians and their spouses by Fred, the first order of business was to update the name of the Society to include those Rotarians who have entered their nineties.  Fred then welcomed new members John Burns, Pauline Calvert, Denis Beaulieu, and Renee Bos and presented them with membership certificates.  A delightful time of conversation and fellowship transpired over lunch.  The membership extends it thanks to Fred and Debbie for hosting.
The Way Too Cool members of the Septua- Octa- Nonagenarian Society
No one ever wants to end up in the Emergency Department, especially if it is a child and it is during the Christmas Holidays.  So, how can a necessary scary visit be made a little less stressful?  It started last year with a text message from the husband of one of the Emergency Department nurses (Jodi C.) at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville asking on behalf of his wife if Rotary could help by providing a few plush toys to comfort children who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in the ER during the holidays.  Rotary members scrambled together about 120 plush toys that we were able to deliver just in time for the holidays.  This year Bowmanville Rotarians were prepared and with a huge boost from one of our members (thank you Dave S.) and the help of the ER staff, we were able to deliver over 260 plush toys to last through the holidays and a bit beyond.  It is our hope that this can become one of our annual traditions.  We wish to extend our heart-felt thanks to everyone at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville for the care and compassion they deliver throughout the year and for this opportunity for Rotary to give back to our community.  Merry Christmas and All the Very Best for the New Year to one and all.
Wow, 550 fresh cut Ontario Christmas Trees gone in just three weeks!  A heart-felt THANK YOU to the residents of Clarington for once again making our annual Christmas Tree sales such an amazing success.  And as most of you already know, the best part is that the funds raised will go toward our charitable endeavours in our community.  From all of us in the Rotary Club of Bowmanville to all of you, have a Very Merry Christmas and All the Very Best for 2020.
Donna is the owner and CEO of Sandpiper Distributing Inc., which she started in 2009.  Sandpiper is a small family-run company that markets several household items to retail outlets and wholesale companies around the world.  Their “star product” is the Euroscrubby, a durable cleaning cloth imported from Europe.  The Euroscrubby is warehoused here in Canada and they export it to the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.
Donna's hobbies include travel, especially cruises, gardening,  good food, good wine and flipping houses with her two sons.  Last year Donna moved from Port Hope to Bowmanville and considered joining Rotary at the recommendation of friends who are Rotarians in  Port Hope and Cobourg.

Donna is looking forward to being of service to her new community and finding her niche in our local club.

(L to R) Jason Van Stiphout, Rachel Boyd, Donna King, Chris Zelasko, and Doug Sirrs

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
On Wednesday November 13th a number of Bowmanville Rotarians gathered together to try the unique culinary offerings at The Copper Branch Restaurant in Bowmanville.  The Copper Branch offers a vegan dining experience and as the photo below illustrates, a great meal and a time was had by all.
Bowmanville Rotarians enjoy a vegan dinner at The Copper Branch
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
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
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is delighted to announce that it has donated a total of $50,000 toward the construction of a hospice in Clarington.  The funds are intended to not only assist with the fundraising initiative to build the hospice but also to provide namng rights to one of the rooms in the hospice.  The room will be dedicated to the memory of Mary and Vincent Fletcher of Bowmanville.  Vince Fletcher was a very active Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.  Following his passing, his wife Mary continued their dedication to Rotary by giving $2,500 each year to support Rotary's Chriistmas Party for children with special needs and their families.  Upon her death, Mary bequithed $196,000 to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  The funds have been invested and it is the intention of the Bowmanville Rotary Club to fund one major community initiative each year for five years.  The contribution toward the Durham Region Hospice - Clarington is our first such initiative.  For more information about Durham Region Hospice - Clarington or to donate toward the Clarington Hospice, please visit their website by following this link.
Bowmanville Rotary President John Burns (C) presents a cheque to hospice advocate Marian Timmermans (L) and Donna McFarlane (R), Senior Advisor, Durham Region Hospice
Vince Fletcher was a long time member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville and along with his wife, Mary, they were great supporters of Rotary.  Both Mary and Vince were Paul Harris Fellows.  Following Vince's passing, Mary continued to support the Bowmanville Rotary Club's Children's Christmas Party with an annual donation of $2,500.  Mary Fletcher passed away in April 2018 and is truly missed by those who knew her.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was surprised and delighted to learn that Mary's will provided for a substantial donation to the Club.  During our September 18, 2018 meeting former Club member Don Hutton, a long time friend of Mary's, attended to announce that Mary was leaving the sum of $296,000 to the Club.  The Club will take some time to consider how to appropriately disburse the funds.  The Finance Committee will entertain suggestions from Club members and all members will be involved in making the decisions.  It is anticipated that distribution of the funds will take place over several years as worthwhile projects are identified.  
                     (L to R) President John Burns, Don Hutton, Rotarian Tim Funchion