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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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The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is undergoing some important change to its meeting times.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, with some exceptions, will be 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.
If you cannot join us for breakfast, why not consider joining us for dinner at the Clarington Beech Centre.  For all meeting locations and times, please check the schedule below:
  *     July 17, 2018 - Trinity Church Hall at 7:15 AM
  *     July 24, 2018 - Trinity Church Hall at 7:15 AM
  *     July 31, 2018 - Clarington Beech Centre at 5:30 PM
  *     August 7, 2018 - To Be Determined
  *     August 14, 2018 - Trinity Church Hall at 7:15 AM
  *     August 21, 2018 - To Be Determined
  *     August 28, 2018 - Clarington Beech Centre at 5:30 PM
  *     September 4, 2018 - To Be Determined
  *     September 11, 2018 - Trinity Church Hall at 7:15 AM
  *     September 18, 2018 - Trinity Church Hall at 7:15 AM
  *     September 25, 2018 - Clarington Beech Centre at 5:30 PM
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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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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!!!
At its May 1, 2018 meeting the Youth Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville donated $3,000 to the Clarington Centre for Individual Studies (CCIS) to be used for bursaries in support of deserving students.  The CCIS is an alternative high school within the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Their goal is to help students graduate high school and achieve a successful transition to college or work.  For additional information about CCIS, please visit the website by following this link
Director of Youth Services Brad Phillips presents CCIS Vice Principal Dianne McGregor with a cheque for $3,000 for student bursaries.
In 2013 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville received an appeal for funding to help with tuition costs for a deserving foreign student.  Her name was Esther Okode and she was the youngest of a family of ten hoping to attend The Technical University of Kenya to pursue a five year degree in Civil Engineering.  We were told she was a bright diligent student but did not have the money for a university education.  The members of the International Committee of Bowmanville Rotary Club decided to support Esther to obtain her degree.
The road for Esther has not been easy mainly due to the ever changing political climate in Africa but she worked hard and at every opportunity tutored and taught to raise what money she could to put towards her education.
Today, Esther is a few months away from having her degree in Civil Engineering conferred.  It has been an honour to have been part of her journey every year since we first learned of her.
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Esther Okode (in yellow)
There was an air of anticipation and excitement.  Ideas were flying, some where dismissed some enthusiastically received but all stimulated conversation and future planning.  The shadow board, such an ominous nom de plume, where having their first meeting. 
The team for 2018/19 met at the home of President-Elect John Burns on Thursday April 19th.  In attendance were Vice President Jason VanStiphout, Treasurer Sandy McLean, Secretary Lynda Mayes, and Directors: Kevin Anyan - Public Relations and Branding, Amy Barney - Membership, Pauline Calvert - International Service, Lyle Goodin - Community Service, Steve Kay - Fundraising, Gord Wallace - Club Administration and Foundation Chair, Mike Weatherbee - Youth Service.  All in all a good mix of newer members and senior members.  It was a long meeting but an excellent first step in planning the next Rotary year.  Be excited, be enthusiastic, and remember the Rotary slogan for 2018-2019: “Be the inspiration”
Joan Anyan passed away at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on April 5, 2018.  Joan was a former elementary school teacher-librarian and was very active in both her church and community.  During her funeral on April 11, 2018, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was privileged to honour Joan's memory by posthumously bestowing upon her a Paul Harris Fellowship.  The Fellowship was accepted by her son, Kevin, a member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  Joan will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her family, friends, and community.
Joan Melissa Anyan (nee Bowman) 1934 - 2018
Pamela Deveaux, Director of Resource Development for Boys and Girls Club of Durham, was the guest speaker at our March 13, 2018 meeting.  Ms. Deveaux outlined the mission of Boys and Girls Club of Durham and illustrated its impact on the lives of several of its members.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to present Ms. Deveaux with a cheque for $2500 to help further the work of this amazing organization.
President Reg Freethy (R) presents Pamela Deveaux with cheque to support Boys and Girls Club of Durham
Rotarian Chris Christodoulou brought in the November 1, 1945 edition of The Canadian Statesman to our March 13, 2018 meeting.  The paper was given to Chris by one of his neighbours.  This particular issue was dedicated to celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant in Bowmanville.  It is interesting to note the stories, people, and businesses identified in the paper.  During its time The Canadian Statesman was a highly regarded community newspaper in this area.  Photos of the issue made by Chris may be viewed by following this link.  You may also view the paper by visiting the Clarington Digital Newspaper Collection by following this link.  
Mayor Adrian Foster was introduced by Rotarian Don Gleed.  Mayor Foster presented a broad ranging update on Clarington and its economy.  Mayor Foster began by indicating that farming was still one of Clarington's major industries.  He continued to touch upon a number of other items including:
  • the planned GO Train extension expected to be in Clarington by 2024,
  • the Courtice Kiss & Ride,
  • a major redevelopment of Lakeridge Health Bowmanville,
  • the addition of more long-term care and hospice beds in Clarington,
  • the new businesses planning to locate in Clarington,
  • a major review and rationalization of by-laws that is taking place,
  • property taxes, and
  • the impact of the refurbishment of the Darlington NGS on the region.
After answering a number of questions, Mayor Foster was thanked by president Reg Freethy.
Rotary President Reg Freethy (L) and Mayor Adrian Foster
Rotary has been involved in the fight to eradicate polio since 1987.  The Insight Section of the Saturday February 17, 2018 issue of the Toronto Star featured an article on this global effort.  You may read the article by following this link.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was honoured to support The Grandview Children's Foundation with a generous gift of $20,000.  Present from Grandview to accept the donation were Foundation Board Chair Bryan Yetman, Executive Director of Development Brigitte Tschinkel, and Grandview Centre Trustee Brad Phillips.  Presenting on behalf of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville were President Reg Freethy and President-Elect John Burns. 
Prior to the presentation, Bryan Yetman and Brigitte Tschinkel showed a short video which spotlighted the amazing achievements of one young lady who was a "Grandview Kid".  They emphasised the wonderful work Grandview does on behalf of children with special needs and with 3000 children on a wait list, the need to grow and expand the services offered by Grandview.  For more information about Grandview Children's Centre or to donate, please visit their website by clicking here
(L to R) Brad Phillips, Brigitte Tschinkel, Bryan Yetman, Reg Freethy, and John Burns 
The February 6, 2018 meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was rather special because three of our members were each awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship.
Our first recipient was Don Hutton who was presented with his first Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship by Rotary Foundation chair Gord Wallace.
Don Hutton (L) receives his First Paul Harris Sapphire Fellowship from Gord Wallace
On Tuesday January 30, 2018 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville held a special evening meeting to celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns.  The evening began with an opportunity to sample the various brews offered by Brock Street Breweries and, in keeping with the theme of the evening, an opportunity to nose, sip, and evaluate the flavours of three exceptionally fine single malt whiskies.  Adding to the experience was the knowledgeable commentary offered by John Burns and Gord Wallace.
The Gathering of the Clans: (L to R) John Burns, Pauline Calvert, John Kay, Steve Kay, and Gord Wallace
The Bowmanville Rotary Club's annual Christmas dinner, held at the Clarington Beech Centre on December 12, 2017, was special in several ways.  First, it was an opportunity for Rotarians and their partners to get together for an evening of good food and fellowship.  And, it was also the perfect opportunity to make two very special presentations.  The first, a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship; the second, a major donation by the International Committee to Allison Edwards' Jinja Connection.
(L to R)  Debbie Mandryk, Bob Stevens, Don Hutton, and Jean Stevens enjoy some casual conversation
The Annual Rotary Children's Christmas Party was once again a great success with about 140 children, parents, grandparents, friends and Rotarians in attendance at the Clarington Beech Centre on Sunday December 3, 2017.  Everyone was delighted with the craft table, decorating gingerbread men and women, face painting, and balloon art. But of special interest was the presence of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue who set up a display for the children and brought five unique animals for the children to learn about and pet.

Someone cannot wait to open his gift from Santa
The Rotary Christmas Trees have arrived at Watson Farms Market.  We have a great selection of spruce and firs ranging in price from $40 to $70 (HST included) depending on size and variety.  The proceeds from the sales of Rotary Christmas Trees help fund our charitable initiatives in our community. This means that you can select the perfect tree and help your community by purchasing a Rotary Christmas Tree.  It doesn't get any better than that.
Watson Farms Market is located at 2287 Highway #2 L1C 3K3 in Bowmanville.  Our hours are:
Monday to Friday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
The crew that unloaded the Rotary Christmas Trees
October 10, 2017 saw the official dedication of a "Buddy Bench" at John M. James Public School.  The "Buddy Bench" was donated by The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  The purpose of the bench and details of the dedication ceremony were well covered in a story published in The Clarington This Week.
Rotary District 7070 Governor Neil Phillips spoke at a special Tri-Club meeting held Tuesday October3, 2017 at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club. Rotarians from the Oshawa Rotary Club, Oshawa Parkwood Rotary Club, the Bowmanville Rotary Club, and a number of guests were present.  D.G. Neil began by stating that he had not come armed with a laundry list of "to dos".  His philosophy is that most ideas for moving Rotary's objectives forward come from the grassroots and that District 7070 and Rotary International are there to support those initiatives. 
At a special Tri-Club Rotary meeting held on Tuesday October 3, 2017 at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club, Bowmanville Rotarian Chuck Cattran received a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin to recognize his contributions to the Rotary International Foundation. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary International’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational and cultural programs. Congratulations, Chuck, and thank you for your dedication to and support of the Foundation.
L to R: Rotary Club of Bowmanville Foundation Chair Gord Wallace, President Reg Freethy, and Paul Harris Sapphire Pin recipient Chuck Cattran
Rotary District 7070 held its annual Rotary Foundation Walk on Sunday September 10, 2017.  The 5.1 km walk was hosted by the Whitby Rotary Clubs and was held at the Heydenshore Pavilion.  The route travelled through park land, past the Whitby marina, and around the block enclosing the park where the Whitby Sunrise club holds its annual Ribfest.  Bowmanville was especially well represented this year.  President Reg Freethy, nine club members, and one member's spouse participated.  Breakfast consisted of fruit, granola bars, and assorted drinks.  Following the walk, lunch included a pulled pork sandwich with salad and chips.  All-in-all, a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning and raise ~$120,000 for Rotary Foundation.
L to R: Lyle Goodin, Tim Funchion, Kevin Anyan, Reg Freethy, Steve Code, Gord Wallace, John Burns, Don Hutton, and Don's wife Elaine.  Absent from the photo are Chuck Cattran and Lynda Mayes
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.
At its August 8th meeting the Rotary Club of Bowmanville continued its generous support of Steve Rutledge and his Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos project with a donation of $10,000.  Steve's dedication to this project is truly inspiring and the success of the project is evident in the increase in health and wellbeing of the villages he has supported to date.  For further information about Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos or to donate to this amazing project, please visit the website by clicking here.
International Committee Director Pauline Calvert presenting Steve Rutledge with a cheque for $10,000
At its July 11th, 2017 meeting the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to present bursaries to eight accomplished and deserving Clarington students who were either continuing their post secondary studies or were entering their first year of post secondary education.

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
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