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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 has made an important change to its meeting times.  All meetings scheduled for the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 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 during an evening meeting on one of these dates:
   *     July 25, 2017
  *     August 29, 2017
  *     September 26, 2017
  *     October 31, 2017
  *     November 28, 2017
  *     December 26, 2017

Bowmanville Rotary at Work and at Play
Our News and Stories

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville!
You Are the Missing Piece.


Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in over 33,000 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 93 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 Chris Christodoulou at 905-441-5259 or email
chrisandlesleyc@gmail.com.  Thank you.


The Matawa First Nations Learning Centre in Thunder Bay held its graduation ceremony on June 8, 2017.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to be able to support the Learning Centre by providing $11,000 in bursaries to recognize the achievements of graduates or classrooms.  Two Bowmanville Rotarians, Ted Mann and Georg Krohn, attended the ceremony.  As a token of their appreciation, the Matawa Learning Centre presented the Club with a framed Rotary logo intricately created in bead work.
Our 10th Annual Ribs & Brews Event was one of our best ever and it is all thanks to you, the families in Clarington who came out on the June 9th to 11th weekend to have a good time and at the same time support Rotary.  The new venue at Clarington Fields gave us lots of room for the music, craft brewers, ribbers, fun foods, vendors, carnival and so much more.  The new Kids Zone, sponsored by OPG, was a success and we look forward to making it even better.
The great news is that we raised about $127,950!  This money will be used to support our charitable work within Clarington and throughout Canada and the rest of the world.  
If you have comments or suggestions about the event or would simply like to keep up-to-date with what we are up to, why not like us on FACEBOOK

The District 7070 District Assembly held at the BMO Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough ON  M1W 3Z3 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday May 13, 2017 was an excellent opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  
Workshop sessions included dealing with conflict, vibrant clubs (a workshop from PETS that was back by popular demand), your public image, membership, youth exchange, and an excellent session on Club governance.  Also, two sessions on grants - one each with a focus on district or global grants.  Each of these constituted a make-up for Clubs that missed the Grant Management Certification seminar held in Oshawa in April.
All in all a very worthwhile way to spend a rainy Saturday and one of the best attended District 7070 Assemblies ever.  
Much "I Do" About Nothing, with apologies to the Bard, was a unique fundraising event planned by The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.  About 48 Rotarians and guests gathered in the beautiful Newcastle Town Hall to witness an "interesting" wedding ceremony for which members of the wedding party were chosen from a bucket (another addition to someone's bucket list?).  The festivities, complete with a Scottish emcee, a drunken mother of the bride, a short man with a big gun, and a truly vivacious maid of honour, provided lots of laughs and raised ~$3500 for the Rotary Club's Respite Care Program.  The ceremony was followed with a sumptuous dinner catered by KCC Gourmet Catering and dancing to the music of a disc jockey.  Although the marriage will not likely last (the bride and groom each left with someone else), the memories of a great time surely will.
The Bridal Party - L to R: the Best Man (looking distracted), the Groom, a Friend, the Bride, and the vivacious Matron of Honour
                      Names of the Wedding Party being chosen from a bucket
The Wedding Party - L to R:  Father of the Bride (with shotgun), the Best Man (once again looking distracted), the Mother of the Bride (traded in her silver flask for a wine glass), the Groom, the Bride, and the Matron of Honour (looking vivacious)

All About Purple!  That was the theme for Epilepsy Durham Region's Annual Purple Pancake Breakfast held at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville on Tuesday February 21, 2017.  A hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausages topped with butter, blueberries, and maple syrup was served by members of he Bowmanville Rotary Club between 07:30 AM and 09:00 AM to many hungry guests.  The cost was by donation and a little over $500 was raised to support Epilepsy Durham Region.  Our sincere thanks to those who came out to support this great cause.

             Pancakes all ready for butter, blueberries, maple syrup, and sausages
                    Carole and Don helping in the kitchen

The annual Lions/Rotary Elimination Draw was held at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre on Wednesday February 15, 2017.  Attitude adjustment and side betting began at 6:00 PM with a roast beef dinner catered by Hampton United Church served buffet style at 7:00 PM.  After dinner the eliminations began with number after number falling by the wayside until only three remained.  Third last out was Heather Griffin who won $200.  Second last out was Tom Wright who won $300.  And the last number to be eliminated belonged to Mike White who won the Grand Prize of $2000!  Congratulations to the winners!
Names are eliminated as the numbers are drawn.
All eyes on the draws
When a bunch of Rotarians and friends gathered at Shooters Billiards in Bowmanville for an evening of fellowship and a few games of pool, they knew they were in trouble when Don The Hustler Hutton showed up with his own custom pool cue.  The handful of sharks in the room and the Fast Eddie Felson wannabees all had a great time chatting, joking, and knocking the balls about.  The evening ended with one thing being very clear; some rematches are in order!

Fred takes a bead on the 8 ball
Fred Devries takes a bead on the 8-ball while Paul Davidson (L) and Brad Phillips hope for a miss.

Dianne McGregor, a Vice Principal at the Clarington Campus of the Centre for Individual Studies (CIS), spoke to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville about the program on Tuesday December 20, 2016.  The CIS is an initiative of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.  Its purpose is to provide "a dynamic educational experience in a flexible environment where students and staff together pursue their quest for life-long learning in an atmosphere of cooperation, dignity and mutual respect".  Following her presentation Dianne accepted a donation of $2000 from Chris Christodoulou, Director of Rotary's Youth Service Committee, to help support this very worthwhile program.
Chris Christodoulou (L) presents Dianne McGregor with a cheque to support the Centre for Individual Studies
The Rotary Christmas Tree sales were once again a great success!!!  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville wishes to express a heart-felt "Thank You" to everyone who supported us by purchasing a Christmas Tree.  Be assured that the profits from your purchase of a tree will be put to good use as we continue our charitable work both within our community and around the world.

                    The Rotary Crew that unloaded Christmas Trees
During its annual Christmas Dinner held at Tetra Kitchen and Vines, the Rotary Club of Bowmanville honoured two of its own members by bestowing Paul Harris Fellowships on them.  The recipients of the honour were Renee Bos and Lyle Goodin.  Renee has been a member of the Club since November 2005 while Lyle joined in May 2007.  Both Renee and Lyle were cited for their voluntary contributions to both Rotary and their community.  Congratulations to Bowmanville Rotary's newest Paul Harris Fellows.
                    Renee Bos, Rotary Club of Bowmanville Paul Harris Fellow
                         Lyle Goodin, Rotary Club of Bowmanville Paul Harris Fellow
Long time Bowmanville Rotarian John (Jack, JJ) Risk was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship at our December 6, 2016 meeting.  John was introduced by his long time friend and fellow Rotarian Don Welsh who, with a little humour, outlined John's life story and his significant contributions to his community and to Rotary.  John thanked the club for the honour and was given a standing ovation.

John Risk (R) received a Paul Harris Fellowship from Bowmanville Rotary President David Penney 
The Annual Rotary Children's Christmas Party was once again a wonderful success.  About 160 children, parents, grandparents and Rotarians gathered at the Clarington Beech Centre on Sunday December 4th for a whole lot of fun.  There was music, face painting by the very talented Janet Lange, entertainment provided by Magical Duda, and, of course, a visit from Santa himself who gave gifts to all the children.  Thank you, Santa!  And what is a party without food?  The afternoon began with pizza and hot dogs and rounded out with a delicious turkey dinner prepared by King's Court Gourmet Catering.  As a special treat for the children, the Rotary Respite Care Givers were present to share some time with the children. 
Special thanks are due to 7070 District Governor Jim Louttit for attending, to our elfish Respite Care Givers for being there for the children and for assisting Santa with the distribution of gifts, to Van Belle Floral Shoppes for donating the beautiful poinsettias, and to the Rotary Rookie Committee, chaired by Paul Davidson, who so capably organized the event.  Thanks also to Mike Weatherbee for acting as emcee and to all the Rotarians who gave of their time to make the event a success.
For photos of the event, please visit our Photo Albums located on our Home Page or follow this link.

The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to provide financial support to Bethesda House at its November 22, 2016 meeting.  Since its founding in 1992 Bethesda House has evolved from a simple shelter for abused women and their children into a comprehensive system of support services for victims of domestic abuse.
The donations were accepted by Jaki MacKinnon, Executive Director of Bethesda House.  A donation of $3200 from the Community Service Committee for repairs to the eaves troughs was presented by Director Tim Funchion and a donation of just over $1000 from the Rookie Committee for the purchase of a new freezer was presented by Chair Paul Davidson.

                    (L to R) Jaki MacKinnon, Paul Davidson, Tim Funchion
Jaki MacKinnon, Executive Director of Bethesda House, addresses the Bowmanville Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville welcomed Amy Barney as our newest member on October 18, 2016.  Amy's classification is Funeral Director and she is associated with Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home in Bowmanville.  Amy will join the Community Service Committee and the Rookie Committee. 
President David Penney (L) and sponsor Denis Beaulieu (R) induct Amy Barney as a member of The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.
Allison Edwards is one amazing young woman and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville is proud to once again support The Jinja Connection.  Founded by Allison in 2012, The Jinja Connection's goal is to provide an opportunity for street children in Jinja Uganda to receive at least a primary education.  Allison's mission is to help these children improve their lives and, hopefully, give them the opportunities every child deserves.  For more information about The Jinja Connection, please visit the website at http://ugandastreetkids.org/jinja-connection/. 

                 Allison Edwards speaks to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville

John Burns, Director of International Service, presents a cheque for $3,000 to Allison Edwards, founder of The Jinja Connection
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to welcome Angelique Ball and Junior Afana as our newest members of the club.

Angelique (Angie) was sponsored by Steve Kay. She will be joining the Fundraising & Special Events Committee and the Rookie Committee.  Her classification is Logistics Manager.

                                          Angelique Ball and Steve Kay

Junior was sponsored by Jim Abernethy.  He will be joining the Membership Committee and the Rookie Committee.  His classification is Auto Recycling. 

                                       Junior Afana and Jim Abernethy
A very warm Rotary "WELCOME" to both Angie and Junior.

The very successful 2016 Rotary Foundation Walk was hosted by the Rotary Club of Brighton.  Over 330 Rotarians, family, friends, and pets participated in the walk.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville contributed in excess of $5,000 toward the over $120,000 that was raised for the foundation.  Seven Bowmanville Rotarians and one family member represented our club.

The walk through the town of Brighton presented a delightful mix of old and new architecture with interest added by participation in a quiz to be filled out during the walk.  All in all a great day!

(L to R) Glen Hawthorne, Chris Christodoulou, Vivian Kay, Steve Code, Gord Wallace, David Penney, Steve Kay (missing: Lyle Goodin) 

                                    Enjoying lunch following the walk
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has been running its very successful Summer Respite Care Program for about 25 years.  This past summer represented the biggest program yet with 39 children from 36 families being cared for by our five Respite Care Givers.  The Club would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the families and to the Care Givers for making this program such a tremendous success.
Our Respite Care Givers (L to R) Julia, Madi, Courtney, Diana, and Mackenzie (Program Coordinator)
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was honoured to host District Governor Jim Louttit and Assistant District Governor Beth Selby at its August 30, 2016 meeting.  DG Louttit outlined his vision for his year as District Governor and shared his message of leadership, exchange of ideas, and taking action.

(L to R) Bowmanville Rotary President David Penney, District Governor Jim Louttit, Assistant District Governor Beth Selby, Bowmanville Rotarian Pauline Calvert

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
Director, Community Service
Rookie 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
Rotary Club of Bowmanville
P.O. Box 217
Bowmanville ON  L1C 3K9