Mini Calendar
November 2017
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Board of Directors
Nov 28, 2017
Club Assembly

The Board will report to the Club on its activities and seek input on a couple of items.

Michael Brett
Dec 05, 2017
World Transplant Games
No Meeting
Dec 12, 2017
Club Christmas Dinner at the BOAA
Kate Craine
Dec 19, 2017
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2017
Christmas/Boxing Day
No Meeting
Jan 02, 2018
New Years
Peter Chatterton
Jan 09, 2018
Farm Pictorial
Sandra Hicks
Jan 16, 2018
Wish of a Lifetime Canada
Past Speakers
Nov 21, 2017
Club Members Only
Why not join us for breakfast as our guest?

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville

Bowmanville Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Trinity United Church
116 Church Street
Bowmanville, ON  L1C 1T2
District Site
Venue Map
Rotary Evening Meetings
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has made an 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 during an evening meeting on one of these dates:
  *     NOT November 28, 2017 (Club Assembly - morning meeting)
  *     NOT December 26, 2017 (no meeting on this date)
  *     NOT January 2, 2018 (no meeting on this date)
  *     January 30, 2018
  *     February 27, 2018
  *     March 27,2018
  *     April 24, 2018
  *     May 29,2018

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  Thank you.


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. 
Neil noted the success of the District 7070 Foundation Walk that raised approximately $120,000 for the Foundation and expressed the hope Rotary has that 2017 might just be the first year that no cases of polio are reported anywhere in the world.  To ensure we meet this goal a last push is needed and each Club is being asked to donate $2000 to the End Polio Now campaign.
We were reminded that this is the 50th anniversary of Rotaract and Neil encouraged Clubs to support Rotaract and Interact Clubs and to consider attending the Rotaract pre-convention meetings in Toronto in 2018.
Speaking of conferences, we were reminded of the District 7070 Conference being held in Niagara-on-the-Lake in November.  Arrangements have been made for an excellent keynote speaker whose presentation should not be missed.  Over 200 Rotarians and guests have already registered.  Also of importance is the Rotary International Conference being held in Toronto in June 2018.  We need to ensure that this conference/party being held in our backyard will be the best ever and leave a lasting positive impression on the 30,000 Rotarians who will be in attendance.
Rotary District 7070 has partnered with the Highway for Heros tree planting project to support the planting of one tree along the highway for each Canadian Service Person who has lost their life in service of our country.  Neil would also like to see one tree planted for each Club in our district and why not one for every attendee at the 2018 RI Conference in Toronto.
In conclusion, D.G. Neil encouraged Rotary Clubs to have fun while doing the serious work of Rotary.
L to R: Rotary Club of Bowmanville Vice President John Burns, Rotary District 7070 Governor Neil Phillips, Rotary Club of Bowmanville President Reg Freethy
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.
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 20+.  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.
This past summer, not only did the Summer Respite Care Program provide respite for the families and quality care for the children, it also provided meaningful career-related summer jobs for the five college and university students we hired.
The Summer Respite Care Program ran for ten weeks from June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017.  The 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.  Families were able to 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 was able 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.
Respite Care Giver and Program Coordinator Mackenzie with one of the amazing children enrolled in the program
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
The annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program has been a signature program of the Rotary Club of Ottawa since 1951.  Approximately 220 senior high school students from across Canada spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship.  This year the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to sponsor Bailey Elliott, who has just graduated from Clarke High School, to attend the program.  At the Club's meeting on July 18, 2017, Bailey was our guest speaker.  She spoke about her experiences with the program, the insights into our democratic institutions that the program provided her, and how it inspired her.  Bailey, who is also one of our bursary winners, will be attending Carleton University in Ottawa this fall where she is enrolled in the Global Law and Social Justice program.  

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.
Continuing their studies and receiving the second installment of $1,000 of a $2,000 award were:
Brittany Foster - Brittany was a student at Clarington Central Secondary School in Bowmanville.  She is now entering her second year at Trent University where she is studying psychology.
Rachel Witvoet - Rachel went to Bowmanville's Durham Christian High School.  She is now entering her second year of business studies at Redeemer University College.
Shelby Ravary - Shelby is a graduate from St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville.  She is about to begin her second year of medicine related studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Carly Dianne Chisholm - Carly attended Clarke High School in Newcastle.  She is now ready to begin her second year at Durham College where she is studying biotechnology.
This year the Rotary Club revised its bursary program.  It now awards $2,000 to students entering their first year of college or university.  Receiving these awards were:
Kaitlin Prodanovic-Wilcox - a graduate of St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School, Kaitlin will be attending McMaster University in the fall where she intends to study biotechnology.
Bailey Elliott - Bailey graduated from Clarke High School.  This fall she will be studying global law and social justice at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Jonathan Feddema - Jonathan is a Durham Christian High School graduate.  With a passion for sports, Jonathan will be studying human kinetics at the University of Ottawa in the fall.
Natassja Canonico - Natassja is a graduate of Clarington Central Secondary School.  This fall she will be attending the University of British Columbia where she is enrolled in a computer science program.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is honoured to be able to support such talented and deserving youth in this important step in their lives and academic careers.  We wish them every success in their future endeavours.
L to R: Carly Dianne Chisholm, Brittany Foster, Bailey Elliott, Youth Service Director Chris Christodoulou, Rotarian Georg Krohn, Natassja Canonico, Kaitlin Prodanovic-Wilcox, Jonathan Feddema, Rachel Witvoet, and Shelby Ravary
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.  For more information, please download the ceremony program by clicking here.
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.

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
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