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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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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 92 years of service in our community. 

Please click on the image below for the brief video, "You Are the Missing Piece".


Please take a few minutes to peruse our website and read our promotional brochure, "This is The Rotary Club of Bowmanville".
Making the world a better place is an intricate puzzle and piece by piece, the women and men of Rotary have worked hard to fight hunger, promote literacy, and move the world toward peace.  But there is still much to be done, still some missing pieces, and one of those missing pieces is you.  Learn how you can help Rotary put together a better world at Rotary International's website at https://www.rotary.org/.  Rotary - Humanity in Motion.

Are you the missing piece?  Are you interested in joining Rotary?  For more information about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bowmanvville, please contact Terry Witherspoon at 905-410-4847 or email twitherspo@royallepage.ca.  Thank you.




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 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

Picasso's Picnic is an arts and cultural event for kids and by kids.  The picnic was the brainchild of Koren Kassier and a small group of parents.  This idea was to develop an arts and culture event with an entrepreneurial aspect to it.  Picasso's Picnic is the result of that idea.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville was pleased to have Koren as its guest speaker on Tuesday August 16, 2016 and to provide support in the amount of $1,500.  Picasso's Picnic takes place on Saturday August 20, 2016 at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.  For details about the event, please visit their FACEBOOK page.
Director of Youth Service Chris Christodoulou (R) presents a cheque for $1,500 to Koren Kassier to support Picasso's Picnic

Steve Rutledge is an amazing guy and a consummate Rotarian!  For years now Steve has been involved in a program he developed that is designed to bring potable water and sanitation to remote villages in Laos.  Steve funds the program through donations and in all likelihood from his own pocket.  The Rotary Club of Bowmanville has been privileged to support Steve in his endeavours for several years now and we are thrilled to announce that we will once again be donating $10,000 to the Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos project.
Steve was our guest speaker on August 2, 2016 during which he shared a review of his latest projects with the club.  We wish to thank Steve Rutledge for all he does and for being an example to us all.
Lynda Mayes (L), Steve Rutledge (C), and Mike Weatherbee (R)
Lynda Mayes (L), Steve Rutledge (C), and Mike Weatherbee (R) during the August 2, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville
President David Penney (L) and Director of International Service John Burns (R) hold the cheque for $10,000 to be presented to Steve Rutledge to support his Adopt-a-Village-in-Laos project


On July 26, 2016 the Rotary Club of Bowmanville was delighted to induct Janet Lange as its newest member.  Janet is the owner of Janet Lange Art and Design in Bowmanville. Janet's classification is Art and Design.  She will be joining the Community Service Committee and the Rookie Committee.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, Janet.

New member Janet Lange is welcomed into the Rotary Club of Bowmanville by President David Penney

Each year for over twenty years the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has awarded bursaries to deserving students who have just graduated from high school and are furthering their education either at a post-secondary educational institution or in an apprenticeship program.  Each bursary has a value of $2,000 with $1,000 awarded for the first year of studies and another $1,000 offered upon confirmation of continuing into a second year of study.

This year, in order to streamline the selection process, the Student Guidance Office at our five local high schools were asked to each select one deserving student based upon several criteria.  Those criteria included financial need, academic achievement, and community and extracurricular involvement.  The students were also required to write an essay outlining their goals and plans for their future as they relate to the courses they have chosen.

The Rotary Club of Bowmanville is pleased to announce this year's recipients of our bursary program.  They are:
*   Rachel Witvoet  -  Durham Christian High School
*   Shelby Ravary  -  St. Stephen's Secondary School
*   Carly Diane Chisholm  -  Clarke High School
*   Brittany Foster  -  Clarington Central Secondary School
*   Tia Donovan  -  Bowmanville High School 

(L to R) Rotary President David Penney, Carly Diane Chisholm, Rotarian Renne Bos, Brittany Foster, Rachel Witvoet, Shelby Ravary, Rotarian Georg Krohn, absent Tia Donovan
The June 28, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville marked the annual changing of the guard as President Steve Code became Past-President and President-Elect David Penney became the Club's president for the 2016-2017 Rotary year.  The meeting was an evening fellowship event held at the home of Kim and Gord Wallace and catered by Kings Court Catering.

Incoming President David Penney (L) receives his president's pin from retiring President Steve Code (R)
Incoming President David Penney (L) receives his president's pin from retiring President Steve Code (R)


Peter Hoekstra, owner of Graphic Lettering Services and a great supporter of Rotary, was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship during our June 7, 2016 morning meeting.  Peter was honoured for the support he provides to our community and to Rotary.  Paul Harris Fellowships are presented to recognize individuals who have made unique and outstanding contributions to our community.
Peter Hoekstra (R) receives his Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotarian
Kevin Anyan



Rotary's Annual Ribs & Brews a GREAT success!!!

The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's annual Ribs & Brews event held on June 10th, 11th, and 12th was once again a great success.  A line up of truly amazing talent, including both Dixie Chicks and Bon Jovi cover bands, an incredible selection of craft brewers, a terrific midway, the best ribbers this side of anywhere, and loads of family fun all combined to provide a wonderful time for those who attended.  Your presence helped the Rotary Club of Bowmanville raise enough money to fund its charitable endeavours for the coming year.  We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who attended and look forward to seeing you next year.

For several years now the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has offered bursaries to support educational excellence in partnership with the Matawa First Nations.  On June 2, 2016 four Bowmanville Rotarians (Ted Mann, Chris Christodoulou, Renee Bos, and Don Hutton) flew to Thunder Bay to attend the presentation of Matawa First Nations Bursaries.


At a special May 17, 2016 evening meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, Paul Harris Fellowships were presented to four Clarington residents who exemplify the spirit of Rotary in their volunteer work in our community.  The recipients were Sylvia and Ed van Haverbeck, Susan Sheen, and John Greenfield.  In presenting the fellowships their Rotary sponsors outlined the exceptional qualities of these special individuals and their outstanding contributions to our community.

Ed and Sylvia van Haverbeck with Rotarian Gord Wallace
Ed and Sylvia van Haverbeck with
Rotarian Gord Wallace

Susan Sheen with Rotarian Don Hutton
Susan Sheen with Rotarian Don Hutton

John Greenfield (L) with Rotarian Tom Hill
John Greenfield (L) with Rotarian Tom Hill

The Rotary Club of Bowmanville presents Paul Harris Fellowships to recognize individuals who have made a unique and sustained contribution to our community.


The nasty weather did not dampen the spirits of those who braved the snow storm to participate in the Purple Pancake Breakfast in support of Epilepsy Durham Region.  Despite the snow, over $500 was raised to support the charity.  Thank you to everyone who braved the elements to attend and to Wilmot Orchards for providing the blueberries.
                                  Chef Georg with his sou chefs Tom, Tim, and John

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
Rookie Committee Chair
Director, Community Service
Respite Care Chair
Director, Youth Service
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Fundraising
Club History Project
Club History Project
Director, Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Director, Public Relations
Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Bowmanville
P.O. Box 217
Bowmanville ON  L1C 3K9