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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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On a trial basis for the next few months our LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at The Bowmanville Older Adult Centre.  A light dinner will be provided by Kings Court Gourmet Catering.  The cost will be $15.00 rather than our usual $10.00.
The Bowmanville Older Adult Centre is located at 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville ON  L1C 3A2.
Why not consider joining us for an evening meeting on one of these dates:
  *     February 28, 2017
  *     March 28, 2017
Bowmanville Rotary at Work and at Play
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All About Purple!  That's the theme for Epilepsy Durham Region's Annual Purple Pancake Breakfast being held at the Bowmanville Older Adult Centre, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville ON L1C 3A2 on Tuesday February 21, 2017.  Breakfast begins at 09:00 AM and is served until 09:00 AM.  So why not skip breakfast at home and come out and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast to support a very worthwhile cause!  Cost is by donation.

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 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 Terry Witherspoon at 905-410-4847 or email  Thank you.


Much "I Do" About Nothing, with apologies to the Bard, is a unique fundraising event being planned by The Rotary Club of Bowmanville.
Who will be wedded with Rotarian bliss,
and all the chaos that does exist? 
Love soothes and heals but cannot be bought,
a romantic? evening with Rotary is widely sought.
Bring dancing shoes, and light heart
as you may be called on to take part!
Dinner will be served as a plated meal,
so ensure to RSVP with Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian meal.
Date:  March 3, 2017
Time:  6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Location:  Newcastle Town Hall
               20 King Avenue West
               Newcastle ON  L1B 1H7
Tickets are only $125 per person, including a $50 tax receipt, to witness this unique event and to simply have a great evening.  For more information or to order tickets, please follow this link.

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 

                 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
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.

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