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A busy six months for the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood

The members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parwkood have been busy serving the local and world community during the first six months of the Rotary year, which started on July 1, 2017, led by their current Rotary Club President Ted Morrison, who is also a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 7070, right here in Southern Ontario.

In an effort to focus on the real issues of the day in and around Oshawa and beyond, The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood heard from many community leaders at their regular weekly meetings, held at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.

“State of the Union” type addresses were well receivd by the Club from fellow Oshawa Rotarian and Mayor of Oshawa John Henry; Member of Parliament for Oshawa, Dr. Colin Carrie; Member of Provincial Parliament and Whitby-Sunrise Rotarian Lorne Coe; Durham Regional Police Chief Paul Martin; Oshawa Fire Department Chief Derrick Clark; Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson; and Oshawa Chamber of Commerce C.E.O. Nancy Shaw.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, together with the Optimist Club of Ajax, the Whitby Lions Club and the Durham Regional Police Service remain leaders in the management and the major expansion of The Kids’ Safety Village of Durham Region.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, together with many other Rotary Clubs in Durham Region, has recently committed to a major donation to Durham College’s Centre for Collaborative Education, which will replace the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969. The new three-storey facility, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017, will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, along with many other Durham Region Rotary Club, has also comitted major funding to the construction of a new facility for Grandview Children’s Centre, which will create more treatment spaces, shorter wait times and a modern facility so that families can access the care they need sooner.

Other progams and projetcs that the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood has greatly assisted in its first six months of this Rotary year include Simcoe Hall Settlement House;  the Salvation Army;  Sharon’s Kids program, supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation Holiday Hope program;  The Trilium Gift of Life; McLaughlin C.V.I. Bursary program; walking in the annual Remembrance Day Parade and wreath ceremony at Memorial Park;  Participation House; the Rose of Durham; and the Rotaract Club of Durham College-UOIT.

Internationally, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, along with the Oshawa Rotary Club, were awarded certificates, by Mayor John Henry,  commemorating World Polio Day in Oshawa on Oct. 24. Both clubs were also honoured on Oct. 24 , together with the other 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region, with certificates from Regional Councillor Bob Chapman, on behalf of The Region of Durham,  which also proclaimed Oct. 24 as World Polio  Day in the Region. Rotary Clubs all over continue to raise funds to continue their work to eradicate polio from the world.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood has also assisted with many other international projects so far this Rotary year, such as Adopt A Village in Laos which provides clean water to many rural villages in Laos; the Guatemala Literacy Project,a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for underserved students in Guatemala; and the the Canadian Aid for Education, through whose efforts, support education programs in developing countries such as Dominican Republic, Peru, Bangladesh, Chile and El Salvador, by supporting people in their struggle for education, and in some small way empower them to take control of their future.

The Rotarians in the Club support The Rotary Foundation, which transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With everyone’s help, Rotary can make lives better in our community and around the world. Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Everyone’s financial help makes all this happen, and more. The Rotary Foundation recenlty received the highest rating given to a charity by Charity Navigator, that annually rates over 9000 charities world-wide.

The Rotary Club ‘s work is ongoing. It contiunually researches both local and international projects for opportunities to assist wherever they can to improve the lives in Oshawa and throughout the world.

Their fundraising, which makes their service projects work so effectively, include the Rotary Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction Gala held every spring, this year on May 10 , 2018 at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.

The main objective of Rotary is service, in the community and throughout the world. As volunteers, Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.

The Rotary Club is always looking for new members who wish to have fun and at the same time, give back to their community.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. They meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, they are able to get things done in our community.

Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary.