President's Celebration Night Bruce Smith 2024-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Yard Sale

Rotary Club of Whitby Yard Sale

Yard Sale Bruce Smith 2024-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy Event Bruce Smith 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Whitby Rotary Secondary School Bursary 

$750 could be yours!  The Whitby Rotary Club recognizes results, and is offering a $750 bursary to Whitby and Brooklin graduating secondary school students who are planning to attend an accredited Canadian College or University.  
Click here for Bursary Postcard.  
Whitby Rotary Secondary School Bursary Bruce Smith 2024-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
Helping Feed the Need in Durham Bruce Smith 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Feeding families in Haiti and Ukraine

Feeding families in Haiti and Ukraine

We were happy to join other Rotary clubs on Nov. 5 to pack thousands of high-protein meals for Kids Against Hunger Canada. Each meal kit consists of rice, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), vitamins and flavouring, and a freeze-dried vegetable blend. Some kits will be shared locally and the rest will be sent to families facing food insecurity in Haiti and Ukraine.
Feeding families in Haiti and Ukraine 2023-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Santa Claus Parade

The Whitby Santa Parade is back for 2023!  And its happening on December 2

The Rotary Club of Whitby provides the marquee Santa Claus Float, and we need volunteers to participate on both our 'Decorating' and Assembly' teams.  Always a fun event which showcases Rotary Club of Whitby in front of hundreds of Whitby families
Go to the volunteer section of our website and join the fun. 
2023 Santa Claus Parade 2023-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Saving women's lives and keeping families together in rural Zimbabwe

Saving women's lives and keeping families together in rural Zimbabwe

A pap test is commonplace for many Canadian women. In Zimbabwe, it’s the leading cause of death among women.
According to the World Health Organization, Zimbabwe is among the top five countries with the highest incidences of cervical cancer, with 61 of every 100,000 women being diagnosed annually. Pap smears are expensive and therefore not often available or used.
The Rotary Club of Whitby is pleased to donate $14,000 to the Karanda Mission Hospital in rural Zimbabwe to make a less expensive technique more widely available. Read on to find out how. 
Saving women's lives and keeping families together in rural Zimbabwe  2023-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

Environmental action award winners

Environmental Action Award winners

Over the past year, the Rotary Club of Whitby has been a leader in environmental action and now we have been rewarded with a Rotary District 7070 Environmental Action Award.
We led the way with the annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup with dozens of volunteers picking up garbage from lakes, streams, ditches and fields in the Great Lakes watershed. We also supported three local schools to plant pollinator gardens on their property and we diverted 51% of the waste at our annual Food Truck Frenzy.
Environmental action award winners 2023-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Sun shines on Food Truck Frenzy

Sun shines on 2023 Food Truck Frenzy, community wins!

Thank you to our sponsors, community partners, volunteers and guests for another amazing Food Truck Frenzy! We raised tens of thousands of dollars to support local and international organizations and had a lot of fun doing it.
Special thanks to our food trucks, vendors, Kids Zone businesses and Brock Street Brewery - and Mother Nature - for making this one of our best Food Truck Frenzy experiences ever. Looking forward to seeing everyone back in 2024!
Sun shines on Food Truck Frenzy Danielle Harder 2023-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting doctors in Ukraine 

Supporting doctors in Ukraine with the arrival of a surgical table

We are making a difference for doctors on the frontlines of the war in Ukraine with the arrival of a surgical table at the Mechnikov Hospital in Dnipro.
This equipment will make a difference to the civilians and those fighting near Dnipro, the largest city close to the action in eastern Ukraine.
Supporting doctors in Ukraine Danielle Harder 2023-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

A lot of rain and a lot of garbage picked up!

The third annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup saw hundreds of Rotarians and community members across the province pick up garbage from lakes, streams, ditches, fields in the Great Lakes watershed.
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Danielle Harder 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Helping the Humane Society of Durham Region Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Kids Against Hunger fills bellies at home and around the world

Kids Against Hunger fills bellies at home and around the world

Kids Against Hunger Canada has given out more than 3.5-million meals in Haiti and in local communities from its Peterborough warehouse.
It all began when the founder Carl Nabein watched a commercial for Kids Against Hunger U.S., and was confronted with how to help people dealing with food insecurity locally and globally.
“Is it better to bring fish to children? Or is it better to teach them how to fish when they're dying? They can't fish on their own,” said Nabein.
Kids Against Hunger fills bellies at home and around the world Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
First Light Foundation of Hope transforms lives Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
YWCA Durham supports women fleeing abuse Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

DUO does good work with the help of Rotary

DUO Does Good Work with the Help of Rotary
Melissa Schneider says she’s quite often known as ‘Mama’ on the streets of Oshawa.
“So it is ‘Hey Mama, can I get track pants?’ or ‘Hey Mom, what can I do if I want to get clean, I’m so scared of the pain,’” she says. 
She’s the founder of Do Unto Others, an organization that gives those struggling with homelessness and addiction in Oshawa people to call family. 
DUO does good work with the help of Rotary Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps Feed The Need Durham keep the cupboards full Caitlin Bolt 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Concert to Feed The Need in Durham

We are proud to announce the 5th annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham!    The concert is proudly presented by Rotary Clubs in Durham Region.   For Ticket sales visit
A presentation of 8 Durham Rotary Clubs, this year's concert will be staged at new Biltmore Theatre in Oshawa -- where musicians from across the Durham Region will be gathering to help feed their neighbours in need. We have another great line-up of award-winning performers from genres across the musical spectrum. 
It happens, Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm.
Concert to Feed The Need in Durham Bruce Smith 2022-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Songs of Hope

SONGS OF HOPE - A Benefit Concert for Ukraine
Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
For ticket purchases click here.
To volunteer at the event, click here.
Produced by DreamCo, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Whitby.
Songs of Hope Rod Hunter 2022-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Delta Bingo Signups Larry Giofu 2022-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Durham Region Hospice

The Rotary Club of Whitby is a proud supporter of the Durham Region Hospice’s “Comfort, Care, Compassion” campaign. The club recently donated $50,000 towards the construction of a 10-bed hospice in Whitby near Blue Grass Meadows Park. Durham Region Hospice’s mission is to provide support, comfort in a caring and compassionate home-like environment to people and their families facing end-of-life illness. Rotary thanks the community for its support. Without the generosity of many this would not have happened.
Durham Region Hospice 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Santa Claus is coming to Town Fred Wynistorf 2021-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Great Whitby Food Truck Event

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This year we had to postpone the Great Whitby Food Truck Event. We know many of you were so disappointed with not getting your food truck fill this year, so we partnered with The Brock House to bring you this Food Truck inspired event June 12-14  The Brock House created a food truck inspired menu in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Whitby!
Great Whitby Food Truck Event 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Heart Monitors to at Karanda Mission Hospital 2021-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament Fundraisers 2021-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Community Day of Service 2021-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bottle Drive

The Rotary Bottle Drive
Sadly Covid-19 has changed many of our traditional fund raising events and simultaneously made the community needs so much greater. Hopefully you can support a very simple fund raising event which is very safe for you and our volunteers. We are asking you and your neighbours to collect your empty returnable alcohol and wine bottles (LCBO), beer bottles/cans and place them in a box or bag for pickup from your driveway. Email for pickup. You can also drop them off between 10am and 2pm at MOTORCITY MITSUBISHI, 1520 Dundas St E
Thank You for your support!
Rotary Bottle Drive  Hans Rempel 2020-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Food Truck Frenzy 2020

Food Frenzy at Brock House
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported The Brock House and the Rotary Club of Whitby’s Food Frenzy event on the weekend of June 12th. Your support made this event a success and helped raise funds for our local essential workers!
Thank You!
Food Truck Frenzy 2020 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary inducts two new members.
Rotary Club of Whitby welcomes new members Rayon and Eric at their December meeting. We look forward to having them join us in fellowship and service to others in our community. For membership inquires please email
NewMembers2019 Hans 2020-01-19 05:00:00Z 0


Rotary sponsors Durham Region Hospice.
The Rotary Club of Whitby made a $50,000 pledge to the Hospice on October 29th, 2019. Durham is one of a very few regions in Ontario that does not have a hospice.  Finally Durham will have a 10 bed hospice in Whitby and a 5 bed hospice in Clarington. You too can support the campaign. For more information see Durham Region Hospice website. The club's first installment of $20,000 was raised through our efforts at the Delta Bingo Hall. .
Hospice Hans 2019-11-02 04:00:00Z 0


Santa arrived in Whitby
Santa and Mrs Claus flew into Whitby on December 7th with some help from Rotarians and Friends. Small elf’s roasted marshmallows over a campfire as their work was now done. Santa brought Canadian lumber jacks from up North to hand out candy to the thousands of kids young and old who braved the cold weather. 
Special thanks to  for use of truck and  facility to build the float.
SantaFloat2018 Hans 2018-12-14 05:00:00Z 0


Cyclone causes major destruction
Cyclone CAJA caused death and destruction near Manapparai - Tamil Nadu State, India. With winds of 125 KM and heavy rain it hit orphanage DKSHA Campus causing mass destruction but luckily all children are safe. Rebuild efforts are now in place. All donations are greatly appreciated. Use link for more information on DKSHA Campus
DKSHACampus Solange Miese 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
25th Annual Rotary Club of Whitby Charity Golf Tournament Hans 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

24th Annual Rotary Club of Whitby Charity Golf Tournament

Rotary's Grandview Children's Centre Charity Golf Tournament presented by:

The 24th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament held on August 22, 2019 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club was again a great success thanks to our dedicated golfers, sponsors and volunteers.  The Rotary Club of Whitby has pledged $100,000 over 5 years to the Grandview Children's Centre building fund. Thanks to this year’s event we were able to make our third installment for a total of $60,000.  We hope that you will join us again next year in support of this worthy cause. Visit our Facebook page.
24th Annual Rotary Club of Whitby Charity Golf Tournament Hans 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
To Haiti With Love Sheila Bowness 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
2017 THE ROTARY CLUB OF WHITBY GOURMET FOOD TRUCK FRENZY Fred Wynistorf 2017-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

More New Members

More New Members!
Welcome Judy Wityszyn and Solange Miese (second and fourth from left).
More New Members Fred Wynistorf 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Members

A warm Welcome to our Newest Rotarians!
Membership committee members Joanne Ashley, Karen Fleming and Mary Anne Souter inducted our newest members,
Ken Percy, Leigh Anderson, Laurie Suikki and Pat Perkins who is a returning member.
Our Newest Members Fred Wynistorf 2016-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary helps Haiti

Whitby Rotarians assist Haiti
Whitby Rotarians Randy Myers, Geno Diraddo and Ray Richardson are finalizing a shipment of basic necessities for Haiti which was devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
Rotary helps Haiti Fred Wynistorf 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Whitby Rotary's Aids Committee

Aids Committee - Red Scarf Project Launch
All Rotary members and guest were welcomed to to join the launch of the 2016 Red Scarf Project. All red scarfs were then tied to trees and posts within the town of Whitby to be used by those in need of one.
Whitby Rotary's Aids Committee 2016-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Paul Thistle is coming to town

Posted by Ray Richardson
Join us for an evening with Dr. Paul Thistle
Thursday July 7
6:30PM to 9:00PM
Bella Notte Ristorante
3570 Brock St. North, Whitby
$50 (food only) per person includes meat, vegetarian pasta option
Beer, wine and soft drinks available
Dr. Paul Thistle is coming to town Ray Richardson 2016-06-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 29, 2016
 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary in Action!
  Rotarians and Friends give back to Community in day of giving. Pictured here are some of 22 Rotarians and Friends who cleaned
DAY OF GIVING Hans Rempel 2016-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Food Truck Frenzy Whitby 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary RIP March 1, 2016

Posted by Simon Kariuki
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Larry Giofu at 7:00 am.
  1. DECA club students and their mentors Sue Shoemaker and Kevin Kerr.
  2. Nicholas Ryall – RC Toronto Twilight
Life Achievements
Happy Birthday Ravi and Des!!
Announcements -
  1. Rotary Leadership Institute Training.
Part I and Part II and Part III will be held on April 23, 2016 at Seneca College (Finch Campus), Toronto (8:30 am to 4:00 pm)
It will be free for the New Rotarians under 1 year
  1. Ray Richardson gave a summary of a very well attend “Tribute to PDG Bill & Delphine Patchett” on 28 Feb 2016. More than 200 Rotarian attended. See:
  1. Update from Satellite Club
    1. The Satellite Club will take lead in bringing together other service clubs to organize Brooklin Harvest Festival 2016
    2. The club will donate CAD$1000 to Nova’s Ark
    3. Members of the club will be making dinner at Joanne’s House every 3rd Wednesday.
    4. A new member is expected to join the club shortly.
Led by the co-presidents Thomas Macintosh and Sam Yakob the students gave an insight of their activities that prepare them to face challenges in world of business.
They invited club members to attend the “Speedy Business Connections” on Tuesday March 29, 7-9 p.m.
Nicholas Ryall gave a very insightful presentation on the work Trump (Not Donald) AIDS has done over a number of years.
See more details on
Members are invited to attend the Toronto AIDS Walk on April 30, 2016 and if interested to join the walk contact Joanne Ashley.
Rotary RIP March 1, 2016 Simon Kariuki 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

Coldest Night of the Yearl

Posted by Sheila Bowness
These are the fine looking Rotarians who were expecting to walk on the COLDEST NIGHT on February 20th. It turned out to be almost the warmest night of the winter. Well done team Rotary. 12 walkers raised $2,400 so far. It is not too late. If you have not donated yet please click on the link below.
Coldest Night of the Yearl Sheila Bowness 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Cornerstone Orphanage India Project

Posted by Ray Richardson
Cornerstone Orphanage India Project
Dearest Ray and Narendra,
Greetings of love and humble prayerful kind regards to both of you and I am so happy for your second visit to Cornerstone Dear Narendra and Kamlesh...All children and staff and my own family were pleased to have you with us from 9th till 12th....
I am here to send the pictures taken on the memorable blessed and happy day the 11th February 2016 the we the family at Cornerstone had the inaugural Function of presenting the newly built kitchen and wash area project for the use of the orphan children and staff at Village Mullippadi at DKSHA.
I much thank Richard for encouraging you to visit DKSHA Cornerstone orphanage...More than the funds you both raised for the projects...your personal visit travelling such a long distance spending your own hard earned money is what speaks volumes about your love for the poor and needy.
I am sure you both will enjoy the remaining days of your visit to different places...
More in the next mail.
Note: I will send a detailed report on the completion of the Kitchen project and send you the statement of expenditure in few days time.
Yours Sincerely,
Founder -  of DKSHA &
Mullippadi village, Avarampatty-PO
Manapparai -Taluk, Tiruchirappalli -Dist.
Tamil Nadu - INDIA Pin:621 307
Phone: +91 4332 292 392/Mobile:+91 94432 55318
Cornerstone Orphanage India Project Ray Richardson 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Coldest Night

Posted by Sheila Bowness
These are the fine looking Rotarians who were expecting to walk on the COLDEST NIGHT on February 20th. It turned out to be almost the warmest night for the winter. Well done team Rotary. 12 walkers raised $2,400 so far. It is not too late. If you have not donated yet please click on the link below.
Hi Rotarians of Whitby & Brooklin!
Our team, Rotary Club of Whitby (incl. Brooklin), will be participating in the Coldest Night of the Year on February 20th!   Would you join the team to walk and raise lots of cold, hard, cash?

The Coldest Night of the Year is a Canada-wide winter walk-a-thon to support local homeless ministries in each participating city. It's a fun and chilly event, and it provides much-needed support and awareness for homeless organizations that often face a decline in funds during the coldest months of the year. Our team will be raising funds and walking for The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre.

Would you join me and our team? We need people who can wear a toque well, and you fit the bill. Click the link below, which will take you to our team page. From our Team Page, click on the "Join Team" button to register.
Sheila Bowness
Note: The Coldest Night of the Year is operated under the charitable oversight of Blue Sea Philanthropy, (BSP), a registered Canadian charity (public foundation, 819882655RR0001) in partnership with approved registered Canadian charities who serve the hungry, homeless and hurting in communities across Canada.
Coldest Night Sheila Bowness 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

The Clodest Night of the Year

Posted by Sheila Bowness
The Coldest Night of the Year
Join the Rotary Team for a 2, 5 or 10k walk on February 20th to raise money for The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre in Oshawa. Contact Team Captain Sheila Bowness for details. We would love to have your legs or your money. 
Click here for further details and to register or donate:
The Clodest Night of the Year Sheila Bowness 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
The Thistle Epistle February 2016 Fred Wynistorf 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting January 26, 2016

Posted by Shauna Moore
We had a great turnout for this meeting with 71% attendance - Best so far this year
President Larry went through a calendar update. Please visit the website for details on upcoming speakers and events. Here are a few details:
The Morgan Wienberg presentation on Haiti is SOLD OUT! Please choose your menu item and let Ray know by the end of today, Friday the 29th. The menu was attached  to the Rotary email sent on January 28 at 3:05 pm. The event is being held at the Nice Bistro on February 9th.
We are invited to the DECA event on March 29th sponsored by the Brooklin-Satellite Club, an evite will follow soon. 
This organization helps high school students to prepare for entrepreneurship by fostering partnerships with local businesses. If you are interested in finding out more about the program please visit
Narendra will be leaving us for a 9 week journeys to India. He will visit the orphanage that we are partnered with and have supported through international grants. 
He thanks everyone who helped to raise $2,400 for the purchase of 4 exterior solar panel lights.  These lights are necessary for security reasons. Narendra is also celebrating 49 years of marriage! 
Savour the Flavour - this is a Rotary Club of Whitby-Sunrise event happening on February 2nd. If you are interested, please contact Michael Finigan. Tickets are $85 a per person. For further details please visit
Jodi Millen, Executive Director of Durham Outlook for the Needy was our guest his morning. She presented details about the extensive fundraising campaign to build a new home for the Charity which would be double in size compared to the current location. The new building would better serve the needs of their patrons who visit the Centre for many reasons. The new Centre would become a one-stop, accessible building that will meet the needs of individuals in the community - including meals and support and treatment of mental illnesses to name a few. The Charity is best known for the operation of St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen serving over 50,000 meals a year. Through partnerships with other non-profit organizations and local churches, meal tickets are distributed free-of-charge to individuals and families experiencing poverty and food insecurity.  For those unable to access free tickets, a four-course, restaurant-style meal costs $1.50.  Children under 12 always eat free. The restaurant style environment represents a unique difference from other "Soup Kitchens". Patrons visit often and are served the same as if they were eating at a restaurant. Hundreds of volunteers are participating in various programs and Jodi encouraged our club to get in on the action. Other local Rotary Clubs have already partnered with the Charity. The new facility will be located at 227 Simcoe Street South - this location is within 1 square block of 50% of its patrons. Jodi was asking the club to consider supporting the building campaign. Durham Outlook for the Needy is a fully registered Charity. Based on 2015 financial records, about 12% of their total revenue stream came from Governments. The Charity is not receiving any funding from United Way. Any donations are tax deductible. Poverty has stricken this area of the Durham Region more so than others. No one should go hungry in this day and age. However, It happens more often than the public seems to be aware of. For further information please visit .
Rotary Meeting January 26, 2016 Shauna Moore 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test

Posted by Fred Wynistorf

The Four-Way Test Means Business

By Nancy Shepherdson
The Rotarian 

Source: Rotary International Website

At any Walgreens drugstore in the United States, you’re likely to see The Four-Way Test hanging on the wall in the manager’s office and in the pharmacy. These plaques are tangible evidence of a philosophy that has guided the company’s corporate culture for decades, championed by Rotarian Charles R. Walgreen Jr., the son of its founder.

4wayA member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Walgreen, who died in February at age 100, informally used the test as early as 1947 while serving as president of the drugstore chain. Dick Schneider, who started working there that year, recalls getting a copy of the test and being told by Walgreen that “we use it as a compass around here.” In speeches, Walgreen often referred to it as “a prescription for living, a new version of the golden rule.” The company formally adopted the test in 1955.

Walgreen first heard of The Four-Way Test from fellow club member Herbert J. Taylor. Taylor came up with the four simple precepts in 1932, when Club Aluminum Company, where he was president, was facing almost certain bankruptcy. In the depths of the Depression, no one was buying much aluminum. But Taylor thought that if he could convince his employees to do the right thing in every situation, they might at least win sales from their competitors. “So one morning,” he would often recount, “I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands. In a few moments, I reached for a white paper card and wrote down what had come to me – in 24 words.”

Five years later, Club Aluminum was back in the black. Taylor always credited The Four-Way Test with its resurgence. Rotary International adopted the test in 1943, and Taylor became RI president in 1954. At one point, our organization assumed the copyright on his test. Now in the public domain, it has been adopted by scores of companies in the 75 years since he thought up its four principles, which remain relevant today.“

The Four-Way Test was ahead of its time as a model of business ethics,” notes Paul Bube, a professor of religion at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., USA. Several years ago, Bube spoke at the Rotary Club of Salina, Kan., about business ethics and The Four-Way Test. “Taylor developed it during a time when scandalous business practices contributed to the Great Depression,” he says.

“The kind of corporate scandals we are seeing today are reminiscent of the scandals Taylor witnessed. I believe The Four-Way Test is a vision which, if followed, can be a powerful force for good in the world.”

Is it the TRUTH?

“You could call it the sleep-at-night test,” says Allan Resnick, vice president of the Walgreens legal division. “I always tell people that at Walgreens, you don’t need to ask permission to do the right thing. You just do it.” For Resnick, though, and many of the people who use it in their daily business dealings, The Four-Way Test is much more than a guide to personal behavior. It’s a compelling business model that’s actually a powerful workforce management tool.Perhaps the most useful aspect of the test, Resnick says, is its ability to bring ethically minded people together. “People see my plaque as soon as they enter my office. When I interview people and talk about the culture of the company, I’m gauging their reaction. Are they indifferent to it? Excited? You get a feeling about whether people want to work in an ethical culture.”Walgreens expends a fair amount of effort to expose as many of its 200,000 employees as possible to The Four-Way Test. And, especially at Walgreens headquarters outside of Chicago, even non-Rotarians such as Resnick apply it routinely to ethical dilemmas. He recalls how, after the sale of some property several years ago, the company’s real estate division received a “fairly large sum of money” that should have gone to the buyers instead. “[The buyers] wouldn’t have even known we had it,” he says. “Many companies would have just cashed the check. They were fairly astonished to receive the money from us.”

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

In Texas, USA, Realtor and Rotarian Tony Weissgarber adopted The Four-Way Test and says he greatly prefers it to the National Association of Realtors’ nine-page “fine-print ethics statement.” Weissgarber even touted the test in a letter that was printed in the association’s magazine. The gist of his message was, “If Realtors need that many words to say what we believe in, how can we really know what we believe?” He adds: “I told them that if you use The Four-Way Test faithfully, you never need anything more. When I’m in front of a prospect, I just think, is this fair? That helps in all kinds of situations.”Weissgarber believes so strongly in the test that he’s urged all his fellow members in the Rotary Club of San Antonio at the Dominion to adopt it in their businesses and post it on their Web sites. At least one member took him up on the challenge: Jim Landers, a photographer with 14 people working for him, who says the test “reinforced what I believed in all along, but it’s like a very fine paintbrush you use to paint in the details. It’s a philosophy I have in the background of my business all the time, helping me to provide a good role model.”


Kit Lindsay, owner of Lindsay Transmission in Warrensburg, Mo., USA, was 24 years old when he received the Rotary Club of Warrensburg’s first Four-Way Test Award, which is given to non-Rotarians. He was nominated after a Rotary officer visiting town needed to have his motor home repaired when it broke down. Another local shop had proposed a transmission replacement, but Lindsay fixed the problem for $200. “We have a saying at my business: We do what’s right.”That was 20 years ago. Now a Rotarian and chair of his club’s Four-Way Test Award committee, Lindsay has introduced a great many local people to the test.

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

RI Director-elect Lars-Olof Fredriksson encourages the use of The Four-Way Test around the world. A member of the Rotary Club of Äänekoski, Finland, Fredriksson has tried to apply the test throughout his careers in public relations and the Finnish air force because, he says, it always works.“Making profit is right, but doing it without ethical consciousness, moderation, and without responsibility for the consequences is indefensible,” he explains. “The tenets of truth, honesty, decency, and morality are now more complicated than before and create the often-used explanation, It all depends. But The Four-Way Test gives a bright, clear answer in any situation.”


4 Way Test Fred Wynistorf 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary RIP January 19, 2016

Posted by Joanne Ashley
The meeting was opened with the singing of O Canada, followed by our Toast and “thought for the day”
President Larry
Opening remarks as to our need to reflect on the latest suicide bomber in Pakistan who for his own need for “glory” killed 13 police officers who were standing guard on Rotarians whose mission it was to administer the Polio Vaccine to families waiting patiently.
Larry had an ASK from Amarok Society for a donation. This also will go to the Board for a decision.
President Larry called upon Brandon to review an update on the Food Truck Frenzy as prepared by Kurt and Brandon.
The presentation as viewed on screen and talked through by Brandon was very well done and had an enthusiastic approach and manner. The Marketing needs after much background indicated a clear pattern of needs.  The examples of these were foremost the need for a Presenting Sponsor in the value of $25,000.00 As well a Food Truck Sponsor worth $10,000,00 and down the line with a lesser value place on sponsors.
Brandon spoke about incorporating the annual Golf Tournament Sponsors.
In terms of the planning he broke down some of the absolute needs to plan a successful FTF
These are:
Operational needs...Joe Murray; Food Trucks (50) Ray Richardson; Equipment Needs President Larry; Sponsorship Needs and contacts... Grant and Brandon volunteer needs...Elizabeth and Joanne
Membership Matters session Sat. Jan 16/16.  A report was requested from the attendee Joanne Ashley. In brief the session was excellent and put on by the Training Rotarians from our District. The common concerns for all Clubs were the continual need to see Membership growth. Consider reviewing your Club Vision statement and work on an “elevator speech” so that all members give a consistent message to potential members. Each participant had a similar form which we with great care filled out individually. We scored quite well!! There was much to learn and one surprise apparently was that we NEED a bigger Rotary pin as no one can read ours from hardly any distance. These are coming soon. Track anything you need to know on the Rotary Web-site. There is a vast amount of information re membership.
A special event for Morgan Wienberg will be held at the Nice Bistro organized by Ray and others to hear Morgan’s story again and have guests, particularly neighbouring Clubs.
The event will be held at Nice Bistro on February 9th in the evening. Please refer to the website for details and registration. The cost is $50.00 for dinner per person which includes a small donation towards the cause. This will help the International Committee with Global Grant applications. Space is limited to about 40 persons. Please visit our website or contact Ray for information or to reserve a spot.
The Rotary Club of Whitby – Brooklin Satellite meeting is on Wed. Jan 20th a visit with our fledgling Club. Encourage Rotarians to attend.
HAPPY Bucks Time
Mike and Shauna did an admirable job of getting as much money for virtually nothing as anyone team I have witnessed.
A reflection of the “Whacky Bowling for Dollars” event which was held last Saturday brought in a few bucks. All attendees had a great time. See pictures.
The draw was close but now winner
Program today
An interesting program today as a new recruit and a seasoned Rotarian did their Classification talk. One of course was a re-classification Bill Irwin.
The new Rotarian Elizabeth Darbyshire sponsored by Joanne was indeed introduced by Joanne who told only a small amount as to having met Elizabeth from The Station Gallery House Tour, it was heartfelt and as Elizabeth was to Introduce herself the program was turned over to Elizabeth who told her story in a wonderful manner giving a glimpse of her upbringing, her marriage to Jim and her children Marshall and Abby. Elizabeth worked for 15 years with Bell Canada as an Associate Director of Revenue Assurance.  She started her second career with Re/Max and after obtaining her broker’s license, she opened an independent brokerage called Property Match Realty where they focus on residential sales in Durham region and Scarborough. Elizabeth bring lots of volunteer experience to the club and will be a great asset.
Next was Bill Irwin doing his re-classification talk on his years as a lawyer and Municipal dealings which he enjoyed retiring in 1992. Bill talked about his time being the Town of Whitby Lawyer except that he was hired on a consulting basis and not as an employee. This kept him away from Town politics. Bill was heavily engaged in municipal law and tried to keep the developers honest. He was also involved in drafting many municipal by-laws for approval by Town Council. Did you know that Bill was also an Engineer? He forgot to mention this but it explains why Bill is the brain behind our Rotary Club. Our Constitution and By-Laws certainly show Bill’s expertise in this field.  
Rotary RIP January 19, 2016 Joanne Ashley 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0

Morgan Wienberg - Presentation on Haiti

Posted by Ray Richardson on Jan 18, 2016
Morgan is truly an amazing young lady who has taken on a project in a very challenging environment of Haiti. She is making a difference and is an amazing speaker that any of you who heard her in the fall can confirm. Our club is working with her to assemble a Global Grant to assist in her work in conjunction with other clubs including two in Whitehorse and one in Haiti. So, your support this night will be used for that work and I know anyone attending will be “moved”.  This is an excellent time for guests as well as they will be impressed that we are working/collaborating with this great young lady and her team. 
Morgan Wienberg - Presentation on Haiti Ray Richardson 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary RIP January 12, 2016

Posted by Shauna Moore on Jan 13, 2016
RIP – Tuesday January 12
This will be a shortened version of the RIP as the writer of this week’s RIP is not a morning person --- not even close.
President Larry shared some updates about the Satellite Club and the youth initiatives they are involved in, including DECA. We are planning to have a joint meeting in the next couple of months to plan for the next two years and to give an opportunity all of our members to give their input on what they would like to see in in the club.
Some of the announcements included the Tacky Bowling night on Saturday January 16th 4-6PM at Leisure Lanes followed by fun, fellowship and food at the Royal Oak North with music by our friend Jeff Callery. Ray Richardson wore his very “tacky” Green Bay sweater that only a true Green Bay fan could love. Mike had another selection for the tacky section of his wardrobe – an outrageous pair of orange pants.
Joe Dale asked for volunteers on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday January 30th – an email reminder will be sent out in the next couple of days.
Ray, along with other members, is working to plan an event on February 9th for Morgan Weinberg while she is here in Ontario. We are working on a Global Grant along with other clubs to support her work in Haiti. Tuesday February 9th in the evening was the date that most, by show of hands, were available to attend. Please stay tuned for more details.
Joanne Ashley, assisted  two Vanna White impressionists, Betty Vetere and Mary Souter, presented 4 Steps to membership and used the Rotary Pin to illustrated this, complete with a ladder. The 4 steps being, The Pin in Action, The Pining Moment, Put a Spin on the Pin and Win with the Pin. What a great lesson and a good “message” for our new and tenured members alike.
Our Past District Governor, Brian Thompson and Ian Lancaster graced us with their presence.
The Sargent at Arms, Mike, was on fire – much like the colour of his pants. Fines were given out for not wearing one’s Rotary pins. He also fined those who snickered about last week’s tacky pants.
There were happy bucks from our newest members and Ray got fined at least a couple of times for … well, just being Ray.
Sean Lockhart is celebrating a birthday on Thursday and John Dale added “and many more” at the end of the club’s singing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Shauna gave some “comme ci, comme ca” bucks because she learned from a student at Value Village, while looking for something “tacky” that hipsters are now buying what was considered tacky and making it “hip.” She may have to borrow something on Saturday from Ray’s closet.
New member Dr. Chris is inviting members to the open house at his Wellness Clinic at 185 Brock St. N. on Saturday, January 16th from 10 am to 2 pm. You might need some touch ups before or after bowling.
We inducted 3 new members – Ken Chapman, a Past President of our club, Dr. Chris Cheung, a local chiropractor and Randal (Randy) Myers who is a retired businessman who is redefining what retirement is. We are thrilled to have them to join our fellowship.
Rotary RIP January 12, 2016 Shauna Moore 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Our newest members

Posted on Jan 12, 2016


Today The Rotary Club of Whitby inducted three new members, Dr. Chris Cheung DC, Ken Chapman and Randy Myers (front row,2nd, 3rd and 4th from left to right). Dr. Cheung is an Associate Chiropractor at the Active Life Rehab and Wellness Clinic in Town. Ken Chapman is a Past President of the Rotary Club and is rejoining after a few years of keeping busy with retirement. Randy Myers is also retired. He previously owned and operated a Health and Safety Equipment Business. Sponsors Sean Lockhart, Fred Wynistorf and Joe Dale are also pictured. President Larry Giofu (far right) offered a special welcome.
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Meeting Notes for January 5, 2016

Posted by Mary Souter


Guests - Ken Chapman and Lorna Weston-Smyth
President Larry began the meeting by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and then introduced his new format of reviewing the month ahead on the overhead projector.  Covering the Bingo's, Meals on Wheels and upcoming events etc. All of this information is available on the website. All you have to do is click on Calendar under the Menu Section at the top of the website. No sign-in is required.
Shauna, Ray and Mike were decked out in their tacky shirts or in Mike's case pants.  All for a good cause to promote the bowling on Saturday Jan. 16th at Leisure Lanes from 4 - 6.  We will get 2 games and our shoe rental for $15.00.   Fellowship will continue at the North Royal Oak at 6:30.
Fred announced it is time to pay our dues. If you get an e-mail reminder along with an account statement, you owe. 
Larry read a thank you from St. Marks Church for our help in supplying 44 Whitby Families with Christmas baskets. The club donated $2,000 towards food and toy purchases.
After breakfast Sergeant Mike was more than pleased to fine Mary Anne for not bringing the hockey sweaters and Ray was fined for wearing his Green Bay sweater. Fred pointed out to Ray that the sweater vest should be washed in cold rather than hot water!!!
Happy Bucks -
Betty was HAPPY to have met Morgan's mother in Whitehorse and learning some of the background of Morgan and her family.
Bill paid a sad buck that Ray's sons would buy Ray a Green Bay Packers sweater. He wondered about their upbringing!!??
Joe D. was HAPPY to have his oldest son home for Christmas.
Simon was HAPPY to be back after missing a number of meetings.
Sheila was Happy and sad to have her daughter turn 13.
Des was HAPPY to have been on a "very safe" and probably on a "very expensive" Caribbean cruise before Christmas but sad that he missed our party.
Brandon and Betty both tried their luck at the 50/50 but their fingers were not in sync with their hopes. The pot remains.
The club  sang Happy Birthday to Betty. She claims to have received her Old Age Security for 10 years!! 
Mike introduced our guest speaker Lorna who is a life coach working with the John Maxwell Team.
Lorna works with business's and individuals to help them unlock their potential through Intentional Living.
She began with the quote "Life is like a parachute jump you have to get it right the first time"  Lorna added that there is a difference between knowing where you want to go and knowing how to get there.
She stated that we all need to learn the power of focused energy and to take control to live the life you want not a life that just happens to you.  People need to "Live with Intentionality"
Lorna said she would be happy to have people contact her if they are interested in taking part in the John Maxwell 30 day journey to Intentional Living. There will be a live presentation on the internet by John Maxwell on Thursday, January 7 at 5:00 pm. Here is the information received from Lorna:
"I'm excited that this Thursday, John C. Maxwell is having a live call talking more about his book Intentional Living, living a life that matters and creating such an impact that it changes lives.
And as a special gift, I would like to invite you to join us on the call. So if you're ready and serious about making 2016 the best year ever and making a real impact, register here to be added to the list and get the details for the call:
The Intentional Living book and 30 Day Journey that John will be referencing on the call can be found here: 30-Day Journey into Intentional Living "
Mike thanked Lorna for her interesting and informative talk and the meeting was adjourned.
Meeting Notes for January 5, 2016 Mary Souter 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary RIP December 22, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Darbyshire
No Meeting on December 29th. Next meeting will be on January 5th. We hope to see everyone to start the year with strong attendance.
January Meetings - will be organized by the Membership committee who have exciting speakers and programs line up for you - check the website for further information.
Mary Nurse - has requested to extend her leave until June 30th 2016.
Valarie and Mark Wafer  - President Larry announced that the Wafers have sold their home in Ashburn and will be relocating to Collingwood in around March of 2016. Membership transfer is pending. 
Randy Myers - Impala Bike Shop accepts your old bicycles which will be tuned up and donated to charity particularly to needy Syrian Refugee Families. Your donated bikes will be refurbish to make them fully road worthy. It is time for a new bike John P. They need your old high mileage bike.
Sergeant-at-Arms - Douglas Freeman picked on a few members despite the obvious season of GIVING and NOT TAKING.
John Dale was in the giving mode donating $100. to the Amarok Society.
Former Member Marion Irwin followed suit with another $100 donation. She donated another buck for being happy just to be present.
Randy Myers was happy to go on a skiing vacation. Better take your golf clubs too just in case.
Ray Richardson was happy that the Green Bay Packers apparently made the playoffs.
Jane Ritchie has outgrown her office and is moving her partners and employees to a new place on Brock Street South.
Birthday - Genesis Inibhunu December 25th - Happy Birthday
Anniversary - Joe and Teresa Dale December 22nd - Joe was not present for good reasons it was claimed - Happy Anniversary
50/50 draw - no winner
John Dale introduced the guest speaker Gem Munro Director of Amarok Society.
Amarok Society was founded with one family at its centre: Dr. Tanyss Munro, Gem Munro and their four children. We teach extremely poor, uneducated mothers in the world’s worst slums to become neighbourhood teachers. They teach them how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers, by educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing result. Gem spoke about Amarok's role to bring improvements to the worst school systems in the world. The presentation was very eye opening. Gem and other members of the Amarok Society are taking great risks when visiting these countries on a regular basis. They quite often find themselves in the middle of extremist areas. For complete details please visit the charitie's website at 
They now have 24 Schools in 3 Countries.





Bearing gifts, we traverse afar...

Amarok-Society wishes a peaceful, joyful holiday season to all its friends and benefactors... ...with a gentle reminder that these are your neighbours' children.

Now that the cold weather has finally arrived, it is time to focus on Canada's favoured sport, hockey. Two of our members are featured on the team picture below. Let's guess who they are. Your Sergeant might pick on you if you can't figure it out. If the below picture is not large enough for you, go to the photo albums on the website and click on Old Times Hockey.
Rotary RIP December 22, 2015 Elizabeth Darbyshire 2015-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Holiday Season

Posted by Fred Wynistorf
The Rotary Club of Whitby would like to thank family, friends and all of our supporters who have helped us make 2016 another successful year.
Happy Holiday Season Fred Wynistorf 2015-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

RIP December 15, 2015

Posted by Jane Ritchie
Rotary RIP for December 15, 2015
Guests welcomed – Ken Chapman, Randy and our speaker Joe Millage
We experienced a new table arrangement that seemed to get lively conversation  going that could barely stop as the meeting was called to order. 
Come see what you missed.
President Larry commented  on the success of last week’s Christmas party. 
Coming events: 
Food hamper delivery today
Wednesday December 16th Food Truck Meeting 7pm
Sunday Dec 20th – Bingo
Jan 16- Joanne to attend district seminar - she is apparently on the waiting list
Dec 22 –Gem Munro from Amarok Society to speak to us, followed by some Christmas Cheer J
Dec 29 – no meeting HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please review you the Rotary Calendar on our website to make sure that you do not miss any commitments.
January meetings being organized by membership committee – be sure to attend Jan 5th – first meeting of 2016!
Ray reported on the Thistle Epistle – digging will be underway in January –local people paid as digs completed
Doug was our Sergeant at Arms- almost missed new member Elizabeth’s birthday, Fred was fined for not highlighting the golf fundraiser in his Treasurer Report at AGM, Hans fined for leaving the Christmas party early, Jeff fined for seeming like a “new” member, Betty gave some happy bucks and a big thank you to her committee who helped with the party, Jeff gave happy buck for another son on the way – just in time for tax season, Narendra gave happy buck for 3 weeks in Texas, Ravi enjoyed his first Raptors game and Ray is still happy with the Green Bay Packer’s 9-4 record. Our guest speaker, Joe Millage, gave happy $30 –one for each member in the room to thank Rotary for all our good works
Finally, we got to the card draw and Joe Murray won the port with only 12 cards left - $579!! Congrats Joe! 
John Dale introduced our guest speaker, Joe Millage, from Participation House which provides housing assistance for adults needing special help.  Joe also has done great work as a high performance coach specializing i Head trauma athletes, Joe is also a Paul Harris fellow and Queen Jubilee medal recipient
Joe spoke about the program “Thank You Durham”.  He highlighted several members in our club who have significant contributions to our community. The program is simple – go to the website and nominate someone.  Worthy recipients will receive certificates of appreciation, and possibly a visit with coffee and cupcakes just to say “Thank you”.
Joe also offered some suggestions for  using our Food Truck event to thank past volunteers such as the Pan Am games volunteers – invite them to come out
Be sure to come to next week’s meeting for some Christmas fellowship – we look forward to seeing you.Image result for Santa Claus
RIP December 15, 2015 Jane Ritchie 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

RIP December 8, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Darbyshire
Rotary RIP December 8, 2015 - where were you?
Guests:  Ken Chapman, Randy Myer, Mark Woitzik and Victor Leone
President Larry
-  thanked everyone that will be attending the Christmas Party that evening - it is at 6:30 Centennial Building Regal Room
-  For those that are helping with St Marks Hamper - please arrive at St. Marks chruch at 9am Tuesday December 15th.
-  Meeting Jan 16 discussing Strategies to strengthen membership - Joanne Ashely will be attending
-  Board meeting December 17th at 7pm
-  FTF meeting December 16 at 7pm

The Santa Claus parade took place on the past Saturday and the Rotary Santa Claus float was again a masterpiece with Santa and Mrs. Claus being the favored of the parade. President Larry thanked all of the members who helped with the float one way or another. Mr. and Mrs. Claus had such a great time. The experience was described as one which every member must enjoy at sometime in the future.
From the Membership Committee
Who’s missing, you’re missing! The Membership Committee has been checking our membership list twice and we’ve “found out” that there have been a lot of empty chairs on Tuesday mornings!  We miss you!  We want you, yes, YOU, to join us on Tuesday mornings for fun and fellowship. We want to invite you to next week’s meeting and we definitely want to see you for our Christmas Celebration on Tuesday December 22nd – you don’t want to miss it!  The Membership Committee has been working almost as hard as Santa’s elves to plan engaging meetings for January – but we need you, yes, YOU to make the meetings a success! See you soon and if we don’t, we’ll call you and don’t forget, we know where you live!
Your caring (and observant) Membership Committee 
Sgt @ Arms - Doug Freeman and Mike Finigan collected a bunch of dollars from fines and happy bucks. 
Happy Birthday to Elizabeth, Larry and John K.
Happy Anniversary to John and Hettie (46th!!).
The two "Johns" were not present to pay up. Elizabeth's birthday was missed because you know who did not update the list at the library.
A fine will be in order at the next meeting. That is of course assuming that the Sergeant-at-Arms reads the RIP. 
Draw for  50/50 - Pot lives! It is over $500 and you can't win it unless you are there!!
Guest Speaker - Mark Woitzik, Lawyer and local Business Entrepreneur
Former Rotarian Mark Woitzik was introduced and spoke about Brock Street Brewery and their big plans for the future.
The company purchased property at the north west corner of Brock and Dunlop. Victor Leone, a partner in the business, showed an architect's concept drawing for the building they would like to erect to include brewing operations, restaurant and banquet facilities. The have presented their plans to Town Council. There is still lots of studies and work to be done before building permits are issued. The best case scenario would be to have the construction completed by Christmas of 2016 but, more realistically, no later than by their 2nd anniversary of Spring of 2017.
Mark indicated that Brock Street Brewery has great plans in mind - looking to create Ontario's 2nd biggest Octoberfest right here in Whitby - will be called Brockoberfest - starting with a 4 day event and planning on extending to a two week event. Mark thanked Rotary for their support and wants to partner with Rotary on the new Brockoberfest.
RIP December 8, 2015 Elizabeth Darbyshire 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Presidential change at the Rotary Club of Whitby

Posted by Fred Wynistorf
President Elect Larry Giofu takes over from President Leigh Elliott
President Leigh Elliot and her husband Andrew Elliott have returned to their native UK. Both were devoted and hard working Rotarian who added a great deal of value, expertise, enthusiasm and, of course, British culture during their 4 years as members of the Rotary Club of Whitby. They intend to continue to assist from long distance with the upcoming Food Truck Frenzy event. The Club is very appreciative of their contribution and service above self. The members, families and friends of the Rotary Club of Whitby are wishing both Leigh and Andrew a future filled with happiness and health. We hope to see them again soon. 
President-Elect Larry Giofu has graciously agreed to enter his term as President 8 months early. The Club is looking forward to Larry' leadership until June 30, 2017.
Presidential change at the Rotary Club of Whitby Fred Wynistorf 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary RIP December 1st, 2015

Posted by Fred Wynistorf
Rotary RIP for December 1, 2015
Meeting was called to order at 7am and John Dale introduced our guest speaker, Alison McMurter-Hughes.  Alison practices law with McMurter and Associates in Whitby.  She attended Osgood Hall and recently moved to Whitby and started a family.  Alison spoke on the subject “Why do you need a will?”  She explained that a will allows you to choose an executor to handle your affairs, consider gifts you may wish to make under your will, choose residual beneficiaries and establish trusts for specific needs such as a disabled child or a minor.  She further explained how an estate would flow to various people in the absence of a will.  Thank you Alison for an informative presentation!
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Doug Freeman and Mike Finigan did their best to collect some funds- Gino is celebrating an anniversary but he was absent, they tried to fine Sean Lockhart for being late but apparently he “had permission”. They quickly turned to happy bucks – Betty was happy to visit her granddaughter at Dalhousie, Randy Myers was happy to be sponsoring a refugee family, Joanne Ashley was happy to attend book club last night despite failed attempts to connect with Leigh Elliott over the pond, and Joanne was happy that the red scarf Aids awareness project is now on display in downtown, Sheila was happy to celebrate her 20th anniversary in Punta Cana.
No winners from the card draw this week – the pot grows to over $500!
- Ray commented on the excellent Slice of Life event that took place last week with passionate people telling their stories.
- Santa Clause Parade is this weekend December 5th – volunteers needed for set up Friday afternoon and take down Saturday afternoon
- Tuesday December 8th is Club Christmas Party at the Centennial Building 6:30pm – if you have not yet paid please do so - Betty needs firm numbers
- There will still be a regular Rotary meeting in the morning of December 8th.
President Larry then called to order the Annual General Meeting and began with his Presidential Address.  Larry reviewed the strategic plan and commented on our excellent progress.  There are three avenues of service:
1.  Community – enhance the lives of children in our community – wonderful involvement with Joanne’s House, nutrition through serving and delivering meals, and mental health initiatives with Ontario      Shores.  And share Rotary values with youth – accomplished through “You’ve got something to say”.Quality of life for persons living with disabilities – accomplished through Rotary at Work.Quality of          life for persons living with Aids/HIV – accomplished through Slice of Life and Red Scarf project. Quality of life for seniors – accomplished through Day of Giving
2.  International – our club under the direction of Ray Richardson is leading our district with grant knowledge and action
3.  Club – goal to increase diverse membership – we admitted three new members last month, held events including the Mystery dinner, bowling, Brock Street brewery gathering and getting the
     Brooklin Satellite Club going President Larry reminded us that there is still lots to do and thanked the Club for supporting him through his 19 month term!!
Fred Wynistorf, Treasurer, presented some financial stats:  
Financial Highlights year 2014-2015 Rotary Club of Whitby
Reduced membership dues and meals structure for the year to cut the surplus from $6,355 (2014) to $599 (2015). The Board made further adjustments to the dues and meals structure for the 2015-2016 year to eliminate the subsidy factor created by non-attendance.
Total revenues were $166,245 and expenses were $215,769 for a gross deficit of $49,525. The bulk of the deficit is as result of the $50,000 donation to the Library of which $25,000 came from Edgeley Capital. The remainder of the deficit was financed from accumulated surpluses from prior years in our Community Service, Bingo and Edgeley Bank accounts.
Equity position dropped from $290,906 as of June 30, 2014 to $239,878 as of June 30, 2015 of which $175,680 is held in the Edgeley GIC account.
Total fundraising revenue dropped from $218,816 (2014) to $132,636 (2015).
 Higher Food Truck Frenzy revenues (2014 +54K), bulk interest payment on Edgeley GIC (2014+12K) and the lack of Valentine’s Day Dance income (2014-21K) represent the main causes for the drop.
Bingo and Golf Tournament net revenues held steady at approx. $20,000 each.
Financial Highlights year 2014-2015 Neil Murkar charitable Foundation
Donations for the year were $13,045 up from $11,489 in 2014.
Expenses/donations for the year were $15,201 compared to $13,153 in 2014. Donations to World Community Service projects were $7,125 while local donations were $7,000.
The deficit of $2,156 was financed from accumulated surplus in the Bank Account from prior years.
Equity position as of year -end was $2,073 (2015) compared to $4,229 (2014).
Next were nominations for the Board positions – need a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 and we had 11 nominations and all new board members were elected by acclamation. The new Board members are as follows:
Steve Cornell, Gino Diraddo, Shauna Moore, Grant Souter, Mary-Ann Souter, Fred Wynistorf, Hans Rempel, Joanne Ashley, Larry Giofu, Sean Lockhart and Genesis Inibhunu.
Rotary RIP December 1st, 2015 Fred Wynistorf 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Fred Wynistorf
THREE OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS PRESENT AT OUR MEETING: Whitby Station Gallery, Their Opportunity and Epilepsy Durham were 3 of our Community Partners who presented valuable and interesting information at our recent meeting and confirmed their close relationship with our Club.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS Fred Wynistorf 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Fred Wynistorf
No place is too hot to work on red scarves. Marj Rempel and Faye Wynistorf, Joanne Ashley's "little" helpers are working up a sweat knitting their red Aids Awareness scarves. How is yours coming along? 
WORKING UP A SWEAT KNITTING AIDS SCARVES Fred Wynistorf 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary RIP October 27, 2015 Danielle Harder 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0


RED SCARF PROJECT - By Joanne Ashley
December 1st is World AIDS Day at which time all of the red scarves are tied around poles within Oshawa and Whitby. Click below to read the full story.
SLICE OF LIFE EVENT – by Joanne Ashley
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 25th. At the Abilities Centre in Whitby. Click below to get further information
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Rotary RIP October 6, 2015

Posted by Danielle Harder on Oct 18, 2015
Rotary – Oct. 6, 2015
Sergeant-at-Arms – John Dale
Narendra and Larry were fined for chatting, as were Betty, Joanne and Leigh for discussing the red scarf while others were talking.
Espie fined herself for almost having an accident for being kind and trying to give Betty a parking spot before the meeting began.
Happy Bucks
Andrew paid a happy buck because he was “chuffed a bit” by the kind comments made when he and Leigh announced their decision to move back to the U.K.
Ray noted that Sunrise’s Rob Morton was on the throne while visiting Rotary Club of Whitby but thanked Steve Mills for putting the picture in Snapd nonetheless. He reminded everyone that Nov. 19 is Toilet Day but noted things were a bit backwards in that Handwashing Day is Oct. 15.
Joe offered a happy buck for the great time he had in Ireland digging into his roots. Mike put money in the bucket to celebrate being nominated for the Todd Skinner Young Entrepreneur Award.
Bill gave a “sad” buck because he heard a car salesman (Ray) called a lawyer (Rob Morton) “cheap”
John Dale supplied a happy buck for becoming a grandfather again.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Brian W said he would pay $5 if anyone could guess his age. Ray and Anne celebrated their 37th anniversary on Oct. 7 (35 have been good, according to Ray). Espie and Victor celebrated 19 years on Oct. 12 and Grant and Mary mark their 41st anniversary in October.
- 50/50 draw – Leigh, Narendra – no winners yet
Guest: Steve Mills - Snapd
Steve Mills joined us to talk about the impact of community publications. He noted there are 70 Snapd publications in the country, 25 in Toronto alone. He said local community publication has impact for a number of reasons, whether online, in social media or in print.
At the heart of it, he pointed out, is the story and that’s what a community publication is: it tells your story. In much the same way, Rotary tells a story.
Community publications “tell the story of those around you.”
Steve noted that marketing is telling your story and selling is influence. Your story superimposes over your brand. He said a lot of powerful business motivators don’t say work on your business, work on yourself.
The impact of a community publication is the mass audience that you can get all of the stories together. The value of community publications is they allow you to see everybody’s good stuff. They make people feel good and secure and you want to raise your business in that community, raise your family in that community because you know that community.
Rotary RIP October 6, 2015 Danielle Harder 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Minutes October 6, 2016

Posted on Oct 18, 2015
Rotary RIP – Oct. 6, 2015
Sergeant-at-Arms – John Dale
Narendra and Larry were fined for chatting, as were Betty, Joanne and Leigh for discussing the red scarf while others were talking.
Espie fined herself for almost having an accident for being kind and trying to give Betty a parking spot before the meeting began.
Happy Bucks
Andrew paid a happy buck because he was “chuffed a bit” by the kind comments made when he and Leigh announced their decision to move back to the U.K.
Ray noted that Sunrise’s Rob Morton was on the throne while visiting Rotary Club of Whitby but thanked Steve Mills for putting the picture in Snapd nonetheless. He reminded everyone that Nov. 19 is Toilet Day but noted things were a bit backwards in that Handwashing Day is Oct. 15.
Joe offered a happy buck for the great time he had in Ireland digging into his roots. Mike put money in the bucket to celebrate being nominated for the Todd Skinner Young Entrepreneur Award.
Bill gave a “sad” buck because he heard a car salesman (Ray) called a lawyer (Rob Morton) “cheap”
John Dale supplied a happy buck for becoming a grandfather again.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Brian W said he would pay $5 if anyone could guess his age. Ray and Anne celebrated their 37th anniversary on Oct. 7 (35 have been good, according to Ray). Espie and Victor celebrated 19 years on Oct. 12 and Grant and Mary mark their 41st anniversary in October.
- 50/50 draw – Leigh, Narendra – no winners yet
Guest: Steve Mills - Snapd
Steve Mills joined us to talk about the impact of community publications. He noted there are 70 Snapd publications in the country, 25 in Toronto alone. He said local community publication has impact for a number of reasons, whether online, in social media or in print.
At the heart of it, he pointed out, is the story and that’s what a community publication is: it tells your story. In much the same way, Rotary tells a story.
Community publications “tell the story of those around you.”
Steve noted that marketing is telling your story and selling is influence. Your story superimposes over your brand. He said a lot of powerful business motivators don’t say work on your business, work on yourself.
The impact of a community publication is the mass audience that you can get all of the stories together. The value of community publications is they allow you to see everybody’s good stuff. They make people feel good and secure and you want to raise your business in that community, raise your family in that community because you know that community.
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Community Care Durham recognizes The Rotary Club of Whitby

Community Service Award presented to
The Rotary Club of Whitby by Community Care Durham
Community Service Recognition Award: This annual award is to recognize an exemplary not-for-profit organization that has provided to CCD either a financial contribution, and/or a donation of time by its members, or has otherwise distinguished itself in support of CCD service to clients.  The Rotary Club of Whitby is the recipient of this award in 2015 in recognition of their outstanding contribution of many years of support to our Whitby clients.The Club supports the meals on wheels program, organizes the spring and fall days of giving taking care of spring and fall clean up and provided financial support to put new tires on the transportation vehicle. Below, President Leigh accepts the award on behalf of the Club.
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Rotarians in Action at newly acquired Joanne's House Residence Fred Wynistorf 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Wheels in Action at Heart and Stroke Bike Ride

Posted by Fred Wynistorf

Your Rotary Wheels Team raises over $1,200 for Heart and Stroke!

Despite miserable weather conditions on May 31st, Rotary Wheels Members, Team Captain John Patte, Leigh Elliott, Andrew Elliott and Fred Wynistorf, biked 50 km up the Don Valley Parkway and back down. Cold temperatures,steady rain and north easterly winds gusting up to 40 km/h made the ride a great deal more challenging particularly going up the DVP. This was the third year the Rotary Wheels participated in this event. More participants are always welcome. The ride was sold out and, despite the bad weather, none of the 14,000 participants were discouraged to head out and get soaked. 
Rotary Wheels in Action at Heart and Stroke Bike Ride Fred Wynistorf 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Whitby and Whitby-Sunrise Rotarians in action Fred Wynistorf 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Bidii Children's Charity Run for Africa Fred Wynistorf 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

You Got Something to Say?

Posted by Geno Diraddo on Oct 01, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Whitby's 2015 Speech Contest is underway with $6,000 in scholarship money up for grabs.
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Bidii Children's Charity

Posted by Geno Diraddo on Mar 04, 2014
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Sledge Hockey 2014

Posted by Geno Diraddo on Mar 04, 2014

Every year Whitby Rotary Clubs get together with the Durham Steel Hawks Sledge Hockey team at Iroquois Park for a little fun & friendly competition, followed by well earned refreshments at The Royal Oak South. Thanks to the Steel Hawks for going easy on us...



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Rotary Club of Whitby's 2nd annual Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy

Posted by Fred Wynistorf

The Rotary Club of Whitby's 2nd annual Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy will be held in the parking lot of the Iroqouis Park Arena on Mother's day weekend. 

This year's event promises to pick up where the last one left off with the addition of 11 more food trucks, a site twice the size of the last location as well as an expanded list of children's activities. For further details please click on the link located under "Club/Partner Links" on home page.

Rotary Club of Whitby's 2nd annual Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy Fred Wynistorf 0


Posted by Fred Wynistorf

The Rotary Club of Whitby maintains a fully registered charity under registration number 889597167RR0001. The name of the charity was dedicated to the late Dr. Neil Murkar who was an Optometrist in Whitby and a long time dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Whitby.

The purpose of the charity, officers/board of directors and financial information is available through Canada Revenue Agency's website at

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Dance and Dine... Your Valentine

Posted by Geno Diraddo


              Dance and Dine...

                                     Your Valentine!!



Mike Cooper and the Wiseguys, from 98.1 CHFI FM

with Coop’s Classics…

Dance to the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Classic Hits!!

Friday February 14, 2014,

8:00 to 12:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00

Ajax Convention Centre

550 Beck Crescent, Ajax, On L1Z 1C9

Tickets $75.00/person,

Corporate Tables Available

Late Night Buffet!!


Presented by…

     The Rotary Club of Whitby,

For tickets & payment information Please click below

Dance and Dine Your Valentine      


Supporting Rotary at Work

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Rotary LaffCity Comedy Night

Posted by Geno Diraddo


 Whitby Rotary is holding the 4th annual FUN D RAISER and Comedy night.  The event is at Whitby's Heydenshore Pavillion by the Lake. As an added twist, we are holding a KENORA DINNER JACKET themed event, complete with the latest in lumberjack clothing and Duct tape accessories. Prize and bragging rights for the best dressed. Check the poster for details. Mark the date! Saturday, April 06, 7:00 PM. FUN, FOOD, LAFFS.



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Slice of Life event a huge success

Posted by Geno Diraddo

Many people in our community are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Our club was pleased to share their stories at the first ever Slice of Life event held during World AIDS Week. 

This one-of-a-kind event was a first for the club and it was a resounding success! Participants enjoyed a 'slice' of food while making their way around the room to hear the stories of those involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


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Bed Race Bonanza

Posted by Geno Diraddo
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Bed Race Bonanza

Posted by Geno Diraddo
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