Oct 17, 2014
Erin O'Toole
Parliament, Durham Region and Clarington




Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
Imagine a community where the residents are all free to plant, grow, harvest, and eat healthy food whenever they want without having to pay for it. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what residents of more than 20 cities and towns in France are doing through a project called Potalib. Launched by the Rotaract Club of Versailles, Potalib was inspired by the Incredible Edible project, an international food-sharing movement founded by Nick Green in England. The Rotaract members obtained Green's permission to apply the concept in France, changing the name to "Potalib," a contraction of "...
Anti-vaccine movement may have global repercussions
Supporters of the anti-vaccine movement question the safety, efficacy and necessity of the very medicines that have so greatly reduced our children's risk of catching a host of once-common but potentially very serious infectious diseases, such as mumps, measles and whooping cough. And then there's polio, the disabling, sometimes fatal virus that was every American parent's worst nightmare until effective vaccines were developed in the 1950s — and which still infects children in the developing world. Some who oppose vaccines are well-meaning parents who have come to believe — wrongly in the...
Rotary’s Response to Ebola Outbreak
Rotary continues to follow the developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and advice of the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our partners in international public health. Strengthening the health infrastructure and supporting and sustaining the deployment of government health workers throughout these outbreak areas are greatly needed. Although Rotary has limited opportunities to respond at a corporate level, our strength as an organization is firmly rooted in the grassroots response of Rotary clubs and Rotarians. Clubs around the...
Since Boys' Week, Rotary has been empowering young leaders
The history of Rotary's work with youth dates back to the 1920s, when many clubs took part in an international event known as Boys' Week. The first Boys' Week was held in New York City in May 1920 by the Rotary Club of New York and other local organizations. The event was part of an effort to promote youth development in the areas of education, citizenship, health and hygiene, and vocation. New York club members reported on the success of Boys' Week at the 1920 Rotary convention, hoping that it would become part of the Boys' Work program, which Rotary had established several years earlier...
Giving voice to children who might otherwise live in a silent world
Misheelt Batjargal and her fellow club members are giving a voice to infants and toddlers in Mongolia who would otherwise live in a silent world. As part of a large-scale community project, the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar Peace Avenue, Mongolia, is equipping hospitals with screening devices to test newborns’ hearing. Batjargal, an ear, nose, and throat physician, says screening to detect hearing loss is not routine nationwide in Mongolia. She estimates that more than 200 hundred children in the country lose their hearing each year. But Batjargal believes this is preventable. Early screenings...

The Rotary Club of Courtice

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We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence
1460 King St E Hwy #2,
Courtice, ON  L1E 3C4
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It was wonderful to learn about Johan Chur Rasmussen this morning from Odense Denmark.  He lives with his mother, father and 19 year old sister.  Johan loves to fish and is an avid soccer player.  
Interesting facts about Denmark...
Among the independent nations recognized by the UN, the Danish flag is generally considered as the oldest continuously used national flag in the world. Regions, counts, kings and the like have had flags or banners older than Dannebrog, but no sovereign nation has used the same flag as long as Denmark.
Hans Christian Anderson was born in Odense, Denamrk, on April 2, 1805.  Anderson achieved worldwide fame for writing innovative and influential fairy tales.  Many of his fairy tales including, "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Mermaid" and "The Princess and the Pea" remain classics of the genre.  
The Lego Group Began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund Denmark in 1916.  Originally produced as wooden toys Lego began creating plastic interlocking blocks in 1947 following World War II, when they purchased  a plastic injection molding machine.  
Johan has already been to Lake Ontario which he reports is bigger than the country of Denmark.  We look forward to continuing to learn about Johan and Denmark while he learns about Clarington and Canada.  Following Johan's presentation this morning President Marie and Johan exchanged club flags.

After a mechanical problem caused an overnight delay, we are thrilled to have Johan Chur here in Courtice.  We have an exciting year lined up for you Johan and we want to welcome you to the Courtice Rotary Family.
Wjile here in Canada Johan will attend school at Courtice Secondary School and be a member of the Interact Club of Clarington.  Congratulations your adventure starts now.
Today we head off to Pearson International Airport in Toronto Ontario to meet our Rotary Youth Exchange student Johan Chur from Denmark.  We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Johan.  Shown is a picture of Johan leaving Denmark early today.  Follow us as we update later today with pictures from his arrival in Canada this afternoon!


I want to thank the members of the Rotary Club of Courtice for the wonderful President’s Appreciation Night they hosted in my honour this evening.  It was a humbling experience and I found myself somewhat speechless, which for those who know me, know that is a rare occurrence.  I have had a wonderful year as your President and our accomplishments have been many.  Those accomplishments are not to my credit though, as a small group you all gathered behind me and we did it together.  We set lofty goals and smashed the heck out of every one of them.

Together we grew our membership, supported foundation and polio eradication, we engaged our youth through various Rotary programs, Interact and EarlyAct, formed many community partnerships and we HAD FUN doing it!  I am grateful for all the friends I have in Rotary and your dedication makes me aspire to be a better person.

I will sign off by noting to all who know me and know I never grew up that I still measure life in sleeps. Lou in 5 sleeps they are all yours and you are lucky because they are a fantastic group!  Thank you all for a wonderful experience and lifelong memories.

Yours In Rotary,




Councillor Novak came to speak about Clarington planning with an impact on Courtice.  Some facts:

Planning Policy evolves over time in response to changing economic, social and environmental factors. It involves the preparation of long term land use plans for the Municipality which guide the management of land and resources. The key document for governing future growth is the Clarington Official Plan. The Plan is based on 3 principals - sustainable development; managed growth; and, a healthy community - and is implemented (in part) through the regulations detailed in the Municipality's Zoning By-Law.

Development Approval involves processing applications for land use development and/or change. Applications include proposed Official Plan amendments, plans of subdivision and plans of condominium, rezoning’s, site plan applications, minor variances, consents, sign permits and registration of in-house apartments.  

Preconsultation it helps you…it helps us.   As a result of Bill 51, changes to the Planning Act came into effect in October 2006 making Preconsultation mandatory. An effective Preconsultation can advance your project through the necessary approvals process quicker.

Community Development Initiatives are activities in which staff work with community volunteers to improve our quality of life. Planning Services consult with local committees assisting them in committee development, funding proposals and administrative support.

Research and Special Studies involves social, economic, demographic and land use issues which are undertaken to assist Council in its decision making.  

Fiscal Capacity = Planning Policy = Taxes = Infrastructure

Priorities are the environment, job creation and preserving the small town rural character.


Martha Rutherford-Conrad from the Clarington Museum and Archives, enlightened and informed us with a great presentation...

Exhibits at Clarington Museums and Archives, include permanent exhibits such as Pioneer Heritage, Edwardian Lifestyl
es in addition to traveling exhibitions from museums across Canada.
The archives contain items that document the history of the Municipality of Clarington. From family trees to old photos and land deeds. 
Darlington was known as the “unbroken forest” when it was landed on by Roger Conant and his family. The Conant’s who were known as continuous settlers because they came and they stayed, built log shanties that they lived in for the first winter here. The Conant, Burke and Trull families settled and were known as United British Loyalists’.
The Durham Boat is a book of lithographs which tells the story of them settling. The boats they came over on were known as Durham Boats, hence the title.
These first settlers exemplified strength of character which Courtice is still known for.
The Bowmanville Museum was built as a one story Regency style cottage in 1847. Additions to the home in 1861 and 1880 have changed it to its present-day appearance as a two story Italianate styled house. The Museum has been restored as a period home (1901-1930) reflecting the lifestyle of a wealthy merchant family. The nine rooms with late Victorian furnishings include a parlour, dining room, conservatory, master bedroom and a girl and boy bedroom.
The Clarke Museum, located on the former land of Nathanial Powers, the first settler in Kirby, has the distinction of being the first designated heritage building in the community. A turn of the century Blacksmith Shop, outdoor displays of agricultural equipment, the Volunteer Building with displays of agricultural tools used by our ancestors and the one room schoolhouse all depict early pioneer life in Clarke Township.
The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Center is Clarington’s newest museum. Located in the former Bowmanville Library it houses exhibits devoted to the Dominion Organ and Piano Company and the museum’s large doll and toy collection. The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Center provides research facilities for our archival collection. Clarington Museums and Archives collect documents and artifacts that preserve the heritage of Clarington. Our research facility includes a private room in which to conduct research.
Check them out at http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/


Ten years ago today Mayor Foster was sitting at a Rotary meeting listening to the local councillor and if you had have asked him if he thought he would be here today he would have laughed. 

His mother was a political junky and made him spend summers campaigning for hours every day all day.  This made him dislike all that was political then but this is now…and here he is.

He gets asked all the time if he is enjoying being Mayor and he will answer every time that it is a fascinating job.  Each day is a new adventure and he never knows what the day will bring.

He could never have imagined that he would be dealing with issues surrounding, Kingston the Pot Belly Pig, the Leash Free Dog Park, Valley’s 2000 Fish Ladder, Blowing up a House for a music Video or Port Grandy Allocations, but he has and the rewards and challenges  make the job as Mayor exciting.

Mayor Foster has also had to walk a mile or two In Her Shoes, Swim in Newcastle in January and was able to meet Kevin Costner at the Boots and Hearts Festival.

Mayor Foster ended by reminding us that it is not the big events in life that shape us it is all the little day to day events that we have to manage unexpectedly that prepare us for the big ones and keep things exiting. 



Leonard Dohn the 16 year old Rotary Youth Exchange student hosted by the Bowmanville Rotary Club came to talk to us about his family, his country and himself.  Although Leonard has been sponsored by the Bowmanville Rotary club, the Visser family (Courtice Rotary and the Interact Club of Clarington) will be hosting Leonard from April-August 2013.


Leonard hails from Plauen Germany which is near Saxony whose capital is Dresden.  Plauen is 1/3 the size of Ontario, 357 square KM’s with a population of 83,000,000.  They run a Federal structure with 16 states.

His hometown of Plauen is the capital of Vogtland and they adopted municipal law in 1224, with 65,000 inhabitants and it was very heavily destroyed in WW2.  They are known for their lace called Plauener Spitze.  Leonard showed us some samples of the lace which was beautiful.


Leonard’s family consists of his father Uwe Bauer, a pharmacist who owns his own Pharmacy and an engaged Rotarian who is also a Paul Harris Fellow, his mother Kathrin Dohn, a pharmacist assistant who works whit his dad, his brother Julian, who Leonard describes as his best friend and playmate and the family cat Shaja (pronounced Shy-ya and meaning the Scared).  When Shaja was a kitten she would hide under the stairs and jump out at them trying to scare them so her name has meaning to him.

There are 2 Rotary clubs in Leonard’s community, the Rotary Club of Plauen was founded in 1979, has 45 members and participates in many local community projects in Plauen mostly. 

The newest club, the Rotary Club of Vogtland was founded in 2000, has 29 members and primarily participates in worldwide projects with a particular focus on Lebanon and Nepal.  They are also Leonard’s home club who sponsored him to come to Canada which was by the way his first choice. 

Leonard also talked about his school Friedensschule Plauen, which has about 300 students who attend there each year.  He described it to be as big as Clarington Central Secondary School in Bowmanville, where Leonard will be attending while here on exchange which has an enrollment of 1400 students.  He is very excited about all the students there and attending school here.

Leonard loves biking, discovering new things, hanging out with friends, splash diving, and both 5m and 10m Platform diving.  He especially enjoys family things like walking, skiing, snowboarding and entertaining.  He often attends Rotary meetings with his father in the evening at home.

He is thrilled to be here and was excited to tell us about his family and home and we are thrilled to have you here with us for a year Leonard.  Welcome to Canada and Clarington!


The Rotary Club of Courtice is proud to announce that their 2012 nominee, Interact Club of Clarington member Jamie MacDonald, was one of 18 young ladies who received the "LEADING GIRLS BUILDING COMMUNITIES AWARD" this evening. The award wa
s presented to Jamie by MPP John O'Toole from The Honourable Laurel Broten and the Government of Ontario.
Immediate Past President Leon Lynch recognizes Charter Club member Lou Davidson with Paul Harris Fellow.

Jessica Dawn Moore, Event Coordinator for the Global Idealists Organization

The global Idealists group is an Oshawa based organization that Jessica has become very involved in.   Jessica is a member of the board of directors.  Their mission statement and their core values are included below.

MISSION: As a growing movement throughout North America, Global Idealists will stand with those in poverty-stricken regions using creativity and consistent initiatives to ensure sustainable development through the power of education. Empowered with an idealistic mindset, our international family aims to alleviate illiteracy and provide opportunities

OUR CORE VALUES: These are the values that our organization lives by. Whether we are working with projects on the ground, making decisions with our board or simply in the streets with friends and family, our values have become a part of each and every member’s lifestyle. Global Idealists strives to be the best we can possibly be at what we do, and that's simply providing education. These values constantly remind us how we can be most efficient at doing just that.

Alexis Wilcox, Interact Club of Clarington 2012/13 President

Spenser Visser the Immediate Past President of the Interact Club of Clarington joined us this morning to tell us about his year as President.


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