Judy Hanson
Feb 28, 2020 7:00 AM
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Newcastle Student Bailey Elliott will spend her exchange year in Germany

Bailey Elliott was selected as our 2015/2016 youth exchange student.  Bailey is a grade 11
student at Clarke High School in Newcastle. She will be living in Germany until July 2016.   
The Youth Exchange program provides opportunities for students to share their own culture
and embrace a new one. Exchange fosters global peace, one student at a time while students
gain greater understanding of who they are and their own country in the process.  Building
world knowledge, tolerance and gratitude is what happens through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
To read about Bailey's exchange in Germany you can view her reports! August, September, October, November, January, February
The Rotary Club of Courtice


Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Friday 7-8:30 AM
White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence
1460 King St E Hwy #2,
Suite K
Courtice, ON  L1E 3C4
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Due to our busy week in the community we have cancelled our Thursday February 22 2018 evening meeting. We are back for our morning meeting on Friday March 02 2018 with guest speaker Mike Hurley of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign. Our meetings are open and we would love to have you join us?
We want to thank Jennifer Leclerc, the Director of Education for The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for joining us early this morning.  Jennifer provided us with an up to date look at what is happening in Clarington and throughout KPR.  Jennifer is new to the position of Director but has been part of the KPR Senior Administration team for about 5 years.  She lives in Durham Region and is very familiar with our area and its challenges.  
Director Leclerc will continue to focus on student well-being and achievement, rooted in the belief that all students can succeed. She is proud to be a part of a board where students are provided with a variety of innovative learning opportunities and are encouraged to find and pursue what inspires them.  
Thank you for taking the time to come speak with us this morning and welcoming our questions.

Very grateful to start off the new year by having our own Erin O'Toole visit us bright and early to update the members on what he has been up to in his role of MP.

Happy New Year to all our fellow Rotarians, friends, family and community partners. 2017 was a terrific year, giving us the opportunity to meet community members, support fellow Rotarians and enjoy the opportunities we have to assist in our community. Thank you for giving us the ability to do so.
Our regular Thursday evening meeting for this week (December 14 2017) has been cancelled!
Thank you to our community partners and all who attended "Christmas in Wales" with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir.  We enjoyed a fantastic performance delivered to a full house.
A wonderful morning was spent at the Terry Fox Run in Bowmanville. The Rotary Club of Courtice proudly supported the Interact Club of Clarington at water station #2. We happily celebrated the birthday of our very own Elspeth, serenaded her with the birthday song and embarrassed her with balloons.
As another season of Rotary Baseball wraps up, Rotarians, friends and family had the
opportunity to watch baseball two Saturdays and two Sundays this season. We cheered on ourbeloved Blue Jays (or their opponents) in afternoons filled with fun, sunshine, laughter, fanappreciation events, loud and raucous bus rides to the stadium and a clear and unanimousdecision that these were wonderful afternoons spent with both old and new friends.
Thanking 2016/17 Interact Club of Clarington President Taylor Anthony for her service.  Well done Taylor!
Interact Club of Clarington Immediate Past President Taylor Anthony hands over to 2017/18 President Austin Bonke.  
2017/18 Interact Club of Clarington President Austin Bonke.  Congratulations Austin!
2016/17 Immediate Past President Marie Visser thanks President Steven Cooke for his service to the club.  Well done Steven and thank you for your commitment!
2016/17 Rotary Club of Courtice President Steven Cooke administers the Oath of Office to 2017/18 President Shannon Lavigne.
The official passing of the gavel and Presidential pinning!
2016/17 Immediate Past President Marie Visser hands over the role of Immediate Past President to 2017/18 Immediate Past President Steven Cooke.
In order to grow our membership and serve current members needs, effective January 1st 2017 we have a new meeting schedule.  
We will continue to meet at White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence but on Fridays from 7-8:30 AM but only on the FIRST and SECOND WEEK of the MONTH.
Effective January 19 2017 we will meet from 7-8:30 PM on the THIRD and FOURTH Thursday of the MONTH
We are excited to offer this Holiday Concert!  Purchase tickets online through our events and promotions tab with a credit card or contact us at Courtice Rotary.  Tickets are advance sales with limited quantities available.  Don't miss out get yours today!
Congratulations to the winners of our Youth & Community Leaders Raffle
1st Prize Ron Hopper
2nd Prize Pam Treen
3rd Prize Jim Treen
Congratulations to Shannon Lavigne winner of the 50/50 Draw
Thank you to all who purchased tickets in support of Wounded Warriors Canada our $7500 donation recipient. 
Thank you to all who came out to the first Medieval Times Foundation Fundraiser, great food, friends and festivities made for an excellent evening.

All together at Medieval Times having fun and fellowship that's the Rotary way!

Posted by Rotary Club of Courtice, District 7070 on Friday, February 5, 2016

Almost finished setting up for the Whitecliffe Terrace Christmas Bazaar. Come on out and visit the Rotary Club of Courtice and get some delicious homemade baked goods!

Posted by Rotary Club of Courtice, District 7070 on Saturday, December 12, 2015
The Rotary Club of Courtice will be hosting a Cafe Bar in front of the Enniskillen General Store during the 16th Annual Christmas Farmer's Tractor Parade.  Rotary will be selling Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Hot Apple Cider with all proceeds going to Courtice Rotary to help with community Projects.

This week is the last long weekend of the summer so we are holding our meeting on Thursday Sept 3 at Kings Key Pub and Eatery in Bowmanville from 

6:30-8:00 PM.  We hope to see you there we have allot to talk about! 

We are thrilled to welcome Alexandre Tokoly our District 7070 Youth Exchange inbound student to the Canada and the Rotary Club of Courtice.  Alexandre comes to us from Belguim and will be attending Courtice Secondary School in Grade 11 and Grade 12 classes.  We look forward to getting to know you Alexandre and we are priveleged to be part of your experience. 

So proud of President Elect Thomas TJ Sheehan, Interact Club of Clarington Past President Connor Visser and Rotary Club...

Posted by Rotary Club of Courtice, District 7070 on Saturday, August 15, 2015
Our Rotarians are taking a summer holiday! Our meeting Friday August 7 2015 is canceled.
We will return Friday August 14 2015 with our new member classifications.
We had so much fun the first time we decided to do it again...$50 ticket includes 100 Level seat and bus transportation. The bus picks up in Bowmanville, Courtice and Whitby.  We are going to have contests, games and prizes on the bus...tons of fun! 
Before I Die
What matters most to you
Interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved and falling into depression, Chang created this experiment on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with her neighbors. The project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 1000 Before I Die walls have now been created in over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa. The walls are an honest mess of the longing, pain, joy, insecurity, gratitude, fear, and wonder you find in every community, and they reimagine public spaces that nurture honesty, vulnerability, trust and understanding.

Please come out and support us as we raise money for Their Opportunity, a local charity that provides low-income families with the means to enroll their children in local sports programs.

Car Wash is by donation and while we wash it you can purchase a BBQ lunch.

If you are interested in volunteering email courtice_rotary_events@rogers.com, hours will be provided for students.

Can't wait to see you Saturday July 25th from 11 AM-2 PM

Charity Car Wash & BBQ
Saturday, July 25 at 11:00am
Courtice Funeral Chapel
Follow the signs!

#CourticeRotary selfie at the Lunch Buddies program BBQ at #clarington Central School

Posted by Rotary Club of Courtice, District 7070 on Friday, June 12, 2015

#CourticeRotary was proud to present a cheque to Ashley of Lakeridge Health Foundation Durham Region to support the new pharmacy in the Oshawa Hospital.

Posted by Rotary Club of Courtice, District 7070 on Friday, June 12, 2015
Don't miss out...$50 ticket includes 100 Level seat and bus transportation. We are going to have contests, games and prizes on the bus...tons of fun!
Please plan to join us tickets are going fast!  As an added bonus we will be hosting the Rotary Flame.
The Rotary Club of Bowmanville   are holding their annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser at Watson's Farm Market now until December 23rd.  Located at 2287 Highway 2 in Bowmanville they are open Monday to Friday 12-8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm.  They offer a wide variety of freshly cut trees to choose from including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, White Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Blue Spruce, and Scotch Pine.  
All proceeds from this fundraiser go toward local and international Rotary projects, community groups, organizations, student bursaries, and their Summer Respite Program for Children with Special Needs.  Let's help this great club continue their great work in our community!
Congratulations to Courtice Home Healthcare on their 5 year anniversary. Thank you for your community partnership with The Rotary Club of Courtice! We will be there on Wednesday November 26 at 12:30 PM for cake.

Artist Martha Weber and photographer Andris Piebalgs combine abstract-surrealist art and photography to explore the intersection of spiritual experience with rational inquiry that forms the meaning, myth and metaphor of our modern existence.
The Cross Roads Art Gallery opened its doors on July 4, 2014 in beautiful downtown Cannington, Ontario at 23 Laidlaw Street North.   The opening exhibit includes some works from Emerging Moment, our recent show at the Twist Gallery in Toronto which explored the subconscious mind. 
Along with wall hung paintings and photographic prints the exhibit uses multimedia technology to enhance your experience in a new, unique way. 
Now our new project celebrating The Nature of Durham Region is underway.   We are exploring the beauty and special places of the Region through the use of very high resolution fine art photography. 
However, we want this to be far more than just our vision.  So we invite you to participate in this Project by telling us about a favourite public place in the Region that you find particularly meaningful. 

What a fantastic event today, 3 sittings all SOLD OUT!  We wish to send a big THANK YOU to Bob and Marlane owners of the Fisherman Fish and Chips in Courtice for hosting this event!  Their generosity and community presence is enormous...and as expressed by all our guests...their FOOD is FABULOUS.

Building For The Future

We are on a mission to become Ontario's safest hospital delivering high quality health care while driving down wait times.  We've been making a lot of improvements recently - reducing our infection rates, improving our hand-washing rates, and bringing down ER wait times - but there is more to do.

We know that as the population of Durham Region grows and changes, the health care needs of families here will change too.  As the leading community hospital in Durham Region, we need to make sure we're ready so that we can keep providing the safe, high quality health care you deserve.

Changing Population

Durham Region is growing with new families choosing to move to the area, and our population is also aging as baby boomers hit retirement and choose to make Durham Region their home.  Over the next ten years, the population of Durham Region is expected to grow by about 120,000 people, or just under 20%.  At the same time, the seniors' population - those aged 65 and over - is expected to grow by over 60%.

We know that seniors need access to more health care, and that all of our families need access to urgent care, an ER, medical specialists and surgeries.

Our Plan

Our plan will make sure we have enough room for a growing and aging population with the right laboratory and pharmacy space to support the hospital, as well as teaching and research facilities.  The plan includes:

  • A new ER in Bowmanville that will be built to serve a rapidly growing population;
  • New state-of-the-art operating rooms in Bowmanville and Oshawa;
  • New senior-friendly patient rooms that are built to help infection control; and
  • New space for our tests and scans, laboratory and pharmacy that supports new technology to improve safety, patient privacy and help infection control.

The plan also includes a brand new specialty hospital to replace our existing Whitby site that will focus on long-term rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and teaching and research facilities focused on geriatric care.

This new specialty hospital would be the heart of a health care complex for residents of north Whitby and Oshawa that would also include an Urgent Care Centre and laboratory for x-rays and other tests and scans.


29 years old Allison Edwards was born and raised in Courtice Ontario. She went to school at Courtice North Public School, Courtice Secondary High School and graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College with a diploma in Social Service Work.
After graduating College at the age of 19 she wanted to gain some life experience through many jobs in the Social Service field which included working at Community Living and as a Caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington for 6 years. 

Going to Africa was always a dream of hers and little did she know that upon fulfilling that dream she would be realizing her life focus.  After her Trip to Uganda in Jan of 2011 it was clear to jer that there was a need to support the street children who were being overlooked by Uganda as a whole. 
Upon her return she immediately started planning her return trip which would be to serve the Ugandan street children!  Allison is now the Director and Founder of Jinja Connection, which has been up and running for almost 3 years.  Jinja Connection has been able to resettle over 100 children back with their families.
Allison is also a foster Mom to a 14 yr old Ugandan boy.  He has been living with her for over a year and is doing great and making strides to potentially being resettled back with his family.

The future plan for Jinja Connection is to serve more children and send them to school.  One of their main focuses this year was home tracing and resettlement. This means making the trek to wherever the child has come from, finding their families, counseling them on whatever the reasons were the child left, enrolling the child in school and then staying in touch weekly with both family and child to make sure everything is going smoothly. 
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.

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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