Speaker Date Topic
Don Lovisa Sep 30, 2020
Durham College.

Among other milestones since Don’s last presentation, Durham College has established a number of new centres and are revitalizing the Whitby campus, having added some unique components to the Centre for Food and started on a new building to expand our skills training centre.

Sarah Klein Oct 07, 2020
Director of Economic Development for the Town of Whitby.

Sarah is the Director of Economic Development for the Town and will be able to provide us details as to the Town’s current and future economic development.

Richard D. Mewhinney Oct 14, 2020
Uganda Project

Richard was born in Toronto and grew up in Scarborough where he attended Public and Secondary school as well as University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.  Richard graduated in 1981 with a major in economics and a minor in computer science.  Richard married Elizabeth in 1985 and now lives in Newmarket.  Richard and Elizabeth have also hosted 7 international exchange students for a year at a time.

Richard is currently self employed as a licensed Mortgage Broker with Homeguard Funding Ltd. and primarily specializes in residential and small commercial financing.


Richard has always been passionate about community involvement serving as a member of the Scarborough campus Alumni association, worked on multiple political campaigns at all levels of government and taught the Boating Course for the Canadian Power Squadron in Newmarket.  Richard also served as the Ontario Regional President for AFS Intercultural programs facilitating International student exchange throughout Ontario. 

Richard has since served on many municipal committees and the community liaison committee for York Regional Police in District 1.  In 2004 Richard was asked to join the inaugural board of directors for INN from the Cold an emergency homeless shelter in Newmarket.  Through the support of the Rotary Club of Newmarket for Inn from the Cold Richard learned about Rotary and joined Rotary in 2007.  

Richard became President of the Newmarket club in 2009 and was an Assistant Governor for District 7070 from 2011 – 2014 and is currently the District 7070 Water and Sanitation chair 2015-present previously the District 7070 Literacy Chair for 2014-2015.  Richard has been asked to join the District 7070 Leadership team in 2020-2022 in the role as Action and Partnership Committees Coordinator to oversee and assist all Rotary Area of Focus Committees.  Richard has also participated with RADAR (Rotary’s AIDS action group).

In 2009 Richard made his first trip to Uganda and has returned to Uganda 24 times, most recently December 2019. This was Richard’s twenty fourth time to Uganda to continue implementing a unique rain-water collection system at Ongutoi Health Centre for drip irrigation in an orange orchard where the revenue generated will provide long term free health care for this community and region.   

Awards & Recognitions:

2005 – Town of Newmarket 125th Anniversary - Community Volunteer Ambassador Recognition

2009 – Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Service Award

2011 – Rotary District 7070 – Council of Past District Governors Award


Mayor Don Mitchell Oct 28, 2020
Mayor Stuff


Vidal Chavannes, Ed.D Nov 04, 2020
Is Rotary Woke? A role for Rotary in the context of anti-Black racism

Vidal Chavannes, Ed.D., M.A.Ed., B.A., B.Ed., has advanced skills in education, training and development, community relationship building, Board/employee relations and strategic planning. He has worked with a variety of public, private and non-governmental institutions and organizations.

Scott Maxwell Nov 11, 2020
Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider utilizing clinical best practices and evidence-based care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Derek Grieve and David Barber Nov 25, 2020
Community Living Oshawa

CLOC is a charitable organization offering opportunities for personal growth, community inclusion and empowerment to people with developmental disabilities, and their families.

Mary Lou Harrison Dec 02, 2020
"Oh, the Places You'll Go - Adventures in Rotary."
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, Mary Lou's presentation covers the places, people, and things of Rotary from a personal perspective.
It's a timely topic that gets people looking forward to getting out once the pandemic is over. Here's a recent (lightly edited) "thank you" note from a club President:
Hi, Mary Lou- I know we thanked you formally at the meeting on Sept 17, but I really wanted to extend my own, personal note of thanks.
Your talk was animated and provided an incredible overview of all that Rotary offers to members, our communities and beyond.
Your talk was an excellent introduction for our new Rotarians and a great review for the rest of us.
The knowledge and energy that you brought to the virtual meeting made us all feel as though we really were in the same room... meeting the same people...going the same places...
Thanks again, @Jean Kammermayer, President @Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor
Annual General Meeting Dec 09, 2020
Annual General Meeting.
Business Meeting/Santa Gift Exchange Dec 23, 2020
Business Meeting/Santa Gift Exchange
Business Meeting Jan 20, 2021
Business Meeting
Business Meeting Feb 17, 2021
Business Meeting
Business Meeting Mar 17, 2021
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