Posted on Feb 14, 2019
Today the folks at LIMCAN CERTIFIED were installing the Lennox Furnace at the home of the Live Auction Winner from the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise's Savour the Flavour fundraising event. Here is Charles Bridle, Club President and Sarkis Harmandayan, Club Member with Steve Storey, General Manager of LIMCAN CERTIFIED.  This is the 4th year that LIMCAN CERTIFIED has sponsored the Savour the Flavour Event.  
Limcan Certified installs donation of Lennox Furnace in support of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise. 2019-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2019
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise is a diverse and dynamic, fast-paced club located in Whitby, Ontario Canada. Dedicated Whitby Sunrise Rotarians meet weekly on Wednesday mornings for fellowship, and to learn and practice the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self. Taking part in both local and International projects, every member can find a way to take part and "give back" to the community and the world. Check out our YouTube channel to see some of our initiatives.
Check out our NEW You Tube Channel! 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise participated in a matching grant project in India. Our funds went to providing better access to education for Vandse children by purchasing a school bus (notice our club name on the bus). The children who live in a very rural area of India will now be able to go to school year-round, even in the rainy season, because the bus will be there for them. The school will also be equipped with up-to-date washrooms. This project will bring much-needed relief to a generation of aspiring students thirsting for knowledge. It will surely transform their lives in more ways than we can imagine. A great team effort by the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa Parkwood, Whitby Sunrise, and Rotary Clubs in India.

A good news post to wrap up 2018! 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
From our President: Charles Bridle Vanessa A Witkowski 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2018

Mayor Don Mitchell delivered his annual address highlighting a number of the Town of Whitby’s major accomplishments in 2017, including the continued revitalization of both Downtowns, progress on active transportation and ongoing transformation of the Town as a destination. The Mayor also provided a snapshot of the Town’s 2018 priorities, including the redevelopment of Town Hall and creation of an Innovation District. The Town’s 2018 Budget Highlights provides additional details on the topics covered by the Mayor and can viewed at

Rotary Meeting Speaker—Mayor Don Mitchell 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
Rotary member Greg Frankson spoke about the theme of anti-racism by sharing some of his personal experiences in the community and he offered some points about the progress we’ve made to date as a society and where we still need to make additional progress to eliminate racial inequality. He also talked about the origins of March 21 and reflected upon the unfinished legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 – fifty years ago next month.
Rotary Meeting Speaker—Greg Frankson 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs of Whitby—Helping Durham Region - Rogers TV 2017-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise Helps Horses Help Canada Help Youth Vanessa Witkowski 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise brings joy to a little girl with Cerebral Palsy. 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
July 7th - 9th is no ordinary weekend... 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2016

Whitby Sunrise Rotarians Clean Up the Road

What do a group of volunteers do on a rainy Saturday morning in the spring and fall?  What else but garbage pick.  Yes, Rotary Sunrise Rotarians have adopted a portion of Hwy 12 north of #7 and south of Myrtle Rd. Each spring and fall they get out there, rain or shine, and clean up the gullies and grass.  You can only imagine what they find!  
Just another Saturday morning Deb Murray 2016-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2016

Towels and Linen

What does a 50 bed women's shelter need?  Towels and Linen.  Rotary Whitby Sunrise was pleased to donate much needed towels and linen to a local women's shelter.  Shown here are proud Rotarians making the give.  
Warm and Dry Deb Murray 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
The Whitby Public Library was excited to participate in the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise’s community event "Push for a change" held on October 21, 2016.  The Push for a Change is an initiative started by Joe Roberts, a former homeless youth turned successful business person, to help raise awareness of youth homelessness in Canada.  Joe Roberts made his way through Durham Region stopping at Celebration Square in Whitby for a well attended and spirited community gathering.
The Push For Change Joan Kingston 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray on Aug 18, 2016

From Belgium and Back again 

When Melie Genicot returned to Belgium on August 5th, 2016, she took back much more than she left with.

The 18 year old spent a year immersed in Canadian culture as part of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise’s youth exchange program. She now speaks English fluently, has formed lifelong friendships, and learned life lessons she never expected when she stepped off the plane last August.

“It’s the best experience you could have in life to learn about yourself and learn about other people,” she said, reflecting on the past year during her last few days in Canada.

Exchange Students Expand Horizons Deb Murray 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
2016/2017 Youth Exchange Student Mary Joie 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray on Jul 09, 2016

Grandview Kids One Step Closer to New Headquarters

Thanks to a $50,000 Donation from The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise
Attendees of Whitby Ribfest received more than tasty treats on Saturday, July 9. They watched as the The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise renewed its commitment to Durham’s kids by presenting a $50,000 cheque to Grandview Children’s Foundation in support of Grandview’s urgently needed capital project.  Grandview Children’s Centre has outgrown its building and it requires modern purpose-built rehabilitation space to serve the 8,200 children and families in need now.
“The incredible generosity from the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise moves Grandview much closer to its dream of being able to help 8,200 kids with special needs and their families, and the 10,000 who are expected to need this help by 2031,” said Bryan Yetman, Chair of the Board of Directors of Grandview Children’s Foundation. “The Centre is bursting at its seams and we need help from organizations like The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise to meet current and future demands at a new, larger Grandview Centre Headquarters.”
Money helps.... Deb Murray 2016-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray on May 12, 2016

We Paint Too!

In May 2016, members of our club have gave an old house a new look!  The Rowe House, the home of Whitby’s first mayor James Rowe, was built in 1856 at 1600 Charles St. It remained there until 1999 when it was set to be demolished.

Concerned residents rallied to save the Rowe House when Judith Barker and the late Town of Whitby councillor Shirley Scott created the Whitby Heritage Community Association. Working with the developer they managed to acquire a piece of land from the Town of Whitby to move the historic home. The developer poured a new foundation and moved the house to its current location at 301 Front St. W.

As a tribute the Ms. Scott, at the suggestion of Councillors Derrick Gleed and Elizabeth Roy, (both great members of the club) the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise agreed to prepare, scrape and paint the house as a community service project on May 6.


Rowe House Revived Deb Murray 2016-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray
Did you know that only 27% of Ontarians are registered organ donors?  As of June 30, 2015, 1615 Ontarians are waiting for organ transplants.  When your time comes, will you help?  Now, the way to help, if you want to, is to register at
GIVING OF YOURSELF WITHOUT TIME OR MONEY Deb Murray 2015-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray on Jul 28, 2015

WhitbySunrise club member extraordinaire, Steve Rutledge takes pride in helping those who truly need it.  His efforts dramatically affect the children of the tiny village of Hat Kham in Laos.  Although he needs no recognition, the story of how Steve founded the nonprofit organization call "Adopt a Village in Laos" and the impact it has made was highlighted in the August 2015 edition of the Rotarian magazine.  We are very proud of our members, they give BIG, locally in our community, and internationally.  Steve is certainly exceptional with his ability to give and care for others in a country where basic needs are the focus.  In Laos, water + schools = education.  In Laos 1,000 children in remote villages have schooling available because of Adopt a Village.  72.7% of the population in Laos is literate.  62.4% of the population in Laos lives in rural areas.  The tiny village of Hat Kham now has clean water and a toilet bank - children no longer have to spend their day sick and working to collect water.  Because of Steve and Adopt a Village in Laos, they can spend their day learning, growing and giving more to the world then they ever would have without the efforts of Rotarian Steve Rutledge - Great work Steve! Proud to have you as a member of our club. 

In Laos, water + schools = education Deb Murray 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wittgen on Mar 12, 2015
The Whitby Sunrise Rotary Restorations Team has been assembled!
We will be ripping out the damaged floor at  Vicki Kemp's restaurant, 3 Steps Up located at 605 Brock Street North on Saturday, March 14th @ 3:00 PM.
Our tasks will include
  1.  Remove furniture to a safe location, cover with tarps
  2. Seal doorways to kitchen to prevent dust entering cooking area.
  3.  Remove and dispose of water damaged floor, molding and underlay.
  4. Toss it all into an onsite bin on the north side of your store
  5.  Sweep and vacuum floor.
  6.  Clean floor with hot water and cleanser.
  7.  Move furniture back into position.
  8.  Listen to "70s music.
  9.  Share some laughs
We expect about 3 to 4 hours of effort.  If you have some time, please stop in.
Mark Wittgen can be reached at 416 618 0876
Rotary Restorations - 3 Steps Up Mark Wittgen 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Murray on Mar 03, 2015

Press release - Whitby, ON  (March 2, 2015) As part of a National Immunization Day aimed at vaccinating over 172 million children under the age of 5 across India, a Whitby couple joined a Rotary International team of volunteers from Canada, Switzerland, Australia and the United States to give Polio vaccinations in rural India in late February. This team and others of international volunteers from Japan, Britain, Belgium and France joined local volunteers and health officials to carry out the two day national campaign.

Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise member, Brian Thompson (2014/2015 District 7070 Governor), and his wife, Karen, traveled with their team to Nuh, Haryana, India about 70 km from Delhi. Nuh is a predominately Muslim community which endures ongoing poverty and lack of basic public services.
The vaccination is administered by two simple drops on the tongue. Someone with no medical experience can provide this form of immunization. This unskilled form of vaccination is crucial to keeping polio at bay because so many more people can volunteer to administer it.
Karen Thompson, a retired nurse, commented, “Just two drops of vaccine and we can protect a child from polio.”
Club Member helps End Polio Now Deb Murray 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wittgen on Feb 28, 2015
During one of the coldest weeks of the Winter of 2014-15, two Rotarians, Tom Fitzsimmons and Mark Wittgen, from the Whitby Rotary Sunrise Club traveled to Consuelo, Dominican Republic to assist Bob "Roberto" Jarvest.  This was not your typical fun in the sun vacation.  They spent the week, distributing clothing, installing and repairing swing sets.   Distributing water filters for the next crew traveling down which includes Diane Allen, Jenn Fry, Peter Gorham and Kate Piggott-Babony with the remainder of the instructions provided later in March by Linda Raney.
During his seven days in the sun, Mark kept a journal of his activities and experiences in the Dominican Republic.
Seven Days in the Sun - Siete Dias en El Sol Mark Wittgen 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Jarvest on Feb 28, 2015
For the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, community service is close to home and warm in our hearts.  Giving locally in our community is what we do best, but to many Whitby Sunrise Rotarians, Consuelo Dominican Republic feels local too.  Rotarian Bob Jarvest and many others from our club, venture to the Dominician Republic every year to give to those in need.  Bob, his wife Margaret, their daughter and granddaughter left our community in the cold of January 2015.  They arrived in the warmth of Consuelo, Dominician Republic with 12 bags, each weighing close to 50 lbs containing clothes, shoes, tools and laptop computers .  Not to mention a wheelchair and a walker.  What airline let’s 4 people take twelve, 50lb bags?  Well Westjet of course.  They seem to understand the value of humanitarian service.  As Bob says “God bless WestJet” 
Food for Families, Days for Girls in Consuelo, Dominican Republic Bob Jarvest 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Frey on Feb 12, 2015
Every month, on the second Thursday, the Rotary Sunrise crew volunteers at Durham Outlook For The Needy - St Vincent Pallotti's Soup Kitchen. The crew consists of Rotarians, spouses, family, friends and colleagues. All come together with one common goal to create a healthy, tasty meal for our members of our community who are less fortunate. 

Thursday February 12th, 2015 was another successful dinner service at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen, an extra special Valentine's Day one! We have such amazing, talented and dedicated volunteers that prepared a fabulous spaghetti & homemade meatball dinner for the guests at St. Vincent's. With fresh garlic bread too! Thank you to those who take the time out of your day to serve our community. And a BIG Thank You to everyone who donated their time, ovens and decorations. Special thanks to Petite Thuet bakery for the fresh bread!

Happy Valentine's Day!



Valentine's Dinner at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen Jennifer Frey 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise has been working in the Dominican Republic since the hurricane devastated the island in September 1998. The first trip to the town of Consuelo in October 1998 was by two Rotarians, Blair Buchanan and Bob Jarvest together with chain saws and generators. Since then, many members have visited and worked on various projects in Consuelo and the bateys (small communities) located in the sugar cane fields which surround Consuelo.
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Posted by Kathryn Beattie on Oct 08, 2014
Every month, on the second Thursday, the Rotary Sunrise crew volunteers at Durham Outlook For The Needy - St Vincent Pallotti's Soup Kitchen. The crew consists of Rotarians, spouses, family, friends and colleagues. All come together with one common goal to create a healthy, tasty meal for our members of our community who are less fortunate. 

Thursday October 9th, 2014 was another successful dinner service at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen, an extra special Thanksgiving one! We have such amazing, talented and dedicated volunteers that prepared a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for the guests at St. Vincent's tonight. With roast turkey, potatoes, homemade stuffing, squash and apple soup and all the trimmings. Thank you to those who take the time out of your day to serve our community. And a BIG Thank You to everyone who donated their time, ovens and decorations. Special thanks to Stroud's Farm for donating all the vegetables!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen Kathryn Beattie 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deborah Murray on Feb 16, 2014

On February 7, 2014, Rotarians from Whitby escaped the frigid grip of winter and flew to the Dominican Republic for an unforgettable week of experiences.  This group of twenty individuals included members from both of the Whitby Rotary Clubs as well as a number of spouses and friends.   

This trip offered the opportunity to combine the volunteer efforts of distributing food, clothing and school supplies with a two day hike to the peak of the tallest mountain on the island, Pico Duarte.


Our International Community Project - Dominican Republic Deborah Murray 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Beattie on Feb 14, 2014
On the second Thursday of every month all year long, Team Leader Jane Thuet rallies the volunteers at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen, 51 King St. E. in downtown Oshawa.  St. Vincent's provides low-cost meals to people in need.  The morning crew arrives early to set up, cook and prepare the dining area for the evening meal for between 140-200 people.  All of the meals are made from scratch with donations from local businesses and Feed the Need Durham.  Starting at 3pm the afternoon crew arrives to serve meals to the Kitchen's patrons.  Much fellowship is created within the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and all the many Friends of Rotary who are always willing  to lend a helping hand.


In Our Community - St. Vincent's Kitchen Kathryn Beattie 2014-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deborah Murray on Dec 29, 2013


Steve Rutledge - member of The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise - sends his thanks.  Below is an edited version of an email he sent while in Laos.

"We, are pleased to present photos of Lao families member receiving a water filter system, in our ongoing distribution (and hygiene training) in the northern region of Luang Prabang province in Laos.  In this round we distributed 275 systems, with a total of 525 for the year.  THANK YOU!  The three water filter photos below are as a result of the District Matching Grant.  We were able to purchase 13 water filter systems and will begin the main water project in Phonesavanh in the coming weeks. 

Water Filters Bring Smiles to Families and Make Steve a Bit Tipsy. Deborah Murray 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Dinner at The Rotary Ranch - Save The Date! Stephen Rutledge 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rutledge on Sep 04, 2013

Rotarian George Punyaprateep, That's what! George is a dedicated philanthropist whose drive never ceases to amaze us. His projects in Thailand, while centred on education, have a double feed the students. His latest project involves aquaponics, basically a marriage of aquaculture and hyrdoponics to assist the development of students and offer a new farming alternative to the villages throughout northern Thailand.  Follow the link to learn a little more about his amazing projects.


What do Aquaponics, Rice Hullers, Solar Power, Schools & Thailand Have in Common? Stephen Rutledge 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rutledge on Aug 30, 2013

During a recent meeting, we were honoured with the presence of Victoria Kehoe from Distress Centre Durham.  During our summer Ribfest, their amazing team cooked and served hotdogs, hamburgers, back bacon and other goodies to the Ribfest guests.  As a result of their hard work, Victoria was presented with a cheque for the proceeds. Victoria taught us about their critical programs including crisis management and suicide prevention services.  


Distress Centre Durham Stephen Rutledge 2013-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rutledge on Jul 31, 2013

Take a look at the fantastic work being done in the Dominican Republic by our very own Bob Jarvest and his amazing wife Margaret, along with a host of Whitby Sunrise Rotarians.  Special Thanks to Rob Morton for providing content to this update.  For more, click on the link below.


Dominican Republic - Bob and Margaret Jarvest Lead the Way Stephen Rutledge 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Rutledge on Jul 31, 2013


Dianne McKenzie, Executive Director visited our Club this week to receive a cheque for the proceeds from the Dunk Tank they operated at the Whitby Rotary Ribfest.  Here is what Dianne had to say. 

Epilepsy Durham Stephen Rutledge 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katherine Piggott-Babony on May 30, 2013


Our annual dunk tank up and running at the 2013 Spring Fair! 

Click on our Fundraising page for additional details on how we have fun raising money in and for our community.

Brooklin Spring Fair Dunk Tank! Katherine Piggott-Babony 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s Tough Mudders Support War Veterans Deborah Murray 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Whitby Ribfest is back for 2013! Brandon Jones 2013-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
New stove at St.Vincents Soup kitchen installed by Whitby Club Brandon Jones 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Local Youth Attend Peace Symposium Brandon Jones 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise celebrated its 25th anniversary Brandon Jones 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Whitby Sunrise hosted it's 4th annual Savour the Flavour event Brandon Jones 2013-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Join the first annual Rotary Polar Plunge 2012 Brandon Jones 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Relaying of the brick at Rotary Sunrise Park Brandon Jones 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Whitby Sunrise honoured for their Commitment Brandon Jones 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Brighton Club hosts students exchange programme Brandon Jones 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Buy a Bed Campaign Brandon Jones 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise presents donation to Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity Brandon Jones 2012-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Nick Baker 2008-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Nick Baker 2008-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Beattie

Join us at the

Third Annual Polar Plunge - December 27, 2014

History......last year December 28th was a chilly but sunny Saturday on the shore of Lake Ontario, for the second annual Polar Plunge. 70 people, young and old, prepared inside Heydenshore Pavilion to brave the wavy waters.  Under the watchful eye of Med-vents we headed down to the beach and readied ourselves physically and mentally for the Polar Plunge.  The winter of 2013-14 proved to be one of the coldest in the recent past and created a water temperature cooler than last year's Plunge.  The waves were rolling in as the horn sounded for the Plunge to begin.

After the Plunge the smiling and shivering plungers enjoyed Chilli Dogs and warm beverages prepared by the amazing Rotary Sunrise Event Crew. The monies raised at the Polar Plunge will help the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise with local community projects in Whitby and Durham Region.

See you on December 27th 2014! Join us and check something off your bucket list! Click the menu item to the left to register.

Polar Plunge Kathryn Beattie 0
Posted by Deborah Murray

June 19th 2014 was a special day at Windreach Farm.  They celebrated 25 years of giving to the community.  Many of Windreach Farm supporters gathered for the celebrations and the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise was there to celebrate with them.  It's fundraising events like our annual Ribfest in July and Savour the Flavour in February that give us the ability to help others in a big way.  Watch this video to see how valuable Windreach Farm is to the community and thank you to everyone for supporting us so we can give more where it's needed.





Whitby Sunrise Rotary Celebrates 25 years with Windreach Farm Deborah Murray 0
Posted by Deborah Murray

ImageThe Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise gives big in our community.  Many organizations benefit from the fundraising activities carried out by the dedicated members of this club.  The three top fundraisers include the annual Ribfest held the second weekend every July, Savour the Flavour held before Valentines Day in February, and Charity Bingo at the Delta Bingo hall.

Cheque this out..... Deborah Murray 0
Posted by Kathryn Beattie


The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise would like to thank everyone who had a part of making our second annual Ribfest a huge success. We could not have done it without our amazing sponsors, dedicated volunteers and all those who joined us to enjoy the sunshine and fun at Victoria Fields.

Early calculations are that 50,000 people walked through the gates between Friday July 12 and Sunday July 14. 

Check out the Fundraising page for details and photos from the amazing weekend!




Ribbers Ran Wild! Whitby Ribfest 2013 Kathryn Beattie 0
Rotary Outdoor Gym Brandon Jones 0
President's Night Andrew Butterworth 0