April 2017
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Rotary Stories
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario!

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Travelodge
11 Bay Bridge Road
Belleville, ON  K8P 3P6
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Tim McKinney
May 01, 2017
Classification Talk-Satellite Club
Connie & Sam
May 08, 2017
RLK-Where are we now?
Scott Tracze
May 15, 2017
Curling Club's 150th Year Celebration
No Meeting
May 22, 2017
Victoria Day
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Jeanette Minaker introduced Krista LeClair, a Rotarian with the Kingston Rotary Club, here today representing Easter Seals Ontario, Southeastern Ontario Office.  Krista began her career in the hospitality industry before transitioning her event planning skills to non-profit.  She is now the Senior Development Officer, building lasting relationships in the community she loves while coordinating numerous events to raise funds for local children and youth with physical disabilities.  Krista lives in the village of Rockport, close to Kingston with her husband and three year old twin daughters.
Krista enjoys visiting other Rotary Clubs to see how things are done differently and to take back suggestions and tips to her own club in Kingston.  Easter Seals was founded by Rotary, actually by ten Rotary Clubs in Southwestern Ontario where they saw a need, 95 years ago.  Easter Seals was created to support families with children under the age of 19 with disabilities.  There is very little government funding and much of the equipment is not covered at all.  Easter Seals provide financial assistance whenever possible and promote two children's camps -- Camp Merrywood and Woodeden Easter Seals Camp in London, Ontario.  These camps are fully accessible and encourage children to be independent and confident, away from their parents for the first time in many instances.  Krista is the only staff member at the Southeastern office and, therefore, relies heavily on volunteers and parents.  The additional cost to raise a child with a disability is $40,000 and sometimes, families are forced to stop work to care for their children or take them to medical appointments.  Easter Seals is focused on making sure children have opportunities, but also to support the whole family.  Providing a family with funding for a wheelchair accessible van has a huge impact on all the members of the family.
Nicole Mullins-Major is an Easter Seals parent of a 17 1/2 year old son, Jared who was born with cerebral palsy.  Easter Seals has been part of their family since Jared was two.  He is currently on his third manual wheelchair and second power wheelchair and a wheelchair ramp and deck has been built on their home and although Nicole says they are low needs in comparison to others, they are very grateful for the support of Easter Seals and admitted they couldn't do it without their help.
Krista spoke about current fundraising efforts, Easter Seals week April 24th - 28th, on CKWS with teams fundraising on-line.  To be aired three times daily, five times a week.  They will also be partnering with YMCA for an open water swim event.  Krista acknowledged the support from the Rotary Club of Belleville and the annual work done at Camp Merrywood and invited everyone to visit the camp on July 23rd for a BBQ.
John Smale and Dianne Spencer presented the Robert Michaud Bursary Award to this year's outstanding recipient Brett Lyons.  Bob Michaud was most passionate about sports, business, and GOLF and has made it possible for the club to present a bursary each year to a Loyalist student who has distinguished his or herself and aligned themselves with Bob's attributes in business, committed to whatever he did.  Dianne Spencer introduced Brett Lyons, an outstanding young man who exemplifies excellence in sportsmanship, community spirit, and entrepreneurship.  Brett  has cerebral palsy, yet participated in wheelchair rugby, fishing, sailing, and as an Easter Seals poster boy.  Although challenged and confined to a wheelchair, Brett proved to all he is not intellectually disabled.  In June 2016 he graduated from Loyalist College Business Administration program and is currently enrolled in Entrepreneurial studies, a post-grad certificate program at Loyalist College.  He invented an adjustable bathroom grab bar for seniors or those with disabilities and worked with Queen's University to design and test it.  He is on the wait list to pitch it to Dragon's Den at Loyalist College and received $4,000 awarded from Queen's University Innovation Centre. Carol-Lynne Michaud was on hand to meet Brett and offer her congratulations (pictured L to R:  Shannon Neely, Anne Marie Vaughan, Carol-Lynne Michaud, Dianne Spencer and John Smale with Brett Lyons).
An exciting and inspiring week of talented performers, judged, supported and encouraged by their adjudicators proved to be another very successful event.  Big winner (again) is Tabitha Savic who won the Silver Strings Competition, Silver Tray competition (Tabitha receiving Silver Tray from Adjudicator Susanne Hughes) and the Joe Demeza Prize for the most inspiring performance.  Una Lajic won the Rose Bowl competition for voice.
Group photo of performers and adjudicators, back row L - R:  Bianca Rainville, Jeanette Huang (last year's big winner), Una Lajic, Tabitha Savic, Tina Li, Jenna Martinello and Denise Wu; front row L - R:  Adjudicator Susanne Hughes, Derrick Ho, Adjudicator Carolynne Davy, David Savic, Andrew Powell and Adjudicator Peter Stoll.
There is still an opportunity to see for yourselves these incredibly talented performers on April 19th at the Concert of Stars at Albert College.  Don't miss out!  Pictured is a very happy Chair of the Rotary Music Festival, John Chisholm and grand winner Tabitha Savic.
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Garth Stephanson helped us to honour Past President and Secretary Mike Bandler.  Mike recently received the 2017 Wolfsburg Crest Club award, and is quiet about it, but extremely proud of this honour.  Out of 139 Volkswagen Dealerships in Canada, only 12 received this award.  As an Elite Dealer, Mike was recognized for excellent performance in Operating Standards, Parts Loyalty, New Vehicle Sales, and several other categories. In his life and in business, Mike truly exemplifies the ideals of Rotary.
The members of the Rotary Club of Belleville presented the Belleville General Hospital Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $18,908.59 towards an accessible, therapeutic playground at the Children's Treatment Center.  The playground project "Help them Play"is a recent addition at the hospital and in support of this initiative, the Satellite Club hosted a concert in February to raise funds.  The successful event was their first effort in fundraising and the results were outstanding!. 
The Humane Society is having a "Raise the Woof" Comedy Event on Saturday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Banquet Centre.  Auction items and stand up comedian.  Contact Rotarian Frank Rockett for more information.  Tickets available at Snap'd Quinte online, $30 per ticket.