April 2018
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Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
Mike Hurley
Apr 23, 2018
Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign in Celebration of Earth Day
Theo Ampadu
Apr 30, 2018
Liftsafe Engineering and Service Group
May 07, 2018
Camp Merrywood Celebration
May 14, 2018
No meeting today
May 21, 2018
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!
Juan Paoblo Poblete
May 28, 2018
My Time in Canada as a Rotary Exchange Student
Presidents Night
Jun 04, 2018
Celebration of the 98th year in Rotary in the City of Belleville at Signal Brewery
President-Elect Doug Peterson
Jun 11, 2018
AGM-Budget Presentation
President Tracy
Jun 18, 2018
My year as President
Home Page Stories
Connie Reid introduced Ashley Rushnell, a 3rd generation funeral director in her family business, following in her father and grandfather's footsteps from a young age.  Ashley has been involved in many community organizations, including Wheelchair of Hope, Belleville and Trenton Chambers, Dancing with the Stars as well as hospital work.
Ashley thanked the members of the Rotary Club for their warm welcome to her as a new Rotarian.  She is enjoying the fellowship and getting to know everyone.  Her grandfather started the business, knowing early in life that he wanted to provide a dignified service to family who had suffered a loss and to help them honour a life.  He was mentored by Jack and Sally Bush and opened his own funeral home in Trenton in 1961.  Bush Funeral Home was the first in Ontario to operate their own crematorium when the law changed in 2012 to allow them to do that.  Up until then, only cemeteries could have crematoriums.  Growing up, Ashley was exposed to the funeral business, driven to school by her father in a number of different vehicles, limousines, hearses, stopping at the cemetery to check on a grave.  She realized that her dad's career was different from others.  Ashley's grandmother passed away in 2002 when Ashley was 9 and she was heartbroken, but she noticed the care and special attention that her father and grandfather gave in celebration of her life, all the details and she understood how important it was to family members.
Ashley applied to Humber College for training as a funeral director, she was the youngest in the class at 17.  Her teachers felt she was too sensitive for this field of work and as a 3rd generation, should consider another career path.  Ashley stuck with it and graduated in 2013 and obtained her funeral director license.  After working full-time for a few years, she wanted to travel and see how the funeral industry operated in other countries.  She applied on-line for a job across the world in Australia.  She stayed for a year, made many friends and experienced the culture of more European-style funerals.  But missed home.  She considered herself fortunate to be able to spend time with her grandfather before he passed away in November 2017, listening to his stories and realizing home was where she was meant to be, in the family business, taught to her by her father and grandfather.  Ashley tries to follow the advice of her grandfather to meet three people every day and get to know their stories, not to lose sight that everything she does comes down to people.  Her greatest pride is being able to carry on her grandfather's legacy.
Ashley was thanked by Karen Baker who personally acknowledged the services and attention she and her family received and how much it was appreciated.  Ashley was presented with her blue badge and Rotary pin.
14 years ago The Rotary Club of Belleville hosted a gala showing of the movie “A CLOSER WALK” - a film about the ravages of the AIDS epidemic in North America and it’s world wide spread and effect. Many people were touched by this event and some of us decided we “could make a difference.”  That became the Rotary Trump AIDS Poker Walk. We wanted the event - “the Walk”- to engage the public awareness, raise funds for a multitude of great causes, educate on the subject of HIV / AIDS and have some fellowship and fun while we reached for those goals.

The WALK evolved over the past 13 years with changes in the walk route map, the start and end venues, the look of the day and the many teams of walkers who have helped the cause we shared. We always said it was not all about the infected - it was about those affected. Our hopes were to get this concept rolled out to many Rotary Clubs around the world in a multiplier effect.

As a fundraising initiative we have had a lot of successes. Rotary Clubs in the Greater Toronto Area joined in and together we have raised over $750,000 . As Rotary Clubs we are very careful that the money raised gets shepherded to the recipients without operating costs associated with many fundraisers. Most importantly we are grateful to those who have helped the cause over these years. That’s people like you who reach out and share the care.

We ask that you help us again this year with sponsoring a team member or making a donation on our website by clicking on the Quick Donate button. What really works is sending out emails to your family, friends and business associates directing them to the Rotary Poker Walk website. It’s one day a year that we get to Walk the Walk and it means so much to so many. We are getting close to winning the war on this pandemic.  If you are on Facebook or Twitter you can check out our pages and like and share our stories. And on SATURDAY APRIL 28 you are certainly welcome to join us at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville where we will be having our “virtual walk”, playing our Red Ribbon board game, hearing great speakers and sharing some snacks all combined with fellowship and meeting new friends.

We thank you for your past support and reach out for your generous support again this year. If you have any questions just follow this link to our website and contact information.


Our Satellite group meeting was on held Thursday, April 6 at Capers restaurant.  New members and guests were welcomed!
Members are reminded again to please send their ratings, reflections, and suggestions for improvements regarding our Hockey Night in Quinte event to Cassandra.  This event analysis is important and will be used to assist us with future events. 
Announcements and reminders were made regarding the sale of Diner and Duffers books, Rotary Walk for HIV/Aids participation, and that volunteers are being sought for the Camp Merrywood weekend. Also, for the Rotary Loves Kids (RLK) event on July 20, 2018 sponsors, volunteers, participants and items for the silent auction are required. Visit the RLK website for full details.  Those who aren't golfers  are encouraged to attend the Party on the River in the evening.
Tim, Cassandra and April shared an idea for a possible new project for the Satellite group to become involved in and sought input from members.  There was a vote of support from members for this idea and we will proceed with further investigation about next steps.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • The next Satellite get together for fellowship will be Wednesday, April 25. We'll meet for a beverage at Birdy's restaurant at 5:30 p.m. before attending the Quinte Rotary Music Festival Concert of the Stars at Albert College.
  • Next meeting TBD
  • District 7070 Tree Planting - April 22nd.  Visit the District 7070 website for more information
  • Rotary Music Festival Concert of Stars April 25th at Albert College at 6:45 p.m.
  • Rotary Walk for HIV/Aids April 28th
  • Camp Merrywood Project - May 4th and 5th.  Vince Lynch encourages everyone to put these dates in your calendar now!
  • May 12th -- District Assembly at the BMO Center in Toronto, a major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world. The workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.
  • June 23rd - 27th -- Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  We have a group of Rotarians going.  Get involved!
  • RLK date set for July 20th.
  • Spelling Bee, Saturday, June 9th.
Club Executives & Directors
President elect
Past President
Vice President
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Be sure to register ASAP for this "hands-on" project.

Join your fellow Rotarians in District 7070 as People of Action and help fulfill Rotary International President Ian Riseley's wish that Rotarians plant 1.2 million trees in 2017-18. We're invited to plant trees on April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre & Veterans Care Facility, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. 

When: Sunday April 22, from 10 am to 1 pm - Arrive by 9:45 a.m. Ceremony at 10 sharp!

Where: Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre & Veterans Care Facility, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

Why: Environmental sustainability is a key theme to this Rotary year. Rotary International President Ian Riseley issued a challenge for Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees, one tree for each Rotarian.

This Earth Day, you have the opportunity to plant a tree towards the challenge. Rotarians, friends, and family are invited to attend a Rotary District 7070 tree planting in collaboration with Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Please register in advance through this link.

We also need Rotarians to report trees planted, whether individually or through club projects. Please click on this link to add your trees towards our district goal of 1 tree for each Rotarian attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto. This is currently in approaching 35,000 trees.

Should you have any questions, please email me at kevin.power@rotarytoronto.com.

Many thanks!

Kevin Power, Rotary Club of Toronto