Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
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Posted by Geneviève Côté on Aug 22, 2016
Geneviève is very proud of her career and how she became an accountant. Her current credentials are a CPA and CMA. When she was in high school she took a course about making career decisions and it was as a result of a test that she discovered she was best suited for work in business administration. This made sense to Geneviève because she always wanted to be a business woman. She started a 3 year program in business administration in college that would allow her to go straight into the job market and from there she attended University Laval in Quebec City. This was a double plus for her because she was from Quebec and figured an accounting title would be a good way to lead her to interesting job opportunities. She decided to become a management accountant because she really enjoys analyzing all the business activities that will provide the financial results. Geneviève was fortunate to work for a financial advisor who became a mentor, introduced her to Rotary and taught her the importance of delivering high quality work. After graduating university, she found a job as a financial analyst for a software company. Her role was to provide financial information to senior management and this made her understand the importance of delivering the right information at a high level basis. Over the next couple of years, Geneviève held positions as assistant controller and financial controller, the latter being in the unique work environment of a video game company, a challenging position as the company was just starting up and needed an accounting department in Quebec with a monthly reporting to head office in New York and someone with the knowledge to work with the auditors to provide audited financial statements in order to apply for and receive government subsidies in the province. About the same time, her husband who was in the military wanted to pursue a career as a search and rescue technician with the Royal Canadian Air Force. This took them to B.C. with their small son who had been born after a contract position Geneviève landed with a manufacturing business where she was responsible for financial reporting, human resources, job cost reviews and product costing.
So she found herself on maternity leave with her second son, living in BC in a beautiful area off Vancouver Island called Comox Valley. It was the first time in her life that she was not living in Quebec City, but she can say that this year was one of the best years of her life. Although her husband was away a lot, she made great friends. Following her husband's training, they asked to be posted to CFB Trenton where a new adventure began. Geneviève found herself job hunting, but noticed there were not a lot of advertising for jobs in her field so she sent her resume to all the businesses in the area. One was a job offer for an accounting manager in Kingston which she accepted, but after seven months, balancing the commute and her children was not working out to her satisfaction. She then saw a job posting here in Belleville for the grocery retailer Metro. They were looking for a Cost Accountant at one of their suppliers called Vantage. The job was for a maternity leave replacement. She applied and got the job. And toward the end of her contract at Metro, she was approached by the financial controller of a division of Kruger Products and she is now a cost accountant for that company and very happy. There are plenty of opportunities to grow with the company, it is located in Trenton and the division she works in is called Away From Home (AFH). They make paper products like bath tissue, paper towels, facial tissue for commercial use in areas such as public buildings, restaurants and hospitals. The company is famous for its Cashmere brand toilet paper and Scotties facial tissue. Seeing the operation run is very impressive and Geneviève believes the more time she spends on the floor, the better accountant she will be because she actually sees where the numbers come from and it allows her to connect with the other employees who she doesn’t normally see in the office.
Geneviève admits she has changed jobs many times in her life, but is currently very relieved with her current employment opportunities and is thankful for everything she has -- her children, her husband and her life. She concluded her classification talk thanking the members for listening as she is very proud to be a part of the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Posted by Dakota Mahar on Aug 22, 2016
Dakota Mahar is a Rotary Club Youth Exchange Student who spent a year in Germany in 2011/12. Dakota joined the Rotary lunch meeting today to thank the Club for such a wonderful opportunity. Dakota's thank you letter read as follows: "It has been almost five years since I participated and began my journey with the Rotary Club of Belleville. I was lucky enough to get my first pick and have the privilege to spend one year in the wonderful country of Germany. My motivation was pure curiosity and wanting to experience a new culture and have an adventure. I feel that this experience motivated me to study business since one of my host families were involved in the business world. I am now a fourth year Finance student at the University of Alberta. I also found that this experience sparked my interest in languages as I immediately continued to study the German language as well as starting to study Spanish upon entering university. Cultural awareness and the ability to work with people on a global level is an increasingly important trait to have in this day and age, and I feel that the Rotary Club of Belleville helped me understand myself better and helped me determine what I wanted to do moving forward career wise.
I am having a moment of reflection as I just returned from studying abroad in Columbia and now have a high degree of cultural knowledge of both European and Latin American ways of life. I want to thank the Rotary Club of Belleville for the opportunity that I was given as a 17 year old high school student who had no idea what the future had in store. I really hope that this program continues to operate and gives students the opportunity of a lifetime like it did to me.
If there is anything I can do for the Club, I would be more than happy to. Thank you and all the best".
Ted Morrison, Past District Governor and Chair of District 7070 Rotary Leadership Institute recently advised that the Rotary Leadership Institute will be holding Part I, II and III at Loyalist College on Saturday, September 24th. Registration cost of $70 is paid for by the Rotary Club of Belleville. This is an opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians. It is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians.
What is The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)? It is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for potential leaders of Rotary Clubs. RLI believes that excellent Club leadership is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward. RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future.
RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. RLI follows an adult learning approach with facilitated discussion led by trained Rotary facilitators.
If you are interested in attending this one day leadership opportunity on September 24th, please let Nadine Langlois know.
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Aug 22, 2016 by Bill MacKay
Bill MacKay presented the Club with a very interesting history of the makeup of Districts. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 35,000 Clubs, just like the Rotary Club of Belleville, doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International. As a club member, you help elect your own leaders each year and your President works with President-Elect, officers, board members and committee chairs to manage the Club. Our club pays dues to Rotary International and in return RI provides resources, training and programs to help our club run effectively.
Our club and others in our geographic area are part of a district, led by our District Governor who will be coming to visit the Club next week. Districts help clubs connect to each other and access Rotary resources. There are 530 Districts around the world and these are organized into 34 zones. Some districts are International in nature and can include several countries as part of one district. We are part of Zone 24 and 32 which is made up of the French Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, most of Canada, Alaska, parts of the U.S.A. and Bermuda. Each zone has about the same number of Rotarians.
Rotary came to Ontario to what is now District 7070 when the Rotary Club of Toronto was chartered in 1913. No more clubs were formed until 1920, when clubs were chartered in Belleville, Guelph and Oshawa. The number of clubs increased steadily and by 1956, the district (then 247) had 60 clubs in an area that extended from Belleville and Picton on the east to Guelph and Alliston on the west and north as far as La Sarre in Quebec. In 1957, District 247 was divided into District 7070 (0) with 32 clubs and District 7070 (0) with 28 clubs. By 1986, the number of clubs in District 7070 had increased to 65 and further re-distribution was necessary. Seventeen clubs on the west side were moved to a new District 7080. Today, District 7070 has 534 clubs with 2,300 members and extends from Belleville and Picton west to Metropolitan Toronto and north to Alliston.
Four international conventions have been held in the District, all in Toronto.
If you are looking at future travel plans, next year's International Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The fifth Convention will be held in Toronto in 2018 with Hamburg, Honolulu, Taipei and Houston hosting in successive years through to 2022. And although our club is the third largest club in the District at 127 members, the largest Rotary Club based on membership in the world is Seattle at 642 members.