Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...
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Posted on Jun 13, 2016
It is hard to believe that Julian Kraus' stay with us is almost over. This young,hockey-loving native of Germany, who is fluent in English, arrived in Canada ten months ago and he instantly made himself at home. Julian was introduced by his current host, Rotarian Peter Smith, who was very happy to have had him stay with his family. Peter was surpirsed how much Julian loves food and would sometimes eat two dinners in the evening. Julian was also hosted by Leigh-Ann and John Genereaux who also enjoyed having the young Bavarian stay with them. They even ordered the Calgary Flames channel just so he could watch every game........his favourite hockey club.
Julian presented a slide show which was a trip down memory lane, all about his stay in the Quinte area. Pictures showed him arriving in Canada and visiting Leigh-Ann's parents' farm, playing with the pets at Leigh-Anne's home and visiting their trailer. Julian was fortunate enough to visit many attractions and interesting sites -- Canada's Wonderland, Trenton Airbase, Presquille, Lake on the Mountain, fishing, Ottawa, a road trip with John Cairns where they saved a goose, snowshoeing with Len Kennedy, Maple Leaf hockey game, a Raptors game at the Canada Center and the Rotary District Conference.
Julian attended Centennial High School where he excelled in sports such as hockey, soccer. He also tried his hand at rugby. The slide show continued with Christmas at the Smiths, where Santa gave him tons of Calgary Flames merchandise. Winter in Belleville provided fun experiences like ice fishing, snowmobiling and pond hockey as well as a trip to Calgary.
Julian concluded his presentation explaining the differences between Germany and Canada
- Canada has more trucks and SUV's
- Buses and rail services are more plentiful in his country
- the price of gas is half that of Germany
- fast food everywhere, not so much in Germany
- there are more levels of education in his country, even within the same grade
- Canadians are very friendly
- not true that Canada is always cold
- not everyone loves hockey in Canada
- different apps in Germany
- Canadians do not eat maple syrup with everything
- every sentence ends with "eh"
Family hosts Peter and Vicki Smith, Sam Brady Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Julian, Leigh-Ann and John Genereaux (thank you to all!)
Posted by Bill MacKay
Bill MacKay felt it was important to highlight what the Rotary Club of Belleville has accomplished over the years, as many members may not be aware of these accomplishments.
- 1921 started work with the Crippled Children's Society
- 1921 sponsored the Rotary Club of Peterborough
- 1922 sponsored the Rotary Club of Lindsay
- 1922 sponsored the Trenton Rotary Club
- 1928 sponsored the Rotary Club of Campbellford
- 1943 sponsored the Rotary Club of Picton
- 1972 started a Youth Exchange Program
- 1974 started a Rotary Interact Club at Centennial
- 1978 hosted the first District Conference
- 1981 began working with Camp Merrywood
- 1987 sponsored Sidney Rotary Club, now Quinte Sunrise
- 1993 sponsored the Probus Club
- 2003 hosted the second District Conference
- 2003 started Rotary Loves Kids
- 2007 started the Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/Aids
The Club has had a great impact on the Rotary world.
On another note, Bill announced this was his last meeting as Club Secretary and wanted to take the opportunity to thank President Kelly and the Board for the work they do. It was a great honour to work alongside such a committed group of people. For the past 32 years, Bill has been involved at the District level, President, Board Member, Secretary and he is looking forward to moving forward with the Rotary history book as well as the Mentorship Program. It has been a pleasure to serve the Club and to support the work of Rotary.
President Kelly McKinney read some additional names of recipients of perfect attendance for the 14/15 Rotary year that had been previously omitted during the last meeting.
Receiving acknowledgements for Perfect Attendance in addition to those named last week:
Judy McKnight 4 years
John Cairns: 13 years
Ray McCoy: 19 years
Congratulations to all members recognized for perfect attendance during the past 2 weeks.
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Jun 20, 2016 by Kelly McKinney
One of the Club's goals this year is to increase the overall membership in the Belleville Rotary Club. We want to introduce more people to the great work our club does and increase our capacity to do more.
We recognize that there are people out there who may want to get involved in Rotary, but because of work commitments, family life, etc., the current structure may not work for everyone. In order to capture more people, we are introducing a satellite Rotary Club of Belleville. The goal of the Satellite Club is to find 20 new members to raise money, enjoy fellowship, improve the community and create one new fundraising opportunity opportunity for the Rotary Club of Belleville.
How it works:
- same dues and fees as regular club members, $400 per year
- this group would be tasked to create one sustainable fundraiser of their own
- cross-over to other club committees is encouraged
- biweekly meetings: Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 with social time afterwards
- the meeting format would be less formal than the Monday lunch meeting
- happy bucks donations, club business and updates would be encouraged
- Monday attendees would be welcome to attend Thursday night meetings and vice versa
- all Satellite Club members are members of the Rotary Club of Belleville
- the Satellite Club does not have its own bylaws, President or Board. The bylaws, President and Board are the same as the Rotary Club of Belleville
At the same time, we are beefing up our Membership team with Dave Allen and Bob Clute at the helm. As well, Bill MacKay will be moving forward with a Mentorship program to encourage member engagement and to ensure new members are welcomed and retained into the Club.