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The following Rotary members will serve on the 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2018-19. The committee is scheduled to meet on 8 August. Zone 2Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan Zone 4 Sudarshan Agarwal, Rotary Club of Delhi, Delhi, India Zone 6 Noraseth Pathmanand, Rotary Club of Bang Rak, Thailand Zone 8 John B. Boag, Rotary Club of E-Club of District 9650, New South Wales, Australia Zone 10 Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan Zone 12 Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy Zone 14 Ekkehart Pandel,...
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Would you like to contribute to Rotary by serving on a committee? The 10 committees listed below are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2017-18. Each of these committees works with Rotary leaders to increase efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of our strategic plan. Apply for a committee appointment by 14 August. Learn more about the committees and the application process. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Committees with openings for 2017-18 Audit Communications Constitution and Bylaws Election Review Finance Global Networking Groups Joint Young Leaders...
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...
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Posted by Shannon Neely on Jul 11, 2016
Chris Finkle introduced the 2016/2017 Rotary Club of Belleville's President, Shannon Neely, the 97th president! Shannon joined Rotary in 2007, participated on many committees, has spent 5 years on the Board, 2 years as Treasurer. Shannon has been in financial planning for 20 years and has been very active in the community in other roles such as the Chamber of Commerce, Lion's Club, Quinte Estate Planning Council.
Shannon is honoured to lead this great club with the support of family and friends (pictured back row left to right Ashley Wapshaw (Justin's girlfriend), eldest son Justin Neely, Shannon's mother Marcella Neely, Shannon the Pres, girlfriend Melanie Carter, Bradley Bonner (Melanie's oldest son); front row left to right Wesley Bonner (Melanie's middle child), Brie Bonner (Melanie's youngest), Addison Neely (Shannon's youngest), Ryan Neely (Shannon's third son), missing is Jacob Neely, Shannon's second son) as well as the members of the Club, their friends and their family and referred to everyone as "His Rotary Family". Shannon recognizes that our number one competitor as Rotarians is time. Time away from families, our businesses, our personal interests and hobbies, all with the hope of making our world, our country and our city a better place to live in now and in the future. This year's Rotary International theme is "Rotary Serving Humanity" and during his Presidential address at this year's Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea, RI President John Germ said "we know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we'll need more willing hands, more caring hearts and more bright minds to move our work forward. We'll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees and working people. We'll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves up more to collaborative relationships with other organizations".
In order for us to survive in this tough business called "volunteerism", Shannon feels it is important for Rotarians to understand where we have been, where we are today and where we are headed in the future as a world class organization. So where have we been? Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney formed one of the world's first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary's name came from the group's early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member. The Rotary Club of Belleville was established in 1920 shortly after WW I had ended using government borrowing which were called "victory loans" and from the help of a very active Toronto Rotarian who was in charge of the Belleville area at the time. Through most of its history, a principal activity of the Rotary Club of Belleville has been the assistance to crippled children, first in co-operation with the Hospital for Sick Children and then in support of the founding of the Ontario Society for Crippled Children.
Today, Rotary is truly an international organization with 1.2 million members, forming over 33,000 clubs in 200 plus countries and we are working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world's most challenging problems. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines and in 2015 there were only 74 cases of polio reported in only 2 countries. Currently, the Rotary Club of Belleville has 122 members and our newly formed Satellite Club is getting started with approximately 25 new members. Continuing on with our long history of helping children, our 14th annual Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament and Party in the Square is happening this week on July 15th. Todate we have raised over $1.1 million dollars with 10% going directly to the Quinte Children's Fondation and the remainder of the funds raised supporting 40% of our annual charitable giving.
The traditional Rotary model of weekly meetings and meals may not be a viable proposition to the professionals of all ages we most need to attract. Recognizing that "this isn't your grandfather's Rotary Club", Rotary International Council approved increased flexibility in how we meet and in the types of membership, giving clubs more autonomy to make choices that work for them. This past year's Council made more progressive changes to our constitution than any other Council in history with an eye to a future in which the business of Rotary will be conducted on a level more ambitious than every before.
Where are we headed? Here in the Rotary Club of Belleville, we will continue to build on the strong foundation that has been set out for us by our predessors and ensure that the 35 plus projects, committees and fundraising initiatives thrive, grow and prosper in the future. As International Past President K. R. Ravindran said in his opening speech at the RI Conference "Rotary is a business, a business like no other. Our business is literacy, it is health. Our business is livelihood and it is hope. Our business is life itself and to so many of those we help, our business is miracles. And that's what I want to say to all of you. That's what I ask you to understand. That when we push for ambition in our service, when we push for productivity, for efficiency, for new ways to leverage our resources, it is so that we can make that business grow. As Rotarians, we see our business as entrepreneurs. We set our targets. We measure our progress. We chart our course and we move forward, week after week, month after month, one Rotary year after the next".
Shannon promised to his Rotary Family that while serving as the Rotary Club of Belleville President in the coming year that he will approach running the Club as it is were his own business, striving to keep productivity high, our operations efficient and focus on increasing value to our members. Vice President Tracy Bray thanked Shannon and his family for giving their time and commitment to our Club over the next year.
Past President Kelly was pleased to present awards given by District Governor Michael Bell for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year to recipients of our Club. The Austin Bodie Singing Trophy was awarded to
the club with the best record for singing and Sam Brady and Richard Tie were pleased to receive the award in fine singing formation. The Literacy Award with Distinction was presented to Michael Maloney on behalf of the club, predominantly for the Each One Teach One local program with a special nod to Sharon McConnell for all her work in this area as well.
The Doug Dempsey Literacy Award is presented to a Rotary Club or individual Rotarian who exhibits the best examples of a project designed to promote domestic and/or international literacy. Congratulations to Sharon McConnell and Elizabeth Grew for their work on the Bangladesh literacy project, having invested many hours of their time in coordinating and preparing the grant paperwork (pictured here are the Literacy leaders -- Sharon McConnell, Michael Maloney and Elizabeth Grew). The Rotary Club of Bellevile teamed with the Dhaka Mid-Town Rotary club in Dhaka, Bangladesh to provide literacy education and digital devices to mothers who are taught to teach 5 - 10 children as part of the project.
The Foundation Citation is awarded annually to each Rotary Club in District 7070 that meets the 3 of 5 stipulated requirements -- EREY, 2 members to attend and contribute to the Foundation Walk annually, hold a Club Meeting on the Rotary Foundation, participates in a District or Global Grant, net increase of 1 or more club members enrolled in the Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, Bequest Society or Benefactor, etc. Past President Len Kennedy accepted this award as Foundation Chair for our Club.
The International Service Award was presented to Amy Doyle and Al Koudsi. Congratulations to them and all their committee members for their commitment to international service projects.
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Ruth Mathieson doesn't remember the name of the man who inspired her to become a doctor, but she will never forget how he helped her. At age four, she was confined to bed for months, lying on her back because she had tuberculosis of the neck. Ruth grew up in England in the 1940's and this wonderful general practitioner would come and tend to her every day and she decided right there and then that she wanted to become a family physician. Dr. Ruth has stood firm on that decision and for more than 50 years she has practised medicine all over the world, improving the health of children and families from Canada to Kenya. And for the past decade, Rotary has helped her do it. Ruth is blessed by her account as far as family, husband and felt compelled to be giving back. She thought she could do so much more with Rotary behind her and so she joined the Rotary Club of Belleville. Ruth was drawn to medicine early, but it was during her medical residency in Bermuda that she fell in love with the notion of practising overseas. Ruth married and moved to Belleville and operated a family practice but still maintained the desire to apply her skills abroad.
In 1981 she went overseas to work in a mission hospital near Benin City, Nigeria. She spent a month working beside four other doctors to address the serious health needs of a poor village. That was the first in a series of volunteer trips to Africa. Since entering what she calls "semiretirement" in 2004, Ruth has made several 3 or 4 week journeys to provide rural populations with the health care they often lack. Her most frequent destination is a small clinic and hospital in Matangwe, Kenya, run by an Ontario based nonprofit called Caring Partners Global. Nearly all of the patients she sees are HIV-positive. The prevalence of HIV is three times the Kenyan national average, because it is a very poor area. She also treats many cases of meningitis, pneumonia, typhoid fever and malaria. They serve an area with a 20 km radius and most of the patients have to walk to the clinic so they only come when they are very, very sick.
Since joining the Rotary Club of Belleville in 2005, Ruth has been able to do even more for the people of Matangwe. Every year the Club gives Dr. Ruth $2,000 to buy medications and supplies. The Club also led the charge to obtain a Rotary Foundation global grant of about $10,000 to renovate the local school. She also started a solar cooking project in the area after learning about the technology from fellow Rotarians. Ruth found her niche in Matangwe, says friend and fellow Rotarian Lola Reid Allin. Dr. Ruth is not ready to make the decision to "retire" again. She feels she has done what she can but recognizes there are needs, big needs, but every little bit helps. If we just do it one by one by one, we can achieve a lot.
On call for the world is our own Dr. Ruth Mathieson, bringing hope and health to Kenya. Well recognized in the recent edition of Rotary Canada.