March 2017
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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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Mar 27, 2017
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Apr 03, 2017
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Nell Redley,  Senior Development Officer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) was introduced by Rotarian Paige Summers.  Ms. Redley advised that the UOIT opened in September 2003 and has a current enrolment of over 10,000 students and 13,000 alumni.  The institute is key in major development in Ontario and Canada and has filled a gap through innovation and entrepreneurship. Preparing graduates for a career in tomorrow’s workplace, it is noted that 85% secure a job in their field. a percentage that is 10% higher that other universities.
Professors and students undertake research in a wide range of areas that include automotive design and engineering, business and information technology, computational science, alternative and sustainable energy, nuclear engineering, law enforcement, manufacturing, community/public health, to name just a few. UOIT's unique and technology-rich teaching and learning environment challenges students to push the boundaries of innovation and discovery and prepares graduates to excel in the global, knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century. At UOIT, the possibilities are endless.
What makes this university unique is the basis of a technological rich environment where boundaries are pushed and all programs are designed to prepare graduates to be job ready.  Secondly from inception UOIT was created as entrepreneurial, a STEM University (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Acronym) and thirdly the unique partnership that is in place with Durham College.  Their pathways programs allows college students to move seamlessly into university for their fourth year.  Both institutions are located in the same geographical space with 20 diploma programs offered.  The ACE facility (Automotive Centre of Excellence) is a must see.  It is the first testing and Research Centre of its kind in Canada.  This is where the next generation of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, green energy technology and products they haven’t even thought of yet will be discovered, tested and validated.  When the university was created, it was done so as a research facility.  In the last 14 years they have accomplished a lot to be proud of, including being ranked as one of the top 50 in universities.  They have 11 research chairs, and close to 100 million dollars in research funding.
Dr. Carolyn McGregor -- through her research data and data mining, new ways are being pioneered in the area of neonatal health, where experts are able to monitor and care for their patients, babies born prematurely or with defects.  Computing tools are able to help improve care for these new babies.  The UOIT are educating future leaders and they are very excited to discuss research. 
Serious gaming is a small component and provides young people with an opportunity to create games.  They are able to create simulations of surgery, showing an interactive hospital experience.  This research is taking learning to the next level with nursing simulations. Working patients with real ailments, can draw blood, provide real health issues for the students to diagnose.
What is on the horizon for UOIT?  The campus master plan has 400 acres so there will be lots of expansion.  A software and informatics research center will be opening September 2017. This center will be shared with many different faculties.  Following that, a center for advanced research, innovation and entrepreneurship will be next offering more student space. Manufacturing industries will be coming in to help with research.   A student integrated learning center, a student space, fully accessible for the students to congregate that will include a mental health center, registration, activities and student support.  And lastly an expansion of the library.
The Rotary Club of Belleville can support UOIT by raising awareness and supporting the university financially.  Nell Redley is a member of the Ajax Rotary Club and as part of District 7070, Nell has presented the future plans with many clubs who have donated, Oshawa, Port Perry, Ajax, Pickering, UOIT Rotaract either by supporting students directly as well as individuals Rotarians donating in support of UOIT.  With Rotary's support, over 100 students have received scholarships and bursaries.
Dr. Paul Thistle was born and raised in Toronto.  After completion of his specialist training in ob/gyn in 1992 he was recruited by the Salvation Army to serve at Howard Mission Hospital in the rural Zimbabwean villages of Chiweshe, 10,000 miles away from his home town.  In 2012, he relocated to Karanda Mission Hospital in the Mt. Darwin district.  Dr. Thistle began his overseas career at the height of the AIDS pandemic and the onset of the economic downturn in Zimbabwe.  Hospitals were overcrowded with the sick and dying of HIV/AIDS.  The advent of life saving HIV drugs would come 10 years later to Africa than to North America.  It was a human tragedy.  Twenty-two years later, Dr. Thistle can testify that perseverance does pay.  In the last two decades there has been a rapid expansion of programs and services in Zimbabwe to win the war on HIV.  This could not have been done without the coordination and resources of local, national and international partners, including Rotary.
At Howard Hospital, there was a demonstrated decline in HIV prevalence in the antenatal clinic from 27.5% in 1999 to 5.9% in 2012.  This was lower than the Zimbabwean national figure of 13.9% at the time.  Throughout Zimbabwe HIV remains the number one burden of illness where prevalence hovers at 15%.  For every two people who initiate ART (antiretroviral medication), there are five (5) new HIV infections.  The war on AIDS, as Yogi Berra would have said, ain't over til it's over.
In the face of increasing demands for HIV treatment and care and scarce human and physical resources, mission hospital doors in Zimbabwe have remained open primarily due to its grassroots network of supports.  In Zimbabwe, health care spending is $20 per person each year.  In Canada it is nearly $6,000.  A big part of this scene was played by Canadians, Rotarians included.  Their awareness, their advocacy bridged the gaps in the provision of essential health care services at Howard Hospital and now at Karanda, allowing hospitals to remain a beacon of hope in a difficult operating environment.
Karanda is a 150 bed hospital, with currently 3 doctors and 40 nurses.  75,000 patients are treated annually from the district of 250,000 people and beyond, from across Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique.  There are 2,000 babies born each year and 4,000 surgeries per annum.  Most in the community are small scale subsistence farmers.  Besides medical work there is a primary school for the children and community programs such as HIV/AIDS outreach, tuberculosis screening and treatment, farming education, livestock rearing and orphan support.  Karanda currently has 1,200 people on lifesaving antiretroviral therapy and supervise 12,000 decentralized to the neighbouring rural health clinics, a hospital without walls.  In Zimbabwe, doctors such as Dr. Thistle do the best they can with what they have, where they are and work and pray for a better tomorrow.  As one person, Dr. Thistle may not be changing the world, but he can change the world of one person and together with the support of Rotary Clubs across Canada and abroad, the effort has been multiplied tens of thousands of times each year.  At Karanda Hospital there's fulfillment in the little tasks of each day -- a mother saved in childbirth, a malnourished infant restored to health, an adult living with HIV supported on positive living.
Thank you Rotary.
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Past President Wilf Wilkinson is pleased to advise that $250,000,000 Canadian that the previous Canadian Government committed to in 2013 for Polio Eradication worldwide, of which $12,000,000 was designated to match contributions made through or by Canadian Rotary Clubs, has been full paid.  Wilf is a member of the National Advocacy Advisor for Canada and the Rotary Advocacy Committee along with representatives from the World Health Organization and UNICEF have had meetings in Ottawa with Government Ministers and Senior staff.  The Government has been asked to pledge a further $150,000,000 Canadian to world-wide polio eradication initiative and it was suggested that some portion of those funds be allocated to match fundraising efforts in Canada by Rotary Clubs.
Rotarians are asked to sign a petition to encourage the government of Canada's continued support for polio eradication.  The petition can be found on the House of Commons website
The goal is to obtain 25,000 signatures on the petition by May 30, 2017.  Please encourage all of your friends and relatives to assist us by signing the petition.  Rotarians are also encouraged to call or write to their MP to request support for this issue and to communicate that support to Marie Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and to Prime Minister Trudeau.
With the centenary of The Rotary Foundation and the 150th anniversary of Canada, 2017 promises to be a great year.  Continued collaboration may also result in the interruption of polio transmission which would be a fantastic achievement to celebrate at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in 2018.
On behalf of Rotary everywhere, Wilf Wilkinson thanked everyone for their continued work to END POLIO NOW.