Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...
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Posted by Linda Cory and Martha Beach on Oct 17, 2016
Rotarian Birgit Wartenberg introduced Linda Cory who is on the Board of Directors of Tipi Moza and Martha Beach, the Executive Director of the organization. The Rotary Club of Belleville made a donation to Tipi Moza to purchase backpacks for children who live in subsidized housing in Kingston.
Tipi Moza (Iron Homes) is an urban aboriginal housing provider developed under the CMHC Urban Native Housing Program (post 1985). It was founded in 1989 by members of the Aboriginal community in response to the need for subsidized housing for Aboriginal families. The organization received sufficient funding from CMHC to purchase 17 homes (two, three and four bedrooms) which are rented to Aboriginal households at rents based on income. The organization provides affordable, culturally appropriate, non-for-profit housing and related support services for Aboriginal peoples, with new and rehabilitated housing developed over time. Since 1989, Tipi Moza has operated on a not-for-profit basis which means that rental income plus the subsidy is designed to cover the cost of normal operating expenses.
In 2012, Tipi Moza conducted an Aboriginal Housing Needs Survey which identified the need for bachelor and one bedroom affordable apartments. In 2013, using this information, they applied to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) for funding to purchase 6 units. Funding was approved and in 2013/2014, Tipi Moza purchased two bachelor, three one bedroom and one three bedroom units. They are rented to Aboriginal persons at affordable rents.
The former RCMP office located on Johnson Street in Kingston was purchased by Tipi Moza in 20014 under the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative and they converted the offices to three accessible affordable units for Aboriginal families. The property is .344 acres which suggests there is sufficient land for expansion of the existing building. Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services will have funding available in 2017 for the purchase or development of affordable housing units and Tipi Moza secured professional services to determine the possibility and financial viability of constructing additional units and are ready to move forward next year.
Since its inception in 1989, Tipi Moza has been an active member of the Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network. They have advocated for partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build a home specifically for an Aboriginal family. Tipi Moza is a member of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, attends their conferences and strives to implement the sector's best practices. They are one corporation with rent geared-to-income housing and affordable housing, governed by a seven member volunteer Board of Directors with four members of the Board being of Aboriginal descent and one with an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the urban Aboriginal community. The staff consists of an Executive Director and a Coordinator of Community Outreach. As well as administering all of the day to day duties related to managing and maintaining a housing organization and portfolio, they provide cultural, employment and education support. Staff also perform regular maintenance inspections of every unit.
Linda and Martha were thanked by Rotarian Paige Summers, who is a member of the Indigenous Peoples Partnership Committee that was involved in the backpack program along with Director Birgit.
Posted by Bill MacKay on Oct 17, 2016
There are five main areas of Youth Services within the Rotary world. Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary and programs are offered to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships and more.
Rotaract brings togther people ages 18-30 in universities, colleges and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills and have fun. Rotary Clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club and may join Rotary during or after their Rotaract membership ends.
Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year, one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves. Follow Rotaract or Interact on Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare and Storify to see what clubs are doing around the world.
EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by a Rotary Club in the communities in which the school is located. The mission and operation of EarlyAct are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact. EarlyAct provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3-10 days long and include presentations, activities and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, community and global citizenship.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. The vision of the Youth Exchange program is to ensure that local kids and their school counsellors are aware of the opportunity for travel and growth through the program. To annually sponsor one Outbound student from local schools. To have every member of the Rotary Club of Belleville participate in some form of cultural exchange with our inbound student (a meal, volunteering, day trip, vacation). To ensure that all participants have a robust and safe cultural exchange. Inbound student arrive in late August and leave in mid July
Posted on Oct 22, 2016
- Next evening meeting of the Rotary Club is scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd. Further details to follow.
- Kids Against Hunger project at Loyalist College on Saturday, November 5th 12:30 - 4:00 pm
- Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - November 12th from 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Oshawa Golf Club, 160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa, L1G 2C4. You can register online on the District 7070 website.
- November 17th -- Community Paul Harris Fellowship Awards, evening presentation at Capers (no lunch meeting on November 14th)
- Children's Special Needs Christmas Party - November 26th. Please see Tracy Bray to offer your assistance.
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Oct 15, 2016 by Hugh Campbell
The six Rotary Clubs involved in the Diners and Duffers Incentive Book 2017 held their initial planning session on September 29th. Thanks mainly to the support of our Club Members, last year the Rotary Club of Belleville raised a profit just short of $12,000 to help those in need in our community. Over the next few weeks, committee members, Jamie Trudeau, Dave Albert, Bruce Flynn and Hugh Campbell will be approaching dining rooms and golf courses, asking for their participation. They also will be touching base with those who have purchased advertising, since these funds go a long way toward covering expenses. Your help and involvement in both purchasing and selling the book, as well as purchasing advertisements are greatly appreciated. If you have any suggestions for improvement, let them know. We are looking forward to another successful year. If you think you might be interested in joining the Diners and Duffers committee or finding out more about it, contact Hugh Campbell or any member of the Committee.