June 2017
Upcoming Events
Club Initiatives
Rotary Stories
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...
Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
No Lunch Meeting
Jul 03, 2017
Canada Day Long Weekend
President Tracy Bray
Jul 10, 2017
Presidential Address
Neil Phillips DG
Jul 17, 2017
The District Governors Address
Jennifer Savini
Jul 24, 2017
Classification Talk
Jul 31, 2017
Canada's 150
No meeting today
Aug 07, 2017
Happy Civic Holiday
No meeting today
Aug 14, 2017
Come to the Bob Michaud Fun Golf tournament at Trillium Wood
Virginia O'Reilly from District 7070
Aug 21, 2017
Home Page Stories
Past president Sam Brady introduced our guest speaker, Rotary Exchange Student Selina Savijoki.  Sam sang a musical tribute to Selina's year to the tune of "These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things" that brought her to happy tears.  Selina thanked her host families Tracy Bray, Barry and Linda Hillier,  Cory and Bill MacKay and finally, Sam and Anne-Marie Brady.  Selina said the last 10 months have been exciting and it was a leap into the unknown and she learned more about herself and has grown to be herself.  Her year started with a trip to New York where she met up with all the Finnish exchange students who were to be placed.  Her first night in Canada she had a dinner with Heather Menzies who starred in the Sound of Music.  She spent Thanksgiving at Bon Echo Provincial Park.  She went to the Rotary District Conference at the end of October.  She went to the Hilliers in November and they took her to Quebec City and Montreal for 5 days for Christmas, a wonderful experience with them and their friends.  New Year's was spent in London, Ontario where she had her first pot luck dinner and loved it. Selina also met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and thought that was really cool, something about his colourful socks were mentioned.  She went to a winter Rotary Youth Student exchange weekend where she tried snowshoeing and skiing at Ganaraska. 
Selina has spent most of her life very involved in the arts and being busy.  She took advantage of the art culture in Belleville with the Centennial musical program, singing at the Pinnacle Music Studio and dancing lessons at Irelands.  She also took in some musical theatre shows like The Sound of Music and The Book of Mormon as well as the Nutcracker.  She also went to New York with the Arts Program.  She went to Soho, China town, Central Park and attended a Mets game.  And most recently, went to the last Rotary Exchange weekend and met the outgoing students at Cobourg.  And last, but not least she went with Randy and Joanne Coker to Montreal with a Rotary Exchange Student from France.  All in all, Selina was fortunate to see so much of what Canada has to offer.  She reminisced about Canada and what impressed her.  She noticed that people are friendly in a different way, air conditioning everywhere, long car rides, expensive phone calls, and milk in bags, something she had never seen before.  Selina, with tears in her eyes said moving to Canada was the best decision she ever made and happy she moved out of her comfort zone to embrace everyone and everything. 
Paige Summers thanked Selina for sharing all her photographs and her thoughts about Canada.  The Rotary Club of Belleville was so fortunate to have been assigned to host Selina as our Youth Exchange Student, an excellent Ambassador for her club in Helsinki and for our club in the local community.  Selina is a lovely young lady, smart, talented, confident and a real go getter.  It is obvious from her presentation that she has taken full advantage of what Rotary, her school Centennial and the wider community has to offer.  She was wise to seek out opportunities in our community to do the things she enjoys.  She loves singing and dancing and we were fortunate to have her share her talents at some of our Rotary functions.  Selina deserves a lot of credit for really making an effort to meet and get to know Rotary members.  She joined a different table and sat beside different people each week.  That isn't something just any 17 year old would do in a room full of adults!  We wish her all the best in her future endeavours, especially at musical theatre school in London, England next year.  We hope she will continue in Rotary in the future because she will make an outstanding Rotarian, making a difference wherever she is in the world.  All the best Selina!
One of the best behind the scenes Rotarians, Donald E. Holmes, passed away suddenly at Belleville General Hospital on Monday, June 12th in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband of Margaret Holmes for 59 years.  Loving father of Carolyne, Elaine, David and his wife Connie.  Proud grandfather of Nathan, Matthew, Jacob and Zachary.  From a large family, Don had 10 brothers and sisters and that may have been where he first learned about lending a helping hand.  Don was an active member on the Kids Against Hunger annual work bee, seen here front and center.  He was also an integral part of the Indigenous Peoples Partnerships Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Birgit Wartenberg.  Don has been a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville for 51 years and put into practise Service Above Self in any way he could, quietly and humbly.   The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 28th at 11:30 a.m. as St. Thomas' Anglican Church.  Visitation at the Steel Funeral Home Tuesday evening, June 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 10 until 11:30 a.m.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and their children and other family members during this very sad and difficult time.
The Satellite Meeting was held on June 22nd at Absolute Wellness, 121 Dundas Street East, Deacon Brothers Building.  Christine Bennett is the owner/operator with Carlin Poole of Absolute Wellness and was a guest speaker at the meeting.  Christine is a Registered Massage Therapist, Registered Osteopathic and Manual Practitioner.  She is a former practical nurse who brings a colourful bouquet of experience to the massage table.  Christine has spent the last two years working towards her Osteopathy designation and enjoys combining both deep tissue massage and osteopathy techniques to take her clients on a journey to better health.  She is a determined woman with the will to win.  In her spare time, she competes as a dual athlete and is an avid cyclist, so never scoff at her diminutive size.  She truly knows how to unwind the body, relieve pain and comfort the soul.
The next Satellite Meeting will be held on July 13th hosted by Tim McKinney at his home. 
Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament -- get your golf foursomes in, volunteer and donate/collect prizes for this great fundraising event.  Friday, July 28th.  And don't forget Party in the Square to follow at Market Square, Belleville.  A great evening of entertainment and fun.  Let Connie Reid know that you can sign up to help.
Jill Raycroft from the Belleville Chamber of Commerce encouraged Rotarians to participate in the upcoming Craft Beer Tent at the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival, Zwick's Park, Thursday July 6th to Sunday July 9th.  Need volunteers to sell tokens at the beer tent in partnership with the Quinte Craft Association, July 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th.  Volunteers need their smart serve training. 
Club Executives & Directors
President elect
Past President
Foundation Chair
Vice President
Home Page News
  • Friday, July 7th - Farewell party for Rotary Exchange Student, Selina Savijoki, 6 p.m. at the Brady's resident.  BYOB and some food
  • Satellite meeting, July 13th, Tim McKinney's backyard!
  • RLK - July 28th.  Sam Brady and the committee are looking for volunteers, donations for prizes, sponsors, golfers!
  • Bob Michaud Annual Golf Classic Tournament, August 16th at Trillium Wood
  • Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament on Friday, August 18th at Trillium.  Looking for golfers.  $150 per golfer.