December 2017
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The power of light

Rotary members from Durango, Colorado, USA, team with the Navajo Nation to bring solar lights to remote, off-the-grid homes on the country’s largest Native American

Rotary advisers put polio on world stage

Behind the scenes of polio eradicationRotary’s national advocacy advisers are putting polio on the world stage. Here’s

On the road

Rotary helps fuel a brigade of mobile clinics that deliver free health care to rural

Six reasons you should give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday

You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, 28 November.Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our

Bringing up babies

After overcoming a tough childhood, pediatrician Ramon Resa is helping to raise a new generation of

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
Mayor Taso Christopher
Jan 08, 2018
New Year's Levee
Kevin Bazkur
Jan 15, 2018
Classification Talk
MP Neil Ellis
Jan 22, 2018
The Legalization of Marijuana and other news from Ottawa
No meeting today
Feb 19, 2018
Enjoy your family!
Dr. Adrian Barnachuk, Cardiologist
Feb 26, 2018
APAER, a charity we support in Argentina
Home Page Stories
This week as a club we held our AGM for the recently completed 2016/2017 Rotary year under the stewardship of President Shannon Neely. Before the AGM, Rotarian Richard Tie led us in a festive rendition of Jingle Bells.  President Tracy Bray opened the AGM and moved the approval of the agenda, seconded by Kelly McKinney. Voted on and approved.
President Tracy called Treasurer Darrell Smith to the podium and he introduced the club's auditor Michael McMurray of Welch and Company who presented the audited financial statements of the club for the recently completed Rotary year. He highlighted financial performance and full particulars are available on the Rotary website.  Michael reported that operating revenues were down from the previous year and totalled $95,000 and disbursements were down slightly at $109,810 and resulted in an operating account deficit for the year of $14,825 an increase over the previous year operating account deficit of $6,940.
Michael reported that service club revenues decreased by $27,000 from previous year to $229,040 and club service expenditures decreased slightly to $288,787 but increased overall  service deficit to $59,747 from $34,616 in 16/17 Rotary year.  Michael did advise that a large part of the deficit could be depicted via Capital Spending committee which allocated $49,125 into the community in major capital expenditures which PP Shannon Neely would discuss in more detail in his report.
Randy Coker asked Michael about the capital spending committee and Michael deferred to Shannon's presentation.
Treasurer Darrell moved the approval of the 16/17 audited financial statements, seconded by Ian Acton and approved by members in attendance. Treasurer Darrell moved that Welch and Co LLP be approved as auditors for the 17/18 Rotary year, seconded by Karen Baker and approved by members in attendance.
President Tracy called Past President Shannon Neely to the podium to present his annual report which is available on the Club website and is the formal completion of his duties as Rotary President.  A few highlights that PP Shannon drew to the club's attention included his attendance at the Seoul International Convention along with Rotarians Ruth Mathieson and Margaret Seu who made the very long, but exciting trip to the convention.  PP Shannon thanked the club for providing him the opportunity to attend.
PP Shannon talked about the first successful full year of the Satellite Club including their fundraising efforts for minor hockey and the Children's  Treatment Centre at BGH, the playground project raising over $18,000 combined for the 2 projects. Rotarian Tim McKinney became the first satellite member to present his classification talk.  PP Shannon noted Len Kennedy's award as a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and the recognition received at his last meeting as President, when Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson presented Len with his award.  PP Shannon was pleased with the successful return to the Travelodge for the lunch meetings. Other highlights of PP Shannon's year he drew to the club's attention included Paul Harris Community awards and 4 new inductees, the money spent providing essential medical equipment and supports for special needs children in the community and the work of the Capital Grants committee which provided significant capital funds to support major initiatives at Habitat for Humanity for 2 home builds, $5,000 to Children's Safety Village, $5,000 to the Quinte Arts Council, $9,000 to the KGH NICU and $10,000 to the BGH Children's Playground Project. PP Shannon highlighted many more club accomplishments during the past Rotary year.  He moved the acceptance of his report,  seconded by Hugh Campbell and voted on and approved.
PP  Shannon then discussed the decision to change the constitution to revise the process for election to the Board of Directors and that it was to seek out people who wanted to participate in the Board as opposed to those who wished to opt out.  A full  board slate was presented with the following people allowing their names to stand --Drew Brown, Jeannette  Minaker, Tim McKinney, Colin Myers, Randy Coker, Karen Baker, Cory McKay, Adam Zegouras. Brenda Snider has allowed her name to stand for a 2 year term as secretary.  Executive of the Club for the 18/19 Rotary Year are as follows --PP Tracy Bray, President Andrew Bandler, President-Elect Doug Peterson, Vice-president to be voted on by the Board,  Treasurer Darrell Smith, Secretary Brenda Snider. 
PP Shannon moved the acceptance of the slate of Directors for 2018/19, seconded by Hal Wilson and approved by members in attendance.
President Tracy Bray then moved for the adjournment of the  2016/2017 Rotary Club of Belleville AGM, seconded by Chris Finkle.
The Satellite Club is encouraging members to sign up for Red Nose.
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign starts mid November and they are always looking for volunteers (pictured is Coreen Reynolds)
Also discussed was the Satellite Club's next fundraiser called the 2nd Annual Hockey Night in Quinte.  The first event was a huge success so we want to continue with the same name so people are familiar with it and to keep the title "In Support of Kids in Sports".
Upcoming meetings -- The January 11th meeting will be at Chilangos and on January 25th there will be a speaker talking about the Rotary International Convention to be held in Toronto in June.
Bridge Street United Church was the host for the Rotary Club of Belleville's annual Christmas Dinner. Catered by local caterer A&T Catering over 45 Rotarians and a number of Rotarian partners enjoyed a Christmas meal with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.  Musical entertainment was  provided by the Bridge Street Bell Choir under the leadership of Rotarian Judy McKnight who provided 4 songs for us and the Hastings Prince Edward Children's  Chorus under Rotarian Rudy Heijdens. Rudy will lead the choir on their 14th European tour in the summer of 2018 which will include visits to Prague, Strasburg and Vienna, Rudy's final tour after 30+years of leading the chorus.  The chorus provided a number of emotional Christmas carols  to us as their audience and once again delighted those in attendance with their incredible vocal talents. The acoustics  were excellent in the church hall . Rudy introduced us to the new choir director Jennifer Curtis who will lead the choruses moving forward and appreciated the Rotary Club of Belleville's support for all these years and asked that they be allowed to continue to be able to perform for us even with Rudy's intended retirement. During the performance, one of the singers fainted on stage . She was supported by her fellow carolers until the song ended . Rudy explained to the audience that when this occurs , the show must go on and no one is allowed on stage to assist the singer until the song has completed.   At the completion of their mini concert the Chorus and its members received a well deserved thunderous applause.   Another enjoyable evening of Rotary fellowship and good food.  
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During Happy Bucks/Club Business, Bill MacKay reminded the Club that November is Foundation Month.  Each year, Rotary International selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of Rotary's peace centers.  Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution.  These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and all internship and field-study expenses.  In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding.  Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
Each year the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master's degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.  The master's degree programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to thee months during the academic break.  The professional development certificate program for experienced professionals last three months with two to three weeks of field study.  The Rotary Foundation also offers scholarships for secondary, undergraduate or graduate study for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution or water and sanitation.  On average, $7.5 million in scholarships are given out by Rotary each year.  350,000 scholarships have been awarded by Rotary.  Rotary Clubs can apply to the Rotary Foundation for district and global grants to support scholarships.  The global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary's six causes:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies