August 2017
Upcoming Events
  • Porchfest
    Old East Hill Belleville
    Sep 30, 2017
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
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Committee Chairs
Aug 28, 2017
Bring a friend to Rotary day
No meeting today
Sep 04, 2017
Happy Labour Day
Police Chief Ron Gignac
Sep 11, 2017
9-11 Remembrance and Emergency Preparedness
Randy and Joanne Coker
Sep 18, 2017
Financial Literacy in the Northern Communties
Juan Pablo Poblete Gacitua and Callum Hillier
Sep 25, 2017
Rotary exchange inbound student and last year's outbound student
Connie Reid
Oct 02, 2017
Child Abuse Prevention Month
No meeting today
Oct 09, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jill Raycroft
Oct 16, 2017
What's up with the Chamber of Commerce
Ruldolf Heijdens
Nov 06, 2017
Remembrance Day Celebration
Gem Munroe
Nov 13, 2017
Amarok Society's work with First Nation education
Mayors of the Week
Nov 27, 2017
Best experiences from their week as Mayor
Mayor Taso Christopher
Jan 08, 2018
New Year's Levee
Home Page Stories
Three (3) Rotarians were asked to speak about their Favourite Canadian Moment.  We all have different things to celebrate and Connie introduced Birgit Wartenberg, Margaret Seu and Neil Britton. 
Birgit and her husband moved to Canada 20 years ago, in 1996 and one of her loves now about Canada is the space.  Ontario is 1.1 million square km with a population of 13.6 million people.  Germany is 358,000 square km with a population of 85 million people.  Birgit definitely appreciates the space and vastness of Canada.  She also loves the friendliness of the people and the fact that they are almost always very nice, even those in authority. Even if you get a speeding ticket it a "nice" speeding ticket.  Different in Germany.  In 1996 they bought a 50 acre farm in Beaverton and moved from Germany to Ontario that same year and had a 40' container with all their belongings shipped to Montreal and then trucked to Toronto customs in December.  A big problem was that they did not have their permanent resident card yet so they were worried about clearing their container.  The customs official waved them in, looked at their documents and said "I assume you bought a cottage and want some European furniture and supplies" to which they quickly agreed and their papers were stamped and they were officially welcomed to Canada!  Birgit loves the wildlife right on her doorstep -- bears, beavers, blue herons, huge snapping turtles on their driveway, deer, wolves, fishers, muskrats.  One difficulty Birgit encountered was not knowing directions of east or west.  They were living in Germany, but having their home renovated here and one of the construction people called and asked where the power outlet should be installed, on the southwest or southeast side?  In Europe, they go by signs not directions, but Birgit is now familiar with directions and can teach her Europen guests.
Margaret Seu is a Korean Canadian who came to Winnipeg on September 15, 1981 one of 100 people being sponsored by the Province of Manitoba.  Over 5,000 people applied and Margaret considers herself to be one of the lucky ones chosen to come to Canada.  Canada is many things to Margaret -- is it land of opportunity, it is her home, where she raised her family and where she demonstrated success in business.  Canada is a land of big dreams and hopes.  When Margaret arrived in 1981 she worked during the day and went to school at night and she is still doing that to improve her English and to learn a little French as well.  Canada is brave with Canadian soldiers not hesitating to go to war zones to fight for the protection of innocent people.  In 1950 to 1953 many Canadian soldiers went to South Korea and many lives were lost.  Canada is safe and peaceful and a haven for many immigrants.  Canada is a land of multiculturalism, where people from all nations, cultures, religions and races come together.  Canada accepts people from all backgrounds with tolerance, openness, differences are accepted and celebrated and Canada welcomes less fortunate people from many countries.  Ontario is 10 times larger than Korea, vast and beautiful.  Coming to Canada 36 years ago was a dream come true for Margaret and it continues to be a dream come true for many newcomers to Canada today.  Margaret loves her Canada!
Rotarian Neil Britton did not have any favorite or special moments as a Canadian born in Canada, he was blessed by winning the greatest lottery.  He sees Canada as a continuing Work in Progress.  We have the freedom to recognize and acknowledge our deficiencies and needs, and make amends through the democratic process. Neil was born in 1930 and while he does not remember conditions at the start of the Depression, he does remember the effects as he was growing up.  While there was much hardship, people took care of each other as best they could and over the years the public social systems we have today are the result of people recognizing we have some responsibility for others. The village in which he grew up was a typical Ontario community of about 750, almost all of British Isles ancestry.  His first reader in school was “Mary, John and Peter” and its first page was the Union Jack.  Each Remembrance Day they marched seven blocks from the school to the Community hall and cenotaph to remember those killed in WWI and beginning in 1939, also those serving and killed in WWII.  Although the high school he attended only had two teachers, they had a Cadet Corp and all participated.  Their National Anthem was “God Save the King” and they stood at attention when it was played and sung. At the end of the war Canada had a program whereby returning Veterans were able to attend university, a very big factor in enabling the country to meet the rebuilding challenges faced as a result of the Depression and the war effort.  When he entered University it was the first year that non-Veterans were accepted in residence – in their house of over 50, only eight were non-Veterans and when he was in his final year there were only three Veterans.  He has always admired the Veterans for being able to return to studies after their experiences and time away from studies.  It has been to our benefit. Except for our Indigenous Canadians, we have all come from elsewhere, and particularly since WWII we have received immigrants from all nations.  His home village and our country are now multicultural and we are more prosperous and stronger for it. Vivian and Neil have had the privilege to travel across Canada, experiencing the varied scenery and peoples from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia.  Also, from Whitehorse and Dawson City, YK to Inuvik, NT via the Dempster Highway.  Then flying over the Mackenzie Delta to Tuktoyaktuk, where Vivian put her foot in the Arctic Ocean.   Neil admits that he maybe felt most Canadian in the 1967 era with Expo ’67, the adoption of the Canadian Flag and Canada’s parliament approving of “O Canada” as the National Anthem, even though it was not official until 1980. Canada has been good to him and he hopes he has been good for Canada.
  • Interclub BBQ hosted by Brighton Rotary Club 5 p.m. on August 21st at the Brighton Community Centre
  • Next Satellite Club meeting is on Thursday, August 24th at Prince Eddy's Brewing Company in Picton.  Rotarian Tanya Baldwin will be representing the Community Gardens Network of Hastings and Prince Edward.  Experiential Learning Garden and speaking about fundraising options.
  • Wellington Rotary Club Canada 150 Eh! August 26th at 5:30 p.m.  To be held at the Wellington Community Centre, wine, beer, cider and spirits tasting, dinner by Chef Sujo from Soup Opera.  $85 per person, proceeds to PEC Hospital Building Fund.  Entertainment by In The Groove DJ Service.  Live and silent auctions.  They have it all covered.  See Hugh Campbell to connect with Sharon for tickets.  Or send them an email to
  • The District 7070 Foundation Walk is being held in Whitby on Sunday, September 10th at the Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water Street.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.  The walk starts at 10 a.m.  No fee, but please make a pledge/donation to the Foundation.  It's a family friendly event, dogs welcome.  Lunch provided.  Don't have to be a Rotarian, bring a friend or family member and enjoy the scenery along Lake Ontario.
  • PorchFest will be held on September 30th.  Come stroll through the East Hill and be well entertained!
The Satellite Meeting on August 10th was held at Dinkel's Restaurant with a presentation by Jodie Jenkins on the Grace Inn Homeless Shelter in Belleville, a $500,000 project, expected to be open in the spring of 2018.  The cost is $25 per bed per night which equates to $4,925 a year.  Looking to Rotary to raise dollars to go towards renovations, and future projects or sponsoring a bed.  Grace Inn will be a 15 bed emergency shelter for adults in downtown Belleville, with a special focus on dignity, community and mentorship. 
Next Satellite Club meeting is on Thursday, August 24th at Prince Eddy's Brewing Company in Picton.  Rotarian Tanya Baldwin will be representing the Community Gardens Network of Hastings and Prince Edward.  Experiential Learning Garden and speaking about fundraising options.
Rotary Youth Exchange program -- looking for families to host incoming student from late August through to the end of June.  Please connect with Paige if you are able to provide support and accommodation to our international student and give them a good snapshot of a Canadian experience.
The District 7070 Foundation Walk is being held in Whitby on Sunday, September 10th at the Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water Street.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.  The walk starts at 10 a.m.  No fee, but please make a pledge/donation to the Foundation.  It's a family friendly event, dogs welcome.  Lunch provided.  Don't have to be a Rotarian, bring a friend or family member and enjoy the scenery along Lake Ontario.
Future Meetings -- September 7th the Pier Patio (if closed we will go to Capers), September 21st Signal Brewery, October 5th Earl and Angelo's.
Club Executives & Directors
President elect
Past President
Vice President
Home Page News
A stunning day on the golf course and Party In The Square on Friday, July 28th.  Thank you to everyone who supported this Rotary Club of Belleville fundraiser!
A message for all Rotarians in District 7070.  Several people have contacted District Governor Neil Phillips to ask what, if anything, Rotary may be doing to assist those affected and how they can help.  This is an ongoing and developing situation, so the ultimate needs are yet to be determined.  The District Governor in the area most affected has recommended if you wish to support the immediate response and relief needs, then the best route to do that is through the established charities already at work such as The Red Cross or Disaster Aide Canada.  These charities have the resources on the ground now and are at work as the situation continues.  They are also Canada Revenue Agency registered organizations able to issue charitable tax receipts for donations.  It is the District's intent to set up a special and separate fund for contributions to help with recovery once the needs are known and identified.  This fund will be centrally administered and held as a special Rotary account until the local Rotary clubs in the affected areas can assess recovery and possible rebuilding needs in their communities.  These funds would then be made available to the local Rotary clubs for appropriate projects.  Further updates will be provided by the District as things are set in motion.  Our thoughts are with all those affected.