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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario! Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom.  Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers..

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:01 PM
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom. Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers, downtown Belleville on Thursdays at noon.
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The last formal Strategic Plan was put together for the 2002 - 2003 Rotary Year under then President Stephen McCurdy.  A mission statement was created at that time "to assist and promote the youth within our community to realize their fullest academic, social and human potential".   Eighteen (18) years later and President Tim McKinney appointed a committee to create a new Strategic Plan that would outline the objectives or mission of the Club in order to allow a more focused approach in responding to requests or concentrating on a service activity.  Co-chaired by Jeanette Minaker and Jo-Anne Wheeler, the members of the committee include President Tim McKinney, President Elect Darrell Smith, Vice President Cory MacKay, Past President Doug Peterson, Randy Coker, Rosie Ouellette, John Smale and Brenda Snider.
In February 2020 a survey was sent out to Club Members for their input to specific questions.  Sixty-six responses were received, representing 59% of the club membership.  The questions asked at that time were:
  • Why do you come to Rotary?  If you are not coming, why don't you come?
  • What is the one thing Rotary could do better?
  • What would you like to see more or less of?
In addition to the survey responses, notes from the November 2017 Visioning Meeting facilitated by Past President Andrew Bandler were also reviewed.  The committee looked at what a strategic planning process should include as well as the difference between a mission statement and a vision statement.  Prominent strengths were identified:
  • Fellowship/friendships
  • Internal relationship building
  • Service, helping in the community
  • Social connections
  • Networking
  • Local community improvement
  • Communication of what's happening, accomplishments, achievements
  • Learning/education through guest speakers
  • Fun/entertainment
  • International, global impact (we can do more!)
Several suggestions were made to encourage members to attend meetings on a regular basis.  This is more difficult under the current COVID restrictions, but it was noted that communication was key in reaching out to fellow Rotarians and to encourage members to get involved in committees of which there are many opportunities to engage in Rotary.  There were many suggestions that the Strategic Planning Committee have noted to ensure these ideas are put into practise as soon as practical.  In answer to the question "what could Rotary do better?", communication which was identified as a strength was also identified as an opportunity and implementing a plan is necessary.
After reviewing the Club's existing mission statement, the Strategic Planning Committee felt that the Rotary International Vision Statement met the goals of Rotary and a recommendation was made to the Rotary Board of Directors that the following be adopted and utilized going forward.
"Together, we see the world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves"
The Strategic Planning Committee incorporated their findings from the club survey and keeping in mind the Avenues of Service and Areas of Focus, developed three (3) key objectives for the current and future Presidents to assist them in developing their strategic plan or goals for their specific year.  The strategic directions and planning for each year will hopefully keep a focus of what we as a Club can accomplish for the Rotary Year.  The three key objectives are:
  • creating awareness through action
  • strengthening membership
  • connecting Rotary through service
President Tim will speak to his year as President in June, but did comment on the fact that his goals included increasing membership, updating the Strategic Plan and establishing a Strategic Plan Committee, introduce new initiatives such as Rotary Loves Trees and establishing an Environmental Action Committee.  A personal goal was to attend Camp Merrywood this year, but unfortunately that did not happen due to COVID.  He is attending the District Conference, virtually, in June.
President Elect Darrell Smith thanked Jeanette and Jo-Anne for all their work in putting this presentation together.  Darrell's primary goal in his Rotary Year will be to meet face to face, depending on provincial guidelines and re-engage all members of the Club.  Rotary International's objective is to increase membership from the current 1.2 million members and have set a goal for June 2022 to reach 1.3 million members.  Engagement is our primary goal, despite the challenge of COVID.  Darrell's goal will be to add five (5) new net members to the Rotary Club of Belleville by June 2022.
Vice President Cory MacKay whose Rotary Year will be 2022 - 2023 thanked Jeanette and Jo-Anne for putting together this Strategic Plan, a living, breathing document.  Cory would like to celebrate the contributions of all members and strengthen participation on committees.  In order to get satisfaction, remaining engaged is relevant.
And Past President Doug Peterson provided an official thank you to the team of Jeanette and Jo-Anne for their amazing work.  Very well organized and provides a great foundation for the future of the Club.  The full Strategic Plan presentation is available on Clubrunner.
The Anne Leverton Award was created a number of years ago to recognize a Rotarian who shows exemplary leadership and efforts during RLK and Party In The Square.  Someone who goes above and beyond.  David Allen, Chair of the 2020 RLK golf tournament was very pleased to virtually present the 2020 Anne Leverton Award to Pat Feasey.  For years, Pat has been the volunteer coordinator to scout out and secure volunteers for the golf tournament as well as for the party afterwards, not an easy task, but one that Pat embraced.  Simply put, the event couldn't be done without Pat's contribution, year after year.  Past recipients of the award include Bernie Ouellet, Jamie Trudeau, Dan Dickinson, Connie Reid, Greg Knudsen, Kelly McKinney, Sam Brady and now Pat Feasey's name will be included on the trophy.  Congratulations Pat, a well deserved recognition and award.
The Service Above Self Award is considered Rotary International’s highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian.
The purpose of this award is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
  • District 7070 Conference - June 25 - 26, 2021 Heroes and Champions.  A virtual conference.  Please visit the District 7070 website to register for a nominal fee of $10 donated to the Rotary Foundation.  
Rotarian Marg Wagner introduced Dr. Ruth Mathieson, a fellow Rotarian and friend Marg has known and worked with for many years on a number of Rotary Committees, one being International Service.  Dr. Mathieson supposedly retired from her medical practice where she cared for patients from birth to death and everything in between, but every winter Dr. Ruth would volunteer for months at a time at an AIDS clinic in Kenya as well as volunteering at a mission hospital in Nigeria in the surgical department.  If anyone knows the real story of medical conditions in developing countries, it is Dr. Ruth Mathieson.  She is introducing the Club to Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, also known as SAWW, an organization that provides equipment, training and research to support poorly resourced hospitals to provide improved and safe delivery of anaesthesia.  SAWW was founded in 2011 at the village pub in Marden, Kent, England and became a registered U.K. charity in 2012. 
Five billion people are without anaesthesia and surgical care worldwide, estimated as two-thirds of the world's population.  This contributes to seventeen million deaths per year.  Anaesthesia is needed for emergency C-Sections, the most common major operation in Africa as well as surgical repair of birth defects such as cleft lip and palate and surgical repair of NOMA, a facial gangrene that affects poor children in Africa.  Serious burns, common due to open cooking fires in Africa also require surgical repair and treatment as well as traumas and injuries from road traffic accidents.  Many patients have to travel long distances to receive medical care when they are seriously ill and they often arrive in critical condition.  Lack of infrastructure, poor roads and inadequate transport make it difficult for patients and medical supplies to reach hospitals.  Dr. Ruth saw this first hand when she worked at Matangwe Mission Hospital.  They didn't have the luxury of electricity until 2014 and a lot of medical work was done in next to dark conditions with just a paraffin lamp for light.  Nigeria power was nicknamed NEPA which the nuns said meant "no electrical power any time".  Medical oxygen is expensive and difficult to transport, electrical supplies are unreliable, hospital equipment is old and not fully functional, medical supplies are extremely limited and hospital wards and clinics are overcrowded.  On top of these challenges, there are too few doctors and trained healthcare staff and a lack of technicians and engineers so it is very difficult to service and repair equipment.  SAWW works closely with local hospitals to ensure what is supplied is precisely what is needed.
Backtrack to when Dr. Ruth was at medical school years ago in a small class at St. Andrews in England.  The medical students became close after six years of school together.  Dr. Ruth graduated in 1964.  One of her classmates, a fellow by the name of Roger Eltringham, was responsible for coordination of anaesthesia courses and upon his travels after graduation, was shocked to find rusty old equipment being used and donated equipment remaining useless for lack of electricity and biomedical engineers.  It took years, but Roger worked to invent and develop a portable anaesthesia machine, spending hundreds of unpaid hours developing machines.  The GLOSTAVENT anaethesia machine was the end product and Dr. Ruth first heard about the machine at a 50th class reunion in 2014 when Roger brought a unit with him to a lecture.  Dr. Ruth was smitten with this machine and started work almost immediately to raise money for three machines needed in Kagera, a region of Tanzania, an area with 2.7 million people, 90% who are agricultural workers with limited access to health services.  This region has a high rate of maternal deaths due to haemorrhages, infections, obstructive labour and hypertension disorders.  Three (3) rural hospitals did not have a fully functional anaesthesia machine and had no funds available to purchase.
The cost of one portable kit is £4550 or $8,000 Canadian and includes a portable anaesthesia machine, an oxygen concentrator, and a pulse oximeter (as pictured above).  The kit will work anywhere, needs no electricity, will function without oxygen, is inexpensive to run, is simple to use and easy to maintain.  This kit is comparable to a state of art machine at BGH that would cost $130,000.  Dr. Ruth got to work and submitted a district grant and approached other Rotary Clubs for donations, including the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Dr. Ruth was pleased to announce that three of these kits, made by Diamedica a small company in England, are on their way to Kagera.  Upon arrival they will be taken to three hospitals in order to train staff in their use and maintenance.  It is hard to put a figure on the number of lives that have been saved by Roger's invention.  Dr. Ruth estimates there must be millions of patients who otherwise would not receive anaesthesic for surgery in remote areas.  Roger himself single handedly raised £280,000.  Dr. Mathieson thanked the Rotary Club of Belleville for their generous contribution of $4,200 towards this project.
Birgit Wartenberg thanked Dr. Ruth for her presentation and congratulated her on the successful grant monies received for this project.  Dr. Ruth has inspired many people and has worked on many successful projects.  Often we forget what conditions are like in other parts of the world and Dr. Ruth focuses on this and reminds us how much work there is to do.
June 2021
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Birgit Wartenberg introduced two guests today, Kim Naylor, Grade 7/8 Teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School and Sophia Saville a student at the school.  Kim Naylor was very pleased that even with the challenge of remote learning and in/out classes, members of the St. Joseph's Legacy Team reached out to Birgit Wartenberg as Chair of Indigenous People Partnerships.  The students who are finishing off their elementary education have been learning about Indigenous People roles and current issues and wanted to lend their support.  Sophia Saville is part of the Legacy Team, a group of students who want to leave a "legacy" in the community.  After speaking with Birgit, they started fundraising through a 50/50 draw, selling popcorn, raffling off a gift basket and auctioning off their yearbook.  Together the Legacy Team raised $772 for the IPP!  Birgit thanked Kim and Sophia for their commitment to this project and will advise where the money will be spent in relation to Indigenous schools the committee is currently working with.
Congratulations to Tim Turriff, who received the $1,000 Indigenous Professional Bursary Award  from the Rotary Club of Belleville in 2021.
Tim Turriff lives in Belleville, was a student at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville and just graduated from the University Lakehead in Thunder Bay with Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism. In September 2021 he will attend the University of New Brunswick as he has been accepted into the Trans-Atlantic Forestry Master program, providing him the opportunity to earn a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Science of Conservation and Land Management at Bangor University, in Wales.  Tim’s long term goal is to pursue a  career in environmental management.  As a Mohawk student, one of the most important aspects in his field of studies will be the promotion of Indigenous participation in the management of protected areas.
Tim Turriff volunteered in the field of environmental management by participating in Blazing Star Environmental’s Western Chorus Frog Long-Term Monitoring Program, dedicating many hours  volunteering for Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation Student Society in the role of Professional Development Coordinator. He organized a virtual job fair that featured 12 employers from around Ontario, giving over 150 students an opportunity to network with leading companies in the outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism industries.  In 2016 Tim participated in the Mayors of the Week program through the Rotary Club of Belleville.