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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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Richard MeWhinney
Aug 19, 2019
Water Collection for Sustainability, From Concept to Reality
Jackie Jarrell
Aug 26, 2019
Fitness benefits for Youth and Adults
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Tim McKinney
Sep 09, 2019
Special extra meeting for the Budget Re-Presentation
Fun Golf Tournament at Trillium Woods
Sep 12, 2019
Golf, Dinner and Fun!
Brandi Hodge and Melanie Cressman
Sep 16, 2019
The United Way- Helping Kids Be All that they can Be
Kathy Smith, Speech Pathologist
Sep 23, 2019
Making your business aphasia friendly
No meeting today
Oct 14, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nominators and Recipients
Nov 04, 2019
Community Paul Harris Awards
Dec 02, 2019
Hastings Prince Edward Children's Choir
Dec 09, 2019
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2019
Rotary Children's Christmas Party
Home Page Stories
Our Rotary Exchange Student from France, Gaspard, returned home with his family on Friday, August 2nd after a wonderful year with the Brady's, by all accounts.  Ian Acton was able to present Gaspard with a Belleville Senators jersey and hat and a Your TV polo shirt and camera bag.  Gaspard spent some time with Ian Acton as a crew member filming some local events so these memories are very important to him.  A huge thank you to Sam and his wife Ann-Marie and their children for hosting Gaspard for the year.  In Sam's words, Gaspard was a special guest and part of their family and did get spoiled.  Gaspard was encouraged to keep in touch.  He has a Roster so is able to do that.  He plans to finish school and then go on to culinary school so perhaps he will be able to come back to Belleville as part of the Men Who Cook initiative!  All the best to Gaspard and his family as they return home.
Rotarian Bill MacKay introduced another history lesson to the lunch group meeting and focused on four (4) Rotarians from the late 1800's.  Edward Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., was not only one of Belleville's leading citizens at the turn-of-the-century, but was also one of Canada's foremost criminal lawyers and a well-known federal member of parliament.  He was born in Consecon, Ontario on May 28, 1859 and received his education at Consecon and Upper Canada College in Toronto.  He continued his studies at Albert College in Belleville and was called to the Bar in 1884.  Mr. Porter was an alderman in Belleville for five years and mayor in 1891, but it was in the field of federal politics that he made his mark.  Following the resignation of Harry Corby, Porter stood as a candidate in the by-election against the Liberal nominee John G. Frost and won a sweeping majority.  He was to keep his seat for 23 years.  In his career as a criminal lawyer he rose to prominence when he won his first major case defending William Ponton, a Belleville man accused of robbing the Dominion Bank in Napanee.  Ponton was found innocent.  Of 13 murder cases in which Porter was counsel for the defense, he lost none.  A keen sportsman, he was a member of the Belleville Yacht Club and of the Albany Club, the Belleville Club and the Laurentian Club.  He was also active in the Masonic Order, Oddfellows and Loyal Orange Lodge.  He died in 1929 at age 70.
William B. Deacon was born in Belleville in 1869 and received his education in city schools and at the Ontario Business College and upon graduating, went to work for local drygoods merchant W. Flint Jones.  In 1892 Deacon went to Chicago and spent six years in the employ of Messrs. Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company.  In 1898 he returned to Belleville and five years later entered the textile trade and started Deacon Bros. Limited, a shirt manufacturer.  He was a member of the Board of Albert College and of Bridge Street United Church and during the second World War, was county chairman of the Victory Loan campaigns.  During the years 1908, 1916 and 1917, he served on Belleville city council.  It was said of him that he was "a public spirited citizen" who "enjoyed the respect of his fellow men.  In civic, educational, fraternal and religious affairs he took an active part and he gave freely of his time and ability in furthering the aims of many worthy causes".  He died in 1943 at the age of 74.
William Doyle played a brief, but important role in the development of the Rotary Club of Belleville, for it was he who was given the task of doing most of the organizational work.  In business life he had been in charge of the Belleville branch of the income tax office from its opening in 1919 and previous to that he had held the position of tax collector for the city of Belleville.  He left the City in 1927 with his family and moved to Peterborough where he had "interests" which he said necessitated his full-time attention.
J. Gordon Moffat was one of the primary men involved in getting Belleville Rotary off the ground and a reality.  He was a Belleville resident for only nine years, coming here as a bank manager.  He was a prominent member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, an officer of the Chamber of Commerce and a popular member of the Bay of Quinte Country Club.  He died in 1924 at St. Andrew's Hospital in Midland after a two week illness.  It was said upon his death that "the community at large will mourn the loss of a man whom it knew as a popular, obliging and in many ways unselfish citizen".
The Rotary Club of Belleville has hit all the right notes in unveiling a unique musical project to kick off its 100th year of community service. The Rotary Music Garden was unveiled Wednesday morning in West Riverside Park, just north of the Rick Meagher/Medigas Rotary Play Park, providing an assortment of instruments to entertain people of all ages year-round. The fully accessible Music Garden features a unique eight instrument ensemble; a set of seven tubular bells, a Harmony T-Rung outdoor xylophone, a bell lyre, both large and small babel drums, handpipes, Rainbow Sambas Outdoor Drums, a Duo Cupla and Cavatina. The project was completed over the course of a year by the Rotary Club, led by project manager Vince Lynch, in conjunction with city staff.
Rotary President Doug Peterson says it will a big attraction for people of all ages, especially children. “Kids love music. We’re sitting here (Wednesday) and there’s already kids playing. While we were doing our dedication, I heard kids in strollers crying because they couldn’t come over and play (the instruments),” Peterson said.  “I think it’s going to be a big attraction and it could introduce younger kids to music, who maybe wouldn’t get a chance,” he added.  President Doug Peterson acknowledged the support and work done by City staff, including Mark Fluhrer and Joe Reid who was described at the pivotal point of contact and his team were "instrumental" in this production.
Chair of the 100th anniversary committee Bill MacKay says the unique idea was struck when club members went to Toronto for the annual Rotary International Convention last year. “Part of the convention includes an area called ‘House of Friendship.’ In that large exposition area, there were a significant number of vendors. We came across a couple of vendors that had similar types of equipment. We started looking at it and thought that this would be great in Belleville,” he explained. MacKay added the Music Garden continues with Rotary's rich history of musical involvement and assisting those with physical challenges. One of the biggest fundraisers the Rotary Club has put on in its history is the Quinte Rotary Music Festival, which has been a staple of the community for more than 50 years. Inclusivity and accessibility are two important pieces to the garden and MacKay said the heavy-duty, specially designed equipment purchased from the United Kingdom were meant to be enjoyed by everyone, including those with limited range of movement or individuals on the autism spectrum and people who can only process one sensory system at a time.  “The duo cupla and the cavatina in particular were both selected, because they were intended to be outdoors year-round,” he said.
Both Peterson and MacKay say there's a possibility to grow the Music Garden and add more instruments if it ends up being popular enough with visitors. “The big reasons why we chose this area is the close proximity to the Rotary Play Park and it can be expanded if we’re in a position to add more equipment,” MacKay said. There’s no cost to the city for the Music Garden and there’s very little maintenance that will need to be done, according to Peterson, which means many future generations can enjoy it in the years to come.
Donations from the Parrott Foundation and the City of Belleville, along with Rotary Club contributions, helped lead the project to its completion.
Project Foreman Vince Lynch spoke about the actual labour that was put into this beautiful Music Garden, including excavation, installation of eight concrete base pads, base plate, wood chips, 91 anchors and site clean-up as well as coordinating with the supplier to select the items, order and facilitate delivery, unpacking and assembly.  Vince's wingman was Bill Lowther who helped keep things moving forward based on a fairly tight time schedule.  On June 19th an installation bee was organized with the help of Rotarians Bill MacKay, Cory MacKay, Ken Wheeler, Bill Lowther and Ross Wagner.  To make things a little more difficult, one of the instruments was defective and caused a slight delay in waiting for a replacement.  Rotarian John Smale designed the signage for the Music Garden. All in all, a great job by many and as Forrest Gump would say "that's all I have to say about that".  Go play!
What connects people better than music?  Music connects us to our talent and spirit and it connects us to each other at a deep spiritual level.  Rotarians hope the Rotary Music Garden will create these important connections for kids of all ages and abilities for years to come.

August 2019
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Bill MacKay presented some interesting information on several of our Charter Members who played an important role in our community.   William (Billy) Hume was a local boy who "made good".  He was born in Corbyville, just north of Belleville, and began his business life at the age of 17 when he joined the Corby Distillery as a clerk.  Described as being "ambitious, energetic and reliable" he won early advancement in the firm, being appointed Assistant Distillery manager, then Manager and later Vice-President.  In 1929 when it looked as if Belleville would have no new arena because of lack of funding, Billy Hume donated $50,000 towards the cost of construction of the Memorial Arena, still standing today.  For a time it was known as the Hume Arena.
S. R. (Sandy) Burrows was one of the eight original members of the Belleville Rotary Club in 1914.  Sandy Burrows is remembered for his many sporting activities.  In his younger days he was a star hockey player.  He was a member of the O.H.A. executive board for nine years and when the local arena, built by Rotarian Billy Hume was in danger of closing its doors, Sandy stepped in and purchased it.  Sandy Burrows was best known in Rotary for his impressive baritone voice and his abilities as a song leader.
James V. Jenkins came to Belleville in 1875 when  his brother-in-law purchased the Dafoe House Hotel, one of the finest hotels in central Ontario.  James came to assist in the management of the business.  In 1899 James leased the original Hotel Quinte (which stood on the site of the Dafoe Hotel) from the Belleville Hotel Company.  In 1905 he purchased the hotel outright.  The Hotel Quinte was where the Belleville Rotary Club was formed and where its meetings were held for nearly half a century.  Sadly, the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1907 and Mr. Jenkins immediately rebuilt a bigger and better Hotel Quinte.
William Ritchie McCreary in his early years was closely connected with the cheese industry.  He was a buyer for a large export firm on the old Belleville Cheese Board for many years and later purchased a small steamer and carried on a shipping business to Montreal.  He started a trucking business and obtained a contract from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to deliver stock to various stores in this area of the province.  The trucking company he started was later purchased by another Belleville Rotarian, Dick Baker of Canada Transport Group and President of the Rotary Club in 1985 - 86.
  • District 7070 Foundation Walk, September 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humber College South, Toronto
  • September 12th Rotary Fun Day of Golf
  • PorchFest, September 28th
  • Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College on October 26th.  Please see Cory or Bill MacKay to sign up.
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
  • Men Who Cook, Women Who Sizzle event - November 2nd, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!