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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
District Site
Venue Map
Tracy Parks
Oct 28, 2019
Classification Talk
Nominators and Recipients
Nov 04, 2019
Community Paul Harris Awards
Warren Mcfaul
Nov 18, 2019
Bolivian Water Project
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
Twelve years ago, Rotarin Al Koudsi, a member of the International Service Committee, returned to Beirut and met another Rotarian, Tony Asfour of the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan and a friendship developed.  In January 2018, Tony Asfour invited our Club to donate to a global grant to buy a special machine in ophthalmology to be used at a clinic for the poor at the American University Hospital in Beirut.  The Rotary Club of Belleville, through the International Service Committee donated money and we recently learned that there is a plaque now in the ophthalmology department to recognize our contribution along with other Rotary Clubs -- Beirut Cosmopolitan, Australia, Beirut Cedars, San Mateo California, Reno Nevada, and Guilford U.K.
This is not the first time we have joined in partnership.  In January 2016, we donated money for wheelchairs for the Syrian refugees living in camps in Lebanon and in March 2017, we donated special musical instruments for the blind and deaf school in Beirut.
Thank you to the International Service Committee for all their work!
President Doug introduced the five (5) Bay of Quinte riding candidates who would be speaking to the Rotary lunch meeting today, each with a five minute time slot to present their party's position for the upcoming federal election (Lto R Stephanie Bell, Daniel Celovsky, Paul Bordonaro, Tim Durkin, Neil Ellis).
First up was Stephanie Bell, NDP candidate, who grew up in the Belleville and Quinte area.  Stephanie works in the service industry and is also an aspiring bike mechanic.  She wants to make sure we have diverse people in our government, people who think differently and with different economic backgrounds who reflect our community.  Affordable housing is a huge issue, not only for those looking for a place to live, but also for businesses who need employees.  If we don't have housing, people can't live here and then businesses can't have employees.  If people can't pay their rent and they can't get jobs, they can't get training, they cannot upgrade themselves.  Stephanie also spoke about the problem of climate change and the need for action as well as pharmacare.
Daniel Celovsky said the Green Party's focus is primarily on the existential crisis which is climate change.  Accountability is needed from our political leaders and we need to transition our economy.  By 2050 we have to get to zero emissions, by 2030 we have to reduce them by upwards of 60% and we have to start now.  Daniel was very pleased with the local leaders, including Rotarians, working together and pointed out that he can represent the Bay of Quinte and local needs without necessarily being obligated to follow party positions, unless it is beneficial to local concerns.
Paul Bordonaro representing the People's Party of Canada resides in Carrying Place and is grateful for the hard work of the party and wants all Canadians treated equally.  Reducing taxes is a must, putting more money in people's pockets.  Government will be different.  Paul said carbon tax is an imposing tax that will continue to go up and needs to be cancelled.  The party feels it is important to stand behind our veterans and support our military.  Immigration laws should be in line with our needs, putting Canadians first.
Tim Durkin, Progressive Conservative candidate and a former Rotarian was aware of Happy Bucks and contributed some.  He knows people hear promises at election time, but pointed out certain promises that did not happen locally -- the Joint Forces operation at CFB Trenton, a Veteran's Center, no federal money for local infrastructure such as the Trenton Memorial Hospital of Costco coming to town.  What we have seen in the last four years is a government that has increased the deficit larger than any other government in Canadian history other than during wartime or recession.  Tim's main concern personally is a prime minister who has broken ethic laws.
Neil Ellis, Liberal candidate and currently serving MP summarized the accomplishments of the government over the past four years, saying it has been a pleasure for him to serve.  Poverty targets are aimed to be reduced by 2020 by 20% and then 50% by 2025.  Federal money has supported public transit in Belleville, affordable housing, focusing on a homelessness strategy.  Unemployment is at a low rate.  Student grants have been increased and loans are interest free for 2 years, 5 years if they start a family.  The economy is on fire and the government is focused on investing in the future of Canadians.
Today's speaker, Suzanne Brant is Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory situated on the Bay of Quinte.  As President of First Nations Technical Institute, Suzanne is focused on ensuring that indigenous knowledge is woven through all aspects of the Institute and committed to the idea that "responsive education" remains the hallmark of her vision for FNTI.  Suzanne is a recognized Traditional Health Educator and program developer, having graduated from the Institute of Integrated Medicine as an Integrated Medical Clinician.  She attained a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from York University.  Over the past 25 years, key to her work has been the preservation of Indigenous knowledge.  Suzanne has a broad range of educator experience including supervising programming and faculty; providing leadership for program development; serving as manager on various projects; developing curriculum and teaching courses; developing and teaching professional development workshops.
Suzanne was very pleased to present information on the FNTI, founded by her great uncle.  FNTI is an indigenous, owned and governed post-secondary institute with nearly 35 years of rich history, offering unique educational opportunities aimed at enhancing the capacity and strength of learners and communities.  The institute serves all of Ontario and their current enrolment is 369 students with 65 employees.  Students need support in the areas of their culture, language and land and FNTI provides a different learning model than other post secondary institutions.  They run a current diploma program in Mental Health and Addiction, Social Service Worker, Early Childhood Education, Community Justice Services and Community and Child Services.  They also offer a 3 year Aviation Program with 24 students enrolled from across Canada.  FNTI offers degree programs in Public Administration and Governance, Social Work (BA and Masters) and are currently working on introducing 5 new degree programs that they hope will be accredited by Christmas --  Midwifery, Indigenous Justice, Indigenous BA of Social Work, Indigenous Food Systems Program.
FNTI boasts a graduating rate of 93% and an employment rate of 98%.  They serve 103 of 129 First Nations Metis and Inuit in Ontario and 172 of 667 First Nations Metis and Inuit in Canada.  Through HIP and District 7070, Rotary has provided support through computers on campus.  FNTI is looking at a new 60,000 sq. ft. building with inviting space for all students and staff.  There is a high demand for pilots and graduates can go right into the industry once they finish the program.  A recent article in the Belleville Intelligencer recognized two female Indigenous students from FNTI who were awarded scholarships at the 11th Annual Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Gala.  The Foundation aims to be recognized as the pinnacle aviation and aerospace organization that inspires, supports and promotes women in these fields.
Suzanne was thanked by Joanne Wheeler who recognized the potential of FNTI in recruiting and placing students in their field of study.
Randy Coker, Co-Chair of RLK this year was very pleased and honoured to present this year's recipient, Ken Dickson with the Anne Leverton Award.  This award is given each year to someone involved in RLK who goes above and beyond.  In 2003, RLK was promoted through hard copy posters and radio advertisement.  Facebook was not introduced until 2005.  Marketing strategies have changed significantly since then and the Committee needed someone with marketing skills as well as technical skills........and along came Ken.  He stepped up and is being recognized for his valuable contributions to RLK and Rotary.  Thank you very much Ken!  His name is proudly displayed with other past recipients, Bernie Ouellet, Jamie Trudeau, Dan Dickinson, Connie Reid, Greg Knudsen, Kelly McKinney and Sam Brady.
  • We are pleased to announce a new member to the Rotary Club of Belleville, Heather Hall, in the Classification of Law.  Heather has transferred in from the Brantford Rotary Club.
  • Very sad to advise of the passing of Margaret Holmes, wife of the Late Don Holmes, a loyal Rotarian over the years.  Funeral service October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members at this sad and difficult time.
  • World Polio Day, October 24, 2019
  • Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College on October 26th.  Please see Cory or Bill MacKay to sign up.
  • OKTOBERFEST Rotary Style -- on Friday, October 25th from 7 - 9 p.m., Friday evening of the District 7070 Conference.  Come enjoy beer tasting from various craft breweries, German inspired food and dance along with fellows to traditional OOM-PAH-PAH music!
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
  • November 4th - Paul Harris Community Award evening.  More details to follow.
  • November 17th Santa Claus Parade.  Peter Malone is looking at options for Rotary involvement.  Perhaps the return of a Rotary float.......remember?
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
October 2019
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Rotary Stories
A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the

Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

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Director-Community Service
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Home Page News
Cablethon -- in 1978, well-known local musician, Norm Post, came up with the suggestion of a Cablethon to raise money for disabled children.  Using his connections with local musicians, he lined up a slate of talent, which performed over the Belleville Cablevue television station for eight hours on a Monday evening.  Those manning the phones were all Rotarians.
Benefit Hockey Game -- in 1981, it was a case of those who could use their limbs, helping those who were unable to.  Rotarian Cliff Belch organized an Easter Seal benefit hockey game.  The match was between the firefighters and the police, with the entertainment between periods provided by the Quinte Figure Skating Club.  The Belleville Police Association assisted the Easter Seal campaign by donating $500 and an additional amount was realized from the 50-50 draw.
McHappy Days -- in March of 1980, the Rotary Club of Belleville was approached by McDonald’s Family Restaurants with an offer to participate in running a McHappy Day in Belleville.  On McHappy Days the fast-food chain donates part of their profits – 50 cents to $1 for each Big Mac sold that day to the Easter Seal Campaign.  Community celebrities donate their time to cook and serve hamburgers.  On this occasion Rotarians were on hand to sell balloons, with proceeds also going toward helping disabled  children.  McHappy Days are held as a national effort by all McDonalds’ restaurants across Canada.  The two previous McHappy Days had raised more that $1 million for physically disabled children through various local or national organizations.  Locally, the 1980 McHappy Day raised close to $900 for disabled children.
ESSO Thankful Tankfull -- the Rotary Club of Belleville participated with local Esso Gasoline outlets in Esso’s national “Thankful Tankfull” contribution to the annual Easter Seal campaign.  Esso would contribute one cent per litre of gasoline sold.  Once held at the Towers Gas Bar, Rotarians manned a refreshment booth to sell hot-dogs and soft drinks donated by Towers and students from Belleville Collegiate Institute & Vocational School ran a car wash as part of the Easter Seal Fund effort.