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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
Canada
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Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, November 29 at  Focus Coffee Bar. New owners, Alex and Amber, opened especially to host us and served lasagna and salad.
Members and guests were introduced and welcomed.
  • Collin Meyers encouraged members to reach out and engage with our Youth Exchange student.  Invite him to join your family and friends for some activities.  Ian Acton suggested to invite him to your work place as he recently spent some time at YourTV. Host families are being sought.
  • Bill MacKay spoke about the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Belleville Rotary Club.  We have some interesting history.  A committee was formed and has been meeting in order to generate ideas for ways to recognize our history and this anniversary.  A proposal will soon be made to spend $100,000 for 100 years of service and investment in our community. An outdoor musical park as well as an outdoor fitness area are being proposed.
  • Ryan LaPalm and Cassandra Bonn spoke about Hockey Night in Quinte. The date is set for Friday, March 1 at the Armouries and the band Moon Sugar is booked. Games and a Silent Auction are planned. Ticket price will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Committee meeting will be scheduled soon to start to work on all the details.
  • Reminder that Chris Finkle and Jamie Trudeau are co-chairs of the Rotary volunteers for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign at the LCBO at the Quinte Mall.  Please sign-up to do a shift or two - schedule is online.
  • Operation Red Nose is starting soon.  Nicole Haire will coordinate a Satellite volunteer evening.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • NO meeting on December 13 or 27. 
  • January 3, 2019 at Capers.
In order to plan appropriately with the host venues all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
  
 
The Travelodge was the host site of our annual Rotary Christmas Dinner attended by almost 100 Rotarians, partners and spouses of Rotarians.  President Andrew though an official club meeting advised there was little formality to the night and encouraged those in attendance to enjoy the fellowship and spirit of the season.  President Andrew opened the dinner with a seasonal Rotary prayer.
 
A festive Christmas dinner was prepared and served to the attendees and enjoyed by all.

John and Wanda Chisholm at the conclusion of dinner led those in attendance in a carole sing of Christmas favourites, and a prelude to the annual tradition of the Children's Choir treating to us a selection of Christmas caroles and hymns.  Before the choir began, long time Rotarian and Choir Director Rudy Heidjens who has retired as main conductor of the Children's Choir and now works only with the Training Choir advised this is the first Rotary Christmas dinner he has actually been able to eat and he enjoyed that. The choir now under the direction of Rudy's long time assistant and also a previous choir member herself performed a number of Christmas songs for our enjoyment and the group accompanied the Choir in singing Silent Night after the Choir sang the first verse in German.  
 
Again a very enjoyable way for Rotarians and their guests to enjoy fellowship and the spirit of the season and a great time was had by all.
President Andrew Bandler called the 2017/2018 AGM to order.  Moved by Andrew Bandler, seconded by Shannon Neely that the agenda of the 2017/2018 AGM be approved as circulated.  
 
President Andrew called Treasurer Darrell Smith to present the 2017/18 Audited Financial Statements and Darrell called our Auditor Michael McMurray from Welch LLP who presented the 2017/2018 Financial Statements to the club.  Michael advised that 2017/18 figures showed a consistency versus 2016/2017 operating revenues and expenses with a slight improvement year over year of an increase in the operating account surplus of approximately $5,000 versus 2016/2017 audited results.
 
Michael then reported on the Service account for the 17/18 Rotary year and noted a deficit of $47,811 of service revenues versus expenditures and this indicated an improvement of results versus budgeted service account deficit and an improvement versus the 16/17 Rotary year of approximately $12,000 when a $59,747 deficit was realized in the service account.
 
MIchael talked about the audited statements and the first page of the audited financial statements represents the auditors' opinion which is the statements represent fairly the receipts and disbursements of the Rotary Club of Belleville during the 2017/2018 Rotary year.
 
Darrell thanked MIchael for his presentation and fielded questions from the membership about the financial statements including a discussion around the deficit in the Service account and was in actuality not as bad as indicated as included the Capital Grants committee and support of community projects of $40,000 which was funded from our long term investment assets and did not have a corresponding revenue inclusion. Questions were asked about the support of the Rotary Music Festival Committee and advised in consultation with the executive of the Music Committee with the significant bank account balances that they were privy to that they could continue for this year without a cash influx and still undertake their desired programming objectives.  With no further questions, Darrell moved the acceptance of the 2017/2018 audited financial statements, seconded by  Sam Brady and then approved by the membership in attendance.
 
Darrell then moved that Welch LLP be appointed as auditors for the 2018/2019 Rotary year, seconded by  Sam Brady and voted on and approved by the membership in attendance.
 
President Andrew thanked Darrell for the presentation of the financial statements and called on Past President Tracy Bray to provide her report to the club of her year as Rotary Club of Belleville President.  One of the highlights for Tracy was the large group of Belleville Rotarians who attended the International Convention in Toronto and hosting of 12 Rotarians from around the world at the Royal Yacht Club in Toronto.  Tracy talked about the Community Paul Harris where 3 new community members were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for their community engagement.  Other highlights for Tracy were a very successful RLK that raised $100,000 and very positive results for other fundraising efforts for the Rotary Aids Walk raising $37,000, Diners and Duffers netting just under $10,000.  Tracy talked about the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival and the Festival of Stars at Albert College recognizing the efforts of a number of the participants.  The Music Festival had over 200 participants in a number of categories. Tracy talked about classification talks that occurred during her year and also an initiative to have speakers who reflected our outreach efforts both locally and internationally which provided the club a first hand understanding of the impact of our support on the lives of others.
 
Tracy closed her presentation thanking all Rotarians for their efforts and moved the acceptance of her report, seconded by John Smale and voted on and approved by the membership in attendance.
 
Tracy then undertook her last role as President was to introduce the 2019/2020 Board for the Rotary Club of Belleville. Before she introduced the 2019/2020 Board, she thanked retiring Directors Adam Zegouras and Drew Brown for their efforts and commitments to the Rotary Club during their long tenures
 
Past President Andrew Bandler
President: Doug Peterson
President;Elect; Tim McKinney
Vice President: To be determined by Board at a subsequent meeting
Secretary: Brenda Snider
Treasurer: Darrell Smith
 
Board of Directors
 
Karen Baker
Collin Myers
Cory MacKay
Jeanette Minaker
Randy Coker
Ashley Rushnell: New Board Member
Peter Malone: New Board Member
John Smale: New Board Member
 
Tracy asked for a motion to accept the slate of directors the 19/20 Rotary year, moved by Kelly McKinney, seconded by Len Kennedy, and voted on and approved.
 
President Andrew then moved to adjourn the AGM, seconded by Bruce Flynn and approved.
 
President Andrew called Bill MacKay Jr to the stage to discuss the 100th Anniversary Committee's recommendations for our 100 Rotary year in 2019/2020. Bill thanked the club members for all of their support during the last couple of weeks and said he was very proud of his father's accomplishments as a Rotarian including Past President and Past District Governor. As well Bill expressed his deep appreciation to the Board for bestowing Honourary membership status to his dad when it was obvious he could not attend meetings anymore.
Bill reported that his committee, comprised of Rotarians including a number of past presidents had a number of initiatives being undertaken to celebrate our 100th year as a Club.  Bill advised that the Park Room at the Travelodge has been booked for a 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner on the 1st of April 2020 and the Governor General has been asked to attend as our guests and confirmation pending.  Details around menu, tickets etc forthcoming.  Bill advised that the committee had reached out to the City of Belleville and the 401 Canada Flower Flag will be updated to reflect the Rotary Club of Belleville's 100th anniversary similar to that what was done for the 100th anniversary of Rotary in 2005.  
 
Bill advised that PPs Karen Baker and Joanne Wheeler are working to update the Rotary of Belleville History Book which was last completed in 1989 and will focus on working through archival items to update the history of the club.
 
In addition the Rotary statue in downtown Belleville will also be updated and new flowering items placed at the base of the statue.
 
The main consideration that the Committee is recommending is 100k for 100 years through specific projects to be undertaken.  Bill advised many Rotarians who attended the Toronto RI International Conference had the opportunity to see the park models being proposed which include 2 outdoor parks one themed around music consistent with our 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival and also a fitness park. Containing stainless steel outdoor equipment for both music and fitness these parks would encourage children and their parents to get outside and disconnect from the internet to just play and have fun. The two base projects are to be enhanced with additional add ons recommended by the Committee and will both come in at a cost of less than $100,000. Discussions are ongoing with the City of Belleville for the provision of land to facilitate these endeavours as well as providing ongoing maintenance to the equipment and park areas.  Bill feels confident that the City will support such endeavours and will provide a lasting legacy to enhance outdoor activities in the City of Belleville. Bill fielded a number of questions around where funds were proposed to come from and whether consideration around looking at an indoor approach had been considered and Bill advised that the funds would arise from the longer term assets of the Club and that these endeavours and equipment were specifically developed for outdoor activities.
 
President Andrew thanked Bill for his presentation and advised to the Club that an email vote would be sent out to all members to allow them to vote and approve or not approve the initiatives.
 
Announcements:
 
  • December 16th -- Kids Rotary Christmas Brunch at the Travelodge from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Gifts from Santa, $20 for adults, $10 children ages 3 to 12, children 2 and under are free. 
  • January 3, 2019 -- Satellite Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Capers
  • January 12, 2019 District 7070 will be holding a Membership Workshop in Trenton at the Trent Port Marina from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Cost is free.
 
 
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Home Page News
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, November 29 at  Focus Coffee Bar. New owners, Alex and Amber, opened especially to host us and served lasagna and salad.
Members and guests were introduced and welcomed.
  • Collin Meyers encouraged members to reach out and engage with our Youth Exchange student.  Invite him to join your family and friends for some activities.  Ian Acton suggested to invite him to your work place as he recently spent some time at YourTV. Host families are being sought.
  • Bill MacKay spoke about the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Belleville Rotary Club.  We have some interesting history.  A committee was formed and has been meeting in order to generate ideas for ways to recognize our history and this anniversary.  A proposal will soon be made to spend $100,000 for 100 years of service and investment in our community. An outdoor musical park as well as an outdoor fitness area are being proposed.
  • Ryan LaPalm and Cassandra Bonn spoke about Hockey Night in Quinte. The date is set for Friday, March 1 at the Armouries and the band Moon Sugar is booked. Games and a Silent Auction are planned. Ticket price will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Committee meeting will be scheduled soon to start to work on all the details.
  • Reminder that Chris Finkle and Jamie Trudeau are co-chairs of the Rotary volunteers for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign at the LCBO at the Quinte Mall.  Please sign-up to do a shift or two - schedule is online.
  • Operation Red Nose is starting soon.  Nicole Haire will coordinate a Satellite volunteer evening.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • NO meeting on December 13 or 27. 
  • January 3, 2019 at Capers.
In order to plan appropriately with the host venues all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
  
 
Ken Wheeler and Jeanette Minaker presented the final Diners and Duffers results for the 2018 project.  Just short of $11,000 profit was raised.  Many Rotarians were instrumental in selling the books, but one individual, Wayne Dewe sold 120 books with help from staff at Dewe's Independent Grocers.  All in all, 290 books were sold.  An outstanding year and achievement as a team effort.  On behalf of the Rotary Club of Belleville, Ken and Jeanette presented Wayne with a certificate of recognition and thanks to Wayne and his staff in support of the Diners and Duffers program.  All funds raised go to help other in the community.
 
Jeanette encouraged everyone to buy a book next year.  A great Father's Day gift with lots of restaurants, golf and wineries to choose from.  The 2019 book will be of the same format and Jeanette acknowleged the help that Randy Coker has provided going forward to ensure all information is tracked as far as former buyers and contact information.  The Committee could not have achieved this goal without everyone's help and participation.