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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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Inspector Sheri Meeks
Oct 01, 2018
Mental Health and Policing
No meeting today
Oct 08, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
For Child Abuse Prevention Month
Oct 15, 2018
A Bursary Recipient success story-Speaker TBA
Nicole Cao and Gaspard Alavione
Oct 22, 2018
Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound and Inbound
Astronomer Terence Dickenson
Oct 29, 2018
The Night Sky
Colonel Golden 8 Wing Commander
Nov 05, 2018
Remembrance Day Celebration
Community Paul Harris Event
Nov 12, 2018
Community Paul Harris Award presentations
Mayors of the Week
Nov 19, 2018
The student reflections of their week as Mayor.
Collin Myers
Nov 26, 2018
Classification Talk
Dec 03, 2018
Club News
Rotary Christmas Pary
Dec 10, 2018
In the evening at the Travelodge
Rotary Kids Christmas Brunch
Dec 17, 2018
Fun, food, entertainment and Santa
Home Page Stories

Melanie Cressman, a member of the Satellite Club, and a work colleague of today's guest speaker Kathy Murphy was pleased to be able to introduce her, a crazy Maritimer full of hospitality, and since joining the United Way as Executive Director has shared her passion and empathy along with the importance of being appreciated and very welcoming to all staff and stakeholders.  Kathy, originally from Nova Scotia, moved to Ontario in early 2012. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions within the non-profit sector, with an MBA from St. Mary’s University, a Certificate in Adult Learning and Development from OISE, and various diplomas in leadership development, and human resource management. Her background is varied, including five years as CEO of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, at Dalhousie University as Director of Medical Alumni Relations and leading sales and event management at Canada’s Immigration Museum, Pier 21. In addition she has run the visitors services division of the City of Halifax’s tourism department, then running her own restaurant, directing her family’s business, and supporting many entrepreneurial ventures.

Kathy’s passion for the United Way stems from both volunteering and working with those who are most vulnerable. “It could be any one of us at any time, that needs the help of the United Way,” says Kathy.  “In many cases the strength of our community is being united in helping and supporting those most in need, which is what United Way Centraides have represented for over 100 years.  In fact, I see it as a privilege to be of service to others and have spent my career in community economic and social development.”

Kathy's father and his sister were born in the Dominican, but when politics in the country took a bad turn, he moved to Canada at the age of 17, attended high school and met Kathy's mother who was Scottish.  Her father was a newcomer to Canada and worked very hard, becoming a business owner, knowing what it was like to come from a poor country.  Kathy herself grew up in a middle class family, in a small industrial Nova Scotia town that was known for its steel industry and mining.  Kathy attended university in Halifax and met the love of her life, her husband Randy who is a veteran.  They both fiercely love Canada and wave the flag at every opportunity.  Kathy considers herself to be lucky to live in Canada, lucky in love and lucky in her career.  During university she travelled and saw poverty first hand and experienced many areas of opportunity to show mentorship, leadership and embrace tolerance and inclusivity, sometimes behind the scenes for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.  Kathy worked at Pier 21 in Halifax, a historic museum site where one and half million immigrants came first to Canada.  Kathy's father was an immigrant as were many who chose Canada as their country.  Kathy also had an opportunity to work with high risk youth in Pittsburgh, but eventually life brought Kathy and her husband to Ontario. 

Living and working in Canada is a privilege as far as Kathy is concerned and she is one happy Canadian gal!  Kathy was thanked by Carmella Ruberto of the Satellite Club who described Kathy as a kind, humble, energetic woman who displays the true testament of her character, one who cares about her community.

The annual District Foundation Walk in support of the Rotary Foundation will be held on September 30, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McMichael Art Gallery, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario L0J 1C0.  The McMichael Art Gallery is a perfect gallery for a proper introduction to Canada's art, its people, their cultures and history.  There are beautiful trails to walk.  An opportunity to engage, socialize, reflect, relax and share.  There will be a 2km and 5km structural walk in collaboration with the Humber Valley Trail Association.  Lunch starts at 11:00 a.m.  Bring your lawn chairs.  This is a free event with everyone pledging support by participating and raising funds for the Rotary Foundation.  Beautiful time of the year and a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
  • September 29th -- Porchfest in the East Hill from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • September 30th -- Foundation Walk in Kleinberg
  • October 27th -- Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College.  See Co-Chairs Cory and Bill MacKay for more information
  • October 27th -- Rotary District Reunion in Wellington.  A one day Rotary get-together in beautiful Prince Edward County
  • November 12th -- Paul Harris Community Awards in the evening at the Travelodge
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, September 20 at The Anchorage hosted by Kathy Murphy.
Members and guests were introduced and welcomed.
  • Cassandra Bonn provided an update to members on the recent subcommittee meeting which took place September 13 for the initial planning of the 3rd annual Hockey Night in Quinte. The recipient of the monies raised from this event is still to be determined.  Possibilities are: Playing for Keeps, Field of Abilities, United Way, Future Outdoor Ice Rink project. We are researching entertainment options which may require funding and will create a budget for the event.  Lots of volunteers will be required for a wide variety of tasks.
  • Porchfest is on September 29.
  • Follow-up regarding the United Way request for support for the Youth to Youth program is required and a vote by survey may be conducted. A suggestion was made to utilize the $3,000 currently in our account.
  • Reminder that the Paul Harris Awards evening is scheduled for November 12 at the Travelodge. The nomination forms are available on Clubrunner. Please see the email messages from Tracy Bray on this topic.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • Next meeting is October 4- location TBD
  • Other upcoming dates are October 18 and November 1
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.
President Andrew wowed the lunch meeting by welcoming our new Rotary Exchange Student, Gaspard Alavoine, recently arrived from France and Andrew spoke eloquently in French!  This is what he said.
Hello Gaspard and welcome to Canada and welcome to our friendly City of Belleville.  As a Club, we are thrilled to host you in our community for the next year.  We hope you enjoy your time with us and get to experience as many Canadian experiences and traditions as possible!  We meet every Monday at noon and we hope to see you joining us here for as many meetings as possible.
It is a tradition of our club to present our incoming exchange student with a flag from his or her country and to keep this flag on display, along with the rest of our club's flags for the duration of your stay in our country. 
Gaspard, a big welcome to you and congratulations for choosing Canada.  We are sure you will have a fantastic year.
Well said Andrew!
September 2018
Upcoming Events
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

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Director-Community Service
Director-Vocational Service
Director-Youth Services
Director-Community Service
Director-International Service
Home Page News
Ruth Mathieson and Al Koudsi, members of our International Service Committee forward this news release from Lebanon on a project at the School of the Blind and Deaf.  Funds from the Rotary Club of Belleville helped with this project and our name is mentioned in the news release.
Baabda, Lebanon: Within the scope of humanitarian mission, the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan (Primary Host Sponsor) and the Rotary Club of South Bunberry, West Australia D9465 (Primary International Partner) with contributions from RC Beirut Center; RC Reno, Nevada; RC Belleville, Ontario ; RC Waikiki, Hawaii; RC San Mateo, California; Mounzer Foundation, helped provide the following equipment: Perkins Brailler, Braille Paper, Genset Cummins 135 KVA Generator, Musical Instruments and Sign Language Training. The Lebanese School of the Blind and the Deaf (LSBD) was represented by its Chairperson Ms. Laure Doumit and the School Principal Mrs. Marie Rose Gemayel. RCBC and RC Beirut Center were represented by their respective Presidents and fellow members. Dr. Zaki Dorkham, Past District Governor of District 9465, (2008-2009), represented RC South Bunberry.  This event was marked by a musical performance by the blind students choir followed by a technical demonstration of the equipment donated. The school administration, in a heart warming message, emphasized the importance of the partnership established between Rotary and LSBD, a partnership that helped cover the needs of the school and helped light up the students’ world.  Speeches by RCBC President Rabab Safieddine, and Dr. Zaki Dorkham highlighted the Rotary spirit of service that spans the globe and the importance of international and local partnerships to help dreams become reality.
Nyamuti Primary School is a primary school in the rural area of Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe, founded in 1989.  There are 508 students currently attending the school.  Most of the parents are subsistence farmers.  Of the 508 student, 132 are AIDS orphans whom have lost either one or both parents.  Nyamuti has little in the way of supplies and resources.
Nyamuti has 6 block houses with 2 classrooms each, for a total of 12 classrooms.  There are 13 classes at the school for the 508 students, average of 39 students per class.  Therefore, one class was meeting outside each day as there are not enough classrooms at the existing school.  Recognizing the rapid growth of the student population, the construction of another school blockhouse was an urgent need.  Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Whitby Rotary and other Rotary Clubs, including the Rotary Club of Belleville, one additional classroom block has been completed.  The community provided bricks and labour and through Ontario Rotary Clubs and a private donor, the construction is now complete as of July 2018.
Thank you to Dr. Ruth Mathieson and the International Service Committee for their work and effort in ensuring that monies are used wisely, around the world.