Club Information

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
Dr.Ann Marie Vaughan, Pres.& CEO of LC
Mar 25, 2019
Classification Talk
Buzz Collins-Hypnotist/Mentalist
Apr 01, 2019
A treat for April Fool's Day
Jennifer May-Anderson, ED of Hospice
Apr 08, 2019
The new Hospice Centre
Chris King, CEO of Quinte Econonic Developement Co
Apr 15, 2019
An Overview of the Industrial Sector in the Quinte Region.
No meeting today
Apr 22, 2019
Happy Easter!
Apr 29, 2019
Peter Malone
May 06, 2019
Classification Talk
Samantha Reid
May 13, 2019
Tales from Queen of the Furrow
No meeting today
May 20, 2019
Happy Victoria Day!
Rotary Exchange Student Gaspard Alavione
May 27, 2019
My Year in Canada
VP Tim McKinney
Jun 03, 2019
Budget Presentation
No meeting today
Jun 10, 2019
President's Night TBA
President Andrew Bandler
Jun 24, 2019
Final Farewell
No meeting today
Jul 01, 2019
Happy Canada Day!
President Doug Peterson
Jul 08, 2019
Welcome to Belleville Rotary's Centennial Year
District Governor Beth Selby
Jul 15, 2019
News from the District 7070
David Frum
Jul 22, 2019
Home Page Stories
  • Rotary Music Festival, April 8th to April 13th.
  • Concert of Stars, Wednesday, April 24th at Albert College
  • Rotary AIDS Walk, April 27th.  Save the date!
  • Camp Merrywood, May 3rd and 4th.  Please speak with Shannon Neely to volunteer for this work weekend.......and eat well.
  • Interclub Spelling Bee on June 8th.
  • RLK - July 19th.
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
Chair of the Rotary Music Festival, John Chisholm, provided a brief overview of this year's Festival, to take place the week of April 8th to 13th, a united effort by the Rotary Club of Belleville, the Trenton Rotary Club and Quinte Sunrise.  There are 129 students registered to perform 369 pieces in piano, voice, instrumental, strings, bands, choral classes.  The Festival will take place at three venues, Eastminster United Church (piano), St. Matthew's United Church (vocal classes), the Salvation Army (instrumental and strings), with school choirs and bands being adjudicated in the schools as well as an evening at Albert College.  To give us a taste of what is to come, Charlotte Guan performed a piano solo, the youngest contestant and then was joined by her sister, Isabella in a duet as well as Isabella performing a solo.  Following the piano pieces, three young people presented in song, Gabi Quesnel, Sarah Dettlinger and Anissa Nielson, all different, but wonderfully talented!  They were accompanied by their music teacher, Robert Martin who has been teaching voice since 2000.
Jo-Anne Wheeler provided information on this the 51st Rotary Music Festival.  First was a history lesson of Jo-Anne herself participating in the very first Belleville Rotary Music Festival with several other little girls -- Maribeth Cronk, Janet Loynes, Susan Walsh and others.  They became lifelong friends and some of them studied with Hazel-Ann Reid, the prominent voice teacher in Belleville at the time.  Originally the adjudicators were hired from England and Jo-Anne recalls one of them commenting on her Canadian accent.  The experience was nerve racking, but Jo-Anne knows the value of having someone other than your teacher or parent listening to you sing or play an instrument and provide feedback and ideas for improvement.  The Quinte Rotary Music Festival is a member of the Ontario Music Festivals Association, one of 46 member festivals held annually.  Membership is maintained in good standing by paying a small percentage of each $15 registration fee received.  In turn, we are provided with guidelines and class recommendations and also recommendations and important references for qualified adjudicators.  As in any business, the largest expense is attributed to the cost of employees and in this case, it is the adjudicators.  The per diem guidelines are set by the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator Association along with recommended meal and mileage allowance.  These costs along with accommodation costs tallied just over $8,300 in 2018.  The next largest expenditure is, of course, the production of the Festival Syllabus and the Program.
The chair of the original festival was Rotarian Linton Read and along with then Club President, Ken Wormald they said the aim is to create a healthy, competitive situation by which we can encourage the musical talent of children, young  people and adults of our area.  It is a year round job requiring numerous people to cover all the areas.  The committee is to be congratulated in obtaining supporting funds from various sponsors and benefactors throughout the years to the point that last year, the Festival did not require any funding through the Rotary Club.
For 2019, fellow Rotarian, Rudolf Heijdens has once again stepped up to be the Platinum Sponsor for the Festival.  The Parrott Foundation, as the patron Sponsor has provided $2,500 to offset some of the costs and the City of Belleville contributed a $2,500 grant.  Other major sponsors include Maurice Rollins, Linda and Rolly Tipper and Global Meds all of whom are silver sponsors.  Past President John Chisholm and Direct Realty as well as Rotarian Keith Stansfield and Albert College are also silver sponsors, giving generously of their time and assisting throughout the week long Festival.
Judy McKnight thanked everyone who participated today, as well as the parents and teachers who see the potential and encourage the young people.  Please come out during the week of the Festival and hear some fabulous talent.  For sure, attend the Concert of Stars on Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at Albert College.
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, March 14 at Capers. Members and guests were welcomed. Collin Meyers led the meeting. Announcements were made about the following upcoming Rotary events:
  • Rotary Music Festival, April 8th to April 13th and Concert of Stars, Wednesday, April 24th at Albert College. Margaret Seu is seeking volunteers to assist.
  • Poker Walk for HIV AIDS event April 27 at 9:00 a.m. at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center. Members are encouraged to participate in teams of four with a minimum goal to raise $250 per team member. Volunteers and prize items are also needed. 
  • Camp Merrywood-May 4
  • Interclub Spelling Bee on June 8 – volunteers needed
  • Rotary Loves Kids-July 19
Other items: 
  • Peter Malone indicated the Satellite Club has been asked by the Chamber of Commerce if we would like to commit again this year to provide volunteers for bar ticket sales for the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival to be held July 11-14, 2019. Volunteers need to have Smart Serve. We need to ensure we would have enough volunteers in order to commit. Our Club receives a contribution of a percentage of sales. Some modifications are being made to the set-up and schedule.  Further information and decision at next meeting.
  • Collin read a message from Hockey Night in Quinte leader, Cassandra Bonn. Many individuals were thanked for their time and effort. General excerpts…..“A huge thank you to everybody who helped out with Hockey Night in Quinte. It was another successful fundraiser – raising over $21,000.  A very special thanks to the entire committee and the Satellite Club for all your hard work and support for this successful event. It was a lot of work but I think a very successful event on so many levels.”  Committee members are asked to provide a summary of their role.  Members shared some feedback on the event and things to consider for next year.
  • Sarah Dean provided a financial report. Revenue was nearly $25,000. Some of the revenue items are $4,360 in event ticket sales, $ 11,275 in sponsorship, $ 5,806 for silent auction, $1,144 for games, $770 from 50/50 and $ 1, 182 from bar sales. Expenses were approximately $ 3,300. Net proceeds are a little over $21,000. Great job!
  • President Andrew Bandler was not able to attend the event but thanked everyone for their great work.
  • Collin says the Board is seeking ideas for an informal fellowship event for the Monday lunch and Thursday evening groups.
  • An upcoming meeting date list was circulated and members are asked to sign up to take turns to lead our meetings.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates at Capers are March 28, April 11 and 25.
In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, it’s not a convenient time of year to think about golf.
But for many local children, their needs have no calendar and that’s where the Rotary Loves Kids annual golf tournament plays such a huge role.
The tournament, which completed its 16th year in 2018, has raised almost $1.5 million over that period with the local Rotary Club of Belleville handing out most of that money to support children’s programs in the community.
Rotarians Randy Coker and Brenda Snider sat down with The Intelligencer Thursday morning and while the pair didn’t commit to a date, did say the tournament will proceed again in 2019 sometime in July.
Snider said people need to understand the value of the tournament and how much it does for local youth. In addition to the annual golf tournament, Rotary Loves Kids also hosts the popular Party in the Square following the golf. This year, because of construction issues in Market Square, the after-party was held at Signal Brewery.
“I don’t think the community really understands where the money goes — they hear golf tournament and think, okay its raising money for the community,” said Snider. “Rotary Loves Kids does so much good for our youth and some other groups as well, but primarily kids, and the good thing is all of the money raised at the golf tournament goes toward these programs and none goes toward operational costs.”
In 2018, for only the fifth time in its 16-year history the tournament surpassed the $100,000 mark, bringing in $110,000.
“We were getting a little worried that the tournament had run its course because there had been a little bit of a dip the last few years,” explained Coker. “But we had a very good year in 2018 and we’re hopeful that we can continue on. We’re always looking for ways to improve the (event) because it is so important for Rotary to continue supporting all these things.”
Over the last year Rotary has shelled out $100,000 to youth programs including:
• $28,000 to more than 20 youth community groups
• $27,000 for wheelchairs and equipment for special needs children’s
• $24,000 for Community And Safety Well-Being
• $10,000 for The Children’s Foundation for education bursaries
• $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity and two builds
• $5,000 to Three Oaks
• $3,000 special needs grant and Christmas party
• $2,000 Food for Learning program
• $1,000 Quinte Ballet School for sewing machine
Coker, who serves with Eric Thompson as the co-chairman for the tournament, said Rotary initiatives also help support programs outside the borders of the Quinte region. The club donated $41,000 to help improve human conditions around the globe, including drinking water projects in Uganda, Yeman, Honduras and Guatemala.
One of the programs Rotary is supporting that might not be widely known about in the community is the PACT Urban Peace program.
“If a kid is charged with a crime before they’re 18 years old, odds are they will continue to be a criminal, so what they’ve done, if they can provide some counselling, provide some coaching, provide some guidance — maybe they’re not even being fed at home or are being beat up — if they can get them going down the right path, then we have a chance of that kid becoming a contributor,” Coker said. “They started this about three years ago here and so far it has a 100 per cent success rate. Of the six kids that have gone through the program, not one has re-offended. This is a very important program for Rotary to support.”
Snider said although some of the programs Rotary supports are adult based, that support trickles down to affected children.
“Three Oaks applied for a grant because they were developing a new program, a peer-to-peer program, working with them in second-stage housing and it’s so important to get these woman back on their feet, out into the community, safe environment, in the job market and their kids are safe,” Snider said. “There are a lot of programs out there that need some support and things like Rotary Loves Kids makes it possible.”
Coker said despite all the work over the years, the satisfaction of helping those in need far outweighs any effort needed.
“We had a lady whose baby was born with a defect and needed a procedure to correct it,” he explained. “It wasn’t a big amount they needed and we were able to help them and her quote after was, ‘We want to thank Rotary for our baby’s first laugh.’
“I still get emotional when I think about that and the difference it made in a child’s life.”
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Today we had an opportunity of being updated from a number of committee chairs.
Hockey Night in Quinte
  • Cassandra Bonn is a co-chair for this event
  • The event was held on Friday March 1 at the Armouries.
  • The event was being held in support of an outdoor multi-use sports facility
  • The band Ambush provides live entertainment and the evening also featured a 50/50 draw and a silent auction
  • It was hoped that the event would raise $20,000
Music Festival​​​​​​​
  • John Chisholm is serving as chair again this year which will be held April 8 - 13
  • A signup sheet will be at the door for those looking to provide some volunteer hours
  • Our Music Festival operates with a budget of $27,000 to $30,000. John explained that a fair amount of the budget covers the costs associated with the adjudicators 
  • There are several advertising options available and for more details please contact Rotarian Ashley Rushnell
  • This year 422 performances will be adjudicated and April 12th has been set aside for the Silver Tray competition to be held at St Matthews
Poker Walk
  • Mark Bishop is chairing this event to be held April 27
  • This is our 13th year to the Poker Walk which is our second largest fund raising event. This event has raised a combined $840,000 to date
  • The web site is up and operating so consider entering as a team, or sponsor a team or attend the event at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre
  • Proceeds will fund international and local initiatives by participating Rotary Clubs and NGO's to win the war on HIV/AIDS through education, prevention, treatment, support for orphans, surviving guardians and people living with AIDS. In addition, communities stricken by HIV/AIDS will be assisted in overcoming shortages of drinking water, food, or shelter – essential for recovery and a sustainable future.
Camp Merrywood
  • Tracy Bray is co-chairing this year along with Shannon Neely
  • The first weekend in May is booked for the Camp with dinner on the Thursday evening
  • Once again we will be cutting wood, landscaping (read leaf raking) and painting
  • Other tasks include plumbing, electrical etc.
  • A great opportunity for food fellowship and some much needed work to be completed
Rotary Loves Kids (RLK)
  • This event is being chaired by Randy Coker and will be held once again at Black Bear, Trillium Wood and Signal Brewery on July 19
  • Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Impish Grins
  • Randy expressed much gratitude to the many volunteers and sponsors and reminded is that it is an opportunity to spend some time with like minded people
Men Who Cook
  • This is a new fund raising event that will likely be held in the fall
  • The idea is that 200 samples would be provided by "the contestants" and people would vote for their favourite with tips
  • Attendees would also pay a modest admittance fee so that it is also an opportunity for some fellowship while generating some funds
  • Helen Walsh will be looking for committee members to assist with this event.
    • Rotary Music Festival, April 8th to April 13th.
    • Concert of Stars, Wednesday, April 24th at Albert College
    • Rotary AIDS Walk, April 27th.  Save the date!
    • Camp Merrywood, May 3rd and 4th.  Please speak with Shannon Neely to volunteer for this work weekend.......and eat well.
    • Interclub Spelling Bee on June 8th.
    • RLK - July 19th.
    • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.