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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario! Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom.  Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers..

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:01 PM
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom. Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers, downtown Belleville on Thursdays at noon.
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Randy Coker introduced Valerie Khalemska, Senior Account Manager at Drone Delivery Canada, a publicly-traded, disruptive, pioneering, technology company focused on designing, developing and implementing commercially viable, drone-based logistics systems for government, commercial, industrial and retail customers globally.  The company has been instrumental in delivering time critical supplies and life saving initiatives to remote or difficult to reach communities in northern Ontario and other parts of Canada and around the world.  Given the current situation, their organization has the perfect solution to limit person-to-person contact and ensure business continuity, while keeping the supply chain open.  Drone Delivery Canada was founded in 2014 and was the first drone logistics company in Canada to become completely certified by Transport Canada and deemed a "Compliant Operator" for unmanned aircraft.  The service provided by DDC minimizes shipping times while reducing operational and overhead costs.  Their drones, the Sparrow X1000, Robin XL and Condor are powered by proprietary FLYTE software, delivering critical goods autonomously and complying with the local regulatory authorities.
Through the cloud-based flight management software, DDC can manage active flight routes, licenses and no-fly zones.  They can execute emergency flight patterns from a remote location and provide real-time tracking.  Some earlier projects include flights at Moose Cree First Nations to demonstrate drone logistics for parcels, medical tests, repair parts.  In 2018 they partnered with Peel Paramedics to deliver automated defibrillators to heart-attack patients in rural areas faster than ambulances, saving lives.  They have delivered packages to Staples Business Advantage facilities and with the University of Saskatchewan have transported biologicals (blood, organs, medical tests, vaccines) in a safe, secure and temperature-controlled means.
Several commercial agreements have been announced in the past two years:
  • Moose Cree First Nation -- an Indigenous community in Northern Ontario (fly-in access only) that had been using expensive helicopters to transport basic goods such as blood samples, mail, grocery items, pharmaceuticals.  Through DDC with drones that are able to fly day and night, during dangerous shoulder seasons when they cannot drive over the river or take a boat, the results are a better quality of life for many members of the community.
  • Vision Extrusions, a plastic extrusions manufacturer in Vaughan, Ontario are using drones to transport documents, small parts, tools and dyes between their facilities on campus.
  • GlobalMedic/Beausoleil First Nation, an Indigenous community located on an island in Ontario, the main goal of the project is to support them during COVID-19 by keeping the supply chain going and bringing in much needed PPE, medical supplies, etc.  It was the first announced COVID-19 related drone logistics project in Canada and it's a commercial BVLOS operation.
  • Georgina Island First Nation, also an Indigenous community located on an island, DDC is using one of their drones to transport PPE, medical cargo, COVID-19 swabs, test kits, etc. 
Valerie explained the vision of DDC is to solve logistics in isolated regions and lower population density areas.  By qualifying as a BVLOS operator (Beyond Visual Line of Sight), DDC can increase the range of service and utilization of their drones.  Think of drones as the railway in the sky by applying rural and remote applications.  DDC operates a 24/7 control centre in Vaughan, Ontario where operators oversee all drone operations and deliveries.  DDC tackles last-mile logistics with their drone delivery solutions.  There are some limitations currently in place with respect to flying over densely populated areas, in/around airports and flying extensive distances.  There are over 1,000 remote isolated communities in Canada located in harsh conditions.  By using drone services, it enables two way links. 
The following link provides an overview of how the system works.
Kristin Crowe thanked Valerie for delivering a fascinating topic and to show how drone services will improve and save lives around the world.
President Elect Darrell Smith started off the meeting on January 21st recognizing those Rotarians who have 30 years plus service in Rotary as of January 2021.  They are Hugh Campbell (30), Al Koudsi (38), John Chisholm (39), Bob Ord (57), Garth Stephanson (47), Ken Wheeler (43), Dave Albert (34), Bill Lowther (35), Manfred Sohn (39), Jamie Trudeau (41), Mike Bandler (30), Brian Bentley (40), Bob Burns (48), Randy Kerr (34), Ray McCoy (31), Bernie Ouellet (32) Hal Wilson (39), Bill King (35), Richard Tie (37).  Wow!  That is Service Above Self!  Darrell intends to recognize those Rotarians who reach 30 years every month.
  • Great to see a few of our Rotarians participate in Tuesday Talks on February 9th, hosted by District 7070.  Speaker Gayle Ouden, professional certified coach shared information on conflict resolution and how it could apply within Rotary Clubs as well as other work/personal associations.  Terry Thomas, Jeanette Minaker, Paige Summers (guest) and Nadine Langlois took part.  These Tuesday Talks bring a broad range of speakers to all Rotarians in our District at no cost.  Next session is on March 9th on Rotary Youth Services.
  • District 7070 Conference - April 9 - 11, 2021 at the Pan Pacific Hotel (formerly Westin Prince) in Toronto.  Your accommodation can be booked through the District website.
  • Camp Merrywood -- April 29th to May 1st.  Please let Tracy Bray know whether you can help.  She is trying to determine interest and see what will work as far as a work weekend amid COVID-19 restrictions.
  • RLK tentatively set for July 23rd.  Mark this date in your calendar now.  More information to follow.
  • Rotary Music Festival is tentatively set for the week of November 15th
Past President Kelly McKinney introduced speakers Ross McDougall and Harold Brennan, both of whom he considers as great examples of leading by example.  Kelly referred to them as colleagues as he has worked with them at McDougall Insurance since 2005 when he started there.  He is delighted to hear from them today on Heart and Home, the Hospice Quinte Care Centre.
Harold Brennan was asked by Ross two years ago to get involved in this project and it dovetails with his commitment in the community to be involved.  Through personal experience, Harold knows how difficult it is for family to see a loved one pass in a nursing home or hospital setting and sees Hospice Quinte as a much needed safe refuge for the difficult journey of life-limiting illness, death and grief.  A hospice setting will provide a positive experience for children and grandchildren, a focus that would be important and aligned with Rotary.  Heart and Home is a 9.5 million dollar project with the building itself being the biggest portion of those costs.  Todate, over 7 million dollars have been raised.  Construction is well under way and it is expected that residents will receive palliative care in the new facility by October or November this year.
Ross McDougall, Co-Chair of the Heart and Home Campaign thanked Rotary for inviting them here today in order to consider their request for financial support.  Ross along with the Late John Williams agreed to co-chair the project.  With John's death and the year with COVID has certainly made fundraising more difficult.  There are 41 other Hospice facilities across Ontario and Ross and John recognized that the Quinte area needed to get behind and support this much needed community-based service in our area.  Hospice palliative care is a special kind of health care for those who are in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, where the goal is to provide comfort and dignity and the best quality of life for them and their family.  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care approved moving forward with a 6-bed Hospice Quinte Care Centre.  The City of Quinte West generously donated the property for the new care centre along with 1 million dollars for construction.  The City of Belleville also donated 1 million dollars as well as Tyendinaga Township donating $75,000.  The Parrott Foundation has given the gift of compassion and care with a $215K donation, a significant and thoughtful gift in December 2020 with an earlier contribution of $250K in the early days of the campaign, a total contribution by them of $465K.  The 6-bed Hospice Quinte Care Center is located on Old Highway 2 across from Bayside Secondary School, a safe, comfortable, quiet and welcoming place that will feel as close to home as possible.  Having this facility will mean approximately 300 to 350 families will be able to be supported each year.  The location also provides an option to expand the facility to 10 beds in the future if needed.
The Rotary Board has considered the request to support this Heart and Home Hospice in our community and will be sending a survey to all Rotarians to cast their vote of support.  Individuals can also make on-line donations on their website  Donations can also be made by cheque and mailed to Hospice Quinte, Bayview Mall, 470 Dundas Street, Unit #2, Belleville K8N 1G1.  Financial commitments can be made in one lump sum or over a few years, monthly.  The catchment area for this hospice will be Belleville, Quinte West, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township and The Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Bill MacKay, Hospice Quinte Board President thanked Ross and Harold and credited the success of the campaign to their tireless work and volunteer efforts.  No words of thanks can be sufficient.  Bill offered his own personal sincere gratitude.
February 2021
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