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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario!

Service Above Self

Every other Thursday at 12:00 PM Jan 9, 23, 2020
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
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John Smale introduced us to the Mayors of the Week, a historic day indeed.  This is one of John's favorite programs and is happy to introduce us to the new batch of students for Mayors of the Week.  There is a constant from year to year and that is their shyness with each other on day one.  By the end of the week they are best friends and joking back and forth like they've known each other for years. A little history on Mayors of the Week.  Starting in 1969 the program gives local high school students a chance to see the operation of their municipal government up close.  If there is one constant running through the program, it is the surprise that the participating students experience at the complexity of the work involved in running a city the size of Belleville.  Key to the start up of the program were Rotarians Ken Wormald, Don Thrush and Dr. Russell Scott Mayor of Belleville in 1969.
Students who show civic leadership and an interest in helping their community are selected from each local high school.  The students are provided with the opportunities to visit a variety of city officials and departments to learn how a municipality works.  Rotarians accompany the students throughout the week visiting offices and facilities.  The students are given tours or City facilities, meet with Senior staff and representatives from City departments, meet the Mayor and attend a City council meeting.  At the end of their experience they attend a Rotary meeting just like today to report on their experiences.  The students learn about the many projects and services where our tax dollars go and how departments work with each other.  The Mayor's office and department heads have always been generous with their time.  The students get a real sense of the transparency of local government, services and what it takes to run a city and keep the citizens safe. Students return to their schools with enhanced perspectives and increased knowledge.  The Mayors of the Week program allows the Rotary Club of Belleville to assist in developing and rewarding our future leaders.
Here are your Mayors of the Week :
Matthew Foster - a grade 11 student at Quinte Christian High School.  He learned a lot and thanked Rotary for the lunch today as well. Really enjoyed the waste and water treatment plant, which surprised him as he was not looking forward to it.  Really liked public works as well and realized that it was good for people pursuing a career in the trades.  Overall it was one of the greatest weeks of his life. He realized he knew only a fraction of what was done in the City and the impact that municipal Council has.
Brett Binney - grade 11 student at Centennial.  He enjoyed the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center, a facility that is environmentally friendly with 2000 solar panels that generate savings of $400,000 by using hot air to heat up the rest of the building.  Visited the Belleville Police Service and the Forensic Identification Unit, was fingerprinted and was able to examine his prints compared to others.  A great experience overall that gave him an opportunity to meet other student leaders.
Jocelyn Carr - attends St. Theresa's High School in grade 12.  She has been interested in municipal politics for some time due to her dad's (Paul Carr) influence.  Wanted the opportunity to see what each department does. For her the library was a highlight and the art in the gallery.   Jocelyn also enjoyed the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center and the efficient methods of saving energy.  The opportunity to speak at the council meeting was a great experience, to have that say and share her ideas.  Thanked Rotary again for a great week.
Megan Walton - grade 12 student at East Side High School.  Thanked Rotary for the opportunity, a once in a life time chance to meet leaders who have impacted the City.  Was interested in politics and was amazed by the work required into running the city.   She now knows where the water is coming from and the process. Met with the Mayor and wants to go into political science. Learning about police and fire department was also very interesting. 
Caitlin Longo - grade 12 student at Nicholson Catholic high school.  Caitlin was in grade 10 when her friend (Anissa Bray) participated in the Mayors of the Week program.   She could not stop talking about it and Caitlin realized she was a little jealous and went to her guidance counsellor to discuss plans for the future.  After talking about it, they came up with the decision to pursue an undergraduate degree in political science and the teacher recommended the Mayors of the Week as an opportunity to see first hand how her city functions. The Mayor welcomed her and provided great information. Could not believe there are so many job opportunities in a small city. Would highly recommend this program to everyone.  Thank you to Rotary.
Jasper Gilbert - a grade 11 student at Albert College.  He was chosen by his politics teacher and admitted to being unenthusiastic about the program when looking at the itinerary. But he saw a rare opportunity to research the people who served in various City departments and changed his tune.  He became excited and could not believe the amount of careers and opportunities, senior department leaders there are in such a small city.  He is interested in studying business as a result of the program. 
Tawnya Smith - When the Mayor of the week came across her desk she jumped at the chance to be involved once again.  She is currently Co-Op Department Head at East Side Secondary.  She has been involved for many years in this program and never wants to miss this day. The impact it has had on people is phenomenal. Thanks to the Mayor and his staff for the work put into the program.  Thank you to the students as well.  This has a huge impact on them. They are the leaders of the school in our area. These are the students who are catching up on what they are missing. These are your future leaders and they put in the work. She loves this day. Please keep her involved.
Bill MacKay provided some interesting facts about the Rotary Club of Belleville and its Monday meeting locations.  In 1920 the Club met at the Quinte Hotel at 12:15 p.m. and remained at that location until 1972 when the Club moved to the Sun Valley Motor Inn, same time.  Four years later in 1976 the Club met at the Four Seasons Hotel, still at the same time.  In 1984 they moved to the Ramada Inn and started the meeting 5 minutes earlier at 12:10 p.m. and in 2004, still at the Ramada with a start time of 12 'noon.  In 2012 the Ramada became the Travelodge and the meetings were held there until 2016 when the Club moved to the Banquet Centre, mainly to avoid the construction on Dundas Street at the Bay Bridge.  After one year, the Club returned to the Travelodge/Ramada and now in 2020, the Club is meeting at Capers Restaurant every second Thursday, starting on January 9, 2020, at noon.
Upon inception of the Satellite Club in 2016, much like how Paul Harris initially intended, its members rotated to various locations for its meetings.  Subsequently, it now meets alternate weeks at Capers Restaurant at 5:30 on Thursday.
After many years of use, the Podium used at the head table needed replacement.  Rotary member Joe Rosenkrantz took it upon himself to arrange for a suitable replacement.  Joe had joined the Rotary Club of Belleville in 1981 with the classification of Drug Retailing.  Joe had moved to Belleville to operate the Shopper's Drug Mart at the Quinte Mall and was active with the Environment Committee.
Each week, hanging behind the head table is  a hand hooked rug, that features the Rotary International Rotary Wheel.  This was the creation of George "Smitty" Smith.  George had joined the Club in 1971 with the classification of Ministry of Corrections - Probation.  George served our Club for many years as Chair of Easter Seals.  George created two rugs for our Club using yarns of different colours for each of the creations.  His impact on our Club is still recognized through the efforts of his son-in-law, Steve Vasco, who continues to volunteer at the Camp Merrywood work weekend.
The Satellite meeting was held at Capers on Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Following is a summary of discussion points.
Sens Fundraiser: This was a successful night. About $3800 was raised. There was a shortage of volunteers this night. The next game for tickets sales will be February 7th and March 20th. Email Mel Cressman to volunteer. It was suggested to develop an on call list if there are not enough volunteers for those nights.
Name tags: A committee will be developed to investigate options for name tags. Coreen and John will bring back options.
Pins: Collin has pins available.
Tree Planting: The goal is to plant 50,000 trees in the next few year. The date for this event will be Saturday April 25th. Tim is leading up the tree planting committee. Interested members for this committee are: Carmela Ruberto, Mary-Anne Davies, John Baltutis, Sam Reid, Rosie Ouellette, Collin Myers, Coreen Reynolds. Tim will organize a meeting soon.
Rotary Loves Hockey: There is a set date for April 17th and the Impish Grins are booked.
100th Year Banquet – Set date for April 1st. Tickets are now available on Clubrunner. 
Next Meeting: is set for January 16th and some district chairs will be attending to learn about Satellite. Anya will be chairing this meeting. Agenda items for this meeting are:
  • Satellite – how we function
  • Tree Planting update
  • Hockey night in Quinte Update (Cassandra/Ryan)
  • Sens Tickets/Volunteering update
  • Hockey Rink update
  • Water Front/beer tent update (Peter?)
  • Happy Bucks
  • Classification talks: It was agreed to continue with these at our meetings. Mary-Anne Davies has agreed to do her talk at the February 13th meeting.
  • Happy Bucks: It was agreed to do Happy Bucks at the end of each meeting. It will be the responsibility of the chair to keep this to a timely manner.
  • Other: It was agreed to have agendas to help guide our conversations. An agenda item called “Other” can be used and it will be up to the chair to determine based on timing how many “other” items should be added to the agenda. Members should email the chair prior to the meeting if they have agenda items. It was suggested that the chair be included in the notice/invite so people are aware who to contact for agenda items.
    Next Meeting: Capers, Belleville on January 16th at 5:30 p.m.
    Future agenda items: Timing of meetings, name tag updates
  • In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
  • January 23rd lunch meeting at Capers at 'noon. 
  • February 29, 2020 -- District 7070 is holding a Foundation Grant Writing Workshop at the Whitby Public Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunch will be served.
  • SAVE THE DATE - April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Celebration @ Ramada by Wyndham, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 dinner.  Guest Speaker Jeffry Cardorette-Rotary International Director.  Business attire or black tie optional.  Tickets are $100 each and are now available on Clubrunner.  Here is the link to the 100th Anniversary website .
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Quinte Rotary Music Festival began in 1969 under the chairmanship of Rotarian Linton Read.  "Our aim is to create a healthy, competitive situation by which we can encourage the musical talent of children, young people and adults in our area", said Ken Wormald, Club President of that year.  "There are dozens of similar festivals across Canada receiving tremendous support.  We feel this is one of the most exciting musical events for Belleville in 30 years".  It was also pointed out that the Festival was not seen as a money-making project for the Club, but rather as a service to the Quinte area.  The planning of the event took literally dozens of Rotarians.  As this was a first for the local Club, everything had to be done and learned from scratch.  Halls had to be rented as well as pianos.  Adjudicators had to be engaged, tickets sold, programs prepared, advertising published, entries received, schedules made up, prizes obtained, certificates printed, scholarships sought out, etc.  The first year there were 32 sections of competition, with as many as a dozen classes in each section.  In total, there were 413 classes of competition, with well over 1,000 individual participants.
The Festival was a huge success and it was decided to continue the event on an annual basis.  By 1972 the participants then had reached the 1,900 level (about 1,300 in 1971) with scholarships awarded amounting to $1,400.  There were several innovations in 1972:  organ competitions were held for the first time (at St. Andrew's Church) and a band competition was added.
The 1975 edition was the biggest Festival to that point and it was the first year the Festival was jointly sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Belleville and Trenton.  The 10th Annual Festival in 1978 saw the addition of dance competitions.  This served to show case the talents of students at the Quinte Dance Centre, then still in its early years of operation.  In 1985 the dance section of the Festival was dropped due to lack of sufficient entries.
The Rotary Club of Picton joined Belleville and Trenton as co-organizers of the Music and Dance Festival in 1979.  Then Past District Governor Wilf Wilkinson, co-chairman of the Festival, said the expansion to include Picton came through a suggestion of the school boards.  The impact of the Picton participation was evident the following year when a record number of entries were received.  Festival chairman, Past President George Zegouras, said "we have 582 entries and compared to the previous high of 508 in 1978, this is going to be the best year ever for contestants".  There was a drop in entries the following year, the reason cited as being the late distribution of the syllabus, but entrants rebounded in 1983 to 653.
As of 1986 the Festival was still going strong with about 450 entries for the 18th annual competition with a new generation of participants involved.  An appropriate touch for the latest Festival was the appointment of Dr. Gregory Butler as adjudicator in the piano section.  Butler is a Belleville native who has gained a world-wide reputation as a concert performer and teacher.
In 2019 the 51st Annual Music Festival featured 369 entries, representing the various disciplines of music.  A new feature included the adjudicator travelling to schools for band and choir competitions.  Many festival participants have graduated from university with degrees in music and are enriching the lives of others with music as an avocation in part due to their participation in the Quinte Rotary Music Festival.