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
David Frum
Jul 22, 2019
US politics
Re-Presentation of Budget
Jul 29, 2019
Tim McKinney
No meeting today
Aug 05, 2019
Happy Civic Holiday!
Richard MeWhinney
Aug 19, 2019
Water Collection for Sustainability, From Concept to Reality
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Fun Golf Tournament at Trillium Woods
Sep 12, 2019
Golf, Dinner and Fun!
No meeting today
Oct 14, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nominators and Recipients
Nov 04, 2019
Community Paul Harris Awards
Dec 02, 2019
Hastings Prince Edward Children's Choir
Dec 09, 2019
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2019
Rotary Children's Christmas Party
Home Page Stories
Past President Len Kennedy welcomed President Doug to his new position.  President Doug is known to most of us as a Rotarian and will also be known to many as active in the local real estate sector since the 1990’s.  His career really took off when he joined forces with Judi Rufo in 2001 which led to the creation of the most dynamic real estate team in the Belleville area. It was also the beginning of an amazing life together, including their marriage in 2008. Doug joined Rotary in 2008 after he and wife Judi Rufo donated $5,000 to our club collected from guests at their wedding earlier that year. These funds helped Dr. Ruth with her service in Africa. Doug worked on the Rotary AIDS Walk Committee and acted as Chair of the AIDS Walk for 2 years.  He joined the Board for 2013-2014 Rotary year under Past-President Paul VandeGraaf…. Len had the pleasure of working with Doug on the Board for the next 3 years and found his input helpful and thoughtful.   Doug served 2 years as Club Secretary after taking over from Past District Governor Bill MacKay.
Doug passed the brutal entry requirements to work with the kitchen crew at Merrywood. With 4 years of dishwashing under his apron, Doug says it has been one of the most fulfilling Rotary activities in which he has participated, despite the demands of working with that kitchen team!. He has found it a great example of Fellowship, Service above Self, and it proves that Rotarians are “People of Action”.   Doug helps lead the family business, the newly branded “Rufo Real Estate Team”, along with wife Judi and stepson Joey.
Doug is a personable leader, team player and effective communicator, a dapper dresser and a highly engaged person who supports many causes in our community. I think we are fortunate to be under his leadership in our Centennial year.
Doug thanked Past President Len for that generous and safe introduction.  Of all the Pokerstars he chose Len because he knew he would handle the assignment with some class and decorum, the rest of them, well….?   Special welcome to Doug’s wife Judi Rufo and our new First Lady, and to Doug's stepson and second business partner Joey Rufo.  You might know them better as the Rufo Real Estate Team… and Doug.   Doug thanked Past President Andrew for his steady hand last year, he fulfilled that commitment with grace and diplomacy.   Doug also thanked the retiring directors Adam Zegouras and Drew Brown. 
Now into our new Rotary year, our 100th year!  100 years of service in our community and around the world.  100 years of fellowship and friendship.  He is extremely honoured to lead the Club in our Centennial year.  We have a great new Board of Directors eager to get to work at the job of managing the affairs of our club.  He wanted to thank them for their commitment to the future of our club.  They are a diverse and dedicated group with a passion for Rotary and this community. The Board includes three satellite club members, President Elect Tim McKinney, Directors Collin Myers and Peter Malone.  Joining them are Past President Andrew Bandler, Vice President and Club Secretary Darryl Smith, Club Secretary Brenda Snider.  The other Directors are Karen Baker, Randy Coker, Cory MacKay, Ashley Rushnell, John Smale and Jeanette Minaker.  Jeanette has also accepted the new role of Executive Secretary to help keep the club focused on our goals.
Rotary around the world is changing, evolving, and adapting.  Our club is no different.  Doug has seen many changes since he joined the Board in 2013-14.  Our Satellite club has engaged a new portion of our community.  We’ve changed the process for electing our Board of Directors resulting in a more committed and engaged Board.  We have started to simplify and consolidate our committee structure.  We have outsourced our bookkeeping and accounting.  Lots of positive change. The Rotary Club of Belleville must continue to change to be more relevant, more vibrant and more impactful in our service.  We will consider anything that improves the overall health of our club and increases our impact in our community.  We have to accept that change is the only constant.  We need to be open to new ideas.  No matter how random, we will give consideration.  No one should be afraid to bring their thoughts and ideas forward.  For example, in addition to our new “Men Who Cook. Women Who Sizzle” fundraiser we are exploring two exciting new fundraisers brought forward by President Elect Tim.
Rotary Clubs around the world are challenged with attracting, engaging and retaining membership.  Our club is no different.  Every year we have the same challenge.  New members join our club and some leave.  Total membership stays very close to 120 – 125.  That’s not a problem if our membership is fully engaged through the fellowship offered by the club and actively participating in fundraising and service projects.  The Board wants to ensure we are fully engaging our members new and old.  We have already started taking steps to play a better membership game.  We have better vetting of new members, a stellar new mentorship program created and led by past district governor Bill MacKay.  More purposeful outreach to all members to ensure everyone is getting what they want from Rotary.  For this year Doug has asked Past President Kelly McKinney to lead a new and improved membership committee that will oversee the overall health of our membership.  Kelly will be forming a group to oversee everything membership.  To help we are ramping up our Public Relations Committee to include more social media and press attention.  We hope this will connect out current members fully with the club and inspire others to join in the fun.   Our recent dedication of the Rotary Music Garden was a great example of how a bit of publicity can help enhance the impact of our club.  This was the first event of our Centennial year and Doug's first duty as president.  With the leadership of past district governor Bill MacKay your 100 Anniversary committee has been planning some great events and projects to mark this historic milestone.  Special thanks to Dave Albert for providing the office space for the work of this committee. We will also be celebrating our Centennial with a formal Gala on April 1st next year.  A small but focused Gala committee led by Pat Feasey is well on their way to a great event.
A quick update on his trip to Hamburg, Germany for the Rotary International Convention.  They enjoyed the walk for Polio on their first day, took in a ballet sponsored by the Host Committee.  Met with now Rotary International President Mark Maloney and formally invited him to speak at our 100th Anniversary Gala. Each year the President of Rotary International leads over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.  Each president chooses a theme for their year in office.  This year’s RI President Mark Maloney created the theme of “Rotary Connects the World”.  For Doug, Rotary and the Rotary Club of Belleville has always been about connections.  When he came to his first lunch meeting, he could not believe how many people to whom he was already connected. Rotary connects us to each other.  Rotary connects us to our community.  Rotary connects us to the world.  Rotary connects us to something deeper in ourselves.
Let’s celebrate, let’s take action and let’s connect. Past President Tracy thanked Doug, and mentioned that Rotary is the key to longevity, connecting with people you will live longer.  She wished him a fantastic and fun year.
The Rotary Club of Belleville has hit all the right notes in unveiling a unique musical project to kick off its 100th year of community service. The Rotary Music Garden was unveiled Wednesday morning in West Riverside Park, just north of the Rick Meagher/Medigas Rotary Play Park, providing an assortment of instruments to entertain people of all ages year-round. The fully accessible Music Garden features a unique eight instrument ensemble; a set of seven tubular bells, a Harmony T-Rung outdoor xylophone, a bell lyre, both large and small babel drums, handpipes, Rainbow Sambas Outdoor Drums, a Duo Cupla and Cavatina. The project was completed over the course of a year by the Rotary Club, led by project manager Vince Lynch, in conjunction with city staff.
Rotary President Doug Peterson says it will a big attraction for people of all ages, especially children. “Kids love music. We’re sitting here (Wednesday) and there’s already kids playing. While we were doing our dedication, I heard kids in strollers crying because they couldn’t come over and play (the instruments),” Peterson said.  “I think it’s going to be a big attraction and it could introduce younger kids to music, who maybe wouldn’t get a chance,” he added.  President Doug Peterson acknowledged the support and work done by City staff, including Mark Fluhrer and Joe Reid who was described at the pivotal point of contact and his team were "instrumental" in this production.
Chair of the 100th anniversary committee Bill MacKay says the unique idea was struck when club members went to Toronto for the annual Rotary International Convention last year. “Part of the convention includes an area called ‘House of Friendship.’ In that large exposition area, there were a significant number of vendors. We came across a couple of vendors that had similar types of equipment. We started looking at it and thought that this would be great in Belleville,” he explained. MacKay added the Music Garden continues with Rotary's rich history of musical involvement and assisting those with physical challenges. One of the biggest fundraisers the Rotary Club has put on in its history is the Quinte Rotary Music Festival, which has been a staple of the community for more than 50 years. Inclusivity and accessibility are two important pieces to the garden and MacKay said the heavy-duty, specially designed equipment purchased from the United Kingdom were meant to be enjoyed by everyone, including those with limited range of movement or individuals on the autism spectrum and people who can only process one sensory system at a time.  “The duo cupla and the cavatina in particular were both selected, because they were intended to be outdoors year-round,” he said.
Both Peterson and MacKay say there's a possibility to grow the Music Garden and add more instruments if it ends up being popular enough with visitors. “The big reasons why we chose this area is the close proximity to the Rotary Play Park and it can be expanded if we’re in a position to add more equipment,” MacKay said. There’s no cost to the city for the Music Garden and there’s very little maintenance that will need to be done, according to Peterson, which means many future generations can enjoy it in the years to come.
Donations from the Parrott Foundation and the City of Belleville, along with Rotary Club contributions, helped lead the project to its completion.
Project Foreman Vince Lynch spoke about the actual labour that was put into this beautiful Music Garden, including excavation, installation of eight concrete base pads, base plate, wood chips, 91 anchors and site clean-up as well as coordinating with the supplier to select the items, order and facilitate delivery, unpacking and assembly.  Vince's wingman was Bill Lowther who helped keep things moving forward based on a fairly tight time schedule.  On June 19th an installation bee was organized with the help of Rotarians Bill MacKay, Cory MacKay, Ken Wheeler, Bill Lowther and Ross Wagner.  To make things a little more difficult, one of the instruments was defective and caused a slight delay in waiting for a replacement.  Rotarian John Smale designed the signage for the Music Garden. All in all, a great job by many and as Forrest Gump would say "that's all I have to say about that".  Go play!
What connects people better than music?  Music connects us to our talent and spirit and it connects us to each other at a deep spiritual level.  Rotarians hope the Rotary Music Garden will create these important connections for kids of all ages and abilities for years to come.

July 2019
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Reef revisited

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Rotarian and Honorary Colonel Bernie Ouellet was called to the podium to make a special presentation.  A Paul Harris was presented to Dave Albert in special recognition of his work as a Rotarian in the Club.  Dave joined Rotary on January 5, 1987 and every year he has been at Camp Merrywood except for one, as short order cook.  He has been on the Diners and Duffers Committee with Hugh Campbell for many years and has sold hole sponsorships for RLK, raising between $10,000 and $14,000 per year as well as helping with the Silent Auction.  He has a smart wit and although short in stature, has a BIG heart.  One of his more important jobs was chauffeuring the poker stars wherever they went.  And he supported the Special Needs Christmas Party as one of the elves.  Please join Bernie in congratulating Dave on this special recognition of a Paul Harris Award, his 5th.
Past DG Bill MacKay kept us on our toes and presented a short quiz on the Rotary Club of Belleville:
  • The Rotary Club of Belleville was officially a club on what date?  April 1, 1920
  • When did the Rotary Club receive the Charter?  April 3, 1920
  • In order to become a club, it must have a sponsoring club.  What club sponsored the Rotary Club of Belleville?  Toronto
  • Who was the Charter President for Belleville?  Gus Porter
  • What two things do our Charter President and President Doug Peterson have in common?  Both will be Club President in a year that ends with 20 (1920 - 2020) and they never met
Study up folks!
RI President Mark Maloney talks about Connection: "Rotary allows us to connect with one another, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us with people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us with our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help". Mark urges all of us to show everyone that Rotary Connects The World .......
  • July 18th Satellite Club meeting at Capers at 5:30 p.m.  President Doug will be the guest speaker
  • RLK - July 19th.
  • District 7070 Foundation Walk, September 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humber College South, Toronto
  • September 12th the Bob Michaud Fun Memorial Golf Tournament
  • PorchFest, September 28th
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!