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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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May 21, 2018
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!
Juan Paoblo Poblete
May 28, 2018
My Time in Canada as a Rotary Exchange Student
Presidents Night
Jun 04, 2018
Celebration of the 98th year in Rotary in the City of Belleville at Signal Brewery
President-Elect Doug Peterson
Jun 11, 2018
AGM-Budget Presentation
President Tracy
Jun 18, 2018
My year as President
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Kristin Crowe, Co-Chair of Camp Merrywood was very pleased to introduce Jacques Schryer, site manager of the Camp, here today to share his knowledge and what it means as an Easter Seals facility.  Jacques has overseen the buildings and grounds for the past 26 years, a huge responsibility.  What a privilege to have him here today.
Jacques thanked the Rotary Club of Belleville for all the support, for many years.  Camp Merrywood would not be what it is today, a special place for all campers.  Kristin's father, Glynn Reynolds organized a Rotary work weekend 40 years ago and this commitment has flourished since then.  The Club provides helping hands and finances to make Camp Merrywood look better and to ensure the upkeep of the property.  Easter Seals owns and operates two camps in Ontario.  No child is refused an opportunity to attend camp away from their home at a cost of $200 per child.  The staff are wonderful and give of themselves to meet families at the airport in Ottawa or in the home town of the camper to assist with the transition to camp.  Camp Merrywood is a great place where children can be independent in an environment adapted specifically for them.  The Rotary Club has continued to support Glynn's vision through funding, organizing and co-ordinating the Camp Merrywood work weekend.  The campers are always excited to see changes from year to year.  It is their home away from home.  Every year, TAS/Alarm Systems ensures the fire alarm system is checked spring and fall.  Lawn furniture is purchased.  New steel roofs installed.  Painting of cabins and other buildings.  Toilets upgraded to more efficient models.  Laminated flooring installed in the cook house.  Annually there are 72 campers supported by 69 staff members, 6 of whom are RN's who attend Camp Merrywood for a 10 day session.  They host a special Family Camp where parents come with able and disabled children to enjoy the outdoors and receive support in a camp setting.  There are specialized sail boats and big kayaks.  Archery, wheelchair races and even a 5 day canoe trip to Algonquin Park.  The smiles are the rewards!  Jacques extended an invitation to everyone if they are passing through or want to visit the camp to come and see all the work of Rotary.  He is looking forward to working with Tracy Bray and Shannon Neely next year as Camp Merrywood Committee Chairs, taking over the reins from Vince Lynch and Kristin Crowe. (pictured L to R:  Vince Lynch, Tracy Bray, Jacques Schryer, Kristin Crowe and Annisa Bray and Juan in the front row).
Vince Lynch thanked Jacques for his expertise in running the camp and the money he saves.  Camp Merrywood is a tremendous respite for parents when their children are able to be at camp, knowing they are well taken care of.  Originally it was a small group of Rotarians who went to Camp Merrywood (Ray McCoy and Brian Bentley were part of the original group) and it has grown over the years to what it is now.  In 2000 females were included in the work crew under then President Joanne Wheeler and an 18 passenger bus was quickly filled with Karen Baker, Anne Leverton, Pat Feasey, Elizabeth Grew, Lillian Duffy, Bill MacKay Snr. and his wife Barb.  This year there were 63 workers with an even split of male/females, 24 of them were Rotarians and the balance friends of Rotary.  Vince recognized the following for all their work and effort:
  • the kitchen crew -- Doug Peterson, Dave Albert, Bernie Ouellet, Wayne Dewe.  They are an integral part of the weekend and define fellowship.
  • the woodcutting crew -- organized this year by Len Kennedy.  Cutting, splitting and piling
  • landscaping crew -- under the careful eye of Kristin Crowe, a stern lead hand, replaced by Tracy Bray when Kristin lost her voice
  • painting crew -- Bill and Cory MacKay painted two rooms in the cabins with a gold star when inspected
  • special projects -- Kevin Crowe covering electrical work, John Lanning overseeing plumbing, Mike Summers built an outdoor fire cabinet
Youth presence was very much appreciated -- Karen Baker's son and daughter were there, Tracy's daughter Annisa with some friends, Shannon Neely's boys, Dan Dickinson's boys Ian and Ben as well as Alan Kelly's daughter.  And our own Rotary Exchange Students Juan who outdid himself and Maddy Lamer who is heading to Denmark for her exchange program in the Fall.  Maddy had done some research on Camp Merrywood with her application to be considered as a Rotary Exchange Student and was very excited to actually see the camp and be part of the work weekend.  Kristin and her clan of 14 relatives and friends, including Brady were an enormous contribution.  Kristin is an inspiration to us all and as far as Vince is concerned, the best Co-Chair in the world.
Kristin formally thanked Vince for his leadership over the past 10 years since her dad passed away.  Someone needed to step up and it has been an amazing experience.  The Club budgets $9,000 to $10,000 annually towards Camp Merrywood and requests are sent to the Walter Thomas Elliot Foundation that usually contribute $3,500 to $5,000 towards that annual commitment.  Kristin said it was a pleasure to work with Jacques and officially handed off the chairship of Camp Merrywood to Tracy and Shannon.
Connie Reid mentioned some special moments one being the injury sustained by Brian Bentley on the woodcutting crew that ended up as a hospital visit and treatment to follow, the poker boy stars in the kitchen and the music provided when the work was done by Ian Dickinson (on keyboard) and Ben Dickinson (singing).  A big thank to everyone and a WOW to the kids who get to go to Camp Merrywood.
The 50th Annual Rotary Music Festival wrapped up the 2018 event with an impressive Concert of the Stars at Albert College on April 25th.  The evening included performances by top winners and guests and presentation of all awards and prizes, totalling more than 70.
This year, five different young people shared the five major awards. 
The Rose Bowl competition for voice went to David Slavic, presented by Rotarian Joanne Wheeler.
The Silver Tray for piano went to Bianca Rainville.
The Silver Pitcher for wind instrument (saxaphone) went to Tina Li, presented by Rotarian Margaret Seu.
Jeanette Huang won the Silver String Award, presented by Rotarian Ashley Rushnell.  Jeanette, who plays violin with the Quinte Symphony, also competed in piano and voice classes.
Andrew Powell received the Joe Demeza award as a talented young treble, presented by Rotarian Michael Summers.
Rotarian Birgit Wartenberg presenting the youngest performer, Isabella Guan, with the Wartenberg Award in memory of her late husband, Wolf and their family's love of music.  Isabella's dress was beautiful and her smile says it all!
Master of ceremonies for the evening was local vocalist and former festival winner, Elizabeth McDonald.  And to end the evening on a celebratory note, Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson and Rotarian and Rotary Music Festival Chair John Chisholm, cut the cake in recognition of the festival's 50th anniversary.  Great memories, competition and talent!
  • Rotary Leadership Institution are holding classes on June 9th, for Levels I, II and III in Scarborough.  A great opportunity to get a better understanding of Rotary, locally and around the world.
  • June 23rd - 27th -- Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  We have a group of Rotarians going.  Get involved!
  • RLK date set for July 20th.  Black Bear course is only available to Silver Sponsors.  Trillium Wood is $175 per golfer and open to everyone.  Get your foursomes in.
  • Spelling Bee, Saturday, June 9th.
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Saturday, April 23, 2018 was a spectacular day with a better turn out for the Rotary Poker Walk this year than last year.  The spirit and crowd were electric.  With a great devoted committee along with a large number of volunteers helping the day of the walk, the total raised was $35,000.  John thanked President Tracy for being there with her own team along with Andrew Bandler, President Elect and Doug Peterson, Secretary.  Their support was greatly appreciated. 
Top fundraiser was Lola Reid Allin at $3,270 (pictured here with the rest of her team of Fab Family Physicians) with Ruth Mathieson as runner up, raising $2,360.  The top fundraising team was the Fab Family Physicians, contributing very close to $8,000.  The combined Grannies for Africa raised $12,205.  Amazing work and support!  The best poker hand was held by Grannies for Africa #2 with a royal flush in spades, led by Sharon Vanclief.  Two teams were tied for second, but Grannies for Africa #1 won in a playoff. 
Top trip winner was Ruth Mathieson who said she never won anything in her life so plans are now underway for a trip to Las Vegas.  A big thank you to Jennifer and Tony Nelson who donated food from Taste of Country.  And John Smale was pleased to advise that no corporate sponsors were used, leaving them all available for RLK!. 
It was great to see the Interact Club from Moira being recognized as the Red Ribbon winner with most cards.
Rotary International's new monthly theme for April is Maternal and Child Health! Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes.
At least 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Mobile prenatal clinics
Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
Cancer screening
Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
Preventing injuries and deaths
Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.