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
Peter Malone
Apr 29, 2019
Classification Talk
Bill McKay PDG
May 06, 2019
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
Come Thursday to Huff Estates for President's night
President Andrew Bandler
Jun 13, 2019
President's Night At Huff Estates-more details will follow
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
Jul 29, 2019
Classification Talk
No meeting today
Aug 05, 2019
Happy Civic Holiday!
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Bob Michaud Fun Memorial Golf Tournament
Sep 12, 2019
Golf, Dinner and Fun!
No meeting today
Oct 14, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
Home Page Stories
Bill MacKay introduced today's speaker, Jennifer May-Anderson, pictured here with Bill MacKay and Andrew Bandler.  She is on a mission to raise awareness about the issues facing our communities today in the areas of hospice palliative care and end of life issues.  Trained as a broadcast journalist and minister, she has a unique twenty year background in communications, public relations, theology and spiritual issues, as well as non-profit management and governance.  Jennifer has been a radio news reported and anchor, logistics manager, church leader, and communications professional and now hangs her hat at Hospice Quinte as the Executive Director.  She has been a committed member of the Quinte area since settling here to attend Loyalist College in 1994.  Jennifer and her husband Glenn have a blended family of five children, most of whom now spend their time out of the nest.
Jennifer was very glad when Tracy invited her to speak to us again.  She is very excited to share with us information about Hospice Quinte and what they do.  Hospice Quinte changes lives for the better.  For the terminally ill, their families, and the bereaved by offering them support and companionship through no cost visiting hospice services and support groups. What is Hospice Palliative Care?  Palliative, or comfort, care is appropriate for people of any age at any stage of a serious illness.  Hospice Care is generally for those who have six or fewer months to live and who are no longer receiving active or curative treatment.  It provides focus on relieving suffering and improving quality of life, comfort and dignity.  They support the family and caregivers during the illness of their loved one and during bereavement.  When a cure is no longer possible, provides comfort and dignity for clients and a support system for the family and caregivers.  Provides a safe refuge from the difficult journey of life-limiting illness, death and grief.
Hospice Quinte services the municipalities of Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.  
Hospice Quinte is committed to offering support for individuals facing a life-threatening illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity and hope.  Their in-home visiting program provides reassurance to caregivers as well as companionship and comfort to those who are terminally ill.  Their visiting Hospice program provides respite for caregivers and a volunteer to visit with hospice palliative care patients who are in the terminal stage of life limiting illness.  They visit in homes, hospital and long term care facilities.  Their volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed.  They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends and caregivers.  Hospice Quinte Volunteers are trained and understand the importance of dignity, independence, confidentiality, beliefs, choices, faith and culture.  These services are provided free of charge.
Hospice Quinte offers 8 week "Grief Toolbox" support groups throughout the year.  These groups are for anyone 18 or older who has suffered the loss of a loved one, whether that loved one be a child, a young person, parent, sibling, a close relative, neighbour or work colleague. The groups are closed, which means that the same group members attend for all eight weeks and no new members join.  The two hour sessions are structured and cover key topics such as understanding the grief experience, handling the difficult emotions of grief, managing the stress of change, preparing for special occasions, and finding meaning after loss.  With compassionate and helpful care, grieving persons can find themselves enriched by the experience of a bereavement support group.  Twice a month Drop-In Caregiver Support groups assist those who are caring for someone with a terminal illness. Currently they are held at the Hospice Quinte office in the Bayview Mall in Belleville.  
In 1985 Regional Hospice of Quinte Inc was formally established on March 7, with an eight member Board of Directors.  In 1987 Hospice Quinte had 21 members and received $1,156 in donations and incurred $982 in expenses.  In 2017 Hospice Quinte submitted a business plan and capital funding applications to the South East LHIN for a 6 bed Hospice Care Centre. From 2017- 2018 they have 5 full time staff, 143 active volunteers of all types.  11,436 hours of community support which is the equivalent of $196,434 service value.  They are funded 26% through the South East Local Health Integration Network.  The rest of their funding is from generous community donors.
Alot of people when they think of Hospice they think of 80 or 90-year-olds.  In actual fact (2017-2018 fiscal year) 39% were aged 18 - 65.  Only 52% were over the age of 65.  Largest diagnosis is 80% cancer and 11% heart and lung disease.  75% of Canadians would prefer to die at home, 67% die in hospital.  There were 267,213 deaths in 2016 - the highest level since the Vital Statistics registration system was introduced in the 1920s.  The number of deaths recorded each year in Canada is generally trending upward.  90% of us will be in need for Hospice.  65% of family caregivers are under 50 years of age, with 64% of them working full time or part time, or being self-employed.  Today palliative care clients are primarily cared for by family members - a staggering 86% being looked after by their spouse, partner, children or children-in-law.  It takes an average of 54 hours a week to care for a dying loved one at home.  Over one-quarter of caregivers, or 2.2 million individuals, could be considered "sandwiched" between care-giving and raising children.  Most of them are women between the ages of  35 and 44, and are helping their parents or parents-in-law, while also having at least one child under 18 living at home.
In 2017 the city of Quinte West donated 3.5 acres of land and pledged $1 million toward the construction of the Hospice Quinte Care Centre and the South East LHIN pledged $105,000 per year per bed.  In 2018 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced $1.2 million in funding for the construction of the centre.  In 2019 the city of Belleville pledged $1 million to the project.  This building will feature 6 private bedrooms with private outdoor patios, private family rooms, gathering spaces and lounges.  As per HPCO, the cost of care in a hospital palliative care bed is approximately $850-$1,000 per day and the cost increases in the last month of a patients life.  In comparison the cost of a community-based hospice palliative bed is estimated at $460 per day.
The new 6-bed Hospice Quinte Care Centre will provide a full continuum of palliative care services close to home.  Care will be provided 24/7 at no cost to the client or their family.  Care for patients will be provided by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of physicians and allied health care providers, working collaboratively with highly trained volunteers.
The quality of care provided to people at the end of their life is one of the key indicators of the values of a community.  
Thank You for 12 great years of fundraising support of the ROTARY POKER WALK for HIV/AIDS.  We are sending this letter out to our data base and hope you receive this in the spirit it was meant to convey. You may have been a walker on a team or a corporate sponsor or a pledge supporter and we appreciate that you have helped the Rotary Club of Belleville together with a number of Rotary clubs in the GTA to raise almost $850,000 over the past 12 years.
With your help we want to keep going to help those infected and affected.
100% of that money was directed towards local, national and worldwide organizations vetted by Rotarians to help with the cause and the goal of eventually eliminating the
HIV/AIDS pandemic.  We think you should know where we have spent the $36,000 you helped us to raise last year. You will see the list is quite diverse with recipients receiving money not just for medical care but for a variety of needs.
Lesotho- Training 40 teachers to teach children about HIV/AIDS
Malawi- To help Dignitas to continue to support and educate HIV Positive teenagers
Eastern Ontario- To help HARS with transportation costs for HIV clients in Belleville / Kingston
Africa- To support the Quinte Grannies for Africa to help grannies and children through the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Toronto- Support of HIV clients at Casey House
We are making steady progress in battling this epidemic. It is no longer the automatic death sentence it was when we started. It can now be treated.   We would love for you to be part of this year’s campaign as a ”virtual walker”, a fundraiser, or a donor.
See how easy it is, visit:
We wanted to make it as easy as possible to make a donation without clicking around a website - all you have to do is hit “make a donation now” and voila you will receive an auto send tax receipt for a pledge of $20 or more.
Please mark your calendar for SATURDAY APRIL 27th, Registration starts at 9am at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre for the “Virtual Walk”, the Red Ribbon Game”, great poker prizes, snacks and coffee and a lot of fun with a terrific group of friends and neighbours.
  • Concert of Stars, Wednesday, April 24th at Albert College at 7 p.m.
  • 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.
  • District Assembly, May 11th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BMO Institute in Scarborough.  Great networking!
  • 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.
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, April 11 at Capers. Members and guests were welcomed.  Collin Meyers led the meeting.
  • The Satellite Club has committed to provide volunteers for bar ticket sales for the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival on July 11-13, 2019 and we will receive 10% percentage of sales. A link to the sign-up sheet on google docs was sent out by email for volunteer commitment.  All volunteers must have a Smart Serve certificate.
  • Len Kennedy spoke about preparing the Easter Seals Camp Merrywood buildings and grounds for children arriving this summer. Volunteers for woodcutting, landscaping, painting etc. are needed for the weekend of May 4. There is some work and it is also a fellowship opportunity. Please sign-up.
  • Anya-Deane Best indicated sponsors and participants are needed for the Poker Walk for HIV AIDS event to be held on April 27 at 9:00 a.m. at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center. Coreen Reynolds added that there are two Satellite teams and you can sponsor them on the website.
  • The 2019 Rotary Diners and Duffers books are available for members to pick-up from Jenny Woods at her Quinte Business Accounting office.  For every book sold by Satellite Club members $15 will be contributed to the Satellite Club funds.
  • The new Rotary year starts July 1, 2019.  The executive positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are open for nominations and if necessary will be voted on in an election at the May 9 meeting.  During the meeting Anna-Deane Best indicated she is interested in the Chair position, Devon Taylor is volunteering for Secretary and Rosi Ouellette expressed interest for Treasurer. Anyone interested can nominate themselves and are asked to contact Tim McKinney before the next meeting on April 25. 
  • Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament and Party on the River is July 19.  Corporate sponsorships, silent auction items, golfers and volunteers are needed to support this major fundraising event with 10% of monies designated to The Children’s Foundation.
  • Reminder to review and update if needed your profile in Club Runner. This information will be used to publish the hard copy Roster. A few people need a photo too. In order to be identified as a Satellite Club member put an S by your name in your profile.  Tim McKinney indicated it is handy to have the Rotary App on your phone.
  • Ian Acton reminded members the Rotary Club of Belleville is part of a worldwide international organization and encouraged members to visit other Rotary Clubs while travelling.  As is our club, other clubs are very welcoming to visitors.  You can find other clubs by using the Club Finder on the Rotary International website or with the Rotary Club Locator App.
Other Upcoming Rotary events:
  • Rotary Music Festival Concert of Stars on Wednesday, April 24th at Albert College.
  • Interclub Spelling Bee on June 8 – volunteers needed
The next Satellite meeting dates at Capers are April 25 (hosted by Carmela Ruberto) and May 9
In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
April 2019
Upcoming Events
Rotary Stories
A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the

Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Director-Community Service
Director-Vocational Service
Director-Youth Services
Director-Community Service
Director-International Service
Executive Secretary
Home Page News

Here is Barry Rassin's April 2019 Newsletter. Barry talks about April being Maternal and Child Health Month and the work that Rotarians are doing worldwide. He calls this talk about transformational service, and it’s what Rotarians do best. Because of our networks, which span the globe; our community presence, which allows us to see what’s most needed .......

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And babies whose mothers die within the first six weeks of their lives are far more likely to die themselves than babies whose mothers survive. As I’ve traveled around the world as president of Rotary, I’ve met families for whom these aren’t simply tragic statistics. But I’ve also met people who are devoting themselves to helping mothers and children — and because of them, I’m hopeful. And because many of those people are Rotarians, I’m also proud. April is Maternal and Child Health Month in Rotary, so it’s a perfect time to tell you about some things Rotarians are doing that will make you proud too.

Last fall, I paid a visit to a hospital in the town of Jekabpils, in Latvia. It’s a modern hospital, and the doctors and nurses there are caring, dedicated, and skilled. But despite all their hard work, the maternal mortality rate at the hospital had remained stubbornly high, due to a factor that was beyond their control: a lack of vital diagnostic equipment and even basic items like incubators.

And that’s where Rotary came in. Twenty-one clubs from around the world joined forces for a global grant that provided what the hospital required. And in September, when I walked into the maternity ward there, I saw state-of-the-art equipment, and I met patients who were getting the care that they needed — and that every mother and child in the world deserves to have.

In Brazil, club members worked with fellow Rotarians in Japan on a global grant project that dramatically increased the capacity of an overstretched neonatal intensive care unit. New incubators, monitors, and other equipment have enabled the local hospital to save many more babies’ lives each year.

And in Mongolia, a vocational training team from New Zealand organized instruction in emergency response techniques for doctors and midwives, set up a program that taught midwives modern best practices, and researched and wrote a culturally relevant childbirth education manual. Between 2013, when the team first went to Mongolia, and 2017, the neonatal mortality rate in the country fell from 11.2 to 9.1 per 1,000 births, and the maternal mortality rate has decreased as well.

That’s what I mean when I talk about transformational service, and it’s what Rotarians do best. Because of our networks, which span the globe; our community presence, which allows us to see what’s most needed; and our expertise, which encompasses countless skills and professions, we’re able to serve in a manner that has no equal. And we’re able to Be the Inspiration as we help those who need us most.

John Smale and Ann Marie Vaughan were called to the head table for a special presentation (pictured L to R:  Andrew Bandler President, John Smale, Ashley Cooney, Jane Devries, Carol-Lynn Burnett Michaud).  Each year, our Club asks the Loyalist teaching staff to help identify a person to receive the Bob Michaud annual bursary award, funded by his wife and now fellow Rotarian Carol-Lynn, presented under the banner of the Rotary Club of Belleville to a deserving student at Loyalist College.  As we all know, Bob Michaud was a most remarkable man and Rotarian.  He was larger than life itself and more than generous with his many blessings.  His personality was only part of his being -- it was his character as a family man, a businessman, a sportsman and Rotarian that set him apart.  This year's recipient and chosen student is Ashley Cooney. 
Ashley was nominated by Bob Millard, coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Studies - Business Launch program.  Mr. Millard identified Ashley as a student who is constantly exemplifying sportsmanship, community service and entrepreneurship.  While attending Loyalist College as a 4th semester Business student, Ashley is also working as the sole owner/operator of Tanner Lodge in Stirling.  She also volunteers as the Enactus Loyalist Project Manager for the Tyendinaga Seed Sanctuary Project.  As the project manager, Ashley has developed a business plan for the Tyendinaga Team which was used to obtain grants.  She also prepared a business proposal presentation for the Seed Sanctuary Land Acquisition which was delivered to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Band Council and approved.  These are just a few of the contributions which Ashley puts forth on a daily basis in all aspects of her family, school, volunteer and work life.  She has done all of this while also being a loving mother of two children.  Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan was very pleased to introduce Ashley as this year's recipient, an excellent candidate for the Bob Michaud Bursary.
Ashley thanked everyone for their support and said she was honoured to be chosen as this year's recipient.  Carol-Lynn said her late husband worked so hard to be the best in everything he did.  He wanted to be #1.  He loved golf, loved music, dancing, travelling and did it all with enthusiasm.  He would be smiling today because Ashley was chosen.