Committee Chair Presentations

Posted on Aug 28, 2017
When walking into the lunch meeting today you knew this was going to be a different meeting.  For one, people had to sit at the table that matched the card they drew.  Once Rotarians adjusted to that, folks noticed that the food was in the middle of the room.  What a great way for people to mingle with each other. President Tracy introduced this meeting as getting to know our committees.  Rotary does so much in the community and internationally, that sometimes new and seasoned members are not aware of everything going on.  Committee Chairs were asked to come forward and give a quick talk on their specific committee and current projects/initiatives.
Cory MacKay started us off being the committee co-chair with Bill MacKay for Kids Against Hunger.  This Committee is looking to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in Canada.  Currently 13,333 children are provided with food through this initiative.  Cory and Bill would like to see this increase to 20,000.  The four primary ingredients in the food packages is high quality long grained rice, vitamin fortified crushed soy, dehydrated blend of six vegetables, vegetarian vitamin and mineral powder.  The food packages are provided to Gleaners, First Nations Partnership, Tyendinaga, Haiti and the Salvation Army.  They are always looking for new members and volunteers on the day of food packaging, scheduled for early November.
(l to r:  Harold Brennan, Hugh Campbell, John Smale) Harold Brennan was next speaking on Community Grants.  The Committee ask for applications from community organizations and the committee meets twice a year to review these applications.  Two groups who have currently received grants are Quinte Sailability and Strong Kids Campaign.  New people on the committee are always welcome.
John Smale is a chair of two committees.  Rotary Poker Walk, which we saw reinvented this year to the new format of a virtual walk.  Another very successful year.  They too are looking for additional members.  The other committee he is part of is Rotary Bursary, which involves the 8 high schools in our area.  Information is requested from the schools in January with names of students to receive a bursary in the name of the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Many Rotarians assist in this endeavour by attending graduations and presenting the students with the bursary. 
John Chisholm is the chair of the Rotary Music Festival.  Next year we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this initiative that all started with Ken Wormald.  There will be some changes next year to recognize this important milestone.  The Committee is looking for a secretary as well as help with advertising.  Please bring your talents forward. 
Birgit Wartenberg is the chair of Indigenous People committee.  They have programs with different organizations.  Recently the Committee handed out backpacks to children whose parents are tenants of Tipi Moza, an aboriginal housing non-for-profit organization in Kingston.  The Wellington Rotary Club is also involved in this project.  As well, money has been given to KIVA to loan money to women in Peru to start their own bakery.
Vince Lynch is the Camp Merrywood co-chair with Kristin Crowe.  They meet once a year whether they need to or not.  Camp Merrywood is one of two Easter Seals Camps.  They have been helping out for the past 40 years when Glynn Reynolds initiated this project.  They now have about 60 people who come out annually as a sweat equity initiative.  The work weekend at Camp Merrywood takes place the 1st weekend in May, the week before Mother's Day weekend.  The cooks at Camp Merrywood are Wayne Dewe, Bernie Ouellet, Dave Albert and Doug Peterson.  Vince and Kristin are looking for two people to take over this area as 2018 will be their last year as chairs.  Both will remain involved and assist the new chairs as they become familiar with the program.  Please reach out to Vince or Kristin is this interests you. 
(l to r:  Vince Lynch, Colin Leaver, John Chisholm) Hugh Campbell was the next committee chair to speak.  Hugh, Dave Albert and Jamie Trudeau have been the chairs for the Diners and Duffers golf books.  They continue to raise funds through this book that features 18 golf courses in the area and many of the fine restaurants and wineries.  They have people reach out to them each year asking when they can buy the book.  They too are looking for a succession plan.  Meetings will start in October, if you are looking to jump on board with this committee.  Please reach out to any one of the chairs.
Colin Leaver has a small committee of one.  He is the committee chair of Mayors of the week program.  This involves seven local high school youth.  They look for Rotary members to be a captain for the day, and runs for a week.  It is an amazing experience for those youth.  This usually happens the week after Thanksgiving.  Please see Colin if you would like to be involved and help shape future leaders of our community.
(l to r:  Cory MacKay, Darrell Smith, Birgit Wartenberg) Darrell Smith is in charge of three committees, the Finance Committee as Treasurer for the Club.  Darrell also looks after attendance.  If your committee has had an event or meeting, send him the attendance and he will make sure it is updated online.  Darrell is also the Chair of Special Needs Committee.  There is no application date, this is usually the last resort for people or families with special needs.  There is certainly an emotional interaction that happens when dealing with these situations, all very much needed and appreciated by recipients.   Every Christmas the Club hosts a Special Needs Christmas party under the leadership of President Tracy.  A lovely meal and presents are handed out by Santa himself, much to the thrill of the children who attend.  Invitations go out in October for this event.
There was also a number of questions to be answered by each table that proved to be quite informative.  Some of the information has been incorporated into the information provided by the Committee Chairs.