Rotary End Polio Now Tulip Planting

On Thursday, October 21 at 2pm, the Rotary Club of Belleville planted some 500 Rotary End Polio Now Tulips in support of Rotary's Polio Plus Program to free the world from polio. All net proceeds from the club's purchase of the tulips go directly to Polio Plus. With support and cooperation from the City of Belleville, the tulips were planted around the Rotary "Children of Hope" monument located at the corner of Station and Pinnacle streets. The site of the "Children of Hope" monument is very fitting as the Polio Plus Program is delivering on Rotary's promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio so that no child's life will be sacrificed to this deadly, crippling disease.
The Rotary End Polio Now Tulip, "the tulip that's saving lives", began as a project by Dutch Rotarians in 2013. The project  purchased the rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip. The project has developed into a very successful fundraiser. To date, over 1.5 million of  tulips have been sold, raising over $2 million US to help fight polio. The Rotary Club of Belleville is joining many other clubs in Canada, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, France and Holland in this tulip plant.
The Rotary Club has attractive gift boxes, containing 25 of these beautiful tulips for sale at $25 a box.. The End polio Now tulip features a yellow base highlighted with a red flame. The packaging explains the Polio eradication program and contains planting instructions. Once Rotary reimburses the supplier, the net proceeds, about $12, go to Polio Plus. When the funds are matched 2 to 1 by Rotary's partner, the Gates Foundation, the proceeds from each box will vaccinate 40 children against polio. By purchasing a gift box, you can deliver a lifesaving gift to the children of the world.
This Rotary End polio Now tulip planting is one of hundreds of events undertaken by Rotary clubs around the world to celebrate World Polio Day. The purpose of World Polio Day, held on October 24 this year is to raise funds and awareness for Rotary's battle to End Polio Now. Since the first Rotary led polio vaccination effort in the Philippines in 1979, Rotary has contributed $2.2 billion US and countless volunteer hours to vaccinate over 3 billion children in 122 countries.  The program has had tremendous success. In 1986 when Polio Plus was launched, over 350,000 people worldwide were stricken with polio each year. So far in 2021, only 2 cases have been reported in the 2 countries where polio is still circulating, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Rotary is so close to winning the battle. But everyone's support is still needed to finish the job. Because, as long as the virus is circulating anywhere in the world, every child must be vaccinated. In total , 400 million children must be vaccinated each year.  Here is a photo of Belleville Rotarians hard at work planting tulips for the End Polio Now Tulip campaign.

Rotary End Polio Now Tulip Planting Terry Thomas 2021-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Re-Imagine Quinte Healthcare

Prior to speaking to the Rotary Club of Belleville, Stacey Daub asked a few questions in a survey.
  • What do you value most about Quinte Health Care, our community hospitals and what we bring to the communities we serve?
  • What could we be doing better as an organization and with our partners, to meet the evolving needs of our patients, families and our communities?
  • One of the things we hear from people that our communities value is that our hospitals are "there for them".  What is most important to you about how our hospitals are there for you?
  • What is happening in your community and in the current environment that we should be paying attention to as we plan for the future of our hospitals?
Passionate community building, lifelong learner and visionary health system leader, Stacey is the President and CEO of Quinte Health Care (QHC). Stacey got her start in the independent living movement, where she experienced a health and social care system designed around the providers and the system, rather than the people they served.  This experience ignited a passion to redesign health and social care systems with, and for, citizens and communities, with a focus on quality, compassion and a “one team” approach to care.    Her career spans three decades with a wide range of leadership experiences in hospital, home, community and primary care as well across urban and rural communities in Ontario.  
Stacey believes in the importance of local health care and that it is people and community who fuel the health and wellness of communities.   Known for her collaborative leadership style, Stacey believes that her leadership impact is not best reflected by a list of accomplishments but by the collective experiences and outcomes of the people, teams and communities she has served over time.
Stacey joined QHC following her time at North York General Hospital where she was Vice President Strategy, Integration and Digital Health.  Prior to this, Stacey was the President and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre, a rural/urban hospital where she helped to co-design the Hills of Headwaters collaborative, a first-generation Ontario Health Team.  Prior to that, Stacey was the CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, recognized for its groundbreaking work in home and community care. 
Stacey has an MA from University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and has garnered provincial and national recognition including: Top 100 Women of Canada, 20 Faces of Change, National Award for Organizational Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, and Ministers Medal for Quality Improvement.    Stacey has served on several boards and advisory committees including the Ontario Hospital Association, the Change Foundation, Rotman School of Management: Health and Life Sciences and the Creative Destructive Lab.
Stacey was born and raised in Kitchener Waterloo and has recently relocated with her family to Prince Edward County. 
Stacey, because her father was a member of Kiwanis, understands the role that service clubs have in the community and was very pleased to meet the Belleville Rotarians, even via Zoom.  She credits her mother and mother-in-law, both nurses and both very compassionate people as having influenced her to choose a career in healthcare.  She knew she wanted to work in a community hospital where her and her family could live, work and play.  Her husband and two children (16 and 20) moved to this area in January 2021, arriving in the middle of a pandemic.  Now 18 months into the pandemic she has seen how it has affected staff.  Frontline healthcare workers are faced with the reality of the pandemic every day.  They are heroic and Stacey considers it a privilege to be among them.  Currently our area is lucky in the 4th wave.  Just take a look out west to see the effects of relaxing protocols, her heart goes out to them.  Cornwall is overwhelmed and have stopped surgeries.  These are challenging times.  Quinte Health Care has many leaders and Stacey is thankful for that. 
Stacey's number one goal is to get out in the community.  Know and understand the communities, in its uniqueness.  What is different?  Walk the streets, introduce herself to the business owners and leaders in Picton, Bancroft, Trenton and Bellevillle.  She considers herself a fierce advocate for community hospitals.  The four hospitals under QHC umbrella are your hospitals.  We need to hear your voice to determine our future.  Re-Imagine QHC is a comprehensive process with four phased planning to shape processes, pollinate ideas and gather insights in order to create strategies and framework to go forward.
Following considerable input from Rotarians with questions answered by Stacey, she thanked everyone for their support of QHC.  The important thing is to look at the big picture to determine what services can support the most people.  What do people want and need?  Use our collective energy.  What are our current level of care strengths?  Where can we improve?  Rotarian Sam Brady thanked Stacey for the information she shared today.  Health care here is vital and Sam thanked her for listening to our concerns.
Re-Imagine Quinte Healthcare Stacey Daub, President and CEO 2021-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fun Golf Day

What a great day it was to meet at Trillium with fellow Rotarians and friends.  There were 22 golfers and an additional 9 who joined in for dinner.  A great meal, best steak in town!  Although competition was kept to a minimum there were some prize winners.  Shannon Neely and Nadine Langlois won longest drive in the men/ladies category.  Closest to the pin for the ladies was Linda Baltutis, wife of Rotarian John and closest to the pin for the men was Rotarian Peter Coy.  Thanks to organizers Jo-Anne and Ken Wheeler as well as Steve McCurdy who contributed the prizes to the winners. 
One of the many golf foursomes -- Len Kennedy, Steve McCurdy, Bernie Ouellet and Wayne Dewe.  I think they are also known as the Poker Stars so they profess to be card sharks as well.
Ken Wheeler was one of the original organizers of the Rotary Fun Day of Golf in partnership with Bob Michaud.  Ken has carried on with this annual event, for fun and fellowship and in memory of a great Rotarian who gave his all to each cause.  So thank you to Jo-Anne Wheeler and Ken for once again organizing a great afternoon.  Also captured in the photo is Rotarian Alan Kelly.
Rotarian Dianne Spencer and her husband Murray joined in for dinner.  A great photo showing off the wonderful landscape of Trillium and some fall colours.
Lots of other photos taken by Jo-Anne in between her golf shots.  The weather was beautiful.  A great way to start the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Rotary Fun Golf Day Ken and Jo-Anne Wheeler 2021-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Rotarian Randy Coker introduced Chief Donald Maracle and Wilbert Maracle who attended a residential school from 1943 - 1947.  Many people ask "what can I do" and Chief Maracle kindly offered to provide some direction and information in that regard.  The residential schools operated in Canada between 1831 and 1996 when the Gordon Residential School in Punnichy, Saskatchewan was closed.  Altogether there were 139 recognized residential schools that operated in Canada with 17 in Ontario.  The residential schools were created and supported financially by the Canadian government and churches as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to integrate them into Canadian society, however, the schools disrupted lives and communities, causing long-term problems for indigenous people.  Children between the ages of 7 and 16 would attend these residential schools and it was estimated 150,000 children attended.  Children were forbidden from speaking their language.  They were subject to forced haircuts and shaved heads for the boys.  Their clothing was taken away.  The children never felt loved.  The schools neglected to provide sufficient nutrition.  Brothers and sisters were separated and segregated with total gender segregation.  And sadly there was physical, sexual, mental and spiritual abuse.  Records are incomplete, but it is estimated that 6,000 children died at residential schools (4% of attendees).   Many children never returned to their families or their culture. The residential school system eradicated Indian identity.  They were stripped of their language, their culture and way of life.  Chief Maracle believes the Creator is challenging us all to do better.
Indigenous Peoples were initially viewed as the backbone of the economy, supplying fur for the fur trade and were invaluable to both the French and English crowns.  After the War of 1812 when there was no enemy on the horizon, Indigenous Peoples were in the way of progress.  The government wanted to settle them on reserves, while Europeans colonized their lands.  The indigenous people were faithful and fought and served in many wars including the Great War, WWII and Afghanistan but their alliance and allegiance was not reciprocated.
In 2019 the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of 2,800 children who died at residential schools with another 1,600 children remaining unnamed.  At least 3,200 children died.  In May of 2021 the bodies of 215 children were found in a mass, unmarked grave at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.  The Truth and Reconciliation Centre had been told that only 50 deaths had occurred at the school.  Since then, more searches have taken place and additional graves have been uncovered.  The search continues.  The first official government apology came from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008.  Canadians needed to become better educated on what actually happened and September 30th is now recognized as a national holiday in order to hear more about indigenous history and to create a better legacy going forward.
Wilbert Maracle was 9 years old when he attended the residential school in Brantford from 1943 to 1947.  He was excited to go to the big school with his brother, but when he woke up the next morning, his mom was gone and they had to stay.  He cried for 3 months.  The curriculum was simple -- reading, writing and arithmetic.  He had one teacher he really liked, who was kind to the children.  Because Wilbert had experience milking cows he was put in charge of 60 cows, taking them to pasture and milking them, making two trips a day.  There was bullying and abuse directed to him by his peers, older boys.  The food was very basic, they had to line up.  On July 7, 1947 Wilbert was released from the residential school at the age of 13.  He had no proper education so was put in Grade 2 which he challenged.  He has worked hard all his life even with his limited education and became a welder. 
The challenge issued by Chief Maracle is for everyone to respect the cultural identity of all people regardless of the colour of their skin.  We have to do better going forward for today and tomorrow.  We must all reflect on the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of these schools and work towards reconciliation. We cannot change the legacy, but we can write a different legacy for the future.  Chief Maracle and Wilbert Maracle were thanked by Birgit Wartenberg, Chair of the Indigenous People Partnership.  It was an honour to have both speak today, this third National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Chief Donald Maracle 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Richard Tie Retirement

Richard Tie has advised the Rotary Board that due to ill health, he is resigning from the Rotary Club of Belleville, a decision he deeply regrets as he considers it an honour and privilege to have been a Rotarian for over 37 years.  He wishes the Club continued good work in the community and around the world and would be pleased to hear from his fellow Rotarians as to what has been happening.  The Club has great memories with Dr. Richard Tie, leading lunch meeting sing-songs, with much gusto and enthusiasm.  Richard was very involved with the Quinte Rotary Music Festival over the years and the committee has grown as a result of his expertise and enthusiasm.  He also spent many work weekends at Camp Merrywood, a sweat equity project supported by many Rotarians, family and friends.  We wish the best to Richard and his wife Joanne.  The Club recognizes how proud a Rotarian Richard was and thank him sincerely for all his work over the years.  His contributions were valuable and appreciated by many.
Richard Tie Retirement 2021-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hero Awards and Attendance Presentations

The September 16, 2021 Rotary meeting was held at the Lions Pavilion, West Zwick's Park at 5:00 p.m.  A lovely evening under the protection of the pavilion with social distancing and COVID protocols in place.  President Darrell Smith took the opportunity to recognize a number of Rotarians for their work in the community as well as formally welcoming new Rotarians and giving out perfect attendance pins and Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Back in August 2020, then District Governor Mark Chipman identified some Super Heroes in our community, two of whom happen to be Rotarians.  DG Chipman named Cory MacKay, Susan Finkle and Chris Finkle as officially declared Rotary Heroes for their commitment, dedication and spirit to uphold the ideals of doing good in the world.  During 2020, Chris and Susan Finkle started a community project to make protective equipment for front line workers in the form of face shields.  Between 5,000 and 6,000 face shields were supplied free to long term care facilities in the community through their efforts and that of their team members.  Around the same time, Cory MacKay converted her home into a mask making endeavour, working along with a group of friends and volunteers.  This initiative was a fundraiser for Rotary with donations welcome at $10 per mask.  The money donated went towards COVID-19 costs.  A number of designs were developed as well as children's masks, all approved by Quinte Healthcare.  Official Super Hero Award certificates were distributed to Cory, Susan and Chris. (pictured is Cory MacKay accepting her Super Hero Award from President Darrell).
The Rotary Club of Belleville, once again, formally welcomed some new members to the Club.  Kim Henry, Janeen Halliwell, Paul Fleming, Stephan Brault, Vicki Smith and Peter Coy joined the Club late in 2020 and earlier this year, all sponsored by Rotarians and already contributing time and effort to Rotary initiatives.  Welcome aboard! (pictured are Janeen Halliwell and Paul Fleming, both sponsored by Kristin Crowe).
Rotarians who achieved 100% perfect attendance in the 2020/2021 Rotary Year were also recognized -- Karen Baker, Tim McKinney, Carol-Lynn Michaud, Jeanette Minaker, Randy Coker, Bob Ord, Kim Henry, Rosie Ouellette, Nadine Langlois, Margaret Seu, Tracy Bray, Bill MacKay, Cory MacKay, Darrell Smith, Brenda Snider, Peter Malone, Dianne Spencer, Ruth Mathieson, Michael Summers, Sharon McConnell and Jo-Anne Wheeler.  A great group of Rotarians, all committed to Rotary.
Paul Harris Fellow awards are given to Rotarians who have contributed $1,000 during the year towards the Rotary Foundation.  Adrian Hilmi, Darrell Smith and Michael Summers were recognized for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation over the past year. (pictured are Darrell Smith and Michael Summers).
There were other awards warranted, but recipients were not in attendance and President Darrell Smith will present to those Rotarians in the days ahead with appropriate mention in the Rotary newsletters to follow.
Rotary Hero Awards and Attendance Presentations 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

VIQ Presentation - 211 Services in Ontario

Tracey Legault-Davis is the Manager of Community Programs & Communications, working alongside Rotarian Brenda Snider at VIQ on providing 211 Services in Ontario to this community.  Many people know when to call 411 (directory assistance), 911 (emergency services) and 711 (message relay for telephone devices for the Deaf).  But there are others -- 211 (public information and referral services), 311 (non-emergency municipal government services), 511 (weather and traveler information), 611 (telephone company) and 811 (non-urgent health care telephone triage services).  Tracey will speak about 211 that provides free information and referral to the most comprehensive database of community, social, health and related government services in Ontario and is the first point of access to human service resources throughout the province.  The service is now available coast to coast in Canada.  When you dial 211, you are speaking with a person, not an automated message and you receive targeted, live, confidential help.  Certified Information and Referral Specialists handle your call, all professionally accredited.  The service is capable of serving in more than 150 languages with around the clock access (24/7/365).  All 211 centres must meet the quality assurance standards of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).
The federal government invested more money into the 211 service to ensure people find support during COVID-19.  Help is available by calling 211 or by chatting with professionals online at or by searching their online listing of programs, services and financial supports that are available and how to reach those resources.  The person answering the call will provide information and assistance and will refer the caller to the local agency in order to resolve the problem or inquiry and ensure the caller understands next step(s).  The service will conduct follow-up with callers and care coordinators to ensure support has been provided as needed.  For the first six months of 2021 there were 184,059 needs identified through 211 Ontario of which 26.61% were health related, 7.34% were related to mental health and addictions, 7.99% were about housing and 14.09% were for information services.
Volunteer Information Quinte, supported through United Way is the conduit for 211 that provides services to the public over the phone, consisting of an online directory of more than 60,000 services.  It is the answer for people to find programs and services in the community.  Through additional funding, VIQ updated their laptops and website and now are able to get the most out of their interactive database. and review stats quarterly.  This service is a valuable tool to employers to share with their staff and to educate them on its use and benefits.  It is very important to raise awareness and tell everyone about this service.
Tracey was thanked by Michael Summers who provides technical expertise as well as being a Board Member of VIQ.
VIQ Presentation - 211 Services in Ontario Tracey Legault-Davis 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

RLK Wrap-Up

Dave Allen, Chair of Rotary Loves Kids golf tournament was very pleased to share final results of this major fundraising event.  Giving full credit to the committee members and the volunteers and the 177 golfers, Dave was pleased to announce that $90,000 was raised!  A phenomenal success by a very hard-working committee.  A great event amidst the challenges of COVID.  The date for 2022 has been set -- July 22, 2022.  Next year's co-chairs will be Dave Allen and Cassandra Bonn who is this year's recipient of the Anne Leverton Award.  This award was created a number of years ago to recognize a Rotarian who shows exemplary leadership and efforts during RLK.  Anne was a long-time Rotarian who fully embraced the ideals of Rotary and was a fierce supporter of RLK.  When we think of Anne, we think of fellowship, loyalty, volunteerism, community and especially Service Above Self.  Past recipients of the award include Bernie Ouellet, Jamie Trudeau, Dan Dickinson, Connie Reid, Greg Knudsen, Kelly McKinney, Sam Brady, Pat Feasey and now Cassandra Bonn.  Congratulations Cassandra, a well deserved recognition for all your work on RLK.  Cassandra was honoured to receive this award and appreciated everyone's support of the overall event.  They are already working on next year's event that promises to be bigger and better.  Cassandra thanked Dave Allen for his leadership.  President Darrell Smith thanked everyone for all their work in making this an incredible event with great results.
RLK Wrap-Up David Allen 2021-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box Canada

Shelter Box is a project partner with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million neighbours, friends and community leaders.  By working together with Rotary, Shelter Box is able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that more communities in desperate need of shelter can be supported.  At any given time Shelter Box Response Teams are on the ground, supporting families to recover after disaster and conflict all over the world.  Rotary is with them every step of the way.  The partnership has provided a place of refuge to people facing some of the most difficult and uncertain moments in their lives.
Rotarian Dr. Ruth Mathieson introduced Stephanie Christensen, Executive Director with Shelter Box Canada where she has been working for eight (8) years dealing with humanitarian needs and reaching the most remote communities around the world.  Shelter Box provides emergency shelters to families who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict.  The most vulnerable families around the world are helped by Shelter Box and Rotary International.  Since 2000, Shelter Box has provided aid to over two million people in 98 countries.
Recovery starts with shelter, having a private place for your family to be together and call home.  Shelter Box provides privacy and security.  When families don't have to worry about where they will sleep, they can begin the process of self-recovery.  Shelter Box provides shelter, tools and household items like solar lights, water filters and cooking sets.  In the last five years, shelter provision has been consistently underfunded and Shelter Box is doing everything they can to ensure that no family is left without shelter and tools to survive.
Family tents are supplied.  They are large enough for a family, sturdy and can withstand extreme weather conditions and temperatures.  They are fire retardant and come with a winter liner if required.  The tool kits contain a selection of materials, including ropes, heavy-duty tarpaulins to make emergency shelters or in some instances, corrugated iron to help make resilient roofing.  The kits can include mosquito nets if applicable, blankets, first aid kits.  Shelter Box works with the community, the community leaders and Rotary Clubs to take advantage of local sources of procurement.  Steps are taken to ensure the shelter tents are robust and items such as water filters can last long term.  The August 14th earthquake in Haiti resulted in 137,000 homes being damaged or destroyed with 1.2 million people requiring assistance.  Recovery will take time and is challenged with road conditions and gang conflicts.  Shelter Box is positioned to get to hard to reach communities, often those overlooked by others.  What sets Shelter Box apart from other organizations?
  • They put families first, using a flexible approach to understand what is most needed to support the family's recovery
  • They specialize in emergency shelter and the essential tools needed to help rebuild homes
  • They go to hard-to-reach communities
  • They have a global network of supporters raising vital funds to help with their mission.
Pictured is a young mother with a baby who lost everything following a 2015 cyclone in Fiji.  Everything was gone, no food, no home.  With the safety and security of a Shelter Box tent, this young mother was provided with shelter when she had nothing.  Shelter Box and Rotary is making this possible.
Stephanie Christensen thanked the Rotary Club of Belleville for on-going financial support and mentioned the Shelter Box Hero Program where Rotary Clubs can be recognized for their contributions as a Club.  The cost of a full Shelter Box unit is $1,200 Canadian.  Anyone wishing to make a personal donation, can visit Shelter Box website where there is a spot to indicate the Rotary Club source.  Tax receipts will be issued.
Shelter Box Canada Stephanie Christensen 2021-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Literacy Program

Rotarian Ruth Mathieson was very pleased to introduce Colin Thacker to the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Colin is a past president of the Rotary Club of North Bay and chair of the Rotary District 7010 Leadership Learning Institute.  Now retired, Colin worked for 33 years as a certified manager of volunteer resources and has written six books on the subject of volunteering.  In 1999, he was presented with the Linda Buchanan award by Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources in Ontario for his outstanding contributions in the volunteer administration field.  The Rotary Club of Belleville has supported the Global Grant for the Guatemalan Literacy project, Colin Thacker being the Canadian Arm of this project.  He is guest speaker today to talk about this ambitious Global Grant.
The Guatemala Literacy Program (GLP) is a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. Guatemala is an island of illiteracy in Central America.  Eighty (80%) percent of the people live in poverty, one-third cannot read or write.  There is a lack of opportunity in this country and many walk/travel to the United States for a job.  If we can help these people get educated, they can obtain a middle income job in Guatemala.
Colin's passion for this project came from his own education challenges during high school.  He went on to achieve a honours degree in political science from Laurentian University, a diploma in human resource management from Canadore College, a masters degree in education from Nipissing University and an advance certificate in volunteer management from Washington State University.  Colin's vision is for all children to have an opportunity for education.  Almost a decade ago, Colin saw poverty first hand.  He saw children who wanted to continue their education, but couldn't.  They were pulled out of school to help farm by grade six.  Homes had dirt floors.  Whole families would survive in an 8' x 11' space.  He now works tirelessly on the Guatemala Literacy Project.  Computers and textbooks valued at almost a million dollars have been sent to the effort.  Todate, there has been a total of 207 textbook projects, 53 computer centres created, 94 reading programs put in place and a total of 741 scholarship and sponsorship projects that benefit the impoverished youth.  The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. More than 600 clubs and 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been served through four sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work. In 2017, then-RI President Ian Riseley called the GLP “the gold standard of Rotary projects” for its sustainability and impact.
Colin's current focus is on the RISE program, a program developed to bridge the gap in education.  For $100 a month, individuals or Rotary Clubs can sponsor a RISE  scholar to remain in school, graduate Grade 12 and provide an opportunity for a better education, career and life.  RISE is part of the GLP and this year, Rotary Clubs and individuals are rallying to sponsor over 300 Rise Program scholars who will not be able to stay in school next year without this financial support.  Rotarian Terry Thomas thanked Colin for bringing this project to our attention.  Terry has had a first hand experience working in Guatemala and heard good things about the Guatamela Literacy Project.
Guatemala Literacy Program Colin Thacker 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Belleville Rotarian Recognized with International Award

The Service Above Self Award is considered Rotary International’s highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Belleville Rotarian Recognized with International Award 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor Mitch Panciuk Presentation to the Club

Vice President Cory MacKay, introduced our guest speaker Mayor Mitch Panciuk.  Mayor Panciuk was elected Mayor in the fall of 2018.  Mitch who moved to Belleville in 2001 is the owner of Boston Pizza Belleville and served as Councillor in 2014 and Mayor in 2018. 
Mayor Mitch Panciuk Presentation to the Club Darrell Smith 2021-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Belleville Provides Meals to Belleville and Area  Bill MacKay 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Provides Some Much-Needed Help

Over 25,000 Meals Provided to Those in Need

Belleville— December 11, 2020 Yesterday at the Rotary Club of Belleville’s Annual General Meeting, member’s learned that this year’s Kid’s Against Hunger partnership has successfully raised enough funds to provide for 25,588 meals. “We are pleased with the efforts of our partners and Rotarians to make this happen given our COVID-19 challenges,” said Cory MacKay, Vice President of the Rotary Club of Belleville and Co-Chair of the Kid’s Against Hunger Committee.

Positive Community Impact – Locally and Internationally

Many people locally will benefit from this effort as over 14,472 meals will be delivered to Gleaners Food Bank Belleville and their community partners, Bridge Street United Church as well as various Quinte United Way Agencies. The balance of the meals will be shipped to Haiti to assist with on-going health and humanitarian needs. With classrooms closed, some 300,000 children are missing daily school meals, putting them at risk of stunted growth, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Kid’s Against Hunger Canada, a registered Canadian humanitarian charity, is committed to engage Canadians, especially youth, in helping to feed those who are hungry, malnourished and starving in Canada and around the world.
“It is gratifying to know that our members were willing to take a leadership role,” said Cory MacKay, “We were also pleased with the response of our partners and the willingness to provide us with solutions.”
Rotary Club of Belleville Past President Kelly and Deb McKinney, Judy and Club President Tim McKinney were pleased to make this year’s Kid’s Against Hunger contribution to Committee Co-Chair and Club Vice President, Cory MacKay.
Rotary Provides Some Much-Needed Help  William MacKay 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Dinner

On Dec.16 , 2019 the Rotary Club held its annual Christmas party at the Ramada Hotel . President Doug Peterson spoke at the beginning of the meal and said there would no meeting but just dinner.  Reverend Hal Wilson offered grace.  The elevators were broken so Rudy and others had to use the freight elevator, however, the extra effort was worth it because  the Ramada put on a delicious turkey dinner.
For entertainment, the Hasting and Prince Edward Regional Chorus rounded out a perfect evening.  Fifteen students dressed in Canadian tartan were led by conductor Jennifer Curtis and accompaniest  Claudia Scott. The carolers sang Silent Night in original German and then a variation of Silent Night in English . One carol was sung in Swedish and a Sanish tune was sung with a recorder and bongos.  One young man named Malcolm Ross has been singing with the choir for 8 years and this was his last year.
The choir is looking for new members.  If you know anyone who might be interested please contact Jennifer Curtis at     .
Rotary Christmas Dinner Alan Kelly 2019-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Quinte Conservation

Posted on Jun 10, 2019
Vince Lynch introduced Christine Phillibert P.Engineering . Vince mentioned he was the former water management engineer and quoted from the Gordon Lightfoot song "The Fate of the Edmund Fitzgerald ." Lynch mentioned he and Christine were both graduates of Queen's University .
Christine Philliibert works for Quinte Conservation as a Water Resources Manager and did a slide presentation that explained Quinte Conservation's role . She eloquently explained what influences Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte water levels and the causes of the 2017 and the 2019 floods . She also explained current and forecast conditions and protection of property.
Quinte Conservation's role is to provide flood warning and warning-(reducing risk of life and property ) for its watersheds; the Moira, Salmon, Napanee and all of Prince Edward County.  The regulation prevention program around hazards prevent people and property from being within the flood and erosion hazard.  Christine's job is to monitor how high  the water will get, when that will happen and inform the municipalities by mail list and social media. Also to operate and maintain flood management structures . Christine explained the Lake Ontario Watershed.  There is a  dam at the outlet of Lake Superior but water is uncontrolled from  Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie.  All flow to Lake Ontario Plan 2014 balances upstream and downstream impacts (flood,shipping, ecology).  The Ottawa River flows into and influences the lower St . Lawrence River.  The Ottawa watershed has the Moses-Saunders Dam. Causes of the 2017 flood -- January, February, and March there was unstable ice cover in the late winter, five (5) freeze thaw cycles that necessitated reducing outflow to reduce risk of ice jamming.  In addition there were record setting rainfall totals for the first 5 months of the year. The Moses-Saunders Dam couldn't allow too much water to flow or there would have been ice jams. The 2019 flood was from above average rainfall in the late winter, record Ottawa River flooding , flooding on the St. Lawrence River and record Lake Erie uncontrolled outflows.  What flows over Niagara Falls is completely uncontrolled.  Christine explained the water level will stabilize and slowly decline . A reduction of 1 cm of water level in Lake Ontario in one week will cause a rise of 12 cm on the St Lawrence River .
The impact of the flooding is on parklands, trails, roads, residential and commercial lots, basements, boat launches, storm sewers and wastewater effluent pipes.  Flooding causes erosion to private property,  escarpments, road damage, shorelines and breakwater damage.  Quinte Conservation regulation staff provide on site advice on how you can protect your property from flooding and erosion . There is more information on the" Resources" page at Quinte for those who are interested .
Ken Wheeler thanked Christine for her presentation which he  described as extremely interesting and extremely relevant since it affects the daily lives of everyone in the room  .
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Rotary Christmas Dinner

The Travelodge was the host site of our annual Rotary Christmas Dinner attended by almost 100 Rotarians, partners and spouses of Rotarians.  President Andrew though an official club meeting advised there was little formality to the night and encouraged those in attendance to enjoy the fellowship and spirit of the season.  President Andrew opened the dinner with a seasonal Rotary prayer.
A festive Christmas dinner was prepared and served to the attendees and enjoyed by all.

John and Wanda Chisholm at the conclusion of dinner led those in attendance in a carole sing of Christmas favourites, and a prelude to the annual tradition of the Children's Choir treating to us a selection of Christmas caroles and hymns.  Before the choir began, long time Rotarian and Choir Director Rudy Heidjens who has retired as main conductor of the Children's Choir and now works only with the Training Choir advised this is the first Rotary Christmas dinner he has actually been able to eat and he enjoyed that. The choir now under the direction of Rudy's long time assistant and also a previous choir member herself performed a number of Christmas songs for our enjoyment and the group accompanied the Choir in singing Silent Night after the Choir sang the first verse in German.  
Again a very enjoyable way for Rotarians and their guests to enjoy fellowship and the spirit of the season and a great time was had by all.
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President Andrew Bandler called the 2017/2018 AGM to order.  Moved by Andrew Bandler, seconded by Shannon Neely that the agenda of the 2017/2018 AGM be approved as circulated.  
President Andrew called Treasurer Darrell Smith to present the 2017/18 Audited Financial Statements and Darrell called our Auditor Michael McMurray from Welch LLP who presented the 2017/2018 Financial Statements to the club.  Michael advised that 2017/18 figures showed a consistency versus 2016/2017 operating revenues and expenses with a slight improvement year over year of an increase in the operating account surplus of approximately $5,000 versus 2016/2017 audited results.
Michael then reported on the Service account for the 17/18 Rotary year and noted a deficit of $47,811 of service revenues versus expenditures and this indicated an improvement of results versus budgeted service account deficit and an improvement versus the 16/17 Rotary year of approximately $12,000 when a $59,747 deficit was realized in the service account.
MIchael talked about the audited statements and the first page of the audited financial statements represents the auditors' opinion which is the statements represent fairly the receipts and disbursements of the Rotary Club of Belleville during the 2017/2018 Rotary year.
Darrell thanked MIchael for his presentation and fielded questions from the membership about the financial statements including a discussion around the deficit in the Service account and was in actuality not as bad as indicated as included the Capital Grants committee and support of community projects of $40,000 which was funded from our long term investment assets and did not have a corresponding revenue inclusion. Questions were asked about the support of the Rotary Music Festival Committee and advised in consultation with the executive of the Music Committee with the significant bank account balances that they were privy to that they could continue for this year without a cash influx and still undertake their desired programming objectives.  With no further questions, Darrell moved the acceptance of the 2017/2018 audited financial statements, seconded by  Sam Brady and then approved by the membership in attendance.
Darrell then moved that Welch LLP be appointed as auditors for the 2018/2019 Rotary year, seconded by  Sam Brady and voted on and approved by the membership in attendance.
President Andrew thanked Darrell for the presentation of the financial statements and called on Past President Tracy Bray to provide her report to the club of her year as Rotary Club of Belleville President.  One of the highlights for Tracy was the large group of Belleville Rotarians who attended the International Convention in Toronto and hosting of 12 Rotarians from around the world at the Royal Yacht Club in Toronto.  Tracy talked about the Community Paul Harris where 3 new community members were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for their community engagement.  Other highlights for Tracy were a very successful RLK that raised $100,000 and very positive results for other fundraising efforts for the Rotary Aids Walk raising $37,000, Diners and Duffers netting just under $10,000.  Tracy talked about the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival and the Festival of Stars at Albert College recognizing the efforts of a number of the participants.  The Music Festival had over 200 participants in a number of categories. Tracy talked about classification talks that occurred during her year and also an initiative to have speakers who reflected our outreach efforts both locally and internationally which provided the club a first hand understanding of the impact of our support on the lives of others.
Tracy closed her presentation thanking all Rotarians for their efforts and moved the acceptance of her report, seconded by John Smale and voted on and approved by the membership in attendance.
Tracy then undertook her last role as President was to introduce the 2019/2020 Board for the Rotary Club of Belleville. Before she introduced the 2019/2020 Board, she thanked retiring Directors Adam Zegouras and Drew Brown for their efforts and commitments to the Rotary Club during their long tenures
Past President Andrew Bandler
President: Doug Peterson
President;Elect; Tim McKinney
Vice President: To be determined by Board at a subsequent meeting
Secretary: Brenda Snider
Treasurer: Darrell Smith
Board of Directors
Karen Baker
Collin Myers
Cory MacKay
Jeanette Minaker
Randy Coker
Ashley Rushnell: New Board Member
Peter Malone: New Board Member
John Smale: New Board Member
Tracy asked for a motion to accept the slate of directors the 19/20 Rotary year, moved by Kelly McKinney, seconded by Len Kennedy, and voted on and approved.
President Andrew then moved to adjourn the AGM, seconded by Bruce Flynn and approved.
2017/2018 ROTARY CLUB OF BELLEVILLE AGM 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

PACT - David Lockett

Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Ken Dickson introduced the guest speaker, David Lockett, and reminded us that this program, started 8-9 years ago, places at-risk youth in a one - on - one mentoring, coaching program, which makes positive changes in their lives, and helps them to become successful adults.
Eight or nine years ago, David got a call from the John Howard Society, informing him that there was a need for a mentoring program for at risk youth in Belleville. Thirty - three youth have gone through the PACT program. Success factors include:  rate of re-offences (66% of participants do not re-offend); participation in meetings; articulation of and follow up in goal setting.  
The age of participants is between 13 and 17 years. The PACT program has been proven to change families for the better, and alter individual lives. The cost of running the program is between $35,000 and $40,000 per year (the cost of incarceration is over $100,000 per year). The Federal government removed funding , so efforts were made to get funding from other sources, because of the proven success of the program. Rotary and other service clubs stepped up to the plate and have been contributing regularly to the program. 
Last year, Belleville had 3 young people in the program. Next year, six are expected to be enrolled. Life coaches  see 40 -50 kids over a life career span. It takes a long time to create the problems, and it takes a long time to overcome the issues which created them in the first place. Long - term coaching and mentoring is needed. Candidates are recommended by judges, lawyers, and parole officers.  If kids are successful in this program, their record can be expunged before they  get a permanent record on file as an adult. They get a fresh start, with mentoring. 
"Aftercare":  The life coach makes regular visits to the clients and creates "personal capacity" standards, and deals with problem issues. Most participants do not offend again. They learn important life skills, and are guided to education programs and skills training possibilities.
Les (an offender who had lived in 21 foster homes from the age of 6) - convicted on home invasion charges, entered the PACT program, an intervention which resulted in his becoming the owner of his own landscaping business. 
How can we help? Liz (Wellington Rotary Club) gave an example of Travis.  With PACT assistance, Travis has graduated high school and has a job. Local Rotarians are staying connected with Travis and see him regularly, for family dinners and Rotary outings. PACT is a manageable activity for service clubs . 
Belleville had a 90% success rate last year in its PACT efforts.  Early intervention CAN make a big difference.  Gender  differences - 85% of offenders are male. 
Adam Zegouras thanked David and PACT on behalf of the Club and the Crown Attorney's office, for making a difference.  (L to R:  Adam Zegouras, David Lockett, Ken Dickson and Andrew Bandler).
PACT - David Lockett Judy McKnight 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

My Year as President

Rotarian Connie Reid introduced our Guest Speaker and retiring President Tracy Bray for her final meeting of the year.  While certainly not requiring any introduction of who Tracy is to the club to the benefit of guests in attendance, Connie provided a bio of Tracy discussing in great detail who Tracy was and highlighting her dedication to both the Rotary Club of Belleville both in her year as President but during her entire tenure as a Rotarian in Belleville. But Tracy's community engagement is not limited to solely Rotary and Connie talked about Tracy's support of various charities in the community and also her involvement with her daughter Annissa's activities including skiing and soccer.  During the past year Tracy has focused on all these things along with coordinating and organizing a 50th anniversary party for her parents.  Connie said that Tracy has shown us what it means to be a Rotarian through all of her actions as a Rotarian.  Connie then formally welcomed President Tracy to the podium to provide her review of her year as Rotary Club of Belleville President.
President Tracy's review of her year as President was augmented by a visual review of pictures taken of events throughout her year as President.
President Tracy first started her discussion with an introduction of her assistant from her business Sarah Steenburgh and talked about how important Sarah had been in helping her manage her year as President. Sarah reiterated Tracy's commitment to the Rotary Club of Belleville during her year as President and while she is happy to see the end of year, that she is sure Tracy will miss her role as President.  Tracy thanked Sarah for all of her efforts during the past year by presenting her with a Rotary Toronto Convention ball cap.  Tracy thanked Connie and Jeanette Minaker for their leadership in leading Fellowship and Programming during the past 12 months.  Tracy said her year had passed very fast but was drawing to a close with tremendous excitement as the Toronto Convention nears and discussed her excitement for the number of club members who were attending the Toronto Convention and our hosting of a dinner for club members and Rotarians from all over the world.  Tracy thanked Rotarian Kevin Bazkur for his leadership in coordinating our dinner at Toronto Convention at the Royal Toronto Yacht Club.  Tracy talked about some of our Monday meetings including 4 classification talks with Kevin, Tim, Jennifer and Ashley completing classification talks during her year as President. She talked about the presentations by City of Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and his vision for the future development of the city and MP Neil Ellis talking about the legalization of marijuana being undertaken by the Federal Government.  Tracy talked about the importance of having speakers from programs that have been funded by the club as opposed to speakers asking for funds allowing club members to see first hand the impact of our support to both our local and the global community.
Tracy talked about other meeting highlights such as our Community Paul Harris night, 2 AGMs talking about the past of our club and future of our club through review of previous year's audited statements and the recent AGM with the 18/19 budget presentation. She talked about our joint meeting with the Satellite club and one of her personal favourite events which is the Special Needs Children Christmas party and the participation of so many Rotarians seeing the smiles on the children and their families who were in attendance. She thanked Tim McKinney for the leadership of the Satellite club and the enthusiasm that they bring to our club.  Tracy thanked those in attendance for their support during her year as President and to those who attended the President's night dinner and reiterated many of the thanks to her board members for their dedication to the club and their support and to all members.
Tracy closed her presentation with an online Ted Talk she had seen via You Tube and the things that had the most impact on people living longer and while things like quitting smoking, getting exercise helped but not as much as getting a flu shot but the things that were the most predictive of a long life would surprise you and that the 2 most influential predictive elements of a long life were how many close personal relationships you have with people who will be there when you need them and the amount of social integration and face to face interactions you have, the more you have the longer you live. This is what Rotary provides us through our weekly meetings and by being involved in our community both locally and internationally.
Tracy thanked everyone for their support and called up President Elect Andrew Bandler to present him with the President's Pin.  Andrew talked about Tracy's commitment to the club and his decision to award her the first Rotary Warrior pin at the President's Night Dinner for her incredible dedication to the club both as President but since she became a Rotarian.  He feels he takes over the club as President at a great time in our history and defined the club as a very good car that had just been detailed.  PE Andrew provided Tracy with her Past President's pin.
Rotarian Jeanette Minaker thanked Tracy for her presentation and for her dedication to the Rotary Club of Belleville  and that she truly embodies the Rotary 4 Way Test.
My Year as President Darrell Smith 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Belleville Budget 18/19

President Elect Andrew Bandler introduced current Secretary and Vice President Doug Peterson who presented the 2018/2019 Rotary Club of Belleville budget. Doug advised he could  give us a very succinct and time sensitive presentation which would say basically we were in good shape it was a balanced budget and that would be it. But assuming most of us would prefer more detail, Doug provided the long form version of the budget presentation. 
Doug spoke to the fact that through a number of meetings that began in April and with input from a number of budget committee members from the Board, Committee chairs from both spending and revenue generating committees two meetings were held in late April and the budget determined. Doug explained that we would be once again using the X-1 formula where what was raised during 17/18  Rotary year is what would be spent in the Service budget in 2018/2019.  The budget process involves a line by line review of all expenditures and revenues for both operations and service.  Operations reflects the core costs of running the club on a yearly basis and revenues generated through dues and the like.  Service revenues and expenditures reflect the funds that are raised and distributed into the wider community.  
Doug explained the rationale around the use of X-1 budget process which was developed during Sam Brady's tenure on the budget committee and insured prudence and discipline in spending.  However with very conservative assumptions it facilitated a growth in the bank balances in the Service account. So in 2015 the Board determined to increase expenditures in the Service account and fund those from the surpluses and this process continued for 2 Rotary years and also included a transfer of funds to our long term investment committee. However the budget committee and the board determined in 2017/18 Rotary year that we would return to an X-1 budget process and would see reduction in spending to reflect reduction in fundraising revenues realized in the previous year. While 17/18 reflected challenges for all Service committees, a strong 17/18 fundraising year has seen an increase in spending allowed for many of the Service committees.
Doug thanked the members of the budget committee for their dedication to the process and the Rotary Club of Belleville.
The 18/19 budget committee objectives were to include the continuation of the X-1 methodology and strike an appropriate balance between fundraising and spending.
Doug then presented a number of historical references for previous years budgets and this years budgets.  A full depiction of the budget will be available through Club Runner.
Operations Budget
  • 2016/2017 Revenue $107,220, Expenses $107,220
  • 2017/2018 Revenue $97,575, Expenses $95,450
  • 2018/2019 Revenue $113,400, Expenses $113,150
The increase in revenues and expenses reflect increases in membership dues and meals.
Service Budget
  • 2016/2017 Revenue $237,900, Expenses $229,100
  • 2017/2018 Revenue $184,223, Expenses $235,025
  • 2018/2019 Revenue $206,638, Expenses $206,180
Doug also presented a current state of the club which indicated as of end of May approximately $109,000 in bank account balances and approximately $527,301 in investments through CIBC Wood Gundy.
The takeaways Doug wanted to leave the membership with was that the budget was a balanced budget without sacrificing service support and also without sacrificing the long term ability to provide funding for future Rotary years and projects through erosion of long term assets.  A number of questions were directed from the membership and answered by Doug, Andrew and Darrell treasurer.
Sam Brady moved the acceptance of the 2018/19 Rotary budget and seconded by Adrian Hilmi and approved unanimously. 
Board Member and incoming Secretary Brenda Snider thanked Doug for the presentation and the value of being part of the budget committee team and the insight that provides to the workings of the club.
Rotary Club of Belleville Budget 18/19 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
National Air Force Museum of Canada 2018-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Family Christmas Party

The annual Rotary Christmas Family lunch was a brunch held this year on Sunday the 17th of December to accommodate families with children who would be in school still till the 22nd of December and would miss our annual Christmas Family lunch.  A number of Rotarians, Rotarian partners and Rotarians in training (their children, grandchildren) joined for Christmas Brunch on the 17th of December at the Travelodge.  Guest entertainer Andy Forgie provided a number of seasonal favourites and a special Big Guy made a visit to the delight to the children in attendance. While a small crowd as compared to our normal meetings, the effort to try to provide a Christmas social event for Rotarians and their families was appreciated by those in attendance.
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2016/2017 Rotary AGM

This week as a club we held our AGM for the recently completed 2016/2017 Rotary year under the stewardship of President Shannon Neely. Before the AGM, Rotarian Richard Tie led us in a festive rendition of Jingle Bells.  President Tracy Bray opened the AGM and moved the approval of the agenda, seconded by Kelly McKinney. Voted on and approved.
President Tracy called Treasurer Darrell Smith to the podium and he introduced the club's auditor Michael McMurray of Welch and Company who presented the audited financial statements of the club for the recently completed Rotary year. He highlighted financial performance and full particulars are available on the Rotary website.  Michael reported that operating revenues were down from the previous year and totalled $95,000 and disbursements were down slightly at $109,810 and resulted in an operating account deficit for the year of $14,825 an increase over the previous year operating account deficit of $6,940.
Michael reported that service club revenues decreased by $27,000 from previous year to $229,040 and club service expenditures decreased slightly to $288,787 but increased overall  service deficit to $59,747 from $34,616 in 16/17 Rotary year.  Michael did advise that a large part of the deficit could be depicted via Capital Spending committee which allocated $49,125 into the community in major capital expenditures which PP Shannon Neely would discuss in more detail in his report.
Randy Coker asked Michael about the capital spending committee and Michael deferred to Shannon's presentation.
Treasurer Darrell moved the approval of the 16/17 audited financial statements, seconded by Ian Acton and approved by members in attendance. Treasurer Darrell moved that Welch and Co LLP be approved as auditors for the 17/18 Rotary year, seconded by Karen Baker and approved by members in attendance.
President Tracy called Past President Shannon Neely to the podium to present his annual report which is available on the Club website and is the formal completion of his duties as Rotary President.  A few highlights that PP Shannon drew to the club's attention included his attendance at the Seoul International Convention along with Rotarians Ruth Mathieson and Margaret Seu who made the very long, but exciting trip to the convention.  PP Shannon thanked the club for providing him the opportunity to attend.
PP Shannon talked about the first successful full year of the Satellite Club including their fundraising efforts for minor hockey and the Children's  Treatment Centre at BGH, the playground project raising over $18,000 combined for the 2 projects. Rotarian Tim McKinney became the first satellite member to present his classification talk.  PP Shannon noted Len Kennedy's award as a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and the recognition received at his last meeting as President, when Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson presented Len with his award.  PP Shannon was pleased with the successful return to the Travelodge for the lunch meetings. Other highlights of PP Shannon's year he drew to the club's attention included Paul Harris Community awards and 4 new inductees, the money spent providing essential medical equipment and supports for special needs children in the community and the work of the Capital Grants committee which provided significant capital funds to support major initiatives at Habitat for Humanity for 2 home builds, $5,000 to Children's Safety Village, $5,000 to the Quinte Arts Council, $9,000 to the KGH NICU and $10,000 to the BGH Children's Playground Project. PP Shannon highlighted many more club accomplishments during the past Rotary year.  He moved the acceptance of his report,  seconded by Hugh Campbell and voted on and approved.
PP  Shannon then discussed the decision to change the constitution to revise the process for election to the Board of Directors and that it was to seek out people who wanted to participate in the Board as opposed to those who wished to opt out.  A full  board slate was presented with the following people allowing their names to stand --Drew Brown, Jeannette  Minaker, Tim McKinney, Colin Myers, Randy Coker, Karen Baker, Cory McKay, Adam Zegouras. Brenda Snider has allowed her name to stand for a 2 year term as secretary.  Executive of the Club for the 18/19 Rotary Year are as follows --PP Tracy Bray, President Andrew Bandler, President-Elect Doug Peterson, Vice-president to be voted on by the Board,  Treasurer Darrell Smith, Secretary Brenda Snider. 
PP Shannon moved the acceptance of the slate of Directors for 2018/19, seconded by Hal Wilson and approved by members in attendance.
President Tracy Bray then moved for the adjournment of the  2016/2017 Rotary Club of Belleville AGM, seconded by Chris Finkle.
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Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament 2017

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
A stunning day on the golf course and Party In The Square on Friday, July 28th.  Thank you to everyone who supported this Rotary Club of Belleville fundraiser!
Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament 2017 2017-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

President Shannon Neely's Farewell Address

Posted on Jun 26, 2017
Kelly McKinney introduced President Shannon and said the two had many similarities like having girls names , four kids , beards and added some ribald humour , which you will have to ask fellow members who attended the meeting  about . He then  listed off Shannon's achievements for the pat year .
 President Shannon thanked his fellow Rotarians, honoured guests and past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson. Despite his personal, family and career challenges, he believes Rotary Belleville had a successful year.  He considers this organization a great place to be and is proud to refer to all of us as his Rotary family.  He said our number one competitor is "Time ".  Time away from families, businesses, hobbies and interests all with hopes of making our world, our country and our community a better place to live in now and the future.  The past year's Rotary International theme was "Rotary Serving Humanity ".  To do this we needed more bright minds and younger members and this was achieved with growth and success of the Satellite Club introduced by Past President Kelly . Shannon had training in Chicago and went to the Rotary International Convention in Seoul , South Korea.  As president, Shannon mentioned some of the things he was most proud of -- the return of the Christmas Dinner, the return of the meetings to the Travelodge, the formation of the Capital Spending Committee and the reformatted Rotary Poker Walk.  President Shannon pointed out that it was Fellowship Chair Paige Summers who deserves all the credit for organizing and planning of the successful Christmas dinner.  The Capital Spending Committee was formed by the Board after the Club voted to give out 10% of the accumulated funds from the Club's past fund raising efforts.  Community groups can apply to the Club for funding and so far we have given out $42,000 this year to a variety of community projects. The  Rotary Aids Walk was changed from an outside walk to a virtual format  and John Smale and his team raised $36,000  which is the highest amount yet for this fundraiser.  Finally , Shannon thanked the 2016/17 Board for their hard work, efforts and dedication this year . He went on to say we are an active club , we are financially stable and your future board and executive are dedicated to making sure that the rich history of the club stays current , productive and viable for future generations to come .
President Elect Tracy Bray thanked Shannon for his year of leadership and presented him with his Past President pin.
President Shannon Neely's Farewell Address  2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

New Club By-Laws

After the budget presentation for the 2017/18 Rotary year, President Shannon Neely called up Past President Kelly McKinney to discuss  and present revisions to the Rotary Club of Belleville By-Laws. Full depiction of the revisions to by-laws will be posted to the club website.
PP Kelly spoke of a committee formed which included PP Bill MacKay Jr., President Shannon Neely, Secretary Doug Peterson and Past Presidents Kelly McKinney and Len Kennedy who met to review the by-laws  and initiate changes consistent with RI guidelines and also around changes to the election of board of directors.  
The revisions were presented  and reviewed by Rotarians Anya-Deane Best and Bill King to meet legal requirements and were then presented to the board for their approval.
Changes to the By-Laws included adding reference to the Satellite club consistent with RI guidelines.  PP Kelly also talked  about the revisions to the by-laws relating to the election of interested individuals to the Board of Directors.  This included the striking of a nominations committee who would seek out individuals interested in standing for election to the Board of Directors and would not include on that committee any members eligible to stand for election and would include members from the Club as a whole who were not seeking out election.  If sufficient interest existed for the positions available an election would be held during the first half of the Rotary year. 
A motion to approve the revisions to  the  By-lLw was made by Len Kennedy and seconded by Cory MacKay.
Discussion followed from the members in attendance with Sam Brady seeking clarification that Satellite Club members could stand for election to the Board of Directors and was advised that they could and for the 17/18 Rotary year, Tim McKinney of the Satellite Club has been nominated and approved to sit on the Rotary Board of  Directors.
Tara Lyons asked if a Satellite member could be President and would they have to attend the regular Monday lunch meetings.  The members were advised they would have to attend and as part of the vetting process to become Club President, would have to understand that commitment.
Karen Baker asked  about the removal of the list and how that process would work and Kelly spoke to the nominating committee seeking out members who would be interested in putting their names  forward for inclusion in the election.
Dave Albert asked if there should  be representation from the Satellite Club on the budget committee and also a voting mechanism or presentation of the  budget process,  He was advised there was and Karen Baker also confirmed that incoming Treasurer Darrell Smith had presented  the essence of the budget to the Satellite Club at a meeting in May.
Hugh Campbell asked about the attendance as it seems to be going down and is that an  issue that needs to be addressed.
Seeing no more questions, the motion on the floor to approve the revisions to the Club By-Laws was voted on and approved unanimously.
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My Year in Canada

Posted by Selina Savijoki on Jun 12, 2017
Past president Sam Brady introduced our guest speaker, Rotary Exchange Student Selina Savijoki.  Sam sang a musical tribute to Selina's year to the tune of "These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things" that brought her to happy tears.  Selina thanked her host families Tracy Bray, Barry and Linda Hillier,  Cory and Bill MacKay and finally, Sam and Anne-Marie Brady.  Selina said the last 10 months have been exciting and it was a leap into the unknown and she learned more about herself and has grown to be herself.  Her year started with a trip to New York where she met up with all the Finnish exchange students who were to be placed.  Her first night in Canada she had a dinner with Heather Menzies who starred in the Sound of Music.  She spent Thanksgiving at Bon Echo Provincial Park.  She went to the Rotary District Conference at the end of October.  She went to the Hilliers in November and they took her to Quebec City and Montreal for 5 days for Christmas, a wonderful experience with them and their friends.  New Year's was spent in London, Ontario where she had her first pot luck dinner and loved it. Selina also met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and thought that was really cool, something about his colourful socks were mentioned.  She went to a winter Rotary Youth Student exchange weekend where she tried snowshoeing and skiing at Ganaraska. 
Selina has spent most of her life very involved in the arts and being busy.  She took advantage of the art culture in Belleville with the Centennial musical program, singing at the Pinnacle Music Studio and dancing lessons at Irelands.  She also took in some musical theatre shows like The Sound of Music and The Book of Mormon as well as the Nutcracker.  She also went to New York with the Arts Program.  She went to Soho, China town, Central Park and attended a Mets game.  And most recently, went to the last Rotary Exchange weekend and met the outgoing students at Cobourg.  And last, but not least she went with Randy and Joanne Coker to Montreal with a Rotary Exchange Student from France.  All in all, Selina was fortunate to see so much of what Canada has to offer.  She reminisced about Canada and what impressed her.  She noticed that people are friendly in a different way, air conditioning everywhere, long car rides, expensive phone calls, and milk in bags, something she had never seen before.  Selina, with tears in her eyes said moving to Canada was the best decision she ever made and happy she moved out of her comfort zone to embrace everyone and everything. 
Paige Summers thanked Selina for sharing all her photographs and her thoughts about Canada.  The Rotary Club of Belleville was so fortunate to have been assigned to host Selina as our Youth Exchange Student, an excellent Ambassador for her club in Helsinki and for our club in the local community.  Selina is a lovely young lady, smart, talented, confident and a real go getter.  It is obvious from her presentation that she has taken full advantage of what Rotary, her school Centennial and the wider community has to offer.  She was wise to seek out opportunities in our community to do the things she enjoys.  She loves singing and dancing and we were fortunate to have her share her talents at some of our Rotary functions.  Selina deserves a lot of credit for really making an effort to meet and get to know Rotary members.  She joined a different table and sat beside different people each week.  That isn't something just any 17 year old would do in a room full of adults!  We wish her all the best in her future endeavours, especially at musical theatre school in London, England next year.  We hope she will continue in Rotary in the future because she will make an outstanding Rotarian, making a difference wherever she is in the world.  All the best Selina!
My Year in Canada Selina Savijoki 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Rotarian

Posted on Feb 23, 2017
Jennifer Savani has been proposed by Tracy Bray under the classification of Legal Municipal Law.  If no written objections are received to the Secretary within seven (7) days of this notice, then Jennifer will be asked to join the Rotary Club of Belleville.
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Paul Harris Award Winners

President Shannon Neely presented Paul Harris Fellows for three members of the club who have completed 10 years of Service Above Self with the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Congratulations to:
Maureen Piercy Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2
John Sherratt Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1
Sharon McConnell Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1
Paul Harris Award Winners 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Michael Summers - Cyber Safety

Posted on Feb 13, 2017
Kristin Crowe introduced Michael, a club member. At the age of 14, Michael built his first  computer with the help of his dad, Dale, and a base engineer. Michael was selected as one of 43 gifted persons in a competition across Canada. Since the age of 17, he has led several development teams through various systems projects for different  companies and services. In 1995, Michael created NESDA Technologies Ltd. and currently employs a team of 18 people.  He has built two data centres in Canada. In his spare time, Michael is a movie and live theatre buff; he enjoys home renovations and ballroom dancing lessons (with Rotarian Margaret Seu), and he frequents live concerts.
Michael started off his presentation reminding us that we are all familiar with the old fashioned outhouse and many of us remember needing to go to the bathroom with the aid of a flashlight. Today, indoor plumbing is the norm, except for the remote cottage areas where an outhouse may still serve this need. In today’s society we also have a permanently manned space station, built by many countries, in a collaborative effort of the world’s superpowers and their amazing scientists. We are all somewhere between outhouses and space stations when it comes to technology.
When he first started with computers the unlimited potential of these devices came to us on the form of interactive games like “Pong” and then systems evolved – we had spreadsheets and word processors. We had better monitoring for quality control and then robotics became commonplace in manufacturing. Each new step has been
Natural evolution of the previous one. And now we are in a time when connectivity becomes a part of everyday life, as evidenced by your blue tooth in your car, and your smart phone, and your downloaded music. We all think this is amazing. The best of the best allows things like Google drive, which virtually takes over your car with your personalized settings. Our watches can now be Garmins or fit bits which not only tell time, but let us monitor heart rates, steps, tell us when we get a text or a phone call, and report our daily steps to the Internet. Refrigerators are sold which can keep track of the food and give you a reminder to stop for groceryies on the drive home. The high end ones can even place an order to the grocery store for you and have the goods delivered to your door. Thermostats are sold that allow Ontario Hydro to control the heat in your home. On the surface we can understand Ontario’s need to conserve our Hydro dollars, but we are used to adjusting the heat in our own homes. We can, alternatively, get a smart thermostat from Lowe’s or Home Depot that allows us to control the heat via our smart phones, all because of the Internet.
Now we have a phrase, “the Internet of Things” …. It refers to a collection of devices that that you can control based on the whim of the moment. Turn down the heat. Turn on a light. Turn off the stove.  Unlock the front door.
My purpose today is to bring all of this to your attention. We have so many devices that are controlled by computers and are connected to the Internet, and some of these need monitoring. Medical implants can communicate through Bluetooth and send information directly to the doctor, who can make changes with the heart monitor from his/her office. The speed with which the Internet of things is developing is so fast that most companies fail to pay attention to security. We can talk about the online security and that web page that pops up and insists that you need help. Or the University that gets hacked with Ransomware. We can see how easy it is to steal a Tesla (video) – and how easy it is for a hacker to steal your password so that you cannot access your own car.
We all believe we are invincible, but we can all become victims. The best precaution is knowledge. We invite hackers into our homes through cell phones or the latest electronic do-dads.  What do we do? It is simple:
  • Change your password\
  • Don’t have the same password for everything
  • Don’t use simple passwords – make them complex with numbers and symbols and upper and lower case letters.
  • Don’t tell ANYONE your password.
  • Don’t write your password on a sticky note to post on your computer.
  • If any device can be password protected, then protect it.
  • Keep a copy of your passwords outside of your house.
  • Finally, the advice your mother gave you is true – if it seems too good to be true, it likely is.  It is likely someone is trying to steal your password.
Michael Summers - Cyber Safety Judy McKnight 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

2017/18 Rotary Club Board of Directors

President Elect Tracy Bray in our return to the Travelodge for our regular club meetings announced the results of the voting for the 2017/2018 Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Past President: Shannon Neely
President: Tracy Bray
President-elect: Andrew Bandler
Vice President and Secretary:  Doug Peterson
Treasurer: Darrell Smith
Board of Directors
Brenda Snider
John Sherratt
Drew Brown
Eric Thompson
Adam Zegouras
Nadine Langlois
Tim McKinney
Nick Foley
2017/18 Rotary Club Board of Directors 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Quinte Conservation

Posted by Jennifer May-Anderson on Feb 06, 2017
Jennifer May-Anderson is the Communications Manager of the Quinte Conservation Authority and has been  in that position for 9 years . She is responsible for informing the public of situations which affect our area, especially in the area of water levels, whether they be too low or too high. 
The Quinte Conservation Authority  is one of 36 conservation authorities within Ontario, and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The mandate of the Conservation Authority is to ensure the conservation, restoration, and responsible management of  Ontario's water, land and natural habitats,  through programs  that balance environmental, human and economic needs.
The Quinte Conservation Authority was formed when  the Moira River, Napanee, and Prince Edward Region Authorities were combined in 1996. The Authority is set up  on a watershed basis. Our watersheds include the Moira River, Napanee Region, and Prince Edward Region Watersheds, , covering a total of 6.600 square kilometers. All of our watersheds drain into the Bay of Quinte.
Eighteen member municipalities appoint  people to serve on the board for the Authority, which is funded by municipal levies, provincial and federal grants.  The staff is comprised of over 25  people with various backgrounds and skills ( a water resources engineer, environmental planner, forestry specialist, naturalist, financial coordinator, field technicians, and other environmental specialists) , many of whom are Loyalist College graduates. The authority enjoys partnerships with  federal and provincial governments, "friends" of the authority, local schools and businesses, land owners, community groups,  and service clubs. 
Quinte Conservation provides services to reduce the threat of loss of life  and property damage, by issuing flood warnings, flood forecasting,  and through the operation and maintenance of flood control structures. The Conservation Authority coordinates the local low water response team that provides information, leadership and preparedness in the event of a drought. These structures include 39 water control structures, 14 flood control structures, and other structures that provide for seasonal recreation, low flow augmentation, and local water supply. We are responsible for water quality monitoring, and we sample in rivers, streams, wells, and ground water sources. 
We provide technical advice to municipalities, landowners, lawyers and developers.
We are responsible for protecting  sources of municipal drinking water from overuse and contamination and we are facilitators in  developing a Source Water Protection Plan. We work with Lower Trent Conservation Authority  and federal and provincial governments on the "big Cleanup" of the Bay of Quinte.
We own over 30,000 acres of land, and have over 20 Conservation areas open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk. One conservation area doubles as a campground.  (Depot Lakes - 3,000 acres, 4 lakes, interior and seasonal campsites) 
The McLeod Dam Green energy Project  - this was modified in 2007 - 2008  to generate electricity, enough to power 400 homes. This renewable energy reduces the equivalent of 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year  from our air. 
Our education programs include the "Stream of Dreams" which educates school children on the life and function  of the watersheds in our area. This is followed by an art workshop which produces painted "dream fish" on school yard fences.  
Low water has been a serious problem recently, and the Conservation Authority has been responsible for reporting, and advising communities of Low Water Conditions: Level I - potential water supply problem; voluntary conservation (10% reduction in use) Level II - potentially serious water problem; conservation and restrictions on non - essential use  (20% reduction in use) Level 3 - failure of the water supply to meet the demand; conservation, restriction and regulation.
The Conservation Authority maintains water monitoring  networks and  and data,  has strong links with the community  groups, media, and government, and may  facilitate  coordination of water  conservation messages. We operate dams and reservoirs and can verify MNRF data and low water conditions  in the field. We monitor local stream  health  and water quality. 
This past summer, we saw the  lowest water levels recorded in Beaver Lake, the Salmon River at Croydon, the Skootamatta River  at Price conservation Area and Consecon Creek. We need a lot of snow this winter to bring back the ground water levels; rain that falls now on frozen ground will just run off into rivers and streams, and will not help to replenish ground water sources. 
Municipalities can enforce water use restrictions - they do not necessarily report back to the Conservation Authorities. 
Andrew Bandler thanked Jennifer  and commented that it is great to know we have  a local authority monitoring and advising us on our water levels and quality.
Quinte Conservation Jennifer May-Anderson 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Fellowship Lunch

With the children still in school, we opted this year to have a Rotary Christmas Fellowship lunch in place of our annual Family Christmas lunch.   Prior to the beginning of our Christmas festivities all members in attendance were  asked to vote about our preferred location for our regular lunch meetings, staying at the Banquet Center or returning to the Travelodge.  Voting results to be provided on the 9th of January and our new or old location for lunch to  be initiated in mid February.  While some business was discussed via Happy Bucks and Club Business, the meeting focus was simply on Fellowship and the Christmas spirit.  A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings was provided and a box of chocolates was provided to each  member of the club by Gleaners Foodbank and one  of our guests Suzanne Quinlan, Director of Operations.  The chocolates were a way for Gleaners to thank Rotarians for their generous donations of Christmas hams , a total of 42 hams, to round out the food distribution over the holidays.
Suzanne Quinlan, Director of Operations of Gleaners Foodbank (Quinte) Inc. explained how we were in receipt of a box of chocolates for each Rotarian.  Suzanne had received a call a couple of years ago from Stover's Chocolates in Pennsylvania and asked whether Gleaners could use 30 skids of chocolates.  They happily accepted the offer and still have about 1-2 skids left of the chocolates that they are distributing with their hampers as well to other individuals and groups.
Selina, our exchange student sang two Finnish Christmas carols for us which were Enets valtaa, loistea and Heinilla, harkien, Kaukalon.  Both songs were beautifully performed and we are truly blessed to have such an artistic and musically gifted young lady as our exchange student.  She certainly enhances our meetings with her musical contributions.
John and Wanda Chisholm led us in  a couple of Christmas carols accompanied as always by Rudy, who not quite prepared to give up on providing music for the day, led us in an impromptu rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to complete our musical entertainment for the day.
Rotary Christmas Fellowship Lunch Darrell Smith 2016-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

2015/2016 Rotary Club AGM

The Rotary Club of Belleville held its 15/16 AGM during our regular weekly  lunch meeting on the 12th of December.  President  Shannon Neely called the AGM to order at 12:32 pm. Asking for a motion to approve the circulated agenda, moved by Hal Wilson and seconded by Ian Acton and approved by the members in attendance.  Shannon introduced  Treasurer Andrew Bandler who presented the circulated financial report and called on our auditor Mike McMurray partner at Welch and Company to present the financial report. A full financial report will be available on the  club website and Mike presented a financial synopsis of our 2015/2016 Rotary year.
 In the General Account, revenues decreased by approximately $14,000 to $108,440 versus 2015 which  reflected primarily a one time reimbursement of website costs as a donation in 2015.
Disbursements in the General Account decreased by approximately $18,000 versus 2015 Rotary year and resulted in a reduction of the deficit on the general account from $11,000 in 2015 to $6,940 for the 16 Rotary year.
Service Revenues in 2015/16 were $256,000 down $48,000 from the 14/15 Rotary year predominantly 1x item receipts received for specific initiatives in 14/15.
Service Disbursements were up $66,000 to $291,475 versus 14/15 and reflected a large one time item of  $66,000 to the Amorak Society and created a deficit in the Service Account of $34,000 versus a surplus of $79,672 in the 2014/15 Rotary year.
Assets at the end of the 15/16 Rotary year were $680,533 predominantly held in GICs, the Parrot trust and other investments with  $180,359 held in bank accounts.
There were no questions from the  membership and a motion put forward by Keith Stansfield and seconded by Carol Feeney to accept the 15/16 Financial Statements was approved.
Treasurer Andrew then asked for a motion to approve Welch and Company as our auditors for the 16/17 Rotary year and was moved by Sam Brady and seconded by John Smale, and approved by the membership.
President Shannon called upon Past President Kelly McKinney to provide his annual  report to the club.  PP Kelly started off by commenting that at the beginning of his tenure he asked us as  club members to do less and was happy that in the end we had not listened to him as he provided a recap of some of the significant events realized within our club during the past Rotary year. A full depiction of Kelly's  report will be on the club website and here are  just a few of the items that Kelly highlighted to the club during his  presentation.
Presidential Citation award to the club for meeting RI objectives for  the year, which Kelly thinks should be renamed as not a President's award it is a club award.
District Leadership awards presented to Len Kennedy, Adam Zegouras and the two certificates ADG Ken Dickson presented earlier in the meeting to Dave Allen and John Sherratt.
Community Paul Harris awards presented to Dr. Aruna Alexander, James Hurst and Suzanne Quinlan.
Our work in the community through Special Needs Children Committee and Christmas party, Community Grants and Camp Merrywood and the many hours manning the Christmas Kettle for the Salvation Army and their biggest kettle location to name a few.
Through International Service, grants to First Nations of  $8,000, Kids Against Hunger and AIDs Action committee and $28,000 put into AIDS related programs.
$55,000 spent to better human conditions in the world, ranging from Mexico to  Jordan to Uganda and Fort McMurray Alberta after the community was ravaged by wild fires.
Continued support of youth through the Mayors of the Week, Rotary Music Festival, inbound and outbound exchange students, bursaries to the 8 local high schools and supporting RYLA at Loyalist College.
Successful fundraising events such as RLK, Rotary Poker Walk for Aids, Christmas Hams, Diners and Duffers and Waterfront Beverage Service that facilitate all of outreach efforts locally and globally.
Again a very successful year of Service Above Self by the members of the Rotary Club of Belleville in a year we were asked to do less and rose to the challenge by doing more.
2015/2016 Rotary Club AGM Darrell Smith 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

District Citations for  15/16 Rotary Year

ADG Ken Dickson presented District 7070 Leadership Awards to Len Kennedy, Dave Allen and John Sherratt.    District 7070 Leadership Award Recognition is handed out annually by the District Governor in the form of a pin that recognizes the leadership of a District Rotarian having completed three criteria by May 31st of the current Rotary year -- the Rotarian practices wearing their Rotary pin every day, brings one new member into Rotary and makes a personal donation of any amount to the Rotary Foundation.  Len, Dave and John are recognized for their commitment to Rotary during the 15/16 Rotary year.   Congratulations. 
District Citations for 15/16 Rotary Year 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

President Kelly's Final Presentation to the Club

President Kelly presented a recap of his year as President of the Rotary Club of Belleville during his final meeting as Club President.  
Kelly started his presentation by thanking Lola Reid Allin for creating the slide show of our Rotary year that ran during lunch and Kelly's presentation.
Kelly warned that is always risky to start naming individuals when you are thanking people, for fear of missing people but did not see any other way around it.
Kelly started by thanking his wife Debbie for her patience and guidance. Kelly also as an aside thanked Sam Brady for advising Debbie that we were not meeting at the Travelodge and were in fact at the Banquet Centre, a fact that Kelly forgot to provide to Debbie.  Kelly advised that we really as a club got 2 presidents for the price of one, as he used Debbie as a sounding board for many of the ideas for his year as President, and if there were initiatives that did not meet our members' fancy,  Debbie was probably against it and Kelly went ahead and did it anyway.
Kelly then thanked his Rotary wife Jennifer Tretina-Nelson for all her work as program chair, but also for the President's Night Dinner which was great, a night when he should have publicly thanked Jennifer for her amazing job that night, but as well for her work week in and week out coordinating speakers and organizing details.
Kelly thanked Andrew Bandler for his work as treasurer following in great examples set by previous treasurers Ray McCoy and Shannon Neely.
To Bill MacKay Jr., Kelly thanked him for his incredible guidance on all things Rotary. Bill knew what needed to be done relating to board procedures and was always able to provide relevant club history. Though Bill is stepping down from the Board, Bill will be taking on the role of leading Mentorship which is great for the club.
Kelly thanked his board members for all their hard work and dedication to the Club during the past year. He praised each of them for their individual contributions, Judy McKnight who has recently stepped down from the Board, Birgit for her work with First Nations and Kids Against Hunger, Chris Finkle who is retiring from the board after this year, who made Hitz of the Blitz a reality through his persistence, Nadine  Langlois for her leadership in editing and leading the Bulletin Committee (pictured here, Paige Summers, Jeanette Minaker, Alan Kelly, Mark Bishop, Darrell Smith, Judy McKnight, Nadine Langlois and Maggie Smith) , and the other members of his board Brenda Snider, John Sherratt, Doug Peterson and Len Kennedy as Past President providing support and guidance. To each for  their contribution to the success of the Rotary Club of Belleville during the past year, Kelly expressed his thanks.
Kelly acknowledged the tremendous work of Shannon Neely as his number 2 man and now moves into the President's role in the upcoming Rotary Year and Tracy Bray who will take on that role in the following year and has volunteered countless hours to all things Rotary both locally and at a district level.
Kelly thanked our new incoming directors who stepped up to make a difference in Rotary, Nick Foley, Adam Zegouras, Eric Thompson, and Drew Brown who stepped in when Judy McKnight had to step down.
To follow Kelly's guidance will try to acknowledge all those Kelly acknowledged during his speech without repeating his speech verbatim and so will hopefully not miss people.
Kelly thanked the following for their various  contributions to the club
Kerry Paul for his AV work each week
Richard Tie for music each week
Elizabeth Grew and Sharon McConnell for getting the global grant after all these years and  Michael Maloney for initial work on the Literacy program with RCB
Lola Reid Allin for all the pictures of all that was Rotary in the past year, by attending all our meetings and events to provide a pictorial history for future reference and for the slide show today.
Committee chairs:  Colin Leaver, Dr. Ruth, Darrell Smith, Harold Brennan, Karen Baker, Vince Lynch and Kristin Crowe for another successful Merrywood, Hugh Campbell, Birgit for First Nations,  Len for Foundation, Amy Doyle, Sharon McConnell for Literacy and Spelling Bee, Dave Allen for all his work on membership this year and stepping into new role with Satelllite Club along with Adam Zegouras and Ryan Hilmi for helping to get it off the ground, Tara Lyons for Vocational Service and moving into Program for the 16/17 Rotary year and Jeanette Minaker for leading beverage service for Waterfront and while typically a next year event already been doing all kinds of work now.
John Chisholm for keeping Ken Wormald's Rotary Music Festival alive,  Rudy Heijdens, Drew Brown for PR, Pat Feasy, Dave Stewart and Mike Stiff for reception, Greg Knudsen (also of the Travelodge location today)  and Sam Brady for raising large amounts of funds via RLK,  Bernie Ouellet for raising a whack of money each year through RLK sponsors, Vince Lynch for the Roster, John Smale for a very successful Rotary Aids Walk, Dianne Spencer for RYLA which Kelly attended and wants to be part of next year and Dave Allen for his work as Sergeant at Arms Duties. Bill King was recognized  for his sage counsel on all things by-law, Tracy Bray for Special Needs Children Christmas Party, and Sam Brady for his work on the Rotary Youth Exchange and his friendship. Though Kelly didn't want to cry like a Brady, did want to publicly thank Sam for his contribution to the President's Night and would thank him once so as to avoid shedding tears.
Kelly talked about the Club 50 Group as one of the greatest things accomplished this year, and acknowledged Bill MacKay Sr., Bob Ord,  Bob Graham, Ken Wormald, Mac Smith and Bob Michaud Sr. for their 50+years of service above  self.''
To the past presidents Kelly thanked them for their support and without naming names, thanked those who had spoken up when they didn't like  things.   Kelly appreciated their honesty and desire to state their beliefs, and it is healthy to have differences of opinions and those opinions put forward.   It is what makes Rotary work, the healthy exchange of ideas, the same with family,  in fact Kelly believes it makes everything work when we share our opinions and provide feedback and encouraged us as members to continue to put forth those ideas, opinions as we enter Shannon's year.
Kelly was greeted by a standing ovation at the completion of his presentation to his year as President, a fitting tribute to a done very well done. Congratulations Kelly on a great year as President.
President Kelly's Final Presentation to the Club 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

The Passing of the Baton

At the conclusion of Kelly's presentation to the club, incoming Club President Shannon Neely thanked Kelly for his leadership as President the past year and presented him with Past President's badge and as a Rotary Club of Belleville tradition, a Paul Harris Fellow, which is Kelly's first Paul Harris fellow.
Kelly presented Shannon with the official President's Pin (the one to wear) and the one to keep in safekeeping and  wished Shannon great success in his year as President and with that Kelly's year as Rotary Club of Belleville President, came to an end.
The Passing of the Baton 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Perfect Attendance Recipients for 14/15 Rotary Year

President Kelly McKinney read some additional names of recipients of perfect attendance for the 14/15 Rotary year that had been previously omitted during the last meeting.
Receiving acknowledgements for Perfect Attendance in  addition to those named  last week:
Judy McKnight 4 years
John Cairns:  13 years
Ray McCoy: 19 years
Congratulations to all members recognized for perfect attendance during the past 2 weeks.
Perfect Attendance Recipients for 14/15 Rotary Year 2016-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation

Secretary Bill MacKay provided the club an update on the Council on Legislation held April 12 - 15 in Chicago.  534 Rotary districts were represented and 117 proposed enactments were presented to amend the Rotary Constitution which would directly affect how clubs were  organized.  The last council in 2013 was responsible for the changes that have allowed for our club to create a Satellite Club and more recently the Council agreed to when and how often clubs can meet as well as removing the definition of a meeting to allow for more modern technological options.  Changes to attendance policy which now has an attendance rate of 50% as a requirement and the  ability for members to receive make ups for all committee meetings attended.  In addition Bill mentioned that consideration was being given to new types of Rotary membership, including corporate, family and associate memberships.
Bill closed with the only approved resolution to be realized at the 2016 Council of Legislation which is the primary corporate objective of the eradication of Polio on earth.  Until this goal is realized there will be no other goals entertained at the corporate level for Rotary International.
Council on Legislation 2016-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Ruth Mathieson in Kenya

Posted on Mar 14, 2016
Dr. Ruth Mathieson just returned from 5 1/2 weeks in Kenya, her 10th trip there.  She thanked the Rotary Club for their donation of $2,000 used to purchase medication which helped treat 1,200 HIV/AIDS infected people registered at her clinic.  Most are doing well.  Life expectancy has gone up which is encouraging to those overseeing improving health in the community.  Dedicated people like Dr. Ruth!
Dr. Ruth Mathieson in Kenya 2016-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Nikola Toomat

Amy Doyle introduced Nikola Toomat, a teacher with the HPEDSB, who leads an after school program for students, "Students for Africa in Mutual Empowerment for International Development". With Nikola were several students from four different schools who meet regularly to learn about African children, their culture and way of life, and also to raise funds to help these children have more supplies for their schools. This organization is set up as a non -profit organization in Ontario, and they are seeking charitable status. The organization is 100% volunteer-based and all money raised is sent to the community in Tanzania to improve the living conditions and education opportunities of children in rural Africa.
Nikola grew up in Lesotho, Africa,  but now teaches in public schools in Canada. She started at Prince Charles School in the Hastings board and has changed schools 3 times, setting up a club in each school. She is also a member of a band, called "Suck it up, Princess". smiley
The objective of the after school program is about children helping children, while gaining knowledge about life in another part of the world.  Young people devote time, creativity and energy to fundraising initiatives, correspondence and learning more about life in another part of the world.  The program helps students understand the needs of  our world, and to enable them to see that they can help to make the world a better place. The grade 5-6 curriculum focuses on children around the world, and Nikola's students have connected with children who are part of a Masai tribe in Tanzania, Africa, a community of approximately 500 people.   They have written letters back and forth and have had face time on Skype with their counterparts in Africa. They have special fundraising projects , such as plant sales, craft sales, and electronic recycling depot days, to help raise money to buy pencils and other school supplies. They are also  helping to build a well, and put in solar panels in the village where the African children live and providing the salary for a nursery school teacher to take care of small children in the village.  A scholarship program is in place through the program's fundraising efforts so that a member of the village can train to be a teacher.  Desks, benches, uniforms, soccer balls and other school supplies have also been provided.
A video on how to be a global citizen was shown, featuring the children in the school clubs..
200 lbs of clothing were taken to Tanzania last summer to assist these children and their families.
The students answered questions :
- getting to know kids in Africa has shown me how lucky we are in Canada.
- red is a significant colour because it is the colour of blood, and it reminds the people how important their cattle are to their economy
- in Tanzania, kids are learning English in school, and we have learned some Swahili - we use Google translate to help in pur communication.
- we Skype more often than we write letters because the cost of mailing is high, and it takes a long time for letters to go back and forth
- we have some boys in the clubs, but girls seem to be more interested than boys in projects like this
- we have made skipping ropes from milk bags, art from discarded wood pieces, and we sell these to get soccer balls, pay for a  pre-school teacher, and get pots and pan for households
Upcoming events that you can support:
- yard sale in Trenton - Sat., May 28, electronics recycling in Trenton, May 27 - June 29 (2 locations: 390 Sidney Street, and 36-40 Rivers Dr.)
Contact info@students for more details.
In - kind donations  (new or gently used items) - cuddly African animals, airmail paper and greeting cards, yarn and large crochet hooks, clean milk bags, hammers, nails and sewing scissors, children's books about Africa
Elizabeth Grew thanked Nikola and the children for coming.
Guest Speaker - Nikola Toomat Judy McKnight 2016-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Community Service Club Luncheon With Colonel Colin Keiver

Posted on Feb 02, 2016
The Banquet Centre was the host for the 2016 Community Service Club luncheon.  An annual tradition of the Rotary Club of Belleville and the Kiwanis Club of Belleville, this year representatives from the Kente Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club of  Quinte Sunrise, Lions Club, Kinettes of Belleville, Kiwanis Club of Tweed, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, Probus Club of Belleville and Probus Club of Quinte joined together to hear our guest speaker Colonel Colin Keiver Commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton.  Over 130 members of the various service clubs were in attendance.
Past Lieutentant Governor of the Kiwanis Club Armin Quickert introduced Colin Keiver who was raised in Alberta on a farm and whose brothers went on to have one of the largest farming operations in Alberta.  Colonel Keiver had a different calling and earned his pilot wings in 1994 after joining the RCAF in 1991.  Colonel Keiver found his love of flying while attending cadets as a high school student where he met his other love, his wife Jennifer in 1985.  Colonel Keiver has 2 children and has held postings at Moose Jaw, Winnipeg, North Carolina and Trenton and has over 4000 hours of flying.
Also joining Colonel Keiver at the head table were Wing Chief Darcy Elder, Marilyn Quickert, BRC President Kelly McKinney and the President of the Belleville Kiwanis Club.
Colonel Keiver spoke about the importance of connecting the base with the people of Belleville.  He provided a CFB Trenton 101 for those in attendance.  CFB Trenton was opened in 1931 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.  CFB  Trenton is the largest employer in the region with over 4400 military and civilian personnel and 15,000 dependents who represent 18% of all students in the HPEC Board of Education.

The annual operating budget of 8 Wing Trenton is 160,000, 000 with an annual payroll of 110 million, which obviously has tremendous impact upon the local economy. 
The CFB Trenton Search and Rescue area as Colonel Keiver displayed on a map of Canada is a huge area, in fact is the largest SAR area covered in the world. From the northern tip of their search area to the southern tip, the distance if you fly directly south would take you to almost Buenos Aires Argentina.
Three missions are currently being serviced by CFB Trenton personnel, including 3 missions in Africa and a number of smaller missions. Due to the vast area where these missions are being undertaken, the staff of CFB Trenton are even busier than during the campaign in Afghanistan.
Colonel Keiver talked about the return of the Quinte International Air Show on June 25th and 26th and his hopes to draw over 100,000 people to the base over the weekend and a number of the events and shows being held and the opportunity to create partnerships with local businesses and service clubs to support the weekend.
A special recognition event held during the weekend will commemorate the BCATP which was the training of pilots during WWII that was coordinated and ran at Trenton and also the time when Canadian squadrons were created and the now familiar 4 numbers such as 424, 436 etc were developed depicting their true Canadian roots.
Colonel Keiver talked about some other aspects of CFB Trenton 8 Wing which may not be as well known as the base and the work that goes on there.  He talked very proudly of Roundell Golf Course and his favourite hole the 6th and its dogleg and also the availability of excuses from planes landing or taking off for errant shots.
Colonel Keiver talked about the work of the MFRC and the support they provide to military families and personnel during postings and deployments as almost inevitably something goes wrong for the families the minute their loved ones are deployed and the MFRC is there to support them. He further talked about the importance of the Invisible Ribbon Gala which recognizes the family of military personnel and the Gala which raises funds to provide support to our military families.
Colonel Keiver closed his presentation talking about the National Air Force Museum and how great an asset it is to our local community in terms of providing a historical perspective of Canadian military aviation history and as having one of only 2 Cdn bombers that saw action in WWII that exists in the world.  He talked very proudly of its growth as a centre used by many non profit organizations as great venue for their events.
Colonel Keiver answered a number of questions from the audience including the fact that the Prime Mininster’s plane is under his command and is maintained at the Base until required to be flown to Ottawa to take the Prime Minister to wherever he needs to go.  Other questions, Colonel Keiver answered include use of drones in SAR, capacity for the Base for the Air Show, what role could our service clubs provide for the Air Show, the status of the Base as a temporary home for Syrian hostages and the outlook for the cadets program this summer with the potential of Syrian refugees being housed there if policy is changed.  Colonel Keiver said that the cadets are in for a treat as this will be the first summer cadet barracks are air-conditioned.

Colonel Keiver was thanked for his presentation with a standing ovation.

A 50/50 draw was held with the proceeds going to the National Air Force Museum Foundation and $67 was won by one of the attendees.
Community Service Club Luncheon With Colonel Colin Keiver Darrell Smith 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Family Luncheon

December 21st saw our annual Christmas family luncheon with many members of our extended Rotary family attending, including many spouses, children and grandchildren.
Once again Community Paul Harris winner Andy Forgie provided the entertainment including his now famous socks and underwear song. 
A surprise visitor was a very stylish Mrs. Clause (aka Jennifer Tretina) who provided gifts to those younger guests in attendance.  An enjoyable time was had by all.
Santa's helper was none other than Mrs. Clause's offspring, Justin.  Everyone looking happy and festive, especially the pretty young lady receiving a gift.
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Club AGM

Current RCB President Kelly McKinney and Current Treasurer Andrew Bandler presided over the 2014/15 AGM in the absence of Past President Len Kennedy who was attending a funeral and past treasurer who was home tending to sick children.  President Kelly opened the meeting by drawing attention to information including agendas left on tables for the membership.
President Kelly asked for a motion to approve the agenda, so moved by Bill Mackay and seconded by Sam Brady and approved by the membership.
President Kelly introduced treasurer Andrew who presented the audited financial statements and asked our auditor Mike McMurray of Welch and Company (pictured here) who presented a financial recap of the 2014/15 Rotary year.
Mike drew attention to the membership of the financial statements on the tables.  Mike indicated that general account revenues had increased by $23,000 from 13/14 Rotary year to $122,382 and general account expenditures had grown by $3,900 to $133,945. This presented a deficit on the general account of $11,563 versus a deficit of $30,141 in 2013/14.
In the service account Mike indicated that revenues increased by $51,000 to 296,925 and service account expenditures grew by $5,150 to $217,253 for a surplus in the service account of $79,672 versus 33,233 in 13/14.
Mike indicated total balances were $715,149.
Questions were fielded from the floor relating to financials.
Bernie Ouellet asked about the Music Festival and significant inclusion versus previous year and Mike advised that these funding streams and expenditures were brought into the general account from separate banking that had not been previously consolidated into the revenues and expenditures of the club.
Karen Baker asked a question about funding for Rotary Foundation and was advised it was split between the general and service accounts.
Having no further questions, Treasurer Andrew moved that the 2014/15 audited financial statements be accepted as presented, seconded by John Smale, voted on by membership and approved.
Andrew discussed auditors for 2015/16 recommending the retention of Welch and Company as our auditors, moved by Dave Allen, seconded by Ray McCoy, voted on by membership and approved.
Past President Len Kennedy prepared an Annual Report to Members for the 2014 - 2015 Rotary Year, summarizing key activities and results of the Rotary Club of Belleville.  One of the highlights was receiving a Presidential Citation Award, one that rightfully should be called a Club Citation Award as it takes the efforts of many to meet the criteria set down by Ri President Gary C. K. Huang.  This award was presented by District Governor Brian Thompson on behalf of Rotary International.  Our Club achieved club goals in the area of eradication of polio; support for Rotary Foundation, building membership and getting our stories out to enhance our club's public image.  Full particulars of both financial statement and 2014/15 Annual Report to Members available on club website.
Club AGM Darrell Smith 2015-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

Attendance, Guests and Visiting Rotarians, 50-50 Draw,

October 5, 2015 - Attendance:
Members Present: 58
Excused Members Present: 5
Make-ups: 9
Total: 61
Active Members: 112
Excused Members present: 5
Total: 117
Attendance Percentage: 53%
Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
Wally Williamson - guest of the Club and Chris Finkle
Julie Lange - Guest of Connie Reid
Ann-Marie Spring - guest of Connie Reid
Kristen Whalen - guest of  Connie Reid
Susan Neely - Guest speaker - guest of  club
Nicole Davidson - guest of  club - Guest speaker
Christian Jaehn - Kreibaum - guest of  Leigh-Ann Genereaux
Bill Beveridge - guest of  Peter Annis and visiting Rotarian
Julian Kraus - exchange student - guest of  club
Bill Oliphant - Visiting Rotarian - Trenton
Genevieve Cote -
Jeff Keegan - guest of  Dave Allen
Liz Bosman - Rotary Club of Wellington
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Rotary Star Awards for Nadine Langlois and Shannon Neely

President Len in one of his final acts as President of the Rotary Club of Belleville for 2014/15 presented Rotary Star Awards to Nadine Langlois and Shannon Neely for their contributions to the club.  Both members of the Board of the Rotary Club of Belleville, Nadine has been a board member for 5 years and has completed all three levels of Rotary International training and has been an active member of the club, serving on multiple committees and being a consistent volunteer at Rotary events since becoming a member of the club.  Len pointed out her tremendous contributions to the club as editor of Rotopics now club runner bulletin, especially during the transition of platforms that has occurred during the past year. Well done Nadine and well deserved recognition for your contributions to the Rotary Club of Belleville.
President Len handed out the 2nd Rotary Star award to Shannon Neely. In Shannon's absence, new incoming Treasurer Andrew Bandler received the award on Shannon's behalf.  President Len spoke to Shannon's contributions to the club especially during the past 2 years as he stepped into the huge shoes of Rotarian Ray McCoy when he stepped down as treasurer.  Shannon presided over the creation of a new accounting platform and the hiring of an outside accounting firm to manage daily financial recordkeeping and when there was a change at the firm entrusted with overseeing this, he assisted in training the new person not only in the way records were to be taken but also the Rotary way.  While acting as Treasurer, Shannon also undertook the role of Vice President and will be transitioning from the Treasurer's role into President elect when Kelly assumes the President's role at the completion of Len's term.  Congratulations Shannon on the recognition and all your efforts for the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Rotary Star Awards for Nadine Langlois and Shannon Neely 2015-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Thanks Dad

Posted by Bill MacKay Jr. and Sr. on Jun 22, 2015
PDG Bill MacKay Jr. talked about the year 1980 and highlighted a number of the events in that year which included then PDG dad (1977-78) then an ADG was asked to sit on the opening of a new Rotary club in Mississauga Dixie for their charter meeting in June 1980 and presented in a rare occurrence a charter pin to his son Bill MacKay Jr.  In recognition of that pin presented 35 years ago Bill MacKay Jr. was delighted to present a Paul Harris fellow plus 9 to his father Bill MacKay Sr and say thanks Dad.
Thanks Dad Bill MacKay Jr. and Sr. 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

President Len's Wrap Up to His Rotary Year

President-Elect Kelly McKinney introduced President Len for his final presentation to the club as President simply as a man who needs no introduction, and with that President Len took the podium to provide his wrap up of his year as Rotary Club of Belleville President.  The following details President Len's speech to the club with some censoring undertaken to be remembered only by those in attendance.  President Len started by thanking those members who had attended the President's Night dinner on Thursday and expressed some consternation around the rather quick reporting of his speech that night being available in the current Bulletin, stealing some of his thunder for the presentation he wished to undertake.
President Len thanked those who were instrumental in providing an enjoyable evening on Thursday night, most notably MC Bernie Ouellet, Dave Allen for leading the music trivia game highlighting Len's life from teenager to today, Kelly McKinney and Sam Brady for their comments, Judy McKnight for coordinating tickets for the evening and Tracy Bray who coordinated the evening.  Len started his presentation by referring those in attendance to the slide show being presented and visual highlights of the past Rotary year.  Len had moved to Belleville in 2000 and had originally joined Rotary for fellowship.  Seeing President Dan Dickinson who was President when he joined Rotary and then Steve McCurdy a couple of years, felt that the President role was something that he could strive to achieve within the club, and yes some artistic license has been undertaken relating to Len's commentary around Dan and Steve's presidencies.
In keeping with the good natured ribbing that had occurred on Thursday night, President Len was well prepared to dish out some arrows of his own today and most of them directed to incoming President Kelly McKinney and his digging for dirt on Len for his speech on Thursday night.  He advised Kelly to remember he is at Rotary and not at Sales and Ad and just let the club take you where you want to go.  President Len talked about Kelly's trip to the RI convention in Sao Paulo and that Kelly had missed the District new President roll call as he was out  trying to be a gift to the world in Brazil.  He thanked Bob Clute as Board Chair of Habitat for introducing him to the opportunity at Habitat for Humanity a couple of years ago and thought it was quite strange that Bob gave up the car business for the high paying role of ED of Habitat for Humanity as Len's replacement.  Today officially marked the first day of Len's retirement and after taking some time to relax at the cottage, he will make the Pilgrimage walk in Spain in August.
Len talked about the achievements of the past year,  many outlined in the Bulletin highlighting the President's Night dinner, but did want to thank his board for their tireless efforts, with all of them re-elected and one new club member Brenda Snider added to the Board for the 2015/16 Rotary year.  Len advised we had welcomed 6 new members to the club, while losing a few but did see net growth in the club for the year.  Len spoke to some additional achievements -- the establishment of an investment committee to look at Club's investments more directly, and Rotarians John Sherratt and Drew Brown taking over the promotional aspects of the Club with Arie Korteweg's exit due to work commitments.
Len closed his presentation with saying that it has been an incredible first class train ride this year as Rotary President, but it is time to get off and look at other opportunities for service after allowing himself a summer off.  He closed with RI President Gary Huang's theme from Confucius for the year as Better to Light One Candle Then To Curse the Darkness.  So LIGHT UP ROTARY!
The club thanked President Len for his presentation and his year of service as our club President with a standing ovation.  President Elect Kelly thanked Len for his year as President and not to miss one last opportunity to put a jab in, talked about President Len's seemingly young girlfriend attending the dinner on Thursday night.
President Elect Kelly McKinney presented Len with his Past President's badge and a notice of acknowledgement from the RI Foundation of achieving the highest level of Paul Harris fellow plus 9.  President Len followed with presenting incoming President Kelly with the President's Pin and to officially recognize the start of his year as Rotary Club of Belleville President.
President Len's Wrap Up to His Rotary Year 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Night Dinner

Posted by Darrell Smith
Approximately 100 Rotarian and Rotarian sponsors attended the annual President's Night Dinner at Casa Dea Winery celebrating President Len Kennedy's year as our club President.
President Len welcome those who attended the dinner, and thanked the LVB Strings for providing the musical entertainment prior to dinner.  Casa Dea Winery provided an excellent setting for President's Night and provided a great meal to accompany our night of celebration of President Len's year at the helm of the club and Rotary fellowship.  John Chisholm lead the group in the singing of O Canada followed by Dr. Hal Wilson's leading the guests in our Community Celebration of Thanks.
MC Bernie Ouellet welcomed our special guests, Len's family which included mother Marie, brother Gerard, nephew Shawn, and other members of the Kennedy clan.    While dinner was served an ongoing slide show presented visual highlights of President Len's year which included Rotary projects in the community such as Camp Merrywood, RLK, Habitat for Humanity home build, preparing meal packets as well as our speakers for the year.
After dinner, Dave Allen lead the group in a game of musical trivia which focused on Len Kennedy with the first part of the game pitting table against table on naming the tv show associated with the theme music of 60s, 70s and 80s tv shows.  The second component of the game was to complete the lyrics of songs that detailed Len's life from his first dance to Len's presentation of his obvious dancing skills (?) to "I Am Too Sexy".  Seeing Len bust a move is a visual I am sure many Rotarians will soon not forget.
Bernie thanked the staff of Casa Dea for the use of their facility and the meal and environment they had provided for this year's President Night's Dinner.
Bernie provided a history of Len's life and passions, which includes a Masters in Social Work from Laurier University in Waterloo to an over 41+ year work career in public service and community service.  Len moved to Belleville in 2000 to lead the CAS of Hastings County a position he held to the amalgamation of the Prince Edward and Northumberland CASs into the HIghland Shores CAS in 2012.  Bernie provided a joke about the Toronto  Maple Leafs which drew a mixed response from the crowd depending on your NHL hockey affiliations.
Len then went onto lead Habitat for Humanity from 2013 till the spring of 2015 when he announced his retirement to pursue other interests including his passion for mountain climbing, which has included Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and base camp Everest and some well deserved time off at the Kennedy compound and his own cottage.  Len joined Rotary in 2001 and became a board member in 2008 and is a Paul Harris fellow x9 and has been involved in many committees and events within Rotary and has attended 5 international RI conventions.
Incoming Rotary Club of Belleville President Kelly McKinney then provided a translated version of the real Len Kennedy.  He sought out the dirt on President Len, and when such dirt was not available, concluded that Len was hiding something, so he approached friends of Len's who also confided there was nothing to hide, which Kelly concluded meant they were also hiding something.  Kelly provided greater detail around Len's involvement with the Poker Stars  which included his playing strip poker with their all male group.  The 9X Paul Harris winner reflecting his guilty conscience from hiding the true Len, a fact further cemented by his decision to walk in Spain this summer.  Kelly also provided details on Len's passion for mountain climbing a result of a medical condition that Kelly uncovered through his research of the mountain climbing group that Len belongs to deal with a rather significant ongoing arising of a certain body part.  Kelly then disclosed that despite his organizational skills  Len was in fact a hoarder and would be spending his first time in retirement building a 4th shed on his property to accumulate more crap.  PE Kelly thanked Len for his leadership and challenged him to come clean about the true person he is.
President Len spoke to his year in Rotary and thanked Bernie for his introduction.  Thanked his family for attending and called a year as Rotary President a call to service.  It has been his honour to lead the club and now a 130 member club with 5 new members in 2014/15.  He was proud of our support of the Rotary Foundation as a club totalling $14,000 and $1, 500 to Polio eradication.  Len paid special recognition to our extended Rotary family which included spouses, partners, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters who allow us to do the work we do in our community and the world. Some of the highlights for Len included $8,000 raised via the Waterfront Beverage Service and $115,000 raised through RLK which started the year off with a bang.  Len acknowledged our new arts program Porch Fest which PP Sam Brady had started, the new partnership with Habitat for Humanity which included 2 Rotary build days with Trenton and Quinte Sunrise clubs.  The new inter club Spelling Bee which culminated in the regional spell off at Loyalist in May was another new program that saw its fruition during Len's year as president.
Len advised that tomorrow was his last day of work after 41.5 years of active employment and thanked Rotarian Bob Clute who had brought him the ED opportunity at Habitat for Humanity and would be replacing him as ED with his retirement.  Len was looking forward to enjoying the Red Roof cottage for the entire summer, something he has never been able to do since purchasing the place and then his trip to Spain in late August for the walk.
Len closed his presentation and received a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of his year as President of our club.
PP Sam Brady then introduced incoming President Kelly McKinney, highlighting his passion for travel and the challenges with finding him even when they work in the same building.  Kelly returned to Belleville 10 years ago and became a broker at McDougall Insurance ultimately buying out Ken Wheeler's interest in the business.  One of 7 children, he is one of the boys in the McKinney family who received a gender neutral name.  Kelly is the proud father of 4 children after tricking his high school sweetheart Debbie into marrying him.   Kelly while serving as Rotary Club of Belleville president will also be president of Belleville Sales and Ad, which means in Sam's view he will do a half hearted job for both organizations.  Sam completed his introduction of Kelly by relating a story about a 13 year old Kelly kicking sand into 6/12 year old Sam's face at the Old East Hill park.
PE Kelly thanked Len for sharing his night with him and spoke to the pride he has felt as he has been undertaking his President's training relating to the strength of our Rotary club in comparison to many other clubs in terms of both members, resources and the engagement levels of our members.  He spoke to the new RI President and his passion for Rotary and how one of his only disappointments of the RI convention was not hearing him speak even more.  Kelly is very excited about his opportunity and reminded the members that the 2015/16 Rotary motto is Be a Gift to the World.
President Len provided Kelly the Ceremonial President's Pin and Kelly promptly and smartly gave to Debbie for safekeeping.  The official passing of the President's Pin to occur on Monday.
Bernie thanked everyone for attending and called the President's Night Dinner to an end.
President's Night Dinner Darrell Smith 2015-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Nick Foley: Our Rotary Hero's Ride for Inclusion

Posted on Jun 15, 2015
Rotarian Michael Maloney introduced Rotarian Nick Foley who is 5000 kms into his bike ride across Canada Tour the Ride for Inclusion.  Mike introduced Nick with very little fanfare to allow Nick's story to speak for itself.  Nick advised that today when he had reached the Travelodge for our Rotary meeting, he had logged 5,001 km.  Nick started by thanking Darren Moore his constant companion on his trip across Canada as his vehicle driver.  Nick presented the first part of his Canadian trip highlighting moments in visual form of some of the special moments he had experienced through Western Canada into Ontario.  Nick's motto for the trip is to Win the Day, meaning each day achieving the KM goal he had established for the day.  This has not always been an easy task as Nick has had to ride through snow, rain 25 of the first 30 days of his odysey and at times deal with winds measuring up to 85km, not from the tail as you might expect cycling from west to east across Canada, but from the front or the side.  Nick took his first selfie, while struggling through the Rockies on a specifically challenging and hard incline and realized the importance of winning each day and remembering the Why.  The Why for Nick is his daughter Brin and each time he is feeling challenged in his ride, he remembers his Why with the belief that if your Why is Big Enough, the How will show up to  facilitate success.
Nick has been asked many times as he has moved west to east across Canada, what is the favourite part of the country, thinking the response would be a a favourite place, and without hesitation Nick explained that is favourite part of the country is the people.  Nick elaborated on the support he has received from people across Canada, from the young 8 or 9 year old boy who approached him after one of his presentations asking who he was raising funds for and he replied charities, and the young boy gave him the $1.40 in his pocket and thanked Nick for allowing children like him to feel included.  The driver on the highway near Thunder Bay who asked what he was raising funds for and gave him $20 and did not want his name publicized simply for making his day and the Rotary Club of Hunstville where after his presentation, one Rotarian stood up to announce that the club was going to contribute $500 to Nick's ride, which was news to the President of the Club but was completed supported by the somewhat surprised club president.
Nick advised of the event today being held at Chapters from 2-5 pm where 10% of book sale proceeds will be donated to Nick's Ride for Inclusion and subsequent gatherings are planned for Chapters branches in Kingston, Ottawa and eastward as well as communities that he has already passed through.  Tonight there will also be gathering and invited Rotarians to attend for time together.  Nick provided stats of his trip which included 5001km, 2.3 million rotations of his tires, and 13. billion joules of energy he has expended so far which is enough power to run a 100 watt light bulb for 4 years.  He has consumed 315,000 calories or 5500 a day and has lost 2 lbs.
Nick advised that he has truly been looking forward to this day and his presentation to our Rotary club as he has become a different person, more engaged since joining our Rotary Club 3 years ago.
He talked about terrifying moments along his journey and there are obviously scary moments every day on a bike ride across Canada, but the most terrifying moment for him was the few minutes leading up to his visit with his daughter Brin and the first time he had seen her in over 40 days in Cobourg and would she recognize him, as they had only communicated via face time during this period.  She came to him with open arms and the picture Nick showed him holding Brin and her smile and big thumbs up indicated absolutely no fear that Brin had forgotten her dad.
Nick answered questions about the highest incline - it was 3000 metres in Rogers Pass and how he would celebrate his achievement and advised his brother in law was going to bike with him the last 900 kms through Newfoundland and a bunch of friends were flying down to St John's for a celebration on the 25th of July.  Nick will then conclude his trip with a wrap up in September to recount his entire journey.  Nick thanked Nesda Technologies and Rotarian Michael Summers for his technology support by providing a route tracker which has been very important to Nick's mom knowing where he is all the time, even if he cannot call at that moment.
Nick received a well deserved standing ovation and was thanked by Rotarian Sharon McConnell for his inspirational story and his courage for undertaking such a challenge.  Sharon thanked club members and committees in the club for providing $3,000 to cover some of Nick's costs for the trip.  Rotarian donations will go to the Amarok society for our international literacy program.
Truly an inspirational message and story.  Nick, we are very proud to have you as a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Nick Foley: Our Rotary Hero's Ride for Inclusion 2015-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA, Rotary Exchange Student Year in Review

Posted by Jesha McKnight and Amanda Hasbun on Jun 08, 2015
Judy McKnight introduced her granddaughter Jesha McKnight, a Moira student, who was in Destinations in grade 7 and now in Environmental Sciences at Guelph. Jesha was a leader at a week long Youth camp at Bridge St. United Church and has done service missions to two different countries.  Jesha was here to speak of her experience at RYLA , Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a week long program at Loyalist College.  There were 30 participants from a variety of backgrounds and it was an amazing experience.  The in class activities that enhanced leadership and learning limits included : comfort zone growth, danger zones, dominance, influence, and steadiness.  As a leader, Jesha needed to help people realize their possibilities.
There were the platinum rules:  Treat people as they want to be treated, use leadership styles to determine how people like to be treated.  How to deal with public speaking and giving comfort. The two blindfold technique - one leads by touch another by sound.  How to work together.  Teamwork involved use of committees and Jesha's committee which included some strong personalities,  was in charge of entertainment.  She heard from speakers from Rotary Clubs in the district and End Polio Now rib fests.  Jesha also was required to observe others and report their strengths and potential improvements.  Finally she a did a community service event and helped at a food bank.  All in all, Jesha found this to be one of the best experiences of her life.
Our Rotary Exchange Student Amanda, was introduced by current host father, Rotarian Darrell Smith.  Amanda is 18 and hails from Santiago Chile and is currently attending St. Theresa High School.  Amanda presented a slide show presentation of her  year in Canada.  Included were many pictures of Amanda at various Rotary events, with other exchange students (pictured here with Chloe Chazottes from France and Kaisa Uoti from Finland) and some of the events she undertook throughout the year with her Rotary host families.  Included was a trip to Montreal with Joanne Coker,  trip to Florida with the Smith's and NHL hockey game along with pictures with Sam Brady (her Rotarian advisor) and his family, Randy and Joanne, the Smith family and multiple pictures with a certain dog, who seemed to be a focus of her presentation.  Amanda thanked all of her host families, Randy and Joanne Coker, Connie Reid and her family and Darrell and Carmen Smith and their children, Larry Dufty and his wife who Amanda spent her first 2 weeks in Canada with and Sam Brady and his family for all of their support and friendship during the past 10+months.  Amanda thanked Sam for his guidance and leadership as the head of the Rotarian Club of Belleville Youth Exchange Program.  She was so thankful to the club as a whole for providing her this opportunity and the friendship shown to her and it is an experience she will never forget.
Rotarian Dianne Spencer thanked both of the young ladies for their presentation and spoke to the pride that Loyalist College has for being able to host the RYLA program each year. 
RYLA, Rotary Exchange Student Year in Review Jesha McKnight and Amanda Hasbun 2015-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly and Presentation of 2015/16 Rotary Club of Belleville Budget

Posted on Jun 01, 2015
Current Rotary Club of Belleville Vice-President and Treasurer Shannon Neely started the presentation of the 2015/16 Rotary budget by donning budget day shoes a long standing tradition of Canadian federal and some provincial finance ministers before the presentation of their budgets.  By the way, nice shoes Shannon.
President Elect Kelly McKinney opened the budget presentation by highlighting 15/16 Rotary International theme as Be a Gift to the World.
Before the budget was presented, a historical perspective of fundraising results for the past 5 Rotary years was provided including 2014/15 YTD figures to the end of April, which shows 14/15 as the most successful year in the group at a YTD figure of $222,321, well above total yearly figures for the previous 4 Rotary years.  It is important to note that full budget depiction is available within the club website, so only total figures wil be presented during this synopsis.
Treasurer Shannon presented the 2015/16 Operating Account Revenues Projections indicating total projected revenues of $112,360 which includes dues, meals, 50/50 Every Rotarian Every Year.
Proposed Operating Account Expenses for the 2015/16 year are $110,685 which includes 50/50, meals, RI and District expenses and administration and fellowship.
Treasurer Shannon advised that lunch costs are being increased to $15 a week effective the 6th of July and reflects the first change since 1986 and was being subsidized by the club versus actual costs using up club funds that could  be employed to benefit the community.  Top 10 reasons for the changes were provided, but little or no objection was raised by members in attendance around meal increase.
Shannon then presented both the 2015/16 Projected Fundraising Revenues for 2015/16 with a total of $168,000 from sources such as RTA, RLK, Christmas Hams and Diners and Duffers.

In addition, an additional $47,000 in revenue is projected to be received via investment income and other sources.  This provides a projected Service Account Revenue result of $215,200.
Proposed Service Account Disbursements have been proposed at $215,200 with the following committee allocations:
  • International Service: $75,500
  • Community Service: $75,700
  • Special Needs Children: $43,500
  • Foundation (EREY): $13,000
  • Exigency Grants: $1,000
  • Fundraising Expenses: $6,500
Full spending allocations to service committees available in club website.
Summary indicated :
  • Total Revenues of $327,560
  • Total Expenses of $325,885
  • Net Income of  $1,685.
Shannon also presented a current balance sheet as of April 30th 2015 indicating bank account balances of $243,425.50, investments of $507,378.11 for total assets of $750,803.61.
Shannon advised a committee will be struck to investigate the allocation of additional funds currently residing in bank account to long term investments or other community initiatives and committee will report back to membership with recommendations after deliberation undertaken.
Questions followed around the surplus and utilization and T-1 funding rules and Shannon advised that bank account  balances have been augmented by matured GICs which have not been invested and that is what the committee will focus on but sufficient resources exist to meet funding needs for programs in the 15/16 Rotary Year.
Rotarian Adrian Hilmi asked about currency concerns and club has not specifically undertaken a policy to deal with stronger US dollar in the short term. Rotarian Elizabeth Grew highlighted potential funding issue around IS program which will see policy change at end of June and might need to expedite process to insure Global Grant request is dealt with under current guidelines.
Moved by Sam Brady and seconded by Hal Wilson that the 2015/2016 Rotary Club of Belleville budget be approved.  Voted on and supported unanimously by members in attendance.
Club Assembly and Presentation of 2015/16 Rotary Club of Belleville Budget 2015-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Inter-Rotary Spelling Bee

Broadcast on TVCOGECO

TVCOGECO will broadcast the Junior Class of the 2015 Inter-Rotary Spelling Bee starting on May 13 at 5pm, then Friday, May 15 at 7pm and Sunday, May 17 at noon. Subsequent showings will be listed on the TVCOGECO Belleville website schedule at
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Elizabeth Grew - Rotary Star Award

Posted by Len Kennedy on Mar 01, 2015
From time to time through the year, we have carried on a tradition started last year by Past President Paul VandeGraaf who initiated Warrior Pins for deserving Rotarians…this year we have added the idea of Rotary Star in keeping with the current year’s theme of “Light Up Rotary”. Being named a Rotary Star is a way of recognizing member engagement. A Rotary Star and its accompanying Warrior pin can only be earned through effort. You cannot buy these at any District Assembly or Conference trade show, when you earn one you will never trade it or sell it. It recognizes the Rotary light that exists in all of us….hence the recipient is a Rotary Star.
President Len called on Elizabeth Grew, a real Rotary Star and a Rotarian since 1997, carrying on a truly amazing number of roles during her Rotary career. This year she is a member of the Community Grants Committee, (and she's been a member since 1997, including Chair 2000-2005 and Secretary 2005-2008). She is a founding member of AIDS Action Committee, International Service  Committee, including First Nations Committee; sitting on all since they began in 2004; Elizabeth sits on the Music Festival Committee and the Literacy Committee for the past 4 years. With Literacy, the Global Grant Application has been the main focus where Elizabeth has shown great care and attention to detail and patience, needed to usher along the complicated grant application process. We appreciate the efforts of Elizabeth and Sharon McConnell stewarding this process. Elizabeth has served on the Board 2 years, 2009-11. She also volunteers in club initiatives such as Rotary Loves Kids and Camp Merrywood this year, and contributes actively to various other activities and fundraisers which we sponsor as well as taking advantage of training and development opportunities.
Looking back, Elizabeth considers the progress the club has made in extending the service focus to our community and to the world to be truly amazing…the reality is its only through efforts of Rotarians like her that we are able to accomplish so much! Congratulations to Elizabeth as the Rotary Club of Belleville recognizes her achievements. 
Elizabeth Grew - Rotary Star Award Len Kennedy 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

Belleville Interclub Service Club Annual Luncheon

Posted by Judy McKnight on Feb 01, 2015
A multi-Club luncheon was held at the Banquet Centre on Monday, February 2nd at 11:30 a.m.  President Len Kennedy was the Chair as the Rotary Club of Belleville was the host for the event this year.  He welcomed everyone and introduced the head table guests:  Mayor Taso Christopher; Councillors Garnet Thompson, Mike Graham and Mitch Panciuk; Richard Courneyea, President of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and CEO Bill Saunders; Chief of Police Cory MacKay; John Smith, President of Belleville Probus and his wife; Brian Mitchell, President of Kiwanis; Janet Mathany, President of Quinte Sunrise Rotary Club; Betty Anne McGrath, President Probus Quinte; President Jim Lapsley, Belleville Lions Club; Bill Mackay Jr., Secretary of the Rotary Club of Belleville and Shannon Neely, Vice President and Treasurer of the Belleville Rotary Club.  Reverend Hal Wilson offered grace before the meal.
Marjorie Buck of the Belleville Kiwanis Club introduced the guest speaker, Fulvio Martinez, Manager of Community Outreach, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (left to right Marjorie Buck, guest Fulvio Martinez and Len Kennedy).  In the summer of 2015, Canada will host the largest international multi-sport Games in its history.  The Games, with more athletes, coaches and sports than the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, will involve 7,600 athletes from 41 countries competing in 51 sports.  Toronto will host the Pan Am Games from July 10 to 26, 2015 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15, 2015. The Games will take place in 16 municipalities with an expected 1.4 million tickets sold and 250,000 visitors passing through the gates.  Venues include Welland, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, North York, Innisfil, downtown Toronto, Scarborough, Markham, Ajax, Oshawa, Caledon, Minden Hills and Lake Ontario.  The torch relay wil pass through Belleville.  More than 23,000 volunteers will provide support to the Games, all trained and paired with professionals and experts.  The Games will provide a boost for the local economies, creating 26,000 new jobs and $674 million in TO 2015 venue projects, including the Sport Legacy fund, the Velodrome, one of 2 top facilities in North America and official home of Cycling Canada.  The centre will be used for basketball or other sports and can be converted to a concert venue.  The Aquatics Centre in Scarborough is the largest new-build sport facility in Canada and will become an athletic stadium for York University.  Opening ceremonies will feature a new program, specially created for the Games by Cirque Du Soleil.  There will be 5 week of festivals featuring the people and art of the Americas at Nathan Phillips Square and the CIBC Pan Am Park with more than 25 unique commissioned works on display.  Community Programs will introduce Games to the classrooms, conduct mobile tours and interactive family activities at 520 stops.  A new program called "Ignite" will allow participants to create their own games with themed events.  Four girls in Middle School in Markham have designed PATCHI, the Games mascot, a porcupine with 41 quills, representing 41 countries.
Fulvio Martinez was thanked by John Smith of the Belleville Probus Club.
Belleville Interclub Service Club Annual Luncheon Judy McKnight 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Spelling Bee

Posted by Karen Baker on Jan 25, 2015
An adult spelling bee contest will be held at the Holiday Inn in Trenton on Monday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m.  This counts as a make-up.  The contest is team based -- you can bring your own team or join a team when you arrive.  There will be a $25 buffet dinner.  This is an evening of Inter-Club Rotary Fellowship with the Rotary Clubs of Belleville, Quinte Sunrise and Trenton!  Come alone or bring a few Rotarians or friends to compete in a good old fashioned team-based spelling bee.
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Amanda Aurora Hasbun Norambuena

Amanda is the Rotary Club’s inbound exchange student for 2015 and was introduced today by Larry Dufty, whose family is currently hosting Amanda.  She provided the club with a mid-year presentation on her country, and her experiences so far in Canada.
Amanda lives in Santiago Chile, a city of about three million people.  She noted that this is a big contrast to living in Belleville, and even more so right now because she is currently living with a family on a farm outside of town!
Amanda loves coffee, and says that in Chile coffee is very popular and very good.  Her native language is Spanish and she was dressed in a traditional costume of her country. While she has studied English or Ingles at home, it is very basic.  She has to take thirteen (13) courses and feels the curriculum and workload is harder at home than here in Canada.  In describing Chile's geography, Amanda said the country is roughly 4200 kms long, and only 240 kms at its widest.  That is a length to width ratio of roughly 18 to 1.  The Northern tier of her country is warm and dry, commonly referred to as a desert climate.  The mid-section has a Mediterranean climate and the South is cooler and more moist with an oceanic climate.  Their lowest winter temperature is minus 6 or 7 so Canadian winter is a bit of a shock.
Amanda noted that in her culture, strangers greet each other with a hug and a kiss; much different than Canadian culture.  However, according to Amanda Chilean society tries to mimic European and North American cultures in many other areas.  Two pluses that Amanda mentioned about her country -- women are always right and their wine is very good and the best value you can buy.
In the application process for her exchange, Amanda had the option of choosing among several countries, with her priority being to learn English.  She said that Australia was too far, as was the U.K., and the US was not desirable.  She saw Canada as a clean, friendly, beautiful and interesting country.  She said “I seized a great opportunity”, and am so happy to have chosen Canada.
Amanda’s father, a Rotarian in their community runs and owns a hardware store, and her mother is a principal, teaching at two universities.  They are the most important people in her life along with her huge extended family of over 60, and many friends from school. 
The most important thing to know about Chile, is that Soccer trumps all things.  Amanda was thanked by Randy Coker, another one of her host families who said it was a privilege to have Amanda be part of their family when she arrived and to be part of the Rotary Exchange program.
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Rotary Build Days with Habitat

Posted by Brenda Snider on Jan 04, 2015
Rotary Build Days with Habitat include Saturday, January 24th starting at 8:30 a.m. with lunch provided.  The date in February has been postposed until May and a new date will be advised.  January's work day will be inside work dry walling, painting, laying floor, trim, etc.  This will be a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Belleville, Quinte Sunrise and Trenton Rotary Club.
A sign up sheet will be available.  Volunteer applications will be given to those who sign up.  Please contact Brenda Snider, Chair of Strengthening Communities, directly at (613) 969-8862 or by email at  The building of homes and providing hope to those families who could not otherwise afford a home of their own is a wonderful opportunity for Rotarians to participate.
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Photographic Exhibit

Posted by Lola Reid Allin


Rotarian Lola Reid Allin photographic exhibit is featured in the John M. Parrott Art Gallery at the Belleville Public Library from November 6th - 27th.  Lola is an avid traveller and in her travels she has captured some wonderful photographs of people and places.  You can enjoy viewing......see the flyer here for more information.












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District 7070 Conference

The annual Rotary District 7070 Conference is on October 24 - 26, 2014 at The Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto.  The District Governor, Brian Thompson is a James Bond aficionado and so "Shaken and Stirred" will have all sorts of James Bond activities interwoven in the weekend's highlights.
Do you know what happened on September 28, 1972?  (Clue:  It was a memorable sports moment in Canadian history!).  It was the incredible goal by Paul Henderson in the final Canada-Soviet hockey game that won the Summit Series for us!  Paul Henderson is one of the Plenary speakers at the District Conference.  Paul is not just a much remembered hockey player, he is also a humanitarian and a man who is willing to share his life story on Saturday, October 25th.
The second Plenary speaker is Gabrielle Scrimshaw, a very accomplished young woman who is an inspiring and engaging speaker.  She has impressed those in the world of finance and has provided valued input to larger corporations and organizations.  Coming from a challenged setting as an aboriginal girl in Northern Saskatchewan, she was selected as one of Toronto's twenty-five up and coming city leaders through Civic Action's DiverseCity Fellowship in 2011.
The third Plenary speaker is Brad Howard who has been nominated to serve on the Rotary International Board of Directors for the 2015 - 2017 term.  He hails from California and has enjoyed working in the field of training, International Service and the Rotary Foundation.  He will share his experiences about his international service with humour and grace on Sunday morning.
Please check out the District 7070 website for many more details (  Their link is on the Rotary Club of Belleville's main web page.
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Porchfest - September 27th

Posted by Sam Brady on Aug 22, 2014
Porchfest Belleville announces the event date of Saturday, September 27th, 2014.  Porchfest is a neighbourhood celebration of music, where local residents and friends perform on front porches to an audience that moves from house venue to house venue.
Discovered and brought to Belleville by Ken Hudson and Lucinda Pritchard in 2009, Porchfest is now in its sixth year in the City of Belleville. After five (5) successful years and a great deal of prudent research, Ken and Lucinda decided to transition the production of this year's event to the local Rotary Club of Belleville to ensure the event's future viability.  Ken and Lucinda are thrilled to pass Porchfest on to Rotary and are excited to see how Rotary's dedicated membership enhances and grows this event for years to come.  They feel it's a great situation for the community.  Rotarian Sam Brady, chair of Porchfest is very pleased to be affiliated with this community building event.  Rotary's role with its community-minded volunteers and advocates for culture, music and kids fits well with Porchfest and its mandate.  Porchfest has and continues to bring a lot to our East Hill neighbourhood and the Quinte region at large.  What better way to explore the beauty of the old East Hill while enjoying the talents of Quinte's local musicians.  The Old East hill boundary for this event is defined as John Street to MacDonald Avenue and from Bridge Street East to Pine Street.
The opening ceremony is at 12:45 p.m. at Glanmore House, Glanmore National Historic Site, 257 Bridge Street East with music at all venues starting at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Visit the website for more information on music acts and venues.
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