January 2018
Club Initiatives
Rotary Stories
Rassin's 2018 presidential theme

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the

Saving mothers and babies

New Zealand Rotary club sets new standard for childbirth care in

Migration challenges inspire Rotary peace scholar

Migration challenges inspire peace scholarRotary Peace Fellow Linda Low could not have known what world events would bring when she took a position as the communications manager for the Europe region of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the

Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario!

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Travelodge
11 Bay Bridge Road
Belleville, ON  K8P 3P6
District Site
Venue Map
MP Neil Ellis
Jan 22, 2018
The Legalization of Marijuana and other news from Ottawa
Michael Cooksey, Co-Chair of the RI Convention
Jan 29, 2018
The Rotary International Convention in Toronto- How you can participate.
Joint meeting with Kiwanis
Feb 06, 2018 12:15 PM
Community Service Luncheon at the Banquet Centre
Intro to our Satellite Club and Committee Chairs
Feb 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Introduction of the Satellite members and a Committe Chair Pre-Planning Session
No meeting today
Feb 19, 2018
Enjoy your family!
Dr. Adrian Barnachuk, Cardiologist
Feb 26, 2018
APAER, a charity we support in Argentina
Mar 05, 2018
Celebration of International Women's Day
Perry Decola
Mar 12, 2018
Water and Sanitation
Home Page Stories
John Smale introduced Kevin Bazkur under the classification of Event Planner, a great idea man, soft spoken who first got involved in the Rotary Poker Walk.  Kevin is joined here today by his sister Kathleen.
Kevin was pleased and honoured to have this time to speak and share a little bit about himself.   Kevin was born in Toronto and lived there for many years.   He grew up with CNE, the Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Gardens, riding the Rocket, Honest Eds and so much more.  Great people like Jane Jacobs, Ed Mirvish, Sam the Record Man, Mayor David Crombie.  All visionaries who always gave back to the community.  He was lucky to have met them all.  Kevin witnessed Toronto changing and becoming a multi-cultural capital of the world.  He grew up poor in terms of money, but was very fortunate to have a mother who made sure he and his sister Kathleen were rich in opportunities.   They always had books, newspapers and music in the house, and went to see films and theatre. They would go to free concerts in the park where they were introduced to opera and big band music.  The CBC had several production facilities in Toronto so they were able to see many free tapings of shows.   Kevin had the opportunity to live in many places in Toronto plus attend many schools, including Harbord Collegiate, a school rich in history in the arts, politics and finance.  People like Wayne and Shuster, President of the Bank of Canada Louis Raminsky and David Cronenberg were students.  This gave him a chance to make new friends and see different communities. He learned about charity at a young age as a recipient of the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund.  To this very day he still donates each year. 
Kevin opened his first business in 1986, called The Groove Records, specializing in music from the 1950s and 60s.  Sadly, Kevin became the primary caregiver of his mom as her health was failing.  After his mom passed away, Kevin, his sister Kathleen and their father Joseph moved to the County 18 years ago.  They purchased a century home that took them 17 years to restore.
Kevin started working with several community groups, including the Horticultural Society and PEC Green Trust.  He also completed his Financial Management Advisor designation with the Canadian Securities Institute and opened a fee-only financial planning business.  He expanded his horizons and opened Chatsworth Antiques and had two stores, one in Bloomfield and one in Picton.   After his dad passed away,  Kathleen and Kevin built two rental suits, called Chatsworth Suites and ran them for 6 years with great success.  And then more recently, Kevin started a new business called Mercantus Events.  Organizing events requires attention to detail, something Kevin learned at an early age and he is excited about his business venture.  Kevin also has a radio show at Loyalist College called Quinte in the Groove, a weekly talk show with music.  Guests have included President Tracy and Sam Brady.  Check it out Sunday evenings at 8 pm.
Pat Feasey thanked Kevin for his talk today as well as his daily inspirational quotes on Facebook and his featured song of the day.  President Tracy presented Kevin with a pair of Rotary socks in place of the traditional Rotary ruler.
Connie Reid  introduced Ashley Rushnell who she met two years ago through A-1 limousine.  Connie was looking for a limo for the Guardian Angel Gala and got in touch with Ashley.  After making the arrangements, Ashley asked “Is there anything else I can help you with?”  Since asking that question, Ashley has volunteered and helped out with numerous events.  She is a third generation Funeral Director with Rushnell Funeral Homes and a pleasure to introduce as one of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Belleville in the classification of Funeral Director.
Brenda Snider introduced Kathy Murphy who has been the Executive Director for United Way since the spring of 2017.  Kathy has just completed the first fundraising campaign, a very demanding role.  Kathy is dedicated to this position and is becoming very involved in the community.  Welcome to Kathy in the classification of Executive Director - Non-Profit.
Jennifer Nelson introduced Sue Rollins who has spent 20 years in the financial business with Scotiabank as well as being the previous owner of Miss Priss.  Sue is currently a server at Linguine's.   Mother of four, grandma of two.  Jennifer is very pleased to sponsor Sue and is looking forward to having her in the club under the classification of Hospitality.
President Tracy was pleased to welcome the new members to the Club in their quest to serve as Rotarians, advance international goodwill and peace, foster and encourage the development of acquaintances and hold themselves to a high ethical standard and apply the Rotary Four Way Test.
The Satellite Club met on January 11th and based on the photo, looks as though everyone was enjoying themselves at Capers.  Hopefully no one went to Chilangos as there was a change of plans due to some flooding issues at their restaurant.
Next meeting is January 25th at the Belleville Club.  The group will be discussing the Hockey Night fundraiser and if you haven't already put that in your calendar, it is set for February 23rd at the Armouries.  More to follow.
February 8th, Michael Cooksey from District 7070 will be the guest, speaking to Rotarians about the Rotary International Conference taking place June 2018 in Toronto.  A great opportunity for lunch and evening members to get together and find out what is happening and how to get involved.
Home Town Hockey -- at the Armouries on February 23rd.
Club Executives & Directors
President elect
Past President
Vice President
Home Page News
  • January 25th Satellite Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Belleville Club to discuss the hockey night fundraiser
  • February 5th - no lunch meeting
  • February 6th, the Rotary Club of Belleville and the Kiwanis will hold a joint meeting, at lunch (12:15 p.m.) at the Banquet Center. 
  • February 8th Satellite Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Belleville Club.  Michael Cooksey from District 7070 will be speaking on the Rotary International Convention in Toronto scheduled for June.  An information session for all Rotarians.
  • February 12th -- no lunch meeting, but an evening meeting with appetizers and finger foods at Sans Souci.  Introduction to the Satellite Club and Committee Chairs. 
  • February 23rd Home Town Hockey at the Armouries.  A Satellite endeavour, more information to follow
  • April 28th HIV/AIDS Poker Walk
  • Camp Merrywood Project - May 4th and 5th.  Vince Lynch encourages everyone to put these dates in your calendar now!