April 2018
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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
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Mike Hurley
Apr 23, 2018
Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign in Celebration of Earth Day
Theo Ampadu
Apr 30, 2018
Liftsafe Engineering and Service Group
May 07, 2018
Camp Merrywood Celebration
May 14, 2018
No meeting today
May 21, 2018
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!
Juan Paoblo Poblete
May 28, 2018
My Time in Canada as a Rotary Exchange Student
Presidents Night
Jun 04, 2018
Celebration of the 98th year in Rotary in the City of Belleville at Signal Brewery
President-Elect Doug Peterson
Jun 11, 2018
AGM-Budget Presentation
President Tracy
Jun 18, 2018
My year as President
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Look outside, snow, ice, slush, wind.  Sure doesn't look much like golf said Eric Thompson, Co-Chair of the 2018 Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament, to be held on July 20th, the 16th RLK event that has raised over $1.3 million dollars.  We are a fortunate Rotary Club with a dynamic and dedicated RLK Committee -- Steve McCurdy, Kelly McKinney, Mike Henry, Pat Feasey, Dan Dickinson, Connie Reid, John Smale, Chris Finkle, Mark Bishop, Collin Myers, Darrell Smith, Cassandra Bonn, Dave Allen, Carol Feeney, Leigh-Ann Genereaux, Sam Brady, Randy Coker and Eric Thompson.  This annual event is critical for all the worthy causes that Rotary supports.  The first year, $45,000 was raised.  In 2014 $115,000 was raised, the highest fundraising amount in one year.  RLK is a milestone event in the community with accolades to past RLK Chairs and strong committee members.  With the construction downtown this year, the committee had to discuss and decide on a new location for the after-golf gathering and Eric was pleased to announce that it will be hosted at Signal Brewery in Corbyville.  An ideal location in close proximity to golf courses, lots of parking, a beautiful setting along the river with numerous amenities that we would normally have to rent which allows the committee to focus more on registration and sponsorship.  The after-golf has been re-branded to Party On The River.  Signal Brewery will be catering the event, serving BBQ pork, beef brisket, spicy chicken drumsticks, salads, garnishes, corn and biscuits.  Entertainment will be provided by the Impish Grins Band led by none other than Sam Brady.   Eric publicly acknowledged Sam's personal contributions in reaching out to his business connections to raise $20,000 - $40,000.  Over the history of the event, Sam has raised $300,000 through his contacts.
Sam Brady came to the podium next to talk about the alignment of RLK with the mission of Rotary, to assist children in need, making their lives better in the area of academics, athletics, music, special needs.  The dollars raised are nothing short of amazing.  Ten (10%) percent of all proceeds go to bursaries through the Children's Foundation for kids in care pursuing secondary education.  Rotary helps those children break the cycle.  This partnership of support was the brain child of Wolf Tausenfreund and Bob Clute.  We also acknowledge and remember Anne Leverton's contribution of heart and soul to this event along with others, now being recognized through the annual Anne Leverton RLK Award.
Randy Coker summarized the sponsorships, an impressive list that includes the Parrot foundation, LePalm Moving, O'Flynn Weese, McDougall Insurance, Dewe's Independent Grocer, TAS, Hanley Corporation, Quinte Broadcasting, Peter Smith Chevrolet, Scotiabank, Investors Group, Starboard Communications, Sears Canada, Culligan, the Williams Hotels, S & A Investments, Veridian, Impacto, TD Wealth Management, Maxwell Paper, Knudsen Brady Group, West City Honda, Gore Mutual Insurance.  An incredible amount of money every year!  These sponsors believe in what we are doing and it has become a summer tradition to support the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Connie Reid hosts a day of golf for all kids in care.  Twenty-five to thirty kids gather at Bayview Golf Centre and enjoy a great day on the links.  The actual RLK tournament will take place at Trillium Wood or Black Bear and there is sponsorship opportunities available.  Every year the Parrot Foundation contributes $15,000 as the platinum sponsor.  Quinte Broadcasting is a gold level sponsor at $5,000.  Silver sponsorship of $2,000 includes a round of golf.  A bronze sponsorship costs $1,000.  All contributions are welcome.  Sign sponsors are also available -- $300 for a sign at both courses, $200 for one course.  Party on the River -- dinner tickets are $35.  After dinner entertainment tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Golf registration is now on-line, a streamlined process.
The RLK Chairs thanked all the past Chairs for their years of dedication to this project --Bob Clute, Wolf Tausenfreund, John Smale, Bernie Ouellet, Richard Courneyea, Greg Knudsen, Sam Brady, Ken Wheeler with special mention to Jamie Trudeau.
John Smale, Chair of student bursaries was very honoured to introduce the student recipients.  (L-R:  Awards Chair John Smale, Belleville Rotary Presdient Tracy Bray, Loyalist student Joseph Gearns, Rotarian Judy McKnight, Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist student Emilie Leneveu and Carol-Lynn Burnett-Michaud)
James E. Marker Bursary is presented annually in memory and celebration of the life of James E. Marker, an American-born Canadian business man who invented Cheezies, a brand of cheese curl snack food popular in Canada.  Mr. Marker also established the Belleville Aerodome, a private airport in 1961.  Mr. Marker invested a new machine used to process cornmeal.  This machine caught the attention of Marker's business partner, W. T. Hawkins.  Together Marker and Hawkins moved to Canada and founded W. T. Hawkins Company in 1949, the company that manufactures the Cheezies snack.  Mr. Marker was a long standing member of the Belleville Rotary Club.  The funding for this bursary was provided through the estate of Mr. Marker.  Due to the care he received by practical nurses and personal support workers, Mr. Marker was able to stay in his home much longer and the award is given to a student in the Health Care program at Loyalist College.  This year's recipient is Schena MacDonald.  Schena is currently taking the Personal Support Worker program at Loyalist College and is a very worthy recipient.  Congratulations to Schena!
The Bob McKnight Bursary is presented annually in memory and celebration of the life of Bob McKnight, a long-time member and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Bob was active in youth activities and programs, including his leadership of the Rotary Music Festival program.  As a secondary school educator and teacher with the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, he was instrumental in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and coordinated that program on behalf of the Board and worked closely with Loyalist College in placing student in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs on campus.  We know how important OYAP was to Bob in his work with secondary school students, and this year’s recipient of the Bob McKnight Award is Joseph Gearns. Joseph is just finishing his first year in the Electrical Techniques program at Loyalist. He was part of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program during high school at Bayside Secondary School … his trade was Construction.  Congratulations, Joseph!
The Robert George Michaud Bursay is presented annually in memory and celebration of the life of Robert George Michaud, raised and educated in Belleville with an early career with General Motors of Canada in Oshawa before returning home to purchase the family business, Michaud Fine Furniture and Carpets Ltd., from his father Robert Michaud Sr.  Bob's reputation in business was marked with the same traits that guided his personal and community lives.  Bob was a six foot, four inch bundle of energy, exuberance, honesty and compassion.  Bob was truly a larger than life character and the consummate salesman.  Bob loved the art and challenge of sales and used it, combined with a magnetic personality, to lead and inspire others.  This year’s recipient is Emilie Leneveu.  Emilie is completing her third year of the Biotechnology Program at Loyalist and is the captain of the Women’s Volleyball team. As captain, Emilie is the epitome of sportsmanship and leads her team by example time after time. She’s a wonderful person who always thinks of others before herself and she works incredibly hard to earn her way through College.   A quote from one of Emilie's professors "Emilie has been an INCREDIBLE student coordinator for Let's Talk Science at Loyalist College.  She has had a tremendous impact on the youth in our community by increasing their exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with hands-on activities and discussion about their possibilities in education, potential careers and how to play a role in making our world a better place to live!"  The award is given to a student who exemplifies key qualities that Bob had – sportsmanship, community service and entrepreneurship.  Congratulations to Emilie.
Our Satellite group meeting was on held Thursday, April 6 at Capers restaurant.  New members and guests were welcomed!
Members are reminded again to please send their ratings, reflections, and suggestions for improvements regarding our Hockey Night in Quinte event to Cassandra.  This event analysis is important and will be used to assist us with future events. 
Announcements and reminders were made regarding the sale of Diner and Duffers books, Rotary Walk for HIV/Aids participation, and that volunteers are being sought for the Camp Merrywood weekend. Also, for the Rotary Loves Kids (RLK) event on July 20, 2018 sponsors, volunteers, participants and items for the silent auction are required. Visit the RLK website for full details.  Those who aren't golfers  are encouraged to attend the Party on the River in the evening.
Tim, Cassandra and April shared an idea for a possible new project for the Satellite group to become involved in and sought input from members.  There was a vote of support from members for this idea and we will proceed with further investigation about next steps.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • The next Satellite get together for fellowship will be Wednesday, April 25. We'll meet for a beverage at Birdy's restaurant at 5:30 p.m. before attending the Quinte Rotary Music Festival Concert of the Stars at Albert College.
  • Next meeting TBD
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Rotary International's new monthly theme for April is Maternal and Child Health! Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes.
At least 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Mobile prenatal clinics
Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
Cancer screening
Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
Preventing injuries and deaths
Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.
  • Rotary Music Festival Concert of Stars April 25th at Albert College at 6:45 p.m.
  • Rotary Walk for HIV/Aids April 28th
  • Camp Merrywood Project - May 4th and 5th.  Vince Lynch encourages everyone to put these dates in your calendar now!
  • May 12th -- District Assembly at the BMO Center in Toronto, a major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world. The workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.
  • June 23rd - 27th -- Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  We have a group of Rotarians going.  Get involved!
  • RLK date set for July 20th.
  • Spelling Bee, Saturday, June 9th.