October 2017
Upcoming Events
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Rotary Stories
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
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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
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Venue Map
Carmela Ruberto and Marg Wagner
Oct 23, 2017
Community Safety and Wellbeing Committee
Jill Raycroft
Oct 30, 2017
What's up with the Chamber of Commerce
Ruldolf Heijdens
Nov 06, 2017
Remembrance Day Celebration
Gem Munroe
Nov 13, 2017
Amarok Society's work with First Nation education
Community Paul Harris Awards Night
Nov 20, 2017
Honouring the selected Paul Harris recipients
Mayors of the Week
Nov 27, 2017
Best experiences from their week as Mayor
Rotary Christmas Party at Bridge St. United
Dec 04, 2017
Entertainment and Christmas Dinner
Mayor Taso Christopher
Jan 08, 2018
New Year's Levee
Home Page Stories
Len Kennedy introduced Thomas Crowhurst, today's guest speaker.  Len met Thomas through Hastings CAS.  Thomas was a bursary recipient and graduate of the Reach for Success Program, a program supported by Rotary Loves Kids.  Thomas is now married and working at Albert College as an Assistant House Director.  He is responsible for promoting Albert College on an international basis, recruiting international students.
Thomas admitted he was a little uncomfortable talking about himself versus his work at Albert College.  He thanked Connie Reid for inviting him to speak today.  As a former foster child, he was 11 years old when he had his first interaction with foster care in Belleville.  The hardest thing for him was to explain why his name was different and who was family.  He has three sets of grandparents as well as his foster family who he considers his "real family", his mom and dad who welcomed him into their home.  At a young age, Thomas had to adjust to a new home, new people, new school and had to learn how to avoid bad behaviours.  He had great support from his family and teachers and obviously is thankful for all that support.  He was enrolled in the Reach for Success Program and at the time, didn't know what Rotary was.  A very humbling experience.  The Children's Foundation and Reach for Success Program made education a reality for him.  He received an award in 2009, went on to study kiniesiology where he was in the top ten average of the graduating class, was student leader during all four years at university, managed one of the residences, got married, moved back to Belleville and now works with a fantastic staff at Albert College.  Without the support of Rotary, none of this would have happened.  His journey continues.  Thank you to everyone.
Thomas was thanked by Sam Brady on behalf of the Club.  Sam acknowledged Thomas' contributions to Rotary Loves Kids and his participation on the Board for Quinte Foundation and the investment he has made to children in our community.
The Satellite meeting on Thursday, October 5th was held at Earl and Angelo's with owner John Cairns as the very hospitable host, pictured here with Jenny Woods.   Great food too!
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign starts mid November and they are always looking for volunteers.
Also discussed was the Satellite Club's next fundraiser called the 2nd Annual Hockey Night in Quinte.  The first event was a huge success so we want to continue with the same name so people are familiar with it.
Sarah Dean is the new Treasurer of the Satellite Club.
Upcoming meetings -- The Belleville Club on October 19th, Capers on November 2nd, Quinte Ballet School on November 16th and Bourbon Street Pizza on November 30th.  A Christmas get-together is being planned for December 14th at the home of Peter Malone.  
  • October 21st Smart Serve Training from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Please speak to Jeanette Minaker to sign up.
  • November 4th Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College.  This is a food packing morning for those less fortunate.  Set this date aside and lend a hand.  Pictured here from last year is Cory MacKay and her son Ryan.
  • November 3rd - 5th District Conference
  • November 14th -- Committee Chair meeting at Earl and Angelo's at 6 p.m.
  • November 15th -- Club Visioning Exercise from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn.
  • November 20th -- Community Paul Harris recognition evening at Sans Souci.
  • December 4th -- Rotary Christmas Dinner at Bridge Street United.  More details to follow
Rotarian Sharon McConnell introduced today's speaker, our own Randy Coker, a 10 year member of the Rotary Club of Belleville and his lovely wife Joanne, a long time member of the Picton Rotary Club and recently voted Rotarian of the Year.  Both Randy and Joanne have a history of helping to support youth in the community through Rudy's choir, RLK, billeting young people, being foster parents.  An opportunity came up to assist northern communities in an education project geared towards financial matters and with Randy being recently retired, they agreed to take on the project.
The area they travelled to was remote and 3 hours north of North Bay, a community with many problems of despair and hopelessness and a number of suicides.  The First Nations Natural Resources have been running programs in the northern communities since 2000, providing hands on education, summer employment, food and nutrition programs, fire training, developing lifetime friendships and a sense of confidence for the people who live there.  Outland Camps has been successfully delivering this award winning program, focusing on Natural Resource Management sector (mining, forestry, water quality) as a vehicle to create career awareness and to inspire youth to build personal educational plans to achieve career goals.  It is crucial for youth in these communities to understand that their responsibility is to be the stewards of the land.  The program is run over a 6 week period.  During this time, youth will earn employability certificates such as brush saw, chainsaw, first aid, WHMIS, SP 102 Industry Forest Fire Righting and ORCA level 1 and 2 canoe training as well as mining matters programming and a science camp at Confederation College.  Various work projects are scheduled involving skills learned.  Tree planting in forest license areas is a favourite.  Life skills learned over the 6 weeks are instrumental in building competency and confidence in the youth empowering them to design their educational career plans.  Since 2000 over 300 youth representing 44 northern Ontario communities have participated in the program. 
Randy got involved in the program through a friend from university, a roommate who was involved in the program.  They were looking for someone with financial knowledge to teach the youth how to handle money and to develop a curriculum.  In consultation with Sam Brady and John Smale, Randy realized that the Junior Achievement program was an excellent fit and he connected with an associate Rotarian and with the support of his wife Joanne, they followed the outline and created a one day lesson plan that was interactive and would help the students in their goal setting.  Students were encouraged to identify their strengths and interests and to talk about career possibilities.  Joanne and Randy taught them how to budget and how to prepare for an interview.
Currently the program is funded provincially, but the goal is to expand the program and attract a wide range of businesses, natural resource companies.  The local Band has to support the student they enroll in the program to the tune of $2,000.  Randy was thanked by Birgit Wartenberg, who as the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Partnership, knows the importance of supporting the northern communities and showing how much we care.  The Rotary Club of Belleville has given out bursaries this year to indigenous youth to support them in their education.
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Ivan Demine is a Grade 10 student at Moira Secondary School who is excited to start a Rotary Interact Club.  The school has a 30 member Student Council of which Ivan is a member.  They do fundraising and are very active within the student population.  Events are organized by the students, but todate they have been focused locally and they are looking for an opportunity to expand their horizons to an international level.  They would like to sponsor a school in a third world country.  Ivan, having been involved in an Early Act Club, helping with Rotary events in Grade 7, is aware of opportunities through Rotary to get involved on a worldwide basis and he is looking forward to leading the Interact Club, getting students involved and working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Belleville.  They will meet every other week on Fridays and welcome all Rotarians who are interested in supporting this new venture.
Nicole Cao is our 2017/2018 outbound Rotary Exchange Student, living in Germany and attending school there.  Here is a letter telling us about her first month abroad.
Guten Tag Larry, Brian und Sam,
I can't believe I've already been abroad for a month!
The day I arrived, my host family met me at the airport with a huge welcome banner with my name on it.  I have three host brothers (two five year old twins and one eleven year old who is disabled).  We went directly from the airport to the Rhine river where we took a boat tour past countless castles.  The next day we visited the Cologne cathedral.   Over these few weeks I have learned that my host family is full of avid travellers.  Two weekends ago, we visited a unique gip cave, the Kyffhäuser memorial and the Panorama museum.  I am so happy I got to see so much of Germany in such a short amount of time.  This weekend, we are going to Munich for the Oktoberfest.  I adapted to my host family and their lifestyle relatively quickly.  They are very considerate and kind to me and we get along very well.  They always help me with the language and take the time to answer my questions.  I am very lucky!
Learning German has been a slow progress so far.  Though I have definitely improved since my arrival, I still find it difficult to understand my younger host brothers and host parents when they speak in German.  My host Rotary club has found a German tutor for myself and the rest of the exchange students.  She is a great teacher and we have two sessions every week.  I can now confidently introduce myself, answer basic questions like where I’m from, how long I’ve been in Germany, etc and have simple conversations. 
There is currently only one other exchange student in my host club (another will arrive in January), and also 4 other exchange students in the other Rotary club in Minden.  We all go to the same school and have already become good friends.  So far we have been to two district Rotary weekends organized by the Rotex of district 1900.  Our district hosts around 50 exchange students total so the weekends can get pretty crazy.  Our latest trip ended yesterday, where all 50 exchange students slept in one gym (goodbye sleep).  Next week we leave for our 10 day Germany tour!
I have been to 3 Rotary meetings at my host club so far.  I introduced myself in German on the second meeting and I’ve been getting to know all the Rotarians.  My club has this tradition where they randomly select a few Rotarians who must then find us and meet with us or invite us to do something.  They have shown me photos of my assigned Rotarians, but I don’t know their names.  My counsellor is also very friendly, but I haven’t needed his help with anything so far.
School can be rather boring when I don’t understand what is being taught.  For now, I just try to copy down whatever the teacher writes on the board even though I don’t understand anything.  I found that it’s rather difficult to make German friends when you can’t speak the language.  Not many German students or teachers are interested in who I am or where I come from and some barely speak English.  It was a little lonely at first, but now it’s getting better.  I am going to try joining the rowing club.  
All in all, I am really enjoying my time here!  Of course, I’d like to thank everyone back home for giving me this amazing opportunity.  Vielen Dank Rotary!
Liebe grüße von Minden,