Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Parts of Rotary.org unavailable from Saturday to Monday, 3-5 December
Parts of Rotary.org will be unavailable 3-5 December, beginning at 05:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), while we upgrade our membership database. During this time, areas that require sign-in (convention registration, club and district administration, grant application, giving, Rotary Club Central, etc.) and Club Finder will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.
Arch Klumph’s hometown raises over $2 million through centennial celebration
Rotary members in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation on 23 October with a banquet and a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra that have so far raised more than $2.1 million for the Foundation's next century of good work. Arch Klumph, a Cleveland Rotarian, planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917, with his idea of having an endowment fund dedicated to "doing good in the world." Today's District 6630 leaders thought that a concert was a fitting way to honor Klumph and mark the centennial because of Klumph's love of music. Klumph performed in several...
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016
Rotarian John Smale welcomed the Mayors of the Week and considered himself very lucky to have been one of their hosts during their week of touring the City. Each student had an opportunity to share the highlights of their visit to various City operations.
Morgan Beatty from Centennial Secondary School was pleased to learn about the significance of so many places in the City, from City Hall to the Wellness Center where they had a tour, talked about the new hockey team, the Belleville Senators. While they were visiting the Fire Hall they had an opportunity to see the firefighters respond to a call. Morgan has a better understanding of how Belleville runs like a company and gave a big thank you to Rotary for the opportunity.
Cameron Bardell from St. Theresa's said it was a great opportunity to see what had previously been invisible to them. The water treatment plant was interesting and now he understands that 50,000 people do not have to worry about fresh water. Cameron appreciated the chance to meet people who run the City and to see their knowledge and passion for their jobs first hand, strong leadership and commitment to the future.
Tim Turriff from Nicholson Catholic College claimed he had been in his pajamas half an hour before he arrived at the meeting today due to a snow day from school. He considers himself to be more informed and a more engaged citizen after seeing how the City operates. Exciting also to know that students can reach their potential here. He was prepared to pack his bags and leave the area once he graduated, but now he sees opportunities here. He admitted he is not much of a science guy, but found the water treatment plant very informative. People take things for granted and perhaps don't appreciate the running of the City until something goes wrong. He plans on attending Lakehead University and studying outdoor recreation and tourism in order to teach in the years following. He thanked his teachers and principal for encouraging him to get involved in the Mayors of the Week program. He was pleased to meet the other young leaders as well.
Madeline Buxton from Albert College enjoyed eating pizza with the Mayor and to see the very top of City Hall. The new plans at the Wellness Center were very interesting and she found the experience very unique. She now appreciates all the thought that goes into making a decision, even down to the route for the Santa Claus parade. She now has a keener interest in volunteering as she understands the importance of doing that in the community.
Delanie Austin from Quinte Secondary School gained wisdom and insight in how local government works and felt she was very fortunate to serve alongside the other Mayors of the Week. She was very interested in the future plans to host the hockey team and to see all the different components at the Police Station as well as the roles everyone plays. She has a better understanding of how the City is run like a business and is very proud and privileged to call Belleville her home.
Colin Leaver as leader of the Mayors of the Week program thanked the students as well as the teachers and Mayor Christopher and presented each student with a certificate on behalf of the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Posted by President Shannon Neely on Nov 17, 2016
President Shannon welcomed everyone to this special evening event. November is Rotary Foundation month and what better way to celebrate the work and role of the Rotary Foundation than by giving out Paul Harris Fellow recognitions. What is a Paul Harris Fellow? Paul Percy Harris was a Chicago attorney best known for founding Rotary International in 1905, a service organization that currently has well over 1.1 million members worldwide. The Rotary Club of Belleville has been in existence for 97 years, quite an impressive history of service above self. In 1957 the Paul Harris Fellows program was established to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Rotary Foundation, in support of Ambassadorial Scholarships. In 1979 at the Rotary International Assembly the RI President James Bomar challenged each Rotary Club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. It took a while for that to catch on, but we have been doing it in Belleville as an annual event since 2008. Tonight, we will be honouring four people from our community as Paul Harris Fellows.
Kelly McKinney as Past President and current Rotary Foundation Chair was honoured to have the opportunity to facilitate this evening's presentations. Each year since 2008, the Rotary Club of Belleville has been giving out Paul Harris Fellowships to community members. These are drawn from credits the Club has with Rotary International. Each Paul Harris Fellowship is based on the donation of $1000 U.S. for which the Club receives a credit. In November as Foundation Month, the club makes Paul Harris presentations to 3 individuals in the community, each having been nominated by a Rotarian and Club member for their outstanding contribution to the community and their demonstration of Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. A Paul Harris Fellowship is one of the highest honours a Club can bestow on a member or an individual in the community. Today's recipients are joining a rather exclusive circle which includes such world figures as Mother Theresa, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar and so on. Today's recipients will also be joining 78 members of this club and 19 past recipients in our community who are Paul Harris Fellows. Some are able to be with us today -- Boyd Sullivan, June Rickard, Maurice Rollins, Robert Howell, Ingrid Moore, Peter Knudsen.
Rotarian and Secretary Doug Peterson introduced the first recipient, Golda Lafferty (pictured here is Golda via skype and Tom Lafferty and Doug Peterson) whose contributions are not just time and energy, but enhanced exponentially by the size of her heart and the spirit she brings to the tasks at hand. Golda is extremely generous with her time and energy through several community initiatives. For several years her primary focus has been the Children's Foundation, as a director on the Board of Directors. She has been involved with the Guardian Angel Gala Committee since 2011. This event raises thousands of dollars for children in need in our area. Connie Reid, Executive Director of the Children's Foundation in her nominatin of Golda for this Paul Harris Award said "Golda is a champion our organization and works to ensure all children have equal opportunities. Many local youth have been able to pursue their post-secondary dreams because of Golda". Golda's contributions in the community are enhanced a hundred fold by the spirit with which she brings to these tasks. Always happy, smiling and positive, she makes it easy to enjoy the work required. Her natural effervescence brings people together as friends and the work becomes secondary. We are honoured to call Golda a friend of Rotary and to recognize her as a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Have you heard the name Shelby McPherson? That's okay if you haven't, but Connie Reid says Shelby is on her radar for helping with future events. Nominated by Bob Clute, Shelby has raised money for the Oncology Unit at BGH for ten years by hosting an annual Hallowe'en bash in her County Bus Service yard. She has re-sparked the annual Foxboro Christmas parade after being dormant for about 4 years and turned it into a fund raiser for Hospice Quinte. Shelby took over the Foxboro Men's Club Pancake Breakfast and again raised money for Hospice Quinte, about $3,000 last year. The culmination of her efforts is the Make-A-Wish Foundation where her efforts raised $7,000 along with a donor donation that took her over the $10,000 mark and she was able to grant a wish to a local child. She is making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. Shelby does what she does completely out of her sense of community responsibility and devotes her time to making a difference by giving her time to change lives. A well deserved Paul Harris Fellow. (Shelby is in the back row, third from the left).
Dr. Ruth Mathieson and Amy Doyle nominated Dona Plumton (front row, second from the right) for a Community Paul Harris Fellow Award, a person who has truly spent her entire life caring for others. Dona dedicated her 36 year long career to the nursing profession, 34 of those years at BGH, improving the lives of local patients and their families. Always extremely professional and efficient in her work. Since her retirement, Dona has served as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for 22 years, as a volunteer with St. Mark's United Church and Camp Quin Mo Lac for over 25 years. At the Canadian Cancer Society, Dona has held leadership roles and for years ran the volunteer driven Wheels of Hope cancer ride program for cancer patients living in the Quinte area. A volunteer driver herself, Dona does all driver orientation for the local CCS office and comes to the office almost daily to assist with whatever needs done in the office. She is a power house who in her own quiet hard working behind the scenes way, really drives the bus and gets things done. Dona has truly lived a life of service above self for her entire life. It is an honour to present her with this prestigious Community Paul Harris Fellow.
Kristin Crowe was very pleased to introduce Tom Lafferty as a Community Paul Harris Fellow. Tom brought the Green Task Force concept to council and the Buy Locally Owned Group to Belleville to help support local businesses. Although a store owner himself, Tom continuously supports and promotes all small businesses, including his direct competitors. He is a current Police Services Board Member and has been an active volunteer for many years with the Children's Foundation Angel Gala. In 2016 he co-chaired the event with his wife Golda. Tom volunteers annually for "Tree Day" a local sweat equity project helping to plant trees and improve our community. He supports various local sports teams and donates to many community associations and fundraisers. The common theme about Tom is that he is a humble leader, always doing good and happily pointing out the good in others. He will lend a hand however and whenever he can! He is honest, fair and his actions are always for the benefit of all concerned. Congratulations on being recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow.
(pictured left to right, Shelby McPherson, Dona Plumton and Tom Lafferty) President Shannon thanked Past President Kelly McKinney and other past presidents who took the time to consider all the nominations and to select this year's recipients. And a thank you to Program Chair Tara Lyons for her work in organizing tonight's event.
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Posted by Bill MacKay on Nov 21, 2016
Bill MacKay was very pleased to share the headline that the Rotary Foundation has been named world's outstanding foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award honours organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving -- Kellogg, Komen and MacArthur, among others -- are past honourees.
"We are honoured to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation's centennial year, " says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. "The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world".
The announcement came on November 15, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP's annual conference in San Francisco. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.
"While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe", says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. "On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honoured to be able to recognize the Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation". Rotary's comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio was cited as a major driver of the selection along with their purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.
Posted on Nov 05, 2016
- Get your Christmas hams from Ray McCoy or Sharon McConnell. Orders being taken now for delivery on December 12th.
- Salvation Army Kettle Campaign -- please see Jamie Trudeau or Chris Finkle to volunteer some hours through November and December to help the Army help others who are less fortunate in our community.
- Children's Special Needs Christmas Party - November 26th. Please see Tracy Bray to offer your assistance.
- December 6th - Rotary Christmas Dinner at Bridge Street United, 6 p.m. Cost is $20 per person for a full course turkey dinner. Please sign up with payment by Friday, November 25th. Please see Paige Summers if you have any questions.