July 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...
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
Jennifer Savini
Jul 24, 2017
Classification Talk
Jul 31, 2017
Canada's 150
No meeting today
Aug 07, 2017
Happy Civic Holiday
No meeting today
Aug 14, 2017
Come to the Bob Michaud Fun Golf tournament at Trillium Wood
Bob Wallace from District 7070
Aug 21, 2017
Committee Chairs
Aug 28, 2017
Bring a friend to Rotary day
Home Page Stories
Past President and good friend, Sam Brady was very pleased to be able to introduce our newest President, Tracy Bray.  They go back, way back, interconnected on so many levels.  Sam has known Tracy longer than anyone else in the room, longer than his wife.  They grew up together in the same neighbourhood.  The kids were either at the Bray's house or the Brady's house.  No knocking, just walking in and cutting across each other's backyards.  He remembers the Bray family as involved in many events, as organizers who knew the importance of learning as well as having a life/work balance.  Camping at Sandbanks.  Skiing at Batawa.  Playing Math Bingo.  Tracy has now become them, the ultimate organizer and a busy mom, business owner, coach, mentor of many.  Tracy attended Queen's University and then attended Chicago Chiropractor College and graduated in 1989.  After Anissa was born in 2002, Tracy moved back to the Quinte area for more support in raising a young child.  Sam praised Tracy as a single parent and now the family organizer.  He knows Tracy will keep the Rotary Club of Belleville in motion.
Tracy said it was a honour and privilege to stand today as the new President, the 4th woman President in 98 years.  Rotary has been a fulfilling experience for Tracy, an opportunity to get involved on so many levels and to be able to give back to the community she loves so much.  This year's Rotary International theme is "Making a Difference", now a personal goal for Tracy in the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  She wants to make a difference to the members of this Club, the people and programs in our community and support the international efforts of Rotary.  We are members of an organization that has made such a difference all around the world.  For example, polio.  In 1987 there were 350,000 cases of polio per year spread over many countries.  Today there are less than 40 cases and only 3 countries are not polio free, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  We are so close to ending polio, it could happen this year.  And every Rotarian can play a part in this.  Individually our volunteering efforts could never achieve such a massive elimination of a disease, but together what seemed impossible is soon to be a reality.
Tracy reminded the members that we have the great honour of being part of the host district for this year's International Convention being held in Toronto June 23 - 27, 2018.  There are already 14,000 guests registered.  We will be asked to provide volunteers to be welcomers, to host dinners and to attend all the incredible events planned.  This is an amazing opportunity to see our organization in action, people just like us, altogether from all over the world with one common goal -- to make our world a better place. 
Tracy's vision this year is to reconnect our fundraising to our community and international projects.  Tracy is confident we can grow our membership and increase our attendance.  A visioning exercise will be scheduled for some time in the Fall.  Tracy's wants to re-ignite everyone's passion towards our fundraising efforts and encouraged everyone to get involved and support Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament and Party in the Square.  Our goal this year is to the top the $100,000 mark!  Maximum participation is needed.  Tracy introduced the 2017-2018 Rotary Board of Directors and also advised that Connie Reid is the new Program Chair and Jeanette Minaker is the new Fellowship Chair.  Please contact any of the Board Members if you have suggestions or concerns.  Tracy also reminded the Club that this year the Rotary Music Festival is celebrating 50 years and still going strong! 
And lastly Tracy thanked her parents, Sue and Doug Bray (pictured here with Tracy and her daughter Anissa) for their fine example and many years of support to Tracy and her daughter Anissa.  And with a few tears in her eyes, Tracy thanked the most important person in her life, her daughter Anissa, her prime reason for wanting to make the world a better place.  A strong, confident young person, helping Tracy often at Rotary events such as the Special Needs Christmas party, the Aids Walk (photo of Anissa, Tracy and dog Max), Santa Claus Parade and Camp Merrywood.  And finally, Tracy proposed a toast to the Club, the year ahead and the beautiful volunteer spirit of all the members.
President Shannon called past Rotary International (R.I.)  President  Wilf Wilkinson to the podium as representative of the R.I. Board of Trustees to recognize one of our club members, Len Kennedy, to the  gold level of the Rotary Foundation.  Wilf was very pleased to recognize Len in particular, with a prestigious crystal and diamond pin in the shape of doves and olive branches.  Wilf was President or Rotary International when it was recognized by the District and he praised the contributions of the many members from around the world and of course, here in Belleville through the likes of Len Kennedy.  Len thanked Wilf and encouraged club member to pick a goal and pursue it in the name of Rotary, if it's a worthy cause.  Contributions such as this allow the work of Rotary here in Canada and around the world to continue to improve the lives of many, many people.  A special recognition for Len's continued commitment to Rotary.
  • RLK - July 28th.  Sam Brady and the committee are looking for volunteers, donations for prizes, sponsors, golfers!
  • Party in the Square -- the event of July 28th.  Come out and celebrate with us.
  • Saturday, July 29th -- Foam Fest.  See Jeanette Minaker to help out.
  • Bob Michaud Annual Golf Classic Tournament, August 16th at Trillium Wood
  • Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament on Friday, August 18th at Trillium.  Looking for golfers.  $150 per golfer. 
President Tracy Bray is pleased to announce that Kevin Bazkur and Tanya Baldwin will be joining the Rotary Club of Belleville, transferring their membership from the Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise.  Kevin and Tanya are no strangers to our Club as they have been involved with the Rotary Music Festival and have been attending meetings for the past few weeks.  Please join President Tracy in welcoming them to our Club.  They are pleased to join and eager to get involved!
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Past President
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Home Page News
The Satellite Meeting was held on July 13th, a BBQ hosted by Tim McKinney at his home, chaired by Peter Malone.
Jill Raycroft, Executive Director of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce thanked everyone for their help at the Craft Beer Tent at the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival, a successful first.
Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament -- get your golf foursomes in, volunteer and donate/collect prizes for this great fundraising event.  Friday, July 28th.  And don't forget Party in the Square to follow at Market Square, Belleville.  A great evening of entertainment and fun.  Let Connie Reid know that you can sign up to help.
A message for all Rotarians in District 7070.  Several people have contacted District Governor Neil Phillips to ask what, if anything, Rotary may be doing to assist those affected and how they can help.  This is an ongoing and developing situation, so the ultimate needs are yet to be determined.  The District Governor in the area most affected has recommended if you wish to support the immediate response and relief needs, then the best route to do that is through the established charities already at work such as The Red Cross or Disaster Aide Canada.  These charities have the resources on the ground now and are at work as the situation continues.  They are also Canada Revenue Agency registered organizations able to issue charitable tax receipts for donations.  It is the District's intent to set up a special and separate fund for contributions to help with recovery once the needs are known and identified.  This fund will be centrally administered and held as a special Rotary account until the local Rotary clubs in the affected areas can assess recovery and possible rebuilding needs in their communities.  These funds would then be made available to the local Rotary clubs for appropriate projects.  Further updates will be provided by the District as things are set in motion.  Our thoughts are with all those affected.