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
Bayan Al Mansour
Nov 19, 2018
"New Hope" A Syrian Refugee Story
Collin Myers
Nov 26, 2018
Classification Talk
Dec 03, 2018
Club News
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 10, 2018
In the evening at the Travelodge
Rotary Kids Christmas Brunch
Dec 16, 2018
Fun, food, entertainment and Santa
Home Page Stories

Chief Warrant Officer Troy Zuorro (2nd from the left with Shannon Neely, Honourary Colonel John Smylie, Colonel Mark Goulden and President Andrew Bandler) was born in Chatham, New Brunswick and joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an instrument electrical technician in 1986. Upon completion of basic trades training later that year, he was posted to Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

During the next nine years he worked on the CT-133 T-Bird, CH-135 Twin Huey and the CH-124 Sea King aircraft. In 1993, CWO Zuorro deployed on board HMCS Algonquin for Operation SHARP GUARD supporting the NATO mission in the Adriatic Sea. In 1995, he moved to Cold Lake, Alberta and worked within Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment gaining first line experience on the CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft. In 1999, he transferred to 435 Squadron in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked on the CC-130 Hercules and the following year, he was promoted to Master Corporal.

In 2002, CWO Zuorro was posted back to Shearwater where he worked within 12 Air Maintenance Squadron and 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005, he worked at 12 Wing headquarters as the Wing Chief Warrant Officer Assistant. He then returned to Winnipeg where he worked as the CT-142 engine life cycle materiel manager at 402 Squadron. Promoted to Warrant Officer in 2008, he was posted to A4 Maintenance within 1 Canadian Air Division where he supported the transport and search and rescue fleets. In January 2011, CWO Zuorro was promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer and in April 2012 he was inducted into the Order of Military Merit. Upon successful completion of second language training in June 2012, he was posted to the National Capital Region as the career manager for aviation technicians at the ranks of Private and Corporal.

In July 2013, he returned to the Chief of the Air Force staff in Ottawa, Ontario where he worked with issues concerning Royal Canadian Air Force occupation development. In August 2013, he attended the United States Air Force Senior Non Commissioned Officer Academy for leadership training. He was awarded the prestigious John L. Levitow Award as the number one graduate and this was the first time this award was presented to an international (non USAF) student. In June 2014, CWO Zuorro was posted to the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron as the Squadron Chief Warrant Officer.

In July 2015 CWO Zuorro was appointed as the Air Environment, Logistic Branch and Support Occupation Chief Warrant Officer Career Manager within the Director of Senior Appointments. From November 2016 – June 2017 he deployed as the Air Task Force – Iraq Chief Warrant Officer and in July 2017 CWO Zuorro was appointed as the Wing Chief Warrant Officer at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario.

CWO Zuorro is married to Colonel June Zuorro and they have two wonderful children, Karissa and Kyle.

CWO Zuorro appreciated the opportunity to speak to the Rotary Club of Belleville this veteran's week and on November 11th we will remember our country's sacrifices in wars.  As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice that took place at 11 a.m. Paris time at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month we will honour and remember all those who came home are now gone.  We will pause and keep their memory alive.

CWO Zuorro advised that 8 Wing is the largest and busiest in the country with personnel engaged around the world.  There are a thousand fingerprints in every mission from soldiers, technicians, firefighters, clerks, subject matter experts, all who go above and beyond every day.  4,500 members of 8 Wing provide peace support operations, assist during earthquakes and floods, forest fires, provide VIP transport and spearhead search and rescue missions and provide security in North America.  Assignments such as moving material from Trenton to Africa is done with great success and little fanfare.  We have the best of the best in the area of staff, volunteers, coaches all outstanding people who contribute to this community.  Troy bragged about the synergy that is evident on the base and considers himself blessed to be Wing Commander, working alongside an incredible team of people.


  • There is no lunch meeting on November 12th
  • November 12th -- Paul Harris Community Awards in the evening at the Travelodge.  No lunch meeting that day.
  • November 25th -- Special Needs Children's Christmas party
  • December 10th -- Rotary Christmas Dinner in the evening
  • December 16th -- Kids Rotary Party, more information to follow
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, November 1 at the Thai House downtown.  Members and guests were introduced and welcomed.
  • Hockey Night in Quinte -- Cassandra gave a brief update and we tried to nail the date down and learned of other major events happening on suggested dates so will need to look at an alternate date and contact the band.  Chairs for subcommittees are being sought for Silent Auction, 50/50, setup and decorating etc. Contact Cassandra if you'd like to lead a subcommittee. An announcement with our partners will be made early December. More info once confirmed.
  • The Poker Aids Walk committee is seeking new committee members.  Please connect with Mark Bishop.
  • Please sign-up to do a  shift or two - schedule is online - for the Salvation Army Kettle at the LCBO at the Quinte Mall.
  • The District conference held October 27 was great and members are encouraged to attend in future.
  • Upcoming Rotary events: 
                  -Paul Harris Awards evening  November 12 at the Travelodge. 
                  -Rotary Christmas Dinner December 10
                  -Kids Christmas Party December 16   
  • Other upcoming community events: 
                 -United Way Bootleggers Bash November 17 at Signal Brewery.  Tickets available on Eventbrite or at Remax.  
                  -Holiday Home Tour on November 15.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • Other upcoming dates are November 15 and 29 -location TBD
In order to plan appropriately with the host venues all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
Sam Brady, Chair of the Rotary Exchange Student program, introduced first Gaspard Alavoine, joining us this year from Lille in the northern part of France (pictured L to R, President Andrew Bandler, Nicole Cao, Gaspard Alavoine and Past President Sam Brady).
Gaspard was born in Lille, a big city in the northern part of France.  Gaspard lives in a small village called Premesques, a rural area with lots of trees and only ten minutes from Lille.  He has a sister Zoie along with his mom and dad.  He attends school in Armentieres that touches the Belgium border, a beautiful campus of northern France architecture.  Lille boasts the 4th largest stadium in France with 50,000 seats, Stade Pierre-Mauroy and Gaspard loves to go there with his family to see the Davis Cup.  The stadium is known for hosting soccer and rugby, but can be converted for tennis and handball, a feature specific to that stadium.  Lille has many historic sites and monuments at the Citadel of Lille as well the Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, a museum of European fine art as well as a grand cathedral.  The Canadian way of including "eh" when they speak is not the way Gaspard learned English and he finds it a little humourous.  He is really enjoying his time with the Bradys and thanked everyone for their friendship and support.
Next, Sam introduced Nicole Cao, our outbound student last year, a student at Moira Secondary School who went to Germany for the 2017/2018 school year.  Nicole is in her final year at Moira.  She shared photos of her year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Germany and although many people asked how her exchange year was, it is difficult for her to capture and condense all the memories into a single adjective.  Nicole spent her time in Germany in a small town called Minden, population 80,000, 45 minutes went of Hanover and 3 hours east of Amsterdam.  She could commute anywhere in town on her bike in 20 minutes since the landscape was very flat.  The school she attended was Das Rasgymnasium, a university prep school.  Nicole was very impressed by the diversity in terms of culture and history as she got a glimpse of everything from giant castles to medieval buildings to modern houses.  It was almost enchanting.  The country is very progressive with thousands of years of historical development and of course, played a big role in world history.  Prior to her exchange experience, Nicole had only known Germany's history from textbooks, but had an opportunity to see history in all generations.  For instance, her host grandmother's house was originally built during the war for low income people.  Nicole's biggest regret was arriving ill prepared as far as the language department.  The main language was German and no one spoke English when she was there.  At first she relied on the smile and nod technique, but became proficient and improved every day until she was comfortable.  Weekend tours were organized through the local Rotary Club and Nicole was able to establish relationships and connections with many Rotarians.  She stayed with two host families and both were very important to her throughout the year, always supportive and patiently explained new vocabulary and grammar and helped her develop her confidence.  But all in all, Nicole learned to become more independent and proactive.  She joined rowing and even danced on stage with her class for a talent show, something her old self would never have done.  She learned to take advantage of every opportunity given.  She learned tolerance and understanding, interacting with exchange students from all over the world.  Nicolle thanked the Rotary Club for the opportunity and helping her improve as a person.
November 2018
Upcoming Events
Rotary Stories
A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the

Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Director-Community Service
Director-Vocational Service
Director-Youth Services
Director-Community Service
Director-International Service
Home Page News
President Andrew was pleased to present Ann Marie Vaughan with her red badge, signifying full membership to the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Ann Marie gave her classification talk earlier in the year and turned in her blue badge for a red one!
RLK Co-Chairs Randy Coker and Eric Thompson were awarded Rotary Warrior designation by President Andrew for their leadership in taking on the RLK fundraising event. and facilitating another successful year.   RLK has been in existence for 16 years, raising $1,344,000 since the inception of this fundraiser.  The task to keep this event in the forefront is a daunting task and President Andrew thanked Randy and Eric for their commitment and hard work.  Eric shared with the Club some of the background of this year's event.  First, he acknowledged the committee members and sponsors, many being Rotarians.  Recognizing that successful fundraising events need to evolve if they are to continue being successful, changes were made this year.  The venue and the entertainment changed, and this resulted in great success with improved golfer participation and increased sponsorship.  Having the Party on the River lowered overhead costs.  The proceeds of the Silent Auction were doubled.  A total of $110,000 was raised this year, making it the 3rd most profitable year, putting this event at $1,454,000 in total. 
Eric was pleased to announce the winner of this year's Ann Leverton Award, a person who exemplifies hard work, passion and commitment, this year and every year.  Sam Brady has been the chair of RLK numerous times.  He is the Money Man, raising $350,000 single handedly.  He was also this year's entertainment and was a hit.