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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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Kathy Smith, Speech Pathologist
Sep 23, 2019
Making your business aphasia friendly
Cathie Findley from FNTI
Sep 30, 2019
Orange Shirt Day and HIP-Rotary International's Honouring Indigenous People initiative
No meeting today
Oct 14, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nominators and Recipients
Nov 04, 2019
Community Paul Harris Awards
Dec 02, 2019
Hastings Prince Edward Children's Choir
Dec 09, 2019
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2019
Rotary Children's Christmas Party
Home Page Stories
A beautiful day based on the photographs, thank you to Michael Summers.  And everyone looked as though they had a good time.  If you weren't there, you missed a good afternoon and evening of fun and fellowship.
Apparently these guys can play cards and golf.  Multi-talented.  Bernie Ouellet, Wayne Dewe and Dan Dickinson, flanked by John Smale and Steve McCurdy. 
A group photo of golfers relaxing after their game.  Smiles all around.
And a serious foursome or at least they appear to be serious.  John Chisholm and guest, Margaret Seu and Michael Summers.
And another foursome, our esteemed President Doug Peterson, President-Elect Tim McKinney, Anya-Deane Best, President of the Satellite Club and Nicole Haire, also a Satellite Club member.
Bill (and Cory) MacKay are away enjoying camping or cottaging, but Bill did send some history our way.
Arthritis and Rheumatism Society -- the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society, Quinte Branch, formed in 1957 began life as a Rotary Club of Belleville project three years earlier. In December of 1954 the club heard from Mr. John Pearson, executive secretary of the society, who outlined the mobile physiotherapy service program.  Following Mr. Pearson’s speech on the organization of the society, which laid emphasis on the mobile-unit phase of the work, the Rotary Club of Belleville decided to sponsor a unit here.  It was the fourth such unit sent into operation in Ontario under the aegis of Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Belleville had started the Arthritis and Rheumatism mobile service in Belleville with the view of turning it over to the community in two years time.  On August 19, 1957, as planned, the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society, Quinte Branch, was formed to take over its operation.  It served the district which included Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Tweed and Stirling.  For the initial start up period the board was made up of Rotarians Enos David, President, Clifford Baker, Vice-president, [of Trenton] and E.G. Gurnett, secretary-treasurer, supported by several other Rotarians. During the two years of its sponsorship the Rotary Club, assisted by some governmental grants in the first year, bore the full cost of providing the service to the community, and over 2,400 treatments were given to patients in the area bringing much needed comfort and relief.
Arts and Crafts -- in 1999 The City of Belleville, under the leadership of councillor Kay Manderville, initiated an Arts and Crafts show as part of the annual Belleville Waterfront Festival. It was located in a tent at Meyers Pier and attracted about 20 vendors to the Juried show. In 2000 our club was approached by the city, to see if we were interested in taking over the Arts and Crafts Show. with the promise of a minimum $4K in revenues, but a potential of much higher proceeds. Rotarian Bob Langland stepped up and we took over the show, and we repeated at the location at Myers Pier. The show once again only attracted a small number of vendors and our revenues were only $4K, the amount guaranteed by the city. In 2002, we moved the show to West Zwicks Park and housed it in a much larger 100-foot tent and attracted over 50 vendors. The move to the more family friendly venue proved to be successful. In 2003, Vince Lynch took over as Chair of the show and the event was housed in two 100-foot tents and attended by over 100 vendors, including some located outside the tent. Net revenues from the show were in excess of $10K. In 2007 Judy Mitchell took over the position of Chair. However, the Waterfront Festival had taken on a much more family focus and children’s activities.  Higher end venders were not making sales and the show was mainly attracting vendors selling commercial products. We ended our participation in 2008 and the city once again took over the venue by selling of outside stalls to vendors and community organizations in a carnival like atmosphere. The show netted our club over $70K and provided excellent exposure for our Rotary Club.
Providing opportunities and support is part of the core mission of the Quinte Arts Council and we are very pleased to announce that one of our Rotary Exchange Students (outgoing), Nicole Cao received the Hugh P. O'Neil Student Arts Bursary award recently.  The award was established in 1995 by the Quinte Provincial Liberal Association to recognize the contributions of the late Hugh O'Neil, former MPP, during more than 20 years of political life and, in particular, to honour his significant support of the arts both provincially and locally.  Each spring the Quinte Arts Council awards two $500 bursaries to students graduating from secondary schools in the Quinte Riding (as it existed in 1995).  Students must be proceeding to further their arts education at a post-secondary school in Canada.   The bursaries support local students pursuing arts.  So congratulations are certainly in order to Nicole who is currently studying architecture at the University of Waterloo.  She is finding the work challenging, but learning a lot!  She and her classmates are finding themselves sharing their talents and knowledge and spending their money on the price of modeling material, so Nicole is very grateful to have the QAC Student Bursary.  Nicole graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Eastside Secondary School where she was a member of the student arts council and student council, as well as a tutor in multiple subjects.  She is also youth member of the BDIA and summer arts camp leader.  Nicole speaks three languages and had an amazing opportunity to study in Germany for a year (as a Rotary Exchange Student through the Rotary Club of Belleville).
  • PorchFest, September 28th
  • Rotary Club of Scarborough Bluffs are hosting a Dinner Theatre at Herongate Barn on Thursday, October 3rd, $70 per person.  Buffet dinner at 6 p.m., featured performance from 8 to 10 p.m.  It Had To Be You, a laugh out loud comedy.  Call Ashton at (416) 953-8920 for tickets.  A Community Scholarship Fundraiser.
  • World Polio Day, October 24, 2019
  • Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College on October 26th.  Please see Cory or Bill MacKay to sign up.
  • OKTOBERFEST Rotary Style -- on Friday, October 25th from 7 - 9 p.m., Friday evening of the District 7070 Conference.  Come enjoy beer tasting from various craft breweries, German inspired food and dance along with fellows to traditional OOM-PAH-PAH music!
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We have heard today about the important benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Some time ago, as part of our planning for the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Belleville, the committee included the concept of a Rotary Fitness Park as a gift to the people of the City of Bellefille as part of the approved $100,000 for 100 Years of Service commitment.  Following a review of three options, the Committee agreed to recommend the OpenSpace solution for approval to the Rotary Board.  Some of the benefits of a Rotary Fitness Park are it gives communities the opportunity to get healthy and maintain active lifestyle while enjoying the outdoors and provides a full body, outdoor fitness gym to help people meet with physical goals.  The equipment needs to be durable to withstand the harshest environments while being used in an unsupervised park environment.  The OpenSpace concept includes eight stations featuring the walker, pendulum, recumbent bike, step up, flex wheel/twister, leg lift/body lift, double sit up and leg press/balancer.  The equipment is manufactured in Canada.  Each piece could be considered inclusive accessible, dependant on the physical limitations of the individual.  One consideration for those confined to a wheelchair would be the lowering of the Body Lift Bar to chair height.  It could then be used as a pull up station for both able bodied and those physically challenged.  Stations are designed to withstand year round, outdoor weather, are slip resistant and all edges are rounded for safety.
The preferred location would be just east of the existing play park on Keegan Parkway (just south of the hospital).  It is a small, but well used play park that is located in close proximity to the road and the very busy Waterfront Trail.  It should be noted that this area did not flood during last year's spring runoff and the children's area remained open and accessible.  In discussing pricing with OpenSpace, this order could be placed this calendar year and confirmed at $32,950.80 including freight and HST.  This would allow the committee the opportunity to present the plan to the City of Belleville, having a report prepared supporting the project and a presentation to City Council for final approval prior to confirmation of the order.  This cost and that of the Rotary Music Garden with signage are within the $100,000 budget set for the 100th Anniversary Year and community projects.
September 2019
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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

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International Inspiration

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Rotarian Bill MacKay introduced another history lesson to the lunch group meeting and focused on four (4) Rotarians from the late 1800's.  Edward Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., was not only one of Belleville's leading citizens at the turn-of-the-century, but was also one of Canada's foremost criminal lawyers and a well-known federal member of parliament.  He was born in Consecon, Ontario on May 28, 1859 and received his education at Consecon and Upper Canada College in Toronto.  He continued his studies at Albert College in Belleville and was called to the Bar in 1884.  Mr. Porter was an alderman in Belleville for five years and mayor in 1891, but it was in the field of federal politics that he made his mark.  Following the resignation of Harry Corby, Porter stood as a candidate in the by-election against the Liberal nominee John G. Frost and won a sweeping majority.  He was to keep his seat for 23 years.  In his career as a criminal lawyer he rose to prominence when he won his first major case defending William Ponton, a Belleville man accused of robbing the Dominion Bank in Napanee.  Ponton was found innocent.  Of 13 murder cases in which Porter was counsel for the defense, he lost none.  A keen sportsman, he was a member of the Belleville Yacht Club and of the Albany Club, the Belleville Club and the Laurentian Club.  He was also active in the Masonic Order, Oddfellows and Loyal Orange Lodge.  He died in 1929 at age 70.
William B. Deacon was born in Belleville in 1869 and received his education in city schools and at the Ontario Business College and upon graduating, went to work for local drygoods merchant W. Flint Jones.  In 1892 Deacon went to Chicago and spent six years in the employ of Messrs. Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company.  In 1898 he returned to Belleville and five years later entered the textile trade and started Deacon Bros. Limited, a shirt manufacturer.  He was a member of the Board of Albert College and of Bridge Street United Church and during the second World War, was county chairman of the Victory Loan campaigns.  During the years 1908, 1916 and 1917, he served on Belleville city council.  It was said of him that he was "a public spirited citizen" who "enjoyed the respect of his fellow men.  In civic, educational, fraternal and religious affairs he took an active part and he gave freely of his time and ability in furthering the aims of many worthy causes".  He died in 1943 at the age of 74.
William Doyle played a brief, but important role in the development of the Rotary Club of Belleville, for it was he who was given the task of doing most of the organizational work.  In business life he had been in charge of the Belleville branch of the income tax office from its opening in 1919 and previous to that he had held the position of tax collector for the city of Belleville.  He left the City in 1927 with his family and moved to Peterborough where he had "interests" which he said necessitated his full-time attention.
J. Gordon Moffat was one of the primary men involved in getting Belleville Rotary off the ground and a reality.  He was a Belleville resident for only nine years, coming here as a bank manager.  He was a prominent member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, an officer of the Chamber of Commerce and a popular member of the Bay of Quinte Country Club.  He died in 1924 at St. Andrew's Hospital in Midland after a two week illness.  It was said upon his death that "the community at large will mourn the loss of a man whom it knew as a popular, obliging and in many ways unselfish citizen".