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
President Andrew Bandler
Jun 17, 2019
President's Night At Huff Estates-more details will follow
President Andrew Bandler
Jun 24, 2019
Final Farewell
No meeting today
Jul 01, 2019
Happy Canada Day!
President Doug Peterson
Jul 08, 2019
Welcome to Belleville Rotary's Centennial Year
District Governor Beth Selby
Jul 15, 2019
News from the District 7070
David Frum
Jul 22, 2019
Jul 29, 2019
Classification Talk
No meeting today
Aug 05, 2019
Happy Civic Holiday!
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Bob Michaud Fun Memorial Golf Tournament
Sep 12, 2019
Golf, Dinner and Fun!
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
Home Page Stories
  • President's Night, June 17th at Huff's Estates Winery starting at 6 p.m. To acknowledge Andrew Bandler's contributions as President of our Club this past year.  Please let Tracy Bray know you will be attending.  Cost is $30 per person.
  • RLK - July 19th.
  • District 7070 Foundation Walk, September 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humber College South, Toronto
  • September 12th the Bob Michaud Fun Memorial Golf Tournament
  • PorchFest, September 28th
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Reconnect, reflect, relax.  Registration $349.00.
Gaspard, our Rotary Youth Exchange student for 2018-19, was introduced by Past President and exchange host father, Sam Brady. Gaspard is the 6th exchange student who has been hosted by the Brady family (Panu, Mayu, Jacob, Selina. Juan Paublo).  Pictured here from L to R:  Randy Coker, Joanne Coker, Gaspard, Sam Brady and Andrew Bandler.
Gaspard has been a very special kid for the Brady family. Sam’s son Padraigh and Gaspard are almost the exact same age, share the same grade, academic classes, and athletic interests (rugby, rugby, rugby and Raptors basketball). Gaspard has helped Sam’s son with study habits and homework and all family members have grown very close to Gaspard viewing him as a family member. Sam’s proudest moments as a Canadian father include:
  1. Resisting the urge for hurt Sam for the teasing about a French surrender.
  2. Gaspard’s willingness to rip up the hills at Tremblant and Whistler/Blackcomb.
  3. Gaspard’s public speech with Sam in English to a crowd of 350 people during The Children’s Foundation Gala.
  4. Being the Athlete of the Month for a sport Gaspard has never been involved in – wrestling.
  5. After being dropped off by Randy and Joanne Coker, Gaspard said that he had a lot in common with his son Paddy and when asked “Like what?” he responded “Values, treating others with respect”.
Gaspard started his presentation by indicating that Canada was not his first choice, Japan was. However, there were no postings to Japan available and Canada was his second choice. There was a competition between the seven students who had also chosen Canada and each student was asked to write an essay on why they should be chosen to go to Canada. Gaspard has a passion for History, so he spoke of his visit to Vimy as one of the reasons he wanted to come to Canada, because of the sacrifice made by Canadians that to this day keeps France free. He also expressed a desire to experience the multi-cultural aspect of Canada and his desire to meet a cross section of people.
His experience with both the Brady’s and the Cokers has allowed him the opportunity to enjoy some of the best of Canada like lakes, sailing and walking in forests. He has travelled to great cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver and would live in Vancouver in a heartbeat given the opportunity. Schooling at home is much different than at Centennial. There are no team sports for example and Gaspard indicated that he found it easier to learn. He also has an appreciation for what winter really means after experiencing -27C weather when it feels like -33C. Winters in France will now seem more like T-Shirt weather in comparison. During his time here he has learned to really enjoy basketball, baseball, hockey and rugby. He was proud to let us know that the Centennial rugby team are this year’s Bay of Quinte champions. He did admit that skating and learning to play hockey will not be in the cards.
Randy Coker expressed the thanks of the club by suggesting that it’s not about the don’ts but about the do’s… be the first, be curious, be present, be polite and be of service.
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, June 6 at Bourbon & Bean. Members were welcomed.  Incoming chair Anya-Deane Best led the meeting.
  • Anya-Deane Best will speak to the main club about some irregularities in clubrunner for some members.  
  • Anya-Deane Best proposed a 'business' meeting in the new rotary year to review meeting format and Satellite's role and goals. 
  • Tim McKinney advised the group that the budget had not passed and that he would be going back to the drawing board.  An investment committee will be starting in the new rotary year and Melanie Cressman and John Baltitus are interested in being involved in that committee.  
  • Anya-Deane Best handed out a list of upcoming club events and speakers.
  • Collin Meyers and Cassandra Bonn updated the group about corporate sponsorships and silent auction items.   
  • Chairpersons for upcoming meetings:
June 20-Collin Meyers
July 4-Coreen Reynolds at Cassandra Bonn's house
July 18-Melanie Cressman at Capers
In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
Bill MacKay was pleased to have the opportunity of sharing information about one of Rotary's greatest assets -- The Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
The mission of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  What impact can one donation have?  For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.  Fifty dollars can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.  Five Hundred dollars can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.  Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
  • Promoting peace -- Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures.  Rotary trains adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  Rotary supports long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict and supports studies related to peace and conflict resolution.
  • Fighting disease -- Rotary educates and equips communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS and malaria.  Rotary improves and expands access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.  As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philipines in 1979.  Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  So far Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion towards eradicating the disease worldwide.
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene -- Rotary supports local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to more people every day.  Rotary doesn't build wells and walk away.  Rotary shares their expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure projects succeed long-term.  Worldwide, 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities and 884 million do not use improved sources of drinking water.  This year, 2.2 million children will die from diarrhea and related diseases.
  • Saving mothers and children -- nearly six million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation.  Rotary expands access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.  Rotary is determined to save more lives by providing women with better facilities in which to deliver their children, thereby reducing the mortality rate for children.
  • Growing local economies -- Rotary carries out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.  Rotary also strengthens local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.  Worldwide, 1.4 billion people live in poverty, less than $1.25 a day.  Rotary develops opportunities for decent and productive work, particularly for youth.
  • Supporting education -- more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education and increase adult literacy.  Education is one of the basic human rights.  However, access to that right is severely limited for many children and adults by factors that are out of their control.  Factors such as geographical location, gender, ethnicity, societal standing and language all contribute to children's and adults access to education.
The Rotary Foundation address all of the greatest educational and humanitarian needs.  Its world reach is greater than the United Nations.  Rotary can go where politicians and religious groups cannot.  The Annual Fund is the primary source of funding for the programs of The Rotary Foundation.  For Rotary to continue doing so much good in the world, it is necessary for Every Rotarian to participate in the programs and to support the Rotary Foundation Every Year.  If Rotary is to be there to teach children to read, build wells, feed the hungry, care for the sick, shelter the poor, then Every Rotarian is invited to support the Annual Fund with a personal contribution, Every Year.  Fifty percent of all Annual Fund - Share contributions come back to our District through District Designated Funds (DDF) in three years to spend on educational and humanitarian activities chosen by our Rotary Club.  The other 50% goes to the World Fund and is used to fund other Foundation programs in which our club can participate and is the source of matching funds we receive from our Foundation to implement some of our international projects.  There is a Giving Today option through a monthly giving amount or through a memorial or tribute to honour a loved one.  A Rotarian can donate through endowment.  The hope of the Rotary Club of Belleville is to achieve 100% member participation through the donation of $100 U.S. per member per year.
People join Rotary for a number of reasons.  However, a common thread among all Rotarians is the idea and concept of putting the needs of those less fortunate first (service above self).  Rotarians do this through commitment of time, expertise, coordination and financial contributions that result in humanitarian projects, vocational training and educational scholarships.  Rotarians are The Rotary Foundation.  Contributing to the Rotary Foundation each and every year is demonstrating your commitment to "Service Above Self" and a commitment to helping those in need.
June 2019
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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

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Past President
Vice President
Director-Community Service
Director-Vocational Service
Director-Youth Services
Director-Community Service
Director-International Service
Executive Secretary
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John Smale and Ann Marie Vaughan were called to the head table for a special presentation (pictured L to R:  Andrew Bandler President, John Smale, Ashley Cooney, Jane Devries, Carol-Lynn Burnett Michaud).  Each year, our Club asks the Loyalist teaching staff to help identify a person to receive the Bob Michaud annual bursary award, funded by his wife and now fellow Rotarian Carol-Lynn, presented under the banner of the Rotary Club of Belleville to a deserving student at Loyalist College.  As we all know, Bob Michaud was a most remarkable man and Rotarian.  He was larger than life itself and more than generous with his many blessings.  His personality was only part of his being -- it was his character as a family man, a businessman, a sportsman and Rotarian that set him apart.  This year's recipient and chosen student is Ashley Cooney. 
Ashley was nominated by Bob Millard, coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Studies - Business Launch program.  Mr. Millard identified Ashley as a student who is constantly exemplifying sportsmanship, community service and entrepreneurship.  While attending Loyalist College as a 4th semester Business student, Ashley is also working as the sole owner/operator of Tanner Lodge in Stirling.  She also volunteers as the Enactus Loyalist Project Manager for the Tyendinaga Seed Sanctuary Project.  As the project manager, Ashley has developed a business plan for the Tyendinaga Team which was used to obtain grants.  She also prepared a business proposal presentation for the Seed Sanctuary Land Acquisition which was delivered to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Band Council and approved.  These are just a few of the contributions which Ashley puts forth on a daily basis in all aspects of her family, school, volunteer and work life.  She has done all of this while also being a loving mother of two children.  Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan was very pleased to introduce Ashley as this year's recipient, an excellent candidate for the Bob Michaud Bursary.
Ashley thanked everyone for their support and said she was honoured to be chosen as this year's recipient.  Carol-Lynn said her late husband worked so hard to be the best in everything he did.  He wanted to be #1.  He loved golf, loved music, dancing, travelling and did it all with enthusiasm.  He would be smiling today because Ashley was chosen.
Interact members Chris Doyle and Ivan Demine from Eastside Secondary School provided a brief summary of what their Club has been doing in the community.  On Earth Day they announced the Trash Bash event to take place on April 27th, collecting trash and tidying up the community.  They participated in tree planting at Potter's Creek and learned about the eco system and how trees grow.  They have been selling Miss Earle's Chocolate Chip cookies to raise money and have purchased a microwave at the school, sent support to Nepal, participated in the Rotary Aids Walk and donated money to polio.  A very active interact Club!
It is with a very sad heart that I share with you that PDG Bill Patchett died today in hospital at the time when his beloved club, the Rotary Club of Cobourg, was meeting. 
I will let you know as soon as more details are known, but I did not want to delay in sharing this news. We will hold a moment of silence in Bill's honour at tomorrow's District Assembly
Below is the most most recent photo I have of Bill, taken at the 2018 Rotary Foundation Walk. He was determined to be there, and I am so grateful he made it. 
2018/19 District Governor, Rotary International District 7070
Yours in the family of Rotary,
Mary Lou 
2018/19 District Governor, Rotary International District 7070