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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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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
The month of November is Rotary Foundation month.  Rotary Foundation started out as a vision of one man, Paul Percy Harris, a Chicago attorney.  He was best known for founding Rotary International in 1905.  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 1979, Rotary International President James Bomar challenged each Rotary Club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Rotary Club of Belleville has been doing that since 2008 through credits that the Club has built up by giving $100 U.S. for each Rotary Member, every year to the Rotary Foundation.  When $1,000 U.S. is contributed to the Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Over the past 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has contributed three billion dollars on life changing, sustainable projects around the world.  Any member of the Rotary Club in good standing may nominate someone for this deserving award.  Nominees should exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self".  We are here this evening to recognize four members of our community as Paul Harris Fellows, people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community.  A Paul Harris is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a person by a Rotary Club.  The Rotary Club of Belleville has presented 90 Paul Harris Fellows over the years and many of the past recipients are with us this evening.  Welcome to everyone!
(pictured L to R:  President Andrew Bandler, Jack Miller, Karen Baker, Drew Brown, Fran and Ed Lehtinen, Fran Burroughs, Cory MacKay, John Smale and Tracy Bray)  First recipient was Frances (Fran) Burroughs, nominated and introduced by Cory MacKay.  Fran is best remembered by most as a tireless volunteer, having been with Hospice Quinte since April of 2005 as a volunteer with patient visitation.  In addition to this much needed role, Fran has been involved with the fund development and community relations coordinator, raising funds and awareness through the Hospice Gala, Hike for Hospice and Dump the Plump.  Fran is known for going above and beyond the Hospice mandate.  She has also volunteered with Pathways to Independence in their Acquired Brain Injury program, teaching crafts, cooking and gardening.  Eastminster Church is a welcoming environment due to Fran being one of the members of their Hospitality Committee, greeting people at the door, caring for anyone who is ill and working behind the scenes, tirelessly.  There are a number of other causes that Fran has been involved with including the Belmont Long Term Care Facility, Pitter Patter Fun Run, Three Oaks, Red Cedar, Operation Red Nose, Salvation Army, Kids Against Hunger, Quinte Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Committee.  Simply put Fran lives by the Rotary Motto and embodies the spirit of Rotary.  She does everything she can to build goodwill and better friendships and encourages everyone around her to want to do the same.  In her acceptance speech, Fran recognized all the good deeds done by Rotary, locally and internationally and was honoured to be recognized and humbled.  She was raised to do unto others and expect nothing in return.  Her parents' advice was to play it forward and volunteering is a perfect way to do that.  Fran left us with a Helen Keller quote "kindness allows a blind man to see and a deaf man to hear".
The second recipient, Jack Miller, was nominated and introduced by Karen Baker.  Jack was born and raised in Cornwall and moved to Belleville in 1974 as an afternoon announcer for CJBQ-AM (Quinte Broadcasting).  In 1979 he assumed the position of sports director and two years later became the voice of the Belleville Bulls.  Jack provided play-by-play for many national and international games and in 2017 joined the AHL franchise team that is now the Belleville Senators.  In the 45 years Jack has lived here he has placed the city, hockey players and local charities above himself (and his family) on too many occasions.  He has served as a Director of the local United Way and during his tenure on City Council, participated on many, many committees that have moved along professionally and progressively with Jack's contributions.  As a citizen of Belleville and a member of Council and other organizations, he has worked to improve the city by completing "Build Belleville" projects, downtown revitalization, growing the arts, enhancing public transit in terms of equipment, routes and accessibility.  Jack was humbled by his nomination.  His father was involved in service clubs and impressed upon Jack how lucky they were and to give back.  Local projects such as MediGas, Field of Ability mean a lot to Jack and he considers himself very fortunate to live in this community and to be part of what we have here.  The community always comes together and it is a great feeling to be part of that.
Third and fourth recipients are a couple, a formidable team, nominated and introduced by John Smale and Drew Brown, Ed and Fran Lehtinen. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ed and Fran moved to Toronto where Ed worked in the food and drug department as an inspector in the civil service and Fran worked as a nurse at Toronto General Hospital.  In 1985 Ed saw an opportunity and potential in a young Belleville company making safety gloves for industry use.  The company is now known as Impacto Safety Products and employs a global team and produces hundreds of industrial safety articles.  In Belleville alone they are proud to employ 50 people.  Ed and Fran provided entrepreneurial spirit, steadfast belief, hard work and good people around them for the company to succeed.  The Lehtinens have given generously to this community, not just with their donations, but importantly with their time and dedicated efforts.  Some of their causes have been the Belleville General Hospital and Quinte Healthcare, the Children's Foundation where they themselves have been recognized as Angels, Hospice Quinte, Three Oaks, the United Way, Canadian Cancer Society, YMCA Strong Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimers Society and Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament.  The world and this community are better for Ed and Fran's empathy, generosity and care.  They do not seek attention.  To them giving is not just about making a donation, it's about making a difference.  When the Lehtinens were being honoured by Quinte Children's Foundation as that year's Guardian Angels, the newspaper quote said "if everyone in Quinte had the charitable spirit of Ed and Fran Lehtinen there's no telling how strong this community would be".  Ed and Fran always answer the call for support........if they haven't already stepped forward before they could be asked.  Humbly, Ed and Fran accepted their Paul Harris award with a very sincere thank you.  They are very honoured.
  • November 25th -- Special Needs Children's Christmas party
  • December 10th -- Rotary Christmas Dinner in the evening (no lunch meeting that day)
  • December 16th -- Kids Rotary Party at the lunch meeting.  Gifts from Santa, $20 for adults, $10 children ages 3 to 12, children 2 and under are free. 
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, November 15 at  Capers restaurant.  Members and guests were introduced and welcomed.
  • Hockey Night in Quinte – Ryan LaPalm gave a brief update. The date is set for Friday, March 1 at the Armouries and the band is still to be determined. 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.
  • Ryan, Cassandra and Tim meet with City staff and Belleville Senators regarding the outdoor rink project next week. They will have more details for us after that meeting.
  • A deputation on outdoor rink project will be made at City Hall on Dec 10.  Everyone is encouraged to attend that evening to show support.
  • Chris Finkle and Jamie Trudeau are co-chairs of the Rotary location for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign Please sign-up to do a  shift or two - schedule is online - at the LCBO at the Quinte Mall.
  • Upcoming Rotary events: 
            -Rotary Christmas Dinner December 10
-Rotary Kids Christmas Brunch Party December 16 at the Travelodge . Contact Tracy Bray. Please sign up if you will be attending so Santa knows how many presents to bring
$20 per adult, $10 children 3-12, children 2 & under are free
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • Other upcoming dates are November 29 at Focus Coffee Bar for a fixed price per person.  Reservations will be required.
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

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Reef revisited

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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.