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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario!

Service Above Self

Every other Thursday at 12:00 PM Jan 9, 23, 2020
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
Canada
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Speakers
Carol-Lynn Burnett
Feb 06, 2020
Classification Talk
Sharon Hogan
Feb 12, 2020
An author who worked for Corrections Canada will reveal some of the most unreported crimes in Canada
Sharlene Weitzman and Tammy Zimmerman
Feb 20, 2020
Education about early psychosis intervention and the Head's up program
Home Page Stories
President Doug Peterson was pleased to present Paul Harris Pins to three (3) Rotarians for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation in the amount of $1,000 through their Rotary membership dues.  The invoices include an amount for membership dues and also provides an option for a Rotarian to donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation, a program that has been encouraged called Every Rotarian Every Year.  Rotarians can also donate directly to the Rotary Foundation and for every $1,000 donated, a Paul Harris is awarded.  Pictured here is Rotarian and Past President Robert Ord receiving his Paul Harris plus 4 pin, Rotarian and Program Chair Tracy Bray receiving her Paul Harris plus 2 pin and Rotarian and Bulletin and Roster Chair Nadine Langlois receiving her Paul Harris plus 1 pin.
Tim McKinney introduced Maya Navrot, Education and Stewardship Co-Ordinator with Quinte Conservation as today's guest speaker.  Tim has formed a Rotary Loves Trees Committee with a tree planting project planned for April 25th and Maya jumped on board and spoke to the Satellite Club and is here today to provide more information.  Maya, if you haven't already guessed is passionate about trees.  Quinte Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.  They are a community based environmental protection agency, their main goal is to ensure the healthy co-existence between the community, its environment and its economy.  Our area of jurisdiction includes the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and all of Prince Edward County.  In the area of water management, Quinte Conservation endeavours to reduce the threat of loss of life and property damage through flood warnings, flood forecasting and the operation and maintenance of flood control structures. Quinte Conservation owns, operates and maintains 39 water control structures.  
 
Two hundred years ago, the landscape you see today in this area would be very different with 85% being dense mature forests.  When the settlers arrived in the 1800's, there was mass clearing of the land and much of the forest was removed.  About 20% to 30% remains.  This mass clearing resulted in soil erosion, flooding and loss of habitat and early in 1900, the provincial government established four grow areas with the goal that tens of millions of trees would be re-planted, the majority of which were conifer plantations in the 1950's.  Today, the tree planting push continues under the 50 million tree program.  Quinte Conservation is working with partners to plant over 15,000 trees.
 
Why more trees?  To provide oxygen, one tree provides oxygen for four people everyday.  Trees filter the air and remove and trap dust, pollen.  Trees slow run-off and reduce the severity of floods.  Rain can be absorbed.  Trees also provide a cooling effect and cast shade on sidewalks and driveways, reducing temperatures by up to 9 degrees.  Trees provide wind protection on fields to protect crops.  Trees shade your home and provide privacy and lower cooling/heating costs in your home.  We are getting extreme weather with droughts, flooding, high water levels, ice storms.  We need to decrease emissions and sequester excess carbons.  Trees are the best way to do this by taking in carbon and storing it.  Anyone can plant a diversity of trees, just about anywhere.  In your yard, at your business, school yards, retired farm field.  Choose Ontario native trees such as red oak, white spruce, black cherry, tulip tree.  Know the soil composition of your site, moisture, light or shade. 
 
The Community Tree Program provides trees at wholesale price and sells them to organizations and this is a project that Tim is spearheading through Rotary.  To get more trees planted.  April 25th is the tree planting day with more details to follow.
 
Maya was thanked by Ken Dickson and appreciated the lesson on why trees are important and why they shouldn't be taken for granted.

 
Bill MacKay provided some interesting facts about the Rotary Club of Belleville and its Monday meeting locations.  In 1920 the Club met at the Quinte Hotel at 12:15 p.m. and remained at that location until 1972 when the Club moved to the Sun Valley Motor Inn, same time.  Four years later in 1976 the Club met at the Four Seasons Hotel, still at the same time.  In 1984 they moved to the Ramada Inn and started the meeting 5 minutes earlier at 12:10 p.m. and in 2004, still at the Ramada with a start time of 12 'noon.  In 2012 the Ramada became the Travelodge and the meetings were held there until 2016 when the Club moved to the Banquet Centre, mainly to avoid the construction on Dundas Street at the Bay Bridge.  After one year, the Club returned to the Travelodge/Ramada and now in 2020, the Club is meeting at Capers Restaurant every second Thursday, starting on January 9, 2020, at noon.
 
Upon inception of the Satellite Club in 2016, much like how Paul Harris initially intended, its members rotated to various locations for its meetings.  Subsequently, it now meets alternate weeks at Capers Restaurant at 5:30 on Thursday.
 
After many years of use, the Podium used at the head table needed replacement.  Rotary member Joe Rosenkrantz took it upon himself to arrange for a suitable replacement.  Joe had joined the Rotary Club of Belleville in 1981 with the classification of Drug Retailing.  Joe had moved to Belleville to operate the Shopper's Drug Mart at the Quinte Mall and was active with the Environment Committee.
 
Each week, hanging behind the head table is  a hand hooked rug, that features the Rotary International Rotary Wheel.  This was the creation of George "Smitty" Smith.  George had joined the Club in 1971 with the classification of Ministry of Corrections - Probation.  George served our Club for many years as Chair of Easter Seals.  George created two rugs for our Club using yarns of different colours for each of the creations.  His impact on our Club is still recognized through the efforts of his son-in-law, Steve Vasco, who continues to volunteer at the Camp Merrywood work weekend.
The Satellite meeting was held at Capers on Thursday, January 16, 2020. 
 
A great meeting with visitors from the District.  Many commented on how vibrant the Satellite Club appeared to be. 
 
  • 100th Anniversary Gala
    • If you're interested in purchasing tickets, they are available on ClubRunner now or you can speak to Tracy Bray
    • April 1 at the Ramada
  • Belleville Senators 50/50 Fundraiser
    • The next game for 50/50 tickets sales will be February 8 and March 20. Email Melanie Cressman to volunteer. It was suggested to develop an on-call list if there are not enough volunteers for those nights.
  • Name tag
    • A committee will be developed to investigate options for name tags. Coreen and John will bring back options.
  • Pins: Collin has pins available.
  • Tree Planting Project: "Rotary Loves Trees"
    • The goal is to plant 50,000 trees in the next few years; one tree per Belleville resident. The date for this event will be Saturday, April 25. Tim is leading up the tree planting committee. Interested members for this committee are: Carmela Ruberto, Mary-Anne Davies, John Baltutis, Sam Reid, Rosie Ouellette, Collin Myers, Coreen Reynolds, Melanie Cressman, and Devon Taylor. Tim will organize a meeting soon.
  • Hockey Night in Quinte
    • New date set for Saturday, March 28 at the Red Lion Pub featuring the band, Bad Tractor
    • There will be a live and silent auction, with fundraising games, and camaraderie
    • Looking for interested individuals to help with securing sponsorship and auction item procurement. If interested, please email Cassandra Bonn.
  • Peter provided an update on the new lunch meeting format and an overview on the Belleville Santa Claus Parade and Rotary's Reindeer Park initiative
  • Tracy updated the group on 2020 dates
    • Camp Merrywood, April 30 - May 2, 2020
    • PorchFest, September 26, 2020
  • Great turnout for Happy Bucks!
 
Next Meeting: Capers, Belleville on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda will include an update on Hockey Night in Quinte.
 
Future agenda items: Timing of meetings, name tag updates
  • In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
While many of the Club's activities are undertaken for fundraising reasons, the members of the Club have often pursued a few competitive games purely for fun and fellowship.  While there has never been a consistent sporting activity to which members have subscribed, over the years there have been attempts at creating teams to participate in local leagues and tournaments.
 
For many years a regular  feature on the golf courses of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was a group of up to sixteen Rotarian golfers who travelled south to play for five days on five different courses, later extending to eight days and eight courses.  The concept was originally introduced by Past President Glynn Reynolds.  The group would drive to Myrtle Beach in motor homes with specific assigned roles:  1 hour driving, 1 hour navigating and 6 hours of sleeping/card playing.  The motor home occupants used the latest technology to stay in touch "walkie-talkies".  As time has passed the golfing excursion has continued for those who find the long dark days of winter hard to endure, however, the location has moved to Florida and the motor homes have changed to air travel.
 
Prior to the development of golf courses such as Trillium Wood Golf Club and Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, the diehard golfers of the Rotary Club of Belleville met on Thursday afternoons at Oak Hills for a round of golf and fellowship.  This was originally organized by Past President Glynn Reynolds.  Today, those in the Club who continue to be diehards, often play at any of the local courses in groups of Rotarians and non-Rotarians.  Regardless of the membership, the desire for fun and fellowship still lives on.
 
One of the standing traditions of District 7070 Conferences has been the Friday afternoon golf game.  Again, these games are designed for fun and fellowship, this time among Rotarians from across the District and Belleville continues to be at the tee.
 
As the work weekend at Camp Merrywood has evolved over the years, the addition of a Thursday afternoon golf game became an added enticement for those who showed up at the Camp early to set up for the weekend and get in an early spring game of golf -- if the course was free of snow, water and ice!
 
Rotarians are not just golfers.  Beginning in the 1970's members formed a slo-pitch team that competed in a local league, playing two games per week and in many instances,, taking home the win.  At one time, there was a District competitive slo-pitch tournament for Rotary Clubs.  In 1984, the Rotary Club of Belleville earned the title of District Champs!  Today, these leagues no longer exist locally and so Rotarians are no longer competing.
 
For a few years, with a desire to remain active, about 16 Rotarians took up a Sunday tennis game meting at Ben Bleecker Auditorium and then at covered court at a local fitness centre.  Alas, tennis as a sporting activity ran its course and the weekly matches ended in the 1980's.
 
Curling is a sport near and dear to the residents of Belleville and has in fact been an organized activity of the Rotary Club of Belleville since its early years.  Members have formed squads to compete in local tournaments as well as curling leagues and bonspiels in Belleville.  The Belleville Club has occasionally registered a squad in the Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise bonspiel for Camp Trillium as respite camp for children with cancer.
 
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Announcements:
  • Rotary Club of Cobourg presents Sportsman's Night on Saturday, February 1st.  For more information go to www.cobourgrotary.ca
  • Adult Fellowship Spelling Bee, February 3rd at 5:45 p.m. at Trent Marina.  Come as a team, sign up your friends and prospective Rotarians.  There will be prizes for best team attire or the most difficult word spelled, or best attitude, quirkiest team name.  Please let Karen Baker know if you plan on attending.
  • Annual Service Club Lunch Meeting, February 12th at noon at the Banquet Centre.  Cost is $20.  Speaker and author  is Sharon Hogan from Corrections Canada
  • February 29, 2020 -- District 7070 is holding a Foundation Grant Writing Workshop at the Whitby Public Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunch will be served.
  • SAVE THE DATE - April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Celebration @ Ramada by Wyndham, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 dinner.  Guest Speaker Jeffry Cardorette-Rotary International Director.  Business attire or black tie optional.  Tickets are $100 each and are now available on Clubrunner.  Here is the link to the 100th Anniversary website .https://rotary-belleville.org/event/100th-anniversary-celebration/
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
President Doug Peterson was pleased to present Paul Harris Pins to three (3) Rotarians for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation in the amount of $1,000 through their Rotary membership dues.  The invoices include an amount for membership dues and also provides an option for a Rotarian to donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation, a program that has been encouraged called Every Rotarian Every Year.  Rotarians can also donate directly to the Rotary Foundation and for every $1,000 donated, a Paul Harris is awarded.  Pictured here is Rotarian and Past President Robert Ord receiving his Paul Harris plus 4 pin, Rotarian and Program Chair Tracy Bray receiving her Paul Harris plus 2 pin and Rotarian and Bulletin and Roster Chair Nadine Langlois receiving her Paul Harris plus 1 pin.