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
No meeting today
May 20, 2019
Happy Victoria Day!
Rotary Exchange Student Gaspard Alavione
May 27, 2019
My Year in Canada
VP Tim McKinney
Jun 03, 2019
Budget Presentation
No meeting today
Jun 10, 2019
Come Thursday to Huff Estates for President's night
President Andrew Bandler
Jun 13, 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
Home Page Stories
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.
  • My year in Canada -- Gaspard's presentation at the lunch meeting on May 27th
  • Interclub Spelling Bee on June 8th.
  • President's Night, June 13th at Huff's Estate
  • RLK - July 19th.
  • 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.
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
May 2019
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
Executive Secretary
Home Page News
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, May 9 at Capers. Members and guests were welcomed.  Melanie Cressman led the meeting.
New business...
The Satellite executive positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are needed to be filled.  Anna-Deane Best  indicated  interest in the Chair position, Devon Taylor  for Secretary and Rosi Ouellette for Treasurer. No other nominations. A motion was made and seconded and  a vote took place and all are in favour.  We have our new executive for the Rotary year starting July 1, 2019.
Information and Reminders....
  • The Satellite Club has committed to provide volunteers for bar ticket sales for the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival on July 11-13, 2019 and we will receive 10% percentage of sales. A link to the sign-up sheet on google docs was sent out by email for volunteer commitment.  All volunteers must have a Smart Serve certificate. Please sign-up.
  • Everyone involved enjoyed the fellowship during the work weekend at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood on the weekend of May 4. 
  • The Poker Walk for HIV AIDS event went well and nearly $27,000 was raised on  Saturday, April 27. 
  • There are  just a few of the 2019 Rotary Diners and Duffers books available for members to pick-up from Jenny Woods at her Quinte Business Accounting office. 
  • Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament at Black Bear and Trillium Woods and the Party on the River at Signal is set for July 19.  Corporate sponsorships, silent auction items, golfers and volunteers are needed to support this major fundraising event with 10% of monies designated to The Children’s Foundation.
  • Rotary Spelling Bees  is being held on June 8. Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Karen Baker.
  • Offer of potluck  meeting at Cassandra Bonn's on July 6. All in favour.
New ideas discussed.....
-Possibility of fundraising through Bingos 
-Possibility of support for an event to raise funds for local family with ill child
The next Satellite meeting dates at Capers are May 23 and June 6.
In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.