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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario!

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Ramada by Wyndham Belleville Harbourview Conference Centre
11 Bay Bridge Road
Belleville, ON  K8P 3P6
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Dec 09, 2019
Club Business and Auditor Presentation
Hastings Prince Edward Children's Choir
Dec 16, 2019
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2019
Rotary Children's Christmas Party
Maya Navrot
Jan 13, 2020
The Tree Planting Project
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President Doug was very pleased to present Karen Baker with a Paul Harris + 6 pin, a ruby, recognizing Karen as a Paul Harris Fellow for the 7th time for her contributions of over $7,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Karen joined Rotary in 1995, a year after the first women were welcomed into the Club.  She is Past President from 2003-2004 and is currently on the Rotary Board of Directors, a very active member on the Board and in the Club.  Karen participated as a member of the Polio Vaccination Team and travelled to India in 2012, a first for a member of our Club.  Congratulations are in order to Karen for this very special recognition and commitment to Rotary.
A little history about Paul Harris.  He was born 1868 in Wisconsin, but when his parents fell on hard times, he was shipped off to Vermont, where his grandparents, Howard and Pamela Harris, raised him.   Paul was not a model child, in fact he was classified as a “Prankster” at his secondary school, so much so that his behaviour got him expelled from the University of Vermont in 1886. He then attended Princeton University for one year, but dropped out on the death of his grandfather in 1888.  He worked in a law firm in Des Moines, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1891 and 5 years later he moved to Chicago where he set up his own law firm.  In 1905, he along with business associates Silvester Schiele, Gustavis Loehr and Hiram Shorey established what is known as the first Rotary Club, formed on the basis of fellowship and friendship. The membership grew and in 1907 they initiated their first public service project which was the installation of public toilets in the City of Chicago. By 1910, there were 15 Rotary Clubs across the U.S. and they were engaged in many public service projects.  That same year of 1910 Paul Harris married Jean Thompson who supported him in his business and especially in his Rotary activities. They did not have any children.
The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition acknowledges individuals who have contributed, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 U.S. to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary established the PHF recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share Rotary’s vision of a better world.
Recognition levels are given for each $1,000 U.S. given to the Rotary Foundation, on behalf of an individual. Credits to an individual can be achieved through a personal contribution to the foundation or through a contribution to the Foundation, on behalf of the individual, from a Rotary Club, District or another individual. There are ten levels of recognition as follows:
  • $1k             PHF              Original PH pin
  • $2K             PHF+1          One sapphire
  • $3K             PHF+2          Two Sapphires
  • $4K             PHF+3          Three Sapphires
  • $5K             PHF+4          Four Sapphires
  • $6K             PHF+5          Five Sapphires
  • $7K             PHF+6          One Ruby
  • $8K             PHF+7          Two Rubies
  • $9K             PHF+8          Three Rubies
  • $10K          Major Donor Pin     
The Rotary Club of Belleville has 58 active members with Paul Harris Fellow pins - 18 PHF, 19 PHF+1, 12 PHF+2, 5 PHF+3, 1 PHF+4, 2 PHF+6 and 1 Major Donor.
Rosters for our club were first published in the 1960’s.  Along with pictures and personal information, those members having a Paul Harris Pin were recognized.The Roster format shows the total number of pins awarded as it seemed to more clearly identify things:
  • Rotary International data base “PHF+2”
  • Roster format “Paul Harris -3”
Over the years discrepancies in numbers have crept in. In September, we identified over 40 discrepancies in the Rotary International, Club Runner and Roster Paul Harris numbers. We are currently in the process of reconciling the data bases with the expectation that the 2020 Roster will be in synch with the RI data base, and presented in the same format. Members with discrepancies will be contacted and corrections made to the data bases. When Paul Harris numbers are reconciled, pins will be presented to members as required. Our club will continue to provide Paul Harris recognition to members who have completed 10 years of active service in our club.
Club members are encouraged to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary International encourages participation with “Every Rotarian, Every Year”. This program promotes members to contribute $100 to Rotary Foundation every year. An easy way to do this, is through your membership fees. Your contribution will receive a tax receipt from Rotary International and your contribution will accumulate toward a Paul Harris recognition when you have reached $1,000 US.
  • December 16th at the Ramada, an evening Christmas Dinner for Rotarians.
  • December 23rd -- kids Christmas luncheon.  Please give names to Tracy so every child receives a gift from Santa.
  • 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 will be available on Clubrunner soon.
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rotarian Mike Stiff introduced today's guest speakers, Miriam Uhrstrom, wife or our own Late Karl Uhrstrom and Warren McFaul, good friends who have been working on a water project that Karl was involved with and that the Rotary Club of Belleville sponsored.
How important is a glass of clean water?  The biggest health determinant in the third world is clean water.  Karl had made connections with people in Bolivia through his travels to a number of countries and when it became evident that children were dying before the age of 5 years old because they had no access to clean water, Karl started to work on the Bolivian Water Project.  His vision through his faith was one well at a time, one village at a time.  A gentleman by the name of Gonzalo became the face of this project in his village in the Andes Mountains called Vacas Valley.  People relied on farming and grew potatoes as a cash crop.  They lived very simple lives.  Once Karl and Gonzalo started to plan the project in 2009 to build wells in the villages the end result was a success story as 15 villages with 273 families now have their own source of clean water.  They are well.  They are healthy and have HOPE. (here is a photo of Karl in one of the villages)
Miriam and Karl were associated with Victoria Avenue Baptist Church and they sent the money to Bolivia for the project.  After Karl became increasingly unable to get around, Warren McFaul started to visit him more and more and of course, the conversation inevitably turned to Karl's work in Bolivia and the ongoing water project there.  Following Karl's death, Warren made plans for a visit to the center of South America where Bolivia is located.  Met at the airport in Santa Cruz by Gonzalo, the chief volunteer and administrator of the project in Bolivia.  There is no staff and no office.  The money donated goes directly to building the wells.  Warren and Gonzalo travelled up into the Vacas valley, an elevation of 11,000 feet, a barren landscape and cold.  The inhabitants are Quechua, indigenous people who inhabited South America prior to colonization.  They are the decendants of who we call the Incas.  They are a tiny folk with broad smiles.  They practise a mixed agriculture, raising cows, donkeys, pigs, sheep and goats.  They are able to grow alfalfa, barley, oats and broad beans, but their primary cash crop is potatoes.  The people are very poor by Canadian standards.  Warren wanted to tell the Club about how the money that we donated is being put to work.
There is no problem finding water as the water table there is high.  The farms are close to a lake.  If you dig, you get water.  The success of the Bolivian Water Project is due to the fact that it uses local materials and local labour.  The Quechua understand cement.  The monies donated provide steel rings which are a cement mould.  The family also receives a little bit of cement and rebar to get started.  They have to provide all the sand or gravel and all the labour and the rest of the cement that is required.  Once the well is dug and the cement rings lowered into place, the cap is installed and a manual pump made with parts readily available in town is built.  Warren pointed out there are some important take home lessons about this project.Gonzalo understands how important it is to keep administration costs low.  It is a labour of love to him.  Every dollar contributed is spent on the wells.  The Quechua have a huge vested personal interest in the solution that the wells provide.  A Canadian dollar has 10 times the purchasing power it has in Canada.  The continued support of this project is a great investment that saves and improves lives. 
This incredibly successful foreign aid project is run out of a tiny downtown church here in Belleville, funded by Rotarians and other concerned community members.  This project is a wow moment.  On behalf of the Quechus folks that Warren met last winter, "gracias grandes amigos".  Thank you dear friends.  Your generous contributions have enhanced their lives immeasurably.  For more information visit
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Our weekly review of our Club History as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

Hubbard Tank/Hat Project  -

In the 1960s a popular fundraising activity was the sale of hats.  Manufactured by Rotarian Bob Lanning the hats were sold at the International Plowing Match and at the Belleville Fair. Besides funding services exclusively for crippled children, proceeds from hat projects provided in September, 1969, for the physiotherapy department of Belleville General Hospital a Hubbard Tank at a cost of $6,414.60 to be used in the treatment of both children and adults following orthopaedic surgery and for various physically disabling conditions.

Officer Orion

It could be termed a joint effort between a Belleville enforcer and a force in Belleville: City Police Services and the Rotary Club of Belleville.  The Club had decided to assist the local Police - community services branch - in the “hiring” of a new “officer” to help promote safety education for elementary school children.  The officer selected was part of that new breed of police - 5’4”, 180 lbs. - who came with his own trailer. To make the new officer welcome, and not just be a faceless automaton, the Club ran a contest to name the new recruit, open to children in Kindergarten through grade eight, in the Quinte area.  The name selected was ORION [which is defined in the dictionary as a constellation named The Great Hunter, and was seen by ancients as carrying a shield, club and sword.]  The winning name was submitted by Melody Storey of Sir Winston Churchill Public School.  In June of 1986 a cheque for $14,714 was presented by Past-President Bob McKnight to Chief of Police [and Rotarian] Bob Begbie, toward the cost of Officer Orion.

Quinte Exhibition

Beginning in 1984, the Club actively participated in the annual Quinte Exhibition performing varied duties - refreshment stands, ticket sales and security, banking and bookkeeping.  The Clubs participation in the 1984 Quinte Exhibition ticket sales netted the club over $3,500 as well as further adding to our reputation in the community through our visibility in a service role.  By 1987, this project had become limited to manning the ticket booths at all entrances to the Fair.  Proceeds to the club were $4,000.