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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario! Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are cancelled till the end of April, 2020

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Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings have been cancelled until the end of April, 2020. Please contact us for further details.
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
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Tracy Bray introduced our two speakers, they are part of the Heads Up Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston.  Tammy Zimmerman has been a registered nurse for 25 years.  She has worked with elderly patients with early onset Alzheimer’s.  Sharlene Weitzmann is a social worker who also helps with the program. They appreciated being thought of to come to speak today.  Psychosis can be debilitating.  The goal for their program is reaching people at the very first episode and helping them.  They have a whole team of people on staff from occupational therapists, social workers, and registered nurses.
Psychosis comes in many forms.  Psychosis can lead to changes in mood and thinking and to abnormal ideas.  In order to try and understand the experience of psychosis it is useful to group together some of the more characteristic symptoms.  Confused thinking, false beliefs, hallucinations, changed feelings, changed behavior.  We’ve all had that day or moment where we have felt disorganized, scattered thoughts and speech.  Your mind wondered off and you couldn’t remember what you were doing.  That is what psychosis feels like every day.  It extends to losing general interest in the things they care about. Belleville has been seen as a high area of need due to the increase in the cannabis dispensaries.  Purchases are not monitored nor how it is used.  This all plays a factor in the brain.  The brain has not fully developed until age 25.  Having kids trying cannabis at age 14 and continuously using it will have a different effect on someone who is over 25.  Your brain is still trying to build roadmaps and connections.  Have an unmonitored teenager taking it for recreational use is doing damage to those key roadmaps.  Young brains need to be nurtured and looked after.  Strengths of cannabis is not the same as what was taken 20 – 40 years ago, science has become more involved as well as other dangerous items, one being fentanyl.  Judgement skills are still being developed in the teenage years and are not fully developed until age 25.  Early intervention is key.   
What are some of the types of psychosis?  Drug-induced psychosis.  Use of or withdrawal from alcohol and drugs can be associated with the appearance of psychotic symptoms.  Organic Psychosis.  Sometimes psychotic symptoms may appear as part of a head injury or a physical illness which disrupts brain functioning.  Brief Reactive Psychosis. Psychotic symptoms arise suddenly in response to a major stress in the person's life, such as a death in the family or change of living circumstances.  Delusional Disorder.  In delusional disorder the main symptom is a firmly held belief in things that are not true.  Schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia refers to a psychotic illness in which the changes in behavior or symptoms have been continuing for a period of at least six months.  Schizophreniform disorder.  This is similar to schizophrenia except that the symptoms have lasted for less than six months.  Bipolar Disorder.  In bipolar disorder, psychosis appears as part of a more general disturbance in mood, in which mood is characterized by extreme highs and lows in mood.
Jennifer Savini thanked Tammy and Sharlene for coming to speak to us.  The information provided was very informative, and we learned a lot.
A memorable fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Belleville was the Mighty Moira Rubber Ducky Race, a joint venture for the Club and the Telephone Pioneers. The fundraiser required the purchase of a ticket on a numbered duck who you hoped would win the race floating down the Mighty Moira River. In the first year we had 30,000 tickets to sell at five dollars each and we came close to achieving the target, selling approximately 25,000 tickets. Our obligation was to guarantee 20% of the proceeds of the sale of the 30,000 tickets or $150,000. In other words, the prizes had to be equal to 20% of $150,000 or $30,000.
Rotarian Bernie Ouellet reported that “We had to tag every damn duck with a number that corresponded to the ticket number and then after the race we had to retrieve, clean and send them off to the next race.” The rental of the ducks was a fundraiser for the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, so in the end everyone benefitted.
In the first year of the event, for prizes, the Club obtained from Rotarian Jamie Trudeau and Trudeau Motors a Suzuki Tracker. Other prizes included a boat, motor and trailer as well as a fur coat from Rotarian John Ashley and Ashley Furs.
When it came time for launch day all of the rubber ducks were put into a dump truck. A plywood slide on the side of the river was built allowing us to dump the ducks into the water. The problem was that there was not enough water for the ducks to float in, so we spoke to the people in charge of the dam on the river. I can remember saying “leave the dam open a little bit longer and I will promise you another case of beer!” I don’t remember paying that debt, but can remember the controller on the river saying, “if I leave the dam open much longer the fish will be flopping in the Moira river!”
The Elliott Foundation had supported us with a grant for the event and Mrs. Edith Elliott was on hand for the launch day. As we prepared for the launch, one of the hydraulic hoses wrapped around her foot but luckily we were able to catch her before she was knocked to the ground. Rotarian Bob Michaud Jr. and City Councillor Jack Miller provided announcements from a boat in the middle of the river. Wouldn’t you know that on the day of the race we had a south to north wind and actually the rubber ducks were floating upstream. To the rescue came the Belleville Fire Department who arrived with their hoses, attempting to flush the rubber ducks down river.
There was a lot of work performed by both Rotarians and the Telephone Pioneers. One such person was Margo Holoway whose home became ticket central. We sold tickets right up until midnight at the Belleville Waterfront Festival with the launch the very next day. In total, we raised $212,000 for the hospital during those first three years.
The 1st prize was the Suzuki Tracker, won by Rotarian Jim Pine’s son Curtis who was about six years old at the time! Jim was on his way to visit his Mom in Northern Ontario when we called to tell him he had won he was convinced that Jim’s friends were playing a trick on him.
Chairs and co-Chairs for the event over the years it ran included Bernie Ouellet, Bob Michaud Jr., Ian Brady, Samantha Kane-MacKay and John Lanning.
The Satellite meeting was held at Capers on Thursday, February 27, 2020 and chaired by Collin Myers. 
  • Savour the Chill
    • Seven volunteers served hot chocolate during the Savour the Chill event 
    • The number of volunteers allowed two shifts which worked very well
  • Hockey Night in Quinte
    • Date set for Saturday, March 28 at the Red Lion Pub featuring the band, Bad Tractor; The Red Lion will donated 10% of food sales from the event to HNIQ plus they are donating the use of the venue and the band at no cost to Rotary
    • Tickets will be $25
    • There will hockey-inspired games, 50/50 raffle, + silent and live auction as fundraisers
    • Sponsorship dollars sit at $7,500 with more to come
    • Ryan and Cassandra met with the City and the Sens Foundation - next steps include choosing the site
    • There will be a deputation to City Council on April 20
    • Hoping to have 50-60 silent auction items - would be great if Satellite members would work to procure at least two items each
    • Facebook event is now live! Please share far and wide and invite your friends.
    • Tickets can be purchased at The Brake Room, or you can message a Satellite member and arrange for purchase/pick up. More details on this come.
  • Belleville Senators 50/50 Fundraiser
    • March 20 will be the next game where we will run the 50/50. If interested in volunteering, email Melanie Cressman
  • Tree Planting Project: "Rotary Loves Trees"
    • Date is set for Saturday, April 25; Following the plant, there will be live music by Victor Cooper held at The Loft
    • There will be a deputation to the City on March 9
    • Working on getting the website live; Devon and Melanie working on the content
    • T-shirts to be made
    • Next meeting is March 2 - more details to follow this meeting
  • 100th Anniversary
    • April 1, 2020
    • RSVP through ClubRunner by February 28
    • Tickets going quickly
  • Reminder that membership fees are due
  • Rotary Loves Kids
    • Date set for July 24, 2020
    • After party to be held at Empire Square downtown - bringing the event back to its roots
  • Great Happy Bucks turn out!
Next Meeting: Capers, Belleville on March 12 at 5:30 p.m. and John Baltutis will chair.
In order to plan appropriately all members are reminded to please respond to the event invitation and register your participation in advance. Thank you.
  • Next Satellite meeting will be held on March 12th at Capers at 5:30 p.m.  See Satellite news and updates.
  • Satellite club event at the Red Lion on Coleman Street, Sat., March 28 Live Band, silent auctions and live auctions, $25. Fund raiser for Hockey Night in Quinte (outdoor rink)
  • April 19 - Club Meeting - Musical Gifts Concert at Bridge Street United Church - a joint fund raiser for QRMF and Bridge Street Musical Arts (free will offering); any sponsorship donations for this concert  are still welcome. 
  • 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 .
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • District 7070 Curling Bonspiel, Sunday, March 22nd.  Play for fun or competitively.  $50 per person, lunch included.  Go to District website for more information or contact Neil Phillips or Doug Byers.  Enter as an individual or put in a team.
  • RLK - July 24th.  Mark this date in your calendars now.  Party in the Square to follow.  One of the Club's major fundraisers.  Come out and support this great historical initiative and have some fun while you are at it.
  • PorchFest September 26, 2020 from 1 - 4 p.m.  More details to follow.
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Dr. Ruth Mathieson was pleased to share the news that the Rotary Club of Belleville helped fund an ultrasound machine for the Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.  Mr. Ray Richardson from the Rotary Club of Whitby led the project and his letter to Karanda supporters is included here along with a photo of the machine and a smiling Dr. Paul Thistle with a soon to be mom.
Dear Karanda supporters,
Just a short note to let you see Pic’s of the New Sonosite Ultrasound machine in action at the Karanda Mission hospital in the very capable hands of Dr Thistle.
Thank you for everyone’s support including the team at Fuji Film who provided the special pricing, product advice and follow up  to assist with purchases of equipment like this  for sites in the developing world where there is a shortage of quality equipment. The Rotary Clubs who helped with funding  – RC of Belleville,  RC Eglinton, RC Peterborough-Kawartha in conjunction with our own  RC of Whitby. Please pass on out thanks to your club members. As well our own Whitby Rotary Team members were able to test the machine prior to shipping – Thank you Simon and Christine Kariuki. Finally thank you to the “Canadian volunteer/resident” who hand delivered the machine, coordinated by James Thistle here in Toronto.  As there are many challenges with shipping to Zimbabwe, the Team effort made it all happen successfully.
Again Thank You to all involved and know you will be making a difference to the patients in Zimbabwe.
Ray Richardson
Dir International
Rotary Club of Whitby