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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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David Frum
Jul 22, 2019
US politics
Re-Presentation of Budget
Jul 29, 2019
Tim McKinney
No meeting today
Aug 05, 2019
Happy Civic Holiday!
Richard MeWhinney
Aug 19, 2019
Water Collection for Sustainability, From Concept to Reality
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Fun Golf Tournament at Trillium Woods
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
Dec 02, 2019
Hastings Prince Edward Children's Choir
Dec 09, 2019
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2019
Rotary Children's Christmas Party
Home Page Stories

Assistant District Governor Shirley Ross introduced Dr. Elizabeth Anne Selby, District 7070 Governor for 2019-2020.  Beth became a Rotarian in 2004 when she joined the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Upon retirement in July 2008, she transferred to The Rotary Club of Cobourg.  She was President in 2015-2016 and is finishing six consecutive years on the Club’s Board of Directors.  She was the Assistant District Governor supporting the Rotary Clubs of Bowmanville, Oshawa, and Oshawa-Parkwood, before becoming District Governor Elect.  She was the co-recipient of the 2016 Les Faludy Leadership Award.  Although relatively new to Rotary, her involvement began in 1993 when she and her husband were Counselors to an Inbound Youth Exchange student from Mexico.  She refers to this experience as her ’Rotary Moment’......... 

Beth has almost thirty years’ experience in public education.  She was a secondary school teacher, program consultant, secondary school vice-principal and principal, and superintendent of education.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph and completed her three degrees in education at the University of Toronto.  Her Doctor of Education degree was conferred in 2005. She was a Faculty Advisor with Nipissing University supervising Teacher Candidates in both the Concurrent and Consecutive Bachelor of Education programs, and has also been a Supervisor of Teacher Interns with the University of New Brunswick.

Beth is very involved in her community of Cobourg, Ontario.  In addition to being the immediate Past President of The Rotary Club of Cobourg, she is First Vice-Chair of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Board of Directors, and a member of the Northumberland YMCA Board of Directors.

Beth and her husband, Rotarian Barry Vail, live in Baltimore just north of Cobourg with their Miniature French Poodle, Clicquot.  Sons, Jason and his three children live in St. Catharines, and Matthew, his wife and their daughter live in Whitby.

Beth started off by saying it was heartwarming to see familiar faces in the room and thanked Tracy Bray for inviting her here today. Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary year is ‘Rotary Connects The World’ and Beth can’t think of a better program to connect the world than Rotary Youth Exchange.  Her and her husband have been involved, starting in 1993 when they hosted a female student from Mexico, in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Their first student had trouble settling in, but by the time she left, she gave the best farewell speech ever and has returned as a mature student.  Beth and Barry have established a close relationship with her family as well and they continue to be host families to students from all over the world, their most recent being from Denmark.

District 7070’s involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange dates back to the early 1970’s.  Since 2001, the District has exchanged with 21 different countries, and supported approximately 235 Inbound and 235 Outbound Students.  That’s a total of 470 students impacted by this incredible Rotary program.

Rotary Youth Exchange Students experience a new culture, perhaps learn a new language, are hosted by a Rotary Club, guided by a Rotary Club Counselor, live with Host Families, and build lasting friendships with other Youth Exchange Students from around the world.

Students in the program unlock their potential and become global citizens.  They travel, explore, discover, grow, learn, and have fun.  Just ask any one of our students about their experience and the significance of the pins on their jackets!

One of Beth's goals this year as District Governor is to support the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee of District 7070 to realize its goal of 20 in 2020 - 20 Outbound and 20 Inbound Students in the 2020 Rotary year.  Other goals include growing Rotary, involving families, building a viable path to Rotary leadership and heightening Rotary's public image.  DG Beth wants to make Rotary Clubs irresistible, getting members engaged through social activities and service projects.  Every club should examine their membership demographics and reach out to people in the community to see who might be interested in joining Rotary.  Succession planning within the Club is a positive step to ensure future leaders are developed and that the roles are doable.  Every Rotarian has a responsibility to bring in new members, to be engaged in the Club and to take on leadership roles.  The focus should include the broad Rotary family, Earlyact, Interact, Rotaract and Rotary and clubs should participate in the Rotary Leadership Institute and District Assemblies.  Training for District and Global grants is now available on-line.  Rotarians are encouraged to take the course.  Polio and Foundation goals include eradicating polio with an emphasis on clubs being involved in the support of this and other Rotary Foundation initiatives.  Michael Bell will be the District leader for the Rotary Foundation.  Clubs are encouraged to identify a minimum of one relevant, sustainable project each year in their community.  Host a community appreciation event, at no cost, just a thank you for their support.  Publicize the good work of Rotarians at the local level.

And last, but not least Beth mentioned the 2019 District Conference to be held October 25 - 27 at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa, an amazing resort with outstanding speakers.  The room rate is $135!!! Unbeatable.  President Doug thanked Beth for coming today and connecting with our Club.

The Rotary Club of Belleville has hit all the right notes in unveiling a unique musical project to kick off its 100th year of community service. The Rotary Music Garden was unveiled Wednesday morning in West Riverside Park, just north of the Rick Meagher/Medigas Rotary Play Park, providing an assortment of instruments to entertain people of all ages year-round. The fully accessible Music Garden features a unique eight instrument ensemble; a set of seven tubular bells, a Harmony T-Rung outdoor xylophone, a bell lyre, both large and small babel drums, handpipes, Rainbow Sambas Outdoor Drums, a Duo Cupla and Cavatina. The project was completed over the course of a year by the Rotary Club, led by project manager Vince Lynch, in conjunction with city staff.
Rotary President Doug Peterson says it will a big attraction for people of all ages, especially children. “Kids love music. We’re sitting here (Wednesday) and there’s already kids playing. While we were doing our dedication, I heard kids in strollers crying because they couldn’t come over and play (the instruments),” Peterson said.  “I think it’s going to be a big attraction and it could introduce younger kids to music, who maybe wouldn’t get a chance,” he added.  President Doug Peterson acknowledged the support and work done by City staff, including Mark Fluhrer and Joe Reid who was described at the pivotal point of contact and his team were "instrumental" in this production.
Chair of the 100th anniversary committee Bill MacKay says the unique idea was struck when club members went to Toronto for the annual Rotary International Convention last year. “Part of the convention includes an area called ‘House of Friendship.’ In that large exposition area, there were a significant number of vendors. We came across a couple of vendors that had similar types of equipment. We started looking at it and thought that this would be great in Belleville,” he explained. MacKay added the Music Garden continues with Rotary's rich history of musical involvement and assisting those with physical challenges. One of the biggest fundraisers the Rotary Club has put on in its history is the Quinte Rotary Music Festival, which has been a staple of the community for more than 50 years. Inclusivity and accessibility are two important pieces to the garden and MacKay said the heavy-duty, specially designed equipment purchased from the United Kingdom were meant to be enjoyed by everyone, including those with limited range of movement or individuals on the autism spectrum and people who can only process one sensory system at a time.  “The duo cupla and the cavatina in particular were both selected, because they were intended to be outdoors year-round,” he said.
Both Peterson and MacKay say there's a possibility to grow the Music Garden and add more instruments if it ends up being popular enough with visitors. “The big reasons why we chose this area is the close proximity to the Rotary Play Park and it can be expanded if we’re in a position to add more equipment,” MacKay said. There’s no cost to the city for the Music Garden and there’s very little maintenance that will need to be done, according to Peterson, which means many future generations can enjoy it in the years to come.
Donations from the Parrott Foundation and the City of Belleville, along with Rotary Club contributions, helped lead the project to its completion.
Project Foreman Vince Lynch spoke about the actual labour that was put into this beautiful Music Garden, including excavation, installation of eight concrete base pads, base plate, wood chips, 91 anchors and site clean-up as well as coordinating with the supplier to select the items, order and facilitate delivery, unpacking and assembly.  Vince's wingman was Bill Lowther who helped keep things moving forward based on a fairly tight time schedule.  On June 19th an installation bee was organized with the help of Rotarians Bill MacKay, Cory MacKay, Ken Wheeler, Bill Lowther and Ross Wagner.  To make things a little more difficult, one of the instruments was defective and caused a slight delay in waiting for a replacement.  Rotarian John Smale designed the signage for the Music Garden. All in all, a great job by many and as Forrest Gump would say "that's all I have to say about that".  Go play!
What connects people better than music?  Music connects us to our talent and spirit and it connects us to each other at a deep spiritual level.  Rotarians hope the Rotary Music Garden will create these important connections for kids of all ages and abilities for years to come.

July 2019
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President Doug Peterson made a presentation to now Past President Andrew Bandler for his outstanding leadership as President of the Rotary Club of Belleville for 2018-2019.  A gavel and plaque were presented to Andrew for his office, a proud display of his work as a Rotarian and Past President.
Rotarian and Honorary Colonel Bernie Ouellet was called to the podium to make a special presentation.  A Paul Harris was presented to Dave Albert in special recognition of his work as a Rotarian in the Club.  Dave joined Rotary on January 5, 1987 and every year he has been at Camp Merrywood except for one, as short order cook.  He has been on the Diners and Duffers Committee with Hugh Campbell for many years and has sold hole sponsorships for RLK, raising between $10,000 and $14,000 per year as well as helping with the Silent Auction.  He has a smart wit and although short in stature, has a BIG heart.  One of his more important jobs was chauffeuring the poker stars wherever they went.  And he supported the Special Needs Christmas Party as one of the elves.  Please join Bernie in congratulating Dave on this special recognition of a Paul Harris Award, his 5th.
Past DG Bill MacKay kept us on our toes and presented a short quiz on the Rotary Club of Belleville:
  • The Rotary Club of Belleville was officially a club on what date?  April 1, 1920
  • When did the Rotary Club receive the Charter?  April 3, 1920
  • In order to become a club, it must have a sponsoring club.  What club sponsored the Rotary Club of Belleville?  Toronto
  • Who was the Charter President for Belleville?  Gus Porter
  • What two things do our Charter President and President Doug Peterson have in common?  Both will be Club President in a year that ends with 20 (1920 - 2020) and they never met
Study up folks!
  • August 15th visit to Camp Merrywood, leaving Belleville at 1 p.m., seeing the camp, campers and counsellors in action, enjoying dinner, home by 9 p.m.  Please let Tracy Bray know whether you plan on joining this road trip
  • District 7070 Foundation Walk, September 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humber College South, Toronto
  • September 12th Rotary Fun Day of Golf
  • 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.
  • Men Who Cook, Women Who Sizzle event - November 2nd, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!