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
Feb 18, 2019
Happy Family Day!
Committee Chairs
Feb 25, 2019
Club Update
The Rotary Music Festival Warm-Up
Mar 04, 2019
Music to warm your heart
Tracey Vandervoort
Mar 11, 2019
Classification Talk
Howard Rees
Mar 18, 2019
Jazz-We are one!
Dr. Anne-Marie Vaughn, Pres. of Loyalist College
Mar 25, 2019
Classification Talk
Jennifer May-Anderson, ED of Hospice
Apr 08, 2019
The new Hospice Centre
Chris King, CEO of Quinte Econonic Developement Co
Apr 15, 2019
An Overview of the Industrial Sector in the Quinte Region.
No meeting today
Apr 22, 2019
Happy Easter!
Peter Malone
May 06, 2019
Classification Talk
Samantha Reid
May 13, 2019
Tales from Queen of the Furrow
No meeting today
May 20, 2019
Happy Victoria Day!
Rotary Exchange Student Gaspard Alavione
May 27, 2019
My Year in Canada
No meeting today
Jun 03, 2019
President's Night TBA
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
Home Page Stories
John Cairns introduced today's guest speaker, Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum, (pictured far right, standing next to his daughter Kate with Rotarians Ashley Rushnell, John Cairns and Andrew Bandler) a very good friend, who works towards positive positions versus reactive.  Christian was born in West Berlin in 1960, growing up in Germany, a country divided.  He pursued a career in financial planning and came to Canada in 1999 and provides advice on Safe and Tax Effective Retirement Income.  Christian is the Past President of the Kiwanis Club in Trenton and is very involved.  He is a stand-up paddleboard coach and in May 2015 took part in Dancing with the Stars with Tracy Bray.  He is here today to speak about his daughter's journey to better health after discovering she had Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2007.
Christian was very pleased to be able to speak to the Club about what healthy eating can really do for you.  His daughter is here with him today.  She was 14 when first diagnosed, complaining about a sore shoulder and wrists.  At first, Christian and his wife thought it was growing pains, but the doctor thought it could be something else and referred them to Sick Kid's Hospital in Toronto where she was diagnosed with an auto immune disease, Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis.  Kate needed eight different medications and a needle every Thursday night.  Christian has always been a big fan of household remedies and sought out every practitioner he could think of, even traditional Chinese medicine.  Kate suffered from severe acid reflux and heartburn.  In 2013, Christian met a lady who had changed the way she was eating and had a remarkable recovery from her ailments.  She suggested Christian seek out Dr. Jason Lee, a naturopath, who took Kate and the family down the path of an elimination diet.  Food can be your best friend or your enemy.  Kate is now eating differently, all plant based food.
So what can we learn from this.  Health is your choice.  Based on statistics one quarter of Canadians take drugs, 45% are overweight and every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease.  Most of the food we eat is processed versus plant based food.  People need to focus on improving their blood flow to support their brain, their eyes and their heart.  Processed food is hard to digest and causes hardening of the arteries.  Lose waist........lose waste.  Eat more fiber (fruit and vegetables) to make your food digest easier.  Watch Forks Over Knives on Netflix. Christian was pleased about the recent changes to the Canada Food Guide.  Kate's health has improved and she proved it by doing a little dance number with Dex.  In summary, Christian encouraged everyone to use food as your medicine.
Ashley Rushnell thanked Christian for sharing  his passion about living a healthy lifestyle.  People can benefit from him sharing his personal experience and research.
Chris Doyle is a student at Eastside Secondary School (formerly Moira S.S.) and is a member of the Interact Club there.  Chris has been selling custom t-shirts, sweaters, hats and other apparel at the Belleville Farmer's Market and online at  The designs were created by Chris or other local artists and have been purchased by many generous community members seeking a stylish new look of their own.  Chris donated half the profits in the amount of $350.00 to both Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign and ALS Canada.  He has been inspired by the amazing work Rotary has done to catalyze the decline of polio.  An infectious disease which once rocked every continent with misery and has now been contained in only a few countries.  Chris hopes the proceeds from the sale of his shirts help to make polio one of a handful of diseases to be eliminated.  Great work Chris.  Thank you for your contribution to End Polio Now!
Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, January 31 at Dinkels.
Members and guests were welcomed by Tim McKinney.
  • Mike Henry and Mark Bishop  promoted the upcoming Poker Walk for HIV AIDS event set for April 27 at 9:00 a.m. at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center. Members are encouraged to participate in teams of four with a minimum goal to raise $250 per team member. Each $250 raised earns a participant a ticket for the big prize draw. Rotary Club of Belleville has raised almost $500,000 for the Aids Action Committee over 12 years.  Volunteers are also needed.    
  • Peter Malone provided an update following a committee meeting on January 29 about the upcoming Hockey Night in Quinte event to be held on Friday, March 1 at the Armouries.   
-Sponsorships of $11,250 have been acquired.
-We need to sell tickets! They are available at Remax, the Chamber of Commerce and online at Eventbright. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Volunteers needed to sell on Saturday, February 23 for the City of Belleville Savour the Chill and Stay Awhile event from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
-Silent auction items are needed and should be tracked in our google document.
                          -Members are asked to promote the event.
-Next Hockey Night in Quinte meeting is scheduled for February 12 at noon at the Armouries.
  • Carmela Ruberto is collecting contributions from members for our group silent auction items and is circulating a list for sign up for volunteering to assist with set-up and duties on the evening of the event.
  • Tim McKinney reported that he, Ryan LaPalm and Cassandra Bonn recently met with City staff about the Outdoor Rink and recreation Centre project and that information will be forthcoming at the February 4 presentation.
Upcoming Community event:
--United Way Hastings & Prince Edward is having an Achievement Breakfast to reveal the results of its 60th Anniversary Community Campaign of Local Love.  The breakfast will be held on February 14 at the Fairfield Inn.  Tickets are $10. Contact Melanie Cressman for tickets.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • February 13 instead of the 14, and 28 at Capers
In order to plan appropriately with the host venues 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 at Capers on February 13th at 5:30 p.m.
  • February 23rd is Rotary's 114th birthday and World Understanding and Peace Day
  • Hockey Night in Quinte, Friday, March 1st at the Armouries
  • Rotary AIDS Walk, April 27th.  Save the date!
  • Camp Merrywood, May 3rd and 4th.  Please speak with Shannon Neely to volunteer for this work weekend.......and eat well.
  • District 7070 Conference in the Muskokas October 25th - 27th at the Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Early bird registration by March 15th is $299 for full conference plus your accommodations.
President Andrew called Bill MacKay Jr to the stage to discuss the 100th Anniversary Committee's recommendations for our 100 Rotary year in 2019/2020. Bill thanked the club members for all of their support during the last couple of weeks and said he was very proud of his father's accomplishments as a Rotarian including Past President and Past District Governor. As well Bill expressed his deep appreciation to the Board for bestowing Honourary membership status to his dad when it was obvious he could not attend meetings anymore.
Bill reported that his committee, comprised of Rotarians including a number of past presidents had a number of initiatives being undertaken to celebrate our 100th year as a Club.  Bill advised that the Park Room at the Travelodge has been booked for a 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner on the 1st of April 2020 and the Governor General has been asked to attend as our guests and confirmation pending.  Details around menu, tickets etc forthcoming.  Bill advised that the committee had reached out to the City of Belleville and the 401 Canada Flower Flag will be updated to reflect the Rotary Club of Belleville's 100th anniversary similar to that what was done for the 100th anniversary of Rotary in 2005.  
Bill advised that PPs Karen Baker and Joanne Wheeler are working to update the Rotary of Belleville History Book which was last completed in 1989 and will focus on working through archival items to update the history of the club.
In addition the Rotary statue in downtown Belleville will also be updated and new flowering items placed at the base of the statue.
The main consideration that the Committee is recommending is 100k for 100 years through specific projects to be undertaken.  Bill advised many Rotarians who attended the Toronto RI International Conference had the opportunity to see the park models being proposed which include 2 outdoor parks one themed around music consistent with our 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival and also a fitness park. Containing stainless steel outdoor equipment for both music and fitness these parks would encourage children and their parents to get outside and disconnect from the internet to just play and have fun. The two base projects are to be enhanced with additional add ons recommended by the Committee and will both come in at a cost of less than $100,000. Discussions are ongoing with the City of Belleville for the provision of land to facilitate these endeavours as well as providing ongoing maintenance to the equipment and park areas.  Bill feels confident that the City will support such endeavours and will provide a lasting legacy to enhance outdoor activities in the City of Belleville. Bill fielded a number of questions around where funds were proposed to come from and whether consideration around looking at an indoor approach had been considered and Bill advised that the funds would arise from the longer term assets of the Club and that these endeavours and equipment were specifically developed for outdoor activities.
President Andrew thanked Bill for his presentation and advised to the Club that an email vote would be sent out to all members to allow them to vote and approve or not approve the initiatives.
President Andrew Bandler made a special presentation to Jamie Trudeau and Chris Finkle, who for the past five (5) years have helped the local Salvation Army with their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.  There is a great need in our community for those folks less fortunate and Jamie and Chris were instrumental in committing their time and efforts to this worthy cause and rallying the Club to support this initiative.  Christmas 2018 saw a successful campaign, reaching their overall target of just over $200,000.  President Andrew wanted to publicly recognize Jamie and Chris' efforts and thank them for their determination and commitment and presented them with the first Rotary Warrior pins for 2019.
February 2019
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
Home Page News
President Andrew Bandler called Past President and Rotarian Kristin Crowe to the podium to be recognized as a Paul Harris +3.  A Rotarian who donates $1,000 U.S. to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International receives a Paul Harris recognition and this is Kristin's 3rd Paul Harris.  Congratulations to Kristin and many thanks for her contributions to Rotary past, present and in the future.  She joins a long list of renowned Rotarians as Paul Harris Fellows.
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, it’s not a convenient time of year to think about golf.
But for many local children, their needs have no calendar and that’s where the Rotary Loves Kids annual golf tournament plays such a huge role.
The tournament, which completed its 16th year in 2018, has raised almost $1.5 million over that period with the local Rotary Club of Belleville handing out most of that money to support children’s programs in the community.
Rotarians Randy Coker and Brenda Snider sat down with The Intelligencer Thursday morning and while the pair didn’t commit to a date, did say the tournament will proceed again in 2019 sometime in July.
Snider said people need to understand the value of the tournament and how much it does for local youth. In addition to the annual golf tournament, Rotary Loves Kids also hosts the popular Party in the Square following the golf. This year, because of construction issues in Market Square, the after-party was held at Signal Brewery.
“I don’t think the community really understands where the money goes — they hear golf tournament and think, okay its raising money for the community,” said Snider. “Rotary Loves Kids does so much good for our youth and some other groups as well, but primarily kids, and the good thing is all of the money raised at the golf tournament goes toward these programs and none goes toward operational costs.”
In 2018, for only the fifth time in its 16-year history the tournament surpassed the $100,000 mark, bringing in $110,000.
“We were getting a little worried that the tournament had run its course because there had been a little bit of a dip the last few years,” explained Coker. “But we had a very good year in 2018 and we’re hopeful that we can continue on. We’re always looking for ways to improve the (event) because it is so important for Rotary to continue supporting all these things.”
Over the last year Rotary has shelled out $100,000 to youth programs including:
• $28,000 to more than 20 youth community groups
• $27,000 for wheelchairs and equipment for special needs children’s
• $24,000 for Community And Safety Well-Being
• $10,000 for The Children’s Foundation for education bursaries
• $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity and two builds
• $5,000 to Three Oaks
• $3,000 special needs grant and Christmas party
• $2,000 Food for Learning program
• $1,000 Quinte Ballet School for sewing machine
Coker, who serves with Eric Thompson as the co-chairman for the tournament, said Rotary initiatives also help support programs outside the borders of the Quinte region. The club donated $41,000 to help improve human conditions around the globe, including drinking water projects in Uganda, Yeman, Honduras and Guatemala.
One of the programs Rotary is supporting that might not be widely known about in the community is the PACT Urban Peace program.
“If a kid is charged with a crime before they’re 18 years old, odds are they will continue to be a criminal, so what they’ve done, if they can provide some counselling, provide some coaching, provide some guidance — maybe they’re not even being fed at home or are being beat up — if they can get them going down the right path, then we have a chance of that kid becoming a contributor,” Coker said. “They started this about three years ago here and so far it has a 100 per cent success rate. Of the six kids that have gone through the program, not one has re-offended. This is a very important program for Rotary to support.”
Snider said although some of the programs Rotary supports are adult based, that support trickles down to affected children.
“Three Oaks applied for a grant because they were developing a new program, a peer-to-peer program, working with them in second-stage housing and it’s so important to get these woman back on their feet, out into the community, safe environment, in the job market and their kids are safe,” Snider said. “There are a lot of programs out there that need some support and things like Rotary Loves Kids makes it possible.”
Coker said despite all the work over the years, the satisfaction of helping those in need far outweighs any effort needed.
“We had a lady whose baby was born with a defect and needed a procedure to correct it,” he explained. “It wasn’t a big amount they needed and we were able to help them and her quote after was, ‘We want to thank Rotary for our baby’s first laugh.’
“I still get emotional when I think about that and the difference it made in a child’s life.”
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