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
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Rob Clute and Cathy Ireland
Jul 23, 2018
QuinteVation and Rev Up program
Dr. Paul Thistle
Jul 30, 2018
"How to do a lot with less....when alone" The work of Dr. Paul Thistle at Karanda Hospital, Zimbabwe
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Aug 06, 2018
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Aug 13, 2018
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David Lockett
Aug 20, 2018
Update on the PACT program
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Past President Mike Bandler (visibly showing his pride in the photo below) introduced Andrew.  In 2009 he was happy to introduce Andrew to Rotary.  Andrew has been on the Rotary Board of Director for 6 years and that provided a good opportunity to be involved in the club.  Andrew has also served on the Board for the Chamber and Albert College and is a member of Men’s Sales and Ad.   Mike was happy to announce Andrew as the 99th President of the Club and 9th second generation member of the Club.

Andrew showed his enthusiasm by first saying that we are surrounded by a great membership. We have a thriving satellite club, we have a fabulous Board or Directors, we are part of a respected world wide community.  It is a true honour to be selected as the 99th President of this Club.  Our Club is steeped in history, it continues to be deep in talent, and it is rich with success and generosity in giving back to our local and global communities in which we serve.

Andrew is very excited to be embarking on a new Rotary year as our president.  He can say this with confidence because we have a fabulous club, a fabulous satellite club, and both are filled with fantastic people.  He also feels great about the year ahead because of the strength and engagement of our new Board of Directors who he would like to thank and recognize.  New to the Board this year are Rotarians Randy Coker - co-chair of RLK, Karen Baker - chair of the Spelling Bee, Cory MacKay - co-chair of Kids Against Hunger, Jeanette Minaker - Fellowship Chair, and Collin Myers - Satellite Club Liaison.  Returning to the Board are Drew Brown- Chair of Public Relations and Club Communication, and Adam Zegouras - Legal Council.  Our Club Officers for the 99th year are President Elect - Doug Peterson, Vice President Tim McKinney, Past President Tracy Bray, Treasurer Darrell Smith, and last but arguably should have gone first on this list for stepping up is our new Secretary Brenda Snider.

On the topic of new Secretary, Andrew thought we would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity  to recognize newly retired Secretary Doug Peterson for his hard work and dedication as our Secretary for the past two years. Under Doug’s leadership we have made great improvements.  Our board election process is smoother and more effective at identifying interested candidates from the membership which is critical to having an effective board, our member application and vetting process will provide a more seamless transition of new members into our club, and our automated dues invoicing method through Club Runner will reduce work for our bookkeeper and produce readily updated reports on who has and has not paid their dues.  On that note, we are heading into a new Rotary year with almost zero outstanding dues.  Doug has put in countless hours into his role as our secretary, the vast majority of which we didn’t see, and for this Andrew would like to award him with the very deserving Rotary Warrior pin.

Andrew also thanked two people who were instrumental in getting him involved in Rotary.  First, his dad and past President Mike Bandler.  Mike introduced Andrew to Rotary at a young age by bringing him to lunch on PA days and signing him up to participate in the Music Festival at the age of 11. In 2009 when he joined the Club as an adult, his was his sponsor and unofficial Rotary mentor.  To this day they still arrive to and leave from most meetings together.  He would also like to thank his official mentor when he started out in Rotary - Ken Wheeler.  Under the mentorship program, Ken quickly took Andrew under his wing and introduced him to tenured members and committee chairs.  Because of his experience as a young Rotarian, he fully appreciates the benefits of the mentor program.  Today, thanks to Bill MacKay and his team of past Presidents consisting of Karen Baker, Joanne Wheeler, and Ken Wheeler, our mentorship program is back up and running, and in this 99th year, he would like to see it further strengthen.

Our club has a lot of positive momentum.  We have new and tenured members stepping up into leadership roles and taking on additional responsibilities, we continue to attract fantastic new members from our community who are coming with talent, motivation and energy.  We have some exciting new projects and fundraising ideas that are in the early stages but that he thinks have great potential for both satellite club and the main club to work together on.  We are also planning fellowship events that will bring both clubs together so that we can continue to grow and know one another.  For the benefit of those who were not at Tracy’s President night, Andrew announced that we will be bringing back the Rotary Warrior award to recognize members of this club who go beyond the call of duty to serve our club.  He believes recognition for our warriors out there is so important, since their extra hard work sometimes goes unnoticed.  We will also be creating a new award, the New Rotarian award.  The purpose  of this addition is to recognize and thank new members within the past three years who have become active contributors and hopefully encourage all new Rotarians to become engaged and productively involved in our clubs service and fellowship.    Andrew is really excited in what lies ahead for our club and to continue building on the momentum that Tracy created.

As our club continues to evolve, the board will work toward the goal of maintaining  a level of integration between the clubs, so we can take advantage of the synergies that are naturally created by our unique structure.  We are the envy of other clubs, and he knows this first hand from speaking with other President elects across Canada and the U.S. at the International Conference in Toronto.  We have a very bright future and he is extremely honoured to take the torch and guide our club into its 99th years as a Chartered member of the Global community. 

Andrew was thanked by Ken Wheeler who shared the same pride as Mike Bandler in seeing Andrew take on the President leadership role of our Club.  The Club is in good hands!

Our Satellite group got together on Thursday, July 12 in the craft beer area at the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival.
  • 2018-2019 President Andrew Bandler was welcomed. He also reminded everyone that it is time to pay our first semester dues!
  • Collin Myers reminded everyone about the Rotary Loves Kids and Party on the River event NEXT WEEK.  All Satellite members are asked to contribute a gift card from a local business to go toward our group silent auction item.  Please contact Collin to arrange for drop off of the card or arrange an etransfer of funds by Wednesday, July 18.
  • Thanks to all members who volunteered to sell tokens over the weekend at  the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival. We will receive some proceeds for our club for our efforts. 
  • Nicole Haire has the new Club Rosters from Vince Lynch.  Please let her know if you'd like one.
  • We will have the opportunity to participate in a joint project with the main club on a Habitat for Humanity project this autumn.
Upcoming Satellite Meeting Dates:
  • Next meeting is July 26 for a boating excursion to Trenton for dinner.  Please let Nicole Haire know if you are planning on attending. 
  • Other upcoming dates are August 9, location downtown to be determined and participate in the Arts Walk, and August 23 TBD.
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.
July 26th Announcements:
  • Satellite meeting on July 26th, a boating excursion to Trenton, dinner at Tomasso's.  Please RSVP
  • August 9th - Satellite meeting downtown, a walk among the art community.
  • September 29th -- Porchfest in the East Hill
  • September 30th -- Foundation Walk in Kleinberg
  • October 27th -- Rotary District Reunion in Wellington.  A one day Rotary get-together in beautiful Prince Edward County
July 2018
Rotary Stories
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

Laura Bush speaks at rotary convention

Former first lady of the United States, Laura Bush, addresses

Career diplomat exemplifies Rotary values

Former senior U.S. diplomat who worked in Peru, Venezuela, and Cuba receives 2017-18 Rotary Alumni Global Service Award

Toronto convention photo gallery

2018 Rotary International ConventionPhoto

Canada a champion in polio eradication

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts polio eradication award

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
A wonderful success story shared by Dr. Ruth who spearheaded a District Grant to purchase the van ambulance for Matangwe where she has gone to work many times and has an upcoming trip planned for August.  Thank you to Ruth for her hard work and dedication in this area.  Obviously the need is great and results are already in the making.
Our Rotary Indigenous People Partnerships Committee has been hard at work under Chair Birgit Wartenberg and recently were congratulated by District Chair Chris Snyder for some of their projects as noted in the District 7070 June newsletter.  Below is an excerpt.
The Rotary Club of Belleville have for some time been working closely with several Indigenous communities, Fort Albany, Tyendinaga, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora, Wasaya, New Credit and Fort Hope since 2012. In 2017/2018, they provided gift cards for tenants at Kingston's Tipi Moza (Aboriginal housing) and bursaries for Indigenous Peoples in Lakehead and a Kairos Blanket Exercise in support of Red Cedars Shelter. They are now exploring providing playground equipment for Fort Hope. Club member Randy Coker and his wife will be teaching financial literacy and career choices in Thunder Bay. Great work!