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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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Jackie Jarrell
Aug 26, 2019
Fitness benefits for Youth and Adults
No meeting today
Sep 02, 2019
Happy Labour Day!
Tim McKinney
Sep 09, 2019
Special extra meeting for the Budget Re-Presentation
Fun Golf Tournament at Trillium Woods
Sep 12, 2019
Golf, Dinner and Fun!
Brandi Hodge and Melanie Cressman
Sep 16, 2019
The United Way- Helping Kids Be All that they can Be
Kathy Smith, Speech Pathologist
Sep 23, 2019
Making your business aphasia friendly
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
Richard Mewhinney is a member of the Rotary Club of Newmarket and Chair of the Water and Sanitation Action Committee for District 7070. Pictured L to R:  Jeanette Minaker who introduced Richard to the Club, guest speaker Richard Mewhinney and President Doug Peterson.
The Ongutoi Health Centre, located in North Eastern/Central Uganda and the current project "Water Collection for Sustainability" is a project with proven success, sustainability and community engagement.  Since 2009, the Rotary Club of Newmarket along with clubs from District 7070, 9211 and beyond have been implementing different project phases to achieve great results.  The Rotary Club of Belleville has been involved through Chair Ruth Mathieson and her committee.  The project is a comprehensive one, to provide rain water collect and storage for an orange orchard.  Todate, the Health Centre operating expenses are provided through High Adventure Canada and their donor base.  While this has proven to be stable with sustainable revenue ensuring free health care thus far, as with any project, donor support is not a long-term solution.  The gross revenue from the sale of oranges produced will be sufficient to provide long term sustainability for the project and provide the money for free health care long term at the Ongutoi Health Centre.
The land for the orchard is located on the Health Centre site that was donated by the Village leadership.  In addition, many local people are directly involved in the Health Centre and this project in particular.  Phase One of the project saw 388 trees planted in November 2018 and Phase Two, another 404 trees were planted in April of this year.  In April 2019, a fruit processing plant developed by the South Korean and Ugandan Governments was opened with a current demand of 6.5 metric tonnes of fruit every hour.  Based on current pricing levels, the estimated NET revenue from the local acreage is established to be between $60,000 to $75,000 USD.  The impact of the Ongutoi Health Centre can only be measured in the lives that have been helped and the ongoing work that will be done.
  • Since 2007, in excess of 170,000 patients have been treated at no cost to the patient.  Ongutoi currently treats between 750 and 1,000 patients a month.
  • Ongutoi is the only facility where a patient can be assessed, receive a prescription and have the prescription filled at no cost to the patient.
  • In excess of 350 surgeries have been performed on an elective basis at no cost to the patient. 
  • In excess of 3,000 live births have occurred since 2011 with less than one percent mortality where previously the normal mortality rate was 10 percent.  On average, one birth occurs everyday at Ongutoi Health Centre.
Richard shared a video showing updated information on the project and was thanked by Elizabeth Grew on behalf of the Club.
Ever the mentor, Bill MacKay shared some more history on Rotary Members with local connections.  Jeffry Cadorette is a Rotary International Director 2018 - 2020.  He retired from healthcare in 1999 after a 25 year career as a physical therapist.  He had been President and CEO of Physical Therapy Associates of Delaware County in Pennsylvania until merging his practice with Riddle Memorial Hospital to form the Riddle Rehabilitation Institute and Riddle Sports Medicine.  He now serves as Associate Broker and Executive Vice President at Media Real Estate Company where he is active in all phases of commercial real estate sales and leasing, tenant representation and new project development.  Mr. Cadorette received a Bachelor's Degree in Science and a Master's Degree in Education from Springfield College and a post graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is past Trustee on the Springfield College Board of Trustees and is a member of and Past Co-President of the Springfield College Philadelphia/Wilmington Alumni Association.  A Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Media, PA since 1977, Jeff served as Governor of District 7450 in 1998 - 1999.  In September 2016 he was the selection of the Zones 24/32 Nominating Committee for Director to serve on the Rotary International Board of Directors in 2018-2020.  He has represented the President of Rotary International at District Conferences across the country and in Canada and has been the keynote and motivational speaker at numerous district conferences, Rotary Foundation dinners, Rotary workshops and seminars around North America.  Jeff is a recipient of a number of awards including the Rotary International PolioPlus Partners Leadership Award, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, RI's highest honour for individual Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, the Foundation's highest distinction.  Jeffry Cadorette will be our guest speaker at the 100th Anniversary Gala next year.
MacKenzie (Mack) Robertson was a native of St. Vincent Township in Grey County.  He received his associate diplomas from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph in 1989 and entered the dairy industry.  He worked for creameries around St. Mary's for a few years, returned to the OAC Dairy School and then joined the staff of the Ontario Department of Agriculture as creamery instructor for a few years.  In 1914 he established Belleville Creameries and soon had branches in Bancroft, Napanee, Kingston and Sharbot Lake.  He also acquired and operated Land O'Lanark Creameries in Perth, Trenton Dairies in Trenton and Prince Edward Dairies in Picton.  Robertson is credited with being instrumental in bringing about legislation in Ontario making mandatory the grading of cream, the settlement for cream on the basis of grade and the adoption of the Babcock test as a means of establishing grade.  He was also influential in having a pasteurization of cream for butter making made mandatory in Ontario.  He was a founding member of the National Dairy Council of Canada and in 1982 was named to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association, in Milton.  Mack Robertson died in 1957.
Charter member Oswald Scott served as president and also secretary of the Club for nine years.  A native of Oshawa he studied civil engineering at McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Before coming to Belleville in 1913 he worked in Toronto, Portland and Boise, Idaho.  In Belleville, he was manager of the local electricity utility, then under control of the Electric Power Company.  When the utility was purchased by the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario, he continued as manager and later secretary manager after the municipality purchased the plant in 1929.  He served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce from its inception in 1920 until his death.  He was also a member of the local high school advisory board on vocational education.  He died in 1968.
Col. Lorne Marsh was born in Frankford, Ontario in 1871 and moved into Belleville at an early age where he received his education.  He taught school on the 1st concession to Thurlow for a short time before taking a position as a bookkeeper with a Col. Brown's foundry.  He advanced rapidly to the point where he was able to establish his own firm with W. Henthorn - Marsh and Henthorn Engineering Works.  The company was primarily involved in the product of farm machinery prior to the war, but then was quickly changed to a munition plant, manufacturing steel casings for shells.  He served as mayor of Belleville in 1909 and 1910 after several years as an alderman and was the Liberal candidate for the provincial legislature at one time.  The Colonel was a devoted member of St. Thomas Anglican Church, a well-known figure in fraternity circles and a very keen sportsman especially interested in baseball.  He died in 1928 in his 59th year.
Col. Philip H. Wills "Phay" was born in London, Ontario, but the family moved to Orangeville and then to Belleville.  As a young man, Phay worked in the Yukon for several years, eventually returning to Belleville and entering the employ of Lehigh Portland Cement Company.  When the First World War erupted, he joined the 155th Battalion, was transferred to the 21st Battalion and became company commander with the rank of captain.  After the war, he became identified with the Argyll Light Infantry Regiment and was honoured with the title Honorary Colonel of the regiment.  He was active in local businesses, the political field and was a member of St. Thomas Church.  In addition to being a charter member of Rotary, he was a member of the Belleville Club and of the Albany Club of Toronto.  Col. Wills died in 1965 in his 83rd year.
  • 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
  • Rotary Club of Scarborough Bluffs are hosting a Dinner Theatre at Herongate Barn on Thursday, October 3rd, $70 per person.  Buffet dinner at 6 p.m., featured performance from 8 to 10 p.m.  It Had To Be You, a laugh out loud comedy.  Call Ashton at (416) 953-8920 for tickets.  A Community Scholarship Fundraiser.
  • World Polio Day, October 24, 2019
  • Kids Against Hunger at Loyalist College on October 26th.  Please see Cory or Bill MacKay to sign up.
  • 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 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $35 per person.  Contact Tara Lyons if you or someone you know wants to be a chef for the evening.  Location is the Quinte Innovation and Conference Centre, 250 Sidney Street.
  • April 1, 2020 100th Anniversary Gala!
  • June 6th - 10th 2020 Rotary International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
August 2019
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President Doug thanked Anne Cunningham for her 11 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville, her years of service commitment.  Anne is retiring from the club and moving to Toronto.  President Doug presented a letter of thanks to Anne and a donation to the Polio Plus program in her name.  Anne thanked everyone for their best wishes.  The donation gift in her name is very meaningful.  She is moving to Toronto to be closer to her family, with mixed emotions as she leaves many friends behind.  She has been on her own since the 1990's and now will be a fifteen minute walk from her son's condo.  She is excited about her new surroundings, a lovely place with lots of amenities.  All the best Anne!
Our Rotary Exchange Student from France, Gaspard, returned home with his family on Friday, August 2nd after a wonderful year with the Brady's, by all accounts.  Ian Acton was able to present Gaspard with a Belleville Senators jersey and hat and a Your TV polo shirt and camera bag.  Gaspard spent some time with Ian Acton as a crew member filming some local events so these memories are very important to him.  A huge thank you to Sam and his wife Ann-Marie and their children for hosting Gaspard for the year.  In Sam's words, Gaspard was a special guest and part of their family and did get spoiled.  Gaspard was encouraged to keep in touch.  He has a Roster so is able to do that.  He plans to finish school and then go on to culinary school so perhaps he will be able to come back to Belleville as part of the Men Who Cook initiative!  All the best to Gaspard and his family as they return home.