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District Governor Iosif Ciosa of Rotary District 7070 spoke to the Rotary Club of Belleville on September 15th and shared information on the 2022-2023 year ahead.  The District 7070 Leadership Team Board Officers include Iosif Ciosa from the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Larry Whatmore Treasurer, East York Rotary Club, Linda Raney Secretary, Whitby Sunrise, John Burns District Governor Elect John Burns, Rotary Club of Bowmanville (2023/2024), Virginia O'Rilley, Toronto East Rotary Club (2024-2025) and Ron Dick IPDG and Vice Chair from the Oshawa Rotary Club.  The District Board Committees include Jim Sandiford, Finance and Audit, Terry Caputo, Governance, Lynda Ryder, Protection and a new role of Strategic Direction filled by Prince Kumar of the Toronto Club.  Another new role is in the area of Disaster Response with Michael Parker taking the lead from the Rotary Club of Cobourg.
The DG spoke about the new RI President Jennifer E. Jones and the fact that she has made history as the first woman to hold the office in Rotary's 115 year history and she is Canadian!  Jennifer urges Rotarians to imagine the possibilities in the change we can made to transform the world.  "Dream big and harness the connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality".  She underscores the importance of member engagement and goes on to say that engaging members is crucial to retaining members, adding that we need to ask members what they want to get from Rotary and giving them meaningful responsibilities.  Hands-on service, personal growth, leadership development and lifelong friendships is what creates purpose and passion.
Iosif explained the meaning behind the new logo Imagine Rotary.  White represents peace, purple for polio, green for environment.  The circle connects us and the seven purple dots represent the seven areas of focus.  The green "stick" stands for hard working members who get things done.
Rotary membership is growing, now at 1.4 million members globally.  RI President Jones has asked us to create two new cause based clubs such as Rotaract Clubs or clubs with a specific focus on learning (teachers), or a family club including grandparents.  The Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center is looking to establish the First Canadian Tibetan Rotary Club.  Jennifer encourages us to be creative.  Strategic plan highlights:
  • Collective District 7070 clubs dollar impact in the community of $2.5 million dollars
  • Create two cause based clubs in our District
  • Increase the number of clubs collaborating on projects
  • Crease a district club dashboard where clubs can highlight their projects
  • Set a Rotary Foundation goal of $1.17 million dollars Canadian
  • The district will work with clubs to crease a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Initiate a "join us" button
Lastly, District Governor Ciosa promoted the 2022/2023 District 7070 Conference "We Have A Dream", a chance to rediscover and dream, taking place in Alliston at the Nottawasaga Resort on October 14th - 16th.  Visit the website
Thank you to all Rotarians for making a difference!
President Darrell Smith introduced two new Rotarians, joining the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Adeyinka Atilade is transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of Ogudu G.R.A. Lagos State, Nigeria under the classification of Banker and IT Consultant.  Adeyinka is currently attending Loyalist College in the Project Management field.  Adeyinka is a motivated IT professional, constantly seeking out continuing education opportunities.  He is focused on enhancing an organization by providing strong leadership and positive people skills.  District Governor Iosif Ciosa and President Darrell Smith welcomed Adeyinka to the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Andrew Kole is joining the Club.  Andrew is from Ukraine and has been in Canada since 2006.  He is the Site Finance Controller for Alstom (division of Bombardier).  His spouse, Julie Obstfeld is a member of the Stirling Rotary Club and works closely with Ken Wheeler on Diners and Duffers.  Andrew wants to meet people and do something useful and hopefully improve the community.  We look forward to getting to know Andrew and getting him involved in some of the many Rotary projects we are working on.  District Governor Iosif Ciosa and President Darrell Smith were pleased to meet and welcome Andrew to the Rotary Club of Belleville.
The Touch a Truck Event that was part of the Belleville Chamber's Fall Family Funfest on Saturday, September 17th was a roaring success.  Hundreds of people including excited children were able to see first hand huge vehicles, specialty vehicles including Fire, police vehicles, military, EMS, construction, snow plows, school bus, garbage truck, UTV's, motorcycles, tractors.  A great community event free of charge to all who came.  The weather was perfect and the enthusiasm was contagious.
On Sat Sept 24th from 1-4pm the Rotary Club of Belleville presents the 13th Annual Porchfest
Over 40 different venues throughout the Old East Hill featuring music and fun for the whole family.  Bring your walking shoes and stroll the magnificent Old East Hill and take in all of the local talent.
Opening ceremonies at 12:45pm at Glanmore National Historic Site
This year we have a special kids concert at East Hill Park from 10am to 11am with Andy Forgie
When Porchfest wraps up, the fun is just beginning.  Head downtown for the Afterparty on Front Street featuring Sidehustle Market, fashion show from Mode Elle Model & Talent Agency, and free concerts by Wicklow, Off the Chartz with Johnny Sweet, Andy Forgie and 7th Town. for more information.
Sam Brady, Past President & Chair of Porchfest
The Club Assembly provided an opportunity for committee chairs to share current initiatives or if a new venture, to explain what was involved.  First up was Jamie Trudeau speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Partnerships.  Chair of the IPPC, Birgit Wartenberg sent her regrets. The Indigenous Peoples Partnerships Committee, short version IPPC, was founded 12 years ago. In 2017 the RC Belleville formed the IPPC Cluster, a group of Rotary Clubs from three districts (RC Trenton, RC Wellington, RC Belleville from 7070, RC Palgrave 7080 and RC Cataraqui-Kingston from 7040 plus some community members) dedicated to listen to Indigenous communities and agencies to support them. We are a hands on committee; we want to be involved and want to build relationships with communities and agencies. Our guideline or tagline is:    We listen. We learn. We respond.  Some of the projects -- Fort Albany, after receiving a district grant of $35,000, community members were trained on the installation of ventilation fans in homes that were selected for these upgrades by the local housing officer; Fort Hope, the committee worked with the vice-principal of the school and shipped hockey gear as well as other sports equipment, boots and socks, etc.  In Little Trout Lake, the local women's shelter was supported with baby/toddler clothing and boots.  Sports equipment, life jackets (a fundraiser of the Legacy Team of St. Joseph's Catholic School), Cree books for the local library, board games were sent to Nibinamik and more recently, a very successful laptop drive of over 80 laptops and iPads, allowing every student to have their own laptop.  The committee supported the Rotary Club of Iqaluit's Christmas hamper program.  Also in Iqaluit, a young boy spent time and what limited resources he had to repair "garbaged" bikes for children in the community.  Stephen Licence came on board and helped with bicycle parts and are now a big supporter of this young boy's project.  Art for Aid is supported by collecting and providing art supplies that will be shipped to Indigenous schools in Canada.  Lots of positive press!  The committee supports I Love First People sewing skills lab.  And closer to home the Red Cedars Women Shelter in Tyendinaga receive support from the committee.  In 2016 the committee turned their attention to bursaries and are now working with Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Laurentian University in Sudbury and St. Lawrence College in Kingston.  This year 10 bursaries @ $1,000 each were presented to recipients.  This represents 2 bursaries per Rotary Club in the cluster.  All this work comes with challenges as the local Chief and Council have to approve the committee's work in the community.  The community provides a "wish list" that the committee works with, providing 80% of the requested items or financial support and the community is responsible for the remaining 20%.  This builds working relationships and mutual ownership. Please check IPPC's website to learn more and feel free to contact Birgit at or Jamie at
Clowns for Kids Chair Heather Hall explained this new initiative, a charity fundraising event tied in with the Santa Claus Parade via pledges and sponsors.  Heather was involved in this project as a member of the Brampton Rotary Club for over five years.  Young people are involved in the event and either supported individually or through corporate sponsors.  On the day of the parade, the participants dress up and interact with parade goers.  Kids get to keep their costumes and Heather hopes to raise $15,000 after expenses towards a benefactor, yet to be selected.  The Santa Clause Parade is on November 20th, the actual meetings leading up to parade date are no more than an hour in length and Heather is looking to increase the committee from the current six members to twelve.  Next meeting is September 12th.  Contact Heather directly at
Jennifer Savini heads up two committees -- Kids Against Hunger and Mayors of the Week.  The annual KAH food packaging event at Loyalist College is back in person this year and will take place on Saturday, October 29th.  The goal is to pack 15,000 meals @ $.35 per meal to be sent locally to food banks as well as globally.  This is a fun project for families to participate in on the Saturday morning.  Please support this event!  As far as Mayors of the Week, high schools select students to be participants over a week in the Fall where they visit City departments and see what goes on across the City.  The "Mayors" then present their findings and highlights of their week to the Rotary Club and that will be on November 24th.  This program gives the students insight into possible career opportunities.  Jennifer is looking to Rotarians to be chaperones during the week.
In 2019 the Rotary Club of Belleville through its Rotary Loves Trees initiative committed to planting 50,000 trees.  So far, there has been two plantings, one in the Fall of 2021 and again in the Spring of 2022.  The next planting will take place on September 24th from 9 a.m. to 'noon at Haig Park in the east end of Belleville.  The City of Belleville Green Task Force and Quinte Conservation will be in attendance to assist with planting 400 trees and ornamental shrubbery.  There is lots of work to be done so Terry Thomas, Chair of the RLT Committee encourages Rotarians, family members, young people and friends to come out that day and get us to over 6,000 trees towards the overall goal.
Sam Brady, Chair of Porchfest is hard at work putting together porch hosts to accommodate over 50 different venues all in the old historic East Hill of Belleville.  September 24th from 1 - 4 p.m. will see hundreds of people/patrons moving from venue to venue from Pine Street in the north, Dundas on the south, MacDonald on the east and Front Street on the west.  All walkable.  This event is contagious and enjoyed by adults and children across the board.
And as we move from summer into the Fall, we think of the Rotary Reindeer Park on the day of the Santa Claus Parade -- November 20th.  Peter Malone is putting a call out to people to help set up and have Rotarians present and mingling on parade day.  The Clowns for Kids will compliment the Rotary Reindeer Park that will be housed in the Corby Rose Garden during the winter months for people to enjoy.
President Darrell thanked everyone for the information shared and encouraged Rotarians to get involved in one of the committees that sparks their interest.

Rotarian Rudolf Heijdens, known to us as Rudy for his tireless work as founder, artistic director and maestro in 1986 of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regional Children's Choir now known as the Hastings and Prince Edward Regional Chorus. Rudy shared his musical gifts and under his steady helm, the choir became well known internationally, participated in festivals in Salzburg, Austria and Prague, won coveted awards and performed centre stage at Carnegie Hall and the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa and Toronto.  The goal of the chorus, inspired by Rudy was dedicated to support the musical and personal growth of young people and to provide a high level of artistic experience in both choral singing and classical and contemporary choral literature. (pictured L to R, District Governor Iosif Ciosa, Rotary Club of Belleville President Darrell Smith, Rotarian Michael Summers and Paul Harris recipient Rudolf Heijdens). In honour of his long and passionate contribution to the Rotary Club of Belleville, Rudy was presented with a Paul Harris + 3. 
Hugh Campbell joined the Rotary Club of Belleville in 1991 and participated in several Rotary committees and events throughout his years as a member of the Club.  He served for over 12 years as Chair of the Diners and Duffers committee.  During its time span, the Diners and Duffers Committee has raised a profit of about $200,000. These funds have been used in our community to support special needs children and projects such as our local hospital.  Not only has the book proven to be profitable, but it is very popular in our area and has helped develop a positive image for Rotary.  This initiative is the second largest fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Belleville.  In honour of his many years of dedication and Service Above Self attitude, the Rotary Club of Belleville presented Hugh with a Paul Harris Fellow + 3. (pictured L to R Rotary Club of Belleville President Darrell Smith, recipient Hugh Campbell, Rotary Club of Belleville Secretary Jo-Anne Wheeler, District Governor Iosif Ciosa).
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