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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Belleville Ontario! Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom.  Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers..

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:01 PM
Capers Restaurant
272 Front St
Belleville, ON K8N 2Z2
Due to Covid-19 our regular meetings are via Zoom. Watch for further announcements on a return to Capers, downtown Belleville on Thursdays at noon.
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Tara Lyons introduced Tanya McCready, co-founder of Winterdance, an Ontario dogsledding tour company that operates out of the Haliburton Highlands, Canada, alongside Algonquin park.  Owned and operated by husband and wife team Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready-DeBruin, with help from their 4 dogsledding children, Logan, Dustyn, Michaela and Jessica.  What started out 21 years ago as a dream is now a reality as Tanya and Hank enjoy sharing their story and building the bridge between the corporate world and their 1000 mile arctic dogsled race.  Their mission is to inspire teams to overcome challenges and reach their goals through improved teamwork, leadership and vision.
Tanya thanked the Rotary Club of Belleville for the opportunity to speak today about Winterdance.  Twenty-seven years ago, Tanya was living in Guelph and attending the University there and studying engineering.  A simple decision to go to the local Mall to look around, ended up with the purchase of Colt, their first Siberian Husky who changed their lives.  They were smitten with stories about Alaska and dogsledding and corporate life as an engineer was not what Tanya had hoped for so they started looking at options.  Why not start a dogsled business and in 1991 they purchased property in Haliburton, loaded up their cats and dogs and headed north.  It turned out their new property was not what they had envisioned, in fact, nothing was finished, no home, no kennel and Tanya was 8 months pregnant.  It seemed they were up against challenging odds, but Tanya and Hank refused to quit, in fact, Hank's goal was to train and enter a dog sled race called Iditarod in Anchorage, Alaska, a 12 mile course where he would spend 10 to 14 days in the Alaskan wilderness with a sixteen dog team.  There were 80 teams competing in this race and just to put things in perspective, one team would be the length of a tractor trailer.  After chasing their dream for 13 years, the adrenaline and instinct kicked in and off he went, gone into the wilderness.  Unfortunately the 2010 race ended in disappointment, especially to Hank and their first book is entitled Iditarod Dreamer that provides details about Hank and his rookie team's journey. It was a painful end and Hank felt he had failed himself, his family, his dogs, the community and guide.  Down, but not for long, they signed up for the 2011 Yukon Quest and Hank placed 13th and again in 2014 he placed 8th.  The Yukon Quest is a 1000 mile cousin to the Iditarod and their second book is a story about Hank's journey of a 1,000 miles.  People are encouraged to read Tanya and Hank's two books to capture their amazing story about endurance and hard work.  True grit that they happily share with so many people.  You can google Winterdance or email Tanya at for more information on dog sled tour packages.  They entertain 2000 guests every winter.
Peter Malone thanked Tanya for sharing their incredible story, through difficult times that they turned into a success story and business.  A story about survival and determination, family and love.  Very inspirational. 




The Anne Leverton Award was created a number of years ago to recognize a Rotarian who shows exemplary leadership and efforts during RLK and Party In The Square.  Someone who goes above and beyond.  David Allen, Chair of the 2020 RLK golf tournament was very pleased to virtually present the 2020 Anne Leverton Award to Pat Feasey.  For years, Pat has been the volunteer coordinator to scout out and secure volunteers for the golf tournament as well as for the party afterwards, not an easy task, but one that Pat embraced.  Simply put, the event couldn't be done without Pat's contribution, year after year.  Past recipients of the award include Bernie Ouellet, Jamie Trudeau, Dan Dickinson, Connie Reid, Greg Knudsen, Kelly McKinney, Sam Brady and now Pat Feasey's name will be included on the trophy.  Congratulations Pat, a well deserved recognition and award.
The Service Above Self Award is considered Rotary International’s highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian.
The purpose of this award is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
  • Tuesday Talks - May 11th  at 7 p.m. Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, presented by mediator, architect and social entrepreneur, S.R. "Martin" who will share his experience of transitioning from architect to peacebuilder, what he learned from being a Rotary Peace Fellow and how Mediators Beyond Borders International, a Rotary Service Partner, is assisting Districts around the world to build Positive Peace and Resiliency in their clubs and communities.
  • Camp Merrywood is postponed due to the latest Ontario Government restrictions.  Tracy Bray and Shannon Neely will be in touch if a window of opportunity comes up.
  • Rotary Loves Trees event planned for May 2nd has been cancelled.  The committee will continue to meet and plan for a Fall event with multiple days of planting.  Clubrunner will remain open for tree purchases and donations.  Rotarian Melanie Cressman is looking forward to putting shovels in the ground soon and will keep everyone informed as more information becomes available.
  • District 7070 Conference - June 25 - 26, 2021 Heroes and Champions.  A virtual conference.  Please visit the District 7070 website to register for a nominal fee of $10 donated to the Rotary Foundation.  
  • RLK tentatively set for July 23rd.  Mark this date in your calendar now.  More information to follow.
  • Rotary Music Festival has been re-scheduled to the week of April 4th, 2022 with Concert of Stars being held on April 27th, 2022.
Rotarian Marg Wagner introduced Dr. Ruth Mathieson, a fellow Rotarian and friend Marg has known and worked with for many years on a number of Rotary Committees, one being International Service.  Dr. Mathieson supposedly retired from her medical practice where she cared for patients from birth to death and everything in between, but every winter Dr. Ruth would volunteer for months at a time at an AIDS clinic in Kenya as well as volunteering at a mission hospital in Nigeria in the surgical department.  If anyone knows the real story of medical conditions in developing countries, it is Dr. Ruth Mathieson.  She is introducing the Club to Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, also known as SAWW, an organization that provides equipment, training and research to support poorly resourced hospitals to provide improved and safe delivery of anaesthesia.  SAWW was founded in 2011 at the village pub in Marden, Kent, England and became a registered U.K. charity in 2012. 
Five billion people are without anaesthesia and surgical care worldwide, estimated as two-thirds of the world's population.  This contributes to seventeen million deaths per year.  Anaesthesia is needed for emergency C-Sections, the most common major operation in Africa as well as surgical repair of birth defects such as cleft lip and palate and surgical repair of NOMA, a facial gangrene that affects poor children in Africa.  Serious burns, common due to open cooking fires in Africa also require surgical repair and treatment as well as traumas and injuries from road traffic accidents.  Many patients have to travel long distances to receive medical care when they are seriously ill and they often arrive in critical condition.  Lack of infrastructure, poor roads and inadequate transport make it difficult for patients and medical supplies to reach hospitals.  Dr. Ruth saw this first hand when she worked at Matangwe Mission Hospital.  They didn't have the luxury of electricity until 2014 and a lot of medical work was done in next to dark conditions with just a paraffin lamp for light.  Nigeria power was nicknamed NEPA which the nuns said meant "no electrical power any time".  Medical oxygen is expensive and difficult to transport, electrical supplies are unreliable, hospital equipment is old and not fully functional, medical supplies are extremely limited and hospital wards and clinics are overcrowded.  On top of these challenges, there are too few doctors and trained healthcare staff and a lack of technicians and engineers so it is very difficult to service and repair equipment.  SAWW works closely with local hospitals to ensure what is supplied is precisely what is needed.
Backtrack to when Dr. Ruth was at medical school years ago in a small class at St. Andrews in England.  The medical students became close after six years of school together.  Dr. Ruth graduated in 1964.  One of her classmates, a fellow by the name of Roger Eltringham, was responsible for coordination of anaesthesia courses and upon his travels after graduation, was shocked to find rusty old equipment being used and donated equipment remaining useless for lack of electricity and biomedical engineers.  It took years, but Roger worked to invent and develop a portable anaesthesia machine, spending hundreds of unpaid hours developing machines.  The GLOSTAVENT anaethesia machine was the end product and Dr. Ruth first heard about the machine at a 50th class reunion in 2014 when Roger brought a unit with him to a lecture.  Dr. Ruth was smitten with this machine and started work almost immediately to raise money for three machines needed in Kagera, a region of Tanzania, an area with 2.7 million people, 90% who are agricultural workers with limited access to health services.  This region has a high rate of maternal deaths due to haemorrhages, infections, obstructive labour and hypertension disorders.  Three (3) rural hospitals did not have a fully functional anaesthesia machine and had no funds available to purchase.
The cost of one portable kit is £4550 or $8,000 Canadian and includes a portable anaesthesia machine, an oxygen concentrator, and a pulse oximeter (as pictured above).  The kit will work anywhere, needs no electricity, will function without oxygen, is inexpensive to run, is simple to use and easy to maintain.  This kit is comparable to a state of art machine at BGH that would cost $130,000.  Dr. Ruth got to work and submitted a district grant and approached other Rotary Clubs for donations, including the Rotary Club of Belleville.  Dr. Ruth was pleased to announce that three of these kits, made by Diamedica a small company in England, are on their way to Kagera.  Upon arrival they will be taken to three hospitals in order to train staff in their use and maintenance.  It is hard to put a figure on the number of lives that have been saved by Roger's invention.  Dr. Ruth estimates there must be millions of patients who otherwise would not receive anaesthesic for surgery in remote areas.  Roger himself single handedly raised £280,000.  Dr. Mathieson thanked the Rotary Club of Belleville for their generous contribution of $4,200 towards this project.
Birgit Wartenberg thanked Dr. Ruth for her presentation and congratulated her on the successful grant monies received for this project.  Dr. Ruth has inspired many people and has worked on many successful projects.  Often we forget what conditions are like in other parts of the world and Dr. Ruth focuses on this and reminds us how much work there is to do.
May 2021
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Congratulations to Tim Turriff, who received the $1,000 Indigenous Professional Bursary Award  from the Rotary Club of Belleville in 2021.
Tim Turriff lives in Belleville, was a student at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville and just graduated from the University Lakehead in Thunder Bay with Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism. In September 2021 he will attend the University of New Brunswick as he has been accepted into the Trans-Atlantic Forestry Master program, providing him the opportunity to earn a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Science of Conservation and Land Management at Bangor University, in Wales.  Tim’s long term goal is to pursue a  career in environmental management.  As a Mohawk student, one of the most important aspects in his field of studies will be the promotion of Indigenous participation in the management of protected areas.
Tim Turriff volunteered in the field of environmental management by participating in Blazing Star Environmental’s Western Chorus Frog Long-Term Monitoring Program, dedicating many hours  volunteering for Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation Student Society in the role of Professional Development Coordinator. He organized a virtual job fair that featured 12 employers from around Ontario, giving over 150 students an opportunity to network with leading companies in the outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism industries.  In 2016 Tim participated in the Mayors of the Week program through the Rotary Club of Belleville.