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Welcome to the B-E-L Rotary Club (4534)!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Chemong Lodge
764 Hunter Street
Bridgenorth, ON  K0L1H0
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Memories From the 2015 Tournament
Season Opener BEL Rotary Charity Golf Tournament
May 5, 2016 at the Quarry Golf Club
Although the arrival of spring seems elusive, the BEL Rotary Season Opener Golf Tournament is fast approaching.  Over the years, this event has raised thousands of dollars to support work in the local and international community.  Past benefactors have included Youth Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity and Five Counties Children’s Center.   This year monies raised will continue to go back into our community and include Chemong Community Care, sponsorship of students to R.Y.L.A. , the Adopt a Family Christmas project and the Bridgenorth Trail.
We are also busy in the international community and have just built a school in rural Cambodia and are actively involved in the eradication of polio world-wide.   
The cost is $100 per golfer including green fees, power cart, dinner, specialty holes (scotch, martini and beer sampling and cigars), beat the pro and closest to the pin.  For more information please contact Tony Davidson at 705-743-4244, or by email  For registration information and forms visit the Site Pages at the top left of the home page.

From Dream to Reality: the Rotary School of Cambodia
A year ago the “Rotary School of Cambodia: BEL Building” wasn’t even a dream let alone the reality it is today.  Twenty five team members led by the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore- Lakefield and made up of Rotarians, family and friends, are home again after completing the three room school/multi use facility consisting of a classroom/library, sewing instruction room and teacher accommodation.  The school is on the site of the Rotary School that was built last year.
Above, members of the BEL club stand in front of the library corner of the classroom that will serve as an English classroom and a library classroom.
On Monday night the BEL Rotary Club celebrated the many sponsors, volunteers and plungers who made the 36th Polar Plunge possible.  The plunge is a fond memory and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved was another huge success.  “The plunge went off like clockwork thanks to the tremendous work of the volunteers and community supporters” said Chairperson Tony Davidson during the celebration. “It is truly a community event and it is the efforts of everyone concerned that makes it such a success.  In the end, it is the charities and the work of BEL Rotary that are the true benefactors.”

36th Annual Polar Plunge

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May the Force be with you at the 36th Annual Polar Plunge!!  Even though Mother Nature is not co-operating the Polar Plunge is a definite go.  There is still time to register your team and join the crazy plungers to raise money for your favourite charity.  Join the fun on Sunday February 7th, 2:00 sharp in Rotary Park Ennismore.  For more information and to register visit the Plunge Link at the top left corner of the home page.
The Dream is Becoming a Reality


It may just look like a pile of rubble but the landfill has arrived and marks the tangible beginning of the Rotary School of Cambodia, BEL Rotary.  Preparations are underway as the team prepares to leave on Feburary 17th.  For more information about the build visit


Celebrating Together

In the true spirit of Christmas BEL Rotarians provided for 5 local families during the Christmas season.
Photos Courtesy of Lakefield Herald
When a person is recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow, the world becomes one step closer to peace!  On Dec 7th the BEL Club had the honour of recognizing three individuals who demonstrate in their lives a shared purpose with the mission of The Rotary Foundation: World Peace and Understanding.
The Rotary Foundation Trustee Bryn Styles presented Paul Harris recognitions to Andrew Parks, Audrey Thornton and Chris Tworkowski.
Picture from Lakefield Herald
At the meeting of December 7th, the BEL Rotary Club had the honor of welcoming Rotary Foundation Trustee Bryn Styles.  Through this passion and commitment, Styles furthers the work of Rotary, and acts to make the world a better place at home and around the globe. 
The BEL Rotary Club has been a proud supporter of the work of Chemong Community Care for the past several years.  At the meeting of November 30th, BEL Rotary Community Services chair Chris Tworkowski presented Denise Williams of Community Care with a light weight walker/wheel chair.  This devise will be added to the Community Care lending library.  Many seniors do not qualify for government assistance with the purchase of assistive devices, so the opportunity to borrow much needed equipment will help provide them with independence.
Chris also presented a cheque to support the Thursday morning social time.  It gives seniors the opportunity t0o “get out of the house” and interact with others.

The Christmas Season is truly upon us.  BEL Rotarians partnered with the Ennismore Horticultural Society in the purchase and decorating of a Christmas Tree for the Gazebo at Rotary Park.  The official lighting ceremony took place on November 29th, complete with Christmas Carols and treats compliments of the Sip ‘n Dip in Ennismore.

As we approach World Polio Day, the world is one country closer to Polio Eradication.  On August 11, 2015, Nigeria was declared Polio free, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan the two remaining endemic countries.  On October 24th, BEL Rotarians will be conducting the annual Purple Pinkie Campaign at Bowles Valumart in Bridgenorth and FoodLand in Lakefield.  Together we can make a Polio-free world a reality.


The Dream Continues

The atrocities of the Khmer Rouge left a generation of Cambodian without training and education, and this has made the country one of the poorest in the world.  Education is the key to a better future.  The BEL Club is working to make this better future a reality. 


BEL Rotarians and Friends embark upon project to build a school in the small Asian country of Cambodia.

For more information or to join the team please contact Susan Davidson at

or 705-292-8977.







BEL Rotarians celebrated the spirit of Christmas as they shopped for eight families in our community. 




Join BEL Rotarians at Rotary Park (the west side of the Bridgenorth Ennismore causeway) on Saturday May 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. for the Super Spring Clean - Up!



District Governor Brian Menton (left) and Assistant Governor Lynne Chant welcome Wilf Gray to the BEL Club.



Golfers enjoy scotch and martini sampling at the 2014 Season Opener Golf Tournament.  The 2015 Season Opener is Friday May 15th, at the Quarry Golf Club.  For more information or to register click on the link at the left hand side of this page.


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Thank you to our generous community for your support of the BEL Rotary annual voluntary

toll. More than $5000. was raised to support local and international service work.



The count down is on!  Mark Sunday February 1, 2015 on your calendar and join the wild and crazy plungers who will be "freezin' for a reason" in support of their favorite charities.  For more information and registration forms, click on the "Polar Plunge" site page at the top of the left hand column on this page or go to  





Congratulations and thank you to all who made the Gingerbread Contest such a success!!



       As the world recognized World Polio Day, the BEL Purple Pinkie people were out in force, collecting

donations and raising awareness of the presence and world status of this horrible disease.



Lorie Windrem, music teacher at Chemong Public School accepts a check from Community Service chair Chris Tworkowski toward the purchase of music                               to support the newly formed recorder and ukulele programs.



Community Services Chair presents Denise Gould of Cmemong Community Care with a cheque to

support senior's programs in our area.




David Dane of Runner's Life presents President Brian with a cheque for $500., from the Chemong Lake Tirathlon.