Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
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Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...
Rotary supports WHO director-general’s public health emergency for polio
In May, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and issued a set of recommendations to all polio-impacted countries. On 31 July, the situation was reassessed and the Director-General has declared polio remains a public health emergency. Several factors played into this decision, including: Both Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea have exported the virus internationally since May. Polio thrives in areas compromised by conflict. The unfortunate reality is that there are...
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Posted by Richard Mewhinney
Michael Maloney introduced the guest speaker, Richard Mewhinney. Richard joined Rotary in 2007, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Newmarket and is currently Literacy Chair for District 7070. He has been involved in the Ongutoi Medical Centre project in Uganda, a project that the Rotary Club of Belleville supported financially and the question asked (and answered) - was your money well spent? Richard's philosophy is if a project is just a project.....don't do it. If a project is about the people....embrace it! A project is never about you. It must be about others and relationships beyond the build!
Some quick facts about Uganda -- 236,000 sq km (about half the size of Manitoba) with a population of 35 million, 56% of whom are under the age of 18. The population of Ongutoi where the medical centre was built is 50,000. Over half the population of Uganda lives below the poverty line identified as $1.25 U.S. a day. There are 1,200,000 orphaned children in Uganda. There are insufficient hospital beds and little care from skilled medical staff when babies are born.
The site of the Ongutoi Medical Centre was donated by the village elders at a former IDP Camp. Each building is an individual ward with 6 to 8 beds and costs $35,000 which includes water collection and solar power. The first pediatric and maternity ward was opened in February 2010 along with recovery rooms and additional toilets and septic system installed. Two additional wards were built in October 2010 followed by an HIV/Aids Education Centre and Operating Room in 2012. The medical centre was accepted by the locals, approved by the elders and built by the people.
The money raised for this project was a partnership with the Rotary Club of Myuenga (District 9200), the Rotary Clubs of Newmarket, Belleville, Richmond Hill and Scarborough with additional funding from the District and Rotary Foundation. In addition, there was partnership extension with non-rotary partners such as High Adventure Canada and Uganda along with ARUDA (Amuria Rural Development Agency). The total project cost was $110,000. Some of the victories:
- in excess of 108,000 patients have been treated at no cost since 2007 at the medical centre
- over 800 live births have occurred since 2011 with the addition of midwives
- 90% of pregnant women in the vicinity of the clinic are seen 4 times prenatally
- donations of ambulances from Simcoe County and York Region allow for ciritically ill patients to be transported to other facilities
- an active health education program is in place
- scheduled surgeries now take place in Ongutoi
The next project in the works at Ongutoi is to enhance diagnostic treatment and provide education for HIV/AIDS.
As a small token of appreciation, Richard Mewhinney presented the Rotary Club of Belleville with a photograph of the medical clinic (photo courtesy of Lola Reid Allin). Sharon McConnell thanked Richard for participating in this huge undertaking and for sharing with our Club and demonstrating how our money has been spent. A good return on our investment!
Posted by Nadine Langlois
on Jul 20, 2014
Assistant District Governor Grant Southwell introduced Brian Thompson, District Governor of 7070. Brian often says that Rotary is one of the best things that ever happened to him. Here's a little background on him -- born in Toronto and grew up in Don Mills. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and became a Professional Engineer, working in the nuclear industry for Ontario Hydro. He was also a Commercial Pilot, working part-time as a flying instructor at Toronto Airways in Buttonville, Ontario. Most of Brian's nuclear career was in Public Relations, based at Pickering. He was seconded for two years to serve the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as Director of Communications, working in Government and Media Relations, and finished his career with Ontario Power Generation at Darlington. For the past two decades he has also operated a video production company, primarily producing industrial and commercial movies for education, training and marketing. During more than three decades in Rotary, Brian has served in every avenue of service at the club level. He was one of the first in his club to visit Consuelo in the Dominican Republic to investigate opportunities to do “hands on” work. At the District level, Brian has served on the Foundation and Public Relations committees; he was District Chair of the Group Reps (now called Assistant District Governors), Chair of Youth Services (New Generations), and led a GSE Team to New Zealand. He is a member of the District Rotary at Work,Membership, and Long Range Planning Committees, and served as an Assistant District Governor for 4 years. In the community, Brian has had several leadership roles volunteering at his church, and has served on committees at local Chambers of Commerce, writing two Chamber policies on nuclear energy in the process. Brian enjoys photography, cinematography, classic movies and entertaining friends. Brian is married to Karen, who has had a varied and active nursing career. She claims she is retired from paid employment, but not retired from life. She continues to work in the volunteer sector. Some of that work has involved collaboration with the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club in Consuelo, in water and sanitation.Karen and Brian enjoy travelling, tennis, and relaxing at their chalet in Hidden Valley, Huntsville. They have two grown children and five grandchildren in whom they delight.
Posted by Ken Wheeler and John Smale (photo courtesy of Lola Reid Allin)
on Aug 13, 2014
Ken Wheeler was asked to give a tribute to Bob Michaud at the First Bob Michaud Rotary Classic Golf Tournament. It was an honour, according to Ken, to stand in for what was in the past normally done by our friend, fellow Rotarian and colleague. Fifteen (15) years ago, the Rotary Golf Tournament didn't have a lot of money to work with, but Bob was a visionary and was sure the Club could run it and make some money. He put some senior members in charge of prizes, donated his now famous Lazy Boy chair for a draw and Rotary Loves Kids or RLK was born! With Bob Clute's help they raised $40,000, then $65,000 and from humble beginnings, RLK has netted over $1,000,000. Bob Michaud was never satisfied and the committee worked hard to beg, borrow and steal golfers to participate in this fundraising event. Today, we are here largely because of Bob. He wanted the members to have some fun after all their hard work. Fair play and competition was what Bob was all about. This annual fun day of golf will be known as the Bob Michaud Rotary Classic Golf Tournament. Thank you to Dave Stewart and Bob Clute for taking the reins from Bob and leading us forward.
John Smale invited Carol-Lynn up to the front to announce a new bursary award program of $500 to be awarded annually to a student at Loyalist. The bursary will be in the name of Bob Michaud and will exemplify the qualities that Bob had -- sportsmanship, community service and entrepreneurialship. Carol-Lynn wanted this to continue in our community through our long association with Loyalist College.
This tournament was the "BIGGEST, THE BEST, THE MOST FUN, THE BEST FOOD AND PRIZES OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!!".
on Jul 07, 2014
Rotarians, honoured guests, family, friends -- it is truly an honour and a privilege to stand before you today as your new President. I accept the trust you have placed in me and pledge that with the strong, experienced and competent board that is your leadership team, we will steward the club’s resources well, represent the Rotary mission and values and the 4 way test to the best of our abilities, and make this the service club that people want to get into!!
It is my particular pleasure to welcome many members of my family here today, as well as some special guests. Starting with my mother, Marie, who in raising a family of 10 children, and now presiding over the Kennedy clan of 22 grand children and 3 great grandchildren with another on the way, coupled with a full career as teacher and educator, knows a thing or two about Service above Self! A special welcome to my Aunt Helen Gaffney and my sisters, Lorrie Lunny, from Etobicoke, Theresa Williams and her husband, Peter from Ottawa,my brother Terry and his wife Ann, from Ottawa and Erinsville, where they are enjoying their retirement lifestyle and John and his wife, Sheila, from Toronto. Unfortunately, my daughter Kelsey who works in Manhattan, is unable to be here today due to work commitments.
I also wish to acknowledge past RI President, Wilf Wilkinson who has always been an inspiration to me from the moment of joining Rotary; newly appointed Assistant District Governor to our Club, Grant Southwell, and my very dear friend Dr. Jinni Demine, also from the Trenton Rotary Club, who has been a tremendous support to me in preparing for this role over the past several months. Thanks to all of you for joining me for this special occasion! And I also wish to recognize our own Assistant District Governor Ken Dickson- best wishes for your year ahead too!
At this point, I’d like to introduce the 2014-15 Board and ask them to stand and remain standing until all their names have been called:
Kelly McKinney, Pres. Elect
Vice Pres. and Treasurer, Shannon Neely
Secretary Bill MacKay (new)
Past Pres. Paul VandeGraaf
Directors: Andrew Bandler, Tracy Bray, Chris Finkle, Nadine Langlois, Judy McKnight (new)
Doug Peterson, John Sherratt (new), Birgit Wartenberg
I also wish to thank and acknowledge your Committee Chairs, Team Leaders and function overseers- too many to mention individually today, but you will find their names on the inside front cover of the new green roster- so please take a minute to be familiar with, and know who to go to for information and answers.
Posted by Ian Acton
on May 05, 2014
Member login information:
Members are welcome to get their own login information and enjoy the Member Area of our new website.
You will see that the public side of the website has a wide variety of areas for both the public and members to learn about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Belleville. We welcome any input from members about the website and invite you to provide any stories, photos and other news that we can add to the site.
The Member Area is private and for the use of members only. Members may use the following instructions to log in as a new user to gain access to the Member Area. On the website page click on "Login" in the upper right corner. Then click on "New and Existing Users - Retrieve Login Password." Follow the instructions on the screen to setup your password. you will be asked to enter your last name and your e-mail address. Once you click on "Get Login Info" you will receive an e-mail with your login information. For security reasons your last name and e-mail address must match what is in the club database. If you have difficulty contact Ian Acton to confirm this information. As well you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and club and it will be e-mailed to you.
Once you are in, explore the members area and go to your own profile and edit as needed. Committee Chairs are asked to to go to your committee listing and edit information including descriptions, members, photos, video etc.
Feel free to text, e-mail or call Ian Acton with any questions.
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Sep 27, 2014
Loyalist College will be hosting the Rotary Leadership Institute Levels 1, 2 and 3 on Saturday, September 27th. A full day of learning more about Rotary. Nadine Langlois will be coordinating attendance -- please let her know if you plan on attending. The $70 registration fee will be paid for by the Club. The Rotary Leadership Institute is a series of leadership courses offered and designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills. Established in 1992, it was developed for newer Rotarians to learn about Rotary. Because Rotary changes its leadership every year, there is a constant need for Rotarians to accept leadership positions in their clubs and beyond. RLI strongly believes that a good Rotarian must know the evolution of Rotary, the current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future. If you haven't attended an RLI course before, you will be pleased to learn more about Rotary, close to home at Loyalist College. If you have taken Level 1, you may proceed to Level 2 and so on. The Rotary Leadership Institute is fun, interactive and participatory and uses skilled faculty and facilitation techniques to make the experience valuable and enjoyable.
Sep 21, 2014 by Paul Vandegraaf
Walk to support the Rotary Foundation on Sunday, September 21st. The walk will begin and end from George Brown's College's new Lakeshore Campus.
If you are unable to join the walk, you can register and send in pledges or support someone who is walking.
Please let Past President Paul Vandegraaf know if you will participate in this event. Visit the District's website for more information, listed under Foundation Walk 2014.
On behalf of the District 7070 Foundation Walk committee I would like to invite you to “hold the date” of Sunday, September 21st for this year’s walk. The walk will begin and end from George Brown College’s new Lakeshore Campus. We are planning a great day with a walk which will take in many points of interest in one of the historic parts of Toronto. Plan now to invite friends, family, club members and future Rotarians to this fellowship event in support of Our Foundation.
For more information visit Foundation Walk 2014
- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/#sthash.C6I06qVs.dpuf
On behalf of the District 7070 Foundation Walk committee I would like to invite you to “hold the date” of Sunday, September 21st for this year’s walk.The walk will begin and end from George Brown College’s new Lakeshore Campus. We are planning a great day with a walk which will take in many points of interest in one of the historic parts of Toronto. Plan now to invite friends, family, club members and future Rotarians to this fellowship event in support of Our Foundation.
For more information visit Foundation Walk 2014- See more at: http://rotary7070.org/#sthash.C6I06qVs.dpuf
Feb 11, 2014 by Ian Acton
What Paul Harris Said, a feature of RGHF since December 2001.
Paul P. Harris' August 1912 message to Rotarians: "Rotarianism is a step in the evolution of humanity and in the emancipation of man from the exactions of unceasing servitude to the interests of self."
He goes on to write: "Don't fail to inventory your smiles. They are great assets, and stand in the same relation to success that frowns do to failure.
Acquaintance, the Foundation of Success.