July 2014

Rotary Stories

Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the job for former Rotary Peace Fellow
As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and decisiveness. Peele is one of 2,000 DS agents who protect U.S. diplomats and embassies around the world. The Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. State Department, is the most extensive global security agency in the government, operating in more than 160...
Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...

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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
11 Bay Bridge Rd.,
Belleville, ON  K8P 3P6
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Aug 04, 2014
Civic's Day
Aug 11, 2014
Get ready for fun golf
Aug 13, 2014
Fun Golf Tournament
The Bob Michaud Rotary Classic Golf Tournament
Aug 18, 2014
Rosi Ouellette
Classification talk
Aug 25, 2014
Daryl Kramp
A message from your Federal MP
Sep 01, 2014
Labour Day!
Sep 08, 2014
Fiona Casey
Returning Rotary Exchange Student from Germany
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Pierce Ivan
Classification talk
Oct 20, 2014
Committee Trade Show
All committees will have a booth and will show what they do and what positions are available
Dec 01, 2014
Christmas Dinner
No meeting during the day.
Dec 08, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Children's Christmas Party
To be announced

Home Page Stories

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.
The Rotary Club's Annual Fun Golf Tournament (and it was tons of fun!) has a name change -- The Bob Michaud Rotary Classic to honour and exemplify the enthusiasm always shown by our dear friend and late Rotarian, Bob Michaud.  He worked tirelessly for Rotary and the Rotary Club of Belleville.
  • Date:  Wednesday, August 13th
  • Where:  Trillium Woods Golf Club
  • Who:  Rotarians, Friends, Neighbours, Family!
  • Cost - $84 for golf and dinner.  $20 for dinner only
Registration will be available at our weekly Rotary Luncheon on July 28th.
This tournament will be the "BIGGEST, THE BEST, THE MOST FUN, THE BEST FOOD AND PRIZES OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!!"Please support this event!


All the hard work of the Committee paid off!  Friday, July 18th was a success story that can't be matched.  Wonderful weather, lots of golfers and people were able to dance the night away at Party in the Square.  A few photos of golfers and committee members in action, courtesy of Lola Reid Allin.

(Jamie Trudeau, Greg Knudsen and Vince Lynch)
(Greg Knudsen and Sam Brady with RLK participants)

Very pleased to announce the final update to the Diners and Duffers initiative.  With the final $140 expected to be collected this week, the profit for 2014 is $12,559.  A wonderfully high number of our club members, 81 to be exact, took part in selling books.  Several members sold ten or more.  Special shout outs to John Rawson, who often acted as a distribution center and sold over 50 books and to Wayne Dewe who sold over 70.  Thanks also to Nadine Langlois for keeping us in "the news" through Rotopics and to Treasurer Shannon Neely for looking after our funds.  On behalf of the Diners and Duffers committee members Bruce Flynn, Jamie Trudeau, Dave Albert and myself, our sincere appreciation for your outstanding support.

$1,000 was sent to Rotary International to support the preservation of the Paul Harris House in Illinois, specifically ear-marked for the Canada Room.

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.
Special Presentation of the Anne Leverton Award to Jamie Trudeau for service above self as it relates to the annual RLK tournament and Party in the Square.  Kelly McKinney and John Smale make the annual presentation to Jamie, a Rotarian and supporter of the RLK who has given over and above to the event's fund raising effort.  Jamie receives the award for his work at the 2013 RLK Event. (photo courtesy of
Ken Dickson)


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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.
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Rotary Club of Belleville

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Members and family are invited to the Rotary Club of Brighton's annual inter-club BBQ and Corn Roast to be held outdoors at Proctor Park, 96 Young Street, Brighton from 5 - 8 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014.  Cost is $10 per person.  Children 12 and under are free.  We are also invited to participate in the Singing Competition.  Defend our title and bring the "8 Ball" trophy home to Belleville.  Pierce Ivan of our Club is coordinating this event for our members.  Please let him know if you plan on attending.
REMINDER: Interota is Coming! SOON

From: Andrea Tirone Co-Chair, Interota 2014
You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen the logo, but now you ask “How can I get involved?!” The start of the International Rotaract Conference is less than a month away (July 26 through August 1 in Toronto and Montreal). With hundreds of Rotaractors about to descend on Toronto, we want Rotarians in District 7070 to 
be involved! The Interota Organizing Committee invites you to reach out to them to see how your club or individual Rotarians might be a part of the historic event for Rotaract in Canada. The committee is looking for corporate sponsorship, donations-in-kind, and volunteer support as they welcome over 300 Rotary youth from around the world. If you are interested in helping, or just want to hear more about Rotaract and Interota, please contact info@interota2014.com or visit www.interota2014.com for more information.
From July 26th to August 1st, over 200 Rotaractors and Rotarians will attend the Interota Conference in Toronto and Montreal. If you are interested in meeting the attendees, including the Rotary International President Gary Huang, you can now register for some of the events individually.
Registration is now open to attend: 
• Opening "Welcome Home" BBQ July 26 with RI President Gary Huang ($35.00) 
• Full-day conference on July 27, 2014 with boat cruise ($100.00) 
• Full-day conference on July 27, 2014 without boat cruise ($50.00) 
• Evening Boat Cruise on July 27, 2014 ($75.00) 
• Full-day conference on July 30, 2014 ($50.00) 
• Closing Gala on July 31, 2014 ($100.00) 
To register, visit www.interota2014.com
Kind Regards, 
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Co-Chair, Interota 2014 Tel: 416-629-1395 | www.interota2014.com
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