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Posted by Past District Governor, Bob Wallace
on Aug 18, 2014
Across Rotary International, membership numbers are stagnating, and in North America they are in decline. From roughly 1995 to the present, Rotary International has experience these trends.
Pertaining to the Rotary Club of Belleville, our numbers look better than average. Our club has been slowly growing over the past few years as we do well to recruit new members. However, as a club, member retention remains an issue and it is the biggest reason why our club’s growth rate is not higher.
To address retention, it is important to remind members that we do great things for our communities as well as internationally, while providing value to members at the same time. This includes: personal growth, professional development, family growth and fellowship, among other things.
Bob says, to increase membership think of attracting new members, not recruiting. Make it relevant by telling prospects why they need Rotary, not why Rotary needs them. Bob recommends that a committee is formed to tackle this issue.
“Remember, the more numbers we have the more people we can help!”
Welcome to Amanda Norambuena (shown here with Youth Exchange Chair Sam Brady, photo courtesy of Lola Reid Allin), the Club's new exchange student from Chile. She will be staying with Larry and Sharon Dufty, Randy and Joanne Coker, Connie and Scott Reid, Darrell and Carmen Smith, and Sam and Ann-Marie Brady. She will be attending St. Theresa's High School. She hopes to become a doctor and is very excited about her visit to Canada.
on Aug 18, 2014
Past President Paul VandeGraaf was given a citation from District 7070 (Rotary Club Central Award) for exemplary leadership and success
in his year as president ; Paul stated that this award is a club award because it takes all of us to make the club a success. (photo of Past
Secretary and Past Past President Rob Clute, Past President Paul VandeGraaf and President Len Kennedy courtesy of Lola Reid Allin)
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.
President Len read a letter of thanks from Carol-Lynn at the August 18th meeting, thanking the Club for establishing and supporting the Loyalist bursary in Bob's name and memory and for naming the annual fun day of golf after him.
This tournament was the "BIGGEST, THE BEST, THE MOST FUN, THE BEST FOOD AND PRIZES OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!!".
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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Aug 23, 2014 by Pierce Ivan
Pierce Ivan, Chair of Fellowship is looking for suggestions and recommendations for social events. Please contact him at email@example.com
He will be working on a calendar of activities and events for the next several months. The first event will be a Martini Night at Dinkels on Friday, September 12th at 7 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served from 7 - 9 p.m. with piano entertainment until 11 p.m. Cost of a ticket is $15 with only 55 tickets being pre-sold. Please let Pierce know as soon as possible if you would like a ticket.
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
Aug 23, 2014 by Sam Brady
Porchfest Belleville announces the event date of Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Porchfest is a neighbourhood celebration of music, where local residents and friends perform on front porches to an audience that moves from house venue to house venue.
Discovered and brought to Belleville by Ken Hudson and Lucinda Pritchard in 2009, Porchfest is now in its sixth year in the City of Belleville. After five (5) successful years and a great deal of prudent research, Ken and Lucinda decided to transition the production of this year's event to the local Rotary Club of Belleville to ensure the event's future viability. Ken and Lucinda are thrilled to pass Porchfest on to Rotary and are excited to see how Rotary's dedicated membership enhances and grows this event for years to come. They feel it's a great situation for the community. Rotarian Sam Brady, chair of Porchfest is very pleased to be affiliated with this community building event. Rotary's role with its community-minded volunteers and advocates for culture, music and kids fits well with Porchfest and its mandate. Porchfest has and continues to bring a lot to our East Hill neighbourhood and the Quinte region at large. What better way to explore the beauty of the old East Hill while enjoying the talents of Quinte's local musicians. The Old East hill boundary for this event is defined as John Street to MacDonald Avenue and from Bridge Street East to Pine Street.
The opening ceremony is at 12:45 p.m. at Glanmore House, Glanmore National Historic Site, 257 Bridge Street East with music at all venues starting at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Visit the website www.porchfest.ca for more information on music acts and venues.
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.
Oct 24, 2014
The annual Rotary District 7070 Conference is on October 24 - 26, 2014 at The Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto. "Shakened and Stirred" is the theme of the Conference. Visit the District Conference website to see what is being offered.
Aug 13, 2014
Through the efforts of Bernie Ouellet and Frank Morrell and others, there were many prizes. Some of the draw winners were Tracy Bray - $100 gift certificate to the Boat House restaurant, Ann Marie Brady -- a case of wine from Casa-Dea Estates Winery, Peter House - luggage, Dave Albert -- a double winner of a Boat House gift certificate and a smoker cooker. A guest of Judy Mitchell's won a 32" television and a guest of Ken Wormald's won a $200 gift certificate to Capers.
Golf prizes were also awarded: Men's closest to the pin was won by Larry Dufty and ladies' closest to the pin was won by Sally Graham. Men's longest drive was won by Cody Woodcock and fittingly, Carol-Lynn smacked a good one for ladies' longest drive. Closest to the pin, either men's or ladies' was won by Ken Wheeler. Congratulations to all!
Three (3) team prizes were also recognized and this year, a new plaque was presented and the green jacket is "retiring" to Carol-Lynn's closest for safe-keeping. First place, men's low score went to Norm Harry, Mike Pretsell, Ron Anderson and Larry Werkhoven. Second place, men's low score went to John Smale, Wolf Tausendfreund, Dave Quickert and John Guthrie. First place, ladies' low score went to Mary Maidment, Beth Carson, Heather Nielson.
Thank you also to Steve McCurdy and Greg Seemungel for hosting!
Jul 28, 2014 by Ian Acton
Ian Acton presented information on our new Clubrunner portal to the Rotary Club of Belleville's website. The public site is accessible to anyone who is interested in what Rotary has to offer or who is interested in one of our events or fundraisers. There are also links to District 7070 and Rotary Internatinal. The purpose is to educate people in the world of Rotary, its mission and purpose and accomplishments internationally as well as local projects. The home page provides information on who to contact in our Club and how to join. It lists committees and chairs of those committees.
Members of the Rotary Club should log in to the member's area where there is more information available on members, committees, current activities, individual members' profiles (that can be edited by the individual member when required to be updated). #662 is our Club's designation in Clubrunner. Instructions on logging in and setting up a new password for Clubrunner are contained on Page 39 of the Roster. Ian encouraged all members to visit the new website, look around at the different information, check out your own profile, see what the different committees are doing, get involved.
Thank you to Ian for all his work in transitioning the Club's communication portal to Club Runner. If you are a Committee Chair and want one-on-one training, please see Ian.