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One of the true joys of the season is “giving”. Members of the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield (BEL) stepped up to the challenge and adopted families from Chemong, King George North, St Paul Lakefield, St Martin’s and Lakefield District Elementary Schools. With input from the schools, The BEL Club provided toys, games and books, specific to the interests and needs of the children. Rotarians found their “inner child” and spirits were high as they shopped for and wrapped the gifts.
 
Our club could not accomplish what it does without the incredible support of our families and friends. At our Paul Harris evening we had the honor of inducting Audrey Thornton as an honorary member in
recognition of her support of club activities and projects for the past many years. Thank you Audrey!
 
When a person is recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow, it means that $1000. US has been contributed to the Rotary Foundation in their name. Foundation dollars change lives. A Paul Harris recipient upholds the ideals of Rotary and holds themselves to high ethical standards in his/her personal and professional life. BEL projects currently supported by the Foundation include the “Adopt a Family” Christmas project and the Cambodia School Build.
 
On Nov 25th we had the honour of recognizing four individuals who demonstrate in their lives a shared purpose with the mission of The Rotary Foundation: World Peace and Understanding.
 
Congratulations to Luigi Iannacci, Keith Knott, Bruce Bellchambers and Cindy Windover. We move closer to a world of peace and understanding as you become Paul Harris Fellows.
 
In 1988, when Rotary International launched PolioPlus, more than 125 countries were polio endemic and more than 350,000 children a year were infected. Today, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the tremendous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number is down to three: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and so far this year there have only been 111 reported cases. Our job is not done. As long as polio threatens even one child in the world, every child is at risk. Only the global eradication of polio will ensure that no child ever again will suffer its devastating effects.
 
Thanks to our local grocers: Lakefield Foodland, Ennismore Foodland and John’s Valumart and you, our generous community we raised more than $650 toward polio eradication during our Purple Pinkie campaign. With the 2:1 matching funds from Bill and Melinda Gates, more than 600 children will be saved from the scourge of this horrible disease.

BEL Rotary will continue the fight until the world is declared polio free!!
 
Thanks to BEL Rotary carpenters Bob Fawcett and Mike Richardson, children had the opportunity to make their own bat houses at the Ennismore Shamrock Festival.  The smiles on the kid's faces said it all as the children proudly took away their creation.  Another BEL Rotary project!! 
 
Despite the rain, wind and snow the hardy Rotarians of the BEL Club showed up for the annual spring clean up at Rotary Park.  The day turned into a day of maintenance and the crew worked to restore and repair the shoreline.  The park is enjoyed throughout the year by community members and visitors alike angling, boating, picnicking or simply enjoying the beautiful sunsets. 
 
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Welcome to the B-E-L Rotary Club (4534)!

B-E-L

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Bridgenorth, ON  K0L1H0
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