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The food we so often take for granted is elusive to many of our friends and neighbours in the community.  BEL Rotary was proud to work with John's Independent in Bridgenorth and deliver a "truck load" of food to the local foodbank.  Thanks to the incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to help keep our community fed!
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” and BEL Rotarians demonstrated their commitment to this on Saturday.  The club met to maintain the lawns and gardens at Rotary Park (west end of the James Gifford Causeway) and clean and paint the gazebo.  In July of 2021, the gazebo was dedicated to charter member and long time advocate for the community Bob Ash, and is enjoyed by community members and visitors alike.  Thank you to Gerry Herron of Blue Diamond Window Cleaning for power washing the gazebo and to Home Hardware Bridgenorth for donating the paint and materials to do the work.  Our community partners make our service possible! 
 
Between the pandemic and a very busy volunteer schedule Polar Plunger Jim Marsden did not receive his plaque, recognizing him for raising the most money as an individual in the 2021 Polar Plunge.  Jim raised more than $4000 to support the work of BEL Rotary and the Lakefield Legion.  Legion Finance Committee Chair Lorna MacDonald presented Jim with his well deserved recognition at the Annual Election Meeting of the Lakefield Legion.  Thank you Jim for your incredible dedication and making the community a better place!
 
It was a perfect day of golf, fellowship and sunshine as the BEL Rotary Season Opener Charity Golf Tournament returned after a two year hiatus due to covid!  Thank you to the Quarry Golf Club for your incredible service and all of the golfers and sponsors who made the day possible!    The money raised will support the work of BEL Rotary.  Most recently we made a donation to disaster relief to support those in need in the Ukraine and have shopped for the Lakefield and Bridgenorth Food Banks.
 
Thank you to our major sponsors, Canoe Financial, Scott Concrete Products, RED X Technologies, Craftworks at the Barn, Girvin Devitt Lawyer and Tony and Michael Davidson, TD Wealth.  We could not do the work we do without your generous support.
 
The BEL Rotary Club was instrumental in the establishment of the BEL Rotary Bridgenorth Trail.  On Saturday members walked the trail checking for safety issues, winter wear and erosion, downed trees and of course picking up garbage.  The trail is well used by the community and we received comments such as "this is our favorite walk" and "we don't know what we would do without the trail".  One of the most significant observations was the lack of garbage on the trail.  "We picked up a total of 6 small pieces", said Davidson, one of the Rotarians.  "We have a respectful and appreciative community".
 
The Environment is one of Rotary’s areas of focus and the BEL Club was out in full force on April 23rd.  Despite the cold and at times rainy weather members picked up garbage and collected and sorted recycling around Rotary Park and on the neighbouring roads.  They were joined by members of the Peterborough Bass Masters who were also out in force to help with garbage and recycling collecting! 

Many families in our community continue to face daily challenges presented by the continuing reality of the pandemic.  Once again BEL Rotary rose to the occasion and purchased, packaged and delivered the makings of an Easter dinner with all the trimmings, treats, Easter crafts and special Easter “goodies” for the children, to local families.

In the words of Rotarian Kim Whynot, “The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others is what Rotary is all about. The gratitude of grandma and the extended family was overwhelming.  John from John’s Independent in Bridgenorth is so supportive.  He insisted I take the biggest turkey there was!”

It is thanks to the support of our community partners that the BEL Rotary Club is able to take on projects such as this.  We extend a special thank you to John’s Independent in Bridgenorth for your generous support. 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to change the world through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Simply said, it is to do “good” in the world and come one step closer to peace.  When a person is recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow, it means that 1000 USD has been donated to the Foundation either by or on behalf of the individual. 
 
Foundation dollars make a difference.  Local projects supported by the Rotary Foundation include the annual adopt a family project, support of the Lakefield and Bridgenorth Food Banks, support for local agencies and Long Term Care facilities during the pandemic, the BEL Rotary Bridegenorth Trail and the provision of equipment to local schools.   Internationally, foundation dollars have supported the eradication of polio, the Rotary School of Cambodia and most recently the disaster relief fund to support those most affected by the war in Ukraine.
 
A Paul Harris recipient upholds the ideals of Rotary in their personal and professional life.  At the Monday meeting, BEL Rotary recognized three of its own.  Rotarian Girv Devitt received his Paul Harris +6 (a total of 7000 USD) in person, Bob Fawcett his Paul Harris +2 (a total of 2000 USD) and Christopher Tworkowski his Paul Harris +8 (a total of 9000 USD) both virtually.  All three of these members have been tireless in their commitment of time, expertise and resources to the betterment of the community.
After two long years the BEL Season Opener Golf Tournament is back!!  Get your foursome together and join the fun at the Quarry Golf Course on May 12th.  The tournament will feature Dinner, specialty holes and much more.  Contact Tony Davidson at tony.davidson@td.com or 705-313-1589.
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
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Selwyn, ON
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We are currently meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. We are now in person with an option to join via zoom. Please contact President Wilf or any director to join us. We are currently looking for a new home so location varies.
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