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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.
The BEL Rotary Club sends a huge THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, supporters and participants of the second annual Pandemic Polar Plunge.  Plungers demonstrated the true spirit of giving, showed their creativity and raised more than $15,000.  The true benefactors of this event are the charities named by the plungers and the members of our community who benefit from the work of BEL Rotary. Thank you to the plungers for your efforts to make this event so much fun.  Thank you to the “pledgers” for your ongoing support.  To see the antics of this crazy, community minded group of people visit the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJ_vjU_4l2JaS8j5mZoW5A  The most money raised by an individual was Jodie Mulder.  She raised more than $3500 in support of Community Care! The best video was by the KVEC Porcupines team: Amber McGill, Elizabeth Dillon, Dana Salahub and Shelby Cohen who plunged to raise money for the Kawartha Wildlife Centre.
We also extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors: The Wolf, Fresh Radio, Global Peterborough, Bridgenorth Guardian, Bridgenorth Home Hardware, Savage Arms and the Lakefield Herald for your ongoing and tremendous support.  You are awesome!
A heartfelt thank you to all – we couldn’t do it without you.
There is still time!  Choose your charity, choose your "plunge", get a costume and join the crazy plungers - all "Freezin for a Reason" in support of local charities and the BEL Rotary Club.  Register at belrotaryplunge.com
Choose your charity, choose your costume and join the fun!  The Pandemic Polar Plunge challenge is on!  Mother Nature is cooperating with snow and ice and it is your turn to join the antics of our intrepid plungers.  For more information click on the Plunge link at the right hand side of this page!
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May 2022