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Each November the Kawartha Rotary Club hosts an online auction.  A group of us got together to bid on a dinner party hosted by Margaret Currie. Last week we got together for an incredible evening of food, fellowship and hospitality.  Bryn & Randy Styles had just returned from RI President Jennifer Jones “Imagine Rotary Canada Tour” and presented us with this years scarf and tie. Lasting friendships is one of the greatest reasons to join Rotary.  It is the glue that holds us together!
Rotarian Mike Richardson and Luci at on their way to climb Kilimanjaro but first a stop at a Rotary Club in Arusha where Mike presented the BEL banner to President Yves Nzeyimana.  He also exchanged banners with the Past President of the Arusha City Club.  This is a great reminder of the world wide presence and impact of our organization!
It was a beautiful night of fellowship, food and laughter as BEL Rotary celebrated the  2021 - 22 Rotary year and looked ahead to 2022 -23.  
Past President Wilf Gray thanked the club for a great year and passed the gavel to incoming President Susan Davidson.  President Susan recognized Wilf for his commitment to Rotary and leading during challenging times.  Despite the continuation of covid the club continued to serve the community.

President Susan addressed the club.  “I am looking forward to a successful year.  We are a small club that accomplishes big things.  Our success is a team effort, and our families and friends working with our members dedicated members make this success possible. Thank you.” said Davidson.

“We will continue to serve the community and increase our impact.  Food sustainability, the environment, support for seniors and our seasonal Adopt a Family are areas we will be focussing on.  As opportunities open up we are also planning to participate in programs for youth including Adventure in Understanding and Rotary Youth Leadership programs.  The club will also continue the world-wide fight against polio and support of the work they participated in, in Nepal following the earthquake.
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! 
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