Returning exchange student Alicia Kensit speaks about her trip and business speaker Debbie Karpenko provides information about her business Waterfront Interiors 


August is Membership Month

President Dave opened the meeting, giving a toast to Mexico, Brazil, Denmark, France, Canada and Rotary International.


Bob Ash led us in the 4 Way Test and David Rook Green in Grace. 


Sargent at Arms David Rook Green introduced our guest for the evening:  Bob Morrow (our summer member form the Whitby Club), Andrea Beasley, Greg Kensit and Maureen Kensit (relatives our rebound exchange student Alicia and our own Alicia Kensit.


We missed you:  Spence Tucker, Ruth Kuchinad and Bob Craw


Leave of Absence: John Taylor

50/50 Draw: Alicia drew the winning ticket, congratulations to Tony!


Fines:  Griv led us in fines focusing on our guest speaker for the evening and the Youth Exchange program.  Members were asked questions such as “Where was the first Youth Exchange students from?  Copenhagen Denmark” and “when did the BEL Club host its first Student? BEL hosted Carrie from Australia in 1979.”


Happy bucks:

Rotarian Don shared a happy buck.  His son was married in Calgary two weeks ago, he has returned from his honey moon and is still married! 


Business Speaker:

Rotarian Tony introduced our business speaker for the evening, Debbie Karpenko, certified interior decorator and owner of Waterfront Interiors in Buckhorn.  Debbie offers a full range of decorating consultation, and specializes in window treatments.  She is distributor for Hunter Douglas, Shad-o-matic and Eclipse Shutters.  Home owners are often dealing with very large windows and sun effects while wanting an aesthetically pleasing product.  Window treatments have evolved to include a wide variety of simple/functionally based options.


Debbie responded to questions that the increase in the number of decorating shows on television has certainly affected the decorating profession.  Clients are looking for help in developing cohesion in their homes, looking at the “big picture”.  Debbie can be reached on her website

Evening Program:

Rotarian Sue introduced our speaker for the evening, our rebound student Alicia Kensit.  She started by saying that Alicia didn’t really need an introduction as she had been part of our Rotary family for a year before going on exchange, but then corrected it by saying that Alicia returned in many ways a new young woman.  Alicia embraced the spirit of the exchange before she went on exchange and continued to do so during her year away.


Alicia started by sharing her insight into exchange and the value of having the opportunity to get to know another culture, other points of view and ways of life and of sharing her own culture.  She believes that if you get to know others, “my friend Josh from Brazil, Hector form Italy or Monique from Germany, it is hard to hate”.


Alicia shared her many wonderful experiences and opportunities, her school day, travel, host families, challenges and triumphs.  People were the highlight and the mainstay of her year.  People made the difference and got her through the good as well as the bad.


Alicia hopes we see the good as well as the not so good of Mexico.  She “lived” the Mexico where a little boy in an orphanage would share his candy because “but you don’t have any”.  She lived the Mexico where an 80 year old man, crippled over would hold the door open for another and she lived the Mexico where you can sleep on the beach lulled by the sound of the waves.


Alicia thanked the club for giving her the precious gift of a year in another country; something she really can’t find the words to say thank you for.


Alicia was thanked by Bob Ash.  Bob thanked her for her incredible enthusiasm, passion and commitment.  Her energy is amazing and her presentation well done!


Important Notice:

At the meeting of July 8th, it was moved by Girv Devitt and seconded by Chris Tworkowski that the 2013 – 2014 budget of the Rotary Club of BEL be accepted.  The motion passed.


Bob Ash announced that he had a call from Doug Soccocia of the planning department regarding the building of a garden byt the Ennismore Horticultural Committee, just west of Rotary Rotary Park.  Concern was raised by the club that we were not involved in dicussion or the planning process.  It was agreed that Bob would contact Doug and indicate that after discussion it was decided that is was in everyone’s’ best interest to support this project as it will be a good step in community beautification but that is was said with some reservation in that it was not brought to our attention previously for discussion.  He also indicated that Community Service is one of our primary objectives, and any project of this nature if properly submitted to us for consideration could get our support.

Chris announced that he and Ruth represented the club at the Lakefield sidewalk sale.  He handed out a brochure and hopefully something will come of it.




Date                                        Evening Chair                        Speaker

August 19                                Spence Tucker                        Tim Dalliday

August26                                 Chris Tworkowski                    The Unity Singers

Sept 2                                      No Meeting                              Labour Day

Sept 9                                      Bob Ash                                  Linda Cash

Sept 16                                    Dave Tilley                              D.G. Marilyn Hanson

Sept 23                                    Bob Craw                                Dr. Rosana Pellissari

Dates to Remember:

District Conference:  Please see the notice from the District Conference Committee

Fellow Rotarians:

It is hard to believe that the last weeks of summer are upon us and District Conference is just around the corner Oct 4, 5 & 6th!!!  Come early and register for Golf on the 3rd.  With that in mind, please consider the following:

1.       Register now for savings!!!  Price increases by $35 on September 1st.

2.       Home hosting is filling up VERY quickly.  Don’t be disappointed, get online and book your home hosting event today!!!

Go to to register, look at the agenda, speaker’s bios or information on hotels.
District Conference 2013 Highlights…over and above the fellowship!

The conference kicks off with two presentations on the Friday afternoon that highlight the theme of the conference "One Person can make a Difference".

Rick Ball from the Orillia area is a para Olympic athlete. He will relate his experience running with an artificial leg. Then Joe Roberts, from Vancouver, will tell you why he will be pushing a grocery cart across Canada next summer. Joe, originally from the Midland Penetang area, ended up homeless in Vancouver as a teenager and then eventually become a CEO of a major multimedia development corporation.

The Saturday morning program will concentrate on Rotary topics. First Dr Bob Scott, Chair of the Rotary International Polioplus Committee, will bring all of us up to-date on the status of polio eradication throughout the world.

Link to: Birthday bash for Bob Scott raises US$200,000.

Bob will be followed by our own Bryn Styles. Bryn is a current Rotary International Director and will bring us up to date what is happening in the Rotary world.

Saturday afternoon will bring us presentations from district including such items as youth exchange, vocational training teams, Rotaract and next year's conferenc

The fellowship aspect of Rotary is also a big component of this year's conference:

·         Home hosting dinner on the Friday evening

·         Social & dance on the Friday night

·         Governor's Ball at Casino Rama on the Saturday night

·         Golf tournament & dinner on the Thursday afternoon.

All of this, except the Governor's Ball, will be held at Fern Resort, "Home of Rolls and Honey".

See you in Orillia!