2019 Season Opener Golf Tournament 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Polar Plunge 2019 David Tilley 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Dust off your clubs and join us for the BEL Rotary Season Opener!  All proceeds are used to
support the work of BEL Rotary !
Season Opener 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Despite the "winter" weather, BEL Rotarians, family and community partners joined forces to clean up our neighbourhood.  For the past several years, the BEL club has participated in the Super Spring Clean Up, picking up garbage, trimming the gardens and monitoring the BEL Rotary Bridgenorth Trail.  Working toward a "cleaner" tomorrow is a goal of the BEL Club and Rotarians everywhere.
Super Spring Clean UP 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
On Monday, the BEL Club had the opportunity to share fellowship, ideas and common goals with our
Curve Lake First Nation neighbours. 
Thank you to our hosts for this wonderful opportunity.
Meeting with Our Curve Lake Neighbours 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Season Opener Golf Tournament 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
BEL Welcomes Linda and Mike to Our Rotary Family 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Recognition 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
One of great pleasures of being a Rotarian is to share Rotary.  The BEL Club welcomes Mary Lou Tryan (second from left) and Recy Thomas (third from right) to the BEL Rotary Family.
Welcome to BEL Rotary 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Justina Moore with plunge co-chairs Tony Davidson and Mike Richardson.

Thirteen year old Justina Moore was recognized for raising the most money as an individual, $1,651!  “While many young teenagers may be focused on friends or music, Justina was out raising money for the Lakefield Food Bank.  We are very proud of her", said event co-chair Mike Richardson. 

Best Costume Winners Eric Boudrias and Morgan Thompson

Eric Boudrias (aka “The Hulk”) and Morgan Thompson (aka “Jughead”) were recognized for the best costume.  “There were a number of great costumes and it was a tough decision, but these ones stood out”, said co-chair Tony Davidson.

Polar Plunge Celebration 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
13 year old Justina Moore (AKA Super Woman) raised the most funds as an individual plunger at the recent BEL Rotary Polar Plunge.  The event raised close to 35,000 to support various charities and work of BEL Rotary.  A heart felt thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and of course the plungers who made this event so successful!
Polar Plunge a Huge Success 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Save Sunday, February 4th for 37th annual BEL Rotary Polar Plunge.  Registration is easy.  Registration information, on-line registration forms and pledge sheets are available on the Polar Plunge site page.  The site will allow you to register your team and track your pledges. On-site registration and check-in begin at 12:00 noon, on the west side of the Bridgenorth Ennismore Causeway.  Plungers must have a minimum $200.00 per plunger and a signed waiver.  All plungers under the age of 16 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.  The action begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp so please arrive at the site well in advance.  
Support your favorite charity and join those crazy people that "Freeze for a Reason!"
Polar Plunge 2018 2018-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotarians Bring Christmas to Local Families 2017-12-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Rocks and Rings Floor Curl program introduces elementary school children to the national pass time and Olympic sport of curling.  BEL Rotary provided children at St Paul Lakefield and Ridpath Elementary Schools with the opportunity to work with Whitney Boles from Curl Canada Rocks and Rings and also provided equipment to the schools so the program can become part of the physical education curriculum.
Rocks and Rings 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Members of the BEL Club joined the Ennismore Horticultural Society for the annual Tree Lighting and Carol sing.  Always a great way to kick off the festive season!  This partnership is one more way BEL Rotary enhances the life of those in our community.  Next up for BEL Rotary is the Festive Season "Adopt a Family" program done in cooperation with the local schools.
T'is the Season 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.  When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. This is why we provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives.

Thank you to BEL Rotary for your gift of shelter!

Rotary and Shelter Box 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary is well known for its service at home and around the world but fellowship is the glue that holds us together.  Not sure if we will be recognized on for our melodic qualities but fellowship and camaraderie were high as we joined for karaoke at the home of Mike and Lucie Richardson.
"Canadian Idol?" 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
The spirit of the BEL Rotary Club was evident at the Lakefield Claus Parade.  The club is currently working on the the annual "Adopt a Family" Festive program to bring the gift of Christmas to those in our community who otherwise may not enjoy the magic of the season.
The Festive Season is Upon Us 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
As part of our commitment to youth and healthy living, BEL Rotary sponsored three benches to the Skate Board Park in Lakefield.  The park is well used and provides a place for youth to engage in outdoor, purposeful activity.
Lakefield Skate Board Park 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Walk for Polio Awareness 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Bike for Hospice a Great Success 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Park is home to fishing tournaments, family gatherings, church services and
of course the polar plunge! 
On August 1th Rotarians, family and friends got together to repair the dock,
repair and stain the gazebo and clean up the park.
Work Party at Rotary Park 2017-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to our amazing community for your incredible generosity.  More than $5800 was
raised at the voluntary toll, July 8th. 
Voluntary Toll 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
2016-2917 President Tony Davidson was presented with his Paul Harris +4 in recognition for
his leadership and contributions to the club during his term as president.
On June 25th, President Tony Davidson "passed the gavel" to incoming President Trevor Copeland, during the presidential changeover at
Smithaven's Brewing Company.  
 It was a great evening of fun and fellowship as the club celebrated the many accomplishments of the 2016-17 Rotary year and
started planning to the year ahead!  Congratulations to all!!
Presidential Changeover 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotarians provided free hot dogs and drinks to the community to say
thank you for your ongoing support.  In true spirit, many community members wanted to make a donation to the club!
Day of Caring 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Teacher graduates from the Trent University Teacher Education Program work with teachers at Rotary School in Cambodia, to help them better develop language and teaching skills.  The Canadian teachers have been very warmly received and in the words of Cambodian teacher Sophea, "I want to be a better teacher like Canadian teachers and help to make a better life for my country!"
Vocational Training Team Making a Difference 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotarian, PDG Brian Menton was crowned champion at the tri club Axe Throwing Competition on Sunday.  After a fast
and furious round robin competition, Brian out threw Peterborough Rotarian Stan Pineau to win the coveted
Championship trophy!  Congratulations Brian!
Axe Throwing Champion Crowned Susan Davidson 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians, family and friends recognized Earth Day by cleaning up Rotary Park, the Rotary Bridgenorth Trail
and the surrounding community.
Adeline Comery Helps Rotarians at the Super Spring Clean Up
Super Spring Clean-Up 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Graduates from the Sewing Program; Cambodia 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Players enjoy Scotch samples at the 2016 Season Opener Golf Tournament
Join the Fun:
2017 BEL Rotary Season Opener
Thursday May 11, 2017
1:00 Shot Gun Start
Quarry Golf Club, Ennismore
Scotch samples, beer samples, cigars, Caesars and more!
$100 per player
Registration and information on the Golf Site Page!
"Season Opener" Golf Tournament 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
          On March 6, BEL Rotary recognized the many sponsors, volunteers and plungers who made the Polar Plunge such a success. 
           More than $30,000 was raised to support the work of BEL Rotary and many charities and organizations in our community. 
    A heartfelt thank you to you all!
Polar Plunge Appreciation 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Oh Canada!  BEL Rotary celebrates Canada's 150th with a jump in Chemong Lake!
Polar Plunge 2017-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Past District  Governor and long time supporter addressed the club at the occasion of our 40th anniversary.   The year the BEL Club was chartered, the theme for the Rotary year was “Believe in Rotary":  Tom talked about the meaning of this theme, both to the many people in our local and international communities that we support as well as for members and the way Rotary has been there to support us.  He talked about the many contributions our club has made and referred to us as “Rotarians on Steroids”.
Our members are our strength. Our charter president Bob Ash shared some thoughts of the past 40 years.  Bob remembered the charter evening, former members and the fellowship and service of 40 years.  Bob was thanked by David Rook Green for his contributions over the past 40 years.  Bob is an active participant in all of our local work and was instrumental in the development and maintenance of Rotary Park, the triathlon and polar plunge and is the “face behind the fishing tournaments”.  David presented Bob with a plaque recognizing his service.
President Tony presented Don Thornton with the Avenues of Service Citation, in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the ideals of Rotary.  Don lives the “4 Way Test” and has been involved in mock interviews, the Adventures in Tourism program and worked with local schools on the Rotary awards.  He is an active participant in all service and fundraising projects.  He has been on the Board of Directors providing input and direction and has supported and promoted the Foundation and club international service.  Don planned and implemented many successful International Dinners to raise money for and awareness of the Foundation. He has been involved with our Youth Exchange program and has acted as counselor for and hosted many students.   Don has led by example with 34 years of perfect attendance and more importantly 34 years of 100% engagement.  Don was presented with the Avenues of Service Citation and his 34 year pin. Congratulations Don.
40 Years of Service 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotarians found their "inner child" and shared purchases made for families in our community,
to provide the gift of Christmas.
The Gift of Christmas 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
"In support of the world-wide eradication of polio, BEL Rotarians Brian and Dorothy Menton are in Nigeria with a team of Rotarians providing children with the life saving polio vaccine.  Rotary will continue the fight until all of the world is free of the scourge or this terrible disease."
BEL Rotarians Fight Polio 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Following the Lakefield Santa Claus Parade, members celebrated with BEL Rotarians Dr. Negin Amin
at the the open house of her Dental Clinic, Lakeflower Family Dental.  Congratulations Negin!!
Celebrating Members 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Spirit was high as BEL Rotarians participated in the Lakefield Santa Claus parade.  In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday
the theme for the 2017 Polar Plunge will be Canada 150!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
In commemoration of the first donation of $26.50 to the Foundation, the members of the BEL club donated $26.50 to Polio Plus. Each got a purple pinkie so we could officially give Polio the finger!
BEL Rotary Gives Polio the Finger! 2016-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary at the Chemong Lake Triathlon 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
OPP Const Richard Nie accepts a cheque from David Tilley for the sponsorship of
two students to the OPP summer camp.
OPP Summer Camp 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Voluntary Toll 2016-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the BEL Club PDG Brian and Dorothy Menton!! 
DG Margaret Walton welcomed new Rotarian Negin Amin to Rotary and to District 7010.
New Members 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Recognition 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
President Dave Tilley passes the gavel to incoming president Tony Davidson. 
The "Fellowship of Beer Drinkers" enjoys Roaring Rotarian Beer.
Following the formal part of the evening, members and guests enjoyed a barbecue
demonstration and meal cooked by Brad Watt of Rare Grill House.
Changeover Evening 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Spring Opener 2016 a great success!
On May 5th, under sunny skies, 88 golfers teed off in support of BEL Rotary.  The annual “Season Opener” tournament was held at the Quarry Golf Club and featured specialty event holes, beat the pro, closest to hole and closest to the line as well as prizes and raffles.
The BEL Club extends a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors, prize donors and golfers who made the day such a success.  All of the work of the BEL Rotary Club depends on the support of the community.  Local programs sponsored by the BEL club include supporting the building of playground equipment at Ridpath School, the festive season “adopt a family”, providing the gift of literacy to local children, the super spring clean-up and the continued development and enhancement of Rotary Park and the Bridgenorth Trail.  The club is also actively involved in the eradication of Polio world-wide and the provision of educational opportunities to children in Cambodia.
The Spring Opener 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
From Dream to Reality: the Rotary School of Cambodia
A year ago the “Rotary School of Cambodia: BEL Building” wasn’t even a dream let alone the reality it is today.  Twenty five team members led by the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore- Lakefield and made up of Rotarians, family and friends, are home again after completing the three room school/multi use facility consisting of a classroom/library, sewing instruction room and teacher accommodation.  The school is on the site of the Rotary School that was built last year.
Above, members of the BEL club stand in front of the library corner of the classroom that will serve as an English classroom and a library classroom.
Cambodia School Build 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
On Monday night the BEL Rotary Club celebrated the many sponsors, volunteers and plungers who made the 36th Polar Plunge possible.  The plunge is a fond memory and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved was another huge success.  “The plunge went off like clockwork thanks to the tremendous work of the volunteers and community supporters” said Chairperson Tony Davidson during the celebration. “It is truly a community event and it is the efforts of everyone concerned that makes it such a success.  In the end, it is the charities and the work of BEL Rotary that are the true benefactors.”
Polar Plunge Celebration 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

36th Annual Polar Plunge

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May the Force be with you at the 36th Annual Polar Plunge!!  Even though Mother Nature is not co-operating the Polar Plunge is a definite go.  There is still time to register your team and join the crazy plungers to raise money for your favourite charity.  Join the fun on Sunday February 7th, 2:00 sharp in Rotary Park Ennismore.  For more information and to register visit the Plunge Link at the top left corner of the home page.
The Count Down is ON Sue Davidson 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
The Dream is Becoming a Reality


It may just look like a pile of rubble but the landfill has arrived and marks the tangible beginning of the Rotary School of Cambodia, BEL Rotary.  Preparations are underway as the team prepares to leave on Feburary 17th.  For more information about the build visit www.cambodiaschoolbuild.com.
Cambodia School Build 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotarians Bring Christmas to Local Families 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Picture from Lakefield Herald
At the meeting of December 7th, the BEL Rotary Club had the honor of welcoming Rotary Foundation Trustee Bryn Styles.  Through this passion and commitment, Styles furthers the work of Rotary, and acts to make the world a better place at home and around the globe. 
Trustee Bryn Styles Addresses BEL Rotary 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
The BEL Rotary Club has been a proud supporter of the work of Chemong Community Care for the past several years.  At the meeting of November 30th, BEL Rotary Community Services chair Chris Tworkowski presented Denise Williams of Community Care with a light weight walker/wheel chair.  This devise will be added to the Community Care lending library.  Many seniors do not qualify for government assistance with the purchase of assistive devices, so the opportunity to borrow much needed equipment will help provide them with independence.
Chris also presented a cheque to support the Thursday morning social time.  It gives seniors the opportunity t0o “get out of the house” and interact with others.
Supporting our Seniors 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
The Christmas Season is truly upon us.  BEL Rotarians partnered with the Ennismore Horticultural Society in the purchase and decorating of a Christmas Tree for the Gazebo at Rotary Park.  The official lighting ceremony took place on November 29th, complete with Christmas Carols and treats compliments of the Sip ‘n Dip in Ennismore.
T'is the Season 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
36th Annual Polar Plunge Dave Tilley 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
As we approach World Polio Day, the world is one country closer to Polio Eradication.  On August 11, 2015, Nigeria was declared Polio free, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan the two remaining endemic countries.  On October 24th, BEL Rotarians will be conducting the annual Purple Pinkie Campaign at Bowles Valumart in Bridgenorth and FoodLand in Lakefield.  Together we can make a Polio-free world a reality.
World Polio Day 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0


The Dream Continues

The atrocities of the Khmer Rouge left a generation of Cambodian without training and education, and this has made the country one of the poorest in the world.  Education is the key to a better future.  The BEL Club is working to make this better future a reality. 
The Dream Continues Susan Davidson 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jul 10, 2015

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Thank you to our generous community for your support of the BEL Rotary annual voluntary

toll. More than $5000. was raised to support local and international service work.

Voluntary Toll Susan Davidson 2015-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jul 08, 2015


BEL Rotarians and Friends embark upon project to build a school in the small Asian country of Cambodia.

For more information or to join the team please contact Susan Davidson at susandavidson@trentu.ca

or 705-292-8977.





Cambodia School Build Susan Davidson 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Apr 26, 2015


Golfers enjoy scotch and martini sampling at the 2014 Season Opener Golf Tournament.  The 2015 Season Opener is Friday May 15th, at the Quarry Golf Club.  For more information or to register click on the link at the left hand side of this page.

Season Opener Golf Tournament Susan Davidson 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Apr 19, 2015


Join BEL Rotarians at Rotary Park (the west side of the Bridgenorth Ennismore causeway) on Saturday May 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. for the Super Spring Clean - Up!

Super Spring Clean Up Susan Davidson 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Mar 31, 2015


District Governor Brian Menton (left) and Assistant Governor Lynne Chant welcome Wilf Gray to the BEL Club.

Welcome to Rotary Wilf Gray Susan Davidson 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Dec 02, 2014


The count down is on!  Mark Sunday February 1, 2015 on your calendar and join the wild and crazy plungers who will be "freezin' for a reason" in support of their favorite charities.  For more information and registration forms, click on the "Polar Plunge" site page at the top of the left hand column on this page or go to www.belrotaryplunge.com  

"Freezin' for a Reason" Susan Davidson 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Nov 26, 2014



Congratulations and thank you to all who made the Gingerbread Contest such a success!!

Tis the Season . . . Susan Davidson 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Nov 23, 2014


Community Services Chair presents Denise Gould of Cmemong Community Care with a cheque to

support senior's programs in our area.


Supporting Chemong Community Care Susan Davidson 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Oct 19, 2014


Lorie Windrem, music teacher at Chemong Public School accepts a check from Community Service chair Chris Tworkowski toward the purchase of music                               to support the newly formed recorder and ukulele programs.

The Gift of Music Susan Davidson 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary Club Provides Students with Camping Expereince Susan Davidson 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Sep 22, 2014


Assistant Governor Lynne presents Past President Dave with the Presidential Citation and Governor's Achievement Award in recognition of the work of the club during the 2013 - 2014 Rotary year.

BEL Rotary Recognized at District Conference Susan Davidson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Sep 07, 2014


David Dane of Runner's Life presents President Brian with a cheque for $500., from the Chemong Lake Tirathlon.

Chemong Lake Triathlon Susan Davidson 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Aug 24, 2014


Fellowship, Fun and a Night at with the Blue Jays!

A Night with the Jays Susan Davidson 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jul 27, 2014


Brad Watt, owner and chef of "Rare" demonstrated butchering and barbecuing techniques to Rotarians and guests.

Cooking Class with Brad Watt Susan Davidson 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jul 27, 2014


BEL Rotarians enjoyed a visit from Zicka Christen, exchange student during the 2005/2006 Rotary year. Zicka updated club members about her life during the past 8 years. Zicka is an excellent example of the value and far reaching effects of the Youth Exchange Program. Welcome Back Zicka!



Exchange Student Zicka Christen Returns! Susan Davidson 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Voluntary Toll a Huge Success Susan Davidson 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jul 10, 2014


Light Up Rotary is not just our theme for the year — it is a call for each of us to take action and make Rotary stronger. 2014-15 R.I. Presdient Gary Huang encourages us to take action to increase our membership, enhance our service impact, and expand our network.

A New Rotary Year Begins Susan Davidson 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Craw Becomes Honorary Member Susan Davidson 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
President Dave recognized as Paul Harris Fellow +1 Susan Davidson 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jun 15, 2014


BEL Rotarians Girv and Cheryl Devitt and Susan and Tony Davidson are seen with the 20 children who received bicycles thanks to the generous donation of the BEL Club.

Thank you From Cambodia Susan Davidson 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Season Opener Golf Tournament Susan Davidson 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Apr 30, 2014


Rotarian Trevor Copeland is joined by community members Chris, Lisa, Elyse and Isabella in an effort to clean up our environment.

Super Spring Clean Up Susan Davidson 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Mar 30, 2014

BEL Rotary

“The Little Club That Can”

March 31, 2014

March is Literacy Month

March 31, 2014 Dave Tilley 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Mar 29, 2014


Thanks to the generosity of the Township of Selwyn Community $2100. will be donated to the fight against polio.  Rotarians are determined to finish the job we began more than 25 years ago.

BEL Rotary Contiues the Fight Against Polio Susan Davidson 2014-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Cambodia: The Opportunity of a Lifetime Susan Davidson 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Feb 25, 2014


At the February 24th meeting, BEL Rotary recognized the many sponsors, volunteers and plungers who made this year's plunge such a success.  More than $40,000 was raised and the true benefactors are the charities the plungers supported.  Above is Jenna Gabourie, who raised the most money in the "Individual" category.  Everyone has their own reason for jumping: below is Jenna's story. 

Polar Plunge 2014: Thank you for our Sponsors, Volunteers and Plungers Susan Davidson 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wheels for Learning: The Gift of an Education Susan Davidson 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Susan Davidson 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary Welcomes Three New Members to the BEL Family Susan Davidson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
31 Years of Perfect Attendance Susan Davidson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Jan 05, 2014


BEL Rotary donated $1000. to the Rotary Wheels for Learning.  The contribution will translate into 20 bicycles for school age children who otherwise may not have access to schooling.

Rotary Wheels for Learning Susan Davidson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary Brings Christmas to Local Families Susan Davidson 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary Welcomes Jennifer Guertin and Steve McCullough Susan Davidson 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Terry McQuitty Recognized for Ourstanding Support of the BEL Club Susan Davidson 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Rotary Recognizes Community Members as Paul Harris Fellows Susan Davidson 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Dec 01, 2013


At the December 2nd meeting, ADG Lynne Chant presented the BEL Club with the Presidential Citation 2012 - 2013, for outstanding service to the local and global communities and for upholding the ideals of Rotary. 

BEL Club Recognized for Outstanding Service Susan Davidson 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Dec 01, 2013



On December 2nd, the BEL Club celebrated 37 years of service to the local and international community, and a night of celebration it was.  In true keeping with the spirit of the BEL Club, the room was filled with Rotarians, family and friends. The contributions of the BEL club over the past 37 years are legendary.  The club has made a positive impact on the lives of many people in the local and global communities and members strive to "Engage Rotary" to "Change lives".  The club was honoured to have R.I. Director Bryn Styles address them, and share his dedication, passion and commitment to making this world a better place. 

Happy 37th Anniversay BEL Rotary Susan Davidson 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Nov 28, 2013



BEL Rotary joined in partnership with the Ennismore Horticultural Society to bring Christmas to Rotary Park.  President Dave, together with Andrea, Nathan and Owen partake of the fun.

Christmas Comes to Rotary Park Susan Davidson 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Davidson on Nov 24, 2013


Lakefield Businesses got in the spirit of the season and participated in the Ginger Bread House Contest sponsored by BEL Rotary as part of the "Christmas in the Village Celebrations.

Tis the Season . . . Susan Davidson 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Davidson on Nov 02, 2013



 End Polio Now!  We are this close.
October 24, 2013: World Polio Day Sue Davidson 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Davidson on Oct 06, 2013
Park clean up and presentation to Horticultural Society
October 7, 2013 Sue Davidson 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bulletin for September 30, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bulletin for September 23, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin September 16, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for September 9, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Aug 11, 2013

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

Bulletin for August 12, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for June 24, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for June 3rd, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for the meeting of May 28th, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
2013 Season Opener Golf Tournament at The Quarry Golf Club Dave Tilley 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Mar 18, 2013
As Rotary International celebrated its 108th anniversary (Feb. 23rd) Rotarians around the world are stepping up to finish the job they began in 1988, the eradication of polio.

Purple Pinkie People Fight Against Polio Dave Tilley 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for the week of February 11, 2013 Dave Tilley 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Kuchinad on Dec 26, 2012
 33rd Jumping of Polar Plunge

Bridgenorth, ON.


The weather outside is freezing or so the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore- Lakefield (B.E.L.) hopes. They have now begun making preparations for the  33rd annual Polar Plunge at Chemong Lake.


What’s new this year?  The B.E.L. Club has implemented an arrangement for jumpers to register and gather donations on-line.  Go to: www.belrotaryplunge.com to sign up if you’re jumping or to donate to your favourite plunger.  Using this method, the Club hopes to surpass their highest year in 2011 which raised in excess of $84,000 for more than 50 charities and the Club itself. 

 Here is an opportunity to raise funds for the charity of your choice.  60% of the monies raised goes to your chosen charity and 40% comes to BEL Rotary to support its local and international service projects.

 The “Freezin for a Reason” event happens on Sunday, Feb 3rd at 2 pm sharp at Rotary Park in Ennismore.  The theme is “Movie Mania” and plungers can compete for prizes including Best Costume and Most Money Raised.  The Best Costume Prize will go to the jumpers who dress in our movie theme and impress our celebrity judges with their “acting”.  The teams who raise the most money will also be recognized one of two categories: the most money raised by a large corporation and the most money raised by an individual or small company. 

 It’s Christmas, the season of giving and the perfect time to ask your colleagues and friends for their generous support.

For more information, you can go to www.belrotary.com and click on the right hand side to obtain a pledge sheet, see the rules and to find out how to generate an on-line account.  You may also contact Tony Davidson, this year’s Plunge Chair at

705-743-4244 or by e-mail: anthony.davidson@rbc.com.


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B.E.L. Rotary Bulletin Dave Tilley 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Freezing for a Reason 2013 Dave Tilley 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Bulletin for July 30, 2012 Sue Davidson 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
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BEL Rotary Bulletin- July 9 2012 Ruth Kuchinad 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
B.E.L. Rotary Bulletin – May 7, 2012 Ruth Kuchinad 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Adventures in Tourism Wrap Up Dave Tilley 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Club Bulletin for January 30, 2012 Dave Tilley 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
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And there was Nu-Body Home? Dave Tilley 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by David Rook-Green on Sep 12, 2011



Registration and lunch begins at 11:00 am

Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm


FORMAT: Four Person Scramble


COST:  $115 per player ($400 per Foursome if prepaid, $80 if a member of Tamarac)


INCLUDES: Golf, Golf Cart, Lunch, Steak Dinner:  “The Best in the Area” Prize Table, Closest to the Pins, Door Prize Draws , ETC, ETC, ETC, Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd then by DRAW


Sponsored by Tony Davidson of RBC Dominion Securities.


To register, donate a prize or sponsor a hole please contact Dave Rook-Green at (705) 745-1256 or chess2guitar@yahoo.ca


All  proceeds to aid in our community projects

THE FINAL FLING OF 2011 - BEL ROTARY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT David Rook-Green 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Kuchinad on Jul 06, 2011

On June 12th , the BEL Rotary Club put on a “Bikers Breakfast” in conjunction with the inaugural Bobcaygeon Bikefest.  The Country Breakfast was held at the parking lot adjacent to the Lakefield Village Inn. The event was exciting for motor bikers as well as all others.  After the breakfast, Brad Filman, president of BEL Rotary, lead a parade of riders through Lakefield, Buckhorn and up to Bobcaygeon to take part in Bikefest Bobcaygeon.                


The club is grateful for the support of Lakefield Inn, Chemong Lodge, Stuff, Fleming College Culinary Program and the Lakefield Village Bakery.


BEL's Bikers Breakfast Ruth Kuchinad 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Apr 17, 2011
In the past few months BEL Rotary is pleased to introduce 2 new members to the community. On Monday, January 31, Sue Davidson inducted Lorne Kelsey to the Club. Lorne is currently working out of the GPAEDC offices and helping to attract conferences and seminars to our area. On Monday, April 11, Reg Downs was inducted by Bob Ash and Ruth Kuchinad. Reg owns R D Printing, a printing service in Ennismore. Welcome Lorne and Reg!
BEL Welcomes New Members Dave Tilley 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
BEL Donates to Lakefield Literacy Festival Dave Tilley 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Feb 28, 2011

THANK YOU from the B.E.L. Rotary Club to all the sponsors, supporters and participants of the 31st Polar Plunge which took place Feb 6, 2011.  Your efforts behind the scenes and during the event made this year’s event the best in 31 years. 149 jumpers raising over $82,000, made contributions to 50 different charities – doubling our efforts from last year! CONGRATULATIONS!



2011 Polar Plunge Appreciation Dave Tilley 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Feb 28, 2011
The 2nd Annual Pan Fish Festival, scheduled for Chemong Lake on Feb 19, 2011,  took place at the Heritage Centre of the  Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters instead.  B.E.L. Rotary Club held a 50/50 Draw and Meribeth Stott was the winner of $278.00.  Here she is receiving her cheque from Ruth Kuchinad, PR Director of B.E.L. Rotary Club.
2nd Annual Pan Fish Festival Dave Tilley 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Feb 10, 2011

The Rotary Club of Bridgenorth Ennismore Lakefield is proud to be a partner in the trail linking Peterborough and Bridgenorth. As part of the planning committee the club recognizes the value of the trail in providing local residents and visitors to the area with a safe way to enjoy the beautiful countryside either on foot or by bicycle. The Rotary Club has assumed stewardship of the trail and will be involved in its ongoing maintenance and development.

Bridgenorth Trail Dave Tilley 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Courtney Davidson on Feb 10, 2011

Polar Plunge pictures from 2011 are now posted under “Journals” on the right side of homepage!

Polar Plunge Pictures Courtney Davidson 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2011

The local Rotary clubs are coming together to sponsor a Rotaract club for the Peterborough area. Rotaract allows members to grow personally and professionally, address community needs, and promote international understanding through friendship and service. "Whatever they do, Rotaractors know how to have fun, make friends, and make the world a little better in the process". An information meeting will be held Thursday, February 17 at Splice.


Any adults between the ages of 18-30 who want to make a difference in the community and around the world please contact Susan Davidson. For more information visit www.rotaract.org.

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Posted by Dave Tilley on Feb 06, 2011

Thanks to all the hard work and ingenuity of the 52 teams of 149 jumpers that plunged this year, as well as the many volunteers, the Polar Plunge so far has raised an amazing $81,750. This amount is the best we have ever done in the 31 years the Plunge has been happening. The day was great, even with a little snow, the venue was perfect with the snow bleachers, everyone could see and the antics of the jumpers were amazing.


As to our winners, hats off to Dynacast, Team #1, who raised a total of $31,000, with 9 jumpers starting off the Plunge. Their charity was YMCA- Strong Hands. They will be receiving the trophy for the "Most Funds Raised - large corporation". Bell's Garage, Team  #5 came in again as the winner of the "Most Funds Raised - small group/individual category". The six fellows from Bell's Garage, Bridgenorth, James Jones, John Jones, Steve Keller, Jamie Parker, Jeremy Dennison and Christopher Collins, raised a total of $5635.80 for Wish Upon a Star. And the winners of the Best Costume Trophy were Team #29, Penny Indelicati, Deborah James, Liz Martin, Sarah Maki, Corine Musson and Laura Guresney. They dressed as the Fruits of the Loom, underpants and all.  


Some of the day’s pictures will be posted by the end of the week. If you would like a copy of your plunge photos please email Courtney your Team #/Name, costume and number of jumpers and she will email them to you.


Thanks to all for the most successful plunge in our 31 years! 

Polar Plunge = Huge Success Dave Tilley 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 06, 2011

Adventures in Tourism is an annual 4 day conference from April 3-6 2011 that is sponsored by BEL Rotary.  This free conference will network students with local businesses and industry professionals to demonstrate what a career in tourism, hospitality and culinary areas could hold for their future. It is a unique, once in a lifetime, intimate experience perfect for students between the ages of 15-18 who are looking to make an educated decision when considering their post secondary and career options. Please call Brian Parks at (705)657-2857 for more information.

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Posted by Dave Tilley on Feb 02, 2011

Registration will open on Sunday at 12:30. If you are jumping in a group all members must register at the same time. Please make sure to bring all money pledged and a signed waiver form with you when you register. Buses are available for you to change in before and after the plunge. See you there!

Polar Plunge Registration Update Dave Tilley 2011-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Kuchinad on Jan 27, 2011

Superheroes are starting to come out of the woodwork to jump in the Polar Plunge, set for Sunday, Feb 6th, at 2 p.m. sharp in Rotary Park, Ennismore.  Organizers from B.E.L. Rotary Club have learned that a team of 9 people from Dynacast have raised significant funds and are jumping for the YMCA Strong Kids.  MP Dean Del Mastro has committed to doing the jump this year for Pedal fro Hope, Betsy McGregor will be plunging the Special Olympics Soccer Team, and Chris Jones will plunge with a Youth Unlimited Team.  

Super Heroes Keep Appearing Ruth Kuchinad 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Kuchinad on Jan 13, 2011

The race is on to become the best dressed or most well-funded Super Hero at the 31st Polar Plunge on Feb 6th, 2011, @ 2 pm sharp at Rotary Park in Ennismore.  Tony Davidson, Chair of B.E.L. Rotary’s 2011 Polar Plunge Committee said, “Super Heroes as a theme was chosen specifically by the Club because all the plungers are heroes for their audacity in braving the cold, cold winter waters of Chemong Lake to aid others less fortunate”.  The theme also honours firefighters and police such as those in Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield who often rescue snowmobilers and boaters from the Chemong Lake itself.

Polar Plunge Looking for #1 Super Hero Ruth Kuchinad 2011-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2011

The Rotary Club of Bridgenorth - Ennismore - Lakefield (BEL) is made up of a cross-section of dedicated business professionals from all walks of life. We received our charter on November 26, 1976 being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The BEL Rotary Club has earned a reputation as being a fun loving dynamic and high spirited organization that, despite its modest size it takes on, and completes, many local, national and international diverse projects.

If you have any questions about BEL Rotary or are interested in joining, please contact our Membership Director Bob Ash at (705)292-7147 or email Susan Davidson .

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Posted by Dave Tilley on Jan 12, 2011

Hi I’m Jeanette Heffernan; I have been chosen to represent BEL Rotary. I’m 15 years, and a grade 10 student at St. Peters Secondary School. I play hockey, rugby, and row. I live on a sheep farm with my 2 brothers and 1 sister and my dad is an electrician. I’m really excited to be an exchange student. I want to have a better understanding of the different cultures, and gain more confidence when talking in front of groups. I would like to thank BEL Rotary for choosing me as a representative of their club.

Jeanette Heffernan 

Introducing BEL's 2011/2012 Outbound Exchange Student! Dave Tilley 2011-01-12 17:29:34Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Jan 11, 2011

You can find plunge forms at the following locations:

• Bridgenorth Valu-Mart, Bridgenorth Plaza

Bell’s Garage Bridgenorth

• Chemong Lodge, Bridgenorth

• Custom Copy, Peterborough

• Neilsen’s Jewellery, Peterborough

• Ricart Trophies, Peterborough

 Or you can download the plunge forms here.

Plunge Forms Now Available for Pick-up Dave Tilley 2011-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Jan 11, 2011
  • AMJ Campbell 
  • Bowles Valu-Mart 
  • Chemong Lodge
  • Custom Copy
  • Glenn Windrem Trucking
  • Guradian, Bridgenorth Pharmacy 
  • Heming
  • Kruz, 100.5 FM
  • Ricart
  • Rota Spa
  • STC, 
  • The Wolf, 101.5 FM
Thanks to Our 2011 Sponsors Dave Tilley 2011-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Tilley on Jan 11, 2011

The B.E.L. Rotary Club presents the 31st Annual POLAR  PLUNGE on Sunday, Feb 6th, 2011 at 2 p.m. sharp at BEL Rotary Park, Ennismore.  “Freezin for a Reason” at the Polar Plunge annually draws over 1500 people to hoot and holler at the crazy folks plunging into the frigid waters of Chemong Lake.  Their efforts are all for good cause as they raise funds for their favorite charities and support Rotary’s many charitable endeavors in the process. Registration forms are now available for download. More information can found under Site Pages. Please forward all questions and concerns to Tony at (705)743-4244 or email Courtney.

Stay tuned!


BEL Rotary Annual Polar Plunge Dave Tilley 2011-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Susan Davidson


       As the world recognized World Polio Day, the BEL Purple Pinkie people were out in force, collecting

donations and raising awareness of the presence and world status of this horrible disease.

Purple Pinkie People Raise more than $800.!! Susan Davidson 0
Posted by Susan Davidson

Come and find our how we can work together to make our world a better place!

Monday September 15, 6:30

Chemong Lodge, Bridgenorth


Together we can make a difference.

BEL Open House Susan Davidson 0
Posted by Susan Davidson


PDG Dawn Straka and President Brian Parks share goals for the Rotary year.  In the words of Confucius, it is better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness.  As we begin the 2014 - 2015 Rotary year, BEL Rotarians are setting goals and taking action to make the world a better "brighter" place.

PDG Dawn Straka Addresses Club Susan Davidson 0
Posted by Susan Davidson


ADG Lynne presented Past President Ruth with a banner recognizing the club for its contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  The BEL Club was recognized as one of 2,244 out of 34,644 clubs world-wide that achieved the goal of Every Rotarian Every Year (every member made a personal donation) and a minimum contribution of $100. U.S. per active member.  Well done BEL Rotary.

BEL Rotary Recognized for Foundation Contributions Susan Davidson 0
Posted by Susan Davidson


BEL Rotary commits $1000. to the purchase of bicycles so Cambodian children can attend school.


Rotary Wheels for Learning Susan Davidson 0
BEL Rotarians Review Club Goals and Direction Susan Davidson 0
November is Fountation Month Susan Davidson 0
D.G. Marilyn Hanson, Sept.16, 2013 Sue Davidson 0
Exchange Student Alicia Kensit, Sept. 2013 Sue Davidson 0
Park Clean Up, Oct. 7, 2013 Sue Davidson 0
Cheque Presentation Sue Davidson 0
Posted by Ruth Kuchinad

Hardy golfers from far and wide are invited to the Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield (B.E.L) Rotary Club's 18th Annual "Final Fling" Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010.  Tamarac Golf Course, Ennismore is the site of spirited competition with a shotgun start promptly at 12:30 p.m.  Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m.


For only $110 per person ($80 for Tamarac members) or $400 per foursome if prepaid, they will be treated to a great 18 holes of golf, supplied with a golf cart, lunch, steak dinner (the best in the area) and lots of prizes.  If they make a hole in one, Tony Davidson from RBC Dominion Securities will even come up with $10,000!


This is the 18th year of the Tournament, which raises funds to support

community groups such as Five Counties Childrens' Centre, Youth Unlimited, Community Care, Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Fire Dept., SEL Libraries and the OPP.  In addition to its international projects, B.E.L. Rotary funds support local projects including annual Christmas hampers, the Hilliard St. trail, Chemong lakefront restoration, the Green Classroom at ChemongPublic School, playground equipment at Ridpath Public School Lakefield, and the gazebo at RotaryPark in Ennismore.


Dave Rook-Green and John Taylor, tournament co-directors, suggest there is no better way to say good-bye to the golf season than to come out October 6th, have loads of fun playing that last round, eating a sumptuous steak dinner, picking up a prize or two and supporting Rotary's good community work.


Registration forms can be downloaded from the right side of the homepage under "Download"

Final Fling Golf Tournament Ruth Kuchinad 0
Posted by Courtney Davidson

Thanks to Mike for carving an excellent representation of our Rotary Wheel from ice!

Polar Fest Carvings Courtney Davidson 0
Posted by Courtney Davidson

BEL Rotary is at it again donating $750 to Lakefield Youth Unlimited. Chris Jones came out to accept the cheque and reminded us of the important role Youth Unlimited plays in our local community helping children from slipping though the cracks.

BEL Donates to Youth Unlimited Courtney Davidson 0
Posted by Courtney Davidson

Thanks to everyone for a record year!!! Some of the pictures from the weekend are now online. Please email Courtney Davidson a description of your costume and number in your party for a copy of your plunge pictures. See you next year!!!!

Polar Plunge Success Courtney Davidson 0
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Posted by Ruth Kuchinad
Come join these brave and crazy plungers who dare enter the frigid waters of Chemong Lake because they're Freezin for a Reason.  Plungers raise funds for their favorite charities and support BEL Rotary's many charitable endeavors in the process.  More specific info available on the registration form.
Hot tubs, hot food will be the immediate reward for the plungers and a chance at a prize for the best costume or most funds raised.
If you don't feel adventurous, you can always come put to support the plungers, laugh at the silly costumes and join in the frolicking with your friends and family.
The event takes place at Rotary Park, Ennismore, at 2 p.m. sharp on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010.  Plungers must be registered by 1:30 pm
2010 Polar Plunge Ruth Kuchinad 0

A BIG thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of the 2009 Chemong Lake Triathlon. We would also like to send a warm thank you to all of the participating athletes - We Hope to See You All Again Next Year!

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Last week high school students from various communities took part in the BEL Rotary Adventures in Tourism program. The students got to see how local business in the tourism industry are operated and managed. Click here for the full story featured in the Lakefield Herald.

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The BEL Rotary Club is growing again! Judy Knowles and Courtney Davidson were inducted into the Club by District Governor Tom Bennett on March 30, 2009.
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District Governor Tom Bennett presented Don with the Paul Harris +1 pin in recognition of his tangible contributions to the BEL Rotary Club. Don has been a dedicated friend and volunteer of the BEL Rotary Club for many years. He has worked tirelessly at the polar plunge and triathlon, often the first to arrive and last to leave.

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