Kelly Belanger 
Kelly Belanger was born in Bonneville, Alberta, the first of five brothers and one of 30 cousins. 
A family on the move, his changed locales 42 times in three years. For the first year of his life, Kelly lived in a drawer. 
When he was five, his mom said it was time to settle down and they did that in Edson where he started kindergarten. 
At the start of another oil boom, they moved to Fort McMurray with his mom who was then single. 
A Red Seal chef, Kelly has been cooking since he was 12 with his grandmother as his instructor. If he made a mistake, she would whack him with a wooden spoon. She also taught at a culinary school where he eventually attended. She was upset when he said he was going to enroll because she wanted him to hate cooking so she retired the year before he started. Kelly says he know more than a lot of the instructors and pulled off the highest mark in the class. 
Cooking doesn’t pay 
as well as working in the oil patch so eventually he went to work there for seven years, going to night school to become a power engineer.
He decided he wanted to reconnect with his father’s family and moved back to Bonneville where in 1994 he met his future wife. 
Ten years later things became to go awry. Kelly, who is gay, said he came out because he was done with lying to himself. He had been traumatized at the age of 12 when he witnessed his first gay bashing and jumped into the closet. 
The first person he told was his son and then daughter who had hoped their parents would get back together. They came around and are now the best of friends.
He met his future husband, JP, in 2007 and they were together for 13 years and married for eight. 
The couple came to Powell River where Kelly saw that The Old Courthouse Inn was for sale. He loved its Tudor style and fell in love with it the moment he stepped into the building. 
When he found out the price, he two days later he was the owner. The realtor told him it was the fastest sale he had ever done. 
Kelly had redecorated all the rooms and serves breakfast every Tuesday through Saturday from 9-1 in Edie Rae’s Café. If he could find more staff to complement the wonderful employees he has, he would open more often. He’s also looking for housekeeping staff. COVID has been hard but this summer was the best one he has experienced and the inn has been full right through to last week 
Serendipitously, years ago he had bought a pen and ink drawing of the courthouse by Powell River artist Courtney Cressy. It now hangs in his private quarters at the inn.
Kelly said his marriage was great, then got a little rough and then ended.  
He loves Powell River which has so much to offer with the outdoors and many new friends and guests who have also become friends. He has felt so accepted here, unlike a lot of small towns. 
He joined Rotary because he was to give back to this community and feels being a Rotarian is the way to do that. 
SCOTT RANDOLPH WITH CHARCUTERIE BOARD MADE BY ED FRAUSEL.
UPCOMING PROGRAM SPEAKERS
Any Rotarians with suggestions for programs are asked to contact Anne H.
 
Oct 27 – A Potluck for Polio Fundraiser, Auction of items donated by members. 
 
Nov 3 – Vanessa Sparrow, School Food Literacy program coordinator, School District 47
 
Nov 10 – Ionatan Waisgluis, Square Byte, Online visibility for business and non-profits, 10 tips for success.
 
Nov 17 – Club AGM and nomination of officers for 2022-23.
 
Nov 24 – Linda Shabin and Avi Sterberg, VIU Culinary Arts School at Birch Tree Café. 
 
Dec 1- Eagle Walz from PR Parks and Wilderness Society will give an update on the trails and huts on the Sunshine Coast Trail. 
 
DIRECTORS’ REPORTS
 
Foundation:
Elke circulated a form for Rotarians to write down their auction item donations the Polio Plus fundraiser on October 27 meeting. She needs the information prior to that night. The auction will be at Julie’s with an online component. Friends can be invited to participate via Zoom.
She also announced that she has Rotary Bucks for members to acquire after making a donation to Rotary Foundation. They can then be used for happy and sad dollars.
 
Fundraising:
Monica reported that raffle ticket sales are now over $8,7000. She says again sell, sell, sell. Early Bird Draw is November 15 and all paper tickets need to be entered for buyers to be eligible.
$75 packages are the best sellers and $25 ones are second. Town Centre Mall table is available outside the liquor store on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4 pm. Let Deborah know when you are available to sell. Please call her at 604.458.5668 if you wish to sell there. 
Read To Me books and stickers are here. Monica has asked for help putting in bags and distributing them. A district grant is paying for half of the cost. 
 
Membership:
Scott reported that Sasha was to be inducted this evening but she was not able to attend. Her induction will take place next week.
 
 
Community Service Projects: 
Joyce reported that the first organizing meeting for our club’s largest community service project, Festival of the Performing Arts, was Monday, October 18, in the board room of the academy of music. More committee members from Rotary or the community are welcome. 
 
Public Relations:
Kelly reported there will be an article in October 27 Mid-Week Peak to promote the Grocery Plus raffle, just ahead of the Early Bird Draw. 
 
International and Youth: 
Bente reported that a donation for a Shelter Box, sent to places where a disaster has occurred has been finalized. 
She explained for the benefit of newer members that it contained a tent, tools, cooking utensils and other necessary items to help people who lost their homes.
 
Interact: 
Joyce reported that Nate at Save-On Foods has donated pumpkins for Brooks Interact’s Pumpkins for Polio carving contest on Thursday, October 28.
 
Treasurer:
Frieda said she will send out the monthly financial statements in a few days.