Edition: May 23, 2023

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Bill Mitchell

Club Bulletin for week of May 23, 2023
This Week:  Brett Lyons & Rachel Lamb
(Quinte Sailability)


                  President's Message   

On Thursday morning mother nature gave us another surprise, some heavy frost covered the ground, my neighbours roof was white until later in the day.   Luanne was lucky after early plantings of $200 worth of Lockyer's flowers, she covered them with tarps to protect them from the frost.   Long range forecast NO FROST, so get your planting done.
The Rotary Summer Camp Program is filling up fast, we now have 21 children who have booked a week at summer camp, just 4 more spots and our Rotary Camps of Hope will be filled.    The Rotary Fundraising Golf Tournament which provides funding for the camp project is now full.   We have increased the capacity to allow 76 golfers, all spots were filled in the first week and we will have a waiting list of teams wanting to enjoy our tournament.    Well done Colin and Bill Hurst who are spearheading this event.
Hole Sponsors and prize donations are still needed to make this event a success.
I hope everyone has a great long weekend, there will be lots of tourists and families visiting in the County this weekend.   OPP Staff Sgt Hatch has sent the attached "Safe Driving" reminder.     I hope everyone enjoys the first long weekend of 2023.

OPP takes part in Canada Road Safety Week

(ORILLIA, ON) - Following a year that marked the highest number of fatalities on Ontario Provincial Police-(OPP)-patrolled roads in 16 years, the OPP is reporting that the majority of the 359 people killed in 2022 pointed to bad decisions on the part of drivers and passengers.                    

Every year, a significant number of road deaths are linked to motorists who decide to drive aggressively, distracted, under the influence of alcohol/drugs or fatigued, with little or no thought about the unimaginable consequences that await them - the loss of human life. The decision to not buckle up is another factor that costs drivers (and passengers) their lives every year. 

Leading up to and right through the Victoria Day long weekend, the OPP will join Canadian police partners to target all forms of poor and careless driving, as well as lack of seatbelt use, in an effort to save lives on roads across the country.

The OPP reminds drivers that they are among the greatest contributors to these efforts and that some of the most important decisions of their lives are made every time they Take The Wheel. By making smart, safe decisions during every road trip, drivers and passengers are collaborating with police on making Canada's roads the safest in the world.

Ken Robertson
Wellington Rotary Club President

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Last Week:  Shelly Ackers (Quinte Transit)

Notes by Barry Davidson

31 members today were present with one guest, Roger’s partner, Cathy, to listen to Shelley Acker from Quinte Transit.

Shelley gave the background of Quinte Transit, formerly Quinte Access, for the benefit of new Rotarians.

  • They started in 1989 with On-Demand service to provide transport for those with mobility issues.
  • In 1994 it organized as a non-profit concentrating in Quinte West.
  • In 2007 it started On-Demand service in PEC.
  • In 2008 it started to provide regular public transport in Trenton with three routes on week-days and some Saturdays.
  • In 2018 it started a fixed route from Picton to Bloomfield to the Belleville bus station and flex routes to tie into this fixed route.
  • In 2023 the volume is slowly coming back after COVID with service now provided to Loyalist College and people travelling to their business. They have 600 ridership now, 300 of which is On-Demand.

They provide after hours and holiday service to address the social aspect of their customers. Funding for this service comes from donations as there is no government funding for this service.

Out-of-town medical service is provided 1-2 a day to Kingston, Peterborough and Cobourg.

They employ 15-20 salaried drivers at $21-$25/hr and 1-2 volunteers. More volunteers would be welcome who have a “G” license. Driver shortage is a challenge.

Changes to the current routes are being looked at including possible stops at Tim Horton’s & Woodland in Wellington. Note the new bus shelter in Bloomfield. When William made the suggestion that phone service would be useful in the shelter, because not all seniors have phones, Shelley welcomed a volunteer who would take on the project of evaluating this suggestion.

The annual operating budget is $3.5 million which is covered in part by 20% from riders, 30% from the gas tax and 5-10% from donations. Riders can setup monthly billing and caregivers sometimes pay the fare. Gas prices and vehicle maintenance costs are putting pressure on the budget.

A suggestion was made that a local Wellington contact would be useful with some notices in The Times to publicize the service. A question as to whether local employers know about the service was answered that they depend on the County staff to advertise to employers. Brochures were distributed showing the County service and the On-Demand phone number, 613-392-9640

Club Business

The golf tournament has sold out the teams needed but we still need hole sponsors if any members know somebody.

Phyo showed the photobook that has been prepared for Sharon Campbell.

Trudy reminded members that she is accepting candidates for Rotarian of the Year until June 1.

Trudy reminded members to advise her if you are attending the Past President’s dinner and if so, to pay $40/person by cheque or e-transfer to her phone.

Roger announced a new 50:50 draw in support of the Storehouse Foodbank. He will have tickets soon.

Tim gave a report on his project to plan a recognition day for Wellington residents who helped the Rotary Club in its 20 years. A party at the ball diamond serving hot dogs, corn and soft drinks from noon to five in mid-July or August. Staff Sgt John Hatch agreed to donate OPP time as needed and two Councillors, Turpin and Neiman, would be there. Entertainment is still being organized - one suggestion was “Q The Funk”. If members have other suggestions, Tim is happy to hear them. He was asked to prepare a budget for approval by the members.

A report on the Rotary summer camp project is that 18 of the 25 spots have been taken.

A question was raised as to whether the Club was supporting the 99.3 County FM’s fund raising campaign.

Today, Howard’s number was drawn for the 50:50 but he did not draw the ace of spades.


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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday May 24, 2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Ken Robertson, Ted Nash, Alex Lacher (FoR)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Barry Davidson, Phil MacMillan (FoR), Reg LaPierre (FoR)


Saturday May 27,  2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Dave Robinet, Sethu Madhaven (FoR), Rick & Sharon Robzener (FoR) 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Tim Cox, Lari Langford (FoR)

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May 23, 2023
Quinte Sailability
May 30, 2023
Jun 06, 2023
Heal With Horses
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
- none -

 Member Anniversaries
Ted & Donna Nash
(40 Yrs on May 28)

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Rotary Grace

O Lord and giver of all good
We thank thee for our day food
May Rotary friends and Rotary ways
Help us to serve thee all our days.


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Four Way Test

       Of the things we think, say, and do:
        1.  Is it the TRUTH?
        2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
        3.  Will it build GOODWILL and better
        4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all 

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Rotary Song

R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
R-O-T-A-R-Y, is known on land and sea.
From north to south, and east to west,
They profit most who serve the best,
R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
Guest Editor: Mike Lattner
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