Edition:  June 29, 2021

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year (2020-2021):
David Robinet & Phyo Kyi

Club Bulletin for week of June 29, 2021
Speaker:  Club Forum

President's Message
Earlier this year, Wellington Rotary “purchased” a ShelterBox as part of the District’s initiative to raise funds for the ShelterBox organization. Each club received a demo tent kit which we were to set up for a pre–District Conference event on June 25th, at which DG Mark Chipman presented ShelterBox with a cheque for $15,600. This fundraiser was a big boost for ShelterBox since their revenues are down about 40% due to COVID.
Below are some shots of the president setting up and getting into the Club’s tent. Unfortunately, our demo kit didn’t include poles, so it was a bit of a challenge.  
Quilts of Valour presentation
The following is a picture of the June 21st presentation by Denise Wenzel who had the privilege of presenting Master Corporal Paul Kennedy and his son Phillip with their Quilts of Valour. Paul’s quilt was sponsored by the Wellington Rotary Club.
Final presidential remarks
I can’t begin to thank you all for the tremendous support I received during my presidential year. Your enthusiasm and energy helped to keep me buoyed and focussed during a unique year of COVID challenges, meetings by ZOOM, and the “self-isolation” order in December. Looking back on the year, I am so impressed by how much the members of this Club have accomplished. COVID put a damper on our freely meeting and socializing but it didn’t keep us from achieving wonderful things and lofty goals.
As a Club, the greatest success to celebrate is our incredible members whose leadership, “get-er-done” attitude and boundless energy enable this Club to go from project to project. A number of Club accomplishments are as follows: 
  • Bottle Depot – record volumes and specialty team volunteers who processed larger deliveries on non-Depot days
  • Memorial Garden build - a hands-on labour of love  
  • Online Auction – a new and very successful fundraiser
  • Red wine sales and completion of the white wine sales
  • Maple syrup bottling and sales – another new and very successful fundraiser. This one being led by a new member.
  • Diners & Duffers – another year of excellent stewardship of one of our key fundraisers
  • Al Jasem Family – equipping and setting up a home for this newly arrived family.
  • COVID-19 vaccination clinics – many volunteers provided much needed assistance at the County-run clinics
  • New Hospital Build – achieved the fundraising goal
  • Indigenous Peoples Partnership Committee participation
I would also like to express my appreciation by acknowledging:   
  • The Friends of Rotary whose energy and spirit played a vital role in bolstering our membership at the Bottles Depot and the vaccination clinics.
  • Our new members who joined us full of enthusiasm and new ideas and brimming with energy. Note: three of this year’s new members have stepped up to Board positions for the coming year.
  • The 2020-2021 Board: Dave Robinet, Trudy Brown, Lyn McGowan, David Smith, John Inwood, Margo Langford, and Parker Gallant; a wonderful group of professionals who provided our Club with strong leadership and guided us through a year that presented a number of challenges. 
In closing, I am excited about the coming year. We have a wonderful incoming president, Trudy Brown, and a great Board to lead us through 2021-2022, the year we’ll be able to meet and socialize again in person. 
President Howard Ziedenberg

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Last Week:  Shelly Ackers (Quinte Access)
The meeting opened on time with thirty-three attending, including Peter and Christine, prospective members, and ADG Brenda Hellyer, certified by Colin, Sgt @ Arms. President Howard advised the Club that the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation to Kimball Lacey would be postponed to a more suitable time. 
Dave R introduced Shelly Ackers who, after twenty years in profit and non-profit ventures, has been a Director at Quinte Access, now Quinte Transit since 2006. Currently Executive Director, Shelly’s is a familiar face at the Club since she has presented to us regularly in the past.
Shelly began her presentation by sharing that 2020-21 had been one of the busiest years ever for Quinte Transit in spite of the fact that capacity had to be drastically reduced, to begin with, as a result of the pandemic. Community Care for Seniors had initially to cancel all volunteer transport but Quinte Transit still made 6000 journeys during the year. The change of scope and name of the service had changed in September 2020. Not the best time, arguably, but quickly revealing the importance and need of the transportation options provided, for so many people. 
Shelly used graphics to explain all aspects of the expanded service: Specialized door-to-door for those with disabilities or 60 and up: Fixed Route from Picton to Belleville via Bloomfied with additional possible stops at Wellington, Consecon, Carrying Place and including Belleville bus and train stations if required: On-demand and Flex Service. With so many options, the best way is to call Quinte Transit and explain the need. They will customize your journey for you, effectively.  Click HERE to access the Quinte Transit website for more information. 
Shelly said that use of the services is rapidly returning to pre-Covid levels with the important psychological benefits that moving around freely again will bring. She then took questions from Phyo, Brenda and others regarding the length of this pilot project, turn-around times, and certain sources of revenue including community organisations like Rotary, the gas tax, some advertising, municipal funding and ridership. Shelly was thanked by Phyo.
In Club business, Bill’s immediate bottle requirements were met, there was a reminder re the District Conference this week-end and Ted requested some help changing the Porta-potties on the Trail. David H’s and Margo’s birthdays were congratulated upon and likewise Barry on his anniversary. The meeting closed after the Four Way Test at 7.56.
Geoffrey Telling

Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week

Wednesday June 30, 2021
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Ken Robertson, Chris Compeau, John Inwood, Ted Nash
Needed:   1 Cashier
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Reg Lapierre (FOR), Colin Fredericks
Needed:  1 Cashier, 1 Receiver, 1 Sorter
Saturday July 03, 2021
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Ken Deroches (FOR)
Needed: 1 Cashier, 2 Receivers, 1 Sorter
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Trudy, Phyo, Doug Little (FOR), Brenda Little (FOR)
Needed:  1 Sorter
Jun 29, 2021
Club Forum plus President Trudy Introduction
Jul 06, 2021 7:06 PM
Habitat for Humanity
Jul 13, 2021 3:59 AM
Board Structure, Committees & Other Roles
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Ken Robertson (July 03)
 Member Anniversaries
 Nyden & Amanda Kovatchev
 5 years on June 26
Trudy Brown & Phyo Kyi
7 years on July 02

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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.
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