Edition: May 02, 2023

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

Club Bulletin for week of May 02, 2023
This Week:  Caitlin Cronkwright
(The Hub)


                  President's Message   

Lots of sun this week but the cold temperatures have us keeping our togues and mitts close by.   Long range forecast will bring a few days of rain but those beautiful daffodils tells us that warm weather is not far away.
We had a great Rotary Day last Saturday with our Beach Clean-up and BQ.   So wonderful to see Rotarians and our Friends of Rotary working so hard in support of the Great Lakes Watershed Clean-up.    Rotary Clubs across the District coordinated clean up efforts that collected tons of garbage from beaches, river banks and roadsides in our District.  Well done everyone.
Next project is our Annual Rotary Fundraising Golf Tournament Scheduled for June 15th.
The Committee will be canvasing for hole sponsors ($100) and looking for donations of prizes during the month of May.    Funds from this event will help support the Rotary Camps of Hope.
This summer the Rotary Club of Wellington will be offering 25 weeks of camp for underprivileged children in our community.    That means that up to 25 kids will now have the opportunity to experience the fun of spending a week at summer camp.   Thanks goes out to Trudy for coordinating this project, as well as the Administrators at PEFAC and the HUB who have helped make this project possible.
Finally, I was very proud to read the May edition of the Rotary International Magazine.  Please take time to read the article titled "One Piece at a Time."   A Rotarian started the CART Fund after experiencing the loss of his wife to Alzheimer's over a period of 10 years starting at age of 50.    His  Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust C.A.R.T project started with simply putting a blue plastic container out for Rotarians to deposit their lose change each week.    After 7 months this South Carolina Rotary Club had raised $4200 in quarters, dimes and nickels.    It has now grown across 41 Rotary Districts and to date the CART project has raised over $11 million dollars, 100% of those funds have been used to fund  research grants on this dreadful disease.  It is projected that by the year 2050 over 12million Americans will be have Alzheimers without a cure to prevent or treat this disease.    Just another great example of Rotarians living up to their commitment of "Service Above Self.
Congratulations to the Toronto Maple Leafs for wining their first round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.  Go Leafs Go!
Ken Robertson
Wellington Rotary Club President

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Last Week:  Club Forum

Notes by Barry Davidson

20 members today were present with 1 on Zoom for our business meeting.

President Ken thanked the volunteers who cleaned up the beach on Earth Day and served the lunch. The poor performance of one BarBQ for the lunch brought a motion forward to buy a new BarBQ for $500. Moved by Dave R, seconded by Phyo, carried.

Heal with Horses has advised us that because of our financial support, we now appear on their Wall of Honour.

Yvonne gave the monthly financial report, details of which appear on our website.

  • Bottles income is at 68% of target.
  • PEFAC was given a $1,000 donation.
  • Burundi Water Project was given $1,000
  • The Maple Syrup project netted over $11,000
  • There is a surplus in the breakfast account so there will be no charge for June breakfasts
  • The General Fund and the Hospital Fund have healthy balances for future donations

The motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report was moved by Trudy, seconded by Tim, carried.

At the Board meeting, a discussion of the Zoom facility decided that it will be kept available on demand by members and by presenters who might not otherwise be available. An improvement to the wi-fi at the Legion will be considered to make the Zoom better. Ken thanked Phyo for his technical assistance in managing Zoom this year.

The Maple Syrup project will be continued at its current level for sale in the County. If other Rotary clubs ask to buy from us, expansion of our volume would be considered.

Canada Day Ribs project team now is headed by Roger with Tim, Yvonne, Lana, Dave R and others. Setup volunteers will be solicited later. The bottle depot will be closed that day.

D&D books - 250 are sold against Norm’s target of 300-340 to make a profit of $11,000. There has been an ad in The Times.

Online auction - Peter reported that information for member solicitors for the Online Auction has been sent to the solicitors from last year. He emphasized that he wanted to know about all solicitation of alcohol products to avoid duplication of requests.

Storybook Walk is continuing. A couple of books have been found for the next display. Ted and Norm have some repairs to do to the stands. The pages will be plasticized to prevent water damage.

Free Reading Program is working in CML Snider under Norm’s promotion.

The Spelling Bee was held in three schools, the winners of which will go to the May 15 regional Bee. Trudy in the Bee costume and other Rotary volunteers participated. Because the district volunteers were unorganized this year, next year we may organize it locally only.

Ken and Trudy have organized a Rotary Camp of Hope to provide camp for 25 children, age 4-12, this summer. One child/week x 9 weeks at PEFAC, and 2 children/week x 8 weeks at the HUB. Total cost = $5,233. In addition to money already identified, Trudy moved and Michelle seconded, an additional $1,300 maximum for the camp program, carried.
Trudy advised that when the children are chosen, volunteers may be needed to transport some of them to camp each day.

The Past President’s Dinner will be held at Wellington-on-the-Lake on June 27 with Cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30. No breakfast meeting that day. Cost will be $40/person.

Dave R. reported on the Accessibility Mat project for the beach. Counsellor Corey supports the project that will be proposed for next year’s budget at a cost of about $15,000. It would go from the boardwalk into the water for about 10’-15’, pegged to hold it in place. Some adjustment would have to be made as it passes over the rocky part of the beach. Investigation continues.

Dave R. reported that for those members looking for a doctor, three doctors in Brighton are taking new patients. Application forms are available at the Public Library in Brighton.

The Wellington Community Centre renewal of naming rights for the Rotary Room are still in process. We have half the proposed amount of $25,000 in our budget this year that will be carried over to next year if the request does not come to us before July 1.

Nurse Practitioner project was reported by Yvonne that the final draft is almost ready to go to the government.

Smart Serve - the Board has given Howard a budget of $250 to be used by those that have applied for training or retraining.

Ken suggested that a message board be established at the bottle depot to advise patrons of the work that we are doing in addition to the hospital donations. Trudy will organize it.

Science Fair funding of $500 was approved by the Board.

Quinte Sailability $1,000 funding was moved by Dave R., seconded by William, carried.

Liz reported on the two $1,000 indigenous student bursaries to Lakehead University that our Club provided. The recipients are Leticia Wabash and Teagan Neufeld. The money has been channelled through the Thunder Bay Rotary Club to introduce the two women to Rotary.

Tim suggested that the Club should put on a “Rotary Says Thank You Day” in recognition of what the community has given to us over our 20 years. Ken asked Tim to discuss ideas with Bill M., then Ken solicited volunteers to assist Tim. William, Dave R. and Pierre volunteered.

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

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday May 03, 2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  John Inwood, Ted Nash, Ken Robertson

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Geoff Telling, Roger Tessier, Mike Lattner


Saturday May 06,  2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: William Mulholland, Peter Campbell,  
Need 1 Sorter/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Phyo Kyi, Phil McMillan (FoR),
Need 1 Sorter/Receiver

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May 02, 2023
The Hub
May 09, 2023
The Storehouse Foodbank
May 16, 2023
Quinte Transit
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Bill Mitchell (May 01)
Yvonne Buys (May 01)
Michelle Kosoy (May 04)

 Member Anniversaries

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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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