Edition: March 7, 2023

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

Club Bulletin for week of March 7, 2023
This Week:  

Jean Claude Mbazumutima, Africa Hope Services
Burundi Water Project
                  President's Message   
Perhaps this year March Madness will be known as the sound of local residents shouting out "ENOUGH ALREADY" as we clean up from another weekend snowstorm. My commitment to a new snow blower and Generac Generator is getting strong as the winter continues.
The Rotary Club of Wellington has confirmed a commitment to conduct  a Community Fundraising Campaign to assist the victims of the Syria/Turkey Earthquake. This disaster has impacted the relatives of the Syrian Families who have settle here in the County and Belleville  One example is a 12 year old boy who is orphaned after the death of his parents and 5 siblings. He has fled the area with his  Aunt and Uncle and his 5 cousins who also lost everything in the earthquake.      Margo Langford will be leading our efforts to raise funds and support the victims of this disaster.
A ClubRunner email will be sent with an invitation to all Rotarians to join in the International Celebration of Women's Day on Wednesday March 8th. This event will be held live at Durham College and online as well starting at 6 PM that day. They have lined up some great guest speakers who will provide some updates and highlights of Women are working to make a difference in Rotary. They will be promoting the importance of bringing more diversity, equity and inclusion into Rotary Clubs locally and across the world.  Of course there will be some comments from our Rotary International President Jennifer Jones.
Finally a shout out to members Trudy, Phyo and Mike who have recently travelled to Laos to visit Steve Rutledge's water project. Photos of their special day when they donated two water filters funded by our Club will be included in next week's Bulletin.   It is amazing to see the impact of our fundraising making a difference on the other side of the world. Well done everyone...
Ken Robertson
Wellington Rotary Club President

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Last Week:  Club Forum

Notes by Barry Davidson

Due to inclement weather, 15 members today were present in person and 9 by Zoom.
Christine created a new Rotarian of the Decade plaque and Ken presented it to Barry for his contributions.
Yvonne gave the Treasurer’s Report by Zoom. It will be posted on our website this evening. It included the $1,000 donation to Hospice Prince Edward.
Ken added:
Although the Bottle Depot profits are less than at this time last year, Depot earnings are still expected to meet the annual budget, but not have a surplus like last year.
There is $12,000 outstanding on the hospital equipment goal we are targeting.
The international aid budget has been spent but there are funds remaining in our local aid budget.
John Inwood moved, and William Mulholland seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Carried.
Lyn reported on projects:
  • The Board decided not to proceed with a waterpark.
  • The D&D books development is proceeding, and the price has been raised to $40 due to increased production costs.
  • The Kate’s Rest hydroponic project is proceeding.
Ken reported that to make summer camp more available for local children, the Club will handle the administration instead of working through the Children’s Foundation. Rotary will assist the families with completing the camp applications and the Club will write the cheques directly to the camps. Chris Compeau and Cynthia Riordon from the Foodbank organization will identify local children and help them fill in the application.
Ken and David MacKinnon reported that the formal application by the Nurse Practitioners Belleville Clinic to the Ontario Government for three positions for Wellington is close to being submitted. As soon as the formal approvals of the County and our MPP are received, the submission will be made. David said that if the province’s current budget will not support it, the new initiatives just agreed on by the Federal & Ontario Government for additional primary care resources should cover our proposal.
Norm reported that he will be speaking to more schools this year to encourage their participation in the Spelling Bee.
Ken advised that the Board approved the travel costs for Lyn to attend President’s training in Chicago; and approved paying the shipping costs for Lori Gallant to take extra donations of material to Tanzania when she visits them this year, per her presentation to our Club.
Lyn reported that Roger has agreed to put his name forward as a candidate for President-Elect for next year.
Turkey & Syria relief was discussed extensively. Ken outlined the situation directly affected by one of the families that has been sponsored locally. A 12-year-old boy whose cousins live in Picton lost his parents and five siblings in the earthquake. Another of his uncles in Syria has taken him under his wing and is trying to move to Canada with him, his own wife and their five children.
Margo gave more details of what the community’s response could be:
Step 1 is to have our Club initiate a fundraising campaign where the public could donate through our Rotary Foundation to help this family get from Syria to Turkey and then to Canada. Ken likened it to how we used our Foundation to support the people suffering from the floods in B.C. After discussion, William Mulholland moved and Lyn seconded that our Club use our Foundation to accept donations to a fundraising campaign, for which tax receipts would be issued, that would be advertised on the local radio and in the newspaper. We would try to direct these funds to this family. Margo has researched the CRA rules, and we are allowed to target donations to an individual. William Mulholland moved, and Peter seconded that Rotary put seed money into this campaign to get it started. The motion was carried with one abstainer. Ken reminded us that since our next golf tournament is in June, we would have had two golf events this fiscal year, providing additional funds that could cover the cost of the seed money. Margo is to compose the newspaper announcement for review by the Club before it is published.
Step 2 is being done by members of PEC Syria under Carlyn Moulton’s leadership as PECSyria2. The government controls immigration so there is a lot of work to be done to assist anyone coming to Canada.
(Note: as an addendum to the minutes, Barry advises that Carlyn has received appeals from the current families in the County, Belleville and Trenton for PECSyria2 to help their relatives in Syria and Turkey, totaling 90 individuals. Volunteers and donations are being recruited for version 2.)
John Inwood asked if Jennifer Armstrong had completed her application for the Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS). Barry will check.
Ken reported that Yvonne has sold 500 bottles of maple syrup out of our 700 available so members should continue to sell.
Today Kim’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 March 8, 2023

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Barry Davidson, need 2 sorters


Saturday March 11, 2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Peter Campbell, William Mulholland, Shawn Ellis

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi, Robyn Schultz FoR


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Mar 07, 2023
Burundi Water Project
Mar 14, 2023
Prince Edward Fitness Activity Centre (PEFAC)
Mar 21, 2023
PE and L&A Social Services
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays

 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.
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