Edition: January 30 2024

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Yvonne Buys

Club Bulletin for week of January 30, 2024
This Week: Club Forum


President's Message

There are always so many things going on in District 7070.
There is a seminar, available to all Rotarians, on Zoom this week - about correct use of the Rotary logo/brand and how to protect the Rotary name:
“What's In a Name”        Tuesday, January 30, 2024          6:30-7:15 PM
One of the local clubs in the area, the Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise, is hosting its annual curling event “Curl for Kids” on Saturday, February 3rd at the Quinte Curling Club in Belleville. This event is in support of the Hastings-Prince Edward Learning Foundation. Registration is still open until January 31st. If anyone is interested in signing up, go to the club’s Facebook page for contact info.
Another of the local clubs in the area, the Rotary Club of Brighton, is partnering with the Rotary Club of Colborne to hold a Las Vegas Casino Night on February 24th. Per their Facebook page, “Have fun gambling at Blackjack, Crown & Anchor and Roulette to win Rotary dollars to bid on many exciting auction items.” Sounds like fun.
And, on February 7, the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (“ESRAG”) is having a Zoom seminar/workshop on “Rotary at COP 28”. Did you know that Rotary International actually led 28 sessions at last December’s United Nations climate conference in Dubai?  This was, in fact, the third time Rotary has taken past in one of the annual COP (Conference of Parties) events. I’m looking forward to finding out more about Rotary’s involvement. If you’re interested in registering for the seminar, let me know and I will forward the sign-up information.
So many things going on!
Lyn McGowan
President, Rotary Club of Wellington
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Last Week: Michael Hotrum & Melissa Tran

Meeting Notes by Barry Davidson - January 23, 2024

There were 28 members in attendance and three on Zoom to listen to General Manager Melissa Tran and Board President Michael Hotrum from  the County Food Hub. 

Michael said that the hub is known as “The Kitchen That Saved the School” when the Sophiasburgh school was not closed because the food hub was developed in the extra space.

Melissa said the school population has increased now and with the hub’s growth and desire to move to a more central location, the school could use the extra space. The hub is a commercial kitchen and a community kitchen for programming and training. The commercial clients include a chocolate maker, a meat patties maker, ready-to-eat meals cooks, some one-time users, others are weekly users. The programming includes free access for Hospice Dinner-for-One, Kate’s Rest kitchen training, and a Cooking Club for students Grade 4-8.

Achievements include:

  • 2017 Saved the school
  • 2019 Opened the emergency kitchen
  • During COVID made meals for the community
  • Awarded Business Excellent Award
  • High retention rate for volunteers
  • Programs are widely successful and always fully subscribed
  • Food-to-Share cooks every week
  • Now an outlet for the Fresh Food Market

Michael said the future is for the hub to move closer to the centre of activity, ie Picton, and they have applied to the County for space in the Queen Elizabeth school that is closed. They could share ingredient storage space with the the Picton Foodbank and have two kitchens to expand their offering. They could be the pathway for food entrepreneurs and promote product made in the County. If approved, they would need financing to reinforce some floors, uninstall, remove and reinstall equipment. They are looking at a two year timeline from the date the County  might approve them.

The hub’s annual budget is about $100,000 financed by grants of $20M-$30M, tenants income of $25M, training income of $25M and donations. A fundraising dinner will be held at Base 31 on April 6. Chef Jamie Kennedy will prepare the meal.

Club Business

Norm circulated a signup sheet for the number of D&D books that each member wants.

David MacKinnon reported no decision by the province yet on additional nurse practitioners.

Lyn asked for volunteers to solicit soup donations for Family Day. She circulated a signup form.

Yvonne announced that maple syrup production will be increased to 1,800 bottles, 1,000 for our Club and 800 pressed to other Clubs. Give Yvonne your order.

Barry brought greetings from the President of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka, Hawai’i and hung the banner from their Club that he received during his visit there.

Norm reported a very successful Electronic Recycling Day. He thanked our Club’s volunteers and our Picton host, Home Hardware owner, Adam Busscher, and estimated that our revenue from the drive would be $1,600. The next event will be in October.

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


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50/50 Draw This Week: $552

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday January 31, 2024

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Roger Tessier, Lari Langford (FoR)


Saturday February 03, 2024

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Needed: 1 Rotarian Cashier/Sorter/Receiver, 1 Sorter/Receiver

10:00 a.m. to 12:00: Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Needed: 1 Rotarian Cashier/Sorter/Receiver, 1 Sorter/Receiver

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Birthdays & Anniversaries


Pierre LeBrun
(Feb 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.
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