Edition: February 6 2024

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

Club Bulletin for week of February 6, 2024
This Week: Stephen Fine, Melanoma Education Foundation


President's Message

It’s been another busy week in Rotary-land.

Three members of our club participated in the “What’s in a Name” seminar on Wednesday, devoted to proper use of the Rotary brand and restrictions on its use. We learned there are a few things we need to have reviewed, to ensure compliance with RI guidance. Sometimes, I’m hesitant to attend RI and District seminars, because they almost always lead to more work. I’m not really serious, because I realize we can’t afford to NOT attend and risk missing something. There’s always something new to learn.

Seven members of our club attended the 55th Annual Community Service Club Luncheon on Friday, co-sponsored by the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Belleville. In total, about 130 people attended, including representatives from eight Rotary clubs in the region, two Kiwanis clubs, the Lions Club, the Probus club, the Shriners and the Belleville Hospital Auxiliary. It was a great opportunity to hear about what the other organizations are doing, and what they stand for. Past RI President Wilf Wilkerson was there with the Cobourg contingent.

On Thursday, Ken hosted a Zoom call to discuss some exciting new developments related to our proposed Mobility Beach Mat project. The details are still confidential at this point, but I hope we will have good news to report at our next Club Forum.
The Fellowship Dinners got underway this week, with one hosted by Ken and one by Chris and Yvonne. The one I attended was so much fun – good food and fellowship all around. I know of at least two more dinners happening in the coming week. I’m so grateful to Roger for proposing this idea. It’s a great way to build stronger connections within the club, outside of our meetings and volunteer activities. If you didn’t sign up for this round of Fellowship Dinners, I strongly urge you to give it a try next time around – which will likely be in the fall.

Have a great week!
Lyn McGowan
President, Rotary Club of Wellington
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Last Week: Club Forum

Meeting Notes by Barry Davidson - January 30, 2024

There were 27 members in attendance and three on Zoom for our monthly admin meeting.


Chris advised that we received thank you letters from organizations to which we had made donations: The ROC, The Legion, Hospice Prince Edward and a school in Iqaluit, and New Year well wishes from the Mayor and the Hospital Foundation. We also received a refund of unused funding for a project in Burundi, lead by the Rotary Club of Markham-Sunrise.


Lyn said that we are invited to the Rotary Club of Bowmanville who are  holding a gala to celebrate their 100 year anniversary.


Yvonne presented a financial report for November and December. Full details are available on our website. The Bottle Depot is earning income equal to our budget. There were no major items of note in these two months. At the end of December, the net General Account = $20,703 and the Hospital Account = $16,040. Yvonne made a motion to accept her report, Phyo seconded it, carried.


Lyn brought to the attention of the members the “Rule of 85” that can be invoked to help the Club and members to maintain their official attendance records. If members’ age and years of service equal 85 or more, their absence from the meeting can be excused if they advise the Secretary that they will be absent. We have eleven members in this category.


Fundraising Reports:

Lyn said that we have no current fundraising target but she asked members who had fundraising events to report.

Norm reported that our collection of 1.5 bins of electronic recycling was a new record for the event. Because some old TV’s are so heavy, he will recruit some young strong people fro assist us for our next drive in October.

Norm reported that 270 of the 300 D&D books have been requested by our members for sale.

Yvonne reported that maple syrup bottling will be in the first week of March. She already has orders for 425 of our 1,000 target. A brief discussion about us poaching too much on local maple syrup sellers was dismissed since we are such a small player in the market and some of our sales are out of town.

Yvonne and Chris are willing to hold a Rotary Yard Sale on the last weekend in May at their farm. If raining, it could be moved into their barn. It was suggested that the Storehouse Foodbank might be the beneficiary.


Christine reported on Communications:

There has been publicity about our electronic recycling drive and our maple syrup project.

A suggestion about buying advertising for the Club on the Dukes hockey rink boards for $1,200 was discussed but not adopted. Because we have intentions to pay $25,000 for the renewal naming of the Rotary Room in the arena, Ken said that we are doing enough for the Dukes. If we wanted to donate to a hockey team, Pierre suggested to give to the minor hockey program.


Norm reported on Literacy & Education:

A student has been chosen by PECI for us to sponsor and send to the Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium in April.

The book, “Magical Yet” has been chosen for this spring’s Storybook Walk to be distributed in the refurbished holders in April. If Trail construction for the pipeline proceeds this summer, a different path can be chosen for locating the holders.

PECI has been requested to expand the Free Reading Program.

Dawn is managing the Spelling Bee competition. She has added some schools.


Peter reported on Membership:

Our membership stands at 43 plus 36 Friends of Rotary.

There are two potential members coming to future meetings.


Ken reported on the Breakfast Committee:

The $25 weekly charge appears to be coving our costs.

No further consideration is being given to having a chef prepare a full breakfast because there are so many members who do not eat anything and the current fare seems to satisfy the members.


Lyn reported on Family /Day:

Three potential soup providers were covered by member solicitors.

Tim reminded soup providers to bring heavy-duty extension cords to connect their heating devices.

Lyn has extra cords if needed.


Ken reported that we may have funding for the Beach Mat by the supplier of the resin used in its manufacture. The supplier wants a demonstration project in Ontario and we have suggested that it be ours.


Margo gave another update on a potential HomeShare project. From a meeting yesterday attended by five Rotary members, Queens University data managers, the County Foundation and the County, it was confirmed that the County would be  taking the lead by hiring a staff person to run the program and manage the liability that some Rotary members were concerned about when the idea was floated a few years ago. More details may be explained in our meeting February 13 if the participants are ready to describe the program at that time. Rotary may be asked to be involved in preliminary fund raising. A “needs assessment” survey is expected to be the first step to confirm the attractiveness of the program.


David MacKinnon reported on the Wellness Committee:

There is a lecture planned for the Leigh Arena on March 19.

Agreement has been reached with several organizations to be involved with the Committee:

Wellington Community Association

Bluezone (It employs evidence-based solutions to help people live better, longer.)

Community Care for Seniors

The seriousness to do something about our application for nurse practitioners is demonstrated by the situation in Salt Ste Marie where doctors retiring have left 10,000 people without a medical practioner.

Ken made a motion for $1,000 to support the Wellness Committee, seconded by John Inwood, carried.


Funding Requests:

Christine made a motion to provide $1,200 to Shelter Box for a unit in Gaza, seconded by Kim. When Pierre pointed out that the war in Gaza probably made it impossible for a unit to be delivered there, Ken made an amendment, seconded by David MacKinnon, to remove Gaza as a destination. Ken said that our Club has made a donation to Shelter Box each year, so his amendment is for Shelter Box to choose the location for the unit. The motion passed.

Margo made a motion to provide Community Care for Seniors $1,000 for their operation, following their presentation to us, seconded by Mike, carried.

Norm described a modification that PECI is making to their library to accommodate books for Grades 4, 5 & 6 that will cost $20,000. He made a motion to provide $2,000 for this project, seconded by Mary, carried.


Fellowship dinners are progressing as reported Roger.


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


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50/50 Draw This Week: $578

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Roger Tessier, William Mulholland


Saturday February 10, 2024

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Howard Ziedenberg, Lois Brown

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Needed: 1 Rotarian Cashier, Doug Little (FOR)

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Birthdays & Anniversaries




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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