Edition: July 02, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of August 02, 2022
Steve Rutledge (Adopt a 
Village - Loas)

                  President's Message   
As we celebrate the August 1 st long weekend it is hard to believe that the month of July has already
come and gone. We look forward to the rest of the summer with a sense of optimism and hope that
that COVIC 19 problems will soon become part of our past.
Our Tuesday 7:07AM Breakfast Meetings at the Legion have returned almost exclusively to in person
meetings but we will continue to offer hybrid Zoom meetings when necessary. Virtual meetings will
have a lasting legacy on the future of Rotary because it enables a wider range of guest speakers and will
assist some members like “snowbirds” who have long absences from Wellington during the winter.
Rotary Membership has “Two Sides of the Same Coin”. In the recent Rotary Monthly magazine, the RI
Foundation Chair Ian Risely reminded us that most people associate Rotary with local projects and
fundraisers. Yet as Rotarians who support and make donations to “The Rotary Foundation” we also
have a global impact on human disasters around the world through the Foundations Global Grants. As a
Rotarian you can be proud to be part of a global movement that is changing lives of countless people.
This year our Club is directing $2000 to the Rotary Foundation with our support of EREY (Every Rotarian
Every Year) and we are encouraging all members to consider making individual donations as well.
Annual Rotary Foundation Walk is scheduled for 25 th of September this year and details will follow in
the next few weeks. Donations made by Rotarians to support the Foundation Walkers are tax
deductible and will be credited to club and individual cumulative donations.
Congratulations to WELLINGTON ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS for their highly successful years work at the bottle depot. Not only did they raise over $57000, that is used to support the hospital and other local charitable projects, they handled an estimated 1.5 million containers of liquor and beer during this
recycling effort. WELL DONE EVERYONE.
New Wellington Rotary Beach Kiosk is near completion as a result of leadership of Evan Nash and the
Wellington District Business Association in partnership with the County and our Club. This design/build
project involved students from the University of Toronto School of Architecture. I have attached a
couple of photos including our donation cheque of $2000 and our new sign.
Ken Robertson
Above: is Mayor Steve Ferguson (Left) with Evan Nash (Centre) and members the design/build team from UofT Architecture School, with Rotarians John Inwood (Second from Right) and President Ken Robertson (Third from Right), presenting the cheque for $2,000 for the Kiosk at the Beach.
Below:  the new Wellington Rotary Beach sign above the Kiosk

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Last Week:  Club Forum

Incoming President Ken opened the first Club Forum of his tenure with 25 members present, Treasurer Yvonne and Chris joining by Zoom and ‘about to become’ new member, Roger Tessier. After the usual opening protocols, Pres. Ken gave details of correspondence received by the Club, including thanks from the Hospital Foundation, Mayor Ferguson and other donation recipients. He then invited Treasurer Yvonne to give her financial report.

As well as making all the paperwork available for members to peruse on line (Club Runner), Yvonne gave a very thorough analysis of the key points of the 2021/22 year. She gave a summary of the main areas of interest including the fact that we had exceeded our budget for projects, events and activitiies (a good thing) whilst reducing our expenses. The Bottle Return Depot had brought in $57,000 and fundraising as a whole was also up. Charitable disbursements had been made to the tune of over $34,000 when those from the Club’s own Foundation were included. PP Trudy then followed up with a fascinating five-year analysis of how many containers we had processed (over a million) and that whereas the overall volume of returns was similar, year over year, the percentage of donations had increased to close to 25% of intake which represented 62% of revenue from this source. Treas. Yvonne’s report was approved unanimously after being proposed by Norm and seconded by William.

Pres. Ken then presented his budget for the 2022/23 Rotary year. For all the ongoing fundraising projects, an income of $86,800 was predicted with expenditures of up to $90,000. The cost of various activities included Wellington Rotary Beach improvements (new kiosk and accessability ramp), setting aside funds for our renewal of the naming rights for the Rotary Room at the Lehigh Centre and Club administration (District dues, RI dues, EREY etc). Lana made a motion to approve which was seconded by Peter and carried unanimously.

Lyn reported on the news that Kate’s Rest has won a significant grant to continue setting up its 130 sq. ft. aquaponics pilot scheme on the property and will be conducting market research to decide on the kinds of food to be produced. The Wellington Storehouse Foodbank has been unable to identify a property that would be suitable for its relocation and that land is now being considered for the construction, from scratch, of a replacement facility. There have been some challenges in finding places for the youngsters we are supporting to attend summer camps and alternative possibilities are being sought for future years. Pres. Ken also requested approval of $2,000 for the new kiosk at the Rotary Beach which was proposed by John Inwood, seconded by William and voted unanimously in favour. A donation to County FM of $2,108 for a studio upgrade was likewise approved unanimously after being proposed by William and seconded by Michelle. Pres. Ken then shared his idea that all those original founding members still in the Club will give their classification speeches again.

In regular Club business, Bill had all the bottle depot spots covered and the cashier can now collect the keys etc from Nash Home Hardware from 8.30 on Saturdays. Dave Robinet advised us to avoid any parking spots with an “L” on them as they are paid for by the Lakeshore Inn. David Smith shared information about Quinte Recycling and the Timber Ridge Golf Club regarding possible use of our returns depot. The Storybook Walk project will be supported to the tune of $2,100 - proposed by Barry and seconded by Kim, agreed nem con.

After congratulating John Heeringa on his birthday and the 4 Way Test, the meeting closed at 8.15.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday August 03, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Linda Donville, Ted Nash, Norm Dodgson, Shawn Ellis

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Barry Davidson,
Needed: 3 Sorter/Receivers


Saturday August 06, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Liz Bosma, Chris Compeau, Paul Denault (FoR), Ken DesRoches (FoR)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi, Sethu Madhaven (FoR)
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver


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Aug 02, 2022
LAOS water purification system
Aug 09, 2022
20th Anniv Founders' series
Aug 16, 2022
Food Insecurity
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Dave Robinet
(August 04)
 Member Anniversaries
David & Shirley Smith
(47 Yrs, August 08)

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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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