Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Director, Membership
Director, Club Administration
Director, Service Projects
Vice President
Director, New Generations
Director, Public Relations
Executive Secretary
July 2016
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Quinte Sunrise

Chartered May 13, 1987

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Greek Hall
70 Harder Drive
Belleville, ON  K8N 4Z9
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QSR is pleased to once again open up our annual Grant Application and Allocation Process to the public.  If your organization has a project, or simply needs a little bit of funding, please review the application and submit.
The form can be found on our website here and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Thursday, September 1.  Applications can be submitted either electronically to or via Canada Post to the following address:
Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise
Grant Applications
PO Box 23008
Belleville, ON   K8P 5J3
QSR works hard through the year to raise funds so we can re-allocate it all to local projects, initiatives, and organizations.  
Should you have any questions, please contact Rotarian Catherine O’Rourke at
Many thanks!
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Being a Rotarian isn't just about meetings and presentations.  It also affords us the wonderful opportunity to get out and help others, and other organizations in our community.  Which is exactly what four of our members did on Thursday.

President Geoff, along with club members Marianne, Paul, and Gerry spent the day at Camp Trillium, completing may 'must-do' tasks to get the camp up and running for the coming summer months.  They happily painted cabins, installed flooring, baseboards, and admired the newly-purchased cook top and deep fryer in the kitchen.  These two appliances were purchased by our club for the camp with funds raised with Operation Red Nose in December. 

As always, we are a proud supporter of Camp Trillium and proud to work with such a wonderful organization.  To view photos of the day, click here.

Well done everyone
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This morning, fellow Rotarian Hugh Williams (RC Etobicoke) visited QSR to talk about Cameron Helps (, an organization founded to address the mental health issues of young people.
Cameron Helps was created in memory of Cameron Harris, who at 19, took his own life.  Hugh discussed the 'science' behind mental health, identifying it as one of the four key areas of overall health:  mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.  70% of people with mental health issues develop them in their teens, and one quarter of all teen deaths are a result of suicide.  Huge firmly believes that group physical activity can have a positive influence on overall mental health.
As a result, Team Unbreakable has been created in Toronto-area schools; these are running groups and anyone can join.  With the support of the Toronto and District School Board, 12-week running programs have been introduced to various schools in the district, leading to improvements with self-esteem and higher social interaction.  Hugh hopes that other Rotary clubs and schools throughout Ontario implement this amazing program.
Thank you Hugh for an incredibly informative presentation!

July 7:  This morning we heard from new Club President Stewart Hood, as he presented his Vocational Talk to group.
Born in East London, Stewart arrived in Canada at age seven with his parents and quickly fell in love with music and advertising.  He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and soon joined the ad firm of Vickers and Benson, where he was involved in producing commercials for the Wayne & Shuster show, Ford Motor Company, and McDonalds restaurants.
After marrying Lynn in 1998, they left Toronto and moved to Trenton, where Stewart began teaching at Loyalist, Ryerson, and Humber Colleges.  He designed the brand and logos currently seen all through Quinte West, and has created media campaigns for Loyalist, Meta Employment Services, and Huff Estates Winery.  
He continues to play music, and currently performs with the Class Act jazz trio, and the Trenton Citizens Band.  He is an accomplished artist, and somewhere in everything that he works on, still finds time to create a beautiful watercolour painting.
In his second term as Club President, he briefly discussed his plans for the upcoming Rotary year, including the improved marketing of our club, events, and what we do in general.  He hopes to see more club members at District Assembly, District Conference, and the Rotary International Conference next June.
Congratulations Stewart - we're looking forward to a fun and eventful year with you at the helm!


With our initial investment of $600US in February, 2015, QSR has helped 32 borrowers in 15 countries achieve their dreams and financial independence.  Yuliza from Ecuador is no different.

At age 22 and with a five-year-old daughter, Yuliza is working to create a better future for herself and her family by using her loan proceeds to buy inputs and livestock for her farm.

By partnering with @Kiva, we are humbled to be able to help, in a small way, to make things a little bit better for people around the world.

Questions about Kiva, or Rotary in general?  Contact



QSR is pleased to once again open up our annual Grant Application and Allocation Process to the public.  If your organization has a project, or simply needs a little bit of funding, please review the application and submit.
The form can be found on our website here and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Thursday, September 1.  Applications can be submitted either electronically to or via Canada Post to the following address:
Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise
Grant Applications
PO Box 23008
Belleville, ON   K8P 5J3
QSR works hard through the year to raise funds so we can re-allocate it all to local projects, initiatives, and organizations.  
Should you have any questions, please contact Rotarian Catherine O’Rourke at
Many thanks!

This morning, we *finally* got to learn a little bit more about one of our newest members, Shamsa Hassan-Brooks, as she delivered her Vocational Talk.
Shamsa briefly talked about her arrival to Canada from war-torn Somalia as a child in 1991 before discussing Kobciye (, an organization founded by her late father to help young Somali refugees in Kenya.  Based in Kenya, Kobciye aims to help Somali youth - primarily young men - avoid violent extremism.   Armed with a university degree and as a recent graduate of Loyalist's International Development program, Shamsa and her brother returned to Kenya to work with Somalis mired in the worlds' largest slum, Kiberia.  
With little prospects, and no legal standing in the country, the youth within Kiberia is ripe for radicalization; Kobciye offers these kids training in business, drama, and community policing.  Each year, an anti-terrorist conference is held to bring together moderate religious leaders and those trained to help.  They've have reached a level of success that's made the Canadian government take notice:  they have approached Shamsa and Kobciye to offer a similar program to young Somalis in Canada's urban centres.  It's hoped that they will be able assist refugees ease into Canadian society and avoid the pitfalls of being radicalized.  
They have given themselves an incredible task, and we know Shamsa and her brother are ready for it.  QSR is extremely proud to have Shamsa as one of our very own - her experiences will make us all richer.
Good luck Shamsa!

On June 28, several club members assembled at Capers in Belleville to toast outgoing President Geoff and to thank him for an incredibly successful Rotary Year.
Hosted by incoming President Stewart, our club enjoyed a delicious meal, wonderful fellowship, and a couple of short speeches, and we were able to thank Geoff for his hard work this past year.  Our club may be small, but we are mighty, and hearing our accomplishments from the year was outstanding - we have every reason to be proud.
Welcome to the helm President've got some big shoes to fill!
To see photos of our evening, please check out the album on our Facebook page.

Last week, QSR friend Jeff Brace, from the Brighton Club, gave us an update on the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which was held in Belleville on June 24. 
After a 35-year career as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jeff won his own personal battle with the dreaded ‘C’ 14 years ago.  After that, he became an active participant and fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. 
He revealed that 78,000 Canadians died of cancer-related causes last year, and that 2/5 Canadians will get cancer; this number will increase to 3/5 in the next 20 years, as our population not only ages, but lives longer.  Jeff updated the club on the laws passed in the Ontario legislature over the years, and while much has been done, the work continues to keep tobacco companies, and their marketing, at bay.
Jeff concluded his presentation by accepting a cheque from QSR to support the 2016 Relay for Life.
It was great to see you again Jeff – thanks for your update!


On June 22, President Geoff and Membership Director Gord attended the District 7070 annual awards banquet, held in Oshawa.

It was here that our club received multiple awards and recognition, including one for District Leadership (Gord) and a Foundation Citation for reaching 180% of our target of funds raised to eradicate polio.

Quinte Sunrise also received a Presidential Citation from Rotary International President KR (Ravi) Ravindran. With 53 clubs in District 7070, we were only one of six to achieve this incredible accomplishment. Better yet, we received the Gold standard for exceeding the targets set out by Rotary International.

At our club meeting the next morning, President Geoff presented our Citation to Vice President Alison Ebbs, to thank her for her work behind the scenes and online to ensure we met the goals.

We are small but mighty, and all members should be proud of their contributions and our achievements in this Rotary year. We are extremely proud and thankful for the recognition.



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Coming soon to Beer Stores in Belleville and Trenton: Roaring Rotarian Ale!

QSR, in conjunction with The Publican House Brewery, is proud to present our newest (and thirst-quenching) fundraiser. Looking for a new brew? Be sure to check it out! 


This morning, QSR enjoyed a return visit from our two scholarship recipients from 2015, Mara Whitford (Bayside Secondary) and Deanna Crellin (St. Theresa’s Secondary).  With their first year of university complete, these ladies provided our group with an update about their future plans.
Mara finished her year of General Sciences at Queen’s and has been accepted into the Biochemistry program there.  During her year, Mara spent Reading Week with Queens Cares, visiting organizations which help those in need, and at the local soup kitchen.  This summer, she will be working at Fort Henry, playing a soldier’s wife (be sure to keep an eye out for her!).
Deanna’s first year of a combined Psychology program at Guelph-Humber was busy, as she became a student rep, participating on the volleyball team, and becoming a Big Sister to a fortunate young girl.  She is now a member of Zonta International, a women’s empowerment group, and will be traveling to Ecuador to study evolutionary psychology in the fall, and her goal is to become a neurophychologist.
President Geoff was pleased to present both with cheques to help with their fall studies.  Once again, QSR’s Scholarship Committee found two stellar recipients, and we are thrilled to have played a part in their education.  We look forward to seeing what these amazing women accomplish.
Thank you both, and best of luck!


This morning, QSR had the opportunity to hear from Rotoractor Tyler Allsop, owner of Doug’s Bicycle Shop Belleville.  He has been spearheading an initiate to create the Belleville Riverside Bike Park, al multi-use facility on 50 acres of park space bordering on the Moira River.

Finding riding therapeutic himself, Tyler envisions a 10-15 km bike track and a pump track to be built beside the existing skateboard park.  In addition, there are plans for a dirt jump course and trails for mountain biking.  This new park will be open to people of all ages and skill levels, and it will provide youth in the area another safe (and exciting) place to hang out.

This massive undertaking has been approved by the City of Belleville, so Tyler is working closely with their Planning and Parks departments, and a $30,000 starting budget.  The first stage was scheduled to open June 12.  He’ll be working hard to raise the remaining funds from within the community, as the community as a whole will benefit.

An engaging, enthusiastic, and impressive presentation…thanks Tyler!

PS:  A Go Fund Me page has been created to help bring this fantastic project to life.



This morning, QSR heard from Rachael Tracy and her recent RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) experience at Loyalist College.


Rachael is no stranger to QSR as she is a member of the Rotaract Club at Loyalist.  In addition, she is the Events Coordinator at the Quinte Small Business Centre, a CIC Officer with the RCAF cadets, a budding politician (she ran for a seat in Ameliasburg council in the 2014 municipal elections), and runs her own business Youth Beyond Enterprises.


RYLA launched in Australia in 1971 to provide enhanced leadership experiences for those 19 to 25 years of age.  For five days in May, Rachael talked about her experience with RYLA, starting with icebreaking activities, to team building, communication skills, and overall leadership training.  Encouraged to ‘thrive on change’, Rachael has made life-long friends through the process and expressed how much the program changed her life.


QSR is extremely proud to have sponsored Rachael for this fantastic opportunity and we’re looking forward to seeing the wonderful things she does in the future.


Thanks Rachael!




This morning, we had the opportunity to hear about the Canadian Federation of University Women ( from veteran member Irene Hiebert and a newcomer Karen Mouck.
Women's University Federations were created in 1919 in Britain, the United States, and Canada to act as a non-partisan organization to support education and advance the status of women.  Today, there are 100 CFUW's in Canada providing scholarships to deserving high school students.  The Quinte Branch began in 1939 with 56 members and has grown to 150 members with 12 subsidiary groups.   Since 2000, it has provided $162,000 to 167 students, offering 12 scholarships each year and now one to a mature student going to Loyalist College.
In order to raise monies to fund scholarships, the CFUW had, from 1945 to 1972, organized house tours but now offers a garden tour of eight properties and includes a lunch at St. Thomas Anglican Church.  This year, the garden tour will take place on July 9, between 10am - 4pm (rain or shine) at a cost of $25 a ticket.
Thank you ladies for your enlightening presentation!

Through the wonders of technology (i.e. Skype) this morning, we heard from Tim Lukasewich of the Lakeshore Charitable Foundation.  A non-Rotarian,  Tim spoke of the efforts with the Toronto-area Rotary clubs to help create proper drainage for the BayBay Elementary School in the Philippines.
Deluged by flooding during the rainy season, this school has been an unhealthy home for its students.  Monies have been raised and concrete culverts have been dug to solve this problem.  In addition, classrooms have been renovated, a new roof and lights have been installed.  The school now has a breakfast club, a marching band (they're important in the Philippines), a garden, and a printer for each classroom.
Again, Rotarians are doing wonderful things to improve the lives of children in all parts of the world.  Thank you for informing us about these excellent efforts!

With repayments received from our current borrowers, QSR was able to redistribute our loan funds to two worthy borrowers:
Since we started our partnership with Kiva in 2014, QSR has re-loaned our funds to 31 borrowers in 15 countries; with redistribution, our initial loan of $600 has grown to $1300!  We have covered a wide range of sectors, including Agriculture, Education, Health, Housing, and Retail.  Incidentally, these sectors fall nicely into Rotary's main areas of focus.
We encourage everyone to learn more about Kiva (, and microfinance in general.  The smallest amounts literally change lives.


We have had a few little Rotarians join us over the past few weeks, and it has added a new energy to our group...long may it continue!

We welcome for the first time Kate with mum and club member Brigitte, and a return welcome to wee Eli, but mum and club member Shamsa.

QSR is so fortunate to have a wonderful mix of young and mature club members - it adds a fantastic dynamic to our little group. Our doors are open to all ages...and their littlest Rotarians!


May 7:  The Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise partnered with several other clubs in the area to host the second annual Inter-Rotary Spelling Bee at the Greek Banquet Hall in Belleville.
It was a fantastic event with a wonderful turnout from our students, their parents, the the general public.  Read the media release here.
Many thanks to our sponsors, supporters, and the students involved!

This morning, club member Jill Yarnell spoke to us about her opportunity to visit the site of a Rotary-sponsored project with Stove Team International (
While volunteering to assist in the training of teachers in Honduras, Jill was able ride the challenging roads of this Central American country to visit the factory in Copan, where STI was assembling safe and environmentally-friendly stoves to be given to the needy rural residents of that country.  The founder of Stove Team found that many people and children were being burnt and suffering from smoke inhalation before they were provided with this safe and smokeless alternative. This project also creates badly needed jobs, thereby stimulating the local economy.  These stoves are designed to meet the needs of their users and are proving so popular that commercial ovens are also being made available to those wishing to sell their food products to others.  Videos of Jill's visit will be made available on our web site.
Thanks Jill - it's always great to see the great things Rotary does in person!

This morning, we had the opportunity to listen to Mary Golbourne, founding Executive Director and now a volunteer for Almost Home, a home away from home for families attending to children being treated in Kingston hospitals.
Since 1992, this 11 room house in downtown Kingston has given families a place to go while their child is undergoing treatment.  For $10 per night (free for those who can't afford it), beds, a television, a kitchen, and an open area are provided to traveling parents (about a half of which are from the Quinte area).  Three full-time staff and 90 volunteers run Almost Home, which runs all year without the benefit of government funding.
Almost Home was a recipient of a grant from Quinte Sunrise; with the funds, they were able to purchase new sheets and towels (the fluffiest they could find!).  QSR is pleased to help out the families of children in Kingston hospitals.
For more information, please visit

With a temporary change in venue (thanks to Pathways to Independence and Club Admin Director Emily) we heard a passionate talk from Eric Hargreaves, Programme Coordinator from SAY (Supporting Alternative Youth) Out Loud (
SAY Out Loud is an organization that offers a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth to connect, seek support, develop new friendships, express themselves, and learn about the LGBTQ community.  The organization hosts weekly support meetings (Tuesdays at 5:30 pm) to help young people, as well as their family members, through a challenging time in their lives.  Respect is essential to this group, and all are welcome.  Most participants range in age from 15 to 20, and Eric is seeing younger teens beginning to seek help and guidance.
There is clearly a need for SAY Out Loud in our community, and anyone who wishes to learn more are encouraged to contact Eric at 613.386.1922.

QSR continues to support borrowers around the world using the Microfinance model and Kiva.  April is the Month of Microfinance ( and we're proud to continue to help those who want to help themselves.
QSR recently reloaned funds to three borrowers:  Ernest in Kenya (, as well as Nina ( and Vachagan (, both from Armenia.  We are thrilled to be a part of their future success!
To find out more about how much Kiva (and lenders around the world) help borrowers, meet Gina from the Phillipines.  Gina is a sugarcane farmer and a multiple Kiva-borrower, and here she explains how Kiva has changed her life, as well as the lives of her family:
Should you have any questions about Kiva or Rotary, please contact

By Dr. Bob Scott, RC Cobourg
Read more about Canada's contributions to eradicating polio here:
We are <this close>!
To learn more about Rotary, and our efforts to rid the world of polio, contact

This morning we heard from new Rotarian Brigitte Frances. Brigitte is Foundation Development Coordinator for The National Air Force Museum of Canada.  As the only employee of the foundation, she takes on all tasks from fundraising to book keeping.  Brigitte also runs her own graphic design company BFCreate.
Although she did not originally train as a graphic artist she fell in love with the principals of design and took classes to improve her knowledge.  BFCreate has taken off, and now she is looking to hire a full time web designer. Brigitte also runs an Art school for children, they have more than 100 kids for the 1 week class during the March break. This art program is more than crafts, the children learn about fine art, art history, acrylic painting, and so much more.
Brigitte lives in Belleville with her, husband, two children and her Oma. The relationship between her children and her Oma has been the inspiration for her future non-profit that brings children and seniors together for art and literature.  Brigitte joined Rotary to meet like minded people.  Welcome to Rotary Brigitte!

This morning, our incoming DG, Jim Louttit, visited our club to talk about microfinance in Honduras, and specifically the Honduras Economic Community Development (HECD) project (
Having worked extensively with ScotiaBank in Latin America, Jim became involved with microfinance after seeing the incredible - and positive - effect it was having in the local area.  As the third poorest country in the western hemisphere (after Haiti and Nicaragua), over 60% of the Honduran population live below the poverty line (less than $1.20/day), with 16% of them living in extreme poverty (less than .50 cents/day).  
Through microfinance, people who wouldn't normally qualify for 'typical' financing are able to borrow small amounts of money to start their business, make improvements, purchase inputs and/or livestock, etc.  The terms and interest mirror those of a traditional bank, but with the added benefit of becoming financially literate.  Approximately 99% of the loans are repaid in full, and Jim noted that 75% of microfinance borrowers are women.
Jim retired from banking and started JVL Global Corp for microfinance consulting, and has been involved with the HECD project for several years.  Knowing that this initiative falls under the Rotary banner in all areas, and specifically community development, he encourages Rotary clubs throughout the district (and country) to consider microfinance as a project in whatever capacity.
QSR has been a long-time - and extremely proud - supporter of micro-finance through Kiva - it's a wonderfully easy way to give a hand up to those who need it most.
Many thanks to Jim for taking the time to come out and chat to us.

This morning, QSR had the pleasure of welcoming back Gem Munro, founder of the Amarok Society (  Gem provided the club with an update of the work Amarok continues to do in the slums of Dakka, Bangladesh, and informed the club of their expansion into other countries.
With the recent uprising of religious extremism around the world, the work that Gem and his family do is becoming more and more dangerous; they are in constant contact with local authorities to ensure their work of educating mums continues.
Gem talked about one of their student mums, Shulee.  Married at 14 and desperately wanting a different future for her own daughter, she convinced her very reluctant husband to allow her to attend the school set up in her slum.  In a very short time, she has blossomed from a timid and illiterate mum to a dynamic and enthusiastic educator working with the Society.  The best part?  Her husband is incredibly proud of his wife and the education both she and their daughter have received.
The Munro family strongly believe that the only way to combat terrorism is with education, not bombs.  Gem gave a very sobering and eye-opening presentation and we are thankful of the work he and his family continue to do.

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