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
October 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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Club News
Quinte Sunrise was thrilled to host our annual tournament at Roundel Golf Course at 8Wing Trenton on August 25.
While preliminary numbers are still being calculated, it was a great (read: HOT) day on the course.
A big thank you to our tournament organizers Mike and John, our sponsors, and our teams.
To see more photos from the day, please check out our FB page:
See you next year!
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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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On the weekend of September 10, a massive storm hit Prince Edward County leaving a lot of damage in its' wake; unfortunately, Camp Trillium wasn't spared.  With campers still arriving, a massive clean-up and repair was needed to get the camp back up and running.  Damaged roofs, broken windows, fallen trees, and many branches littered the area, so they put out an APB to various service clubs in the area who would be able to help clean up.
As such, several QSR members went out to the camp on September 15 to assist.  With most of the debris gone and the buildings (almost) repaired, it was a matter of clearing branches (and driving Gators!).  It felt great to help out one of our partner organizations...with the added bonus of fellowship in the glorious sunshine!
To see a few photos from the morning, check out our album on Facebook.  Thanks to the club members (Alison, Catherine, Janet, Paul, and Stewart) who participated!

This morning, District Governor Jim Louttit visited QSR to tell us of his goals as DG for 7070.  Jim started his Rotary career as a founding member of the Rotary Club of Lima Sunrise in 2005, and currently a member of Toronto Sunrise.  He is also the president of JVL Global Corp, a financial services consulting company specializing in Microfinance.
Jim has many wonderful and ambitious goals for the district and our club, including an increase to membership and participation in district activities.  He discussed some changes to RI's 'rules' in an effort to attract and retain new and existing members.
As always, it's great to meet with Jim and hear the update from the district.

Quinte Sunrise was thrilled to host our annual tournament at Roundel Golf Course at 8Wing Trenton on August 25.
While preliminary numbers are still being calculated, it was a great (read: HOT) day on the course.
A big thank you to our tournament organizers Mike and John, our sponsors, and our teams.
To see more photos from the day, please check out our FB page:
See you next year!

QSR continues to help those who need it most through Kiva and microfinance.
With funds that have been repayed, we have re-lent them to three borrowers:
Eni (Indonesia) who will use her loan funds to build a toilet in her home, helping improve sanitation for her, her family, and those in her village; 
Rosalia (Kenya) is using her loan funds to purchase seeds and fertilizers for her farm; and 
Juan (Guatemala) will use his loan funds to make improvements to his home.
Microfinance really does make a difference for the lives of thousands of borrowers who would not normally have the opportunity to make their lives a little bit better.  For more information on Kiva or Rotary, please contact

Each year, QSR moves our meetings to Quinte Conservation at Potter's Creek to meet with Maya Navrot and hear her update from the past 12 months.  It's one of our favourite meetings.
Maya once again talked about the week-long summer camps for kids, and how much they have grown year after year.  Extremely popular, these camps get kids outside into nature and away from the tv.  Kids learn a lot out about our local environment, including how to care for it.  This year, 126 kids were registered to participate in four camps at Potter's Creek, with one in Picton.  Using games to teach team-building skills, these kids come away with a great appreciation of what's around them.
After the meeting, several club members took Maya up on her offer to take us on a nature walk of our own, and we had no shortage of questions for her.  In a short amount of time, we learned about native caterpillars (leave them alone) and various forms of parsnips.
QSR is a proud supporter of Quinte Conservation and we're thrilled that our funding helps support the organization, and send kids to these camps.
Thanks Maya...see you next year!

This morning, QSR heard from Stirling resident Andrew MacDonald about Opportunity International (, a micro-finance initiative supported by District 7070.
Andrew started his presentation with some astounding facts:  one in three people on the planet live in poverty, and 70% of them are women.  Most have no access to banking, thus they are unable to start their own businesses.  In response, organizations such as Opportunity International have formed to provide small loans to those in the third world; these loans cover a wide range of needs, from feeding and clothing families to educating children, to starting businesses.  In addition, these borrowers learn about financial planning, business plans, and insurance needs, resulting in a vastly improved economic and social status, higher confidence, hope, and empowerment to these new business owners.
Supported by the Gates Foundation, Opportunity International now has over four million clients, and clubs within D7070 are helping the Honduras Economic and Community Development Program to implement this initiative.  $750,000 has been raised to far to assist 1,000 people in Honduras alone.
QSR has been a long-time supporter of micro-finance through Kiva, and now through Andrew's organization.  It's a very small act that has a massive impact on the lives of borrowers.
Thanks Andrew!
Photo is of Maria from Nicaragua, a borrower with
Opportunity International

On a recent trip back home to BC, President-Elect Alison took the opportunity to visit her former club, Abbotsford-Sumas, and present President Tom with a banner from QSR.

Like QSR, Abbotsford-Sumas is a breakfast club, and they are small but mighty, just like us.  According to Alison:
"it was a treat to see everyone again, and to see the numerous similarities between our two clubs.  Abbotsford-Sumas has a smaller membership, but their impact in their local community is incredible.  I'm very proud to have been a part of Abbotsford-Sumas, just as I am proud to be with Quinte Sunrise".
One of the great benefits of being a Rotarian is the ability to attend meetings all around the world, sharing ideas and building friendships along the way.
Thanks to Abbotsford-Sumas for providing such a warm welcome (and crispy bacon) to an old friend!

A few members of our club took Monday evening off and headed down to the Inter-Club BBQ hosted by the Rotary Club of Brighton.
In addition to fantastic food and a lot of corn, there was a karaoke contest as well; our group performed the always-classic 'Happy Birthday' but sadly lost to the RC of Port Hope.
It was a wonderful evening and we were thrilled to be a part of it.  Many thanks to RC Brighton for hosting this great event!
(photo courtesy of RC Brighton)

Our own club member Paul provided us with his annual update of the work done by his organization, the Arthur Fredericks Community Builders.
He started by providing a brief history of the AFCB, telling us that it was formed as a volunteer organization in 1993, to build solid, earthquake-proof homes for the poor indigenous Mayans of Chapas, Mexico.  Each year, Paul spends ~six months in Mexico, and this past year was very successful, having completed a home for single mum Brasillia, and five rooms at the local school.  In addition, food was provided for working street children in San Cristobel de las Casas, an oral hygiene programme was established and a lab technician was hired.  
Paul has ambitious plans for next year, including hiring a health care worker, building a rain collection system at the health clinic, construction of five homes, establishing dental services, continuing the food program set up earlier this year, and finally, starting a grenadine farm in Laguna Grande.  Big plans, but Paul and his team are sure to get the work done!
QSR is thrilled to call Paul one of our own, and we're incredibly proud of him and AFCB for all of the work they are doing in Mexico.  For more information about AFCB, please check out their website

In addition to our guest speaker, we took a few minutes to complete our pin transition for the year, with President-Elect Alison happy to pin Rob with his Vice President's pin.
As well, and in keeping with club tradition, President Stewart presented last years' banner to Past President Geoff, to thank him for his service to our club.
Congratulations to both Rob and Geoff!

This morning, QSR heard from Tanya Hill of HPE Public Health about Communities Matter for Health, a partnership of local area organizations which have been meeting to discuss and implement strategies to address public health in the Quinte area.
This group believes that it is not good enough to respond to illness when it occurs but to examine its underlying causes, such as inactive lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits.  The people of Hastings County face many issues, including an aging population, sedentary behavior, and a rural setting compounded by the second highest level of poverty in Ontario.  It's pushing to implement a number of actions, such as the development of parks and trails for walking and bicycling, and community gardens in areas available to all.
The group is approaching other community organizations and municipalities to sign a healthy community declaration, and QSR is proud to have already done so.

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!

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