Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise

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June 2016
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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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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, 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.

Several members descended on Quinte Bowl for an evening of relaxed fellowship.  It was a fantastic evening with a great mix of family and friends.
Since many of us were not experts, it's safe to say many of us were walking funny the next day!
To see pics, click here.


03/05:  QSR heard from Zachary Prong, a photojournalism student at Loyalist College, who recently returned from Afghanistan where he worked along side former Loyalist student Farzana Wahidi.

In addition to discussing his experiences overseas, Zac reiterated how incredibly dangerous it is for photo and print journalists in Afghanistan, especially for those who are female.  He presented a video called Towards Change, highlighting Farzana and her continuing work.

QSR is extremely proud to have been a small part in her success...long may it continue.

To view the video, click here.


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Feb. 25 This morning, we had the opportunity to listen to Alexandra Kubrak, President of the Rotaract Club of Loyalist- Belleville. Alexandra believes that this group of Rotaractors will become more involved in the Belleville and Quinte community and take on more of an advocate role. She also spoke of Rotaractor Zach Prong's photographic project in Afghanistan and the club's intentions to redevelop Belleville's Riverside Park, implement a biodiversity program in the community gardens and create a hub for young people in downtown Belleville. She also wishes to work with other organizations in the area to address Belleville's needs. We wish the Loyalist Rotaract Club good fortune in the future.

Feb 18. This morning, we had the opportunity to hear how Mara Whitford, our Bayside scholarship recipient of 2015-2016, has made out after her first semester at Queens University. Mara has started a general science program and plans to specialize in the future. After experiencing the normal nerves of life away from home, Mara joined her Gael group during Frosh Week. In fact, she is hoping to be a Gael leader next year. While working hard on her courses, she also enjoyed special lectures on black holes and AIDS. Next year, Mara plans to join a group raising money for schools in Africa and will be part of a task force examining poverty and homelessness in Kingston. Mara finished by thanking our club for its much appreciated support.  

Feb 11 This morning, we had the opportunity to hear from Laraine Warren and Janet Marissen about raising service dogs. They were accompanied by Ivan, a standard poodle, and Nigel, a black Labrador retriever. If they are successful as puppies, they will leave their temporary masters and be trained for particular services in Oakville. These include programmes for vision, hearing, autism mobility and diabetic alert. In Oakville, they are trained for their future purposes and learn how to do amazing things for their future masters. Although it takes about $30,000 to train these animals, they are then offered to those in need free of charge. Thanks goes to people such as Laraine and Janet for raising puppies that will probably not stay with them.

Introducing QSR's newest borrowers via Kiva!  With repaid loans, we are able to happily re-lend our funds to some incredible people.
The Grupo Solidario Yoxaja Group (Guatemala) will use their loan funds to purchase agricultural supplies to increase her coffee bean crop production.  With increased production comes increased profits and income, which will help all families of the group.  Learn more here:
Isabella (Kenya) will use her loan funds to purchase seeds for her farm.  She and her husband currently have a dairy on their small plot, and grow maize as well.  Read more about Isabella here:
Finally, meet Andres from Nicaragua.  He will be using his loan proceeds to help make his home more stable and safer for him and his two-year-old son.  Learn more about Andres here:
QSR is extremely proud to be working with Kiva to help improve the lives of millions around the world.

On February 9, QSR celebrated the first anniversary of our partnership with Kiva microfinance.
In the past 12 months, we have revolved our initial deposit of $600 into $1,075 for 23 loans, in 12 countries.  The majority of our lending is to those in the agriculture sector (everyone needs to eat!) but we have supported borrowers in the housing, education, and health sectors.
We are extremely proud to work with Kiva and thrilled to know we're changing micro-finance loan at a time.
Questions about Kiva or Rotary?  Contact

Our regular monthly business meeting had a bit of a twist this morning with the presentation of two Paul Harris Fellowships to our Past Presidents Nancy and Marc.
Thank you for your service to our club and to Rotary at large!

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