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Brighton Rotary News Sept 14 2022
Members: 9
Guests: no guests (so sad)
1.  Five Counties Children's Centre want to come and update us on their programs.
2. DG Iosif's news:
This past week John, Virginia, Joan and I met with board members of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center, Deki and Sonam (AG and member of the Forest Hill Club) we are working on creating a new Rotary Club. We had a very successful meeting, followed by Momos (traditional Tibetan dumplings) and a tour of the large facility they occupy.
On Wednesday I had the privilege to visit the Brighton Club, we finished with a great song; "Hello Rotarians". I challenge you to sing it at your next meeting.
Saturday was Yard Sale Day in Oshawa, the club was there selling donated items and collecting empty bottles. At the end of the day after putting everything away, the brown leather cinema couch was left... well, let me tell you, this thing was heavy. Mental note, if you ever help at a yard sale make sure you leave before the end of the day is over if there is heavy furniture left. Thank you Ron for the refreshing drink!
After the Yard Sale I made my way to the Scarborough BBQ, it was her at Michael's house. Good food, good time and Great Rotarians! Pictures to follow.
Upcoming Webinar:
Work Smarter not Harder to Grow Your Club - Wednesday, 28 September 12pm
Data-driven decision-making is critical to the success of any business — and to your club and district. What if you knew how many members you might lose this year and how many you would need to recruit in order to grow? This session will help club and district leaders understand their data, including historical attraction and retention rates, and prioritize their goals in order to maximize their impact.
Upcoming Events in our District: Check the District Website for more info
Monday, 12th September
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Presidents Meeting
  • Second Annual Four Way Test Scarborugh Club
Wednesday, 14th September
  • RLI Starts
Friday, 16th September 
  • 2022 Wilf Wilkinson Charity Golf Classic, Trenton
Saturday, 17th September
  • Audley Road Cleanup, Ajax
Sunday, 18th & Monday, 19th of September
  • PETs 3 trip to RI Headquarters in Chicago
Smile: blush
A father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying, "God bless mommy, God bless Daddy, and God bless grandma and goodbye grandpa."
The father asked, "Why did you say goodbye grandpa?"
The little girl said, "I don't know, it just seemed like the right thing to do."
The next day grandpa died.
The father thought it was a strange coincidence.
A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this, "God bless mommy, God bless daddy and goodbye grandma."
The next day grandma died.
The father was sure the girl was in contact with the other side.
Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed the dad heard her say, "God bless mommy and goodbye daddy."
He practically went into shock. He couldn't sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day as he watched the clock. He stayed at the office and thought if he made it to midnight he would be fine. He felt safe at the office. He stayed at the office, pacing and watching the clock but jumping at every sound. Finally when midnight came he breathed a sigh of relief and went home.
When he got home his wife said, "I've never seen you work so late, what is the matter?"
He said, "I don't want to talk about it. I've just spent the worst day of my life."
She said, "You think you had a bad day, You'll never believe what happened to me this morning. My golf pro dropped dead in the middle of my lesson."
  • We are looking for BIG cheque for photo ops
  • Looking at a Bowling Party for members and friends sometime
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Emily's home October 25th
  • We are looking for speakers
  • Foundation Walk pledge sheet passed around.
  • R Steve and R Joyce presented 8 ball singing trophy to the Rotary Club of Wellington Sept 13.
  • Applefest Food Booth September 24.
  • Spring Valley Public School open house BBQ Thursday September 15th.
  • R Clay - Elizabeth has met with Human Rights lawyer.
  • Jinni from Trenton Rotary asking about starting up Rotary Spelling Bee for 2023. Next meeting Sept 20.
  • R Steve suggested we may want to schedule social to Capitol Theatre in Port Hope in December for Panto - Sleeping Beauty?
  • Bottle drive Saturday October 1.
  • Brighton will participate in Diners and Duffers in 2023. First Zoom meeting to be September 21.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Foundation Walk at Heber Downs Conservation area / Cullen Gardens - September 25th.
  • We Have A Dream - District Conference October 14 to 16 at Nottawasaga Inn.
  • World Polio Day 2022 Live from Durham College October 20 from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Go to District web site for more information on any of these events.
  • Check out the District Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Youtube channels to see what is happening in the District. Past Tuesday Talks available for viewing.
Song: Grandmothers Clock
Sharing Pot: $18 won by R Chris who donated it to the Rotary Foundation.
Happy Bucks: weekend in Stratford, Applefest, part-time job as sommelier practicing drinking wine, life is good, all englishman good?? but the children are adorable, lots of time at TV watching the British pageantry, presentation enjoyable, never to sing God Save Our Queen again, grandson's wedding, SVPS BBQ, great presentation, memories of Queen, tea party in Cobourg.
Rotary Minute:
R Clay shared about a recent Canada Rotary Project
Last year when Canada suspended the export of potatoes to the United States from Prince Edward Island due to a fungus found in two fields, Rotarians from Ontario rallied to help farmers offset their losses. Dozens of clubs coordinated the purchase, transport, and distribution of the still-edible crops to food banks. The Rotary Club of Bracebridge began the effort, tapping local government connections to arrange for a provincial grant of about US$9,000 to cover the acquisition and transport of 4,000 10 lb bags of potatoes from one of the growers. On Feb 19, members of five area Rotary clubs and one Rotaract club gathered in a warehouse to offload the spuds, sort the bags, and deliver them to 14 food banks. At his family farm near Charlottown, PEI, Rick Sanderson marvels at the thoughtfulness of those who worked with him to salvage a portion of his harvest. "I just really appreciate Rotary helping us out here in the time of need," Sanderson says.
Emily's Year in England
President Emily provided an impromptu story of her year in England and Europe.
She had finished her first college program and was at a loss of what to do. Her grandmother came from England as a war bride and therefore, that allowed Emily to get a visa to work in England for four years, any job. She stayed with family for a few weeks initially.
James' father came over later but had no immediate family so he was restricted to work labour jobs and was a bar tender at a pub.
Emily applied to several day care positions and went to some interviews. One was in a nice area and the Sheriff of Nottingham was a neighbour to the day care. Also, the Severus Snape actor lived in the neighbourhood.
Emily worked at a day care. She said the kids were adorable with their accents and polite.
She lived in a sketchy area and run down boarding house. There were some Albanian refugees at the house who were very polite gentleman with looked out for her, meeting her at bus stop after work and walking her home. And they made the best coffee. She has tried to make it but doesn't get it quite right. There was another girl who lived at this house who had a lot of visitors.
After a time she left the day care and went to work at the pub with Sean (James' father). At English pubs they don't tip but buy drinks for the bar tenders. Emily took a course in pouring drinks.
They realized they were only working and not seeing the country so they skipped out and started back packing. They did leave a note telling the land lord to keep their deposit. Grass was growing on the floor of the bathroom at this time.
They spent 3 days in Ireland, very expensive. But they had a good time.
They flew to Portugal and although the resort wasn't the best, it was close to the beach. They took a lot of trips. A lot of cats.
Then they returned to Canada via England. Emily spent about a year in England.
Back home she went back to school looking for some direction.
In Canada working at a day care for kids from broken homes, one little boy playing with toy animals said, "I am going to rip your f****in head off" A stark difference to the cute English children.
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