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Brighton Rotary News June 29 2022
Members: 9
Guests: Craig and Ruth Kerr
1. Walk a Mile Returns - Join Cornerstone for their 15th annual Walk a Mile on October 1st, 2022.
Smile: blush
Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to scream 'racism' these days. Here is an example:
A man asked, 'what aisle would I find Newfy sausage?'
The shop assistant asks, 'are you from Newfoundland?'
The guy clearly offended, says, 'Yes I am. But let me ask you something, If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?'
The shop assistant says, 'No, I probably wouldn't.'
The guy says, 'Well then, because I asked for Newfy sausage, why did you ask if I'm from Newfoundland?'
The clerk replied, 'Because you're in Home Hardware.'
  • Past Rotarian Ruth presented a cheque for $100 from Pharma Plus for Rotary for the Auction.
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Clay on July 19th
  • We are looking for speakers for July.
  • July 1 Canada Day BBQ. If you want to cook, come and spell someone on the grill.
  • Applefest Food Booth September 24.
  • We are planning Street Dance July 30. R Clay passed around a duty roster.
  • Interclub BBQ August 15 and asking support of other clubs
  • Next District Conference in October 2022 at Nottawasaga Inn Oct 14-16, 2022. Register early.
  • Rotary trailer on June 25th was lent to HUGS for BBQ fundraiser.
  • HUGS are looking for help for Ukrainian family to purchase a car so dad can get to work in Markham a few days a week.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Jennifer Jones- Imagine Canada Tour- As I've communicated in the past weeks, we have soon to be RI President, Jennifer Jones coming to the Toronto area on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022.  The Multi District Planning team have decided to coordinate a 3 part day: Starting with a Watershed clean up in the morning, Kids against Hunger food packing in the afternoon with a Fab TRF Fundraising dinner in the evening.  So to make this happen we need committee members and chairs for each of the events.  We also need committee members to manage the day: Transportation,  Marketing & Promotion, Budget, Finance & Legal, Technology, Outreach Broadcasting and Sponsorships.  If you would like to work on or co-chair these committees please contact Michele Guy, or DG Ron Dick,  We need your responses by Tuesday, Feb 1st (yes I know that's tomorrow) for the multi district Committee to draft the committees.  This event will showcased in the April edition of the Canada Rotary magazine.  Let's do District 7070 proud!
  • 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: Hello Rotarians
Sharing Pot: $22 won by R Emiy who donated it to the Bridge Hospice
Happy Bucks:  President's BBQ last Saturday, Canada Day and James will be home, great work of Hospice, BBQ Canada Day, playing at Zwick's Canada Day evening before Fire works, friends and family, 'young' good friends, donation for auction, all that Ruth does for Rotary still, always happy, good to see everyone, road trip to the French River area, for hosting President's BBQ.
Rotary Minute:
Rudy shared: Club Singing
Harry Ruggles was the 5th man to join Paul Harris in the conversations that led to the formation of the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905. Harry was a fellow who enjoyed singing, and this was a popular activity at the turn of the Century. At an early meeting of the fledgling group, Harry jumped on a chair and urged everyone to join him in a song.
Group singing soon became a traditional part of each Rotary meeting. The custom spread to many of the clubs in the United States and is still a popular fellowship activity in the Rotary meetings of  such diverse countries as Australia, Japan, Nigeria, New Zealand and Canada. Some clubs sing a national song as the formal opening of the meeting. Social singing however, is seldom found in Rotary Clubs in Europe, South America and Asia.
The Bridge Hospice in 2022
R Emily introduced Craig Kerr:
Biographical facts
Born and raised in Brighton
Graduated RMC in RCAF (1958 - 1966)
Business career in Toronto from 1966-1990
Real Estate Broker 1990-2010
Served two terms on Brighton Council (2006-2014)
Founding Director of Brighton Health Services Centre
Past Service
     SOHO (chair)
     Friends of Presqu'ile (chair)
     Lower Trent Conservation Authority (chair)
     United Lodge #29 (past master)
     The Bridge Hospice Warkworth (secretary and fund development chair)
     The Bridge Hospice Foundation (founding director and chair) - current position
     Brighton Rotary
     Brighton Curling Club (president)
Married Ruth (German) Kerr 1962
Three children
Seven grandchildren
Two Great Grandchildren
Craig acknowledged that he has trouble saying 'no' and that it is nice to be back at a Rotary meeting.
Craig noted a long relationship between Rotary and the Bridge Hospice.
The Bridge Hospice was the child of three nurses who saw a need for end of life care in 2010. Their vision resulted in the formation of the Bridge Hospice in 2013. It was a community and volunteer effort to design and build this 3 bedroom facility.
The residents and families pay nothing for their care at the Bridge Hospice. In the early days it was all done by volunteers. Now it is busier and professional care is needed such as doctors, nurses and PSW's.
After extensive lobbying of the Provincial Government, the government finally recognized the benefits and need and have started to provide some funding for the professional care. But this is only about 45% of the total costs.
In the early days, they had a contract with St. Elizabeth for professional help. St. Elizabeth used the experience as training.
Their fundraising efforts paid for 24/7 care and a little extra to put aside.
Now the building is getting older and needs maintenance. Government provides some limited designated funding but also brings administrative work and challenges with regulations etc.
There is also more competition for funds both from new Hospice facilities and Hospitals.
The Bridge Hospice has two sides:
1. The 24/7 care needed with professional staff.
2. Fundraising which is becoming a specialized skill
In 2019 they decided to create a Foundation that would be responsible for all fundraising, and with a goal to create a endowment fund.
Then COVID and that put a strain on volunteers.
They created the Foundation in May. They are now looking for an Executive Director who hopefully can develop new fundraising efforts that will also pay their salary.
Their funding needs include capital upgrades and maintenance, as well as to build an endowment. They are hoping to tap into some deep pockets, corporate money and develop specialized fund raising efforts.
67% of residents come from Northumberland County and about 22% from Brighton.
They are always grateful for help.
R Daniel thanked Craig and Ruth and described them as Community Weavers. They help knit the Community together.
Service Above Self