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Brighton Rotary Ribs at Home
The Smoke House
Aug 08, 2020
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Member Birthdays
Jeff Wheeldon
June 10
Spouse Birthdays
Andy Smith
June 4
Peter Parmentier
June 25
Jeff Wheeldon
Andrea Wheeldon
June 28
Steven Blakey
Allison Blakey
June 29
Join Date
June 14, 1989
31 years
Jul 31, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary Celebration
Aug 07, 2020 7:00 AM
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Brighton Rotary News July 24 2020
Rotary on the Patio - The new normal, we meet together on The Smoke House Patio (social distancing observed)
Members: 8
Guests: no guests, so sad
1. We received newsletter from Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation and general request for support.
2. We received newsletter from Youth Unlimited and general request for support.
Smile: blush
PP Daniel took some Rotarian supplies to P Joyce's home and found her very happy. When asked, she said she had just set a world record putting together a puzzle. On the box it said 3 to 5 and she had completed it in a month.

  • We need speakers for August. Some people are reluctant to come out yet.
  • Brighton Rotary Stay at Home Rib Fest will be Saturday August 8th. Please get orders in to R Chris sooner than later. R Clay passed around duty roster.
  • Next board meeting Tuesday August 18th at the home of R Emily.  6:30pm. Emily is at 27 Meade Street in Brighton.
  • RI Global Grant for Brazil water project G-2165 has been approved. Rogerio will set up bank account in Brazil.
  • Club is interested in participating in the Wellington Rotary bottle drive. R Emily will temporarily store at her home. Collect as you can. We are looking into placing trailer monthly at arena for drop off.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • D7070 is bringing us 'Tuesday Talks' starting July 14th from 7pm to 8pm. Sign up on line.
  • 2020 Rotary District Conference theme is 'Heroes and Champions' and will be held at Toronto Weston Prince Hotel October 23-25, 2019.
  • Rotary District 7070 is going to the Dominican Republic March Break 2021. A service opportunity - sweat equity.
Song: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Sharing Pot: R Steve is donating to Polio Plus.
Happy Bucks: R Chris's presentation of his Classification speech, very good presentation, thankful it is over, nice weekend, finishing puzzle, no flies in Bermuda, no old cars driven in Bermuda.
Rotary Minute: Shelter Box celebrating 20 years of service.
On Boxing Day, 26 December 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake created a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Over a quarter of a million people died and 2 million were left homeless. How many countries were severely affected?
Answer - 8

The deadly tsunami devasted the nearest coastlines of Indonesia, but also caused destruction across the coasts of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, even making it as far as Somalia, the Seychelles and South Africa. More than 8 countries suffered some damage and casualties.

Working closely with local Rotary partners in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, your support allowed ShelterBox to provided emergency shelter aid and other essential items to thousands of affected families.
Lake Chad is a freshwater lake located where Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger meet. It was once one of the largest lakes in Africa, providing drinking water for over 30 million people. How much has the lake shrunk since the 1960s?
Answer - 90%

The lake has shrunk by 90%. The Lake Chad Basin crisis is a huge and complex humanitarian crisis with many causes. Extreme poverty, underdevelopment and climate change are just some of the factors at play, alongside insecurity caused by armed groups such as Boko Haram.

ShelterBox has been working in the Lake Chad Basin since 2010, supporting families who have been affected by extreme drought and conflict. You're support has supported thousands of families surviving this crisis.
TRUE OR FALSE? The earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 was the deadliest of the century.
Answer - True.
On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, bringing chaos and destruction, killing around 300,000 people and affecting an estimate of 3 million people. (NY Times)

Following the earthquake, your support helped over 28,000 families with essential ShelterBox aid.
Due to its location, the Philippines is prone to numerous different disasters. Warm, equatorial waters power about 20 typhoons a year. Which other disasters does the country’s location leave it vulnerable to?

The country’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire means it is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms and typhoons. The country also experiences monsoon rains which can lead to flooding and landslides.

Thanks to your continued support ShelterBox has responded in the Philippines more than in any other country – more than 25 times.
In September 2017, Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Two weeks later, Hurricane Maria brought a new wave of destruction. How long did Irma maintain category 5 strength for?
Answer - 60 hours
With wind speeds of up to 185 mph, Irma maintained Category 5 strength for 60 consecutive hours. But the devastation didn’t stop there. Almost two weeks later, Hurricane Maria hit the same islands that took the brunt of Irma’s wrath. Also a Category 5 hurricane, Maria sustained winds of 155 mph, taking down home after home. 

Your support allows ShelterBox to tailor each response to the unique needs of each community. ShelterBox delivered aid across six countries in the Caribbean, each one different to best support each of the communities.
Chris Reed's Re-Classification
R Chris needed no introduction: (he said it was all lies anyway). Not really in accordance with the 4 way test.
Chris started his story at a Royal Air Force Base in Kirkham, Northern England. His mother was from a small town in North Wales called Conway. His father was from Bristol in southwest England. After the war ended, they were married and moved to Bristol. Chris's older sister Sandra was born in 1946. Chris came along in 1948.
In post war England their live was modest. Mom raised the family and dad rode his bike to work (no car). The TV was small and black and white with only 2 channels (BBC 1 and 2).
Chris started school at age 5 St. Joseph's Primary School run by nuns and regular teachers. After 6 years (may have all been in grade 1?) what he learned was the times table. Many hours and days reciting the times table.
At age 11 he graduated to St. Brendan's Grammar School. The school was in Bristol but 2 bus rides on public transit, no school buses in England. The school was run by Christian Brothers and regular teachers. Here he learned discipline as the strap and similar devises were used regularly although Chris said he was not a frequent recipient. Sport was also important at the school, particularly rugby and cricket, absolutely no soccer. In bad weather that was often, they did cross country and Chris was not a good runner. He did get into rowing and represented school at a number of regattas across England and Wales.
Chris stayed at St. Brendan's the extra 2 years after age 16 to prepare for his 'A' levels in preparation for College or University. At age 18 Chris left home to go to business college in Hull. His first year was spent living with 3 other guys in a fully catered family home. For his second year they rented a house closer to college and attempted to look after themselves. 5 guys looking after themselves was chaos. The electrical meter took shillings but when cash was short they would go to the library to get warm. If you didn't feed the meter, there was no power. 
During the summers Chris spent most holidays at his mother's family in Conway. They were fishermen. In Conway Chris worked as a bus conductor, collecting fares from riders. He only got beat up once from drunk who didn't want to pay.
Chris graduated in 1969. His first job was a trainee accountant with Imperial Chemical Industries Limited in Billingham, Teeside. He spent time in many departments, learning all aspects of cost and financial accounting, budgets and forecasts in a huge complex that manufactured manure.
At the same time he was taking classes at night studying for the qualifications of cost and management accountant which he obtained in 1971.
It was when he was at Imperial Chemical that he met his first wife Pat. She was part of the Comptometer operator pool. We learned that a comptometer is a mechanical adding machine (before computers). Chris and Pat were married in 1971.
After 3 years with Imperial Chris moved on and joined RHM Foods Limited as Assistant Factory Accountant. They manufactured soups, pastes, essences, sauces, chutney and various other cocktail assortments. He found in the food preparation business that the smell turned him off those foods for life.
In 1974 he left RHM Foods and became Chief Accountant for a chain of retail Newsagents and Confectioners. Newsfare was a private company with 3 owners. A big change from big corporate. It was also an experience in how not to run a company.
18 months later he moved again taking a position as Chief Accountant with the Walton Mole Company, a small family business that specialized in high pressure water jet cleaning equipment for heavy industry. The developed an application to clean the legs of offshore oil rigs which became a huge cash flow for them. High pressure water is dangerous.
Chris had established himself in England as a senior and experienced accountant, had his first house, but obviously was looking for the next adventure. So he submitted an application for a position as Chief Accountant for the Elbow Beach Hotel in Bermuda. He was successful, so he left everything behind for a new life in Bermuda. The Elbow was a 300 room resort on a 30 acre site. They lived in a rented accommodation next door to the resort and life was good. No income tax. Chris said you had to get off the island from time to time to avoid becoming 'rock happy'. However, the main purpose of his job in Bermuda was to train a native Bermudian to take his job. Every 3 years the job would be posted and if a native Bermudian applied, it was theirs.
So in 1981, Chris left Bermuda and immigrated to Canada. Why Canada? They had ruled out England as people not very pleasant (maybe due to lack of sunshine) and Canada seemed better than the United States. However, Chris got a bit of a shake up as an immigrant being told he had no Canadian experience. On arriving in Canada with only a few boxes and luggage, he was met by a friends sister who he had met briefly in Bermuda. They are now good friends. He also found cars very big in Canada, like boats.
Chris was able after a short time to get a job with Safety Supply Canada, a family owned distributor of safety equipment. He started as assistant controller and moved up to Vice President Finance. The company was sold in 2003 to Acklands.
It was at Safety Supply that Chris met Frances who worked in the finance department. Chris and Frances were married in 1991 and he inherited 2 daughters, Terry and Michelle.
With the new owners of Safety Supply, Acklands Chris moved to their head office to assist with transition. Chris didn't like working at Acklands and in 1994 he moved to Canadian Bearings Ltd. as Vice President Finance.  Another family owned business.
Chris retired the first time in 2004 and they moved to Brighton. His in-laws had a place in Carrying Place so they were familiar with the area and to be closer to them. They also wanted to get out of the City.
Two weeks after retirement he was back at work to assist new VP transition. Well one thing after another and 4 VP's later and tired of weekly commutes to Toronto, Chris retired a second time in 2009.
Now with some free time, Chris was looking for something to do, his neighbour Bob Rudkin convinced Chris to join Rotary which he did in 2010.
Chris and Frances were devastated when their older daughter died suddenly in 2010. They have 4 grandchildren and 1 great grand daughter. He is lucky to have been married to Frances for 29 years, even if he as to water the very smelly pot plant daily.
Service Above Self