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Brighton Rotary News March 22 2019
Members: 16
Guests: exchange student Eloisa.
Thank You for 12 great years of fundraising support of the ROTARY POKER WALK for HIV/AIDS. We are sending this letter out to our data base and hope you receive this in the spirit it was meant to convey. You may have been a walker on a team or a corporate sponsor or a pledge supporter and we appreciate that you have helped the Rotary Club of Belleville together with a number of Rotary clubs in the GTA to raise almost $850,000 over the past 12 years. With your help we want to keep going to help those infected and affected. 100% of that money was directed towards local, national and worldwide organizations vetted by Rotarians to help with the cause and the goal of eventually eliminating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We think you should know where we have spent the $36,000 you helped us to raise last year. You will see the list is quite diverse with recipients receiving money not just for medical care but for a variety of needs.
Lesotho- Training 40 teachers to teach children about HIV/AIDS
Malawi- To help Dignitas to continue to support and educate HIV Positive teenagers
Eastern Ontario- To help HARS with transportation costs for HIV clients in Belleville / Kingston
Africa- To support the Quinte Grannies for Africa to help grannies and children through the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Toronto- Support of HIV clients at Casey House
We are making steady progress in battling this epidemic. It is no longer the automatic death sentence it was when we started. It can now be treated. We would love for you to be part of this year’s campaign as a ”virtual walker”, a fundraiser, or a donor.
RLI - You are invited to the Lead with Knowledge - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).   Event: Lead with Knowledge - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)  Date: Apr 13, 2019 8:30 AM  - Apr 13, 2019 4:30 PM  Fee: $70 (free for first year Rotarians*.  Not a new Rotarian?  Check to see if your club will reimburse you for participating in this learning opportunity)  Location: Centenial College Event Centre, 937 Progress Ave.Toronto. This is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians. Take part in Rotary Leadership Institute.  It's the perfect learning experience for newer Rotarians and an excellent knowledge update for those more seasoned. 
Rotary International Convention 2019 -  2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany voting delegate cards. Depending on the size of your club, you may receive one or more than one certificate. I'm also sending instructions for selecting your delegates and completing the credentials certificate. Please print the credentials and voting cards and give them to your club's delegates to bring to the convention. Ask the delegates to bring them to the Voting Delegate Booth and register there as early as possible during the convention. It's important that your club is represented at the convention. You can select any active Rotary club member who plans to attend the convention to serve as your club's delegate. If no one from your club will attend, please forward the certificates and voting cards to your district governor, who can serve as proxy. Your club's participation will also help Rotary achieve the quorum we need to hold valid officer elections for the RI president-nominee, directors-nominee, and district governors-nominee. You can learn more about the role of convention delegates in Article 9 of the RI Constitution and Article 10 of the RI Bylaws. Thank you for your help in preparing your club's delegates for the convention. We look forward to seeing them there.
Notice of Motion: second reading
Motion 2019-02-05: by R Dan to pledge $5,000 to the Driving Simulator brought forward by Ed J, conditional upon funding from other sources being sufficient to purchase the system. Second by R Victoria.
Smile for Week:
As background, R Craig reminded us that Newfie jokes were created by the people of Newfoundland to have fun. During WWII, US service men were stationed on Newfoundland and were impressed with the attitude and friendliness of the people. He shared a story of a women from San Francisco who's husband served in NFLD during war and always promised to take her there. She finally visited after be passed, planning to stay 2 days and stayed 3 weeks.
A newfie was moving to Toronto and his brother told him you needed protection to live in Toronto, that best protection was to join a biker gang. So arriving in Toronto the Newfie went up to the door of the biker club house were he was asked told to join he needed three things;
A harley, a leather jacket and to prove he was tough.
No problem said the newfie. He said the bike was at home in the garage, the jacket was being cleaned and that he was tough. To prove how tough he was, he told this story: When he was a kid he took boat out fishing. with his right hand in water a shark came and bit it off, so he put his other hand in the water and when the shark came to bite that one off he reached in and grabbed his right hand from the sharks'  gut and then with fishing line sewed his hand back on.
There was a visual effect to end - ask R Craig to show you if you missed it.
  • Board meeting at R Steve's home - Tuesday April 16th at 6:30pm
  • Pat Corry has resigned from the club.
  • R Joyce attended Board meeting March 19th and joined board as Director of New Generations for balance of this year.
  • Brighton Rotary Auction and Dinner May 11, 2019. Theme related to Pearls and Tiffiny's. Hit list and tickets being distributed.
  • Brighton Rotary is 30 - June 2019.
  • No Frills Raffle starts today. Draw will be April 14th.
  • Diners and Duffers books available. Cannot sell until March 23- today.
  • Northumberland Rotary Music Festival in 2019. They are looking for help.
  • Adventures in Citizenship in spring 2019 accepted. Student selected is Isabel Flindal.
  • Camp Enterprise for 2019, May 2 to 4 at Trent University. Looking for sponsors, mentors and drivers.
  • R Murray circulated duty roster for Fishing Derby early May.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Quinte Sunrise Rotary Club is having Fish and Chips Saturday March 30th, 2019. $25 each. 5pm at the Dug Out.
  • Men Who Cook and Women Who Sizzle event in Port Hope March 30 by Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise. Cost $45 each.
  • RLI April 13
  • Campbellford Trivia Night - Movie Trivia - Saturday April 13th, 2019. $100 entry fee for team of up to 8. Prizes, silent auction etc. Doors open at 6pm. Trivia starts at 7pm. R Emily will organize team.
  • Belleville Rotary hosting 12th annual AIDS Poker Walk April 27th.
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program. Cost is $950. Looking for sponsors and candidates ages 19 - 25. May 3 - 9.
  • District Conference next year - Rotary Muskoka Style at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa - October 25 - 27, 2019. Early registration fee $299. Rooms at special rate of $135 / night while they last.
Eloisa's Report:
Song: The Happy Wanderer
Sharing: $21.00 won by R Steve who donated it to Polio Plus.
Happy Bucks:  presentation, some of enjoy our amenities, some with less than ideal accommodation and especially BIG spiders leave after first day, for others presentation brought back childhood memories, big spiders control the scorpions, gender reveal party Saturday, naval oranges, coming into the busy period, wishing for a girl and healthy, twins, always happy, old dog to happy place and new puppy Oscar, end of hockey season but spring is here, US residency, skiing trip.
Rotary Minute:
Rotary Foundation individual recognition. (all numbers in US $)
Sustaining Member - when you give $100 or more to the Annual Fund.
Benefactor - When you include Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or you donate $1,000 or more to fund outright.
Paul Harris Fellow - When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus or approved Foundation Grant.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellow - When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Foundation.
Paul Harris Society Member - When you contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Foundation.
Bequest Society Member - When you give $10,000 or more via your estate plans.
Major Donor - When your cumulative donations reach $10,000.
Arch Klumph Society - When your cumulative donations reach $250,000.
R Daphne's Travel Adventures
R Daphne shared stories of her trekking to Nepal since 2000. She broke the stories into three main categories:
Accommodation and Food
Health and Hygiene
When asked why she keeps going back - She says because of the people.
Daphne's first trip with her younger sister was in 2000. Trekking to Lang Tang (this trial was wiped out by earthquake in 2013).
Start of trip was in a rusted jeep. They could not travel at night due to unrest in the area. It was a 2 week trek over pass about 6,000 metres. Recommendations say when you are over about 3,000 m you should stay couple nights to acclimatize. When Daphne and her sister were at village about 3,500 m they only stayed one night and pushed on. However, Daphne began to feel ill, sickness progressed till she was violently ill, head feeling like it would explode and more. Her sister tied her to a horse and they started down the mountain, then by a rice field they were picked up by helicopter. On way down helicopter had to be refueled by hand. They got Daphne to local hospital and thankfully she survived to tell us story and to return.
In 2005, she went to another village, or more like cross roads. In a 15 passenger bus she was #31. A 3 1/2 hour drive in the crowded bus. Then they walked. Her friend and guide could walk up the trail in couple hours, he told Daphne it would take 4 hours. After about 6 hours (and she had handed off her back pack to others) they arrived and she was so exhausted she could hardly see. The locals use short cuts, goat trails almost straight up the mountain.
They started to build a seasonal road up the mountain. Only 15km but takes couple hours in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Road is ether a quagmire or red dust. Ruts can be 2 1/2 feet. Road only one lane with 1 km drop off on side. Passing is treacherous.
In Katmandu they have mini buses (15 people capacity) and micro buses (18 people capacity). They put 60 people on these buses, with goats in ailes and people on top and hanging out door. Daphne is 5' 6" but she is relatively large compared to locals.
Daphne uses graval, option is plastic bag. She considers the 15 km trip a death trap. She does a lot of praying.
Accommodation and Food
More regular hotels in big cities for tourists. But in the villages much more rustic / primitive. Typically a straw mattress, and pillow is a bag of rice. Family often sleep together, all in same bed. Daphne has slept above the animals and shared a bed. Once she stayed in guest house at a Buddhist monastary (sounded like luxury). Sometimes floor space and a mat. She has never gotten bed bugs. Daphne says when you are tired, it doesn't matter.
Food is basically rice and lentil soup and something curried. Harvest impacts what is in soup. Once coming into village it was a festival and the 'cutting' had started. They have no refrigeration. They use everything. Put carcass on doorstep, and blood runs everywhere. An appetizer includes goat blood with ginger and ? Curried goat liver with chow mein?
Daphne goes vegetarian in Nepal. She shared a few times when she had a melt down.
She shared story of a tea house and chicken fried rice, but they don't have or use 'tissues' in Nepal, cook had to use other means and not so sanitary. Also using same bowl for manure and cooking after brief rinse with cold water.
Squat toilets may be log over hole. Luxury was stone building with metal door but also very large spiders. Daphne doesn't like the large spiders. Women just banged on building first so spiders would hide.
Generally water supply is a central tap in village, which may not have water all the time. When there is water, it is cold mountain water.
R Keith thanked Daphne for her presentation and said it brought back happy memories of his childhood.
Service Above Self