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Bob Burke
May 18
Jeff Pearsall
May 23
May 14, 2021 7:00 AM
Polio Immunization Day in India 2012
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Brighton Rotary News May 7 2021
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Members: 7 plus 1 our honourary Rotarian Jeff Brace
Guests: Colleen McBride
1.We received a cheque from a sponsor for the Auction.
Smile: blush
A woman lost her husband while out shopping.  She phoned his cell phone.  He said “Do you remember that little jewellery store we went to years ago and you saw that lovely ring.  I said someday I was going to buy you that ring.”  She started to get excited.  Yes, yes.
Well I’m in the pub next door to it.
  • Next board meeting Tuesday May 18th at 6:30pm.
  • Diners and Duffers Books a success. Currently have 8 available in inventory see R Chris if you sell another.
  • Bottle Drive scheduled for May 22 due to extension of Stay at Home Order.
  • Auction items coming in with about 115 so far. Don't stop. Get items over to R Liesje's home. For auction, we are participating with Campbellford Rotary, to sell some items for their club.
  • Hoselton designs waiting on new equipment.
  • Looking for speakers for late May.
  • Update on water filters in Brasil: Filters expected to be distributed May 15-20.   
  • R Chris has created an e-mail address called "" Members should use this e-mail address for e-transfers (rather than personal e-mail address). It has been created with automatic deposit into the Brighton Rotary Operating Account at Royal Bank, so no secret question and answer will be necessary. We can also publish this new e-mail account when fundraising, to facilitate payments or donations from the general public. Chris
  • Proposed Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup scheduled for April 24 has been postponed to June due to Stay At Home Order.
  • The Municipality last year increased fee for lottery licenses from a flat $10 to 3% of the maximum winnings. This would be a significant cost to service clubs. Lead by the Legion, service clubs petitioned the Municipality to reconsider. At the May 3rd Council meeting it appears they will reconsider and appears support from some Councillors.
  • Zoom Friday morning meetings extended.
  • You are invited to the Rotaract Club of Willowdale-Smiles Dance Class. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends. Event: Rotaract Club of Willowdale-Smiles Dance Class Date: May 27, 2021 7:00 PM  - May 27, 2021 8:00 PM
  • Our May 11th meeting will be a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellington.  We are pleased to have Mark Wafer join us to speak on Enabling the Disabled and how Covid is affecting disabled workers Mark Wafer is a former Tim Hortons restaurant owner from Toronto. During his 25 years as a business owner Mark and his wife Valarie hired almost 200 workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. On average, the Wafers employed 45 workers with disabilities from a workforce of 250 or 17% of their workforce. Mark believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion. Mark is a member of the Federal government’s panel on labour market initiatives for Canadians with disabilities and helped to create Canada's national strategy on disability employment. He is the co-founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility and was a member of Ontario's Economic Development partnership council. Mark is an advisor to many levels of government both nationally and around the world, he is a sought-after keynote speaker. Mark is a recipient of Canada's Meritorious Service Cross, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014  In his spare time Mark is a Motorsports enthusiast, race car driver and former amateur sports car champion
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Tuesday Talks- Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends. Event: Tuesday Talks- Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention  Date: May 11, 2021 7:00 PM  - May 11, 2021 8:00 PM    Details: Your District Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Committee is very pleased to present: S. R. “MARTIN” RLA  Mediator, Architect & Social Entrepreneur Dedicated to Sustainability & Peacebuilding “Two Drops for Peace”: Building Resilient Communities Together  The lessons of the past year have demonstrated just how interconnected we all are and that no size community - urban or rural - is immune to violence.   
  • Please join us for 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities, 12-16 June. Registration opens in mid-April. This year’s event will connect you, virtually, with members around the world. It will open new opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. Together, we’ll inspire action, strengthen our commitments, work on our challenges, and celebrate our successes.
  •  You are invited to the  Rotaract District Conference. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.Event:  Rotaract District Conference Date: May 08, 2021  - May 09, 2021, Fee $10.00. Location via Zoom.
  • Rotary International Foundation Gala May 12.
  • Rotary D7070 virtual conference June 25/26. For Saturday June 26 clubs are encouraged to have Community Engagement. We are looking for ideas.    <>*
  • D7070 Year End Celebration June 30 at 7pm.
  • 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.
Song: someday soon we hope
Sharing Pot: all are encouraged to share as they are able or willing.
Happy Bucks: nice to be with Rotary this morning, interesting/ great / amazing presentation, if he wasn't so happy with Sandy there would be an alternative, wonderful community support in Brighton, memories of youth and marina and on the water, boat and calamities on the water and the stories they create, always happy everyday, informative, ground pounders and air guys didn't know what today's presentation was about, teenage years at family's fishing relatives and stupid people and those that put their lives at risk to save the stupid people. watching Search and Rescue training with grand kids.
Rotary Minute:
Recent Rotary Magazine article about mental health crisis, particularly during this COVID pandemic. 264 million people suffer from depression, and most in poorer nations have no help to deal with it.
Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit
Colleen McCabe is the executive Director of the Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit. She has been with BARU for two years. She works in Cobourg and runs a sailing school in Gosport in the summers.
Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit (BARU)
Volunteers saving lives on the water 24/7. They are a registered charity.
They work with 424 Squadron, OPP, Brighton Fire Department, Cobourg Coast Guard.
In 2020 they purchased a new boat with the support of the community. A boat design for rescue on the water. Their old boat was not designed for the purpose and use of rescue. This new boat is a Firestorm 30 built in Kingston, did service in the US. They bought it last year. It can do 40 knots on the water with twin jet drives and shallow draft of two feet. They are fully equipped. Some items on hold while the raise more funds. New in 2021 they have bow mounted LED search light, deck and docking lights, and power crane winch. The boat cost them $145,000 last year plus HST.
In 2020 they were busy. Even though it was a shortened season, they responded to 13 calls. In a normal year it is 8 to 10. There were lots of boats on the water last year.
In 2021 they have been able to launch their boat three weeks early. They already responded to a call when a fishing boat capsized. 424 beat them to the scene by a few minutes. No loss of life.
During COVID they have had to modify their training program. Normally they train once every two weeks. Now in smaller groups, different groups train weekly Their training funding from CCGA is down but they are adjusting.
They now have a certified level 1 and 2 trainer.
They have a new web site:
They have a campaign on Oldies 100.9
They were recipients of Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Campaign in 2020
They organized a food drive for the Brighton Fare Share Food Bank in 2020.
There calls on the water have gone up and their response times have dropped, possibly due to more volunteers working from home.
They have 20 volunteers including 5 new staff. They have year and a half to train staff. Sometimes they train with 424 Squadron and others.
During COVID they are only allowed to have 5 on board at a time. Staff are cross trained in the different positions and roles.
They focus on training and safety. They make sure their crews go out with proper trained and experienced staff on board. They evaluate the weather before they go out. Safety if priority.
She thanked Rotary for our support last year to purchase the new boat.
Service Above Self