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Brighton Rotary News Jan 18 2023
Members: 9 (Chris via Zoom from the sunny and hot Dominican)
Guests: Franes Reed via Zoom, Wendy Pringle and Brandy Hollinger
1. Invitation to the adult spelling bee Monday February 13th starting at 5:30pm to 8pm. Trenton Rotary Club meeting at These 4 Walls at 22 Front Street in Trenton
DG Iosif’s weekly report:
The middle of January is here. 
We are just a couple of weeks away from the 4th of February in person PETs and AGs training in Oshawa. DGE John Burns has returned from the International Assembly he will share with us the New Theme. Please ensure that the 2023/2024 club President and Executives are listed on ClubRunner. If your PE has not registered as of yet, please follow the link below:
I share some great news, last Tuesday we signed the application for the news club in our district. The Toronto Tibetan Rotary Club. On hand was Deki the President, Migmar the secretary and Sonam AG  founding member. The charter night will be scheduled shortly, look forward to see everyone there.
Upcoming Happenings in our District!
Tuesday, 24th January Mindbody Moments: A Series on Everyday Wellness - with Paige Fernandes
Mindful Breathing and Lower Body Circuit 
This session will teach the participants how to trigger a relaxation response through deep breathing. It will cover the benefits of deep breathing, the physiology of deep breathing for stress management and promotion of good health. This will also teach participants some zero equipment lower body exercises that they can do anywhere and anytime. 
To register, please follow the link below:
RLI SPRING SESSION - starting in on February 8th February 2023 to register please follow the link below:
We need a minimum of 10 members to sign up for the training to commence, please register today.
Have a great week! 
DG Iosif
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An Irish priest was transferred to Texas.
Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new west Texas mission parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.
He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly called the local police station.
 The conversation went like this:
 "Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?"
"And the best of the day te yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church. There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter ?"
Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the foreign accent, thought he would have a little fun with the Good Father, replied, "Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites !"
There was dead silence on the line for a long moment.........
Father O'Malley then replied, "Aye, 'tis certainly true, but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call.
  • Outbound youth exchange student has completed on line forms.
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Steve B's home on Tuesday February 21 at 6:30pm
  • We are looking for speakers
  • R Clay advised that Elizabeth has been approved by AURA. However, Tanzania has not issued exit documents for years so plan is that she will move to another country. Clay provided an outline of plan and costs.
  • Next bottle drive possible April 15
  • No Frills raffle possible before May long weekend.
Song: You Are My Sunshine
Sharing Pot: $14 won by R Steve B  who donated it to Polio Plus
Happy Bucks: the presentation, support for school breakfast program, what Rotary does, Steve S as Community Service Director, daughter here, snow shoeing, nice Christmas with son James home, northern trip to see aunt in Manitouwadge, fun board meeting, trees removed from cottage, to support breakfast program, safely getting home after leaving Joyce's home and seeing four deer.
Rotary Minute:
Lungiswa Gwaai  - Like Family(exerpted from Rotary magazine January 2023)
This is a story of how Rotary can offer opportunities and change lives.
Lungiswa’s mother moved to a township near Capetown with her and her sister to seek a  better education for the children. When Lungiswa was 14 her mother died of diabetes and shortly after her sister died of a heart attack. Lungiswa was then raised in a one room house by her cousins.
She attended the first special LEAP(Langa Education Assistance Program) Science and Maths high school. There she was nominated to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp in 2007. Here she learned about Interact and supported by the Rotary Club of Newlands ,started an Interact Club in her school and was it’s first president .
She learned more about Rotary Youth Exchange and in 2009-10 supported by the same Rotary Club of Newlands, she did a Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil. Her Youth Exchange was an amazing  experience for her and led to her deciding to become an agent for change in her country and open doors for the younger generation that would come after her.
After returning to South Africa she went to university and earned national diplomas in Operations Management and Safety Management. She now works as part of LEAP’s management team, managing six LEAP schools in 3 provinces.
Along the way she started a Rotaract Club that brought together many young professionals who want to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
When she aged out of Rotaract at 29 she joined the Rotary Club of Newlands that had sponsored her Rotary Youth Exchange. Her club is now working with early childhood development centres.
In 2017 she was invited by the Swiss Rotary Foundation to make a documentary film about her Youth Exchange called  Lungie’s Story. The film has won several awards. Because of the film she was invited to speak at the 2021 Rotary Institute in Prague. There she met RI President Shekar Mehta, who asked her to be an Empowering Girls ambassador for RI.
Her final statement in the article is “I am a proud product of Rotary. I know how much its members have personally invested in my growth. I want to be part of that team that makes a difference in the world.”
I selected this for our minute because I wanted to show how Rotary Youth Exchange can change lives for the better. I hope our Youth Exchange gets started again this year.
Brighton Public School Breakfast Program
Our special guest this morning was Brandy Hollinger. R Jeff invited Brandy to share her story.
She grew up in Campbellford and is a Dooher of the Campbellford bakery fame. Her grandfather started it and her sister now owns the bakery. Brandy took a different path, of teaching. She went to Laurentian University and Teachers college at UofT. She started teaching in the Barrie area, also in Ottawa area briefly but back to Northumberland now. She is 23 years as an educator, grades 1 to 7. A lot of her career was with special education. She has been with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board since 2010 where she has taken on more leadership roles. She is now VP at Brighton Public School.
Brighton Public School has 540 students and about 50 staff. At grade 5 students can start the extended French program and about 50% of the students do. Brighton is the area hub and kids come from other feeder schools to Brighton for the French.
Brighton Public School is also the regional hub for life skills for students.
Students and staff are very happy to be back to business as usual in September 2022. They have assemblies again and extra curricular activities. Today some students are going to Batawa ski hill to learn to ski. They participated in the Terry Fox Run and are planning a play. They had a family craft night and are planning a winter carnival.
They have a Social Justice Club and starting a coding program with robotics for grades K to 8.
It feels really good to be at school.
Brighton Public School has a volunteer who organizes their breakfast program. They feed about 100 kids every morning a nutritious hot breakfast and some for a midday snack for about 40 kids. Students from the life skills program help prepare breakfast.
There budget is about $1,000 each month. This comes from Food for Learning and some from the board.
R Daniel thanked Brandy.
Service Above Self