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Brighton Rotary News March 12 2021
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Members: 6
Guests: Charlie Smith, Farmer and Poet of the North Shore
1. Tax receipt from Community Care Northumberland for club's recent donation of $250.
Smile: blush
Without R Craig, the jokes are not getting any better:
Best Beer in the World
A Canadian, Dutch, and Irishman walked into a bar. The Canadian ordered a Molsen, the best beer in the World. The Dutchman ordered a Grolsch the only beer in the world and the Irishman said he would take a glass of water the same as the other two lassies 😊 
(R Craig you are missed)
However, Pres Joyce said she was talking to R Craig earlier in the week and he asked her how she celebrated Military Day. She asked what he was talking about and he asked what she did 'March 4th' Military Day.
R Liesje shared a riddle with us:
A father and son were in a traffic accident. The father was killed and the son was seriously injured. At the hospital the Doctor, when learning who the patient was, said they could not operate because the patient ws their son. Who was the Doctor?
  • We will have a board meeting Tuesday March 23 at 6:30pm.
  • Diners and Duffers Books became available in the afternoon and will be distributed to Rotarians and supporters for sale starting March 20th at $35 each.
  • Bottle Drive at Curling Club parking lot March 20, 2021. Duty roster filled - thanks to all the volunteers. Bring your empties 10am to 2pm.
  • Auction Committee meeting for planned on-line auction in May. Go out and collect donations!!
  • Hoselton designs meeting to be arranged for this week.
  • Looking for speakers in late April.
  • Update on water filters in Brasil: Filters purchased and hope to deliver April 10th pending okay from government and pandemic restrictions. They will make video and looking for input from participating clubs.
  • In the last couple of days things have moved at lightning speed regarding preparations to start vaccinations. Some of the Cobourg Rotarians took it upon themselves to ensure that all preparations were in place when the call arrived to prepare the sight at the Cobourg Community centre. When it arrived, they mobilized their team and the CCC was ready in 24 hours. Now it’s time for us to do what we do best - volunteer-. We will be requiring about 60 volunteers per day , 30 per 4 hour shifts. ( 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Volunteers will not be put in harms way and will be totally equipped with the necessary protection. Some of the jobs will be di rectional, parking assistance, helping the elderly, etc.. If anyone is interested in volunteering please let me know your preferred time slot and dates. See attached information from the Rotary Club of Cobourg.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • You are invited to the New Members Gettogether - April 8th. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.  This will be of interest to Rotarians who have joined in the past 2 years.  Event: New Members Gettogether - April 8th  Date: Apr 08, 2021 7:00 PM  - Apr 08, 2021 8:00 PM  Fee:  Location: Zoom   Rotary Club of Etobicoke is inviting you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us on Thursday March 18, 2021 at 6 pm EST.Click here to register: will learn the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated in Ireland and in North America.Make a donation amount of your choice ($10 or more) and you'll receive an email with various food and drink suggestions for you to order from your local restaurant (to support them during COVID).Then on the day of the event, you'll receive a Zoom link for you to join the festivities.A presenter will share the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day with a PowerPoint presentation, also with short video clips to demonstrate the various activities. All this while you enjoy your meal in the comfort of your home.Everyone is welcome!. Share this email with family, friends and neighbours.I'm a member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline. We are currently organizing a fundraiser that may be of interest to members of Rotary Club of Brighton. It is a virtual "walk" around Bali and it aims tocombat sedentarity caused by the current situation and raise our spirits by change in scenery. Could you please share this fundraiser with your club members?Your mission, if you accept it, is to visit Bali virtually with the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline:- Travel 466 km in 8 to 12 weeks (or longer if needed)- Use exercise and physical activities of your choice to advance on the map of Bali, such as daily steps, walks, runs, bike rides, home workouts or even yoga- See yourself advance on the map of Bali as you log exercises- See in 360 degrees where you are in Bali and visit virtually- Learn about Bali culture and attractions through messages when you reach certain milestones on the map- Earn a virtual finisher certificate when you complete the route- Support the Rotary Foundation and projects of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline$20 CAD to join Sign up here: can get more information here: is a fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline and it is open to everyone. All fitness levels are welcome! People can join until April 18thPlease let me know if you have any questions. Also, if there is an interest, I can join one of your upcoming virtual meetings to give a quick overview of the fundraiser.Sincerely, Odile
  • You are invited to the 'Tuesday Talks' April- Toastmasters. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.  Event: 'Tuesday  Talks' April- Toastmasters  Date: Apr 13, 2021 7:00 PM  - Apr 13, 2021 8:00 PM  Fee:   Location: ON Canada    Details: Join Peter Hernandez, Award Winning Inspirational Speaker, Rotarian & Toastmaster And Mark Blackmore, Toastmasters Area Director, District 60 Division E Area 44  On Tues. April 13th @ 7pm-8pm   This Tuesday Talk aims to answer 3 key questions: What is Toastmasters? What will it do for me? How will it improve the Rotary experience?
  • Rotary Club of Ajax celebrating 70 years March 21, 2021.
  • Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup April 24, 2021. Join 15 Districts and 500 clubs. Consider cleaning up along Butler Creek in Brighton.
  • 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: Charlie from the barn, sunshine, nice day, weekend, mother feeling better - best in years, papa great mood, love being here, lovely day, family support, looking forward to great spring / summer, sun coming up while walking dog, RLI graduate third level and pinned.
Rotary Minute: R Clay shared from RI magazine
Catherine Coleman Flowers writes about injustice and the lack of proper water and wastewater facilities in rural poor and marginalized communities: she once asked Al Gore: How do we ensure that our children and their grandchildren will inherit a livable world? How would you answer that question?

We have to work to make it happen. We cannot do nothing and expect change to happen. We have to stay engaged. We have to work on policy. We have to talk to people who will listen to us. And we’re going to have to change to make sure that we leave a world that can support life not only for our children, but for our grandchildren and for all the generations to come.

Charlie Smith - Farmer and Poet of the North Shore
R Clay introduced Charlie once he was able to leave the barn this morning after helping a cow giving birth to new calf.
Charlie Smith, affectionately known as “The Bard of The North Shore” is a poet and farmer who practises both of these passions along the Birch Lake
Road, near Massey, Ontario. Besides his widely acclaimed poetry, he has fulfilled his dream of becoming “a father, a farmer and a good rifle shot”.

“Here is an authentic voice of the northland - passionate, but not sentimental; wary but not cynical; highly observant; in a word, genuine. ... There is a
rhythm that seems tangibly to roll through Charlie Smith’s life – through the bond with his wife and children, and with his neighbours, and with his dogs
and livestock, and with the wildlife he hunts. It is a rhythm that binds him to the land he shapes as a farmer, and makes him part of the ever-changing, ever
recurring seasons that shape him. And it’s a rhythm that works itself out onto paper as well.”
- Laurence Steven, High Grader Magazine.
Charlie Smith has proven himself to be one of Canada’s most original and provocative poetic voices. - Charlie Angus , MP, House of Commons.
Charlie with the help of his wife shared a few of his poems interspersed with stories and background:
He has written three books of poetry. He has a new Facebook page on which he is posting some of his poems such as: March 7
The Widow MacDonald
Birch Lake Road
Silver Eyes
The Taking
He also has a CD of his poems put to music, but not sung by him. For his books etc contact Charlie at
Charlie carries a note book with him because he can get inspiration for a poem anytime, anywhere and he has to write it down or it is lost, like a bird flying by.
Charlie says he feels at times like he is being watched. Liesje says he is worth watching.
He can calf, plow a field but can't use computer so he wife was there to help him.
He grew up on Manitoulin Island, did some hard rock mining and is now a farmer. His wife is from Birch Island off Manitoulin Island, a real Haweater.
He started writing early in his life, he says forever.
Pres Joyce thanked Charlie and we let him go back out to the barn and calves.
Service Above Self