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Brighton Rotary News Aug 28 2020
Rotary on the Patio - The new normal, we meet together on The Smoke House Patio (social distancing observed)
We have a Brighton Rotary Channel. R Liesje is setting up, soon to be on your local You Tube station.
Members: 9
Guests: Leslie Murray
1. Post Card from Canadian Wheelchair Foundation - with story of Emililano Herrera Cabral in Dominican Republic receiving a wheel chair and difference it made in his life.
2. Letter from Loyalist College regarding the Rotary Club of Brighton Bursary Endowment Fund update.
3. Thank you from Horizons of Friendship for Club's donation;
Your grant is supporting Miskitu women, youth, and family members in 12 communities on the North Atlantic coast of the country by helping to address violence against women and working to eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against them. Because of your grant, women and youth are accessing legal support, counselling, sexual health training, and supplies and information to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Further, community members are improving their awareness and knowledge of the issue of gender-based violence. All of these services were previously unavailable to these communities.  
I have attached a letter of thanks and our Interim Report on this project. I hope you enjoy reading them. I have held off on mailing you a hard copy of the report due to COVID-19 but would be happy to send you a hard copy if you let me know that this is what you would prefer. If you have any questions about the report, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Warm regards, Ellen
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We wish all those away a quick return to health.
  • Next board meeting Tuesday September 22 at the home of R Liesje,   6:30pm at 16 Anne Street in Brighton.
  • RI Global Grant for Brazil water project G-2165 has been approved. Rogerio has set up bank account in Brazil. R Chris and Steve went to bank to transfer funds. R Steve owes big fine for making Chris wait. Somebody forgot to pay fine. Someone needs to remember and get fine collected.
  • Our next bottle drive scheduled for Saturday October 17 at King Edward Park. Details to come. We are looking to advertise.
  • In process of organizing District Governor visit / presentation. Likely will be via Zoom.
  • Possible Hoselton fundraiser for Brighton Rotary that Jan is offering Brighton Rotary - Christmas decorations annually.
  • Looking for late September guests.
  • We may be fine at Smoke House for this fall season.
  • R Liesje is organizing the purchase of some new Rotary clothing. Let her know if you are interested.
  • Rachelle Breton, former outbound exchange student who went to Taiwan in 2018/19, contacted club. She has another year at ENSS and she wants to give back to Rotary. She is interested in photography, social media and is interested in communications. R Liesje is in touch with Rachelle to see if she can help with our social media etc.
  • R Chris provided update on our next fundraiser thanks to PP Daniel. We are now selling raffle tickets to an exclusive Garden Party with Bentwood Rocker - The Spirit of Applefest. To be held on Saturday September 26th in Brighton. Tickets now available, one for #10 or 3 for $20. There will be 25 lucky winners who will be chosen Tuesday September 22 at our next board meeting. Each winner will be allowed to bring one guest to location to be disclosed. It will start at 7pm until 10pm. Guests will bring their own chair, refreshments and food.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • D7070 is bringing us 'Tuesday Talks'. September 8th will be Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, from 7pm to 8pm. Sign up on line
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.  Event: 'TuesdayTalks' September-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  Date: Sep 08, 2020 7:00 PM  - Sep 08, 2020 8:00 PM  Fee:   Location: ON Canada    Details: Tuesday Talks - “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” with Dr. "Bowtie" Jenkins - Sept 8 - Register TODAY Our nextTuesday Talk is coming up on September 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This year's Presidential theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and we are charged to grow Rotaryand ensure it is an invitation to endless opportunities.
  • 2020 Rotary District Conference theme is 'Heroes and Champions' and will be held now April 9 to 11, 2021, at Pan Pacific Toronto (formerly Weston Prince Hotel).
  • Rotary District 7070 is going to the Dominican Republic March Break 2021. A service opportunity - sweat equity.
Song: Bicycle Built for Two
Sharing Pot: R Daniel is sharing it with the Foundation.
Happy Bucks: Presentation today, R Emily and Mark are expecting a new arrival in April, Congratulations, for the YMCA in our community, grandkids coming Monday for few days and hopes to survive, to be outside, Early Years Program, swim lessons in years gone by at Little Lake.
Rotary Minute: Doing Good in the World through Rotary
District 7070 as well as all Rotary Districts uses District Designated Fund portion on Foundation, Club and District projects that our club and others in the District choose.
We are an organization you can trust and support with confidence. We've dedicated approximately 90% of our total spending to programs over the past 10 years, far exceeding the benchmakrs set by independant charity rating services as a measure of high efficiency.
YMCA in Brighton and Northumberland County
Here is a very short bio – Leslie Murray
  • been with the YMCA for 22 years at various branches including Brighton, Cobourg, Oshawa, Metro Central in Toronto and several Ottawa branches
  • returned to Northumberland in 2002 to be part of the team working on opening the Brighton branch
  • my role includes overseeing the Health, fitness and aquatics centers throughout Northumberland County including the Cobourg and Brighton branches, outdoor aquatics operations in Cobourg, Campbellford  and Alderville, and day camp locations in Cobourg, Cramahe and Campbellford, as well as marketing and fundraising
Leslie shared how the pandemic shut down has impacted the community and what they are learning. The Cobourg Y reopened August 17 and the Brighton Y opens September 8th.They are preparing and making adjustments to open safely.
Leslie came back to Brighton just prior to opening the Brighton Y. She had been working at the Toronto Y with 9,000 members. Her first job in Brighton was recruiting members. The Brighton Y's numbers peaked at 781 and fluctuates.
2020 represents 150 years of the YMCA in Northumberland County. They had big plans to celebrate with T-shirts and events planned. Plans were set early March and then everything shut down March 15. Initially they thought it may be just a short 2 week shut down. Now 5 months later, they are starting to re-activate programs and facilities.
They started some programs virtually and outdoors. They would get news of changing restrictions and ability to serve at the same time as general public during daily announcements from the Province. But then they would have to develop safe opening scenarios. They wanted to get it right. In July they were able to open child care facilities and day camps including outdoor pools.
The Cobourg facility opened earlier this month. It was easier because of size they could create safe spaces. The Brighton Y being smaller is harder to create safe space. They plan to have all facilities such as indoor pool and squash courts open September 15.
The Y has had to adapt and through this process they have learned several things:
1. Learned to adjust way people think of the Y, including staff. "Our Doors are closed but our work continues." Early in shut down they identified members over 70 and reached out to them to check on them, to talk to them and make sure they were okay. This turned into regular check ins for many who had limited social interactions during shut down. They learned how they could continue to serve without a building.
They created virtual fitness and well being classes. Their IT started helping individuals connect digitally. Their youth workers created on line  videos and programming for kids.
2. They learned to collaborate with Y's across the Country and agencies in the County. An example their were about 10 groups in Northumberland eager to support people with food insecurity. The Cobourg Rotary got all to collaborate and work together.
3. They realized they have work to do to educate people of the purpose of the Y, what they do. They were able to secure grants to deliver specific services. Many don't know the Y is a charity. In June they set up child care for essential workers. The Y looks for needs and seeks to fill the gaps.
4. They looked at what our communities would look like without the Y. The Y supports:
Health care
mobility assistance
mental health
3000 kids learn to swim and grade 3's learn drown proofing
1000 kids in child care
seniors programs and socialize
They provide resources for nutrition and recreation
Employment opportunities, they are biggest youth employer
5. YMCA started in 1870 in Northumberland. They are Here for Good. They have a long history of stepping up and supporting the community.
R Liesje thanked Leslie for her presentation.
Service Above Self