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Brighton Rotary News June 26 2020
Members: 10
Guests: Ellen Meadd from Horizons of Friendship
1. Thank you letter from Bridge Hospice for Club's recent donation.
2. Thank you note from Relay at Home 2020.
                                                                             June 21, 2020
Rotary Club of Brighton
Dear Steve and Chris,
        On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for the on-going support of the Rotary Club of
        Your luminary sponsorship for the Quinte West Relay for Life was, of course directed towards the new “Relay at Home” event.
        The on-line virtual event on June 13 was very well done. I was very impressed with how it held true to important aspects such as survivorship. Survivors were honoured with a dignified photo montage. The luminary “ceremony” was also beautifully done using photos of  luminaries sent in from previous events held across Canada.
        4200 Canadians joined in on-line. Teams from across Canada raised funds. The Canada-wide goal of $3.8 million was surpassed. To date, $4.3 million has been raised. Our 5 local “events” contributed over $95,000. to that amount.
        I would appreciate it if you would share our appreciation and this Information with the members of your club.
        Perhaps next year, Relay for Life will once again be a community event and we will be able to personally support our survivors and those who have lost loved ones to cancer.
With sincere appreciation,
Karen White
Volunteer President  (Hastings, PEC. & Brighton)
3. Thank you from Issac of DKSHA in India.
Dear Rotarian Chris Reed, Treasurer Rotary Club of Brighton,Greetings of Love and humble prayer filled kind regards to you and to Daniel Thompson - Club President, Joyce Cassin - President Elect, StevenBlakey - Secretary and all loving members of Brighton Rotary, Ontario from all children and staff at Cornerstone Orphanage DKSHA Mission, in VillageMullippadi of Tiruchirappalli District Tamil Nadu - South India.Hope these few lines of mine will find you in the best of health and cheer.  We are all doing fine but the virus is spreading like anything inour country and in our native Province Tamil Nadu.I sincerely thank you for your email and Please accept and share our loving gratitude and sincerest thanks to the President, Secretary and all Club'sBoard of Directors + members for coming to our aid to help the victims and the suffering tribal people in Kodaikanal community with COVID-19 ReliefAid (Rice (Food Grains) + Groceries.
4. Rotary Local Lager -
The good news is you are much closer to meeting your minimum purchases for the year - a 2 case order should be within the thirst parameters of BrightonRotarians before June 30th  next Tuesday.
The Beer Store evaluates store listings every six months on the annual sales against set minimums for each specific store.  Unfortunately, your store isone of the stores at risk of being delisted based on your store  sales up to May 31st, 2020. See Table above.
Smile: blush
We miss R Craig.
  • POD#1 has to think about July.
  • Diners and Duffers books please sell. If you can't sell the ones you have please advise R Chris or R Steve. R Chris is asking for all money's for books sold to get to him for year end. If you have some unsold, please go ahead and sell them.
  • President Daniel formally handed gavel to President Elect Joyce. President Daniel joined us this morning from Joyce's home.
  • We are talking to the Smoke House about resuming in person meetings on the Smoke House Patio, weather permitting.
  • We are also talking to the Smoke House about partnering for a fundraiser: Brighton Rotary Stay at Home Rib Fest. Possibly late July or August. Smoke House would cook and prepare set meals, Rotary will advertise, collect money and deliver.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • D7070 Year End Celebration via Zoom - June 30 from 6:45pm to 8pm.
  • 2020 Rotary District Conference theme is 'Heroes and Champions' and will be held at Toronto Weston Prince Hotel October 23-25, 2019.
  • Rotary District 7070 is going to the Dominican Republic March Break 2021. A service opportunity - sweat equity.
Song: any ideas?
Happy Bucks: 1st deck party of year with social distancing and max 10 people, enjoyed presentation, mini Olympics in back yard for Canada Day and BBQ with friends, for Ellen's presentation, to hold gavel, story of indigenous in Nicaragua, feeling guilty for good life lived, pops back after charming nurses and getting needed rest, beautiful day, handing over gavel, boat launch that didn't happen last week, son graduate from York.
Minute: Looking forward to a new Normal.
Horizons of Friendship Presentation
Rotarian Emily introduced Ellen Meadd:
Ellen implements Horizons’ fundraising program and contributes to the organization’s communications strategies. She has extensive experience inproject management, grant-writing and community engagement, having worked in the non-profit and university sectors. Ellen holds both a bachelor’s degreein Biology and Geography and master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D in Environmental Studies from YorkUniversity. After working across northern Ontario and Saskatchewan with municipalities and Indigenous communities, Ellen is happy to be back to workin Northumberland County.Ellen MeaddResource Development OfficerHorizons of Friendship
See link to Ellen's Power Point presentation.
Horizons of Friendship work in Central America but the specific request is for support for a program in Nicaragua's Indigenous Region to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls.
Horizons was formed in 1973 by 3 Cobourg residents. It is a Canadian Charity based in Cobourg Ontario. It started initially to support children and quickly expanded their reach.
Their goal is to support programs to root out causes of poverty and racial injustice in Central America. They work with local program partners on the ground with these local people taking an active role to fund raise and carry out programs, empowering the local people they are working to help and support.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in west, second only to Haiti. They have about 6.2 million people with over half under age of 24. There are 7 indigenous groups. The country is in political and economic crisis. The Pacific coast is generally Spanish speaking and more populated and bigger cities. The Atlantic half is more rural, less populated and run by the Indigenous population.
Violence to women and girls is high with half experience violence in their lives. 28% are pregnant by age 18. Early child birth takes girls out of school and with that a lack of opportunity. They typically have 5 to 8 children. There was an old law that women had to marry the person who raped them.
Horizons works with two local partners.
1. Maria Elena Cuadra Working & Unemployed Women's Movement (MEC)
2. The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
For this program their partner is AMICA. AMICA was started in 1980's by women who first had to educate her husband that she was not second class but equal role in their partnership.
The program is the Education of Indigenous Women and girls to defend their rights and address violence against women.
Program started in December 2019 and goals to May 2021. They have a budget of $55,000 US. Their goal is to reach 1,544 women. They are building the capacity of Indigenous women to advocate for their own rights. They are training 30 women leaders and help hundreds of survivors access justice.
During the Pandemic, Nicaragua took an approach to allow people to look after themselves, no government support. AMICA has stepped into the void to teach people proper hygiene. Their has been a huge migration to Costa Rica putting burden on that country.
Horizons have partners on the ground, but have not been able to send anyone their due to concerns for their safety that last 2 years.
Service Above Self