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Brighton Rotary News May 4 2022
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Members: 11
Guests: Terri Lynn and Dr. Leanne Foster virtually
1. Newsletter from Northumberland Youth Unlimited
Smile: blush
From R Liesje, had to be there for accent:
In Glasgow one summer the neighbours were all sitting outside trying to get some relief from the heat. They were too poor to have air conditioning or television. Then one of the neighbours started singing (but she wasn't very good).
Jimmy asked Maureen what she did with the money her father gave her? Maureen didn't know what money Jimmy was asking about from her father. Jimmy said the money for singing lessons.
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Daniel's home on May 31 at 6:30pm. (62 Young Street)
  • Diners and Duffers books selling well, only about 4 left available.
  • Spring 'on-line' auction. Go get donations!! We have delayed auction so not starting until May 31 to June 19. R Liesje has distributed electronically draft letters requesting support, poster and donation receipt.
  • R Liesje is organizing with ENSS Environmental Club a tree planting event tentative date May 17 at 8:45 or 9:45, time to be confirmed with schools. Plans to plant a maple tree if we can get one. Also looking for a platform for speakers. This will all be at King Edward Park. Some help will be needed to set up. Hoping representation from NCC will be able to attend.
  • R Chris thanked R Rudy and R Joyce for cleaning BBQ. It is being inspected by Davidson for TSSA certification.
  • BBQ at Spring Valley Public School Thurs. June 9. About 250 to 300 to be served starting at 5:30pm. R Emily will prepare duty roster.
  • July 1 Canada Day BBQ
  • R Chris advised we applied for spot on the street for Applefest September 24.
  • We are planning Street Dance July 30, Interclub BBQ August 15 and asking support of other clubs, and President's BBQ shared by P Joyce and PE Emily at 135 Bayshore Road June 25th.
  • Trenton Rotary is celebrating 100 Years of Service at Heros Landing Saturday May 7th. Cost is $100. If you want to register and need assistance ask.
  • We are cancelling our May 18th meeting as the Brighton Gate will not be available. We are encouraging all Rotarians to participate and attend the tree planting in King Edward Park May 17.
  • Next bottle drive May 28.
  • R Clay advised that money sent to Ukraine went to fund to help mothers and children being supported in Poland.
  • R Clay advised that to help Elizabeth as a refugee to Canada, that the club can be her sponsor, that we will need to set aside $30,000 for her and her children. Clay is getting some help from Northumberland Settlement Services and an immigration specialist.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • D7070 Conference to be May 13-15, 2022 at the Courtyard by Mariott in Oshawa Ontario. Registration is $249 before September 1 and limited rooms for $129 per night. 'Be a Driver for Change.' This promises to be a super Conference and it will be awesome to be able to get together for some great Rotary fellowship.   Attached you will find the brochure for the Conference for your reading pleasure.   Register for the Conference by copying the link into your browser. Any questions, please get in touch!  
  • Rotary International Convention 2022 in Houston Texas June 4-8, 2022. Registration is now open. The Rotary fun doesn’t have to stop with our virtual convention! Join us next year at the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, from 4-8 June 2022. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re bound to find inspirational moments throughout the convention. 16 June is the last day to take advantage of the special registration rate of $425. So, register and pay today to get the best rate.
  • Jennifer Jones- Imagine Canada Tour- As I've communicated in the past weeks, we have soon to be RI President, Jennifer Jones coming to the Toronto area on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022.  The Multi District Planning team have decided to coordinate a 3 part day: Starting with a Watershed clean up in the morning, Kids against Hunger food packing in the afternoon with a Fab TRF Fundraising dinner in the evening.  So to make this happen we need committee members and chairs for each of the events.  We also need committee members to manage the day: Transportation,  Marketing & Promotion, Budget, Finance & Legal, Technology, Outreach Broadcasting and Sponsorships.  If you would like to work on or co-chair these committees please contact Michele Guy, or DG Ron Dick,  We need your responses by Tuesday, Feb 1st (yes I know that's tomorrow) for the multi district Committee to draft the committees.  This event will showcased in the April edition of the Canada Rotary magazine.  Let's do District 7070 proud!
  • Rotary District 7070 is excited to announce the 2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium, May 26-29, 2022 taking place at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Centre, an environmentally sensitive, overnight outdoor education facility located in the heart of the majestic Ganaraska Forest just north of Port Hope! The 3 night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Indigenous Culture, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Toastmasters/Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with camp fires, friendship and tonnes of fun and learning!!!  All this for only $299 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There are only 30 spots available so act fast!  For inquiries and to receive a registration form, please contact PDG Mark Chipman at 
  • 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. Past Tuesday Talks available for viewing.
Song: The Old Gray Mare
Sharing Pot: $25 won by R Steve B who donated it to Polio Plus
Happy Bucks:  great week next week - sunshine, 6 yards of soil coming, speaker, uplifting to see how to make world better place, heartwarming, to be here, to see Daniel at work Saturday (singing), clean up on Sunday, found keys, fun with neighbors 85th birthday, raw raw Rotary in Trenton Saturday night, joy and humour, great birthday party last weekend, always happy, speaker excellent, birthday over several days, James Taylor, for being a garbage picker.
Rotary Minute:
R Clay shared from the April Rotary Magazine:
A historic partnership agreement signed in 2015 by The Rotary Foundation (Canada) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the agency that leads the Canadian government’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts. The agreement called for GAC to match the seed funding of global grant projects initiated by Rotary clubs and districts in Canada.

Under the terms of the partnership, GAC provided an annual funding match of CA$1.2 million over five years, for a total of CA$6 million. With contributions from individual clubs and districts and funding from The Rotary Foundation, the program ultimately enabled Rotary to administer more than US$15 million in global grants.

World of Difference 2022
R Daniel introduced Dr. Leanne Foster:
Dr. Leanne Foster is Head of School at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario.  She attended the University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Education. After working for the Toronto District School Board and two independent girls' schools in Toronto, Leanne relocated to Whitby to become Head of Trafalgar Castle School, an all-girls day and boarding school that was originally founded in 1874 as the Ontario Ladies College. 
As a young child growing up in Toronto, Leanne attended the Salvation Army. She was a third-generation Salvationist, and it was here that she came to understand the importance of service to others. Leanne is active in the community and currently serves as Chair of the Board for both Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa and Station Gallery in Whitby. She is on the advisory board of the Salvation Army Meighen Health Centre, a seniors and long-term care facility in Toronto. 
Leanne lives on the campus of the school with his husband, Dan Hill and their two dogs. Their daughter, Olivia, lives in Toronto but loves to come home to the Castle for visits. 
Dr. Foster provided a little history of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. It started as a school for girls in 1874. It is a small school, 240 students including day students and boarding facilities for international girls. They provide a safe space for the girls.

The Castle was built as a private residence in 1859 by Nelson Gilbert Reynolds, Sheriff of Ontario County and was the largest private residence in North America until Casa Loma was built in 1914.

Built of limestone and stone in an Elizabethan style, the Castle cost an astounding $70,000 to build and took three years to complete. Reynolds lived at the Castle until 1874 when he was overcome with financial difficulty and forced to sell the land and the Castle to the Methodist Church of Canada at a cost of just $35,000.

Fuelled by a belief in the power of girls, the private mansion was converted into a school for young women known as the Ontario Ladies’ College (OLC). In 1979, OLC became Trafalgar Castle School. True to its founding mission, Trafalgar continues to shape the lives of young women through excellence in girls’ education.

Dr. Leanne Foster made an acquaintance of Narmin Ismail, founder of Spark of Hope. Spark of Hope is a non-denominational, registered charitable organization in Canada and the United States. Their purpose is to empower young women, primarily from the Global South, to become the next generation of leaders in their communities. They achieve this by providing scholarships and ongoing personal support to ensure that every student succeeds at university and is equipped to become an outstanding leader.

However, Narmin told Dr. Foster that young girls need help and preparation in some cases to be able to attend University which is where Spark of Hope focuses, at the University level. They identified need to 'Reach girls early' at high school level.

Leanne described it based on the 'star fish' analogy, saving one at a time.

Reaching and helping girls due to economic, war zones or social situations that prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their potential.

World of Difference was organized to fill this gap, to reach girls earlier and prepare them for University. The program was launched in 2017 with support from the Rotary Club of Brighton and other Rotary clubs. The first student was Lala from Tajikistan. Lala graduated in 2019 and is now completing her 3rd year at Trent University. Lala directs the summer programs at Trafalgar Castle School. She was 3rd in her graduating class and won the Science Merit Award.

Their second student was Zena from Syria in 2018, graduating in 2020. Zena is now finishing her second year at York. She has refugee status in Canada and may not be able to return to Syria due to deteriorating conditions there.

Due to COVID and people not able to travel, they put the program on hold for the past two years.

Then in 2021 the Taliban took control in Afghanistan with the removal of US troops. Shabana Basij-Rasikh had a school for girls in Afghaniston called SOLA. They had to burn all records when the Taliban came and then under the ruse of going on a field trip Shabana managed to get 145 families out of Afghanistan to Rwanda via a private airport. But they couldn't take anything, no papers, documents as they were pretending to be on a field trip.

Shabana is looking to re-establish her school in Rwanda, but the older girls are ready to move on. Working with the US and Canadian governments, 145 girls got out, with 140 choosing Canada over the US.

Trafalgar Castle School has taken two of these girls. They are at the school now, getting settled and will start grade 11 in September.

Dr. Foster was very thankful for the support of Rotary. Together we can Make World of Difference.



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