Upcoming Events
Foundation Walk
Humber College South Campus
Sep 08, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Brighton Rotary Golf Tournament
Barcovan Golf and Country Club
Sep 09, 2019
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Applefest BBQ on Main Street
Brighton Main Street
Sep 28, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Joyce Cassin
Shane Bray
August 1
Bob Burke
August 6
Patty Parmentier
Peter Parmentier
August 15
Murray Workman
Mary Lou
August 25
Join Date
Bob Burke
August 8, 2017
2 years
Jeff Brace
August 8, 2017
2 years
Keith Stainton
August 8, 2017
2 years
Aug 30, 2019 7:00 AM
Youth Exchange in Taiwan
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Brighton Rotary News August 30 2019
Members: 11
Guests: prospective member Liesje Wagner, Laetitia de Witt from St. Catharines South, new inbound exchange student Daniella Danielsen from the Faroe Islands, and returned exchange student Rochelle Bretton
The following person has been nominated for membership in the Rotary Club of Brighton:  
Annelize (Liesje) Wagner with the classification of Author / Speaker
Should any member have knowledge why membership should not be offered to this person, they have the right and obligation to inform the Secretary in writing within 10 days of this notice.
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Smile for Day compliments of R Craig:
A fisherman went out one day and a terrible storm came up and he was shipwrecked on a small island. After several years alone on the island he found a bottle in the ocean. In it he released a Genie who was so grateful she granted him 3 wishes. What was his greatest desire?
First he wished for some Rum which she produced out of the bottle for him to enyoy.
His second was for cigarettes, again she produced a pack from her bottle.
But he didn't know what his third wish should be. The Genie suggested that he may want to play around. He said he would be astounded if she pulled out a golf bag from the bottle.
  • Duty Roster circulated for golf tournament and Applefest.
  • We are holding No Frills raffle starting September 13 until October 6. Duty roster circulated.
  • Brighton Rotary Golf tournament September 9th at Barcovan. Need couple people for duties on the day.
  • R Ricardo advised that Ethan Taylor is in Sweden, attending several Rotary camps. R Ricardo believes his mother is finding it hard adjusting with Ethan gone.
  • R Joyce advised that Eloisa is back in Canada and will be in Ottawa tomorrow.
  • Request from Spring Valley Public School to work BBQ Thursday September 12 for their annual Open House. Rotary will cook with R Daniel, Clay and Steve volunteering.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • District Conference next year - Rotary Muskoka Style at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa - October 25 - 27, 2019. Registration fee $349. Rooms at special rate of $135 / night while they last. Special Guests and programing: Amanda Lindhout, Canadian Humanitarian and Journalist, in 2008 along with some of her entourage were kidnapped by Islamic Insurgents in Southern Somalia. She will tell of her experiences and release. Also a panel of three top military leaders from Canada, United States and Denmark lead a panel discussion about the Military's role in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. Also Erin Davis, a best selling author and former Toronto media personality will talk about her book; 'Morning has Broken; Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy.'
  • Quinte Sunrise are having a Pub night at the Beaufort Pub in Belleville on August 30th. No cover. There will be 50/50 and portion of food and drinks will go to the club.
  • Foundation Walk will be at Humber College, 2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto. Sunday September 8th from 10am to 2pm.
Introduction to Daniella:
Daniella introduced herself - She is from the Faroe Islands, a group of 18 islands between Iceland and Denmark in the North Atlantic. 16 of the Islands have people. The Faroe Islands are an independent state, part of the Danish Kingdom. Total population is 52,000 but there are about 70,000 sheep on the islands. The island populations were declining because people would go to Denmark for higher education and not return. They now have a University on islands and population has begun to rise. She has completed 9th grade at home. She has two younger brothers and a cat at home with her parents.
Song: Hello Rotarians
Sharing: R Chris won $23 and donated it to the Foundation.
Happy Bucks: enjoying the day, young speakers, to be here and starting new adventure, vacation in BC, oceans and mountains, impressed by exchange students, personal growth on exchange, to be here with parents who are healthy, life changing exchange, Friday, wish list.
Rotary Minute: sorry, not this week.
Rochelle's Exchange to Taiwan
R Ricardo introduced Rochelle. Rochelle went to a very different culture and language. She struggled early with home sickness and changes at home as well such as death of her grandmother.
Rochelle showed us couple videos of her year in Taiwan, including trip to capital city for new years, also trip to north of the country during time off in February.
She had some challenges:
Home sickness first couple months - bad
Language barrier, not a lot of people speak english
Living in a Big City - 445,600 people
Food - lots of rice, noodles and spicy meats
Host families and issues at home
Coming home
However, she persevered, made friends and became just below fluent in Mandurin. She also learned to write Chinese.
Her home city was Hsinchu, known as the Wind City. She said it was windy. Also hot and humid, even in rain. Their winter only went as low as 20 degrees C.
Her school had 3,000 students, 7 program streams. She was in English stream. There were 45 kids in her class. They went to school 7:30 am to 5pm and then local kids went to Cram classes 5:30 to 10pm. At school they had about 50 clubs students participated in. She did archery and photography.
She was with her first host family for 9 months. They didn't speak much English and worked a lot. She stayed with second host family only a month (February).
They don't celebrate Christmas in Taiwan, but Rotary had a party. However, she had to give a 4 minute speech in Chinese. They danced and had dinner.
Before coming home, she took Rotary 7 day tour around the Country, visiting all the Cities. They stayed in 5 star hotels to hostels.
On the positive side:
She grew a lot.
She has a more worldly view and doesn't want to stay in Brighton.
She learned a lot.
She has International friends.
Experiences that will be remembered for a life time.
She has future connections.
She matured.
She stretched out of her comfort zone.
Learned she is a stronger person than she knew.
She is very grateful for opportunity.
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