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Jan 25, 2019 7:00 AM
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Brighton Rotary News Jan 4 2019
Members: 13
Guests: Pat Arkin and Rob Taylor.
  • Shine for Shelter Box - possible fund raiser for Shelter Box. Visit:
  • You are invited to a special dinner prepared by Chef Jagger Gordon from Feed It Forward. Wednesday January 16th, 2019, 6-8pm. $25 each and cash bar. Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave, Etobicoke. A Rotary Club of Etobicoke event.
  • Celebration of 30 years of Women in Rotary event to be held January 23, 2019 YMCA Toronto. Cost $35.
New Member Application
The following person has been nominated for membership in the Rotary Club of Brighton:  
Ted Harp with the classification of Insurance Agent
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.
  • District Membership workshop to be held at Trent Port Marina, Saturday January 12, 2019, 8am to 1:30pm. Free (with lunch included). Space limited. Free however, if you register and are a no show, you will be charged $25.
  • Valentine's Dance scheduled for Thursday February 14th, 7pm to 11pm with DJ. Tickets will be $25 each. Notice will go out to other clubs.
  • Regular meeting Friday February 15th will be cancelled.
  • Brighton Rotary Auction and Dinner May 11, 2019
  • Brighton Rotary is 30 - June 2019.
  • District Conference next year - Rotary Muskoka Style at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa - October 25 - 27, 2019. Early registration fee $299. Rooms at special rate of $135 / night while they last.
  • No Frills Raffle planned for March. Municipality is being strict with lottery rules, so Rotary has to follow those rules including setting up special account and limiting where funds are spent to local community projects.
  • From our Mayor, Council passed a Draft Strategic Plan. It is attached. They are looking for user groups like Rotary to review and provide comments prior to January 25, 2019. They are looking to finalize in February.
  • Northumberland Rotary Clubs looking to organize Music Festival in 2019. Meeting scheduled for 7pm Tuesday January 8th, 2019. R Jeff W has agreed to participate and represent Brighton.
  • Brighton / Colborne Rotary Clubs joint application to send an ENSS student to Adventures in Citizenship in spring 2019 accepted.
Eloisa's Report: Eloisa is off north to do some Dog Sledding
Song: Auld Lang Syne.
50/50: $17 won by R Steve who donated it to Polio Plus.
Happy Bucks:  Presentation and Pat's work with the Sandparent's program, owl on porch who stayed for pictures, reading program, renovations complete, getting out of the attic, trip to Halifax, 9 weeks in Dominican, reading buddies, kindle app, Hapy New Year, Sesame Street #s for today are 5 & 9.
Rotary Minute: R Jeff W shared how the Rotary Club of Goa in India is changing an annual tree planting program where they typically planted 25 to 30 trees to a new program in which they create 'seed bombs'. They put a couple seeds in a fist of mud and let it dry out. Then in the rainy season the give these to anyone to toss in the yard or side of the road hoping they will sprout. They created 32,000 of these in first year and hope to increase.
Sand Parents Program Brighton
R Mark introduced Pat Arkin who has lived many years in Brighton, 22 years as a Kindergarten Teacher. She is a volunteer and coordinates the local Sand Parents program. She also volunteers as the Food Bank.
Pat provided an update on the Sand Parents Literacy Program in Brighton.
She took some time to outline and explain  the benefits of reading early and reading often. It starts with reading to young children. It builds their self esteem, health and well being.
Benefits include:
Stimulates mind.
Stress Reduction.
Vocabulary and language skills.
Memory skills.
Stronger analytical abilities.
Imagination and creativity.
Concentration and listening skills.
Free entertainment.
Life long skill.
Reading is a positive stimulus and helps develop the brain.
Pat said Sand Parent program has been in Brighton about 14 or 15 years. Rotary was there at the start. Recently the YMCA said they could no longer help. They don't have much expenses, all volunteers.
Most of the Sand Parents are seniors. All have to get criminal vulnerability checks from OPP. They work through the schools, right now at Smithfield and Spring Valley. Brighton Public have their own program. Sand Parents go through some training. Children apply through the schools in Kindergarten, all students are invited to join. Generally the program is only offered to the Kindergarten students. They don't have enough Sand Parents for more.
They have about 15 Sand Parents and about 53 children in the program.
Pat likes to give all the kids a book at the end of the year. She searches out used books to save costs.
Buying the books annually is about $100. They have a web site that costs less then $100 annually. She is looking for help with these costs.
R Mark thanked Pat.
Service Above Self