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Brighton Rotary News Aug 10 2022
Members: 9
Guests: Terri Lynn Jenkins, Rotarian Stephen Rutledge from Whitby Sunrise, Jim Waterhouse, former inbound exchange student Laeti and her husband Antonio from Belgium
1. Thank you card from ENSS graduate Tucker Walsh for Rotary's financial award. He is going to Loyalist in September with goal to become an Industrial Millwright.
2. Thank you note from Trafalgar Castle School for donation for a World of Difference.
3.The Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. is District 7070's newest club.  Our first fundraiser is the sale of official orange t-shirts, the proceeds of which will support of Indigenous charities and our own charitable account. Why not coordinate your order with other club members to get free shipping?  Please feel free to forward this to your friends, family, and coworkers, and ask them to support the cause and order a shirt, too!  The Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. appreciates your support!
4.A message from our IPDG Ron Dick and Dave Andrews.
At the Rotary District 7070 Conference in Oshawa in October , we saw the partnership with Durham College's Rotary Global Classroom and Sunnybrook Hospital, and Global Guardian working together to send Tactical Emergency Medical supplies to civilians on the front lines of Ukraine. They need Rotary Clubs in District 7070 to help today. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs who have already donated and are saving lives.  All donations that are in by August 12th will be included in their purchase of medical supplies from Sunnybrook hospital and taken to the Ukrainian war zone with the team, at the beginning of September. However, if you cannot meet this deadline, they are working on another shipment of medical kits that will arrive in a few months.  Please Read more to find out more about the project and how YOU can help this immediate need TODAY by making a donation to purchase the medical kits. Here is a link to the story that appeared in the August District Newsletter complete with video background on the project and 3 ways to make that donation.
5.The 2022 District Conference “We Have a Dream” is almost here – a chance to rediscover and dream... 
Life is about making choices, you made a choice to make a difference in the world, we made a choice to join Rotary and with like-minded individuals brought that dream to life. Together we build a better world.
Whether you are passionate about professional development, growing as an individual, diving deeper into the Areas of Focus, hearing stories from insightful speakers, or connecting with fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians, we’ve got you covered! 
Speakers will include awe-inspiring Rotary International Vice-President and Director Valarie Wafer, Dr. Lawrence Loh CEO of College of Family Physicians of Canada, Executive Director of GlobalMedic Rahul Singh, Michael Burns the Executive Chairman of Canada's Valour Games and inspiring Para Olympian -Victoria Nolan. There will be a mix of topics including sessions on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a vibrant panel discussion on Seizing Opportunities in Rotary & Rotaract, and opportunities to expand our knowledge on the Environment with actionable learnings, amidst so much more!
We were able to negotiate an amazing room rental rate of $175 per night. Unfortunately, the special rate expires on the 15th of August, the rate will rise to approximately $320 a night. 
There is a special Conference Registration Rate of $299 per person + HST, it includes all meals, and programming. 
To register and book your hotel room please visit our website, link below:
We are dreaming big and can’t wait to see you there! 
“We Have A Dream”
Join us for the Inspiration; 
Join us for the Focus; 
Join us for the Fun;
Join us for the Friendships;
Join us to put the inspiration and focus into Action; 
We have a dream that you will be inspired.
Come and join us in Nottawasaga on the 14th to the 16th of October and let’s dream together, and imagine the possibilities.
Look forward to see you there!   DG Iosif
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Why is a chicken coop called a coupe - if it had 4 doors it would be a chicken sedan.
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Chris's home on Sept 13th.
  • We are looking for speakers
  • Applefest Food Booth September 24. R Chris is looking for source of back bacon.
  • Interclub BBQ August 15. We have a Karaoke DJ. Duty roster circulated - still openings to get involved.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Foundation Walk at Heber Downs Conservation area / Cullen Gardens - September 25th.
  • We Have A Dream - District Conference October 14 to 16 at Nottawasaga Inn.
  • World Polio Day 2022 Live from Durham College October 20 from 6pm to 8pm.
  • 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: This Land is Your Land
Sharing Pot: $32 won by R Daniel who donated it to Adopt a Village in Laos.
Happy Bucks:  great to be back in Brighton and talks to her students and others about Canada and Rotary exchange, Street dance success, presentation and work being done in Laos, how lucky we are, fun, exchange student visit, boat fixed.
Rotary Minute:
R Rudy shared: Rotary Matching Grants
Among the Programs of the Rotary Foundation are the Matching Grants that assist Rotary Clubs and Districts in conducting international service projects. Since 1965 more than 6,200 grants have been awarded for projects in about 165 countries, totaling more than US$65 million.
A club or district must contribute an amount at least as large as that requested from the Rotary Foundation with at least half the funds that the Foundation will match from a country outside of the country where the project will take place. Grants have been made to improve hospitals, develop school programs, drill water wells, assist the disabled or persons requiring special medical attention, provide resources for orphanages, create sanitation facilities, distribute food and medical supplies and many other forms of international community service in needy areas of the world.
Matching grants are not approved to purchase land or construct buildings, except for low cost shelters for underprivileged families, and they may not be used for programs already under way or completed. Personal participation by Rotarians is required and the benefits should extend beyond the recipients.
The Matching Grants program is a very significant part to the Rotary Foundation and provides an important incentive for clubs to undertake worthwhile international service projects in another part of the world. They certainly foster goodwill and understanding, which is in keeping with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
Adopt a Village in Laos
R Joyce introduced Rotarian Stephen Rutledge:
Bio for Steve Rutledge
Steve spent his career as co-owner of a mid sized computer company in Toronto.  Since retirement he has narrowed his focus on local and international community support.  Steve has served on several boards and committees in Port Hope including the Municipal Culture Committee, Parks, Rec and Culture Committee, Skatepark committee, Capitol Theatre Board of Directors and others.  He has received two civic awards, the latest for philanthropy and is a multiple Paul Harris award recipient for his efforts (Port Hope, Whitby Sunrise, Ajax and Beirut Cosmopolitan) and awarded the Spirit of Rotary award in 2016.  In 2018, he received the Family and Community Service award from the Rotary Club of Courtice.  His most recent award was the Bob Scott Disease Prevention award from Rotary District 7070 in June 2020.
With his partner they created a number of large events including one they held in their home netting $61,000 for the Capitol theatre and another town event for 6000 people.
For the last 13 years Steve has ventured into Laos serving the rural villagers with the most basic of needs for sustained life.  Since 2009, Adopt A Village in Laos has completed over 65 villages with filtered water one family at a time, serving over 35,000 rural villagers, constructed over 2 dozen permanent water supplies, repaired numerous others, built dozens of toilet banks, 12 school construction projects and continues to sponsor a host of secondary and university students, among other special interest projects.
After the Beirut port explosion in 2020, Mr. Rutledge chaired the international sponsoring partner club committee (Whitby Sunrise club) and raised approximately $240,000 from 60 clubs towards a global grant to replace operating theatre equipment for Beirut’s only public hospital.  Steve is also co-Chair of the International Committee at Whitby Sunrise and sits on the District 7070 Water and Sanitation Committee.
Stephen fell in love with the culture and people several years ago when he visited the country.
Laos is the most bombed country per capita on earth. Even today, people have to be careful of un-exploded bombs. He shared a story of going to a site where they found red ribbons on the trees indicated bombs and this 2 acre site had over 50 unexploded bombs on it.
Adopt a Village in Laos does just that, adopt a village and help them build water systems that may involve building a dam, laying pipe lines through the jungle, build water storage tanks, schools and latrine banks. The work is done by the people, with hand tools and they enjoy the work and community effort. The program started in 2010.
They install filters at the dam to try and keep pipes open and not clogging. They also have filters at the water tanks and install several taps for people in the Village to come and fill water jugs. Before the water is drinkable, each home has their own water purification system which consists of a clay pot that filters 98% of the bacteria out of the water. the clay pots are coated with silver nitrate that kills what gets through the clay pot. A jug of water takes about 10 hours to filter through the clay pot to sit in the reservoir ready for use. These individual water filter units cost $125 each. These systems last about 6 to 8  years before they replace the spigot and ceramic pot.
They support children through school and recently had the first University graduate who started as an elementary student receiving support through the Adopt a Village program.
Due to the pandemic, Stephen hasn't been to Laos for 3 years. Before he went annually.
Adopt a Village in Laos recognize the donors and the people in Laos like to see pictures of the donors.
A major cost is transportation from the south of the country where they are made to the northern villages.
When they built their first school, there was a noticeable lack of girls until they put in a program to help during the girls menstral cycle and now they outnumber the boys. And Stephen confirms the girls are smarter than the boys too.
Service Above Self