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Brighton Rotary News April 6 2022
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Members: 11
Guests: Terri Lynn and Ben Hagerman and Caroline Birch
1. Thank you letter from Quinte Sailability for Rotary's donation.
2. I am writing this email to invite the Brighton Rotary Club to participate in the 12th Annual Mayor's Keep the County Clean Challenge put on by Northumberland County. This year's challenge runs from April 18th to 23rd and is focused on cleaning up litter from our local community and greenspaces. In 2019, the last time this challenge was run, almost 3,000 residents participated in the challenge picking up almost 19,500kgs of litter! This year, we are hoping to have 500 Brighton residents take up the challenge.
3. “Helping to put a brake on Global Warming” Following the hybrid gathering on Monday, March 21th, the following Fields of Actions received your attention:
School – Six interested volunteers plus the YCDSB interested in our suggestions and in our support
Community – Two interested volunteers
Energy – Four interested volunteers
Traffic – One volunteer who already started preliminary work on the advantages and economics on the use of roundabouts vs traffic lights
The Earth Day on April 22 is the perfect opportunity to address the Global Warming issue to the political arena. Rotary is firmly apolitical but to make changes, we have to interact with the Governments independently of their party affiliation.
4. Disaster Relief for Ukraine- Health Partners Int'l Canada
Rotary has been invited to attend Health Partners International Canada's warehouse in Oakville on Thursday April 21, 2022 to pack medical supply kits for Ukraine.  There are 2 shifts, we have guaranteed we will look after the 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm shift and also, if there are enough interested participants to supply the morning shift for 9:30 am - 12 noon.  Each shift has room for 10 volunteers with a minimum requirement of 8 volunteers.
If interested, please email Richard Mewhinney at and identify which shift.  We will need to ensure volunteers are vaccinated to participate and there will be a screening form required.  I need to know the volunteers and secure the list of names no later than Friday April 8, 2022 so I can confirm if we will be able to supply both shifts.  This is a great way to enjoy giving back and helping those suffering in Ukraine. 
In addition, if you're interested in learning more about Health Partners International Canada, Lois Brown, President of HPIC will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Newmarket Monday April 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm.
Smile: blush
Three men went golfing Saturday when a beautiful women asked if she could join them to make a foursome. On the 18th hole the women put her ball on the green. She said she had never got a birdie and offered to the men that any one of them who gave her advise on getting a birdie could take her home.
The first gentleman suggested the break was left to right. She tried that and missed the home by 6 inches.
The second gentleman suggested the bread was right to left.. Her putt this time was off by 4 inches.
The third man said he thought it was a 'gimmie'.
  • Next board meeting will be held at R Steve B's home on April 19th. at 6:30pm. (101 Raglan Street)
  • Diners and Duffers books selling well, already received payment for 122 books. R Chris has a few books available.
  • Spring 'on-line' auction. Go get donations!! R Liesje has distributed electronically draft letters requesting support, poster and donation receipt.
  • R Daniel raised another $580 for Rotary at the Smokehouse April 2 and same for  the Beacon Youth Centre
  • R Liesje is organizing with ENSS Environmental Club a tree planting event tentative date May 17 at 11am.
  • 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.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup
    Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 23, for our 2nd Annual 'Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup' Event.  This is our day to show 'Rotary in Action' on a massive scale, and promote 'Environmental Sustainability' within our communities. 
  • 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: Bicycle Built for Two
Sharing Pot: $25 won by R Daniel who donated it to Club and add to Saturday night proceeds pushing to over $600.
Happy Bucks:  just happy, a good day, to be back in Canada, in person better than Zoom, guest speakers and presentation, what goes on behind the scenes, FUN Saturday Night, great to know, presentation, Caroline's hair reminds Craig of his hair at 18, Jack's 1st birthday, great social media for Brighton, Brighton a happening place to be.
Rotary Minute:
R Rudy shared:
Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers its relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies. This network consists of Rotary International representatives to the United Nations and other organizations.
Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries. Rotary is the world's largest Non-Government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid.
Brighton's Economic Development Department
R Steve introduced Ben and Caroline from Brighton's Economic Development Department.Ben Hagerman is Manager of Economic Development and Communications.
R Steve knows Ben's parents. Grant Hagerman is Deputy Mayor in the Township of Stirling Rawdon and has been on Council for several terms.
In addition, Ben's cousin Trevor Hagerman and wife Shelly are members of the Stirling Rotary Club and heavily involved in the Youth Exchange Program. Trevor and Shelly have the exchange students to their home each spring and take the kids to the Hagerman farm and sugar bush to experience the production of  maple syrup. 
So Ben growing up with a sugar bush had a sweet childhood.
Ben, grew up in Stirling, lives in Napanee with wife BethAnn, two sons Henry (4), Clark (2)
-Trent University Graduate, Business Degree
-Started Career in Greater Napanee, Moved on to City of Quinte West and has now been in Brighton for 2.5 years. About 10 years of Municipal and Economic Development Experience 
-Favourite place in Brighton- Timber Ridge Golf Course 
Caroline, Grew up in Brighton, ENSS Grad 
-Queens University Grad, Queens University Teachers College Grad, Loyalist College Public 
Relations Grad 
-Favourite place in Brighton, Presquile Park
Ben joined Brighton in October 2019. He has learned a lot about supporting business during last couple years and the importance of supply chains and community.
He got into economic development on a whim. At Greater Napanee he was in administration and decided to apply for a maternity leave position in economic development. He has grown and expanded in that role from Napanee to Quinte West and now in Brighton. He said when Brighton put out their advertisement for the position, four people sent it to him.
They were able to hire Caroline as an intern with some grant funding and she proved so good at communications they found money to keep her. Caroline is now full time with Brighton. They are hoping to hire another student for the summer.
What they do:
Grant writing.
Work to attract businesses to the Industrial Park
Key partnerships
Promote tourism and local business promotion.
In the new Industrial Park, lots are selling but they have to resolve some issues with Environmental Protection lands. Some of the lots are starting to be developed.
Some of the partnerships include Quinte Economic Development Corporation, Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing, the local Chamber and DBIA.
Caroline manages to communications and social media as well as newsprint and newsletters.
This summer they are looking to facilitate some 'Pop Ups' at the old canteen in King Edward Park. They will soon do some renovations to accommodate this.
They are involved in the Applefest Street fair organization.
Short term accommodations are going to be tracked.
Business retention and growth is an important aspect of their role. A survey has recently been sent out to 150 businesses and already have 40 responses.
Some recent successes is Brighton Truss and Precision Tech.
They promote tourism and local businesses using social media. This includes various campaigns and activities including partnerships such as with Brighton Digital Archives.
High speed internet is extremely important for local businesses and the recent announcement with the Province and Hydro One of a pilot to provide high speed internet to rural areas is a big win for the community.
Service Above Self