Upcoming Events
Interclub BBQ
Proctor Park
Aug 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
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 23, 2019 7:00 AM
Brighton Rotary Business meeting
Aug 30, 2019 7:00 AM
Youth Exchange in Taiwan
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Brighton Rotary News Aug 16 2019
Members: 7
Guests: prospective member Liesje Wagner, John Porritt, Mora and Hanna Haytaoglu and Hanna Macausland.
President Daniel made a $1,000 cheque presentation to Hanna Macausland and Hanna Haytaoglu on behalf of the club to help them attend the World Science Fair in Abu Dhabi next month.
They won the Regional Science Fair for their project to make a bio-degradable plastic. They won third at Canadian Science Fair in their catagory. They have made plastic based on potatoe starch. The definition of biodegradable is to break down in 12 weeks at 60 degrees celcius. There question, where is it that hot that long except in a compost.
Their plasict degrades in 12 days at room temperature when buried. It needs earth to decompose, otherwise it remains plastic.
  1. Hi Rotarian. It has been a long road since the beginning of the Presqu'ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society back in late 2012.  But, after a bit more restoration work in September, we will have achieved our goal of preserving the lighthouse for future generations.  As such, we are celebrating with a BBQ lunch on Friday, Sept. 27 at the lighthouse, starting at 10:45am (with official opening at 11:00am). Being a major supporter through the  Rotary's club support and the Henry Hayes, we will be inviting Rotary as well and that invite will come shortly. Should a representative of Rotary want to add their comments during the presentation, please advise so we can include them on the agenda. We would also like to request the Rotary Club of Brighton provide your "Rotary BBQ Team" to cook up some hamburgers for us as part of the celebration. (they would need to be ready by 11:20am). PPLPS will supply the burgers and buns and condiments. Can we get a quick aye or nay on this request.  That would be appreciated. Thanks Dave Sharp.
  2. Antonina Durham and I am PR Director in Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise & Organizer of our team for BBQ & Karaoke (2019). Could you, please, tell me contact information for the person I have to send link to the musical piece we will do this year?-Thank you in advance, YIR, Antonina
  • Liesje has submitted an application to join Rotary.
  • Duty Roster circulated for Interclub Monday. Show up at 3pm for set up.
  • Guest Mora was an exchange student in her youth to Australia, hosted by the Brandon Manitoba club. Her daughter Hanna is applying to be an outbound exchange student this year.
  • Brighton Rotary Golf tournament September 9th at Barcovan. POD's given sign up forms and businesses to approach for sponsors and teams. We need teams and sponsors.
  • New inbound exchange student Daneilla will arrive August 20 and her host mom will pick her up at Airport. Faroe Islands flag for the Youth Exchange is in but has to be picked up.
  • Rotarian Rod Clarke from Stirling Rotary and his wife Susan have donated $60 for two water filters for the Brazilian garbage picker project as result of Eloisa's visit to their club.
  • Circulated thank you card from Isobel Flindall for the Club's support for her trip to SHAD.
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: Welcome on board of “Rotary Rockets” team for the Belleville Dragon Boat Festival Saturday August 24th! What a great opportunity to have fun, try new sport and through United Way contribute to so many worthwhile programs in the Quinte area! Our boat is already sponsored in full by team member (President –Elect of the Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise), Mike (and Ann) Anderson so it will be no expense on part of the rest of the crew. Everything (paddles, safety jackets, boats) are provided by the Belleville Dragon Boat Club. Please, mark your calendars as we are scheduled for practices on August 12, 7.15-8.15pm and August 15, 7.15-8.15pm, with festival on August 24, 9am-3pm. Location- Victoria Park, Belleville. If any questions arise please contact (Antonina or “Toni”) at or call 613-968-9501 (home) Stay tuned for updates...paddle up!!!!
  • 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. We need to start fund raising for this event.
Song: Home on the Range
Sharing: R Clay won $13 and donated it to Foundation.
Happy Bucks: great trip to Newfoundland showing daughter where he grew up, thanks for presentation, for Hanna and Hanna and wishing them great trip next month, respect for John, the small northern communities need help, success of Interclub BBQ on Monday, for community, for jack rabbits and northern lights.
Rotary Minute: sorry, not this week.
Teaching in Northern Alberta
R Steve introduced John Porritt. Some thought I should let John tell his story??
R Steve has known John about 20 years. John graduated in 1976 from Carleton in Geology and worked in mining industry for a few years. He has a Masters in Education as well from Lawrence College in New York State.
Late last summer John had a mid life crises and decided he wanted to teach and make a difference. John suggests that I pushed him out with suggestions of retirement and slowing down. So John says he wanted to prove he wasn't ready.
Truth can be illusive depending on the perspective.
John looked at teaching in 3 northern communities. One in northern Quebec where he worked in mining as a young man but felt he wanted a new area. He looked at a school in far north but no road access and his family said no to that. The third and where he is is Red Earth Creek in northern Alberta, west of Fort MacMurray.
He is the only high school teacher with about 40 kids. He teaches grades 7 to 12. Students about 60% Cree, 30% metis and rest some whites and Philopines. The Cree tend to be very shy and quiet. The metis kids are sharp. John teaches math, sciences such as chemistry and physics and physical education. John modifies the curriculum to suit the kids and circumstances. He ties subjects together. As an example this spring they had lots of wild fires in area, some people left due to smoke and one road out was bad at times. He talked about the smoke particulate in the air and impacts on body, also effects of wind etc.
He has three levels to teach for each high school grade. He is concerned that many kids will not be ready for big city when they go to college or university, a culture shock.
John would ski to school each day. Weather great, cold but little wind. He was told kids consider him a Legend because he skis to school each day.
John has had issues with Union, they don't want to include him in benefits due to his age. He is fighting this on basis of equal pay for equal work.
There appears no shortage of elementary teachers, mostly women from Newfoundland and John finds it hard to understand them.
John's wife and some family have been able to visit John up north. He goes back in two weeks for the new year.
They graduated 6 kids this year, the first in three years.
When John returned home, he and Lillian his wife took supply ferry along Labrador Coast for week to see the one community he did not go to teach in. They met a nurse who spent her whole career in the north and a Belleville women on a book tour promoting a book she wrote on the Spanish influenza that killed so many almost a hundred years ago.
John has done volunteer work in Haiti, building schools. He says similar problems, you can build the schools but getting teachers is hard, whether in Haiti or the north.
President Daniel thanked John.
Service Above Self