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Brighton Rotary News Oct 27 2021
WE HAVE A NEW HOME AND MEETING DAY -we meet Wednesday morning at 7am at the Brighton Gate Restaurant
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Our little story of From the Gift of the Heart:
Members: 8
Guests: Terry Lynn guest of R Daniel, Bruce Davis, Allison Case-Blakey, Andy Smith and Kristen Osborne from Presquile Provincial Park.
Special Presentation:
President Joyce presented a Paul Harris Fellow (+3) to Rotarian Daniel Thompson for his ongoing generosity and contribution to the club. He has for many, many years donated the band for our annual street dance which is a major fund raiser and public event in the community, switching to the backyard concert to accommodate the ever changing COVID rules and always making sure the Club comes out on top. Thank you Rotarian Daniel.
Thank you card from Noah Leger for Club's generosity and kindness for the ENSS bursary.
Thank you card from Gavin Camp for the Club's award which he plans to use towards tuition at McMaster.
Request for support from the Alzheimer Society of Hastings and Prince Edward.
Notice from Loyalist College regarding the Rotary Club of Brighton's Bursary / Endowment Fund which sits at $12,332.72. One award of $150 is scheduled for the spring. We can make changes if desired.
Smile: blush
A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack! "Help me dear," she groans to her husband. The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying over here and you're putting?" "Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you." "Well, how long will it take for him to get here," she asks feebly? "No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."
  • Next board meeting will be hosted by R Liesje on Tuesday November 23 at 6:30pm.
  • Brighton Rotary are registered to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange for 2022 / 2023. We are looking for host families and a student.
  • The Hoselton Rotary Friendship Tree will sell for suggested retail price of $39.95. Trees are now available for sale.
  • We need a Rotary Youth Exchange Councillor that is not our President or on the District Committee
  • Diners and Duffers 2022. We are looking for three more 1/4 page black and white advertisers. Cost is $125.
  • POD#1 need speakers for November.
  • A Celebration of Right Relations on-line Nov 11 hosted by the Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club and HIP. See attached flyer.
  • Bruce reminded us that next month is the 20th anniversary of the Brighton Health Services Centre, that 5 of the original 9 board members were Rotarians and that Rotary has donated $170,000, about 10% of the initial goal to the BHSC. He also reminded us that on Nov 3 will mark 10 years since past Rotarian Brian Todd passed.
  • We would like to invite you to register for a very special event - our upcoming "Virtual Zone Summit." Your club and district is part of our Zones 28-32, which include all of Canada, parts of the northern United States, St. Pierre & Miquelon and Bermuda. You are one of more than 65,000 Rotarians who are members of clubs in our Zones. Chaired by our Zones' Rotary International Director-Elect Drew Kessler, the Zone Summit is a cross between a District Conference and a Rotary International Convention. The 2021 Virtual Zone Summit will be held over three days, November 2, 3 and 4th. It will begin each day at 7:00 PM (ET)/4:00 PM (PT). Most Rotarians have never had the opportunity to attend a Zone event like this - but this year, it's easy to be a part of it! The flyer below details our amazing guest speakers and special daily themes'
  • It is my honour to provide a copy of the final District Grant report for your review on the Final Pilot phase for Water Collection for Sustainability that your club assisted with last year.  I hope that it might be possible to speak to your club again to provide an update to all of your members with an update and provide an oveerview of what is coming next. Yours in Rotary Richard D. Mewhinney – Nov 17 via zoom or in person?
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • 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.'
  • Rotary International Convention 2022 in Houston Texas June 4-8, 2022. Registration is now open.
  • 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.
Song: A special Karaoke version of 'Monster Mash' in costumes. We had a lot of FUN. Maybe some had more fun than others.
Sharing Pot: $22 to Joyce who donated it to Polio Plus
Happy Bucks: craziness of the club (another word for Fun), enjoyed it, so much fun, presentation today by Kristen, sometimes hard to get up at 6:10am but worth it, for PHF, Saturday to Dominican for two weeks, for R Liesje organizing Monster Mash.
Rotary Minute:
Rotary first adopted the name "Rotary International" in 1922, when the name was changed from the International Association of Rotary Clubs.
Rotary first established Paul Harris Fellowships in 1957, for contributors of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
In 1968, the first Rotary Club banner to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut Frank Borman, a member of the Houston Space Center Rotary Club.
The first Rotary convention was in Chicago in 1910. There were 16 Rotary Clubs.
The first head of state to address a Rotary convention was President Warren G. Harding in 1923, in St. Louis.
Presquile Provincial Park and Invasive Species
R Jeff introduced our guest Kristen Osborne.
Kristen Osborne has been a naturalist at Presqu’ile Provincial Park for 9 summers. She spends her summers creating and presenting programs for the visitors from guided hikes, to drop-in tables and evening programs. She also spent most of those years as the Nature Centre Coordinator where she would oversee the care of the animals and share with visitors all about the natural history of Presqu’ile. She is now the acting Chief Park Naturalist and oversees the Discovery program at Presqu’ile. Kristen has a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a degree in Education from Lakehead University. She loves to share her knowledge and passion about the natural world with those around her.
Kristen Osborne | A/ Chief Park Naturalist | Presqu’ile – Ontario Parks
Kristen shared with us some of the invasive species at Presquile and their efforts to control them.
She started by a brief description of 'invasive Species'. Invasive species can be a plant, insect, pathogen, animals / birds or fish. They were introduced or brought here, and they cause harm either economic or social.
For example, dandelions were introduced, but other that eye sore to some, are not 'invasive and cause harm.
However, the dog strangling vine is 'invasive' as it will take over and choke out other species.
Presquile has a lot of invasive species due to its history as farm land. Farm land was disturbed with native species removed. Invasive species love disturbed areas. It gives them a chance to establish. Many invasive species were brought over from Europe for a purpose, such as European Buckthorn as hedge rows or Phragmites (common reed) for erosion control.
Another problem in the park was the abundance of white tail deer several decades ago. They would eat all the native ground cover and shoots which in turn left room for the invasive species to thrive and multiply.
The high traffic volume in the park by visitors also helped to bring in species.
The park has a very high population of Ash trees and the Ash borer is present. Parks staff are trying to destroy trees infected but there is such a high number of trees. There is also some trials occurring to produce wasps that have a preference for the ash borer  beatle.
A major problem with the invasive species is the extreme difficulty in removing them. Very labour intensive and must be repeated year over year. If not done right or repeatedly, the efforts can make the problem worse.
How we can help:
Learn about invasive species.
Stop the spread.
Check out web sites for; 'Invasive Species Centre' or 'Ontario Invasive Plant Council'.
We can check out Friends of Presquile and watch for volunteer events once they are allow to hold events again.
Garden responsibly.
Stay on trails.
Check gear and pets.
Don't move species.
Report sightings - ' iNaturalist'
R Jeff thanked Kristen for her presentation and proceeded to provide some history of the lands.
Service Above Self