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Brighton Rotary News Mar 6 2020
Members: 9
Guests: Inbound Exchange Student Daniella from the Faro Islands and Bruce Davis from the Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund
  1. Invitation to Celebrate Rotary Club of Belleville's 100th anniversary - April 1, 2020 at Ramada by Wyndham. $100 each for 3 course dinner and wine. Guest speaker Jeffery Cadorette, Rotary International Director - contact or Tracy Bray at
  2. Invitation to Celebrate Rotary Club of Oshawa's 100th anniversary - April 3, 2020 at Jubilee Pavillion. $100 each. Guest speaker the Honourable Ed Broadbent. Contact for tickets
Smile: blush
Correction to last week's bulletin that International Women's Day is March 8th.
R Craig asked if secretary was confused with Soldier's Day to March 4th.
  • Next club directors meeting will be Tuesday March 24 at 6:30pm at home of President Daniel.
  • R Ricardo advised that 2020 outgoing exchange student Hanna will be going to Chile.
  • Thanks to Gary Sharpe the Club has a gift certificate for a bowling party at Presquile Lanes. It is good for 36 people for 2 hours of bowling. Good to May 28th. Looking for someone to organize.
  • Diners and Duffers booklets expected to be available by March 21.
  • No Frills Raffle starting March 13th with duty roster circulated. Lots of opportunity to serve.
  • Register for District Conference in October by March 16th for chance to win night at Pan Pacific Toronto plus breakfast and $100 gift certificate for the Keg Restaurant.
  • Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit requesting support for new boat. Hope to have them as speakers soon.
  • Friends of Bill Patchett - send kids to camp YMCA at $250 per child per week. Wing Fling to be held at Liuna Hall in Cobourg March 21 from 4pm to midnight. Wing eating contests, live music and fun.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Ed Zylka is organizing fundraiser in memory of  Bill Patchett to send kids to YMCA camp. Cost is $250 to send kid to camp for week. We can designate Brighton kids to camp. YMCA Wing Fling - deep fried wings and fries on site, live bands and a wing eating contest. Last year with over 400 people attending. Event raises funds for the YMCA strong communities campaign.
  • 2020 Rotary District Conference theme is 'Heroes and Champions' and will be held at Toronto Weston Prince Hotel October 23-25, 2019.
  • Northumberland Sunrise holding 'Men Who Cook vs. Women Who Sizzle' fundraiser at Port Hope Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul Street, Saturday March 28th at 6pm. Tickets $45 each. R Steve cooking.
  • An evening to rethink plastics hosted by Rotary Etobicoke - Wednesday April 15, 2020. See attached flyer.
  • Rotary District 7070 is going to the Dominican Republic March Break 2021. A service opportunity - sweat equity. An information session to be held Wednesday March 4th. Info available digitally too. See attached flyer.
  • D7070 Instagram contest. Deadline March 15. Winner will receive $500 towards a community service project of Club's choice, either local or international.
  • Etobicoke Rotary celebrating 90 years March 29th.
  • Rotary Club of Oshawa celebrating 100 years. Tickets limited to 250. Order by March 6th through Charles Bridle at 905-242-4217 or email
  • Position of DG for D7070 for the Rotary year 2022 - 2023 will be Iosif Ciosa from the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.
Daniella's Report:  
Daniella went dog sledding last weekend. She was wearing the shirt to prove it. The weekend started by missing school on Friday to drive up to Minden / Haliburton area. Appears there was a lot of talk on the trip up about badgers.
The exchange students enjoyed going in hot tub and then rolling in the snow. Daniella noted that these 'so called' Canadian activities are not really done by many Canadians.
Dog Sledding on Saturday was really cool. They each got to ride in sleigh and to mush from back and run with the dogs.
She would like to do it again.
They also went snow shoeing Sunday morning early in the very cold.
They visited a wolf sanctuary. She saw a stuffed moose and had her picture taken with it.
On Wednesday this week she visited the Canoe Museum in Peterborough.
This weekend she is going dog sledding in Minden area. R Joyce attending as well as student Anne-Sophie who joined us for breakfast this morning.
Daniella's Bucket List:
Play hockey
Niagara Falls
CN tower
Algonquien Park
See a moose
See a beaver
See a possum
See a bear
Play in the snow
Volunteer (animal shelter?)
See leaves change color
Ottawa (skate on the Rideau canal)
Go skiing
Swim in Lake Ontario
Cliff jump (?😬)
See the northern lights
Go to New York City?
See a baseball game
See a rugby game
See an american football game
See a ice hockey game
Try beaver tail (not from a real beaver)
Song: no song today so sad
Sharing: $25 won by R Steve who donated funds to the Foundation.
Happy Bucks: for presentation and background, hoping to take granddaughter to France end of May, picture of R Craig swimming in Brighton Bay early that morning, weather, daughter back from south shortly, trip to Florida and future trip to Dominican, for past and for future, Brighton Health Services Centre and early Rotarian's involvement to make it happen, stories of Brian Todd and his involvement in community and lives of people including personal scolding for bad decisions and motivation to make better choices.
Rotary Minute:  March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month. Rotary promotes and supports good hygiene habits through education such as proper hand washing with soap and water. This can reduce diarrhea and other diseases such as Covid 19.
New POD's for 2020
POD#1 - Murray, Chris, Joyce, Victoria, Mark, Jeff W and Steve
POD#2 - Ricardo, Jeff P, Emily, Craig, Rudy, Liesje, Clay
Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund
President Daniel introduced Bruce Davis. Bruce had early career in the Canadian Forces, is a Chartered Accountant who worked at Wilkinson / Wilson Sports, was CAO of Brighton and former Brighton Rotarian.
Bruce joined us to provide an update and history of the Brighton Health Services Centre and the evolution to the Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund.
The Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund distributes about $50,000 to the community every year.
It began with the Brighton Health Services Centre idea in 2001, with significant input from some Brighton Rotarians and other community minding individuals. The Brighton Creek Side banquet hall was underutilized and went up for sale for $425,000. The hall was purchased and with about $1,675,000 in upgrades / renovations it became the Brighton Health Services Centre. This happened with a donation of $50,000 from the Rotary Club of Brighton, borrowing funds from the Municipality of Brighton of $1,075,000 and significant fund raising and contributions from the community.
The YMCA were the first tenants in 2003.
They raised $1,000,000 by October 2004 allowing the BHSC to repay loans. The load from the Town was paid off in 2008.
In 2005 the Ontario Family Health Teams were launched from Brighton.
Brian Todd passed in 2011. In 2015 the Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund was formed.
In 2017 the Brighton Health Services Centre building was sold to the Municipality. When dust settled, the Town is paid $430,000 for the building, at $50,000 annually until balance paid. However, this doesn't cost tax payers as building's revenue is about $80,000 annually.
With the $300,000 donation by the Masonic United Lodge 29 this year to the Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund, they believe this fund can last at least to 2040 and possibly beyond, contributing about $50,000 to the community every year.
They support:
Safety initiatives,
Accessibility initiates,
Doctor recruitment,
Health and wellness,
Food security,
Environmental projects,
youth and recreation,
school programs,
ENSS Scholarships and others
They have provided 115 grants and over $429,725 to the community since 2009.
Bruce encourages the Rotary Club of Brighton to work with BTMCF to leverage projects in the Community.
Service Above Self