Upcoming Events
District Assembly
May 11, 2019
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Brighton Rotary 30th Anniv - Dinner and Auction
Brighton Community Centre
May 11, 2019
5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Brighton Rotary Board Meeting
Victoria's home
May 14, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Spring Valley Public School Open House BBQ
Spring Valley PS
May 16, 2019
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Big Give BBQ
Community Centre
Jun 01, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Regional Spelling Bee
Trenton High School
Jun 08, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Brighton Rotary's 30th Anniversary
Smoke House to King Edward Park
Jun 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
District Year End Celebration
Jun 23, 2019
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Burke
May 18
Jeff Pearsall
May 23
Spouse Birthdays
May 28
Ricardo Melendro
May 13
Join Date
Henry Getkate
May 24, 2013
6 years
May 31, 2019 7:00 AM
Club business
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Brighton Rotary News May 3 2019
Members: 15
Guests: No guests this morning - so sad
  • Letter from Brighton's consultant advising of upcoming public participation opportunities regarding Zoning By-Law and Official Plan update
  • We have been asked to reconsider cooking at Canada Day. Lion's are doing Fries, the Canteen has candies and that is it. Will Rotary BBQ on Canada Day?
  • Rotarian invited to attend Relay for Life Opening Ceremony June 1 about noon. Is anyone interested and able to attend on behalf of Rotary?
  • A restaurant in Wellington is not honouring Diners and Duffers coupon because there was a change in ownership. This restaurant is North Docks
Smile for Week:
Mark visited the doctor who advised he was in good shape. So he asked if he would live to 85? Doctor asked if he smoked, drank alcohol, took drugs? No, he has cut back. Doctor asked if he did any number of other wild activities and again the answer was no. So doctor asked him why he wanted to live to 85.
  • Board meeting at R Victoria's home - Tuesday May 14th at 6:30pm
  • District Assembly at BMO IFL May 11, 8am to 2pm. R Joyce and Steve going with Eloisa.
  • Brighton Rotary Auction and Dinner May 11, 2019. We need Rotarians to take and sell tickets. Also collects items for auction. R Chris is storing items at his home. Duty roster circulating. Set up will be Friday May 10th at 5pm.
  • Brighton Rotary is 30 - June 2019.
  • Spring Valley Public School BBQ for Thursday May 16th has duty roster full
  • Fishing Derby this weekend. We are organized thanks to R Murray. Remember your shift and stay warm.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • District Assembly May 11 at BMO IFL from 8am until 2pm.
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program. Cost is $950. Looking for sponsors and candidates ages 19 - 25. May 3 - 9.
  • District Conference next year - Rotary Muskoka Style at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa - October 25 - 27, 2019. Early registration fee $299. Rooms at special rate of $135 / night while they last.
Eloisa's Report:
Eloisa is at Camp
Song: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Sharing: $15 won by R Dan who donated it to Eloisa
Happy Bucks:  for R Craig's classification and presentation, para cycling in Northumberland few years ago, Gerry Davidson inspecting our BBQ, to Montreal this weekend, soccer season beginning with games around GTA, to be apart of Rotary, Camp Enterprise, good to have a Newfie with us, home alarms that work, for end of this year's fishing derby.
Rotary Minute: R Ricardo shared some history of Kiwanis International in honour of Brighton Rotary working with them this weekend to weigh fish as part of the 39th annual Walleye World Fishing Derby. Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit by a group of businessmen. It was originally called the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers, but changed to Kiwanis a year later. The name 'Kiwanis' was coined from an American First Nations expression, 'Nunc Keewanis' which means 'We trade'. In the early years, members focused on business networking, but in 1919 the organization focus changed to on of service, specifically to children. In 1920 the motto of Kiwanis became 'we build', and that stayed until 2005 when it was changed to 'Serving the children of the world'. Kiwanis became an international organization in 1916 with a club in Hamilton Ontario. Kiwanis went worldwide in the 1960's and now exist in 80 countries.
R Craig Harding's Classification
 R Dan introduced R Craig, giving us the impression that R Craig has been anxious about this presentation. (is it the truth?)
The story of Craig:
Craig has had to do public speaking in his career. He likes to start with some humour, so:
Murray and Mary Lou while visiting the doctor were advised that due to advancing years and problems remembering, that they should write things down to help.
Later at home, Mary Lou asked Murray for a bowl of ice cream and suggest he write it down. He insisted he could remember a bowl of ice cream. But she also wanted chocolate syrup with her ice cream. Yes he could remember ice cream with chocolate syrup. But she also wanted a cherry on top. Again, he insisted he didn't need to write it down, he could remember a bowl of ice cream, with chocolate syrup and a cherry on top. After some time in the kitchen he returned with bacon and eggs. Mary Lou told him he should have written it down. He had forgotten the toast.
Craig's partner is Susan. He has two children ages 38 and 36, with two grandchildren Gordon and Mable who are very special to him.
Craig was born in Newfoundland and lived on Gooseberry Lane with 6 other families. All related and a total of 43 kids. During the 12 days of Christmas, each family was responsible for 2 parties during those 12 days. These parties were family affairs with song and stories.
In 1949 Newfoundland entered Confederation. Joey Smallwood from Signal Hill picked Gooseberry Lane as site of new Provincial Buildings. Craig delivered newspapers to Joey Smallwood at age 8. So families moved closer into town.
When Craig was a boy, his family moved to Toronto because his father needed medical treatment. However, they kept the home in NFLD, he goes back annually so feels like he never left.
After high school he got a job with CPR and he ended up staying about 9 years. His last role with CP was as an investigator of damaged goods, to determine when and where and why. But he got tired of suits and office and looking for a change went in and quit, couple days later he was out and stared to work for himself as a contractor. He framed and did most everything and soon had a number of staff and vehicles. After 10 years as a contractor and working for Real Estate Agents, he figured he could do that so he did. He wound down his contracting business, making sure all his staff and other jobs to go to.
He enjoys Real Estate because he loves interacting with people, to help them with their dreams. He started teaching courses for Royal LePage, things like 'tricks of construction'. He started consulting. In the industry he was surprised at how many don't know basics of business. Six years ago he had idea to purchase sprinter van that salespeople could put name on side and take home, thus advertising to their neighbours what they do.
He has for years volunteered in the community. Both coaching hockey and baseball. Also part of Sr. Link which started in 1980 to help seniors. Sr. Link has grown from 4 to 160 volunteers. He was a director for 4 years.
He enjoys creating slogans for people and organizations. He likes music so 'He is a Sold Man'.
About 10 years ago he sponsored Avos Arrow, a young man who propels a bike with his arms and went to break the work record at about 48 mph.
He loves to work outside. A few years ago he got some acres in Brighton area. He has a fishing pond, cuts wood, walking trails, competitive snooker and collecting bottle openers. So if you have one, Craig will be interested.
Service Above Self