1966 – 1975. A decade of growth.

The second decade of the Rotary Club of Brighton saw the high of Neil Armstrong’s “Giant Leap for

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Mankind” and the low of Nixon resigning from the Presidency in disgrace, the end of the Vietnam

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War and the rise of a peanut farmer from Plains, GA. With this as a backdrop, the Club grew in

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membership and influence. Sponsoring the new Irondequcit Rotary Club, under Milt Matthews’

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direction. Holding the first International Tea, for foreign students from 15 countries attending area

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colleges. The dedication of the Camp Haccamo pool. The election of Past President, Milt Matthews

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as District Governor for the 1971-72 Rotary year. And the construction of the covered “Bridge” that

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housed Camp Haccamo’s gas-powered miniature train.

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1966batmanmovie_allcast1966-1967

KENNETH GEIWITZ was elected the tenth Club President.

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Brighton Rotary sponsored the new Irondequoit Rotary Club under the direction of the District Governor’s Representative, Milt Matthews.

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The first International Tea, for foreign students from 15 countries attending area colleges, was held at the home of John Kendall.

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Antonio Miralles from Oruro, Bolivia, a Rotary Foundation Technical Award Student, was hosted by the Club while he studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Fourteen new members joined under direction of Elmer Smith, Membership Chairman.

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Pancake Day, Fruitcake Sales, and Gas Day combined for financial success.

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The Senior Party for Brighton High School students was held at Perkins Swim Club.

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The 10th Anniversary of the Club was celebrated with a reception at the Inter-City Meeting at the Chamber of Commerce.

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Austin Truitt received the Annual Citizens Award.

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The Camp Haccamo swimming pool was dedicated in memory of Dave Bayse.

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MILTON C. MATTHEWS was elected the eleventh Club President.

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An International Tea for 100 Rotarians and foreign students from 15 countries was held at the home of Marc Barbour.

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The Rotarian of the Week appeared in each issue of the Brighton Pittsford Post.

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The first two 100% meetings in the Club history were held.

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The Club enjoyed the first “Backwards Meeting” in 63 years of Rotary History.

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Hy Friedman received the Annual Citizens Award.

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Past-Presidents’ Night was a howling success— in disguise.

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Behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes.

The first Christmas Auction was held with Andy Mungo, Auctioneer— $350 was raised for the kids at Camp Haccamo.

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David Cross won the Rotary Foundation Fellowship for study in England.

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Elissa Bell was the first exchange student sponsored by Brighton Rotary to attend school in Brighton, England. Sally Cuttress from Brighton, England, attended Brighton High School.

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The Club enjoyed “Who Are You” programs from every member.

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Four-Way Test Book Covers were donated to all Brighton High School students.

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The Annual Family Picnic was held at Jim Clark’s farm.

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THEODORE ALTIER was elected twelfth Club President.

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Bart Gordon won the Rotary Foundation Fellowship for study in England.

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A decision to consolidate all moneymaking events into two major events wins support— Pancake Day and Gas Day were the big money makers.

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Sylvia Kaplan received the Annual Citizens Award.

The Club moved its meeting site from the “Statement” (formerly Pilgrims Landing) to the Maplewood Inn.

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A Club meeting exchange with Burlington, Ontario, Rotary Club was initiated.

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The most successful Christmas Auction ever was held, with “Hamp” Burnett, Auctioneer.

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The Club sponsored Sally Cutress, Brighton, England, as our exchange student.

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The Club contributed to improvements at the Brighton Twelve Corners Triangle.

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MARCUS BARBOUR was elected thirteenth Club President.

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The Club moved its meeting site from Maplewood Inn to the Pittsford Tavern on the Mall.

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The Christmas Auction raised money for dish dryers at Camp Haccamo.

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Project “3150” launched; and a pamphlet was sent to all Brighton families with emergency numbers.

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The Club hosted the Leadership Forum for District 7120 presidents and secretaries.

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The Youth Service Award was presented to Brighton High School senior, Grant Fish, for his service.

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Past President, Milt Matthews, was elected District 7120 Governor-Nominee for 1971-1972.

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Don Cialgia received the Annual Citizens Award.

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The first Barn Sale raised money for the Al Sigl Dental Laboratory Center.

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The Club sponsored an Inter-City Little League Team in the Third Ward.

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The Club exchanged trips with the Burlington, Ontario, Rotary Club.

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1970-1971

EDWIN WILKERSON was elected fourteenth Club President.

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The Annual Gas Day was combined with a Countywide Gas Day to raise funds for Camp Haccamo.

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Senior Citizens joined in one of our regular meetings.

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The Annual Christmas Auction, with Auctioneer Milt Matthews, raised $607 to rebuild Jeep @ Bethany Home: BRIGHTON BUS.

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An International Tea held was at Marc Barbour’s home, with 30 overseas students attending— the following week they were guests at a dinner with entertainment at Rochester Museum-Strassenburg Planetarium.

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A Soap Box Derby Kit was presented to the Hillside Children’s Center.

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Glen Rockcastle received the Annual Citizens Award for his humanitarian activities.

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Past-President Milt Matthews was elected District 7120 Governor for 1971-1972 at the International Convention in Sydney, Australia.

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The second Barn Sale netted over $3,000 for Camp Haccamo and other charitable projects.

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1971-1972

MILT-GOVJOHN J. PETROSSI was elected fifteenth Club President.

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The Annual Gas Day was combined with 13 other county Rotary Clubs to raise funds for Camp Haccamo.

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Pancake Day and Fruitcake Sales were most successful.

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The Christmas Auction, under Auctioneer, Andy Mungo, yielded $700 for Bethany Home.

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A great “FUN NIGHT” was held at Jim Clark’s “Fun Center Farm” with all the gang.

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Milt Matthews, PDG, received the Annual Citizens Award for service activities.

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The Club decided hereafter to have a President-Elect— a good idea.

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The Club had a 100% attendance meeting through the efforts of Scotty Law.

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The Club supported District Governor, Milt Matthews, at the District 7120 Conference held April 28-30, 1972, at Host Farms, Lancaster, PA.

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nixon-resigns1972-1973

ALLAN R. LAW was elected sixteenth Club President.

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The “Bridge” at Camp Haccamo built by Club members to house the gas-powered miniature train. This covered bridge is alongside a stream, rather than over it!

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A picnic at Jim Clark’s farm was enjoyed by the entire Club and their families— with fun on the tractor, hay wagon, and miniature train.

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Mrs. F. Ritter Shumway received the Annual Citizens Award.

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“Service Above Self” awards were made to Rotarians Jim Clark, Bob Vincent, John Petrossi and Marc Barbour.

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Elmer Smith led a team of Club members weekly to rebuild a home damaged by floods as a result of Hurricane Agnes in the town of Painted Post, NY.

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At the griddle.

At the griddle.

The Club visited the New Life Homes Project run by Glen Rockcastle for homeless boys, located in Bath, NY.

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Brighton Rotary Annual Sale (known by all as the BRA Sale) raised $2,900 for Camp Haccamo with Clark Wackerman, Chairman.

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1973-1974

FRED DITIRRO was elected seventeenth Club President.

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The West Brighton Youth Center was given $700 for playground fencing.

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The Club supported the Brighton Little League with a contribution of $200.

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Club members and their wives visited Toronto for a weekend trip.

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The Club presented the Brighton Library with $300 for the purchase of books and special contributions in honor of Austin/Nellie Truitt and Elmer/Erna Smith.

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Marc Barbour received the Annual Citizens Award.

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Scout Troop #116 was presented with camping equipment.

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The BRA Sale netted $2,700 profit, and both Pancake Day and Fruitcake Sales very profitable.

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A new dishwasher was donated to Camp Haccamo.

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Dr. Henry Crawford, Honorary Member, donated profits from his paintings to Camp Haccamo.

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The International Tea was held at Barbours’ home, followed by dinner and a program at the Museum & Science Center.

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CARL MATTHEWS was elected eighteenth Club President.

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Pancake Day was a WOW!, with 1301 served and a profit of $1,620.

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Brighton Rotarians, on their birthdays, donated $250 to Brighton Library for books.

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Seven new members were added to Club membership.

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The BRA Sale netted over $2,000 for Camp Haccamo.

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John Petrossi received the Annual Citizens Award.

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The Club underwrote a group from Brighton High School to attend the Mini-United Nations Seminar at Harvard.

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A new stainless steel grill donated to Camp Haccamo.

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Nine members attended the Rochester Inter-City Dinner, to hear R.I. President Bill Robbins.

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The Club supported Brighton Little League with a $200 donation.

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A joint meeting was held with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, with Mrs. Kenneth Ross as speaker.

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1975-1976

ROBERT SWART was elected the nineteenth Club President.
Milt Matthews was made the Club’s first Paul Harris Fellow for his service to Rotary— both the Club an the District.

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The Club attended a “Dixie” sendoff dinner for Marc/Kay Barbour at Monroe Country Club, as they let to settle in Virginia.

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The Andy Mungo Memorial Fund was established to honor his life of Service Above Self. His aquarium was purchased bythe Club and presented to Camp Haccamo.

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1403551_759322000760080_1524792470_oThe Bethany Home received a $500 donation from the Club in memory of Glen Rockcastle.

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International Night was hosted by the Club at the Marine Midland Plaza.

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John McNabb received the Annual Citizens Award.

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A portrait of Oliver Culver, first Supervisor of Brighton, was presented to Town officials for display in the Town Hall.

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