Rotary Club
of Calgary North

September 25, 2017

International Meeting

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A fairly light turnout of current and potential members met at the VPI for Beef Sliders, good fellowship, an induction, and an interesting meeting.  President Brian called the meeting to order at 12:15, Jill led us in singing Oh Canada (no one knelt - so no controversy), and Lawrie Fisher gave the invocation.

Michele (pronounced Me-kay-la) Deiana, also known as Michi, our inbound exchange student under orders from his mum, presented President Brian with lovely gifts representing his home in Sarnia.

 

Our 50-50 draw winner was a guest.  Jeff Cuell graciously and flawlessly recited The Four Way Test, even though Jeff himself has won 50/50 only once in 25 years.   

Paul Ramike did a gentle job of Sgt at Arms and elicited several happy bucks.   

Henry welcomed our guests.

Paul Harris Recognition

 

President Brian presented Jill McCaughey, whose face we were delighted to see again, with her third Paul Harris pin.

Induction

Jill McCaughey, in turn, inducted a new member, Mira Boucher, welcoming her to our club and presenting her with an orientation package and a framed Four Way Test. 

 

                       

 

Focus on International

Richard introduced our two current International Projects - one in Manzanillo and one in Jamaica - and reminded us of our club's successful history with International Projects.

 
                                                  
 

Casa Hogar Los Angelitos Manzanillo

Casa Hogar Los Angelitos is a safe shelter for kids who are at high risk in Manzanillo, Mexico.  The kids, who face a terrible life on the street, are taken in, given a home, fed, and educated either in the public school system or in Casa Hogar, if they are not able to attend school for any reason.  
 
This project will increase the number of children being helped from the current 96 to 140, through the purchase of furniture, equipment, and computers for a fourth Casa.  Collected funds will also go to teacher and tutor training and to support for the psychological assistance often needed to ensure the kids are integrated into schools and their community. 
 
This first phase of the project should be completed by the end of this calendar year. 
 

Hanover Educational Institute Jamaica

 

The parish of Hanover in Western Jamaica with a population of 70,000, has a illiteracy rate of 35% according to an article published in The Gleaner newspaper in 2011.  Add to that the high rate of AIDS/HIV sufferers and the large number of young men involved in the illegal activity of scamming, which leads boys to drop out of school in hopes of an easy way to earn money and we see an area in grave need of help.

At the front of those trying to help is Hanover Educational Institute, a not for profit, non-government funded, but Ministry of Education endorsed organization trying to help young people from 15 through to 20 years old.  The young people they help tend to be slow learners, underachievers, and school drop outs.  Most of the young boys are trying to drop out of gangs and most of the young girls had their education interrupted by unplanned pregnancy.

An impressive 700 young people have been helped so far, 300 of whom went on to receive certification in the Tourism industry.  Many of rest went on to other areas of further education, like nursing, or joined the Jamaica Defense Force, or even went into business for themselves.

Hanover Educational Institute needs everything, but this project will focus on raising funds for equipment and possibly educational training support.  

 

Announcements and Requests

 
President Brian wants us to  ...
remember to attend next week's meeting to hear Christopher Lawrence, owner of "Change of Life Coaching", who will speak to us about leaving a legacy of meaning.
 

Recognition

Bob Hansell did a great job of welcoming our new member, Mira, by offering this sage advice: "It's a difficult time in the world, so be sure to come to meetings and don't watch TV".
 
 

 

Coming Soon:  Rotary Leadership Institute

 

 
 
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of leadership courses offered in three (3) sessions (Modules I, II, III). The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for Rotary’s members. RLI is fun, interactive, and participatory and uses skilled faculty and facilitation techniques to make the experience both valuable and enjoyable. These modules are a wonderful learning opportunity for you to share and explore best management practices while providing a great opportunity for fellowship.
RLI is structured to not only provide new Rotarians with an effective orientation, but also aspiring leaders with an excellent foundation for success.
 
Please go to the District web site http://www.rotary5360.ca/, hit the “Full Events Calendar” link, toggle to the month of March/April/May, and select “RLI 1, 2 or 3” tab and register. 

- See more at: http://rotary5360.ca/stories/the-rotary-leadership-institute-(rli)/#sthash.F4Iwd33m.dpuf

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Meeting: Monday, September  11th at The Village Park Inn, main floor.    
 
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Calgary North
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