Speakers

Jul 31, 2014
Flood Recovery Team
Colorado Spirit
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
President Brenda Dones
Club Assembly
Sep 04, 2014
Lee Korins
World Trade Center Survivor & the US Economy
 
 

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Welcome to Greeley Centennial Rotary!

Greeley Centennial

Service Above Self

Thursdays from 12:00 Noon until 1:15 PM
Greeley Country Club
4500 W 10th St
Greeley, CO  80634
United States
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Congratulations to Ib Meyer from the Weld County Sheriff's Office for being recognized as Greeley Centennial Rotary's Service Above Self award recipient for the month of July.  Thank you Mr. Meyer for all that you do for our community!
 

 
The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:30 at the Fox Run Senior Living Center.
 

 
Stacey Thomas July 22nd
Mark Smith July 23rd
Scott Gattis July 24th
Chris Leffler July 24th
Donna Lakin July 26th
 

 
Sue Bridgman 1 Year - July 25, 2013
 

 
Our World Community Service committee was successful in receiving a $4,000 grant from Rotary District 5440 for the Poudre Learning Center project that will be completed this year.  $4,000 is the maximum grant that was issued by the District this year.  Many thanks to Bill Kehl and the World Community Service committee for their efforts in identifying the project and applying for the grant.  Your hard work paid off!  Congratulations!
 

 
One Solution to a Complex Problem
 
The Problem 
Rarely does an international humanitarian crisis literally come knocking on our door in the US: More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have attempted to cross the U.S-Mexico border since October. Why do they come?

Imagine the desperation felt by parents as they watch their 11 year old child set off alone on an unfathomable treacherous journey, knowing well that despite the dangers it seems “anything is better than here”. No parent would willingly choose this. What are these children trying to escape?
 
The Data
  • A desperate start. Guatemala has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in Latin America. Early and frequent childbirth means families are extremely large, making challenges like malnutrition, school access, and domestic violence major issues.
  • A low ceiling of opportunity. Opportunity and education are intrinsically linked. Yet for every 10 rural students starting the 1st grade in Guatemala, only one will reach high school.

The Solution
This is not a problem without a solution. Those who are born female, indigenous, rural, and poor in this context are at the very bottom of society’s ladder. Ironically, they are also the country’s greatest hope. Who else is better positioned to catalyze change where it is needed most? Starfish is catapulting a generation of leaders who are tackling these daunting challenges in remarkable ways.

Of a population that would otherwise not study beyond the 6th grade, Starfish Girl Pioneers are getting to and through secondary school at an unprecedented rate (95%). How far can they go? We are finding out. As empowered leaders, they are challenging the circumstances of “fate” that would otherwise drive their siblings and neighbors to risk their lives to make the journey north.
 
The Proof
Francisca, a Starfish grad, personifies the power of this movement. Her mother had never attended school and started her family as a teenager. Money was predictably short, and Francisca was out of school. She was desperate, and all too aware of what her "fate" would be without education. 
 
She found Starfish and her trajectory launched upward. Today at age 22, Francisca is class president of her university and works in the community development office of her municipal government. Her goal -- which she is clearly achieving -- is to lead change as an education supervisor.     
 
There are 249 more Starfish Girl Pioneers like Francisca in the program, and thousands of other girls and families watching and learning from these unprecedented role models.  
 

 
 
Marlin Frank was drawn for the pin drawing and Tom Miller won the 50/50, donating his winnings to Polio Plus!
 

 
 
 
 
 
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