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Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...

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ImageSycamore Canyon Academy Rises to the Challenge

By Nelson Rodriguez - August 22, 2013

            Children who frequently have difficulty making healthy non-destructive choices or grow up in unstructured or abusive home environments, often find themselves embroiled with Law enforcement agencies and the Juvenile Court System; an encounter often looked upon by many as the last resort.  No one knows this better than Carl “Ike” Shipman, Director of Sycamore Canyon Academy.  Ike has worked with youth and families for over 12 years, managed group homes, and worked with Child Protective Services.

            Ike and other members of his dedicated staff work with Rite of Passage, Inc.: a program dedicated to improving the lives of youth.  Kris Herman, Community Service Project Manager, alongside two very proud students, Brandon Jimenez and Johnathan Pagan, gave an inspiring presentation to the SaddleBrooke Rotary members on the powerful and positive impact that the  Academy provides both to the youth it serves and our community as well.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy is a residential, fully functioning high school that provides education and therapy to local male students in the Tucson and Florence community who were involved in Child Protective Services or the Juvenile Court System.  Children who have been abused, abandoned, or who have had difficulty making the best choices possible for themselves are also included in the Academy.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy focuses on teaching its students responsibility, accountability and respect through the dedication of their live-in staff.   Students are held accountable for their behaviors and actions. Within this live-in setting, students immediately have any rude or anti-social behavior addressed by the staff.  Therefore, as students progress through the phases of the program and acquire leadership skills, they learn how to effectively address each other’s behavioral issues.

            Therapist and case managers at the Academy provide four types of group therapy: Domestic and Family Issues, Drugs and Alcohol, Anger Management, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions. Also included is Individual Therapy which helps support communication between the student, his family, and the community.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy has a traditional classroom education with the benefits of smaller classes of 10 – 12 students per class.  The Academy spans junior high to high school.  In order to increase the children’s chances for success, the Academy works towards obtaining credit recovery so the students can transition back to their respective schools and arrive at their expected grade level. Students who are therapeutically ready to return home can participate in a full online curriculum which allows them to finish the educational program.

            As a student progresses, he can earn privileges and participate as an intern in community service projects.  At this level, students use their formed leadership skills to expand their professional experience and make phone calls to organize community service projects.

            RAMS is not only the mascot symbol for Sycamore, it is their acronym for Respect, Attitude, Motivation and Spirit.  RAMS represent one of the highest levels of achievement for students.  Students work diligently to earn the privilege of proudly wearing the Academy’s jacket embossed with the letter R.

            Validation is the highest level a student achieves before graduating from the Sycamore Canyon Academy.  Here a student must demonstrate through a series of structured requirements that he can make positive, legitimate changes with himself, return to his community, and become a productive member of society.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy, located in Oracle, Arizona, is one of fourteen Rite of Passage, Inc. programs in the country.  If you are interested in learning more about Sycamore Canyon Academy, you can visit their website at www.sycamore-academy.com   Anyone interested volunteering or raising funds should please contact Director Karl “Ike” Shipman at ishipman@rop.com



                                                         NOGALES VISIT AUGUST 2, 2013                     J. Ruland


As reported in the notes from the first visit with the Nogales Rotary Club at their installation function, this visit was to better understand projects the NRC is planning for 2013-14.    The SRC members, Tom Turriff, Pepe Estrella, Neil Deppe, Bill Pohnert, Mark Miller and John Ruland were met by NRC members and escorted to the Nogales Mayors office for the initial meeting.   This meeting and tour will covered in a separate report.   Following this tour the combined Rotary group met at their club house to continue discussions.

ImageClub House is an understatement – the location is actually the Rotary Community Center.   Monday to Friday each week starting at 4 pm, a group Rotary Ann’s and volunteers, conduct free training sessions in home making, hair dressing, barbering, business, arts & crafts for adults, Tae Kwon Do for youth and other activities.    The volunteers train interested members from the community who then apply the knowledge to make items for sale, or practice a skill for income.   We were shown many of the items made for training and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.   A need for TKD equipment was mentioned.    Floor training mats, uniforms, protective gear, etc.

Scholarships (school supplies) for Rotary Community center students were also mentioned.

The projects planned for this year were then presented in more detail.   The description following is not by priority, but in the order presented.

·        Dr. Jesus Bojorquez, a dental surgeon, described an epidemic of Rickettsia, a disease similar to Rocky Mountain Fever.   This past month 2-3 deaths were reportedly caused by the disease.   As with Rocky Mountain Fever the vectors are lice, fleas and ticks, with ticks likely the most prevalent.    The major cause is poor hygiene practices in dwellings that does not identify the presence, nor the source of the vector, that could be the family dog or pet.

On August 10th, in co-ordination with a general trash clean-up organized by the city, the Nogales Club will have veterinarians at the center to administer 1500 treatment doses to dogs, brought in by community residents, to kill the parasites.   They will send out information through about 1500 high school students, and have a speaker truck driving around with the announcement.  Reported cost is $1.50 per dose, cost covered by the NRC.

Further education for control and treatment of the disease will be sent through the schools.

·        President Rodolfo presented a power point providing further information, statistics and data available on the Renal (kidney) disease study.   This is in early stages and will be developed further as the year progresses.   Pres. Rodolfo will send a copy of this study to SRC for our information and use.   The goal is to test and identify symptoms for further treatment.

·        The need for wheel chairs and other orthopedic hardware was repeated.   This was linked to the Children’s Center visit covered in the alternate report.

·        Water – an immediate project that will request assistance and/or help with RI grants.   Dr. Jesus explained the problems in school facilities.   Drinking fountains, outside faucets connected directly to the water supply do not have adequate filtration nor treatment.   A plan is being developed to provide a filtration system to properly treat any source of drinking water.    The system uses a cartridge filter unit installed in a container prior to the water distribution piping.   A source for a system in Hermosillo was shown.   They estimate a package unit cost of $1500.   Not sure if this included installation. 

·        Horse Therapy – an expansion of the program was again mentioned.  Charro, the vet, has been supporting the program for the last 3 years, with help from parents or friends of participants.  Any suggestions or help from SRC would be welcome.

During the discussion after the presentations, President Rodolfo explained the planned development process using the RI sources for guidance.    They will forward their completed study plans with problem, solutions, cost, timing, etc for SRC use to determine how, when, and magnitude of help that could be offered.

Later, Rodolfo indicated he would assign their priority to the projects, and a suggested priority for SRC


A possible source of revenue generation for NRC was discussed.   President Rodolfo said he had seen the Cell Phone project on our web page, and thought this might be of interest.   He will discuss locally and let us know.   Pace, the buyer of the cell phones, has indicated to us they will send the funds to any location designated, however they cannot provide pre-paid shipping from outside of the U.S.  







Image                                       MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS FROM STEVE MCNEIL

I am proud to announce that once again we have earned the distinction of another Presidential Citation.  It was a difficult year in the District and we were one of only about 30% of the clubs that were so honored.  

 Additionally we were one of fewer than 10 clubs to earn the IGNITE ribbon of distinction for membership growth, involvement and retention. 

 It was a difficult year; however working together we delivered on Dick's vision for 2012-13.  

We face an even a more challenging year ahead if were are to achieve Tom Turriff's vision of significant progress in all five avenues of service.  However I am confident that Tom and the Board he has chosen will provide the leadership and we the members the support to earn yet another Presidential Citation.

 Thank you Dick and the Board for your leadership this year, the membership for your involvement and especially the unprecedented involvement of our many new members.


Steve McNeil, VP acting president
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke



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