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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
 
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North CS Rotary Club

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Patty Jewett Golf Course Clubhouse
900 E. Espanola Street

Colorado Springs, CO  80907
United States
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2016-2017

2016-17: ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY

Presidential Theme 2016-17

RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

 
 
 
In November 2015, the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club started conducting workshops at Urban Peak of Colorado Springs.  Urban Peak is a shelter for homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 20.  The purpose of these workshops is to help these young people obtain jobs so they can get out on their own, into the community. Workshops include Job Searching, Resume Writing, Mock Job Interviews, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Job Retention, Money Management, and Gaining Respect, which uses the Rotary 4-Way Test as a guide to earn the respect of others.
 
Workshops are given by one or two of our Rotary volunteers, plus one staff member at Urban Peak.  Since we started giving the workshops we have racked up nearly 200 man hours of volunteer time by our club members. This includes only the time spent in the Workshops, but does not include the travel time to and from, and the great amount of time spent in the planning and scheduling the workshops.
 
Over the past 10 months, since we started, this program has been made available to 139 individuals residing at Urban Peak. Of these, 66 individuals have attended at least one session with many attending more than one session.  This means nearly one-half of those in the shelter have engaged in the program, and have been directly supported, or influenced, by at least one of our Rotary club volunteers.
 
The 66 individuals have attended our workshops a total of 233 times. Some attendees have attended only one session, and some have attended the same session more than once.  Some have attended all sessions at least once.
 
A total of 56 out of the 139 persons we have served have earned jobs.  This means 40% of the clients who earned a job attended at least one session, while being granted the opportunity to engage with Rotary members.  We cannot take all the credit for these 56 getting jobs, but we know that we have had a great influence on helping these young people at Urban Peak, having gotten feedback from many of the attendees through the Urban Peak staff.
 
There have only been 9 individuals who have completed all of our workshops.  This number is low as expected, considering the transitional nature of the population, as well as the low commitment level many of the residents of the shelter possess. Urban Peak staff is working to encourage more of their residents to attend these sessions.  They are unable to make attendance mandatory. 
 
We feel encouraged by these numbers, knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of these young people.  We hope to achieve even greater success in the future as we continue this very worthwhile program, into its 11th month and beyond.
 
We currently have 16 active volunteers from our Rotary Club, having had a total of 20 since the beginning of the program.  We are continuing to attract more volunteers as they learn of the success rate we are seeing, in helping the homeless youth at Urban Peak achieve success in getting back on their own in the community.
Thanks to all who have helped to make this program so successful.
 

Are you interested in volunteering or would like more information?

Please contact Max Calkins at 719-534-9291 or maxcalkins@comcast.net

 
 

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North Colorado Springs Rotary Club
P.O. Box 7056
Colorado Springs, CO
80933-7056
 
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