Michael P. Neufeld | Oct 19, 2012
Mountains Community Hospital’s Kathleen Walsh applies electrodes to Rotarian Rudy Westervelt during a demonstration of the new Propaq LT monitor purchased by a $25,000 grant from the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)
RYLA 2012-Teamwork Game
Games help the students learn how to become a better leader and work together as a team.
The 16 Rim students who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) last month came home from the weekend hanged people.
Students’ Art Reaps Prizes
Mountain News: Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:02 am
The first art competition sponsored by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club drew 35 entries from students at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School, Rim High School and Mountain High School.
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Deborah introduced this year’s RYLA participants – and went through a video of the program. Co-sponsor Bill Priest mentioned that RYLA id the biggest item on the District’s budget, almost $160,000 is spent on RYLA in our District. There were 300 kids this time, 7 from our club.
A few comments from the RYLArians:
- Kaylee: “It helped me come out of my shell!!!”
- Laurielle: Thanks for the opportunity! There was one problem kid in her group that kept them from early bonding – he went home, and things turned up almost instantly.
- Tori: Thanks for the opportunity!! RIM had great representation there – everyone clicked right away, and everyone learned a lot.
- Alex: Had way high expectations, and the program was WAY more than he expected!
Sounds like the program went very well!
George, Brad and Rick remember the old days:
George recalled the organization of the club – Mike Richardson’s dad was in the Crestline club, and helped prompt the new club to happen! George went to a meeting of the Crestline group – they all sat at the same table – ordered 2 drinks because once the meeting started, you couldn’t get another – and there was a Wheel of Fortune at the end of the table for the Fine Master to calculate your fine!
Brad recalled that 20 charter members was the requirement. He went to a meeting, and there was a guy playing the guitar and singing. Almost ended it for him on the spot. They had a “SECRET HANDSHAKE!!!” (Brad wouldn’t show us). Brad was wearing his original pin with a Rotary Wheel and a blue jay on it – they loved it, but the district didn’t like it because the bird obscured too much of the wheel. Brad originally started the beer truck at our original chili cook-off event! The District Conference took place on a 3 day cruise to Ensenada.
Rick – The only one of the group to have been President – recalled that they could only have one member from each job classification – he and George got away with George being “plumbing – new construction” and Rick with “plumbing – service.” One of the first service donations was a $125 VCR to the Literary Foundation to be used at the Library. It was an all men’s club at the time – but they were happy to admit women when the time came – except for one who absquatulated with the Foundation cash! President Bill Chamberlain started the auction that was original held at the lumber yard! One early service project was putting up corrals at Camp Paivika.
One comment shared by all: Not a great place for business networking – but a perfect place for fellowship!
Exchange student Gwenn Griggs reported on her upcoming stay in France – which we are sponsoring! She is still waiting for a city and family assignment, but will be leaving in August for her 9 month stay. She has been quite a young Rotarian, having been the President of Interact, and participated in many service projects!
After a short tussle as to who was today’s Special Speaker, Kimmie Umsheid of the Thaddeus Foundation was finally drafted for today’s program.
Kimmie is the Executive Director of the Thaddeus Foundation, based in San Dimas. After spending a few minutes on the history and the founding of the group, Kimmie reported on the Foundation’s mission.
The foundation s mission is to help with at risk youth, young parents, pregnant young women and other at risk groups. Their motto is “Big Hearts, Little Hugs.” Many times, parents of at risk young people are left out of programs, so they attempt to include as much of the family as they can – it seems to help with results!
They provide training, job counselling, help to develop marketable skills with a goal at helping people to become self-supporting and independent.
The group is trying hard to reach as much of the at-risk young people as they can, to help them find some life success – and are very dedicated to their mission. Thanks for your service, Kimmie!
Scott Craft and Stephanie Phillips presented the NEW ROTARY SIGN built by students at RIM – NICE!!!! Scott said the carpenters would visit our meeting in the near future.
Bob Mosby and Toni Martinez presented the American Cancer Societies “Relay for Life” event.
The “Relay for Life” event is a local community based event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. It is designed to raise awareness by doing a team walk-a-thon for a 24 hour period. The event that Bob and Toni participate in is held in Southgate on July 21.
There are about 5200 such community based events held around the world that raise about $400 million annually. At Bob and Toni’s event, there will likely be about 400 participants, and they think they could raise about $51,000 for the cause.
They talked about the program that includes a luminario ceremony for survivors, and a “Candlelight Lap” that includes a bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace.”
Sounds like quite an event!
Bill Stanley introduced today’s speaker – Graham Smith, presenting for Med-Air International.
Graham has spent the last year helping his group in the Sudan, and presented a very moving video about their program.
The theme of Graham’s talk was “Where is Goodness?” Med-Air International focuses on providing resources to find the goodness – and to take “less” out of Hopeless. They work hard to provide food, medical help, shelter and water for people who have lost all hope. The people helped range from the South Sudan to the people who have been displaced by the civil war in Syria.
Med-Air is currently working in 8 countries, and is happy to work at the behest of other relief agencies.
They are asking for our help to support their effort to provide hope for people who have none.
Thanks to Graham for his caring and service!
The 4-Way Speech Contest!
Program chair Deborah Fancett introduced the contest:
- 5 Speakers today
- They will by referred to by number, and introduced after the competition
- Each will speak for a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 8
- There are three judges: Ginny Durrand, Billie Latva and Bob Mosby.
- The Official Timekeeper will be Ken Nielsen.
- NO APPLAUSE until all have presented!
NEW Member Induction
Chair of New Member Initiations Geoff Hopper swore in two new members:
Stephanie Phillips: Geoff tried really hard to find some dirt on Stephanie, but could only relate that she is a native Californian, has 4 kids, and is VERY overqualified to be a member of our group. Geoff did say that he and Stephanie spent time in jail together!
Catherine Obregon: Again, Geoff stumbled in his effort to dig up dirt on Catherine. She does have 4 sons, all very accomplished. Also, she has 9 grandchildren! Again, Catherine is VERY overqualified for membership in our group.
As the lights dimmed, Geoff administered the official oath – and, SURPRISE – they both accepted membership, overqualified or not!
The lights came back up, and Stephanie and Catherine were congratulated by a long round of applause!
Jason Kimes presented our EarlyAct group – and all of the fun and worthy things they have been up to!
- The group is from Grandview Elementary, 4th and 5th graders.
- Jason presented video that had been produced by the kids –
- LOTS of fun projects!
- 4841 Meals for the Million Meals Program!
- Fundraiser for the Kahunde school in Tanzania
- A Sock Drive!
- Grizzly Woods cleanup and repair
- Letters to soldiers
- The group meets every other Friday, all Rotarians are welcome
- Focus on community service and leadership training.
- The Kids present:
- The Sock Drive seems to be a favorite. They collected 350 pair!
- WEBSITE: www.earlyact4kids.com
Thanks for the presentation!