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Dove Mountain

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 5:00 PM
Highlands at Dove Mountain Clubhouse
4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.
Marana, AZ  85658
United States
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Club Learns About CASA

 
Jill LaBrie of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program met with Dove Mountain Rotary. She explained the program and how to volunteer. DM president-elect Donna Hansen is a CASA volunteer. A CASA Volunteer is a specially trained community volunteer appointed by a Juvenile Court Judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings. There are more than 3000 abused and/or neglected children in Pima County. The ongoing involvement of a CASA, acting as the “eyes and ears of a judge,” greatly assists in determining whether a child can be safely returned home or placed in a foster or adoptive home.  They provide the Court and interested parties with a report after carefully researching all aspects of the case and interviewing all involved parties to assist the Court in making the most sound and informed decisions possible. Among other things, CASA volunteers determine if it is in a child’s best interest to return to his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, be placed with other relatives, or be freed for permanent adoption. 
 
 CASA volunteers provide the Court and interested parties with a report after carefully researching all aspects of the case and interviewing all involved parties to assist the Court in making the most sound and informed decisions possible. Among other things, CASA volunteers determine if it is in a child’s best interest to return to his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, be placed with other relatives, or be freed for permanent adoption. 

The scheduling of most volunteer activities is flexible. While each case is different, a CASA volunteer usually spends 15-20 hours each month doing research and spending time with the children on their case.

According to the National CASA Association, abused and neglected children are more likely to face homelessness, unemployment, and prison as adults. However, children with CASA volunteers are more likely to receive therapy, health care and education. Judges have observed that CASA children have better chances of finding permanent homes than non-CASA children.
 
 

Rotarian from Cameroon Shares Project Proposal

 
Bouba Hamadou, former member of the Rotary Club of Marana and the E-Club of the Sonoran Desert, is now a member of a small Rotary Club in his home village, Malam Petel in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Bouba is the traditional leader of the village and splits his time between Cameroon and Tucson. He is proposing a Global Grant project through The Rotary Foundation to make improvements in Cameroon. His village has a population of 3650 and is impoverished. The area is arid for 9 months of the year and wet with monsoons during the other 3 months. His proposal includes providing clean water, establishing a community garden, a cereal bank, and a milk cow farm. Also included are improvements to education and training for adults in farming, irrigation, gardening, nutrition, small business practices, health and sanitation. The project would allow locals to generate income from several sources. The total project cost is $34,760. He is asking the Dove Mountain Club to consider financial support. Funds raised by clubs would go to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation and would be replaced with District Designated Funds (DDF) from District 5500. The Rotary District in Cameroon also will contribute to the project.
 

Shelter Box Featured at DM Rotary

 
 
 
 
 
 
Don Jorgensen of the Rotary Club of Marana updated Dove Mountain Rotarians on Shelter Box. Don is a Shelter Box ambassador. Shelter Box began as the millennium project of the Rotary Club of  Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England, and it was immediately successful. The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Florida, then took up the project as Shelter Box USA so that US donors could get tax deductions for donating. In 2004, ShelterBox USA was officially established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster. Dove Mountain Rotary has budgeted to donate two Shelter Boxes this year.
 
Don explained that Shelter Box now has multiple products designed for different needs. There is a type of tent that is suitable for indoor use in a large shelter space, such as a civic center. These tents offer privacy for the occupants and are important for such things a breast-feeding mothers. There also now is a shelter kit that contains tools and materials to repair a dwelling.
 
 
 
 
 
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