Rotary Speaker Write-up for April 1

by Donna Wood

 

      Bullying is one of the hottest topics in the news, on the internet, and certainly in our schools.  Bullying was the number one complaint of parents at QHS in 2012.  When we think of bullying, we commonly associate it with the public schools.  But bullying is not limited to schools or to children and youth.  Bullying happens in almost every walk of life, and we may all be guilty or victims of it without being aware.  So said Anne Gaudet, Program Manager of the Rape Crisis Center at Plumas Crisis Intervention Resource Center.

      Sharing from both professional and personal experience and extensive research in the arena, Ms. Gaudet linked bullying to a ‘culture of shame’ so prevalent in our society wherein from childhood we use personal and public ridicule/criticism as tools to shape personal behavior.  For example, criticizing an employee over whom you have power in the form of monetary or other rewards in front of others creates a sense of shame not unlike that caused when a parent scolds a child for not doing well in school.  The attempt to shame another can create a sense of unworthiness and fear in the recipient of the criticism/scolding that continues in other areas of their lives making them vulnerable to bullying from others.  It may also serve as a reinforcement of the idea that such behavior is acceptable in our treatment of others.  When applied to children, this can result in a culture of bullying, actively making others feel ‘less than’ others.

      A program called ‘Bystander Intervention’ monitored by Trina Ritter of the PCIRC has been established in the Quincy Schools which to date have had considerable successes.  There has been a request to extend the programs into the Greenville High School.  Ms. Gaudet told us that you and I can also make a difference by practicing critical awareness of ourselves, others, our families and our community and by encouraging family and business values that are supportive of others within our areas of influence giving those around us a sense of worth and well-being.  Change will not come easily, but working together as individuals and as a community, bullying may be ended.

 

At Note from Laurie Wann

What began almost 4 years ago with a simple road trip to Fresno spearheaded by Amy Schulz at FRC to observe entrepreneurship being taught in high school and college classrooms has grown to fruition on many levels.  A huge milestone was achieved last week with Plumas County's first ever business plan competition - Business Wars 2013!

The business ideas and presentations were fantastic!  At the district level, PHS took 1st, 2nd, and 6th; QHS took 4th, and CHS took home a 3rd and 5th place prize!  There were 10 high school presentations, and the judges REALLY had their work cut out for them.  The upper division featured four strong presentations, all based on new, local and regional businesses.

All of you, and many more, have helped make this vision a reality.  I am so impressed with the way teachers, presenters, sponsors, judges and the community at large have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit. Together we are working to develop a mind and skill set to grow our local and regional economies.

If you are interested in seeing some photos of the event, they can be seen on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BEC.FRC

While you are there - why not "like" us, and help us grow, too!  :)

Thank you for all you do! 

District Notes:

We would like to recognize Rotarians in the District with Perfect Attendance.  Would you please let me know number of years of you have with Perfect Attendance.  I’d say anything over 10 years is worthy of recognition. 

Are you interested in considering to volunteering as a Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA) for the upcoming District Training Assembly and/or the District Conference? Complimentary breakfast and lunch at the District Training Assembly on April 20. This is a critical function for our district events to function at a high level of professionalism and support to our attendees. Shifts as a SAA can be as short as 2 hours or can be much longer, depending on the willingness to volunteer. One 2 hour shift is a great way to get introduced to the program.  And we can usually pair up friends to work together.There will be quality introductory information so the volunteer fully understands the role.  The core team will be there to support the volunteers.

 

 

A note about Tee Sponsors

I just received an updated list of Tee Sponsors that have been booked.  We have made progress, but still have a long way to go to meet our historic sales levels and goal.  Please take this list and contact those Sponsors that have not yet signed up.  This will not be difficult if we all contact 3-4 Sponsors.  Our deadline is approaching quickly.

Thank you for your hard work on this!   This is what funds our investment in local youth and community service projects.