Newsletter – October 23, 2018

Pledge: Jenny Davini

Invocation: Earl Heverly

Prez Tommy passed around the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotary Flag that the club had made to fly on member’s yachts….

Do you know what October 24th is? World Polio Day. It celebrates the day Rotary joined with the World Health Organization to eliminate polio. At that time there were 35,000 cases where now there are 20 cases in 3 countries. It also celebrates Jonas Salk’s birthday. World Polio Day tries to bring awareness that the disease still exists and needs to be stopped. Prez Tommy suggested sending out social media posts recognizing the good, hard work still needs to be completed.

President Tommy recognized Jed Van Wagener for all the work he does taking photos and for how much he jumps in and helps all the time.

Bell Ringers: Mike Grace donated $100 of his winnings from last week’s Opportunity Drawing win; Les became a Bell Ringer because he had a great vacation in Cabo with his children and grandchildren and said they are what keeps his heart beating; Jed become a Bell Ringer because he bought a new Tacoma Truck and it’s so much bigger than his old one that he warned us to run if we see him driving! Happy Bucks: Matt Ross donated in Rob Olmsted name because Rob helped a friend of Matt’s get an Internship—way to go Rob!! Rob Olmsted gave happy bucks for the great job 2 weeks ago at Wm. Pond Park. He thought it was a very productive day and really enjoyed working with Bill Hambrick. Bill was late and Rob paid his fine, too!

Announcements:

  •  November 3rd is the Rotary Foundation Dinner. The club pays for you to attend if you are interest-ed. See Matt Ross.
  •  November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 1719 34th Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  •  November 9 is Rotary Night at the Howe Avenue Theater for the production of “Echoes in the Heart”, a story of a young Jewish family escaping from Germany with their baby. It was written by the baby in the family. $15 for Seniors, $20 General, all net proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation.
  • November 10, 9am—Rotary House cleanup…see Tim Cahill for info
  • November 10th, Taco About a Fiesta at Mission Oaks Park. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.

(Date Change)

  • December 1st—Club Christmas Party at Del Paso. Les would like some help with the arrangements such as decorations, music, etc. No host bar, but no cost for the dinner. 50/50 Raffle tickets will be available soon, $50 each. 50% goes to the winner, 50% goes to the club.
  • December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party—replaces our regular meeting. Help serve lunch to the students at Laurel Ruff. See Patt for more info. We need everyone to come and help with the craziness that is this day!

Steven Walker was presented with his permanent blue badge after completing all the requirements.

Our speaker today IS Maggi Schubert, COE of GPS Social Enterprises. Their mission is “Transforming Communities One Life at a Time.”

Maggi is a home grown Sacramentan, sister of District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert. Maggi has worked on the government side of operations in the Youth Authority, and Prison Reentry Program. She retired in December and started GPS because she felt the government couldn’t do it all and wasn’t completely effective helping people.

What is a social enterprise? It is a market driven approach to solve problems. Working with Non-Profits and other organizations who are also working with the at risk and justice involved allows them to use speakers and Facilitators who have been where they are now, so when they speak their truth it is relatable to those going through the same.

We have students that are significantly behind grade level in math, English and language. Many of these students are products of long term trauma. Many are living the same destiny as the generations before them. To break the cycle there needs to be a form of interruption of the cycle. To have facilitators who can speak on their terms because they have relevant life experiences and speak the truth to their situation and show where their actions lead and how hard recovery can be makes a huge impact. Maggi can’t bring that impact because she hasn’t lived it, but the facilitators they have, have been there and know it well.

The value to the community is great. GPS partners with organization who are already doing good work, but they bring leadership and a great background to an organization that may not know or have the resources to have the proven methods GPS brings.

The core areas of Sacramento show high substance abuse and homeless issues. GPS has these Three Pillars:

  1. Effective programming for life change.
  2.  Housing that incorporates effective programming.
  3. Enterprises who give people an opportunity to “earn as they learn.”

The hope is that with intervention there can be long-lasting and effective change.

Housing is significant because hard life transitions need some stability which can be a safe place to stay away from the challenges that brought them here. Effective help is Restorative; Relational; Practical; Compassionate & Dependable; Growth; and Safe & Stable. Effective programming cognitive behavior; social and emotional; increasing proactive factors.

Maggi imagines work force programs where companies let them “earn while they learn.’ Schools that have significant attendance and kids stay in school and graduate and break they cycle of dropping out.

Family is the foundation of the community. The best programs deal with the parents not just the kids in school. Their heart and minds need to change to have an effect on the kids and their futures.

Thank you Maggi for and interesting look into what you are building to help our community.

Next Week: Ron Linthicum, our Community Prosecution Officer.

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