Newsletter – November 27, 2018

Pledge: George Prather

Invocation: Al Cady

Bell Ringers: Danny became a Bell Ringer to celebrate his son’s successful kidney surgery for an issue they detected in utero. Also for the great success of the Taco’bout a Fundraiser, and all the tremendous support from Arden Arcade Rotary along with Al Cady (the major sponsor), and Steve Turner who ran the bar. Al Cady became a Bell Ringer because he just returned from a GREAT vacation. He drove to Edmonton Canada, flew to Copenhagen then drove all the way to Seville Spain before driving back to Copenhagen and flying to Edmonton then driving back to Sacramento through Santa Fe, New Mexico! Jenny Davini became a Bell Ringer because her daughter’s floors are finally finished so she and her fiancé can move out of Jenny’s house! Duane Oliveria became a Bell Ringer because Cal has had 2 more victories and because he is celebrating his Birthday! He gave $50 for the 2 Cal victories and $69 for his 69th birthday!

Happy Bucks:
Steve Turner gave Happy Bucks because Al is home. Steve along with several helpers tried to do Al’s job as Sargent at Arms and truly realizes how much work Al does to prepare for the meetings. Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks because she has a 3-Thanksgiving weekend with a car trip thrown in for good measure! She is very thankful and noted that green bean casserole was served at all three! Rob Olmsted gave Happy Bucks because he has a super soccer player for a son who scored 10 goals in a tournament this weekend.

Michael Caplan was late so Prez for the Day, Mike Grace asked him “why did the turkey cross the road?” Michael didn’t know so he paid $1, it was “because the chicken had the day off!”

Fire Victim Relief through Rotary: send checks to:
Rotary District 5180 Foundation
4917 Olympia Court
Carmichael, CA 95608
Please note that it is for Fire Victims in the memo.
Or you can click on this link to donate electronically:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi- bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick& hosted_button_id=22P69BNQYD9ZN

 Announcements:
Christmas Party is Saturday, December 1st at Del Paso. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7. The 50/50 Raffle tickets are available and the drawing will be held that evening.

Carroll Cook updated the Dyer Kelly Coat Drive. He has delivered about 70 coats so far with another 20 coming from Larry McClure and 8 from Patt McCormick. Can we pass the hat again? Remember it is “Giving Tuesday!” Over the years we have donated more than 1200 coats to Dyer Kelly.

Patt McCormick reminded everyone not to come to Piatti’s next week. The Laurel Ruff Holiday Party takes place next week at 5325 Garfield Avenue. Please arrive at 10:00am and plan to stay until 12ish. Everyone is needed to put on this event.

There will be an important Budget Workshop next Monday (12/3) at 5pm at Howe Park. Tom would like as much input as possible. This is not a board meeting—it is open to all.

The next Board Meeting is on Thursday, December 6th at 5pm at Howe Park.

Tom Griffin has asked to retire from the Club. Thank you Tom, for your many years of service!

Randy reminded us he will still donate $20 to the Foundation in your name plus give you a special pound of coffee for your blood donation.

Our speakers today come from the new non-profit, Aging Up. April Johnson and Kacia Sakazaki are the Co-Founders of the program which received it’s 501 C3 in the Fall of 2017. April started by telling us a Story of Anthony who at 7 years old along with is twin 5 year old sisters entered the Foster Program. He was asked what was the best and worst things about the program and he replied that he felt so alone, unwanted and sometimes with placement changes he wasn’t even able to be with his sisters. He grew bitter and did poorly in school. His 8th placement was a man and he credits his foster dad and a mentor with changing his life around. His is now 23 and serves on the Aging Up Board.

Aging Up exists to empower youth with experience in the foster care program to successfully transition to adulthood. They achieve this through matching the foster child with a “mentor” who is a well-trained volunteer committed to helping youth. Without this opportunity, many foster children run the risk of homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, human trafficking and much more. Without help to develop coping skills along with life skills and close human ties, a foster child is often left to fend for themselves when they are aged out of the system. “Every kid is one adult away from being a success story.” Aging Up tries to provide that one adult in the form of a mentor. One on one mentoring is at the heart of what they do at Aging Up. Mentors are selected carefully. They must be able to provide one on one mentoring, positive recreation and independent living skill training. There is a strong healing power that comes from these relationships. The foster youth can use their time with a mentor as a lab to learn the skills they have not been taught. Once the exterior shell comes off they are able to connect, grow and succeed.

Aging Up also uses group activities like Meet Ups and group activities to strengthen the mentor/mentee relationship. The mentor provides a healthy adult role model.

Where do the foster children come from, how are they referred to Aging Up? They come from referrals from schools, teachers or social workers. The Foster Family is involved at the beginning and works with the mentor to forge the relationship. A child presented with the opportunity does not have to accept it, they have to want to be in the mentoring program. Aging Up spends a lot of time matching Foster children with the correct mentor. More male mentors are needed for the program. The youth in Aging Up’s program are generally 13-17 years old. All the various safety first rules are followed like going no more that 2 miles from home, expanding to Sacramento County and then after 6 months maybe a special requests approved. All mentors are background checked and have FBI clearance. Once they’ve been selected they receive 24 hours of training. They are expected to devote at least one year to the program.

REMEMBER—Laurel Ruff on Tuesday, December 4th, 10:00 AM.

Coats for Dyer Kelly still being collected

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