Newsletter – December 11, 2018

Pledge: John Gabriel

Invocation: Tim Cahill                                                                                           WE ARE DARK ON DECEMBER 25th and JANUARY 1st.

Prez Tommy recognized Al Cady for doing so much to keep the club running and so much of it behind the scenes. Al asked if anyone has seen our stand up Rotary Sign that has been missing since the event at William Pond Park. Please check to see if you picked it up by mistake.

Happy Bucks: Jenny Davini gave happy bucks because her brother just retired from the Air Force and drove cross country to see her. Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks for attending the Laurel Ruff Party and learning that Cathy Skeen is really a “Lunch Lady” at heart! Al Cady gave happy bucks because Paul King and Michael Caplan took over for him doing the cooking and did a tremendous job! Matt Ross gave happy bucks for the opportunity to play Santa again at Laurel Ruff. Patt paid happy bucks to thank everyone who attended the Laurel Ruff party and made it such a successful event.

Randy came in late to find he didn’t have a badge in the suitcase because Carolyn Lewis stole it to wear because she can’t find hers. Carolyn was fined a dollar, so Randy paid a dollar fine and stole another badge for Carolyn!

Rotary work day—on January 5, 2019, as part of our grant to El Camino High School, we will work in the new Black Box Theater doing whatever needs to be done to complete the project. We will have a BBQ afterwards.

On January 29, 2019, we will meet at Fast Break Tech. This vocational visit brought to us by Steven Walker will include lunch at their facility.

Prez Tommy wanted to thank Les Gudger and Randy Friedman for putting together a wonderful Christmas Party at Del Paso. He also thanked Patt, Michael Caplan and Matt for their work on the Laurel Ruff Holiday Party.

Prez Tommy wanted to pass the hat once again for Dyer Kelly Coats. Carroll Cook says we have delivered 104 so far and he will match any donations made today.

Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis are updating the website and would like any pictures you may have taken from events or meetings to put on the site.

Matt Ross made his first appeal for Rotary International Foundation. It’s that time of year to think of making 2018 donations and Matt is ready. He will also send out a link where you can do it by credit card. Remember, he will hound you with emails until you donate something—we want to continue our EREY status—Every Rotarian, Every Year. There are no matching funds this year, the funds have been allocated elsewhere. Remember, anything you donate goes towards your next “Paul Harris Fellow.”

Dr. Tina Jordan is our speaker today. We welcomed her back to talk more about the Guardian Scholarship Program she is involved with at Sacramento State University. Dr. Jordan received her Masters at Sac State and her Doctorate at UC Davis. She has been involved with the Guardian program since 2006.

The program is for students who have spent time in the Foster Program and are having difficulty negotiating the college process without guidance. Dr. Jordan is pleased to work with Dr. Nelson, the President of Sac State whose goal it is to increase 4-year graduations from the low of 8%.

During her undergraduate schooling, Dr. Jordan spent 2 years in Koto, Japan. This experience taught her about living in a different culture and learning to assimilate into the culture. The Guardian Program takes former foster youth, some with traumatic pasts like attending 12 different schools, and helps them assimilate into the “college culture.” They do this first by helping them with the admissions process, housing, support both emotional and financial. Many of these students go into Social Work because that is what they know best after going though the foster program.

One of the major priorities of the guardian program was to have their own home community. On January 25, 2019, they will hold the Grand Opening of a new center dedicated to the Guardian Program. There will be counselors, lab work space with computer stations. This will provide a safety net for the students in the program. This space was made possible by donations from “Ticket to Dream”, and “Power to Soar.” In a space like this they can have peer to peer workshops to learn how to navigate the college culture and using grades to direct their pro-grams to fit their needs. It is important for the counselors to keep in contact with the students as well as mentors who are assigned to them.

They have held 2 retreats at the Embassy Suites to start this work before this new space was finished. Now this work can continue on a constant pace. There is a 90% retention in the program with a 94% graduation rate. The average grade point is 2.74.

The program is looking for mentors who would like to volunteer to help students in the program. A mentor can help with guidance a parent might offer like help thinking of where to find a summer job, or what type of class schedule would lead towards the final goal.

Thank you Dr. Jordan, for bringing us up to date on this important program.

Next week: Member Social……eggnog included!

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: bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick& hosted_button_id=22P69BNQYD9ZN

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