PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
September 2nd, 2015
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Aloha Rotary Ohana (Family)
This week it was an honor to be invited to the West Coast Rotary Young Professionals Summit. There were a little over 120 spaces which were all filled, with many applicants that couldn’t be selected. There was an almost even split of 60 (DLs) District Leaders which compromised of AGs, DGs, and DGEs and the other 60 were the YPs (Young Professionals) which consisted of Presidents, PEs, and past Presidents. Not knowing what to expect made it more exciting to see what was going to happen on this journey in life and Rotary.
We started our day on Friday at 7:45 am as we headed to the Berekeley campus guided by Mitty and Virginia. Along the way I started to talk with several DGs about their clubs and what they hoped to get out of the summit. The DLs and YPs separated and we weren’t going to see them until later that evening. We were greeted by Danielle who was one of the main architects of brining the RYPS to the West Coast. Her and Brad Howard worked on the format and structure of the Summit. We were then introduced to Jennifer Caleshu, whom is a Professional Leadership coach and she was excellent. We did a lot of activities in the morning. The activities consisted of getting to know each other, speaking in front of everyone, and working in teams on certain activities.
The first activity was breaking us into four groups and deciding what are the Goals For Today, Ground Rules, Hopes for Future, and Reflections of Yesterday. What was great is that we had to work together and develop the 4Qs which is
There were many creative ways that was used to present the information from doing skits, singing, dancing, etc.
The next was another exercise where we had to be split up in smaller groups and talk brainstorm 4 topics, Do Pros, Cons, Meme it without talking and then talk. It was another quick way to get to know everyone, while working as a team. Excellent team building exercise.
The next exercise was splitting into groups and figuring out how to brainstorm certain challenges facing YPs in being in Rotary and joining Rotary. We broke out into groups and worked brainstorming if we could have anything to make Rotary better and mind map them. The idea could be anything no matter how crazy it was. Then as a group we presented it. After that was done, we had to pick the top three from our mind map. Then we wrote it out and other groups did as well. From there our group and all the others wrote out the top three for everyone to see. Then we each got three stickers and voted on the ones we liked. We could vote on an idea 3 times if we wanted too. that was pretty much the end of the day for our training.
The next part is we all met at a social together with the DLs and YPs. It was a great social talking with all the other Rotarians. Overall, it was a great event and what a blessing to be there. I'll be putting up more pictures and talk about day 2 next week.
Lastly I'll be attending the VTT Presentation for Romania tonight at 5:00 pm. Here is some info about it:
Join us for a multi-club special presentation of the Rotary Interna-
Have a great week everyone and "Let's be a gift to the world". I'll leave you with a quote "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
West Coast Rotary Young Professionals Summit 2015
from left to right: Nicole, Harold, Wendy, and Me.
SPEAKER: BRINGING EDUCATION TO RURAL MEXICAN AREA, ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME
By: Daniela Garcia, Rotary News, August, 2015
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation.
In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the education of children in Nayarit since 2003, providing scholarships and libraries and rehabbing school buildings.
The lasting impact in the region is apparent.
“I think the combination of the scholarship program and Rotary’s interaction with the schools has made things seem possible, has changed the climate of education here, and the way the people think about education,” Day says.
One example of Rotary’s impact is Carolina Gonzales Rivas. She was able to attend high school thanks to Day’s scholarship program. Rivas is currently working on her master’s degree and has recently joined the Rotary Club of Jaltemba-La Peñita.
“I think that what Rotary is doing by supporting education and supporting students is to have a vision for life, to have aspirations – that’s what is going to change the world,” Rivas says.
The Rotary Club of Berkeley, in California, USA, along with the Bahia de Jaltemba-La Peñita club and other North American clubs, recently tackled their largest project to date: a monthlong renovation of La Preparatoria 20 de Noviembre , a high school in the village of Las Varas. Funding came from a Rotary Foundation global grant and the financial contributions of six Rotary districts covering the 25 Rotary clubs that participated.
A total of 90 volunteers including the school’s teachers, students, and students’ parents, improved the old buildings and built three laboratory classrooms. All three feature new equipment and technology and can be used by local residents as well as students.
Eduardo Dominguez, a member of the Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita club, says one of the biggest rewards of these efforts is the fact that a college education is now a real possibility for local students.
“There are many young people in Mexico with huge potential and with much to give, as long as they are given an opportunity,” Dominguez says. “Rotarians are helping those opportunities to occur, for [these young people] to become contributors to their communities.”
WHY DID YOU JOIN ROTARY?
By: Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary News, August, 2015
Jennifer Jacobson, a police constable in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, took part in a Rotary-sponsored Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Japan in 2009 after reading a post by a colleague and former participant.
“It was a life-changing experience, absolutely fantastic,” says Jacobson, who joined a physical therapist, a music therapist, and a retail manager on the trip. “Because they had limited translators, we went everywhere together and learned about each other’s professions. Our Japanese hosts made sure we experienced everything.
“What really hooked me on Rotary, though, was the experience I got from the Rotarians in Japan. The kindness and the support and the welcoming nature were overwhelming.”
A few years later, Jacobson was accepted into the three-month Rotary Peace Center program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. The experience cemented her decision to join Rotary.
“I had thought about it after the GSE but now I knew I had to,” says Jacobson. “Rotary has given me so much. I couldn’t not be a part of it.”
As a police department peace officer, Jacobson deals with child abuse cases and sometimes sees the worst of humanity. But the goodness she sees in her fellow club members keeps her excited about Rotary.
“When I go to those meetings one hour a week and I see people wanting to do good things in the community, I always leave feeling so happy,” she says. “I leave knowing there are really good people. That’s why I stay. That and the many good experiences I have had in Rotary.”
The Rotarian magazine recently asked members around the world to share their reasons for joining, and for staying in, their club. Here are some of their responses:
I joined Rotary to be a part of our collective humanitarian projects, and I have stayed because of the joy on the faces of beneficiaries each time we solve a need.
Chibuzo Hilary Asogwa
Rotary Club of Ekulu, Enugu State, Nigeria
I had a desire to give back to my community and the world. My father was a Rotarian, so I knew a lot about it. That was about nine years ago. I think what keeps me there is the friendships, not only with people in my local club but with Rotarians I’ve met from around the world.
Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, Ontario, Canada
As a disabled couple who are both Rotarians, we knew that our fellow Rotarians would see us as people, not disabled people, and would welcome our input into the community. And so it has proved for the last 10-plus years!
Rotary Club of Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, England
I joined to make a difference in my community. I’ve stayed because I am.
Heather R. Klein
Rotary Club of Alleghany County, North Carolina, USA
I joined Rotary after having been involved in a post-tsunami project in Sri Lanka in 2005. This was the first contact I had had with a Rotary club, and I was so impressed by the dedication of its members in their efforts to help others that I immediately applied to join my club in Stockholm when I arrived back in Sweden.
Rotary Club of Stockholm International, Sweden
Making friends, travel, and self-development attracted me to Rotaract. After a successful decade in Rotaract, I graduated to be a Rotarian. The bonding with Rotary family and the way projects are executed to benefit society at large helped me ascend to be a Rotarian.
Rotary Club of Thane Hills, Maharashtra, India
I sat down and figured out how much time I was donating, and how much more effective it would be as part of a club instead of doing it all myself. I joined for the service and stay for all the friends I’ve made. It’s nice to travel and instantly have friends wherever I go.
Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast, Illinois, USA
Honestly? I joined for business. But I stayed for the fellowship and causes.
Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, Ontario, Canada
The more I give back, the more I continue to get. Rotary moments, personal development, great friends, the joy of service — Rotary is the gift that keeps on giving!
Rotary Club of Waikato SunriseHamilton, New Zealand
I joined Rotary to render service to the downtrodden; I stayed because I found fun and friendship.
Rotary Club of Trans Amadi, Rivers State, Nigeria
Rotary inspires me to contribute to good humanitarian causes. My club is a great platform for service and fellowship.
Rotary Club of Sonargaon Dhaka, Bangladesh
Adapted from Global Outlook in the August issue of The Rotarian.
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