October 9, 2017 ~ 6pm
Present: David Ballesteros, Marian Pavlovich, Maureen Duncan, Janet Mikelson, Amy Vegter, Scot Sargeant, Alan Rezner, Susan Rezner, Doreen Tate, Amy Shrift online
Meeting opened by our President Marian Pavlovich
Equador Grant G-1174 ~ Host club Manta and their District 4400 have come up with $3,000 to help fund the gap in funding. Amy reported that we are still tracking down the $4,000 DDF match by Fallbrook and need to send $1,000 from our club. She is leaving town in a week and may need to have Marian follow-up on this is she is not able to resolve before her trip. Andriana Alaracon is the main contact for this grant along with Felipe Razo and Maureen Duncan.
Train For Change ~ Teachers who went on the recent trip were recruited by Jeffrey Thiel from Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club. His club is holding a garage sale October 21st. We are invited to attend. Contact Jeffrey at 619-997-6604 for more information.
District Pathways to Peace Initiatives ~ The Rotary Model United Nations Program was developed in our District as a Pathways to Peace Initiative. Participants are given two current-day UN Resolutions to address, and will undergo a day of training in analytical and negotiating skills, what to expect at the actual Conference and then the students select the countries to which they will become ambassadors. It costs $750 to sponsor 2 students and an advisor to participate in the Program. Another project is a Peace Flag which costs about $100 and is installed at local schools. Janet offered to investigate the options and will bring them to a future meeting vote a vote of support.
Hurricane Relief: Puerto Rico District Fundraiser ~ Maureen will provide information regarding the giving options for the hurricane fund set up for this area by the District Governor. Doreen Tate just returned from 13 days spent as a volunteer in Miami providing hurricane relief with the Red Cross. She is hoping to become an International Red Cross Volunteer.
Whiteboards Projects in Equador ~ School is up and running and the whiteboards are in place. There is a plaque showing Rotary support including our EClub.
Other Club Events:
October 14 ~ Del Mar Club Live duck race
October 21 ~ Chula Vista Sunrise Club to host a garage sale to benefit Train for Change
October 23 ~ The Coronado Rotary Club is hosting a business mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
October 24 ~ World Polio Day
Other Member Announcements:
Tree Planting ~ Amy Shrift will document the number of trees planted this fiscal year. Alan is investigating planting a tree at William Heise or Cuyamacha College to honor a Parks Ranger known to him. Amy Vegter will document trees planted to be reported to the District.
David Ballesteros will be unable to attend the District 4400 Project Fair due to the health of his wife. Two of our international members will attend. David gave our treasurer a check for $200 as a donation to our club.
Next Meeting ~ November will be difficult for Scott and Marian as they want to enjoy their out of town guests coming in for their wedding. We discussed the idea of skipping the November meeting and having a meeting and holiday party in December. The group decided to combine the meeting and holiday party in to one event and consider having dinner in Tijuana. Claudia Torres has offered to locate a restaurant in Tijuana and the group picked December 7th as the date to be considered. Everyone present has a Global Entry pass.
Presentation by Maureen Duncan Cadre Representative for the Rotary Foundation
Maureen and Janet visited a project in Guatemala where Engineers Without Borders were involved with replacing a foot bridge. Maureen is normally involved in projects related to Education or Vocational Education but this one was consider an Economic Project. She was involved because school attendance was impacted by the lack of access to school using the bridge.
Three other projects were reviews of paperwork associated with grants:
- Homeless teens in LA were involved in a Welfare to Work Project. Normally grants occur in countries outside of the US. In this case, a club in Puerto Rico signed up to be the International Club and the LA Club was the host. Maureen determined that the project needed to establish a mentoring feature to make the project sustainable. An Intern Program was established and the grant moved forward.
- A bakery in Kenya was asking for funding. A Rotary Club in Austria was running a self-sustaining project that provided training to run a bakery. There did not appear to be a real need for additional financing of this successful project. She recommended a denial of this project.
- A project in Puerto Rico was requesting funds to purchase preschool training materials for a Head Start Program. Maureen was able to track down the project manager with the help of Carolyn Johnson. The Head Start program is heavily endowed and teacher training programs are in place. However, the materials being requested while outside the normal curriculum were recognized as having a great impact. With this input, Maureen was able to recommend approval.
Maureen also talked about the importance of sustainable grants with measurable results. Unfortunately measurements are still mostly numerical.
Maureen’s presentation led to a discussion of projects being suggested by club members. The success we have had with two Global Grants has been due to the fact that these grants were heavily supported by other clubs. The Equador Grant was funded by the compassionate response of District Clubs to a need for emergency relief. The Train for Change grant was spearheaded by the passion Maxi had for this project. Her presentations to other clubs led to grant support. This fiscal year the focus will be on managing the two grants in place.
Our members are not short on project ideas and several are interested in Global Grants (which require a minimum of $30,000 in club funds). However, as our club has budget constraints, we need to be more thoughtful about our project development. Members wishing to submit a small grant idea for next year’s District Grants cycle can work on developing a concept and budget using Maureen’s grant guidelines. We can only submit one grant to the District for matching funds for Club donations. Club support would depend upon club member financial support of the project and outside donors. It was suggested that members focus more on bringing forward projects that need sweat equity rather than just funding.
Respectfully Submitted by
Alan Rezner, Secretary
Note: Doreen Tate was added as a club member in July when our Secretary was on vacation. She was still showing as a member of her previous club as of the date of this meeting. This has been corrected.