Rotary E-club of San Diego Global
Attending: Katya Hernandez, Alma Sousa, Susana Brijades, Marian Pavlovich, Scot Sargeant, Janet Mikelson, Claudia Torres, Carmen Diaz, Maureen Duncan, Amy Vegter, Diane Freeman, Maxie Gluckman
Marian opened the meeting with a welcome and a list of announcements:
- She started with an introduction of one of RECSDG’s newest members, Carmen Diaz from Tijuana. Carmen has been involved with Rotary for many years, as a Rotaract member and then as a Rotarian of the Coronado Binacional and Tijuana clubs. She is very excited to be a part of our club and expressed her interest in continuing to help others.
- Claudia Torres, and our newest member, Carmen Diaz, along with Alan and Susan Rezner, represented our club as greeters at the San Diego International Airport on January 18th. Hundreds of District Governors from around the world gathered in San Diego for their annual training. Afterwards, the four of them were acknowledged at a special reception later that week. Claudia, fortunately, secured a banner with the motto for the next Rotary year and passed it to our club.
- Maxie Gluckman, President-elect gave us a quick recap of her most recent trip to Honduras. She indicated that reports are on their way, and that there has been a lot of success with the training of the new cohort of teachers. More than five thousand students have been impacted to date and as a result of this grant are receiving a better education. In the next weeks, Maxie will be attending PETS in Los Angeles to help prepare for her role as President for the 2018-2019 year.
- Nominations for new term leadership roles are requested. Elections will be held in March. The roles of Treasurer, Secretary, and VP of international projects will need to be filled. Members are asked to consider their role in the club and how they would like to serve the club in the next year.
- An ongoing book drive for schools in Liberia, Africa has been established by the La Mesa Sunrise and El Cajon Rotary clubs. They need volunteers to help organize the books into shipping containers. They will be gathering at a warehouse off of Morena Blvd. each Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm to sort the books. Our club would like to assist and an email will be sent with further instruction.
- Our Grant for Ecuador Earthquake Relief is in process. Training for beneficiaries has begun. The President of the Manta Club has indicated a lot of support and gratitude to our club. Pictures will be posted on facebook.
- District 5340 Training Assembly will be held on March 24th from 8:30- noon. A grants seminar will follow. This is a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians in our district and exchange ideas.
- Thursday, February 22nd will be the date for our next meeting. Attendance is very important as we will have our District Governor, Scott Carr addressing our club.
- Third weekend of May is Tecate Smiles. Tricia Hunter along with a medical team of other nurses and doctors will be performing various surgeries on children with cleft-palate deformities in Tecate, Baja California. Volunteers who would like to assist and see the grant in action, are more than welcome.
- Maureen Duncan, has been designated with the very important post of co director of the Rotary International cadre for Economic Development. Maureen mentioned and encouraged for all of us to write input online. Please follow the following steps: “My Rotary” website (Homepage (dropdown menu) /Exchange Ideas/Discussion Groups/Cadre Economic Development (EDC)/Economic Development Project Areas and How to Assess Community Needs)
- Special Presentation was delivered by Susana Brijades, a leader of the Banati Organization. Full recording is found on the Rotary E-club of San Diego Global facebook page and powerpoint will be emailed to all. A group tour of the site and volunteer trip will be coordinated with Tijuana Rotarians to allow us to better understand the impact of this potential grant opportunity.