Empire House Urban Palate
September 20, 2018 ~ 6:17 pm
Present: Amy Vegter, Carmen Diaz, Juan David, Emma Aguirre España, Jose Maurilio Melendez, Felipe Razo, Marian Pavlovich, Maxie Gluckman, Sandra Schrift, Janet Mikelson, Lilia Rendon, David Ballesteros and Amy Schrift online
President, Maxie Gluckman, opened our meeting with a new structure. Moving forward each meeting will begin with a theme of personal reflection. This meeting’s theme was focused on what makes us proud. We went around the room sharing a few of the people in our lives that makes us proud. And also wrote down things that we are proud of ourselves for. Some members felt it was harder to write about themselves.
The subsequent exercise in this reflection covered why it is important to be positive. Members agreed it is important to be positive because it is contagious, good for one’s own health, makes everything better in life, etc.
The discussion concluded with the importance of our positivity as rotarians to the greater community.
Afterwards Maxie gave the group an Honduras Grant Update. In the beginning of July another teacher training program was led primarily by the first cohort of teachers that completed the training. Maxie noted that it was fantastic to see the local teachers taking on leadership to train the subsequent groups of new teachers. With the grant the teachers and students would also benefit from new literature. They also built and inaugurated a library room where children from all grade levels could have access to books. Her report concluded with a statistic that made all club members very satisfied. In 2017, 2113 students were impacted. A year later, 2018, 2462 students. With this outcome more and more students are receiving a better education, more motivated to staying in school, and teachers in turn are getting the support, training and resources they need to help.
A special presentation was then delivered by Director of Development for Triple B Adventures, Juan David. Triple B Adventures is a 501 3c that helps veterans transition back into normal life using skills and activities they are comfortable with. An example Juan provided was campfire therapy. All ages and classifications of veterans are welcome. Usually they do two activities per month for the veterans. One local activity and the other outdoors in another location (e.g. Big Bear). They tend to focus on activities they are familiar with. For example, archery since it resembles shooting. They also encourage the veterans to provide survival courses to the community. These activities help them segway into a new life back home. Juan David is a veteran himself and mentioned the importance of helping our servicemen and women adjust. He is happy to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to this.
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President Maxie then led a discussion regarding the future focus our club. Five areas were presented:
1) Club Service; 2) Vocational Service; 3) Community Service; 4) International Service; 5) Youth Service.
Members present voted and decided that we would like our greater focus to reach community and international service. We also agreed that we have to make a commitment to attend more events and projects as members. Maxie encouraged all of us to attend more events in the community and will dedicate a moment at each meeting where we can all share “causes we care about”, she also suggested us to have pictures to share.
The discussion then shifted to our own community project, our peace pole. Jose Maurilio mentioned that his sister, a teacher at the Sweetwater District proposed it to her administrators, however given that it is public it is not permissible. Instead she suggested a charter school since they have more autonomy. He will continue to explore which schools could be contenders for the peace pole. Alternatively, he also proposed schools in Tijuana. However, given that many of our members live in San Diego it might be difficult. Our guest, Lilia Rendon, also a teacher suggested she would give us ideas on schools that would accept the peace pole. Marian then asked for a general consensus from members present on which message they liked the most. Members agreed that “Peace is Love” is easy to translate into many languages and gave Marian their approval to write it on each of the panels to get things underway.
Guest, Sandra Schrift announced the Pathways to Peace Seminar being held this year at USD on October 20th. She suggested that our club nominate a new Peace Chair to attend the seminar, as well as other members interested in learning more about the peace initiatives in our district. She highlighted that the model UN was one of the initiatives our district was well known for.
Finally, our club members present liked the new location and decided that the subsequent 3 months we will be meeting at Empire House in Hillcrest. The following presentations will take place: Corie de Anda from Mana, Helen Woodward Center, and A night to remember Prom. Tuesdays will be our new meeting days. Below are the proposed dates:
- October 16th
- November 13th
- December 11th
The club meeting concluded with two announcements. First, the induction of our newest member: Emma Aguirre Espana. Emma was officially pinned a new member and is very excited to be a part of our club. Second, a birthday cake surprise for Past President, Marian.