Empire House Urban Palate
November 13, 2018; 6:18pm
Present: Corie de Anda, Armando de Anda, Maxie Gluckman, Amy Vegter, Janet Mikelson, David Ballesteros, Emma Espana Aguirre, Maurilio Jose Melendez, Carmen Diaz, Marian Pavlovich Sargeant, Sandra Schrift, Susan Rezner, Amy Schrift (online),
President Maxie began the meeting by sharing a video titled, “Home Warsan” that depicts the life and thoughts of an immigrant. The takeaway being that no one leaves home for no reason, and it is not an easy life to live. Following this video we had a moment of silence.
She then led our group in discussing causes that we care about. Carmen Diaz shared with the group her experience as a volunteer in Ensenada at the Thousand Smiles clinic. She mentioned that she helped entertain the children with coloring books and nail painting before and after their surgeries. Maxie and Marian then shared their experience in being volunteers with the ACLU, helping guide asylum seekers that had recently arrived in San Diego. Maxie also spoke about her experience in volunteering with the Solana Beach Eco Rotary club planting trees and uprooting ice plant. Amy V. then shared with the club the opportunity to serve as a mentor to San Diego high school students interested in pursuing a career in business. Many of the students are first generation college bound and need guidance with the college application process.
Thereafter, Corie de Anda, director of MANA, a national latina organization delivered a special presentation to the group. She began by mentioning that she is a Rotarian of RC Route 78. She also promoted an upcoming fundraiser that her RC along with MANA organize to help benefit MANA. The event is a mariachi concert at the Escondido Center for the Arts held each year on the first Sunday of April. VIP tickets sell at $100, regular at $90. She then went on to describe that MANA is a national organization with local chapters. The North County chapter was established in 2009. The mission of MANA is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy. Currently the organization has 52 members. Many members come from a variety of careers and are dedicated to improving the lives of these young women. They help latina youth by mentoring them and by providing scholarships. Members of this network include organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists and Latina Sorority groups at local universities. Also, corporate sponsors include Sempra Energy, US Bank, and SDGE to name a few. Corie stressed that the main reason that latinas need this mentoring is because many of their parents are uneducated and do not speak English well. Latinas also have a relatively higher birthrate, drop out rate from school, and suicide rate. MANA’s flagship mentoring program, Hermanitas, promotes cultural identity and a proactive community involvement. Furthermore, they learn about career paths and famous latinas in each vertical. They are also taught about healthy relationships and how they can develop their own path. To learn more about MANA or become a member please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the presentation, Emma was pinned as the official Peace Chair for our club by Sandra Schrift, Pathways for Peace director. Emma gave a recap of her experience attending the conference and shared her interest in further promoting peace. Sandra then explained the opportunity for us as a club to host students for the model UN held at USD each year.
Upcoming Events/ Volunteer opportunities:
- Working with asylum seekers (ANYTIME, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/hJdWRci4cGtTFPmN2.
- Mentorships of high school students at SD High School, please contact Amy V.
- DECEMBER 15- visiting terminally ill children that have been diagnosed with cancer at the oncology ward of the General Hospital of Tijuana. If you cannot attend, you can help by donating ensure drinks for the kids, please contact Maurilio for more information.
- Also please take a look at the excel spreadsheet at https://goo.gl/forms/yAZ7iED33rSbMVH43 for general volunteer opportunities with other clubs from our district
- DECEMBER 11-Meeting, Pot-luck Holiday party
- JANUARY 15– Meeting w/ Mike Arms and Helen Woodward
- JANUARY 13– Volunteer at the SAN Airport as greeters to incoming District Governors from around the world. Please register at: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=a0af4b06-2fb5-4a50-94a8-4a59aab0c266
- If you register as a volunteer or host a DG for dinner that Wednesday, January 16th you will be invited to attend a special reception on JANUARY 17 where you will meet the incoming RI President
- FEBRUARY 12– DG Mel Gallegos Meeting