Newsletter Date: January 20
Meeting Date: January 14
Reporter: Sharon Garland
Monday: Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday: Rotary!
Don Saracen focused on the importance of teamwork quoting Stanley E. McCaffrey (RI President 1981-82)
“Rotary cannot achieve complete success without the participation and cooperation of all members of the team.”
Randy Dittmar announced that the dictionaries for Providence third grade students will be ready for delivery this week. Dictionaries can be picked up at Anthony Landi’s office in Cranston. Volunteers are needed to distribute the dictionaries to students by the end of February. See Randy to sign up.
Randy thanked the following members for joining him in placing bookplate labels inside 2,000 dictionaries: Richard Applebaum, Wendy Marcus, Mike Kelly, Anthony Landi, Richard Leone, Terri Adelman, Jan Feyler, Don & Cherie Saracen, Mary & Rob Brewster, Maury Ryan, Phyllis Fern, Sharon Garland, Anthony Hollingshead and Rob Black.
Providence Rotary Club will benefit from two performances at the Barker Playhouse: March 14 is Over the River and Through the Woods and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on May 16 – more details to follow. And June 6 will be Rotary Night at the Boston Pops.
Pete Brock for the Patriots providing the best playoff game in the NFL this year!
Don Saracen and others for the great Pats offense and defense plays.
Cap Willey for the Small Business Economic Conference held at Bryant last week. He was happy to give the RI House and Senate leaders a peace pipe!
Tiffany Bumgardner for her team, the Kansas City Chiefs - she’s cheering them on for a playoff win!
Art Norwalk in appreciation for the “invisible glue” that Richard Gregory and Walter Cotter provide to club operations by organizing the weekly newsletter reporters and inspiration speakers.
President Art introduced the Childhood Literacy Initiative as a new approach to increase literacy among Providence Elementary School students. For the past six months an ad-hoc committee, lead by George Babcock, has discussed ways to increase the impact of the Club’s financial and volunteer support.
George described the problems that impact children in the Providence schools every day. The recent dismal results from the RICAS test reinforce the need for action: Kizirian Elementary
15.8% English proficient and 10.46% Math proficient.
Based on our past work on literacy, Providence Rotarians have the passion, expertise and resources to make even more of a difference for Providence children. While the plan is still in development (including developing a budget) it includes more focus at the Kizirian School with the hope that additional financial and volunteer involvement would provide a model for other Providence schools in the future.
A major component includes a significant outreach to involve other collaborators, including literacy experts for technical support and businesses for financial and volunteer involvement.
While the program requires additional charitable support, there is a recognition that the club has other charitable interests for support. Additional sources of revenue will be explored.
Paul Segal explained that the club’s foundation each year has made small grants to many organizations in addition to supporting the Club’s literacy efforts with the purchase of dictionaries and books. The Foundation Trustees are evaluating making a combination of larger and smaller grants in the future. There will be no changes in how grants are awarded this June.
Terri Adelman described how Rotarians can increase their personal involvement with Kizirian students by volunteering to read to an individual child once a week (or at least twice a month.) It would be great fun for the students and Rotarians, and let the students know we are their partners.
George will keep the Club updated on the initiative’s progress and welcomes questions about the program.
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 22, 2019
Exec. Dir. of the Nonviolence Institute
Jan 28, 2019
Gender Equity
Feb 25, 2019
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