Posted on Oct 12, 2018

My Girl Fundraiser Update - Brenda Wall

My Girl Fundraiser Update-Brenda WallBrenda Wall shared that the inspiration for this fundraiser came from Ardis about three years ago, when she asked what Rotary was doing to help girls across the world who miss school due to menstruation. Wendell Verduin had been doing projects through Side by Side South Africa, and their Game-Changer for girls proposal included microloans for women, health classes for girls and training sewists to make washable, reusable menstruation kits so girls could stay in school. Our International Services Committee held their fundraiser at My Girl in Kingston, and although their goal was to raise $5,000, they raised over $53,000 They turned the money over to a Side by Side staff member in South Africa. The sewists are now making 800 kits per month, the mothers and grandmothers often attend the health trainings, and Coca Cola is now ordering from Side by Side in S. Africa, to distribute the kits. In 2019 the International Service Committee wants to secure a global grant, find a donor willing to match funds, and ask to do the highly successful fundraiser again! 
 

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and Team

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and TeamYouth Court - Mike Merringer and Team
Patty Bronson, Todd Dowell, Ken Parker, and Mike Merringer thanked the club for their grant that funded meals and T-shirts for their student volunteers, and explained what Youth Court is and how it works. Youth Court is a diversionary program for juveniles with 1st or 2nd minor offenses. They face a jury (and judge) of their peers, in a court of student volunteers (paired with mentors), who act out ALL the positions of the court. Students learn about law and justice in mock trials of real cases, and then debrief with adults afterwards. The program runs during the school year, and students earn volunteer community service credits. Although they don’t have hard data yet on the efficacy, the recidivism is very low (10-20%), and most offenders feel they were treated fairly.
 
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
 
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration 
 
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano.
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano. 
 

Additional News

  • Update from the board: Tom Eckmann stepped down from Professional Services Committee, and Steve Garfein stepped in as the chair. 
  • Business Meeting: Kristi Sutton confirmed that we had a quorum. We passed a motion to nominate Meredith Green for District Governor!