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May—June , 2009
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e have slowly added new features over the past few years to the Rotopeka and the website. We’ve experimented with live streaming our meetings, we connect with many of you through Facebook and Twitter and we have found a really exciting and innovative way to share the Rotopeka with you online. We’ve been mentioned in the Rotary International magazine, The Rotarian and on more than one occasion, the Rotopeka has been viewed by more than 1000 people worldwide.
With the Rotary International Convention just around the corner, we are going to use the power of the internet and social networking to bring you coverage of the convention. We’ll include many of the live streams of information, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter directly to our website and our other affiliated pages to keep you up to date on everything Rotary. It’s our way of using the tools we have to communicate more effectively with you and to share the Rotary International experience, even if you can’t be there. Make sure you visit our website during this time, not just for the Rotary International Convention updates, but to check out the newsletter in its digital form. We understand that the layout and design of a traditional paper newsletter is important, so we’ve kept that same format for you to read on your screen. Even more importantly, there is no cost to print the Rotopeka this way and it’s published instantly. Check the digital version and let us know what you think. Drop me an email at email@example.com and share your thoughts.
Rotary on the Web
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Rotary Club Website— www.downtowntopekar otary.org
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What you may have missed
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Minutes from May Board of Trustees
Secretary’s Report: Approved as presented. Moved by Alvin, seconded by Glenda.
Rotary Club of Topeka Officers
Treasurer’s Report: Accepted as presented. Moved by Blanche, seconded by Terry. Gary also reviewed the preliminary 2009-10 budget and 2008-09 projections. April 30 Membership: 196 Resignations: were received from Kevin Graham & Margart Warren, Blanche moved to accept, Susan seconded, passed. New Member proposals: for Scott Gales & Marilu Balista were presented, Henry moved to approve, Gordon seconded, passed. Leave of Absence Request: from Carole Ries was approved, April 1 to September 30. Attendance Privileges: were approved for Bill McBride and Charles Jeffress. Annual Banquet: will be the last Thursday of June. Golf Tournament Update: Henry reported it made over $5,000 profit. RYLA: Susan reported that eight registrations have been awarded. Next board meeting: will be June 10 at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Meeting adjourned. Respectfully submitted, John Wall
PRESIDENT—Kirk Johnson PRESIDENT-ELECT—Terry Wages VICE-PRESIDENT—Gordon Lansford TREASURER—Gary Knoll SECRETARY—John Wall SERGEANT AT ARMS—Mike Locke Board Members David Beck Alvin Dvorak Glenda DuBoise Fred Gatlin Jennifer Haller Henry McClure Joy Moser Blanche Parks Susan Mauch Past President—Joan Wagnon
THE ROTOPEKA Editor—Greg Hill
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Message from the President
By Kirk Johnson, President
o, our Rotopeka Editor, Greg Hill didn’t decide to play a late April fool’s joke on me, I asked that the ―Unhappy Face‖ replace my photo for this addition of our newsletter. You see, we won’t receive the Presidential Citation for the 2008-09 Rotary Year. The Rotary Club of Topeka has received the award for a number of years, and I feel badly that we won’t during the year that I have been privileged to be president. So where did we come up short? Only one area – MEMBERSHIP. The goal set by our District Governor should have been pretty easy. The goal at the beginning of the year was a net increase of just 1 member. Unfortunately we have had a net loss of 5 or 6 members. Although we have added several good new members, we have lost more through deaths, job changes and quite frankly, some who have lost interest in Rotary. I am naturally an optimist and try to keep a health perspective on even bad news and events. When I was reading the reminder from District Governor Vicki that the Presidential Citation certification forms were due, and knew that we didn’t qualify, my mind quickly put together a list of all the others things that we’ve done this past year, many of which we have consistently done for a long time. This list reads as follows: Literacy – we promote literacy though gifts of books to East Avondale, Scott Magnet school and dictionaries to all 5th graders in the 501 District. We also provided scholarships though the Washburn Woman’s Alliance to deserving, non-traditional students. Polio Eradication/ Polio Plus –We will raise approximately $5000 for this effort from our 1 st Annual Golf Tournament. This event will surely be bigger next year. Every Rotarian Every Year – we will provide over $16,000 to the International Rotary Foundation to provide program funding. We also have 5 members of the Paul Harris Society, contributing $1 000 per year to the International Rotary Foundation. Commitment to Youth – we will sponsor 8 young people to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy and we successfully sponsored the 3 rd Youth Vocational Day. We also sponsor the Interact Club at Topeka High School. International Service/Promotion of Peace and Understanding – We provided $2500 for international students at Washburn University, participated in the Group Study Exchange with the Philippines and will host aRotary Youth
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June 18—Brad Allen, GSE Team Member—Highlights of GSE Experience June 25—Janet Hamberg, University of Kansas—Motivating Moves® for Healthy Living July 2—Annual Banquet at TCC, No Noon Meeting July 9—Terry Wages, Rotary President - Rotary International Convention Report
What does Rotary Do?
The next time you are asked what our club does, remember all the wonderful projects we have helped make a reality. Here are several of those projects: Christmas in April Help with TARC Winter Wonderland Dictionaries in School Dental Screenings Scholarships for Washburn Students Florence Crittenden Services RYLA Vocational Day for Junior High Sponsor Ambassadorial Scholars Christmas Bureau Sponsor East Avondale Activities Polio Reconstructive Surgery— India Cataract Surgery—Pakistan Ambulance Project—Bangladesh Medical Team—Panama Shelter Box Books for Peace Corp Volunteers And Much, Much More
Health and Childhood Mortality – though a district matching grant and partnerships with other organizations, we made possible an ambulance for a hospital serving a very poor area in Bangladesh. Promoting Rotary in the Community - Blanche Parks and others have done a fantastic job in letting the press know about Topeka Rotary, our events and successes. This promotes the ideals of Rotary. Additionally, our club contributes to District 5710’s success through the following individuals: Stan Teeter—District Treasurer, Chair Strategic Planning Committee Larry Dimmitt—District Finance Committee Chair, Foundation Chair Dick Knoll—Assistant District Governor Staci Williams—District International Service Chair, GSE Committee Phil Coolidge—Outbound GSE Chair Hurst Coffman—Permanent Fund Giving & Benefactors Chair
O. K., that was therapeutic, and I feel better, but do I feel alright about not meeting our membership goal? NO. We all need to redouble or efforts to recruit vital new members who will help our club do good things to help others in our community and beyond. I do feet great about our club and the good things we will accomplish in the future.
Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
Alaskan students go digital
By Peter Schmidtke Rotary International News -- 15 June 2009
A close-up photo of a sleepy-eyed Labrador retriever. A family crest reproduced on a class blog. A two-minute movie featuring a bear catching fish in a rushing, clear river. These varied projects were all produced by students in Soldotna, Alaska, USA, using digital cameras, editing software, and printer/scanners purchased through a District Simplified Grant and contributions from the Rotary Club of Soldotna, the city, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. During the 2008 academic year, elementary through high school teachers at four schools used the 51 cameras and supplementary equipment, valued at $15,000, in their classrooms for a variety of lessons, including a digital pen pal project with schoolchildren in Russia.
"With third graders, we were doing a lot of teaching of how to use the camera and download the images onto the computer," says John Pothast, Redoubt Elementary School principal and president of the Soldotna club. "What we found out is that our third graders had no knowledge of any of that." By the end of the year, Pothast says, the students were taking photos and incorporating them into storybooks and PowerPoint presentations. Older students used the equipment in digital video, photography, and yearbook courses. Club member and project leader Joe Kashi also worked with teachers to link the Alaskan students digitally with students in six Siberian schools in District 5010, which includes parts of Canada and Russia as well as Alaska. The project is in its infancy, but some students have already made international connections, exchanging e-mails and photos. "This piqued interest from Belorechensk students in things they previously did not pay attention to, such as Russia selling Alaska," says Past District Governor Vladimir Donskoy about the approximately 20 Russian students who have corresponded through the aid of a Google translator. "Now they seem to understand why Alaska has many Russian geographical names." Communicating outside the district, 24 fourth graders in Jason Daniels's class in Soldotna have been interacting through a blog with students from an English-language school in Moscow. In addition to featuring posts about class outings such as an ecology trip, the English-Russian language blog provides links to students' photos and writings. Daniels included the digital exchange in social studies and geography lessons and held a digital photography contest in his class. "Our long-term intention would be to get a Pan-Arctic digital pen pal project going involving Scandinavia and northern Japan as well," says Kashi.
Fourth graders at K-Beach Elementary School in Soldotna, Alaska, USA, show the blog on which they've posted photos taken with Rotary club-funded digital cameras. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Soldotna
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