September 9, 2011 Despite the great blackout of 2011, 15 intrepid Rotarians, our guest speakers from La Mesa Fair Trade, Anne Pacheco and Nancy Ryan, and Clara’s friend and Clint Black aficionado John Kenny , arrived at the meeting in great spirits. “Time is a problem when you are from the land of Manana”. So spake our Madame President as she introduced our speaker a few minutes late.
Promoting Fair Trade in the City of La Mesa And in LMS Rotary Nancy and Anne are members of the steering committee to make La Mesa Fair Trade Town. Their job is to encourage local merchants to purchase wholesale and sell at least two items which carry one of the Fair Trade emblems. In a city the size of La Mesa they need 14 merchants to participate. Of course, they also need consumers to ask for and buy Fair Trade goods. Items like, coffee, tea, soap, jewelry, gift items. This way, artisans can be assured of earning living wages, whilst adhering to environmentally sound practices; and consumers can know that their purchases are helping promote health, education and good stewardship of the land. Find out more at the La Mesa Fair Trade Gift Faire on Sunday October 16th from 8 -1pm, and at www.fairtradetownusa.org/towns/ca/lamesa Chatting with Mike Rossman after the meeting we discovered that Terra is already purchasing two Fair Trade Products, (Caffe Moto) so qualifies as a Fair Trade Merchant. (Strictly speaking La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Leadership 2011-2012 President Manuela Bump-Murillo Pres. Elect + Programs Hugo Murrillo Secretary Lynn DeHaven Treasurer Laurel Nishida
Terra is in San Diego, but who’s quibbling. By distributing the Green Mountain Coffee, the Club is halfway to being Fair Trade too. Peggy and Marilyn are committed to finding another item for us to sell and fundraise with so we can be “The First Fair Trade Rotary Club in District 5340”>.Maybe even the world. Great program. WHAT IS THE FAIR TRADE MOVEMENT? The Fair Trade Towns USA movement is described as “an innovative grassroots campaign to raise awareness of Fair Trade and build demand for Fair Trade products, thereby providing increased benefits for farmers, workers and artisans in Latin America, Africa and Asia.” There are certain criteria that a town must meet, including forming a steering committee, ensuring a certain percentage of fair trade is sold in the town, gaining media attention and the passage of a Fair Trade Towns Resolution by the local City Council. There are three Fair Trade Towns in California (Berkeley, Chico and San Francisco). La Mesa working to achieve Fair Trade Towns status. Thus far, the La Mesa, California campaign has formed a steering committee and their enthusiasm is palpable. They have begun outreach to local vendors, both those already selling fair trade and those that they hope will soon be selling fair trade. They are working on reaching out to the faith community and other community groups, and have already begun cultivating relationships at La Mesa City Hall. Also, followers of Fair Trade San Diego should keep an eye out for social media focusing on the La Mesa Fair Trade Towns campaign.
Membership LMSR Foundation RI Foundation Comm. Service
Lynda Ariella Christine Evans David Ballesteros Peggy Davis
This Friday September 16, 2011 A New Look at Bullying Behavior. Building Personal Resilience to Restore Peaceful Interactions Eden Steele, the founder and Executive Director of Interactions for Peace will address our club. She developed the Peace Patrol program to teach students how to become peaceful problems solvers. Today, Peace Patrols are found in communities throughout the world.
Save The Date: Nov. 4 & 5 District Conference – 100th Anniversary of San Diego Club 33 (i.e. Rotary in San Diego)
Vocational Public Relations Club Service Peace & PR
John Stremlau Floyd Morrow Janet Castanos Clara Harris
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary * Meetings each Friday 7:15 am * Terra Restaurant @ 7091 El Cajon Blvd.
District Conference ‘Bragging Board’ Project Right off the bat, Marilyn Sanderson was asking for members to select and print photos of Club projects for the bragging board to be displayed at the District Conference. 4” x 6” best quality on photo paper please. Deadline is October 10th.
It’s Good to Do a Make-up Peggy Davis recounted that she had made-up (even though she didn’t have to) at the Chula Vista Sunrise and all they did was extol the virtues of our Club including being the largest contributor to 1,000 Smiles (a program to surgically correct facial and palate deformities in children.)
Bullying Program - Friday’s Program Clara Harris reminded us that Eden Steele will be our speaker next week discussing the Bullying Behavioral Symposium at USD on October 15th. Drivers are needed for Peace Patrol students. See David Roberts for Youth Certification forms. Needs to be renewed every 5 years.
Let’s Go To The Theater on Oct. 16 Bill Bodry announced the 10th Avenue Theatres performance of The 26th Mile, to be performed on October 16th at 2pm. Bill has a block of tickets reserved. He also told us that Hugo, Rudi and Ken were great help moving in furniture to an ambassadorial scholar’s apartment. Prior to this band of heroes arriving, her walls and floors were bare. Now she is fully kitted out and very grateful.
More Interesting items... Marilyn’s cell phone rang, but we let her off without a fine as she is doing so many good deeds for the Club. .Janet drew out attention to an article about Manuela in the La Mesa Courier. The Editor has been very supportive and will be speaking at the Club on the 30th,
The Four-Way Test Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Our LMSR # 5 Is it FUN?
A thank you card from Eva Valenzuela was passed around. The Board approved a $200 gift for tuition at Grossmont College. Janet is helping her and she is doing great. Betty and Manuela are cooking up a scheme to provide money for women in Honduras to make baby blankets, by potting up cuttings and selling them at the garage sale. Save you plastic pots and flats.
Two More Projects Funded!! Congratulations to us! The District Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC) was pleased to award LMS Rotary Club $500 in District Designated Funds (DDF) for our Literacy project in La Mesa and $2,500 for our Wheelchair Repair project in Costa Rica.
Thought of the day: “ Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by and the only thing that’s wrong, is to get caught.” J.C. Watts
Read your Rotary Quickbits Each Friday Reporter - Christine Evans Editor - Christine Evans Publisher - Bobbi Warren Photos - Bill Pogue Contributing Writer - Bill Pogue
Lending a Helping Hand to our Rotary Scholars
These are from 9/10/11; Moni Kinyau from Kenya did not have a desk; only a bed and a night table. Linda Stouffer of GoldenTriangle Rotary told Moni's Host that she had a nice desk. The Host, Linda Kurth, called and asked if I could move it. I immediately called Ken Patterson; he said yes, we could use his truck. Ken and I got the desk from Linda in Mission Hills and had it transported and put together the next day in Moni's apartment, just as Ken and I, Hugo Murillo and others had moved other furniture last week into the Monicas aparment. Moni was really pleased with the beautiful desk, just right for the size of her apartment. This completed the complete outfitting of the apartment for the two Monicas, Rotary Global Grant and Future Vision Scholars at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. They will earn Master's degrees in one year (two year's study). Monica Ingarevalo and Moni Kinyau are most pleased with their outfitted apartments.
The Object of Rotary The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
Contributed by Bill Pogue
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Helix Interactors Needs Your help!! Helix Interact requests, invites, and needs some help to Barb-que hamburgers at the Helix Charter High School Football game on Friday, September 16, 2011 (next Friday), from 4:30pm on , but most help needed at 6:30 to 8:30pm.
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
In addition to being fun, you will get to meet some of our fine, Helix High School Interactors. Interact means “International Action”. Interact chapters are sponsored by Rotary Clubs. We sponsored and have been working with this club since 1992 or 4, when Jimmy Hwang’s son Wender and Bob James daughter and others started it, as a result of LMS Rotary approaching the school.Now, thee are about 25 fine members of Interact. From it, we have seen many fine scholars, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and outstanding achievments each year. David Roberts is our Interact Liaison, Kris Irving our Faculty Sponsor, and I am Asst Liaison. Let Kris (email@example.com) or David Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me know if you are coming, and at what time. Kris phone number is 644-1940 x 147 (619), and David’s is (619) 916-8284. My home phone is (619) 460-4678. Bill Pogue
FORTH: The advancement ofinternal understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons untied in the ideal of service.