Three Organizations Receive Funding for Youth Arts Programs

Focus Forward, Milestones Jazz, and Woodward Shakespeare are the latest CARC grant recipients

Three organizations received funding for youth arts programs totaling $2,400 over the past three weeks.  Focus Forward received $1,000 for their U-Turns Allowed magazine highlighting juvenile justice youth turning their lives around, Milestones Jazz received $900 to lower tuition for their youth jazz training program, and $500 went to Woodward Shakespeare to provide a stipend for a youth composer’s original song or incidental music for The Tempest production next summer.  Composers are picked through a judged contest.

Cultural Arts Rotary cultivates creativity through service.  Meeting every Tuesday noon at Arte Americas, funds are raised through fundraisers to benefit the community, with a particular focus on youth arts.

October 22, 2013 Meeting Recap

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We welcomed visiting Rotarians Susan Anderson (Fresno Club) and Skip (North Fresno Club – who was also Claudia’s guest); Paul reintroduced Rich Withers; Cynthia introduced Gloria of Gloria’s Catering (guest of Cynthia and Shirley); Gloria brought and served the most wonderful authentic peach cobbler and sweet potato pie in the world!  She provided those great treats at Storyland and Jazz.  Her contact info for Soul Food, Mexican Food and much much more is 559-790-3669.

INDUCTION:  Jackie introduced Claudia Habib, and read the most wonderful bio.  Claudia has done so much and is a natural part of CARC.  President Jerry inducted Claudia, and incorporated a quote by founder Paul Harris:  “I believe Rotary will live; if it lives, it will glow ever stronger.”  Welcome, Claudia!

President Jerry made the official presentation of the Big Check for $1,500 to Focus Forward for the annual fund raiser and their second magazine.  Nancy introduced her Board members Mort Rosenstein, Susan Anderson and Joe Oliveria, and thanked the Club for its support.

President Jerry presented a check for $900 to Jim Page for the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop, and Jim thanked the club, noting that the funds go to defray the tuition costs for the members of the group.

Becky noted that she received wonderful letters from the two children she is supporting for the International Children’s Network, who were here earlier in the year.

Sally reminded everyone of the upcoming Big Picture School fund raiser this Saturday night.  It will be held at St. Alfonse church, rather than at Ann’s as originally scheduled, as Ann’s husband Nat’s mother is critically ill and in hospice.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ann and Nat and their family.  Contact Sally or Jon Morse for details of the fund raiser.

Richard noted there will be a Christmas Gifts and Food for selected families, teams will be announced, and the gifts will be wrapped at Fresno Rescue Mission and delivered to the families by the teams on Saturday, Dec. 14

Thanks to Michael for sending out menus, and to Sally for sending out the calendar for the balance of the year.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Honorary Rotarian and Tehipite Principal Yvonne introduced and told about Julianne Torrez for embodying the Character Trait of Acceptance Student of the Month.  Our Students are always inspiring and very high achieving.

PROGRAM
Our member Rotarian Salam gave a brief overview of the EOC Program for Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the micro lending program and the work it does making loans to and  supporting small business start ups.  He noted they have loaned out in excess of ten million dollars since its inception.  He said SCORE made a request for CDFI to a returning veteran who was seriously wounded in the military, has sustained 33 major surgeries, and formed a small laser business.  Salam introduced that returning vet and his wife,  Al and Christy Kroell, who have formed ChristyAl Plaques and Engraving.  CDFI Business Development Manager Jeremy Hofer showed a great video depicting the national Sargent Schriver Award for Self Sufficiency to the Kroells.  Al and Christy talked about their experience and their work, and showed examples of their great work.  They told their story of overcoming great odds to form the business, and expressed appreciation to EOC CDFI for supporting their effort.  Al offered two great quotes:
“When you stop working for money and start working for people, it changes everything.”  and
“From Nightmares of the Past, to Dreams of the Future.”
Great inspiration.  Their contact information is www.caplaques.com   559/338-0275

ROTARY SIGHTING:
Jackie and Sandy presented the thank you plaque to Zen Wok Fusion for donating great food to Storyland and Jazz.  They expressed interest in contributing again next year!  We said we’ll be in touch!

October 15, 2013 Meeting Recap

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sally needs help moving chairs on Friday’s VCC Conference. Sally said there is need for more Silent Movies at Warnor’s sponsors to bring in more youth.

Jackie read an email from Brenda Critzer, Storyland, with need for volunteers (that email being forwarded separately).

Terri noted invitation to teachers meeting from Rotarian Yvonne, Principal of Tehipite (Terri forwarded that email).

Nene noted Arte partnership with CSUF and upcoming hosted reception – that email will be forwarded, also.

New member Robert Ware announced that Philharmonic Maestro Theodore Kuchar has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
Robert also announced the University series is featuring this and future years’ Van Cliburn Award winners.

Laurel announced upcoming events with students, including ArtHop in November. Contact her for details.

Hilary said she would match any money in the end polio cartons on each table.

BRAG BOARD
Becky announced she has been invited and accepted a position on the Playland-Storyland Board of Directors. Way to go, Beck!!! We will be well represented.

Becky announced upcoming events at Storyland, including Spooktacular on October 26. She has tickets.

Jon signed for announcing student he brought in the past, Noah Humphrey, spends time with his family serving the homeless and is also volunteering at Storyland.

Jon also announced upcoming fund raiser for Big Picture School – contact him for details.

Jackie signed for having her name in the paper for speaking at the service for her long time friend Cathy Rehart.

GUESTS
Paul introduced Rich Withers, Engineer and General Manager, KFCF, Fresno Free College Foundation.
Ann introduced Barbara Vanrozeboom.
Lilia introduced Julian, new Arts Director at Fresno Arts Council.
Jackie introduced Claudia Habib, who will be inducted next week.
Jackie introduced Gail Duffy, Executive Director of Childrens Services Network.
Elva introduced Nene, who indicated she may finally be worn down. It’s about time – she belongs with us!

INDUCTION
Larry read a most impressive biography of Dr. Robert Ware, recently retired from CSUF but still very active in the community, and Jerry inducted Robert. Robert said he has found warmth, fellowship and contacts here, and is pleased to become a member.

PAUL HARRIS QUOTE
Jerry presented his Paul Harris quote of the week: “Many an individual’s outlook is different after becoming a Rotarian. That new Rotarian learns to see more clearly the opportunities for community service at home and a more noble service to the world abroad. Rotarians become the mainsprings of almost every kind of worthy endeavor.”

PROGRAM
Rotarian Ann Dellavalle introduced her friend Barbara Van Roseboom, President of the Quilter’s Guild. Ann shared that her great passion in life is volunteerism, which began at the age of 10 with Girl Scouts and FHA. Taking advantage of volunteer opportunities opened many personal and career opportunities in her life, including Director at Storyland, which was originally started by Junior League, where she was a member and volunteer. She said she learned three important things from volunteering:
One: Doing something good for others
Two: Doing something good for yourself
Three: Can be great stair-step (Storyland Directorship was an example for her)

Ann talked about the Quilter’s Guild, noting it is a 501(c)3, and read a list about many of their community projects (see list in photo album), including comfort quilts, baby envelopes for documents for stillborn infants’ parents, and scholarships. She talked about the need for community support, citing the high costs of quilting supplies. There was great discussion with questions and responses.

Welcome New Rotarian Robert!
It’s a pleasure serving with you in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

October 7, 2013 Recap

Here is a link to pics of a very special meeting (aren’t they all!).

We welcomed some very special guests today! It was wonderful to see Judge Armando Rodriguez here, and to welcome visiting Fresno Club Rotarian Patty Thornton. Jackie re-introduced returning guests Shannon Eizenga and Claudia Habib; Larry re-introduced Robert Ware; and Jon Morse introduced students Jordy DiPrimo, Jesus Lee and Yolanda Challa. He talked about their involvement in the arts and noted he is seeking opportunities for them to shadow or be involved in any way.

BRAG BOARD
Jackie signed for renewing her driver’s license today without having to take the vision test, and again for the lovely top from Jill (check the photo – isn’t it great! Thank you, Jill!); Paul signed twice for getting up at 4 every morning to share long distance with wife Patience, who is studying public policy at Cornell in upstate New York; Sue signed for her eye surgery saga, and thanked Sandy for picking her up and getting places – she’s seeing double right now, so we’re all looking good twice!; Jerry signed for the great talent guest Shannon showed when performing recently in God of Carnage; Elva signed for Suzanne, who is busier than ever after her recent marriage to long time partner Frank Reavis (photos were sent), and she signed a second time for Armando’s late wife, our beloved Betty, and noted there is a beautiful tribute to her in the current Day of the Dead exhibits at Arte; Laurel thanked everyone for their support for the Alzheimer’s Walk, noting the overall goal has not yet been made, but she reached her goal thanks to CARC support; and Larry signed for retiring (again) at the end of the year. Christine reported that Kepler School, Calaveras and Broadway, is having a student Art Hop this week and urged everyone to come by and see the students’ work.

President Jerry inducted new Associate Member Tricia Holt-Bowlby representing the Fresno Philharmonic. Jackie expressed appreciation for being Tricia’s sponsor and read a great bio – Tricia has done a lot and is now Director of Development for the Philharmonic, as well as lots of other community activities. We are so pleased to have her in CARC! Congratulations and welcome, Tricia!

ROTARY MESSAGE
President Jerry read a moving message about the elimination of polio worldwide, noting that the international effort by Rotary is the largest worldwide such effort in history.

PROGRAM
Our own Paul Pierce presented a wonderful, interactive program on Appreciation. He started by telling us that when recycling plastic bottles, remove the caps for better compression (thanks, Paul). He then talked about the importance of appreciation among and between everyone and had us partner up with someone we don’t know as well and share appreciation with each other, being sure to be good receivers as well as deliverers. It was a lovely experience and there was lots of good positive feedback. He distributed a nice little summary entitled Appreciation in Relationships.

It is a real pleasure to serve with you in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World! – Jackie Ryle

September 24, 2013 Recap

Photos from the meeting are online at this link.

Lots of wonderful guests, as always. Jackie re-introduced Tricia Holt-Bowlby, Fresno Philharmonic, CJ Cooper, Claudia Habib and Nene Casares (all in line for membership – hooray!); Nancy introduced her staff member Kristen McKelvey again, and promoted the Focus Forward Fundraiser at Arte on Thursday, Sept. 26; Sally introduced Joanne Price and Joanell Stevens; three wonderful young women from Talbot’s Fig Garden didn’t remember who invited them, but came to visit and we are delighted; Sandy noted Eric’s guest Dr. Robert Ware was back (also in line for membership!).

Our delightful Tehipite Middle School Students of the Month for the Character Trait of Caring were Azucena Ramirez and Vanessa Lopez, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and were introduced by Principal and Rotarian Yvonne,

Jerry’s Paul Harris quote for the day was: “Education is the finest weapon God has put in the hands of mankind. Education strengthens individuals to think clearly when facing adversity and consider solutions that benefit not the individual, but the collective whole of society.”

Laurel announced that 230 students turned out for the informational meeting to form the ONLY Cultural Arts Interact Club in the World! Interviews for officers are scheduled for this Wednesday. Thank YOU, Laurel. This is truly exciting. The kids are looking at involvement with Zoo Boo, with a water project in the Philippines, and in addition, Central Unified students will be performing in Storyland Theater on Nov 2. She also handed out great information on Central Unified’s Visual and Performing Arts Education for 2013-2014. Great great stuff!

Laurel also announced she had neared her sponsorship goal of $300 for the Alzheimer’s Event, and several members contributed to meet and exceed the goal. Thanks to all who supported this worthy cause!

Sally announced that she will attend the Honor Flight Program and handed out calendars for the remainder of 2013 meetings. She then introduced guest speaker, John Alkire, CEO of the Big Fresno Fair. John gave an exciting and truly informative talk on the Fair, noting it is still the largest public gathering between Sacramento and Los Angeles County; that the grounds are in use continually, with 3-4 events every weekend, totally some 210-220 events annually; that they are celebrating 130 years this year; that their mission is Celebrate – Educate – Have Fun!! The Fair generates some $68.5 million in new revenue to the County; they hire 1,040 people to run it; and they contribute $2 million to the local tax base. Along with a lot of other great stats, John announced they are forming a wonderful History Museum, much of which has been furnished through the generosity of the Caglia Family. Sally noted that after the first of the year, we will have a meeting there and tour the museum.

It is such a pleasure and honor to serve the community together in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World! – Jackie Ryle

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