September 30, 2014 Lunch Meeting
Today's guest speaker, Jim Boyer, Youth Services Director.
Jim, as Youth Services Director, gave us an in depth presentation on Rotary Youth Services which includes Interact, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotoract Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Thank You Jim!
PRESIDING OFFICER: Aleta Frezzell
RECORDER: Jennie Katsaros
A food drive, Halloween Against Hunger, will be held on October 25th at Bergen Pac. Interact students will help and Aleta encouraged members to join them.
Florence reminded everyone that there will be no meeting Oct. 7th since we'll be celebrating October Fest.
Eddie Hadden said the the International Committee supports Eileen's project in Rwanda but cannot get invoved until they form a relationship with a Rotary in that country.
Joan Johnson hosted Janelle and Tom Harvey from Kennewick, Washington through Rotary's Friendship Exchange Program. They were joined by Aleta Frezzell and Eileen O'Driscoll for dinner and banner exchange that evening.
Joan also announced that she visited the Zone at Dwight Morrow HS. Thirty five senior were there to discuss possible internships.
Joyce Grossbard spoke at the Rotary Foundation Seminar of the recovery efforts in Japan from the 3/11 tsunami. During her recent visit to Japan, Joyce worked with children affected by the disaster.
The FaithSpace USA Peace and Conflict Resolution display, brought back from Myanmar by Charlotte Bennett Schoen, was on display at Bergen Community College in September. The exhibit was also displayed at the Paramus 4th of July Peace concert. Visitors left messages on the graffiti board.
Jimmy Dorme, the Gift of Life patient, is going home this week. Rotary will provide the funding, $480, to pay for 6 months supply of medication.
John Devol mentioned that Mixed Media Art, funded by Englewood Rotary, is happening on Tuesdays @ 2:45 at the South East Senior Center on Grand Ave.
GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Boyer, Youth Services Director
Rotary Youth Services include Interact, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotoract Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. The goal is to reach people under the age of thirty and to teach them how to “give back to the community.” They learn life skills that instill citizenship and offer opporunities for service locally and globally. Students who have participated say it was life changing.
Interact: for ages 12-18. Students learn the importance of providing survices to their communities.
Rotoract: ages 18-30. Prepares college students and others for community service. No dues for membership. Our own Jill Abbot was a Rotoract International student.
Rotary Youth Exchange: ages 18-19. Students learn while staying abroad.
Scouts: Rotary awards certificates to members who have achieved Eagle Scout status.
RYAL: Teaches leadership and interpersonal skills and prepares young people for lives of service.
Jim said that even if members don't have time to get on committees they should consider getting involved in one of the youth programs. That's where the future Rotarians are!
50/50: John Devol drew the King of Spades