Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from our Rotary exchange students

Radka Famalova is our foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic.
The capital is Prague and the population of the country is about the same as the state of Ohio. Typical cuisine consists of some type of meat and a side of dumplings. Beer has a long tradition in the Czech Republic dating back to the 1100s. They have the highest beer consumption per capita in the world.

Raphaelle Schmitz is our foreign exchange student from Belgium.
Belgium originally became an independent country in 1830 and eventually they joined the European Union. Its capital is Brussels which is the capital of Europe. The European Parliament is located in Brussels. Their overall land area is 315 times smaller than the USA and the population is 28 times smaller than the USA. French, German and Dutch are spoken in the 10 provinces. Their cuisine includes the famous Belgium waffles, chocolates, french fries with mayonnaise, mussels, mushrooms, meat, beer, etc.

Next week we will hear from Eric & Greg Holman of Holman Motors

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Chris Adams who is the Executive Director of SteppingStones & Camp Allyn .

Chris shared about the work of Stepping Stones. The mission of Stepping Stones is to increase independence, improve lives and promote inclusion for children and adults with disabilities. There are currently 2 camping sites (Allyn & Given) and hopefully one more on the way. Camp Allyn is owned by the Cincinnati Rotary Club. Stepping Stones began when Thomas & Mary Emery donated their property on Given Rd in 1898 to be used for charitable purposes. Stepping Stones became responsible for operating the Resident Camping Program at Camp Allyn in 1967.

Camp Allyn is the pride of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. The club founded the camp in 1921 by leasing property at Lake Allyn to provide a camping experience for “crippled children”. In the 1960's the club entered into an agreement with Stepping Stones Center and the client population was expanded to serve children and adults with man types of disabilities. In the 1970's and 80's, as the demand for services grew, the facilities were winterized and others were added to make the camp useable year round.

They operate under the “Three E's” (3 pillars):
Educate – pre-school, autism, education programs for school age children
Equip – developmental programs for adults
Enrich – camping and outing activities, clubs, adventures, arts, crafts, etc. for both children and adults

The agency is funded in the following manner:
57% Program fees
39% Public Support (School district, State, united way, etc)
3% Other Income (Fund raising)
1% Investment

Attendance for the past 3 years:
In 2009, 654 clients served
In 2010, 727 clients were served
In 2011, 1012 clients have been served so far
Throughout the years, 5060 clients have been served!

In 2010, over 4000 people have volunteered to hep. They are always looking for volunteers.

Next week we will hear from our Rotary exchange students.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we we heard from Mac Hickman who spoke on youth exchange . Mac is our district 6670 Youth Exchange Chairman.

The primary goal of youth exchange is to foster world understanding by way of intercultural exchange. Students are encouraged to be flexible to the culture in which they are being immersed.

There are 2 principle types of exchanges:
1 Long Term: Usually last an academic year = students live with 2-3 families & attends school

2 Short Term: Usually 3-4 weeks = our student goes abroad for 3-4 weeks to stay with a host family with a same-age, same-gender student, then their student comes here for 3-4 weeks to experience our culture.

Who is eligible for the long-term program?
-Ranks in upper third of his or her class
-Possesses good character
-Has an outgoing and pleasant personality
-Is able to accept discipline
-Is capable of adjusting to new and sometimes challenging conditions
-A desire to learn about other countries and cultures and to appreciate and accept these differences is essential
-Children of non-Rotarians as well as those of Rotarians are equally eligible
-Student must be at least 15 1/2 years old and cannot be older than 18 1/2 at the time school begins overseas

The rules are summarized by the 5 “D's”:
No Driving
No Drinking
No Dating
No Drugs
No Dumb things

Next week we will hear from Ben Capelle of Clermont Transportation Connection.