In This Issue:
- December Community Service Projects
- December Socials
- Rotary International Convention – Atlanta – Host Events
- Polio Update
The third annual Gene Cowell Memorial Bad Joke contest is scheduled for the 16th of Feb. 2017.
This is an opportunity for Niles Rotarians to participate in one of the funniest meetings we have during the year. Fun because anyone can participate and whether you speak in front of groups all the time, or never, everyone can tell jokes. There may be a few talent scouts in the audience this year so this could be your great chance for a career in show business.
Sign ups start soon and we are limited in the number of contestants so start practicing your jokes as sign ups start soon.
Between Pizza with Santa, Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army at Dale’s Hardware and Lucky, Christmas social events at the Chambers home and the Allen’s home, there is no reprise from food and fun at our weekly lunch meeting while hearing the Dixie Band from Harbor Light entertain us for our lunch meeting! Always a good time with fellow Rotarians!
Contributor – Paul Andrus
Happy Holidays, Niles Rotarians! With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, we are truly in the midst of the holiday season. And Niles Rotary has a plethora, a myriad, nay a bunch of ways for you to celebrate with friends and fellow club members. You could join us on the Train of Lights on Friday, 12/2. The following week, you could ring in the season with some caroling at Scott Chambers’ house on Friday, 12/9, and ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Dale Hardware on Saturday, 12/10. Finally, the culmination of Niles Rotary’s holiday madness will be Saturday, 12/17, when we host Pizza with Santa and the annual Niles Rotary Holiday Party at the Allen’s home.
Before we bid adieu to 2016, and because I neglected to write an article for the November issue of the Pinion, I wanted to express my appreciation to all the club members who helped organize the many social and service events for Niles Rotary in October and November. Thank you, Paul Andrus and Jeff Shinkel, for organizing the Candlelighters Ghost House assembly and disassembly. Thank you, Harry Avila, Wendy Mills and Melissa DiMatteo, for running the Niles Walking Tour and Essanay movie. Thank you, as always, President Elect Rose, for Feed the Hungry. It’s especially great to see so many of the newer members of the club taking the lead with Niles project.
And thank you, Past President Steve, for assembling the Niles special-ops community-service team to put a waterproof tarp over the top of the Bunk House at Shinn Park. This service project was so covert, so stealthily-crafted that no-one – not even I – knew it was happening until it showed up in the Tri-City Voice. I didn’t even get a pair of night-vision goggles or a colorful code name out of the deal.
In the month of December, I am going to ask Niles Rotary Club members to contribute to a project being championed by the District Governor’s spouse, Barbara Orth. The mission of the project, titled “Read Me a Picture,” is to promote visual literacy and art appreciation through book ownership. As Barbara points out, over 61 percent of low-income families have no books in their house, and their children are at a substantial disadvantage in achieving success in elementary school.
In supporting Barbara Orth’s project, our goal is to give at least one book to every second-grade student enrolled in Title 1 schools in Fremont Unified. These schools have high percentages of children from low-income families enrolled. Fremont Rotary and Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise Rotary will be partnering with us on this, as there are 460 second-grade students for whom we hope to purchase books.
Stepping up to the plate to help make “Read Me a Picture” a huge success at Niles Rotary is Sam Forbes. Thank you, Sam! So, look for more information coming out on how you can help support this literacy project. The Governor’s spouse has asked that we collect funds to purchase the books through the month of December. Stay tuned.
With that, I would like to wish everyone in the club the happiest and merriest of holiday seasons. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day or (my favorite) Boxing Day, I hope you get to spend time with loved ones. And lay off the egg-nog on Hogmanay, if you are driving. We want everyone back at the club safe and sound for the second half of my presidency.
New Member Maria Mendoza takes an active role in Niles Rotary immediately!
Taking an active role in the communities we serve is important to Republic Services and we take pride in the partnerships fostered in Fremont. This year, Republic Services donated four cubic yards of wood chips to the Blacow Elementary School’s beautification project, sponsored by Niles Rotary.
For four years now Niles Rotarians have donated funds and their hands-on labor to help make Blacow School a better place for its students to learn. Rotarians have added classroom doors, rebuilt benches and tables, and added planting and irrigation to help beautify the playground area. This year they’ve added trees, drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation. The wood chips donated by Republic Services will be used to spread around new plants and trees.
Thank you Republic Services for your active role in our community
Together Republic Services and Niles Rotary are working together to make Fremont a beautiful place for our children to grow and learn.
Article Contributed by Paul Andrus, Niles Rotary Community Service Chair 2016-2017
Robertson High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont) began World Interact Week with a Nacho, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy Party supporting Bay Area Community Services for Marginal and Homeless Adults. Niles Rotarians in an effort to Keep Calm and Serve On (club motto), Serve Humanity (Rotary International motto) while Attracting the Young, Having Fun and Getting More DONE (District motto) donated funds to the Robertson Interactors and attended the event. Robertson Interactors have been working on their DDS Project for months. It began in early September with a visit to the Bay Area Community Services Wellness Center in Fremont to meet with the center clients to assess their basic needs for the upcoming winter. The clients come from various places, some are homeless (campers) and some are marginal adults. The kids, with the assistance of the Peer Counselor, held a meeting and requested the clients to fill out wish lists on small post its to be deposited in to a wish box created by the students.
The wish box was taken back to the school where as a part of their Interact club and Leadership Class they worked with their teacher and Interact advisor Paul Barry to develop a plan for purchase of the most needed items.
The students decided to create Winter Relief packets that would include reusable rain ponchos, head lamps and two pair of socks (good socks as requested by the clients). They were also able to obtain donations of toiletries from the traveling Rotarians, blanket, pillows and water bottles.
The Wellness Center had planned a Halloween Party for its clients on October 31, 2016. The Interactors along with Niles Rotarians were invited to attend. The interactors volunteered to create and facilitate a list of games, assist with set up and attend the party with the distribution of the Winter Relief Packets ending the day.
Two of the goals of World Interact Week are to engage Interactors and to inspire creativity. Sixteen Interact students attended the event. They set up, cooked a meal, made a green frothy drink, served the clients and yes ran a host of games that had everyone smiling, laughing and cheering. This club has certainly accomplished the World Interact goals as they stepped out of their comfort zone to obtain additional donations to purchase sleeping bags or blankets for this challenged group of individuals. In their enthusiasm to meet the needs of the clients at the BACS Wellness Center, the students scoured the community for additional discounts or donations. They hit the jackpot at Kohl’s in Fremont; Kohl’s staff not only attended the event but will be making a donation that will allow the students to complete their mission and ensure that clients will be a little warmer and drier in the next few months. Congratulations Robertson High School Interactors for a job well done with heart and caring.
Article Submitted by Rose Evernden-Andrade, Niles Rotary President-Elect
Niles Rotarians have a rich history in working with schools. Recently we have focused for several years in benefiting Blacow Elementary. Steve Landon has been an instrumental figure in this ongoing relationship. Being in the construction industry with JR Griffin Construction, Steve has been a natural with the work, tools and helping Niles Rotarians literally get their hands dirty, clothing smudged with paint or just plain sweaty digging holes for shrubs, trees and other things that needed to be planted.
On September 10, 2016 Niles Rotary organized a force of 50 strong, mainly composed of Rotarians, but with a show of force made by CarMax (thanks to our organizing Rotarian Josh Carlson at the YMCA). We also had Interactors and Rotoractors show up and help as well.
We replaced worn backboards for the basketball standards, painted a huge colorful map of the United States on the playground and planted somewhere between 20 – 30 trees and shrubs. It was a great project and those involved had a good time. We believe in feeding our volunteers well and provided breakfast sandwiches from the Depot Cafe (Past President Lisa’a Place) and yummy Bronco Billy’a pizza for lunch (vegetarians were catered to as well 😊). We want to thank Principal Jose Hernandez for always being there to open doors and coordinate staff to help us accomplish this project. He is a genuine pleasure to work with!
Prior to the “day” of the service project, Steve Landon, Kai Andrus and Kai’s friend helped paint and prepare the backboards by painting them.
And a couple weeks after the event, Steve returned with Rich Godfrey and myself (Paul Andrus, Community Service Chair) to install a drip watering system so our plants can survive this sunny Mediterranean climate.
Thank you to all your wonderful volunteers who take time on your busy weekends and from you busy lives to make Fremont a more beautiful place. You do make a difference!
Paul Andrus, Community Service Chair
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04.29.17 Arbor Day – Two Location Service Project in Niles, Chair Paul Andrus
05.13.17 Elementary School Map Project – Paint Large US Maps at Cabrillo & Niles Elementary
05.21.17 Day at the A’s – $50 Including Ticket and Pregame Tailgate Party, Chair Lisa Lorenz
04.27.17 – Plastic Pollution in the Ocean, Patricia Materassi
05.04.17 – Former Rotary International President, Cliff Dochterman
05.11.17 – Extollo International, Christie Gloster-Boerman
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