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                                      Minutes of Rosemead Kiwanis Satellite Meeting

                                                    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 

 

RKC (Rosemead Kiwanis Club) Satellite Meeting Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ATTENDEES

 

Jeff Allred, Bob Bruesch, Art Landing, Elizabeth Landing, Mirna Lopez, Carol Mahoney, Roy Rozell, Sue Yamamoto, Ted Saulino

 

ROUND ROBIN REPORTS

 

Bob Bruesch

 

* Back from San Francisco talks, No good news with regards to the financing of the schools.  There is a still a $1 million deficit for the Garvey School District.  As a result of the voter approved tax increases the schools will get some additional monies than previously promised funding but still need to find ways to increase funding. 

 

* Project Sea Perch is a Navy program which trains junior high school students on underwater robotics and is totally funded outside the regular school budget.

 

* The next Youth Summit will not be in Rosemead but is moving to Columbia School, 3400 N. California Avenue in El Monte. It will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The Temple Intermediate school will not be hosting its traditional Broadway  musical program this year.

 

Mirna Lopez

 

*  A mock luncheon and dinner will be held on Thursday and Friday of this week at TGIF, which Career Partners has recently assisted in recruiting 150 new employees

 

* The next Worksource/Career Partners project is Sprouts in Whittier, which is planning to hire 250 for a new store

 

* Business Survey - needs to be filled out since that is one way Career Partners receives funding

 

Elizabeth Landing

 

* People 2 People food bank helps the underserved with food supply needs.. Participating communities include Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Temple City and Arcadia It was founded by and originaly received financial backing from a coalition of churches, but it has dwindled significantly.  The City of Rosemead, as mentioned by Jeff Allred, has given $9,000 to the organization. No other city government has done this. San Gabriel Kiwanis also made a significant recent contribution; lesser support has come from the Temple City and Rosemead clubs.  

 

  What is needed is a permanent solution for what Bob Bruesch noted has been an ongoing problem. One approach would be to secure support from the state  or county   Elizabeth suggested sending letters to churches but she needs help with this project; this would no doubt involve personal visitations with literature and possibly a PowerPoint presentation.   There is thought that the organization could use a business manager to assist with filing taxes, to do paperwork, etc.  There is no sustainable money to operate. 

 

  Art noted that this problem is part of a larger picture. Federal grants have dried up and  four food banks ibn the SGV have closed in the past year despite plenty of available food and volunteer labor. The problem is a lack of a sustainable cash flow to meet basic operating costs.   Efforts are being made to coordinate efforts in this area with the SGV Homeless Coalition and other Division 10 clubs. This issue will be discussed again at a future meeting.

 

Roy Rozell

 

* Roy ran an emergency food program until 2012.  He was also involved in gang intervention in San Gabriel.  Currently he is involved in a program investigating the sale of tobacco to minors at businesses.  For People to People, he was able to obtain 400 chickens to give away. 

 

* The City of Temple City has a model anti-smoking ordinance in the approval proves targeting vendors of cigarettes to minors; Rosemead will be shortly considering a similar proposal.  Secret shopper surveys have shown that many stores do not ask for IDs for cigarette purchases and some clerks even sell individual cigarettes under the counter.

 

Jeff Allred

 

* Thursday, December 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm will be the Rosemead tree lighting ceremony

 

Carol Mahoney

 

* Lincoln Training Center event this month will be on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 instead of the 19th.

 

Featured Topic -  Bringing Up Grades (BUG) proposal

 

RKC SLP (Sponsored Leadership Program) Chairperson Carol Mahoney distributed a handout which explained the Kiwanis International BUG program, an acronym for Bringing Up Grades

 

Although initially designed for the regular elementary school classroom BUG can and has been adapted to after school programs.  Carol observed this first hand in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while visiting. Essentially kids from the 1st-6th grade set goals and then rewarded with certificates and in selected cases a special activity as positive reinforcement when the set goals are accomplished.  Carol proposes to present this idea to her site supervisors who work with the teachers.  The object is to have 5 kids  per month , selected by after school staff personnell, from each of the four schools go to the library to receive their certificate.  There would be refreshments as well. 

 

Carol  asked Kiwanian and Rosemead librarian Sue Yamamoto if the library could host the event (1x/month from January-May 2013 from 3:30-4:30 or 4-5).  During the week, the library is closed on Monday and Friday so this means the activity would have to be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday subject to availability. 

 

Carol has already spoken with RKC President Dave Barron about this project and determined that it is covered within our 2012-2013 budget.  

 

Sue liked the idea and is willing to try it out but needs to get approval from her Regional Administrator first.  Several others present indicated a willingness to help. If the proposals gets the go ahead, a SLP sub-committee will be formed and our SLP groups invited to participate..

 

It was noted that this project is specifically targeted to the Rosemead School District after school program . If successful it could be presented to the Woodcraft Rangers for utilization in the Garvey District as well.  Right now management of the GSD after school program is in transition due to departure of Hector Chaira; his replacement will be coming aboard on December 17 and will become their new designated Kiwanis primary member.

 

Sue Yamamoto                                                   Art Landing
Community Library Manager                              RKC Satellite Committee Chair

Rosemead Library