Newsletter: February, 2014

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter, February 11, 2014

Mimi O’Donnell opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Fred Antenberg. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer.

Before our dinner meeting, the board of directors meeting was held, below are some of the highlights.

Tonight TJ Lamdin-Alderman Dir. of Development of the Christo Rey, Jesuit high school described an outstanding college preparatory program for inner city students. The project was established several years ago to facilitate students in becoming prepared for college. In order to participate in the program, students must meet the following requirements:

a: Students must have good grades (A’s and B’s).

b. Have good attendance.

c. Parental commitment.

Students must obtain grades of A’s and B’s during the program as well as spend five days a month performing entry-level positions with partner corporations. The earnings of the students goes directly back to the program. 100% of the students who graduate from this program get accepted at colleges, often schools that are high ranking. The school is located in Fells Point, Baltimore. More than 100 companies participate by providing entry-level positions including clerical and mail room jobs. In addition to the work-study tutoring, counseling and assistance in obtaining college scholarships are provided. Also, a three-week boot camp is provided to students to bring their educational level so that they will adjust to this supportive and dynamic program. The program
relies on individual donations and is a 501(c)3 Corporation. The program initially obtained approximately $7 million to establish the program. Its current budget is approximately $5.3 million.

Sherman Howell a guest of Vernon Gray, Don Frank, Esq, a guest of Geoffrey Klopp.

50-50 winner
Earl Wilkinson, M.D.

Pin and Badge
Rick Menz

Attendance –  66 2/3%, Make Ups: Fred Antenberg – two.

Announcements of Club and District Activities
Presented by President O’Donnell at the Board Meeting and regular meeting:

I.Saturday, April 5, 2014, a flea market to be held at Tom Briscoe’s residence. Friday April 4 members will move items into Tom’s basement for the flea market. (Date is still not confirmed – may be April 12th)

II. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, our club’s reunion in which we seek to have former members back to a dinner meeting to be held at the Howard community college. Please inform Tom Burtzlaff of the names and contact information of former members and please identify that you were the one who provided the name of the former member.

III. May 5, 2014 Final Four Basketball Tournament. Tentatively plan to sell tickets including to haoldl the traditional party unless Duke is not a participant.

IV. April 10, 2014, deadline for Scholar Athlete Award Applications.

V. May 9th through May 11, 2014: This year’s District Conference will be held at the Baltimore Hilton. You can register at District 7620 website.

VI. Deadline to submit applications to the district March 15, 2014. There is a deadline where each Rotary Club is supposed to submit the applications for the District Scholarships on or before March 15, 2014. The club is reviewing the possibility of our participation.