October 9, 2014
CHARITY BASKETS were passed by Josie Dutil & Mark McHugh.
Bill Palmisciano announced that there are no visiting Rotarians today.
There were no guests visiting today.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Turkey Trot – take a poster to hang up in your office.
November 13th Foundation Dinner at Venus de Milo – 2 spots available. See Vanessa if interested.
November 7th – Providence Bruins Rotary Night. See Vanessa if interested.
Carole Ritarossi – Scituate Rotary needs volunteers this weekend to volunteer at Scituate Arts Festival. Please see Carole if interested.
Steve Hinger – Dictionary Project: next Thursday 8:30 AM at Steve’s office. Only take 60-90 minutes. Fun & easy!
50/50 Raffle – $471 Dan Scanlon, Jr. – Paula Hurd had the winning ticket but did not pick the Queen of Hearts.
Rotary Moment – Bob Ridgway. Texas Rotary Clubs provide solar powered lights to seven villages in Belize. Will move on to Guatemala next.
BIRTHDAYS: Mike Dacey – 10/8; Bobby DeGregorio – 10/9.
HAPPY BUCKS was hosted by Tom Celona.
Tom Celona - $5 sad bucks for gutless person who wrote letter to police.
Paula Hurd – Mentoring Cranston 3rd grader through RI Mentoring Project. Paula will be walking in Making Strides Walk against breast cancer. See Paula if interested.
Col Stephen McCartney - 30 police officers in 30 schools in City of Warwick. Yesterday, absentee rate was 30-50%. Today, absentee rate is down. Kids in good spirits. Task force working on this is all over it. Col. visited schools yesterday & today.
Dan Scanlon, Jr. – For the Col. for working hard to keep our kids, schools & city safe.
Lara D’Antuono – Police officers in the schools yesterday were wonderful. Used appropriate language. Reassured kids & made them feel safe. One little girl even got the Mayor’s signature.
SPEAKER: Dennis DeJesus - Chief Executive Officer, The RI Special Olympics.
Been Director for 5 years.
Offer Olympic training year round in 25 different sports.
1,600 athletic events annually.
3,000 athletes currently.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968.
1968: 1,000 Special Olympians took part in the Chicago games.
Today, 4 million athletes worldwide in 140 countries.
Today, 36 RI high schools have Special Olympics volleyball & basketball in the school. Play with volunteers.
Sports is a means to an end. The means to an opportunity. Want respect. Inclusion.
Three different types of sports:
1. Traditional – only Special Olympians competing
2. Project Unified – Special Olympians compete along with a partner
3. Project Unified in the high schools
In RI, no athletes pay to participate. Relay on the tremendous support of companies, foundations & individuals.
Would like to see better opportunities.
Teaching public speaking; how to sit on a Board of Directors; how to ask for donations.
No age limit with Special Olympics. Have bowling, bocce & croquet for older folks.
Consider volunteering at Summer Games at URI.