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|Wheels for February 27, 2014|
by Mary N Stephens
was another great day at Rotary, a "Chamber of Commerce Day" per our
President, Mike Goode. Expanding on that notion was Greg Green who gave an
impromptu "Why Rotary" presentation. The regularly scheduled
presenter had to cancel and President Mike cornered Greg on the elevator. So
Greg was the "hero of the day" and gave a from the heart explanation.
Greg had just accepted his new position at 911 and was in the process of
learning to say "no" to being overcommitted in the community. Day one,
Rene Wilson told Greg he was now a member of Rotary and to be at the next Thursday meeting! Greg is still here thankfully,
and attributes his respect for the club to Rotary's principles and goals. "Missing
Rotary is like missing Church on Sunday, it just doesn't feel right!"
Imagine what Greg could do given time to prepare! Thanks, Greg.
In the absence of our Watchdog John Kanelis, President Mike told a joke about a
blonde and a porch....you should have been there! John, PLEASE come back
Teresa Clemons introduced the speaker. Susie Wheeler is the Project Director
for the Carl Perkins Leadership Grant. The project's objective is to
introduce non-traditional gender vocational education. She works with a state
grant but also receives federal funding. For instance classes such as auto
mechanics and welding which have traditionally been directed toward male
students and classes such as early childhood and paralegal formerly directed
towards female students are now changing. After Title 9 was passed non-gender
classes became mandatory. Other areas of refocusing include STEM careers which
is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The Grant is making strides in educating individuals against outdated biases
and societal assumptions that girls are less competent than boys, they are
considered less "likable" in STEM classes and girls tend to be harder
on themselves when assessing their own abilities. Too often girls and women
underestimate their ability to perform typically male oriented jobs.
The answer is to instill confidence in girls and boys by changing their mindset
from "fixed" which limits their capacity for learning to
"growth" which sees the brain as a muscle that needs to be exercised
and challenged. The world of sports has done much to further this idea and
serves as inspiration to girls and boys, men and women.
Happy 109th Anniversary to Rotary International: On
February 23rd Rotary celebrated its 109th anniversary. The day also marked the
anniversary of the first mass polio vaccinations, which started in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, in 1954 and expanded across the United States. A group of
children from Arsenal Elementary School received the first injections of the
new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.
Thank you to all the Rotarians who worked together to make our meeting such a
Presiding: Mike Good, President
Invocation: Rocky Gafford
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Teresa Clemons
Greeters: Melvin Edes and Jeff Neely
Foundation Raffle (currently
over $4,863 in the pot): Lea