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Leadership Kerr & Leadership Gillespie County

Ask Blake.Laird@BankOnCB.com about applying for Leadership Kerr &/or for being a Leadership Kerr presenter (about the Community Foundation) for “Community Infrastructure Day” or some other related topics.

And here’s the Website for Leadership Gillespie with application deadline:  Leadership Gillespie County:  www.Fredericksburg-Texas.com/Gillespie/Gillespie_County_Leadership_Program.aspx    During my LGC year (ending May 2016), Paul & I co-presented via a taped interview – about the Community Foundation … during our all-day Community Infrastructure Day.

 As I understand it – because you / the Community Foundation have offices in Kerrville & in FBG:  you are eligible to apply for each of the year-long Leadership-training classes.  Even though one or both programs may say that successful applicants must have lived in the county for at least 12 mos., I’ve seen selection committees make exceptions … based on individual applicants’ pervasive community-wide job relevance.

 

Transformational power of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA

Transformational power* of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA!

INSPIRING remarks from

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s attorney daughter, I drew this conclusion:  humans have a choice:  peace or extinction.  She received a prolonged, standing ovation.

Bill Gates:  When The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new pledge of millions more in “$2-for-$1 matching” dollars to End Polio Now, Bill said that as important as the dollars are (to end polio), the most important assets are the Rotarians & friends of Rotarians who go into & throughout the most dangerous countries to administer the vaccine & thus prevent a crippling, potentially life-diminishing, preventable disease.  A photo of an almost completely covered Pakistani woman was displayed at that point.  The photo could also have been of our beloved Judy & John Hutcherson.

The CEO of Coca-Cola mentioned Coke’s three international priorities:  water, women & communities.  Water:  because Coca-Cola uses so much of it, so they’re ever watchful to be thoughtful stewards of the resource;  women:  because women who are encouraged to become entrepreneurs can change the world for the better; & communities – to help them thrive … which also helps Coca-Cola financially prosper as well.   As a direct result of his presentation, today I actually passed over “my” drink-of-choice:  diet Mt. Dew & purchased a diet Coke instead.

Andrew Young — as wise as he was humorous.  He marched next to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1960s & concluded that much of the civil rights progress in the US was in direct response to businesses’ understanding the financial importance of our brothers & sisters of color. — & that the more they prospered, the more everyone prospered.  Although Young was trained to be humble, he chuckled that it’s hard to be humble when Atlanta named a street in his honor.

PERSONAL THRILLS:  I met a PDG who is in the hometown of my best friend (he just doesn’t yet know it) Dr. Pol – the naturally hilarious, kind, 70-ish-year-old  veterinarian in a National Geographic TV network series.  She promised to give my business card to him & to tell him “Hi” from his ardent “fan:”  me.  He’s an Honorary Rotarian in Mt. Pleasant, MI; a Paul Harris Fellow & regularly invited speaker at Rotary clubs & other Rotary events).

I got to see a woman from India donate $1M to End Polio Now.  What I was sputtering about her generosity, someone said that this is the 5th time she’s donated $1M!

I accidentally got seated next to an incoming trustee for The Rotary Foundation.  After everyone at the table introduced ourselves, she said, “Do you remember that we already know each other?”  Oh, my:  I was clueless & embarrassed not to have recognized her.  She was the RI President’s Representative who came to FBG when we dedicated the Skate Park & inducted 5 new members – the stunning visitor who wore a straw hat.  And there she was again … serendipitously seated next to me.  As you may know, during her time in our Rotary district, she & incoming DG Carol Holmes became best friends.

In the AKS lounge (a quiet, light-refreshment area for donors of $250,000 & more), I met a new friend from Kansas City, KS.  We both vividly remembered the year (1962) when my Wichita (KS) East High School won the state basketball championship by having defeated his Wyandotte High School, the almost perpetual state basketball champion.  Small world.  Also, my “true love” boyfriend & I broke up that night. <sigh>

I met in person, the wonderful Rotarian in India whose project our club just donated $2.5K to – the artificial limb project.  He was so excited & grateful to hear about our donation.  And I got to meet both the leader & his brother – who oversee the girls’ toilet blocks project in India — we just donated $2.5K to.  Not only is the project helping girls AND boys stay in school (“prosperity insurance,” as I see it), they are helping families with sustainable, entrepreneurial projects & teaching hygiene / cleanliness habits to families.  Bottom line:  the project is growing & expanding.

I met a Rotarian from WI who told me about “at large” Peace Scholars (maybe that was the status of our Peace scholar Ghada & her connection with our district – not sure).  Anyway club(s) &/or district(s) may annually request (from The Rotary Foundation) an at large Peace Scholar at no charge to our club.  It would be the role of someone within our club to mentor the prospective scholar through the application process:  “easy if the applicant is proficient in English … more time-consuming if the student isn’t quite so proficient.”  If our board is interested, I’d be glad to share her contact information with the our club’s designee — for further information.

*  my transformational vision:  I eternally compound my exponential relevance … in fulfillment of Eternal Divine Light’s Highest Destiny purposes for ALL.

 

How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training: https://lc.itslearning.com/

How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training @$20 per year: https://lc.itslearning.com/ & use your e-address as Username

via Chad Bayard, Course Development & Client Support, EdTek Services, Inc.;  800-827-1593 x 5   https://files.itslearning.com/help/en-US/ApplicationHelp.htm 

Alice.White@TTU.edu     Alice.White.7616

Money — financial aid — for college

Individuals & organizations that may have scholarship &/or grant money &/or paid internships or jobs – to help with college expenses.   And if you’re thinking, “What do I do & say if someone contacts me?” then feel free to e-mail (Alice.White@TTU.edu) &/or call 830-990-8101 … to brainstorm-for-fun about additional tips that may effectively guide you in being an even more powerful advocate for yourself.

In the meantime, there are some proactive steps that you may want to consider doing right now:

  1. Contact community foundations in your geographical area (e.g., Austin Community Foundation & San Antonio Area Foundation) & local service organizations (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis clubs) & find out their deadlines (& if there’s still time to apply for scholarships, then offer to e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships & grants – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/ him/or the assistant in person);
  2. Contact the college / university where you have been accepted  to get the names, e-addresses, phone #s & Website addresses of folks who have the following kinds of job roles:
    1. Director of Financial Aid (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person);
    2. Director of Work-Study Program: proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for on- or off-campus jobs during college …– to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    3. Assistant(s) in the College of _____ – or whatever your university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    4. Assistant(s) in the Department of _____ – or whatever your chosen college of university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    5. Director of the Career Center to inquire about job &/or paid internship opportunities for current students – especially opportunities with local professionals in your chosen area of study  (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    6. Sponsor &/or Pres. of the Student Government / Student Council organization – that oversees all student organizations & on- & off-campus activities (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person

Bottom line:  there are probably money & jobs “out there … somewhere for YOU”  — to help with your college expenses … if you’re willing to politely & steadfastly pester others to help you find the money you need.  And as you can probably infer from the system (above), after you get your own basic steps done the first time … it’s simply a matter of replicating your steps & personalizing your message a bit … for the next resource-person on the list.

Wichita (KS) Community Foundation

Wichita (KS) Community Foundation:  www.WichitaCF.org & James Woods, Director of Donor Services, 316-264-4880, JWoods@WichitaCF.org

AVW template for top line of e-messages

AVW template for top line of e-messages:  [Sent “bcc” – to avoid scrolling through e-addresses.  I apologize for duplicates due to your various leadership roles.  Please apply for funding &/or e-forward to other individuals, lifelong students, organizations; public health, community & faith-based organizations; colleges’ & universities’ financial-aid, departmental-level offices, faculty / staff senate, student organizations, study-abroad offices, etc.  Thank you.  To unsubscribe, please e-Reply & include “unsubscribe” & include these numbers: 121-140.  The numbers help me locate & delete your e-address from among the 20,000+ e-addresses on my hundreds of e-lists  Thank you & best wishes always in the fulfillment of your life goals.]always in the fulfillment of your life goals.]

5- & 6-figure grants, money for college/university, peace fellowships & more: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/areas-focus & www.Rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships

 

  1. Apply for Peace FellowshipsRotary.org/en/peace-fellowships & RotaryPeaceCenters@Rotary.org

 

  1. Find out about $30K master’s-degree-level, scholarships for advanced study in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:*  https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/areas-focus

 

  1. Learn more about Rotary’s 5- & 6-figure global grants … endless opportunities for service-, community- & faith-based & internationally focused folks; also for life-long students; current, former & retired faculty, staff, researchers & administrators at universities, colleges, experts throughout public health** & economic-development fields, too:  https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/areas-focus

*Rotary’s six areas of focus for global grants:  [1] fighting disease, [2] providing clean water, [3] saving mothers & children, [4] supporting education, [5] promoting peace & [6] growing local economies  — via [a] humanitarian grants, [b] vocational training teams** & [c] scholarships.  Rotary’s six areas of focus build international relationships, improve lives & create a better world to support peace efforts & end polio forever.

**  Public health, healthcare experts &/or researchers, economic-development & other subject-matter-experts are needed by Rotarians & their community partners – for the planning & implementation of The Rotary Foundation’s five- & six-figure global grants.

AVW template for top line of e-messages:  [Sent “bcc” – to avoid scrolling through e-addresses.  I apologize for duplicates due to your various leadership roles.  Please apply for funding &/or e-forward to other individuals, lifelong students, organizations; public health, community & faith-based organizations; colleges’ & universities’ financial-aid, departmental-level offices, faculty / staff senate, student organizations, study-abroad offices, etc.  Thank you.  To unsubscribe, please e-Reply & include “unsubscribe” & include these numbers: 121-140.  The numbers help me locate & delete your e-address from among the 20,000+ e-addresses on my hundreds of e-lists  Thank you & best wishes always in the fulfillment of your life goals.]always in the fulfillment of your life goals.]

Libraries face drastic cuts!! How you can help libraries get funded.

Libraries face drastic cuts!!  Please help!!     The White House budget that was released yesterday calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services(IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and United for Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries our community members especially our kids will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life. Scroll to the bottom of this email for a quick explanation of IMLS.     Here’s what you can do right now:

Call your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Tell Them:       Hello, my name is ____________________.  As a voter and as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS Community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

Email your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Sample Email:      Dear Madam/Sir,

As one of your constituents as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I am writing to ask that you oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

In addition to calling or emailing, share on Social Media and help us spread the word:    Sample Tweet   [INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] Americans depend on libraries to succeed in school & prep for jobs. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Please forward this email to your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others and ask them to take 5 minutes to make a difference for libraries!

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for. In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000. Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

The messaging above was developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association and their executive director, Beth Yoke.  Many, many thanks for their quick and articulate response to this crisis in the making for libraries!

Thank you,    Beth       Beth Nawalinski     Deputy Executive Director     United for Libraries     The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations     A division of the American Library Association     859 W. Lancaster Ave, Unit 2-1     Bryn Mawr, PA 19010    800-545-2433, ext 2161
bnawalinski@ala.org    www.ala.org/united

Words into $$: Wed. & Thur., May 17 & 18, 9a-4p in Austin, TX

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN     DIVISION OF DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT            “Words Into Dollar$!”     Find Your Best Funders and Write $uccessful Proposals

 Wed., May 17 & Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9a–4p

 Community Engagement Center (Texas Music Museum) (map) 1st Floor Conference Room, 1009 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

  “Toni, Karen & Ellen are knowledgeable and passionate about their topic.  They went the extra mile to look up prospective grants for us.”

 “This was a well-planned, precise presentation!  I learned so much & came away with even more passion to generate proposals and build our organization!  Thank you!!!”

“You guys are a powerhouse, as entertaining as informative and educational.”

DAY ONE   9A – 12P Noon      “Grantsmanship 101: Developing Strategies for Successful Proposals.” In this highly competitive world, it takes more than good writing skills to achieve fundraising success. This workshop will introduce you to the funding landscape and the trends that define philanthropy in America today. You will learn best practices for communicating with donors and how to create a fundraising “Tool Kit,” including how to refine your message, develop strategies for approaching funders, and craft a comprehensive plan for successful grant writing.

DAY ONE:   1P – 4P     “Quest for the Best:  How To Find Your Best Potential Funders and Write to Them.”  This session will focus on the basics of drafting a cover letter and targeting prospective funders. We invite attendees to come with a proposal or a project to be funded. Participants will be introduced to the vast and comprehensive resources of The University of Texas at Austin’s Regional Foundation Library, a repository of the national Foundation Center. The librarian and presenters will work with you on accessing the Foundation Directory Online, identifying potential funders, and conducting research on strategies for approaching them.

DAY TWO:   9A–4P     “The Write Stuff:  Preparing Your Grant Proposal.” This intensive full-day seminar will focus on strategies for approaching your donor prospects and drafting a powerful and persuasive cover letter for your project with the support and guidance of the presenters. You will also begin to develop an outline for an executive summary and a basic narrative. You will leave our two-day workshop with a cover letter draft, the basics for an executive summary and proposal narrative, tools for developing a formal proposal, and a list of potential funders to approach.

ADDED BENEFITS     

  • You will be provided with a 24-hour Guest Pass to the Foundation Directory Online, allowing your organization to continue your research for potential funding.
  • You will have the opportunity for 30 days of Complimentary Consultation with NPSC.

 

 PRESENTERS

Toni S. Turner has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, and communications. She currently serves as Lead Interpreter for the new La Belle shipwreck exhibit at the Texas State History Museum. She has held senior management positions at the Texas Historical Commission, the University of Texas at Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Texas Engineering Foundation, and Southern Methodist University.  She is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications.

Karen H. Knox, CMP, is Executive Director of TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue.  She has served in nonprofit management for more than more than 25 years in senior development positions for A Legacy of Giving; Texas Historical Commission; Special Olympics Texas; the Texas Chemical Council and its affiliate, the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas; the Diocese of Corpus Christi; and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional and has spearheaded events from galas to conferences to board meetings.

Ellen Moutos Lee is the Director of the Regional Foundation Library (a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Ellen assists individuals from the nonprofit community with identifying grants and other funding opportunities. Prior to joining the library, she worked for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Ellen has also worked in development for an Austin area nonprofit and has served as a member of the City of Austin Grant Review Committee.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION   $300 registration fee includes both days. Space is limited.Free on-site parking.

To register, follow REGISTER HERE

 For More Information:  http://www.nonprofitsolutionsconsultants.com

Ellen Moutos Lee, Regional Foundation Library:  ellenml@austin.utexas.edu & 512-475-7373

 Karen H. Knox, Nonprofit Solutions Consultants:  NPSC.Karen@gmail.com & 512-965-1785

Toni S. Turner, Principal, NonProfit Solutions Consultants, 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Suite 745 PMB 40; Austin, TX 78749; 512.288-6053

Hill Country University Center’s opportunitie$

The Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas   Draft  1-‘17

Forging bright, prosperous Futures for youth, families, enterprises & communities throughout the Hill Country     

 Proactively & effectively attracting, maximizing & leveraging enterprise-opportunities & revenue streams that provide ever-increasing financial support for the HCUC

 Inspiring academic, career-development, community enrichment       

Ensuring in perpetuity a solid financial foundation for operational needs       

Leveraging assets for mutually beneficial opportunities

 Overview     In 2001 Texas Tech University came to the Texas Hill Country, an area that represented the largest underserved population in the State of Texas for higher education.  Hill Country-area leaders & the City of Fredericksburg had harbored a strong desire for higher education.   They have supported the higher-education effort to the extent possible — including utilization of city land where the community-funded Hill Country University Center resides.  In the early HCUC years, the State of Texas provided a special line item that supported, in part, TTU campuses in Fredericksburg & Marble Falls.

Personal Perspectives     People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.     THEREFORE consider an on-going, friend-making, in-person strategy:  offer to treat folks to a cup of coffee & to hear their ideas for 15 min. max.

to show communities that the HCUC cares about them / values them — by visiting sites within each community in the HCUC geographical service area at least semi-annually & hosting a speed-networking luncheon semi-annually in selected communities – in order to

Get acquainted with formal & informal leaders through each community:

Proactively discover new friends & their opinions & perspectives about each town’s goals, needs & assets

Generously offer HCUC resources that may help communities achieve their goals & update the offers & opportunities based on input from new friends throughout HCUC service area

How to get started

Design a one-page, two-sided, full-color, card-stock document with handy, helpful resources

Challenge readers to help themselves to the resources in terms of wherever they work, worship, volunteer, learn, play or thrive:  i.e., in all dimensions of their lives

  • Include Kim’s photo, contact information & her offers to speak at trainings, meetings, seminars (city council, leadership programs, parents or faith-based gatherings; graduations, celebrations; career days; weekly or monthly meetings of local Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Optimists, Zonta, etc. organizations)
  • Suggest HCUC as everyone’s “home base” for reunions, celebrations, memorials, learning, training; providing their services as a trainer or facilitator
  • Include the half-dozen HCUC endowments at the Community Foundation
    • Coordinate photo opportunities when HCUC / CF grants / HCUC scholarships are awarded &/or include a special-invitation reception for honorees prior to HCUC May graduation ceremonies
  • Include Workforce Commission contact information!  Why?  Help with resume-writing, interview skills, MONEY for certain income-level students going into high-priority technical / career areas
  • Include Community Foundation contact information:  to relieve school districts from having to be responsible for time-consuming Booster Club accounting requirements; to provide consultancy services if families want to memorialize or honor a deceased student, teacher, beloved staff member, etc.
  • Suggest rental of HCUC room(s):  for family school or family reunions, school or memorial events, weddings?  Photo opportunities for brides-to-be, graduations; etc. business-training or retreat site
  • Invite schools’ counselors to nominate 3 sophomores & 3 juniors to complete for 15 slots – to serve as ushers, greeters & helpers during all TX Tech graduation ceremonies (or OLLI events or Rotary or community events or Career Fairs, etc. at the HCUC, etc.)
  • Invite student, teacher, staff & administrators’ organizations to submit to HCUC opportunities to purchase advertising space in yearbooks, student newspapers, graduation fliers, co-sponsor “Best wishes photos in local newspapers – of all graduating seniors at each high school; booster-club publications, Parent Teacher Association / parents’ groups, local Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Take along HCUC- &/or TTU- &/or CTC-branded mementos for folks willing to meet with you – find out how many more items they would like to have for students, colleagues, family, etc.

Visit FBG Convention & Visitors Bureau & get their feedback about your handout, mementos, how to improve 10-min. visit, handout; whether you could get HCUC information included in all incoming conferences’ & conventions’ goodie-bags

Schools & school districts within the geographical area:  get how-to advice from EricW@FISD.org

Whom to visit first; why, when & how to network with administrative personnel, housekeepers, bus drivers; willing, positive counselors, teachers, staff – for 10 min. maximum during their regular meetings?  One-on-one as their & your time allow.  What HCUC can offer to schools, school districts:  TTU resources, CTC resources – including Phi Theta Kappa honor society connections; meaningful connections with Rotary’s youth programs & other service clubs (that can provide volunteers, donors, judges, advocates, prospective school-board members, Reality Check kits @$500 per school for on-going use; etc.)  Offer to hang each school’s banner within HCUC Hall of Fame (within snack-bar area on main floor or upstairs?)  Office-supply closets, volunteers for on-going &/or special events.   Get HCUC onto Pokeman GO & other geo-caching games – to find their school banner within HCUC, etc.  Find out from TX Tech Athletics what HCUC can legally offer to schools (given NCAA rules):  posters, banners, visits by the Masked Ride & horse, cheer squad, mascot(s), pom squad; drill team, etc. — & if such visits can happen, then pleasepleaseplease remind all TX Tech athletes to tell young students that the athletes are TX Tech students, what their academic majors are, what their professional & career plans are – otherwise, the young student will be clueless that the athletes are also STUDENTS who do well in class & aspire to their own careers (not just the NFL) after athletics

Create exciting festivals &/or fun contests, recruit volunteer judges & award HCUC- / CTCD- & TTU-branded prizes to winners (invite parents, grandparents, families to the awards ceremony)

Answer two questions on the CTCD &/or TTU applications     Design a front page for HCUC Web site     Write an essay about the meaning of Rotary’s 4-Way Test     Envision their life-long success as a family legacy     Student art to display throughout HCUC

Come to college today!  Invite folks to volunteer at HCUC (to boost their resume; job, college & scholarship applications) & suggest various kinds of duties:  tours, welcome, guides to the appropriate room; set up & run Reality Check experiential-learning exercises (for 5th graders & older – including adults) at area schools or during visits to HCUC; etc.

Create & prepare thank-you goodie bags for area schools’ bus drivers, counselors, teachers, staff members, parents, cooks, housekeepers

Add others’ resources to your ever-growing HCUC list of resources

Routinely ask for other school districts’ or organizations’ top three points of pride & their top three most unusual resources (e.g., FISD tiny houses; robotics competition, dual credit with mileage reimbursement; “soft skills” successes; etc.)

Your perpetual-motion, friend-making Strategy

IF you like the person you just met with, ask them for two or three of their most-admired, most-trusted colleagues … & their contact information … for you to visit next – to share your resources & to learn from their wisdom.  Ask if you may say that your new friend had referred you to them.

Where to visit in each town?

Leaders / superintendents of public & private schools / school districts & get their “next step” recommendations about which school(s) & which personnel to briefly meet with

Law enforcement:  they would love for HCUC to sponsor police-academy training!  They know which local youth organizations & faith-based sites are effective with youth

Three top non-profits in town that work with youth or adults aspiring to better themselves     Three top faith-based organizations in town     Public libraries, tourism & chambers of commerce organizations

On-going friend-making & friend-keeping habits

Clip-&-mail positive information from local newspaper(s) to schools – whenever they & their students are mentioned positively

Compare the strategies (above) to ideas that a 15-min. chat with Ernie Loeffler or Tim Lemert or Penny McBride might offer to you – about creating perpetual, abundant revenue streams for HCUC

Meet with The Masters

Janie.Ramirez@TTU.edu to ask her about Project Future, Back-to-School Fiesta, P-16 Council, Raiders Rojos National Alumni Association, grant$ received

Dr. Caroline Eidson & Lisa Fielder about College Forward strategies & successes

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution: Artificial Intelligence, the Exponential Age!

insights at the beginning of 2017:  Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution:  Artificial Intelligence, the Exponential Age!  Interesting predictions … the past & the future.

a meaningful review:  In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees & sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.   Within just a few years, their business model disappeared, & they went bankrupt.      

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years.  Most people won’t see it coming. 
Did you think in 
1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?  Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975.  The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore ‘s law:  a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior & became mainstream in only a few short years. 

It will now happen again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous & electric cars, education, 3-dimensional printing, agriculture & jobs. 

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential Age . 

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars & are now the biggest taxi company in the world.

AirBnB is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial  Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young  lawyers already don’t get jobs.   Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice (so far, for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately.  There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

IBM’s Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, it’s 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans.  In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In  2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore.  You will call a car with your phone, & it will show up at your location & drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance & can be productive while riding.

Our kids will never get a driver’s licence & will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that.  We can transform former parking spaces into parks.

1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide.  We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt.  Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach & just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach & build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen & Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper.   Their car-insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change.  Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

Electricity will become incredibly cheap & clean:  Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.  Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap & abundant water.  Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@$.025). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water.  Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as s/he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year.  There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample & you breath into it.

It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease.  It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world-class medical analysis, nearly for free — Good by, medical establishment.

3-dimensional printing: The price of the cheapest 3-D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it  became 100 times faster.  All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes

Some spare airplane parts are already 3-D printed in remote airports.  The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3-D scanning possibilities.  You can then 3-D scan your feet & print your perfect shoe at home.

In China , they already 3-D printed & built a complete 6-story office building.  By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being  produced will be 3-D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself: “In the future, do I think we will have that?” & if the answer is “Yes,” then how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Work : 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time.  This will require a re-think on wealth distribution.              

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available & will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore.

There are several start-ups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly.  It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as “alternative protein source”  (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is a computer application / app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood youre in.  By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions whether you are lying.  Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when theyre telling the truth & when theyre not.

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Rotary Foundation “World’s Outstanding” in 2016

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016 – Press – AFP

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016

November 15, 2016   http://www.afpnet.org/Audiences/NewsReleaseDetail.cfm?itemnumber=40881 

CONTACT: Michael Nilsen, Vice President, Public Affairs, (425) 241-4675

(Arlington, VA)  The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation’s advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact.

Today, polio is on the verge of becoming only the second human disease ever to be eliminated, after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent decrease in cases since the initiative began.

To mark the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which give us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace.  We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. In 2002, the Rotary Foundation took a direct approach by providing future leaders the tools to become catalysts for peace in their communities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of Rotary’s Peace Centers

in partnership with universities around the world. Today, more than 1,000 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.

More information about The Rotary Foundation, along with the National Philanthropy Day Honors, can be obtained by contacting Michael Nilsen at (425) 241 – 4675 or mnilsen@afpnet.org.

Financial literacy: www.JumpStart.org & www.JStart.org for reading-related literacy

Financial literacy:  www.JumpStart.org

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