D7150 Literacy Programs
2009 District 7150 Literacy Golf Tourney Summary
A tremendous thank you to all who participated in and supported this years Literacy Golf Tournament held on June 1 at the Links at Erie Village Golf Course. We had an excellent turnout with 84 golfers competing for the coveted traveling trophy. Even though rain threatened the day turned out to be dry with much fun and camaraderie had by all.
Special thanks to those companies that sponsored or donated in a major way to the event. Without these very special friends of Rotary and Literacy we would not have had one of our most successful events in raising more than $6,000 for our districts literacy programs.
Ameriprise of Canastota
Also special thanks to our fellow Rotarians
that answered the call when the Literacy Committee requested help
to organize and run the event. Without these people supporting us
it would have been very difficult to have such a smooth running event.
Hat’s off to the Literacy Committee for their continued efforts to address the illiteracy issues locally and around the world. In addition we would like to identify the efforts of our committee member Paul Scott who took the lead in organizing this event and did an outstanding job in making it all come together.
Following is a summary of the winners of the event and special competitions taking place throughout the day.
1st Place with a score of 60 Infamed Corp.
2nd Place with a score of 63 New Hartford (Due
to 2 teams scoring 63 cards where matched to determine placing)
3rd Place with a score of 63 Tully
On behalf of the Literacy Committee we thank everyone again for your outstanding support of this years event. We hope you will join us again next year as we continue to raise funds to address illiteracy issues both within our communities and around the world.
Yours in Rotary,
Matching Grant Approved for Literacy
The matching grant for the literacy project in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The grant provides for teacher training and educational materials for a adult literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy (basic arithmetic) program in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The rural regions known as KwasNibela, about 200 miles north of Durban in the Umbungundhlovu and Port Shepstone districts will be served.
The population served by this project have never had the benefit of a basic education and training. Consequently, they are trapped in a relentless cycle of unemployment and poverty. Without some training in literacy and numeracy, plus some basic manual skills, their future is quite hopeless. While South Africa celebrates eleven years of freedom and democracy, for these illiterate communities there is neither freedom or democracy.
This project has been a year in the making, but the efforts and support of so many participants will make a significant difference to so many in need.
The total projected cost of the project is US$22,800, of which US$8,700 will be supplied by The Rotary Foundation, with remaining amount coming from the participants listed below. The 19 participating District 7150 clubs and the D7150 Literacy committee will supply US3,500 of the total costs with the remaining amount coming from other districts and clubs in the USA, Canada & South Africa.
In addition to the District 7150 clubs, Literacy Committee and individual Rotarians, the project is shared by; The Seattle-International Club (Seattle Wa.) , West-Ottawa Club (Ottawa, Canada), Pitermaritzburg Club (South Africa) and District 7040 (USA & Canada). The clubs in our District 7150 that contributed to the project are: Auburn, Aurora, Baldwinsville, Camden, Camillus, Canastota, Cato, Chittenango, DeWitt, Fayetteville-Manlius, Fulton-Sunrise, Moravia, Oneida Shores, Oriskany Falls, Oswego, Sauquoit, Skaneateles, Skaneateles-Sunrise, Tully & Utica.
Each club and individual in D7150 will be credited with PH points for their contribution. In addition, the Literacy Committee’s contribution of $825 will yield PH points, which will be distributed proportionally to contributing club and individuals by their contribution amounts. Thanks to you and your members in “making this happen”. We will keep you abreast of the progress of the projects as it takes place in this remote part of the world.
A footnote; This project is the direct result of your district sending a Literacy focused Group Study Exchange team to South Africa in 2004. This is part of what GSE and Rotary are all about; “Changing and Saving Lives”. Many thanks for your club’s participation, District 7150, Literacy Committee
Read/Download September 2005 Literacy Newsletter * October 2005 Literacy Newsletter
2005 Literacy Newsletter - North America
The 2000/01 Golf Tournament champs: Paul Austin, Tom Dando, Jim Austin, Steve Whitman
Literacy Golf Tournament * Literacy Focus
Syracuse Newspaper CNY Article
The KwaNibela Literacy Project
Kwanibela, Rep. of South Africa
The KwaNibela Literacy project
is a joint effort between Operation Upgrade, a literacy and adult
basic education NGO, and regional Rotary district 9270 clubs and Rotarians.
It's Time for Literacy Golf! by Paul Stevens, Chair
This year is the 7th Annual Golf
Tournament and it is well into the preparation stage and it is shaping
up to be a really good one. The date is Mon. June 2, 2003 at the Links
at Erie Village Golf Course. Registration at 11:30 AM with a shotgun
start at 12:30 PM. There will be three flights based on handicap,
with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in each of these flights. There will
be lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, refreshments on the course,
prizes, gifts, cash bar reception and a dinner, all for the low price
of $125.00 per golfer. ($35.00 for dinner only) There will be a celebrity
MC to be named shortly. The golf course is beautiful and clean now
that the geese are gone. It is enjoyable for all levels of golf.
July is Literacy Month, by Paul Terwilliger
July has been designated Literacy month by Rotary International. With "Literacy" being a major focus within our district, as well as in R.I. we thought an article about our district's progress would be appropriate.
District 7150 has had adult literacy as a focal point for the last five years. Our efforts started under the direction of PDG Jim Meade, who realized through his volunteer work with Laubach Literacy that this is a massive problem which requires many more resources than were available to properly address. His vision, which has been embraced by all of the district Governors since, was that Rotary District 7150 --with our 43 clubs and 1,600+ members -- has the expertise, will and manpower to work with literacy providers to strengthen their programs and make some real in- roads towards solving this problem.
During the last five years many of the clubs in our district have under taken strong literacy initiatives which has provided a very strong base of support for the literacy providers they have partnered with. These projects have run the gamut from fund raising events such as Lasagna for Literacy, Pancake Breakfasts, and jewelry sales, to hands on projects such as reconstructing tutor space, reading sessions, and book drives, all the way to Rotarians taking on the role as tutors.
At a District level we have undertaken numerous projects to focus awareness on this problem. We have assisted clubs both within and outside the District with training materials for project development, as well as organizing a matching grant through RI to partner with Laubauch Literacy to build a school in a remote area of Mexico.
If you have attended District Conferences in recent years you will undoubtedly recall various hands-on building projects you took part in. They were projects where we worked as a team to build useful products (i.e. 400 book racks, 400 magazine racks) in a very short period of time which were then donated to local literacy providers to be utilized as graduation awards for graduates of their programs. As we have heard back from some of the literacy providers, the graduates who have received these awards treasure them as a symbol of their ability to succeed in overcoming what was a major handicap in their life.
So where does this leave us? Is our job over? Not hardly! We have only begun to scratch the surface of this massive problem. As we continue to interact with literacy providers around the district they continue to be strapped for resources that will help each of the individuals who struggle with low level reading, writing and comprehension skills. Due to this, those individuals are unable to reach their full potential and become a fully functional participant in today's quickly changing society. As well, our district wanted to be a catalyst for recruiting other districts or clubs to join us in this battle.
We have made some in-roads with our training manuals (approx. 20) having been sent around the world for clubs or districts to start projects. From the recent PETS conference, we have another club from the Binghamton area -- who had contacted us and is making Literacy a focus for their club. Even though we have had these successes, we realize there is much more to be done to spread the word and recruit others. This area will remain one of our focuses.
The District Committee is also continuing to develop ways to maintain awareness within our district and support as much as possible the club's work. To this end we have just developed and released a new spiral bound cookbook available to all clubs to be used as a fundraiser to support your Literacy initiatives. The recipes were all donated by local Rotarians. Our cookbook recipes were developed for the novice cook, new reader and visually impaired through the use of a special easy to use glossary, larger print and less complicated recipes. I must say even though the recipes may be geared towards this level cook they are still very delicious and fun to make.
Our cookbook name is "Easy Cook" and may be purchased for $5.00 each. Clubs would re-sell for $9.50 each retaining the proceeds for use on club projects. Any Rotarian within the district may purchase one for $5.00. If a club purchases 50 or more copies of the book, you can have the book personalized with your club name on it at no additional cost. To order books contact Dan Morrow at 425-0051.
Golf season is upon us and I would like to make you all aware of the upcoming District 7150 Literacy Golf Tournament, to be held on August 21, 2000. This year the tourney is being held at the very beautiful and very challenging Golf Club in McConnellesville, NY. Just as in previous years, this event should be a lot of fun with great weather, prizes and a chance to socialize with super people. Our annual golf tournament is the major fund raising effort for our District Literacy efforts.
All of the activities of the District Literacy Committee were established to be self-sustaining where no funding would be forthcoming from the district treasury. Due to the monies raised from previous golf tournaments we were able to produce the Literacy Training Guide, Videos, fund district conference projects, develop the cookbook as well as fund district speakers on literacy and organizing roundtable events throughout the district. As you can see we have been able to accomplish a lot, but we need your continued support to be able to carry on our work.
We hope every club will be able to send a team or representative to play in the tournament. Cost per player is $100.00 each. Contact Karl Herba at 687-7083 or 687-6247 to sign up today to play or sponsor a hole. In closing, I would like to thank everyone in the district for your previous efforts in the area of Literacy. With a special thanks to the District Committee Members who are very dedicated, believe in this effort and have worked hard to accomplish what we have to-date. But, as we mentioned earlier there is much still to be done and we need your support to make it happen.
We urge all the clubs to continue your focus in this area. If for some reason you are struggling let one of our committee members listed below know and we will be more than happy to assist you in getting back on track. Please remember this is not a small problem. Best estimates remain that 20% or 1 in 5 adults are functional illiterate and need assistance to meet their full potential. Your local literacy provider still needs your help. Let's continue to take action and make a difference.
Committee Members: Chair, Paul Terwilliger 682-5500, Dan Morrow 425-0051, Don St. Louis 736-7073, Stan Rubenstein 446-1503, Dave Peterson 822-5912, Karl Herba 687-7083, Jim Nash 457-8917, Andrea Ives 635-6762, Larry Zacker 768-9700, Ward Vuillemot 685-8133, Barbara Klein 735-4463, Bruce Frassinelli 342-4180, Kevin Caraccioli 343-1939.
RI District 7150 Literacy Committee Needs Your Help by DG Ward Vuillemot
May 21, 2000 The Rotary International District 7150 Literacy Committee needs your help to make our 2000 Literacy Golf Tourney a success. Each year since 1995 we have organized this golf fundraiser which covers nearly all our program expenses. District 7150 has over the past 5 years focused major attention and effort in addressing the problem of illiteracy in the Central New York area.
The committee charge is twofold: Present awareness programs on literacy problems and have all 44 Rotary Clubs in the district working their local communities with established Literacy Providers to reinforce their efforts and help them grow their programs.
Funds raised at previous events
have been used to: € Develop a project guide to help clubs identify
This years tourney will be held at McConnellsville Golf Club, McConnellsville, NY on Monday August 21st . The registration form was sent to each club, and is assessable from the Dist 7150 Web-site. Your participation in our 2000 Literacy Golf Tourney will be greatly appreciated by everyone in the Central New York area.
View interactive form here. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
A Commitment to Literacy: Helping People to read is the local Rotary's top priority by Jim KcKeever, Syracuse Online CNY News, May 2, 2000
Cookbook Project by District Literacy Committee
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