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Another great day at CARC! Lots of fine guests. Laurel welcomed Mike Berg back from his leave, and introduced guests Donna Scheifer, teacher/advisor to the newly formed Interact Club (the ONLY Cultural Arts Interact in the World!) and Charter President Samantha Martinusen. Sam shared some of the projects already completed, such as Zoo Boo, the Komen Run, and performances at Storyland Theater, and said they have Big Plans! Jackie introduced Zulma Stroh, sent to us by former guest Margot Tepperman, Rych Withers, E.D. of KFCF and guest of Paul Pierce who was ill, and her own guests Diana Martinez-Bleth, and Tom Flanagan. Will reintroduced Bill Wolfman, who announced his one man show at KJWL beginning with Art Hop Thursday and invited everyone to attend; Patsy reintroduced daughter Courtney; and Sally introduced Lynn Peets, Director of Major Gifts of Hinds Hospice.
Jerry announced the Board had approved allocation of $500 for the Hinds relocation project, which is being supported by all the Rotary Clubs in the area.
Laurel showed the design for the Interact Club sweatshirts, noting there are about 150 members and the sweatshirts cost just under $18 each. Jackie said she would sponsor ten at $20 apiece, and then everybody got on board and pledges made for about 74 sweatshirts for students. Thanks to: Jackie 10; Jerry 5; Sally 5; Ann 5: Richard 5; Tom 5: Don 5; Becky 5; Mike 5; Sarah 5; Marcy 5; Patsy 3; Sue 2; Shirley 2 1/2; Will 1; Dave 1; Lynn (our guest) 1; Claudia 1; Jim 1. Some of us are going to look into buying some adult size for ourselves, as well.
Linda circulated the sign up sheet to ring the Bell for Salvation Army on Dec 6 and 7 at Old Navy
Cynthia noted she is still taking head shots for our Rotary Directory, and that CARC has an article in the latest issue of Fresno Life Magazine.
Jerry gave his weekly words of wisdom from founder Paul Harris: If Rotary ceases to be a responsibility to service above self, it then becomes a pastime without a purpose,” and “There can be no better introduction to the life of a community than one that is realized through the Rotary Clubs that support and serve it.”
Jerry introduced our own member Michelle Tutunjian, who prefaced the program with invitation to join with Fresno County EOC in joining with the EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services in recognizing November as National Runaway Prevention Month with a list of activities throughout the month, beginning with proclamation at City Council meeting on Nov. 7, and including dedication of the Fresno LGBT Community Center as an official Safe Place at 1055 N. Van Ness Suite A on Nov. 14 at 3:00 P.M. Contact Michelle for details.
Michelle noted that EOC is a lead agency in the fight against human trafficking, and introduced Coordinator Ronna Brite and Fresno Police Sgt, Curt Chastain, representing the Coalition of Human Trafficking which was formed in April 2010. They showed a sobering and powerful video which defined human trafficking as a form of modern day slavery, forced commercial sex acts, and a violation of basic human rights. The extremely troubling statistics revealed 18,000-20,000 people are brought into the United States from all over the world annually for human trafficking purposes, and they are finding victims as young as 12 years. Much of the activity runs through a proliferation of massage parlors and huge numbers come from China. They described the process of how victims are approached and drawn in, and cited the indicators (see slide in the album of photos for those indicators of those who are victims). They talked about strategies to fight the problem, saying there are three primary issues: the demand side – the John’s who pay; the pimps who recruit and profit – and the victims themselves. They cited the difficulty in addressing the problem, and summarized the work of the Coalition here as: 21 sex traffickers convicted, one victim came forward to testify (an extremely difficult achievement), and a minimum of 210 victims are no longer under the control of offenders. There was a great deal of interest and many questions, and Patsy asked that they return with more information. Michelle stated there is a website for more information (Michelle is requested to send out that website)
NEXT WEEK’S MEETING Nov. 12 will be at the Veterans Memorial Museum in the Memorial Building at the southeast corner of Fresno and N Streets. See you there!
It continues to be a pleasure to serve with you through the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!
Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno