October-November 2017 Weekly Meetings

Join us on Tuesdays from noon to 1:15 pm for our weekly meetings. They are held at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno.

You must be a member of a Rotary Club, or a guest of Cultural Arts Rotary Club to attend the meetings. Advance registration is required. Contact Terri Broderick, Club Secretary.

Lunch: $15 per person. Cash or check payable to Cultural Arts Rotary Club.

Here is a list of speakers and programs for October and November.

Tuesday, October 3
Guest Speaker: Marc Patterson, Teacher, McLane High School, Fresno Unified School District

Meet Art Teacher Marc Patterson and learn about his role inspiring students to create art projects impacting social justice issues that have received local and national recognition.

Tuesday, October 10
We are not hosting a club meeting on October 10 as we honor Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 17
Guest Speaker: Craig Scharton, CEO, Scharton Urban Development Strategies

Learn about Fresno’s economic revitalization efforts and Downtown Fresno Partnership’s “Fulton Street Party” -a historic event on October 21st to celebrate Fulton’s past, exciting future, and businesses that make up the Fulton Entertainment District.

Tuesday, October 24
Speaker: Dr. Julie L. Carter, Artistic Director and Founder of Soli Deo Gloria

Topic: Soli Deo Gloria is a premier women’s ensemble in the Central Valley. Learn about how this group illuminates truth and beauty through choral artistry.

Tuesday, October 31
Speaker: Honorable Hilary A. Chittick, Presiding Judge, California Superior Court, Fresno

Topic: Fresno County’s Veterans Treatment Court

Meet Judge Chittick who provides over Fresno’s Veterans Court (VTC). VTC’s are collaborative courts that offer rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration.

Tuesday, November 7
Program: The Rotary Foundation

Join us and lean about the history of Rotary Foundation and how we are making a difference! The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that change lives. During the past 100+ years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing sustainable projects in the community and around the world. Cultural Arts Rotary Club is one of over 35,000 clubs that carry out sustainable service projects in six areas: promoting peace, providing clear water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economics, and fighting disease.

Tuesday, November 14
Program: A.J. Parker-Foster Musical Instrument Project

Join us for a special celebration honoring the 2017 student recipient of the A.J. Parker-Foster Scholarship Memorial Award. Since 2012, Cultural Arts Rotary Club in partnership with the family of A.J. Parker Foster, has collaborated on a musical instrument project. Annually, a musical instrument has been given to a youth who has demonstrated a dedication to music, studies, and community contributions and who may not otherwise be able to afford the purchase.

Tuesday, November 21
There will be no club meeting today in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, November 28
Speaker: Salam Naila, Chief Financial Officer, Fresno EOC and Chief Executive Officer, Access Plus Capitol

Topic: Access Plus Capital

Access Plus Capital, a subsidiary of Fresno EOC, provides essential support and services to aspiring entrepreneurs in the Central Valley. Learn how Assess Plus Capital through financing, training, and asset development services has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

K-12 Art Contest



Cultural Arts Rotary announces a youth-designed art contest throughout Fresno County Schools. The mural theme is “Protect Our Land, Air and Water Because We Feed the World.” Students are invited to provide a drawing electronically (see submission requirements on page 2) to become a mural that as a single entry or as part of a group selection will be 8 feet high and 44 feet long.

The mural will be mounted above the Agricultural Building at the Fresno Fairgrounds in the spring of 2018 for all to see!

The top finalist in each category will receive a $100 gift card. An honorable mention will receive a $50 gift card in each category. All entries will receive a certificate of participation. All finalist artwork will be shown at Arte Americas Student Gallery at the January 4, 2018 Art Hop and through the month. Other artwork submitted may be included depending upon the number of entries received or it may be limited to just finalists.

Any student in kindergarten through 12th grade in Fresno County may participate, including home-schooled students.


A Shinzen Stroll: Champagne Brunch in the Garden

A Sunday champagne brunch will delight with music, arts, silent auction, and cultural performances.

Join us for this joint fundraiser by the Cultural Arts Rotary Club and Shinzen Garden that will benefit the youth arts, educational programs, and the Shinzen Garden.

You will enjoy brunch items from local restaurants while experiencing the beauty, art, and performance pockets in the garden. Champagne and other drinks are available no-host.

Tickets are available online for $30 in advance. Space permitting, day of event tickets will be available at the door for $40.

Visit our Facebook event page for updates on entertainment and more!

Seven Organizations Focusing on Children or Arts Receive Funds from Cultural Arts Rotary Foundation

A total of $10,600 is awarded to six local and one international organizations to benefit primarily childrens’ organizations, with an emphasis on the arts. To encourage and promote arts and children’s wellbeing, each year Cultural Arts Rotary gifts organizations applying for funds through its Foundation. This year’s awardees for 2016‐17 are:

  • Children’s Musical Theaterworks ‐ $1,250 ‐ costuming for a full scale production in 2017
  • West Africa Vocational School ‐ $1,000 – educational and vocational materials for phase 2 of the New Entrepreneur’s Program to assist with welding, mechanics, and computer skill development for youth in West Africa.
  • Civic Learning Partnership Project ‐ $800 – production of two documentary videos for the Democracy School Program at Sutter Middle School, Baird Middle School, and Keplar Neighborhood School. Five hundred students in 18 classes will choose a community problem project which will be documented by Sunnyside High School’s Video Academy.
  • Howard K. Watkins Photographic Archives Project ‐ $500 – improve website to provide better access to the collection as well as increase the number of photographs available online
  • Jazz Fresno ‐ $1,000 ‐ the annual community event, When Art Meets Jazz
  • Focus Forward ‐ $1,250.00 ‐ the Spoken Word Poetry project and the annual Focus on Youth Success event
  • Fresno Arts Council ‐ $4,800 – children’s art display at the Water Tower

Cultural Arts Rotary cultivates creativity through service. Meeting every Tuesday noon at Arte Americas, funds are raised through fundraisers to benefit the community, with a particular focus on youth arts. For more information on the club or its giving, please go to thwww.culturalartsrotary.org.