Sunday, September 18, 2011

Angel's Hand Project

Meeting: Monday, September 12th, 2011

Baljit Gill, WRC Community Service Chair and benefactor took the initiative to design Angel's Hand, a project that would become a tradition for the Back to School time of the year.

Baljit's passion for making a difference never ceases to amaze me. From providing education to less fortunate children in India to fighting to stop hunger in the community we live in, he is a true leader who continues to do wonderful things in the world.

Club members joined hands to make school kits (note books, folders, writing papers, pencils, glue, erasers etc.) for elementary students at Sanford Elementary School in Newport News.

Rotarians wrote special messages in the cards to these children. This will help the children of mostly active duty military men who are defending our country and we appreciate their sacrifices for the nation.

This fall, Baljit prepared two more projects to engage our fellow Rotarians and Interactors in the NN Fall Festival and a Bag Lunch project meant to diminish hunger in the community.

Parking Project – Newport News Fall Festival (October 02, 2011)

Rotarians will be working with Menchville High School Interact Club to assist in the parking at Newport News Park on this annual affair. Volunteers will be directing traffic for parking, collecting parking tickets and working with Newport News Park Services during the whole day. Club members will also serve as good role models for the young Interactors.

Bag Lunch Project with Newport News Social Services – October 03, 2011
This is one of our projects directed towards hunger issues in the community. Club Rotarians will lend their services to bag at least 600 food packets for the homeless and needy population of Newport News. Menchville High School Interact club members will join us on this day. Thanks to Doug Shires for his assistance in coordinating this event. We wish him God speed.

If you haven't got a chance to sign up to volunteer for these events, please contact Baljit in the next two weeks.

Message from Brad:

President Page would like you to mark your calendars for a social for the club and spouses/guests at her house on Sunday, October 9 from 4—6pm. Please RSVP Page at by Oct 3.

Have a great week! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

“Everyone matters, everyone has value, and everyone has to be honored”

Meeting: Monday, August 28th, 2011

Paul S. Trible Jr., our guest of honor, represented the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983. Following his term in the Senate, Trible was a Teaching Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In January, 1996, he was appointed to lead CNU.

A leader of rare finesse, Paul Trible implemented academic programs that positioned CNU into the ranks of the most distinguished liberal arts colleges in the nation.

CNU is the youngest of public universities in Virginia, celebrating 50 years today, September 18th. Mr. Trible describes the university as a special place that has the right size (5,000 students) where professors know their students by name and where they can be there for them every step of the way, a school where students are engaged to bring the classroom alive. The campus has expanded due to $500 million of new construction finished since 1992. The marvelous sense of community makes it an attractive place for students providing them with a dynamic learning environment as well as a comfortable, safe and satisfying living experience. No wonder students who live on campus are more successful academically and socially.

“CNU is about leadership, honor, and civil engagement”- Mr.Trible continues. He strongly believes that life is about service and leadership, about making a difference. President’s Leadership Program at CNU was designed specifically for students who want to change the world. The program focuses on leadership skills and includes a variety of special features, including stipends for studying abroad, priority internships, scholarship support and meetings with top leaders.

“Our job is to inspire and motivate and there is nothing that inspires more than beautiful art and architecture” says the president.

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