Although he’s an established Realtor in our community, Campbell Rotarian Rod Hibner actually addressed us today about one of his community service projects. Rod and his wife have been an active donors and supporters of the Hunger Project for more than ten years.
The Hunger Project aims to empower women and men to end their own hunger, focusing primarily in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
The project is less about providing direct hunger alleviation with shelters and food shipments, and more about enterprise development and enrichment. They have identified three critical elements to their success:
- Mobilizing people to build self-reliance.
- Empowering women. When women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.
- Forging Partnerships with local government.
The Hunger Project has also collaborated with Rotary International and other local clubs in various projects, including restoring clean water services to the Jaldu earthquake epicenter in Ethiopia. Rod tells us that Rotary and The Hunger Project are continuing to investigate new projects, including international grant support and local club partnerships.
Performing Arts curriculum in public education is a hot topic these days, so today we welcome Louis Stone-Collonge, founder of the Audacity Performing Arts Project.
After sharing the dismal statistics for local graduation rates and statewide educational spending — including the disappearance of performing arts funding — Louis proposed performing arts as an inspirational tool that can be used to keep kids in school and to motivate them to succeed.
“Performing Arts educations is not about the manufacture of artists. Performing Arts education is about inspiration … unleashing that natural creativity that all of us have.”
Among the many arts groups and children’s theater companies in Santa Clara County, the Audacity Performing Arts Project is unique in bringing productions directly to children and families.
In addition, every child who shows at an audition plays. The learning experience and the benefits articulated elsewhere are made stronger when more people participate. Everyone benefits and grows in the performing arts, regardless of their starting position of experience. Audacity also teaches technical theater skills and backstage activities.
As an example of a recent program, Louis shared the “Shakespeare News Network,” produced by school children in Milpitas.
Louis also is also hosting a special webpage with more links and information tailored for his presentation: Rotary.AudacityPerformingArts.com
Again with the timely Luncheon Speakers!
Days after the Governor announces the emergency drought declaration for California, Campbell Rotary welcomes Michael Frost, vice president of the steering committee for Restore the Delta, to discuss Restore the Delta’s concerns with the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a comprehensive conservation strategy aimed at protecting dozens of species of fish and wildlife, while permitting the reliable operation of California’s two biggest water delivery projects.
Frost argues that several elements of the BDCP are too risky and are irresponsible for future allocation of water resources across California. He is especially concerned about the role of some water districts and valley farmers spread across the San Joaquin Valley.
The draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) has been made available for public review, with the public comment period running through April 14, 2014.
Restore the Delta is a grassroots campaign committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta – a coalition of Delta residents, business leaders, civic organizations, community groups, faith-based communities, union locals, farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists – seeks to strengthen the health of the estuary and the well-being of Delta communities.