NEXT MEETING: June 21, 2013
Teach for America
Since Teach For America (TFA) started in 1990, nearly 33,000 TFA teachers have taught more than 3 million children nationwide. TFA’s mission is to contribute to the elimination of educational inequity by helping ensure that children growing up in low-income communities get an excellent education. TFA recruits committed recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools, trains and develops the teachers so they have an immediate positive impact on their students, and then fosters the leadership of TFA alumni as they continue to deepen their impact as educational leaders and advocates. Come learn more about Teach For America, including its contributions in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, where about 80 TFA teachers come to work in classrooms each day.
MEETING OF June 14, 2013
Joey Bags led us in the pledge today, and George Egan asked the club for a moment of silence for “Peace and Freedom on Earth”. Sid’s thought for the day was ”If you never try you will never know”
Sunshine & Rotarians with Guests
The President will convene a brief Club Assembly for a one-item voice vote on a recommendation of the Board of Directors. The recommendation is to adopt an amendment to add a Non-discrimination Clause to the Club’s By-Laws. The adoption of this amendment will position the Club more favorably when it applies for future grants from non-profits that require their applicants to have such clauses.
“The Rotary Club of Richmond, Inc., admits members of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, marital status and age to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to members of the club. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin gender, gender identity, sexual preference, marital status nor age in its administration, policies, admissions, programs, and other activities.”
Happy and Sad Dollars
More ponderisms …
Captain Martin McNair was introduced by Tom Waller, a fellow Navy officer. Martin was commissioned in 1962 at the Officer Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island. He was a member of Class 29 – Underwater demolition Team.
Martin explained how Draper Kaufman became the first Navy Seal. He briefly reviewed what are, for some, well-known aspects of the Navy Seal training program:
Draper Kaufman, the father of the Navy Seals, was one of those who did make the cut, but his eyesight was poor; he failed the physical and was denied entry to the elite group. So off he went to Europe at the height of WWII where he worked as an ambulance driver until he was captured by the Germans in France.
In a prisoner exchange Draper was returned to England, where he was taught to disarm unexploded bombs in London, a very important and dangerous job that nobody wanted to do.
When Draper returned home some time afterward to see his father, a friend of his father, a Navy Admiral, was visiting. Draper told the admiral his story. At about this time a Marine assault force in the Pacific had lost many men when their landing craft hit a reef, which the Marines thought was the shore. When they jumped from the craft many were drowned in the deep water. As a consequence the Navy decided to employ a phalanx of divers to chart near shore waters before any beach assault and use explosives to create a path through the reefs.
To the Admiral, Draper with his invaluable explosive handling skills was the perfect candidate to implement this new strategy. He was readmitted to the Navy, when an underwater demolition team training facility was created in Fort Pierce, Florida. This became the Navy Seals.
The Navy Seal teams grew from these modest beginnings. Today there are 2,000 people in the Navy
Seal program under the command of a 4-star Admiral.
Mark Howe, Rotating Scribe