NEXT MEETING: June 5, 2015
From Nature to Neighborhoods: Developing Youth & Adult Leaders in Richmond
Blanca Hernandez, Program Director of YES, Youth Enrichment Strategies, comes to Richmond Rotary Club to provide an update and overview on YES and its programs. Since 1999, YES Nature to Neighborhoods has provided leadership pathways for youth, adults, and their families through camp and community programs. Each year, YES serves nearly one thousand Richmond youth, teens, parents and community members through four interrelated programs. The YES target audience are residents in Richmond’s Iron Triangle and North Richmond neighborhoods.
Blanca joined YES in 2008. Prior to that, Blanca worked for several years with the West Contra Costa Unified School District. It was then that she began to cultivate strong relationships in the community and developed a passion towards working for the well-being of youth and families in the city of Richmond. In her current position, she has the opportunity to share her love of the outdoors by developing and facilitating programming in nature that restores individuals to their essential selves and empowers them to become active residents back in the community. Blanca graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Literature and completed CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color in 2012. She has served for nearly three years on the Health Richmond steering committee, is fluent in Spanish, enjoys painting, writing, and jogging with her dog, Bo.
MEETING OF May 29, 2015
President Stoney Stonework welcomed guests and Rotarians and called the meeting to order. Connie Tritt was asked to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stoney led us in the invocation, a silent prayer for Freedom, Peace & Justice on Earth. Today’s Chauvinism, fresh from the Emerald Isle, “There are two classes of people that need good memories: liars & politicians.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Happy and Sad Dollars
Free to be Me: How to create your personalized Cancer Survivorship Plan
Prez Stoney introduced Oncologist Dr. Madhu Shetti who presented a program based on the need for (if you are a cancer survivor like me) and benefit from a Cancer Survivorship Plan.
This was one of our ‘You should have been there…’ programs because there was a lot covered and depending on your own motivation, the topic could have been anything from frightening to boring. Dr. Shetti provided a handout outline of the program that you can get from her at this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, (or me) if you are interested, but I’m not going to cover it’s many important details because they are best discussed with a ‘cancer coach’ like Dr. Shetti.
Important topics covered during her presentation included the following:
The best part of Dr. Shetti’s presentation was seeing that bright, talented young people like herself are helping all of us deal with life’s real threats. The program name says it all (Cancer Survivorship Plan) and on to the ‘new normal’.
Thank you, Dr. Madhu Shetti, on behalf of Richmond Rotary.
Jim Young, Rotating Scribe