Foundation of discussion:
Presentation – Carol A. Thomas – I am For the Child!
VOLUNTEER RECRUITER –State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
We are looking for Volunteers! GAL Volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The GAL Volunteer develops a consistent relationship with the child. Guardian ad Litem’s role is to protect the rights of and advocate for the Best Interest of children involved in Dependency Court Proceedings- children who are in ‘Out of Home ‘care.
These children have been removed from an unsafe household because of abandonment, abuse or neglect.
The first Judicial District (4 counties in the Panhandle of Florida) is home to 1,800 children who are in the Dependency system. Guardian ad Litem is appointed, by the court, to represent the best interest of these children. Our goal is to Provide a VOICE for every child.
The challenge of our program is to increase awareness and to help members of this community realize how they can join us to make a difference in a child’s life.
To become a GAL you have to be 21 years old or older and be able to pass a Level2 Background check. You will attend 30 hours of training and then be mentored when you are assigned your case. You visit the child regularly and report once a month
firstname.lastname@example.org Carol’s email if you would like to volunteer.
Website at www.guardianadlitem.org for more information.
For Information on the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation (the local non-profit supporting the First Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program), please visit www.nwfgal.org
TJ Edwards addressed both clubs
Dan Shugart Sports Anchor WEAR TV3 was introduced. He asked who are you going to be? Then mentioned the things that both schools have to be proud of. It strikes me not the number of great athletes from our area but the number of great people we have. These people have accomplished more off the field than on the field.
We maintain great traditions within the various sports. That we play hard on the field and played clean. We have two good teams and a great spirited rivalry.
Head coach of the UWF Argonauts Pete Shinnick Key Note on Rivalry and Competition spoke of his dad being an NFL coach
He reminded us what sports is about:
1) Can draw a community together
2) Focus should be on TEAM
What he looks for:
1) Tough player
2) Ready to play hard on the field
3) Tough and confidence
4) Off the field to be a gentleman.
Do not focus on the possible negative that happened on the field. Pay attention to the positive energy. Making memories and opportunities is what you want to take with you.
Introduced Bobby Clayton. He stated the game this weekend is important because it is for the District Championship.
For those that weren't able to attend our meeting last Tuesday at St. Sylvester, TJ put together an awesome program for our Gulf Breeze/Navarre community. Click here to watch the TV coverage of our Rivalry & Respect meeting at 2' 30" into the WEAR Sports link below. You may have to copy and paste the link below in your browser.
The game was also extremely exciting coming down to the last play with Gulf Breeze winning 31-28.
Governor Champion encouraged Rotarians to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Our district conference will be April 6-9, 2017 in San Destin Grand Resort. He encouraged everyone to attend both the Rotary International convention and the district conference. Both of these are going to be tremendous events
Rotary has given $3 Billion in service projects around the world. Our individual contributions are small but together they are large. For every $1 contributed 88 cents is contributed and only 12 cents is applied toward administration costs.
There are 33 clubs in our district that have received grants. All that was asked was received by Individual clubs that used the money for many different projects.
District Governor Roger Champion would like us to do a new event to create more public awareness.
Mr. Champion says that fellowship is a very important part of a Rotary Club. He feels we should take advantage of our fellowship events.
Our district governor would love for everyone who would like to earn a Presidential Citation to get one. Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Presidential Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects,giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. He says to start early.
District Governor Roger Champion thanked Kerry Anne for helping with the district conference. He concluded and asked us to like him on Facebook.
Speaker Jake Abear is from Navarre and is a student at UWF. As freshman he started Rotaract at UWF. He is Student Body President. There are a Board of Trustees and a Board of Governors. He is the student representative for the Board of Governors.
The student population is growing. There are now 13,000 students. Many live on campus or within 5 miles of campus. They are engaging on a State level.
Saturday the new football team had the first home game. They have played twice and are undefeated.
UWF has small class sizes. With more students there is more risk however they will always continue moving forward.
Jake’s after school plan is to work in a Computer Science Job in Pensacola. He said a lot of students want to move after graduation. He explained that the students that are local want to move after Graduation. He feels the reason they get so many students from South Florida is because they want to move as far away from home as possible but still pay instate tuition.
UWF has been adding programs such as Mechanical Engineer Program and Physician’s Assistant Program.
Questions were asked and answered.
Vici Papajohn invited him to Career Day at the high school on October 5.
He continued to explain that UWF has a Japan House to get student involved with Japan
And a Confucius House for them to connect with the Chinese.
UWF’s Board of Governors want UWF to be best in the Nation and would like them to be in the top 10 universities. They want to partner with other universities for Research.
Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation
*More than 122,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant
*More than 5,500 Floridians are on the waiting list
*284 Floridians died in 2015 while waiting for an organ transplant
"When we knew our daughter was not going to survive, we added the organ recipients to our prayers. We didn’t know who would receive Madison’s organs, but
we knew that within days several deserving people would get a very special phone call. We always discussed organ donation as a family, and we all decided that if the difficult decision had to be made, we would choose organ donation."
Madison’s heart, both lungs, liver and one kidney were recovered and transplanted FOUR lives were saved that day!
In a letter to the recipients, her mother, Jody, wrote, we hope that you not only received
Madison's organs, but we hope you also received her wonderful smile... her smile was
contagious and would brighten anyone's day! When you see your scar, we hope Madison's gift to you will bring a Madison smile to your face
The Bad News
*22 Americans die each day while waiting for a transplant.
*Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list.
The Good News
*More than 8.7 million Floridians have signed up to be donors on Florida’s donor registry.
*An average of 50% of Floridians who get a driver license or state ID card say yes to
donation and that percentage continues to grow.
63% of teenagers, 15-18 register as donors.
*Education in the schools about the benefits of organ, tissue and eye donation
*Education in the hospitals about their role in organ and tissue donation
*Education through civic clubs and service organizations
*Working partnerships with Florida Tax Collectors offices.
*Close cooperation with Florida driver’s license examiners.
*The compassionate commitment of people like you who register as donors to save or improve the lives of your fellow Floridians/
If you haven’t registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor, goto www.donatelifeflorida.org It just takes moments, but it is the decision of a lifetime