News for Q3 2016

Mexican Mission to Puruandiro, Michoacán

Mission Details

Final planning for RCI’s tenth mission and first to Mexico is almost complete. the Rotary Clubs of Toledo ($5000) and Sylvania ($1000.00) are financially supporting the mission. Additional funding is a $1000 grant from MESA and a District Grant. The Rotary Club of Puruándiro Purepecho is responsible for the container once it arrives at the Port of Lazaro Cardenas.

The mission dates are November 17 to the 28th. The mission team is composed of three education professionals who are fluent in Spanish, and the Project Coordinator… Mel Honig.

We still have room for any Rotarian(s) who would like to join the Mission Team. We all arrive in Guadalajara for a short drive to Puruándiro. The Rotary Club of Puruándiro will be hosting us as well as joining us on the mission as we open resource centers in 16 preschool classrooms.

Introducing the Mexico Mission Team

Preschool Educators:

Elana Honig Juarez; fluent in Spanish will be going on her 5th mission. Elana is a specialist in music and dance education, working with preschool age children.

Elana, far right, working with Spanish speaking families during Mission 1 to Belize.

Elana, far right, working with Spanish speaking families during Mission 1 to Belize.

Eleanor (Carmen) Carillo;  fluent in Spanish has been on 3 previous missions all in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts of Belize. Carmen previously was the Director of Preschool Education for the Ministry of Education, Orange Walk District; and most recently an Instructor of Preschool Education at the Corozal Junior College.

Carmen, (on left) chooses the schools and then follows up to insure that teachers and principals know how to use: and are using the donated equipment.

Carmen, (on left) chooses the schools and then follows up to insure that teachers and principals know how to use: and are using the donated equipment.

Technical Support

Mario Bull; also fluent in Spanish has already completed two missions in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts of southern Belize. Mario is a school teacher in the city of Dangriga. He is competent in computer software and hardware… and will indispensible on the mission as he can solve any problem that the mission team may face.

Mario with children after setting up computers in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District.

Mario with children after setting up computers in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District.

Donations during the third quarter of 2016

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Televisions/AV carts Owens Community College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
VHS Tapes Russ Wood Russ Wood Sylvania
Televisions Andrew Timothy Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Games and toys Rotary Club of Bryan/ Gary Davis Bryan/N. Baltimore
Computers Iler Network & Computing Kent Iler Elyria
Books Friends of the Library Marcy Levy/Mel Honig Sylvania
Soccer Balls Sylvania Recreation Center Chris Casper/Mel Honig Sylvania
Book Cases, TVs, VCRs Sisters of Notre Dame Sister Rita Schroeder/David Best Sylvania
Games and Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Books-4-Buddies Laneta Goings/Mel Honig Sylvania
School Supplies/Exercise Mats* Sam’s Club Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and Toys Denise Kohler Gail Odneal Sylvania
Computers and Computer accessories Promedica Physicians Andrew Timothy Sylvania

*Product sold at wholesale prices

Monetary

Donor Amount
Ron Mintz 50.00
Home Depot 75.00*

*Store Credit

Your donation can be here next month. Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded. We now need to seek funding for our mission.

Belize Mission Q2 2016

Final Report, Mission 9 to Belize

Even though the mission team left Belize late March, 2016 and the Final Report for the project has been submitted and approved by the District 6600 Grant Committee; the work of insuring the sustainability and proper use of resources sent to Belize continues. The Rotary Club of Punta Gorda has developed a worksheet designed to evaluate the overall project and also to determine if the preschools are taking advantage of the educational materials donated for their use. The worksheets are presented to the schools when the Punta Gorda team makes on site visits to the preschools.

Some of the comments from the first three preschool visit worksheets are summarized below:

Concerning computer use:

Computer bank at Big Falls. Below is their schedule for use by the preschoolers.

Computer bank at Big Falls.

Their schedule for use by the preschoolers.

Their schedule for use by the preschoolers.

While some schools are integrating the computers into their classroom programs, most of the schools are having issues.  The main problem is difficulty of use and also the level of the programs.  It must be remembered that most of the children come to preschool with little or no English language skills.  Not surprising that they are having some difficulties but with time, perseverance and some outside help we feel that these initial problems will be overcome.

Concerning books, games, toys, TVs, etc. 

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Many of the books we send down were too advanced for preschool or children in the process of acquiring English skills.  Part of the plan is to send books in varying degrees of difficulty.  There is a great need for books at all levels.  On average what we sent to each school was 2 boxes of children’s books, 1 box of resource books (as those pictured above) and one box of intermediate readers.  Another pallet of early childhood pamphlets donated by Books-4-Buddies and the Perrysburg School system was given to the Toledo District Ministry of Education (MOE) to be distributed as they see fit.

Children 'check out' some of the several thousand pamphlets that were given to the MOE for distribution to the schools.

Children ‘check out’ some of the several thousand pamphlets that were given to the MOE for distribution to the schools.

The feedback from the school evaluation sheets clearly indicate that the mission team needs to spend more time at each school going over the reasons why we send certain materials and how they can best be used.

Toys are always a success. Some of the games and toys we sent were too advanced for young children so they were passed onto upper levels classes. In the future we will send toys, especially blocks (a big favorite) and art supplies, that are more young child friendly.

Another important lesson that we got from the feedback is that we need to be more careful when distributing product to the schools. We try to make sure each school gets the proper amount on educational equipment during distribution but time and space constraints can make this difficult.

As far as teachers being worried about the difficulty of many of the educational tools: Preschool is a two or three year program and the educational tools (especially computer software programs and children’s books) that are difficult or even impossible now for students will be age appropriate in the second year of preschool. We will continue to send both advanced readers and resource books because of the lack of books in the schools. Some items, especially the overhead projectors were not seem as an asset and we will probably not send them (the overheads) in the future.

The more missions RCI conducts and feedback we get helps us to improve each successive mission.

Future missions to Belize

The Rotary Club of Elyria, acting as International club, will be applying for a Global Grant to sponsor several missions to Belize over the next few years.  The Rotary Club of Punta Gorda will be the host club.   Hopefully we will get approval of the grant in time to sponsor a fall 2016 mission to the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize.

Mission 1 to Mexico

The Rotary Club of Sylvania has agreed to sponsor the first mission to the municipality of Puruandiro, Michoacán, Mexico. The mission will partner with the Rotary Club of Toledo and the Rotary Club of Puruandiro Purepecho to open 16 Resource Centers in preschools in the municipality. The U.S. budget for the mission is $12,180 and will funded by the Rotary Clubs of Sylvania, Toledo, Mesa and a District Grant that has been applied for. The Rotary Club of Puruandiro Purepecho will be responsible for expenses in getting the container from the Port of Entry to Puruandiro and then storing the product until a mission team arrives late November, 2016.

It has taken over one year to accomplish the above yet there is still more to do. Each preschool must fill out an online application. We use the application to determine how the items we send down will be distributed. The application also commits the preschool personnel to maintaining and integrating what is sent into their educational program. Another hurdle to cross is obtaining a District Grant to help fund the mission.

RCI is currently forming the Mission Team. Needed are people interested in the process of opening resource centers. We will have translators with us as some of the team members have already been chosen who are bilingual. The only ‘skilled’ people we need are computer technicians but any interested Rotarian is invited to go along on the mission. The mission dates are November 18 – 27.

Donations during the first quarter of 2016

Educational Equipment and Materials

VHS TapesVHS TapesToys and GamesTelevision SetsComputersComputersTelevision, ComputersTVs, VCRs, Video cartsGames & ToysComputersGames/Toys/VHS tapes/BooksTVs/Computer/Computer Accessories/PrintersComputersBooks, games, TVPallet of Educational BooksSports Equipment

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
VHS Tapes Alicia Yoxthimer Alicia Yoxthimer Sylvania
VHS Tapes Russ Wood Alicia Yoxthimer Sylvania
Toys and Games Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Television Sets Mike & Tanya Sherman Natalya Romanova/ M Honig Sylvania
Computers Flower Hospital Raj Kanwal Sylvania
Computers Dick Binau Angelica Rinehart Fremont
Television, Computers Jo Ann Pontius Andrew Timothy Sylvania
TVs, VCRs, Video carts Owens Community College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Games & Toys Carla Gonyer/Mercy College Gail Odneal/Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers Eiler Networking Kent Iler Elyria
Games/Toys/VHS tapes/Books Rotary Club of Elyria Amber Fisher Elyria
TVs/Computer/Computer Accessories/Printers Rotary Club of Perrysburg Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Computers Jim Heinrich Bob Ruehl St Mary’s/Lima
Books, games, TV Hope Lutheran Church Karen Baker-Zepf West Toledo
Pallet of Educational Books Perrysburg School Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Sports Equipment Gary Davis Gary Davis N. Baltimore

Monetary

Donor Amount
Rotary Club of Toledo $5000.00*
Rotary Club of Sylvania 1000.00*
Heinrich Foundation 1000.00

*Designated Funds for the Mission to Mexico

Your donation can be here next month. Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded. We now need to seek funding for our mission.

Presentations

  • Presidents’ Council
    • Areas 1 & 2
    • Areas 3 & 4
  • Two Toledos Spanish High School Honors Recognition
  • Rotary Club of Elyria

News for December 2015/January 2016

Meet the Mission Team

From left Rotarians Mel Honig (Sylvania) Robin Kaufman, Kent Iler, Amber Fisher (Elyria)

From left Rotarians Mel Honig (Sylvania) Robin Kaufman, Kent Iler, Amber Fisher (Elyria)

The Mission Team to Belize is set.  Directly participating in setting up the resource centers are 4 Rotarians (with two of their family members) and 4 Belizeans.  Also helping/participating will be over 100 educators, local Rotarians and Belizeans in distributing and setting up the educational materials, preparing the resource center sites and receiving training in their use and care.

Mission dates are from March 11 through March 24 when resource centers will be opened in 18 pre and primary schools.  You can be a part of this mission.  Every day we will update you with text and pictures as we open the resource centers.  It is hoped that you will enjoy and benefit from the day to day activities of the mission team, faculty, students and Belizeans.

The team members are:

Tori Fisher, high school junior and daughter of Amber: 3rd mission

Tori Fisher, high school junior and daughter of Amber: 3rd mission

Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, Rotary Club of Sylvania: 11th mission

Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, Rotary Club of Sylvania: 11th mission

Kent Iler, Iler Computer and Networking, Elyria Rotarian: 4th mission

Kent Iler, Iler Computer and Networking, Elyria Rotarian: 4th mission

Robin Kaufman, Elyria Rotarian: 1st Mission

Robin Kaufman, Elyria Rotarian: 1st Mission

Morlin Bull, Teacher, Dangriga, Belize: 2nd Mission

Morlin Bull, Teacher, Dangriga, Belize: 2nd Mission

Eleanor Carillo, Education Teacher, Corozal Junior College: 4th Mission

Eleanor Carillo, Education Teacher, Corozal Junior College: 4th Mission

Franco Carillo, high school senior, Orange Walk Technical High School: 3rd Mission

Franco Carillo, high school senior, Orange Walk Technical High School: 3rd Mission

Floyd Lino: Ministry of Education, Toledo District: 1st Mission

Floyd Lino: Ministry of Education, Toledo District: 1st Mission

Jo Audinette, Punta Gorda Rotarian: 1st Mission

Jo Audinette, Punta Gorda Rotarian: 1st Mission

Amber Fisher, President of the Rotary Club of Elyria: 3rd mission

Amber Fisher, President of the Rotary Club of Elyria: 3rd mission

Neal Kaufman, First Mission: 1st Mission – Camera shy

Unloading the Container

With no forklift truck available everything had to be unloaded by hand.

With no forklift truck available everything had to be unloaded by hand.

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Donations during the first quarter of 2016

Educational Equipment and Materials

Toys and gamesSports EquipmentSports EquipmentSports EquipmentBooksComputer PartsGames, ToysComputer systemsVHS TapesWood Shelving

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Toys and games Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Sports Equipment Gary Davis Gary Davis N Baltimore
Sports Equipment David Puckett Mel Honig Sylvania
Sports Equipment Shadow Valley Tennis Club David Puckett Sylvania
Books (20 boxes) Queen of Apostles Mel Honig/Laneta Goings Sylvania
Computer Parts Oregon School System Steve Bialorucki Oregon/Northwood
Games, Toys Members of the Rotary Club of Elyria Amber Fisher/Jillian Riddle Elyria
Computer systems Iler Networking Kent Iler Elyria
VHS Tapes Kent Iler Kent Iler Elyria
Wood Shelving Univ. Of Toledo Terri Miller/Mel Honig Sylvania

Monetary

 

Donor Amount
Balt Juarez $1000.00
Rotary 6600 District Grant $4500.00 (Rotary Club of Elyria)
Rotary Club of Elyria $4500.00

Your donation can be here next month.  Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded.  We now need to seek funding for our mission.

Presentations

  • Foundation Training in Sandusky
  • Foundation Training in Findlay

Invite us to present at your weekly Rotary Meeting. There are lots of changes going on as we move forward and we would like to bring you up to date on our MESA projects.

News for September/October 2015

A Change of Mission Plans!

The planned mission to Purepecho, Michoacán, Mexico has been postponed. In its place… Mission Ten (10) to the Toledo District of Belize is tentatively planned for December 2016. RCI’s first mission to Mexico will be rescheduled when one big hurdle can be overcome.

Several priorities must be met or resolved before a mission is conducted. If not resolved then the mission is in jeopardy of not meeting its goals. For RCI the steps needed to insure goals are met are:

  1. Establishing a need
    Sustainability over time will not happen if there is no true need for a resource center. No true need translates into a lack of interest and the center will fail for lack of use, monitoring and maintenance.
  2. Skilled personnel to operate the center
    All good intentions may come to naught if the personnel in charge do not know how to use computers, take care of the mini-library or utilize the toys and games.
  3. Rotary participation
    Needed to help insure that product sent gets to where it needs to be. Our International Rotary partners also help select the recipients and then help monitor centers after they are established.
  4. Educators/Ministry of Education
    The Ministry of Education and the host country Project Coordinators identify institutions with needs and then monitor and help support the sites once centers are established.
  5. Mission Teams
    Mission teams are made up of technical and educational professionals who can help establish the centers, insure that product sent is properly distributed and revisit centers on succeeding missions in order to evaluate successes… or areas where improvement is needed.
  6. Product to Send
    Product not only includes the hardware (tables, chairs, televisions, books cases ,etc) but also the educational materials (books, toys, sporting equipment, etc.) and software that is loaded onto the computers. Hours of preparation time are necessary to insure product integrity prior to loading a container.
  7. Financing each mission
    Financing comes from three areas; the Rotary Clubs of District 6600, Rotary Grants and finally individual contributions. Without the proper funding there is no mission.

The mission to Purepecho will be rescheduled to a future date because we have not received any educational software to place on the computers. This item is very important considering the difficulty in obtaining sufficient numbers of books in Spanish to outfit 21 preschools with centers. When we get electronic books and educational software to load onto the computers we will reschedule the mission to Purepecho.

Applications for Resource Centers

Tell a Story

Mission 9 to Belize is on schedule.
It will be a thirteen day mission from approximately March 12th to March 24th, 2016. The original plan was to open 17 centers in schools and also support the Punta Gorda Library and Hospital. Part of the process in choosing schools is to complete an application. We now have 23 applications from schools and 8 from community libraries and one from the Punta Gorda Library. It has become obvious that a second mission is needed to meet the demand. The final decision to go ahead with a second mission will be made at the completion of the March, 2016 mission.

Online applications have just been instituted and they tell a story about needs of the schools in Belize. The online Application (taken from our website: http://resourcecentersinternational.org/) is printed below. Following the Application is an analysis of the data inputted by applicants.

Resource Centers International (RCI) is a project of Rotary International District 6600. The project is designed to provide materials that will help students, ages 3 through 8, be better prepared for the primary school curriculum. This is accomplished by donating the educational materials necessary to establish a Resource Center in your school.

On the following page is an online application for you to complete. In order to be eligible for the program it is necessary to complete the application and have a pre-inspection prior to receipt of any educational

List of available supplies:

  • Computers loaded with educational software
  • Children’s books and bookshelves
  • Tables and chairs for the computer station
  • Television set with vhs and children’s tapes
  • Games, toys and sporting equipment
  • Exercise mats
  • Overhead projectors

These items will be donated to your school for the use of your infant student body.  A Rotarian Mission Team will help you set up/install the donated equipment soon after it is picked up at the distribution site.

Application for Educational Equipment

Your Info:

Your Name
Please leave this field empty.

Your Position

Your Email

Your Telephone #

School info:

Name of School

School Email

School Telephone #

Number of Students Enrolled

Number of Students Ages 3 to 8

City/Town

State/District/Province

Country

Computers:

How many working computers do you have for students ages 3 to 8?

What year did your school begin using computers? (optional)

Children’s books:

How many books do you have for students ages 3 to 8?

 We need bookshelves

Media:

 We need a television We need a VHS player We need children's tapes We need an overhead projector

Activities and equipment:

 We need mats for indoor activities.

How many toys and games do you have for students ages 3 to 8?

How much sports equipment do you have for students ages 3 to 8?

 We have an outdoor playground. We have a football field. We have a basketball court.

Other

Please describe any other education needs that you have.

Summary of Applications received

The total number of students, ages 3 to 8, in the 23 school applications is 1571. These students have access to 6 computers. Five in one school and one in another. The other 21 schools have no computers for students 3 to 8 years of age. All the schools stated that they have little to no sporting equipment as is the case with toys and games. Only one school said they had a complete library. A few schools said they had books for children, but they were worn and old. With only one or two exceptions the schools had no television sets, VCR machines or overhead projectors. None of the schools had exercise mats.

When asked to Please describe any other education needs that they have. We were flooded with additional requests: the primary one being the need for creative arts materials such as crayons, paper, paint, musical instruments, scissors, etc.

Below are two applications: one from one preschool with a small census and the other a relatively large census school. These will give you an idea of what is on a typical application: I have removed all indications of which schools the applications came from.

Number of Students Enrolled: 15
Number of Students Ages 3 to 8: 15
City/Town:
State/District/Province: Toledo
Country: Belize
We have 0 working computers available to students ages 3 to 8.
We have been using computers since the year .
We have enough but they’re worn books for students ages 3 to 8.
Bookshelves: We need bookshelves
Media: We need a VHS player, We need children’s tapes, We need an overhead projector
Activities and equipment:
Mat needs: We need mats for indoor activities.
We have some but not enough toys and games for students ages 3 to 8.
We have little or none sports equipment for students ages 3 to 8.
Outdoor space:
Other education needs: easel for painting, File box & files to organize,  activities and materials, Easel or butcher paper, Poster board to use as a portable easel, bulletin board, Clear contact paper or laminating sheets, Wiggly Eyes Round (Assorted colors & sizes), Wood craft sticks (small and large), Paper plates, standard 9″ and dessert size, Craft knife (for adults), Washable felt-tip color markers, 1 dozen Clear Tapes & tape dispenser, Computer paper (white & colored),
Construction papers, Children’s scissors, Stretch and match geo boards, Different children Costumes, Basic Skills Learning Board, reading chairs, White drawing paper (9×12 and easel size),  Cardstock,  Buttons, Rickrack, Ribbon, Yarn,  Sequins,  Beads, Stickers, Baby dolls and accessories (stroller, cradle, etc.)
Puppets (all of the hand puppets ), Dress-up clothes & shoes Big books” , large-scale books to be used on an easel, Sand Table,  Light Table, a variety of paints and paint brushes, Jumbo Coloring books

Number of Students Enrolled: 171
Number of Students Ages 3 to 8: 97
City/Town:
State/District/Province: Toledo District
Country: Belize
We have 0 working computers available to students ages 3 to 8.
We have been using computers since the year .
We have some but not enough books for students ages 3 to 8.
Bookshelves: We need bookshelves
Media: We need a television, We need a VHS player, We need a DVD player, We need children’s tapes, We need an overhead projector
Activities and equipment:
Mat needs: We need mats for indoor activities.
We have few or none toys and games for students ages 3 to 8.
We have little or none sports equipment for students ages 3 to 8.
Outdoor space: We have an outdoor playground, We have a football field
Other education needs: CD players, speakers, art supplies, puzzles, math and literacy games, sentence strips, printer and ink, projector for power point, laminator, science kit, math kit, globes, maps, puppets, beach balls, cubes, pe equipment, musical instrument, flannel boards, timer, play food set, dice, school supplies (crayons, paper etc) 10 row overhead abacus

WOULD YOUR CLUB LIKE TO ADOPT ONE?

Donations during the months of September & October:

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Toys, games, sporting equipment St David’s Episcopal Church Elana Juarez/Mel Honig Sylvania
Games & toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Toys Natasha Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers Parlan Financial Helyn Bolanis Toledo
VCRs Russell Wood Russell Wood Sylvania
Computers, Computer Equipment, TVs Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Computers Lima Bob Ruehl Lima
Chairs, Cabinets, etc. Promedica David Best Sylvania
Toys & Games Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers SSOE Andrew Timothy Sylvania
TV and VCRS Toni Gonzalez Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers and misc electronics Perrysburg Messenger Journal Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Books and sports equipment Judy Riggle Mary Aufedenkamp Oberlin
Books, toys & games Amber Fisher Amber Fisher Elyria

Monetary

Your donation can be here next month. Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded. We now need to seek funding for our mission.

Purchases

Item Vendor Cost
Books Friends of the Library $30.00
Laptop Power Cord Amazon 8.50 (Paid for by Christian Vogel, Perrysburg)

Presentations

Invite us to present at your weekly Rotary Meeting. There are lots of changes going on as we move forward and we would like to bring you up to date on our MESA projects.

News for July/August 2015

End of Year Report, Part II

Donations

The previous Newsletter (June – July 2015) summarized the financial year of Resource Centers International (RCI). Financial donations to RCI are extremely important to the conduct of missions but they are secondary in importance to the efforts of Donors and Missioners. This Newsletter thanks the individuals and organizations who donate their time and the educational materials required for each mission.

From May 2014 to June 2015 twenty (20) different Rotary organizations (Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs and Districts) have made donations of equipment and supplies. Twenty (21) individuals as well as six (6) schools, nine (9) businesses and eleven (11) NGOs (to include churches and hospitals) have also made non-financial donations. Dozens of individuals have donated their time to set up computers, load containers, sort and organize product as well as go on last year’s two missions. Additionally, Home Depot and Sam’s Club have supported the project by selling product at cost, or providing significant rebates on items purchased.

At the end of the Newsletter is a detailed listing of donations made during the year when we received as donations over 200 computers, 180 plus boxes of books and VHS tapes and thousands of other items such as televisions, soccer balls, tables, overhead projectors and games and toys. Of special note is that when Lourdes University closed their Franciscan School they donated their entire Elementary School Library to RCI… by far the largest single donation of books we have ever received.

Hola Mexico

Resource Center International’s (RCI) plans to conduct its first mission to Mexico in December 2016 in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Puruandiro Purepecho, District 4160. This is RCI’s first mission in a non-English speaking country and therefore will present new challenges as it is much easier to collect educational materials in English than in Spanish.

Puruandiro is located in the highlands of central Mexico in the State of Michoacán. The city is 200 miles west of Mexico City and 60 northwest of State Capital, Morelia. The municipality of Puruandiro has 70,000 inhabitants while the city has 30,000. There are 3 Rotary Clubs in the Municipality. the Purepecho Club gets its name from the indigenous language. Only 150 people still speak Purepecho in the municipality. If you would like to get a glimpse of the City please check out the You Tube video. Although in Spanish you can definitely get the flavor of the city without an understanding of Spanish.

View of the square and environs

View of the square and environs

The zocalo or town square of Puruandiro

The zocalo or town square of Puruandiro

How does one start a mission in Puruandiro? My cousin (I should say my son-in-law’s cousin) Sandra Olmos, is a primary school teacher in the city. While visiting this summer, Sandra and I talked about the project and how (or if) we can do a mission in Puruandiro. The first step was to contact the local Rotary Club to see if there was interest. The following day we were contacted by Club President Marco Guiza expressing interest and requesting clarification. Within a few weeks the Club approved and committed to the project; and had meetings with the Ministry of Education to also get their commitments. Over the past month Marco and Sandra have been continuously working to make this mission happen. The Ministry of Education is now developing a list of the neediest schools in the area.

As already stated Mexico presents new challenges for RCI, language being the primary one. It is anticipated that we will not be able to collect near enough books in Spanish to satisfy the concept of establishing a mini-library/resource center in the selected schools. We will approach this challenge in several ways and we need your help (as always).

  1. We need a software program for early childhood education, in Spanish, that we can download onto computers. This program must be compatible with XP operating systems. Due to the difficulties involved we need several programs to ensure we get one that can work for our purposes.
  2. Books in Spanish that are already on CDs or can be easily placed on CDs… or another format that can then be download onto the computers
  3. More emphasis will be placed on other aspects of early childhood maturation… to include
  • sports and physical development
  • music and dance (we already have a fairly complete library of traditional children’s songs in Spanish)
  • art and creative design.
  • puzzles and games that do not require language skills

How can you help us? Through donations of art supplies and materials, sporting equipment (soccer balls, baseball equipment, volleyball equipment, balls etc.) puzzles and games… and most importantly educational computer software programs and books in Spanish.

Donations during the month of August

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Books & VHS Tapes Janice Costaras George Costaras Elyria Sunrise
Books & VHS Tapes Sophia’s schools Elana Juarez/Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers Tom Finkelmeier Ins. Tom Finkelmeier Wapakoneta
Computers Cornerstone Alliance Harold Bischoff Lima
VHS Tapes Sylvania Library Susan Schafer Sylvania
Computer equipment Jim House Jim House Perrysburg
Books, games, toys, computer equipment Weber Stanley Connie Maumee
23 Boxes of Books & CDs Perrysburg Schools Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Toys Erin Hennessey Gail Odneal/Mel Honig Sylvania

Monetary

Your donation can be here next month. Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded. We now need to seek funding for our mission to Mexico.

Purchases

Item Vendor Cost
chairs, VCRs, televisions, AV carts Dilgard Auction $78.00

Presentations

Invite us to present at your weekly Rotary Meeting. There are lots of changes going on as we move forward and we would like to bring you up to date on this MESA project.

 

The following is a listing of donations of educational materials to RCI during the 13 month period of May 2014 through June 2015. We want to sincerely thank all the individuals and entities that helped make our work possible.

A special thanks to those who went on missions:

Mission Team Members

  • Amber Fisher Rotary Club of Elyria Jamaica
  • Tory Fisher Jamaica
  • Kent Iler Rotary Club of Elyria Jamaica and Belize
  • Jillian Riddle Rotary Club of Elyria Jamaica
  • Mel Honig Rotary Club of Sylvania Jamaica and Belize
  • Stacy Iler Belize
  • Scott Iler Belize

Weeks of work went into preparing computers and maintaining the Website:

  • Justin Kendall Webmaster
  • Kent Iler, Iler Networking and Computing Program Development and computer preparation
  • Laura Schuster, Owens Community College Computer preparation

International Coordinators

  • Hilda Hibbert Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar Jamaica
  • Eleanor Carillo Belize
  • Elcedia Awe Belize

DONOR Donations: Fiscal year 2014 – 2015

Toys and games

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Dolls (over 1000) MESA Gary Davis N. Baltimore
Toys & games St David’s Church Elana Juarez/Mel Honig Sylvania
Toys & games Roberta Pratt Gail Odneal/Mel Honig Sylvania
Toys & games Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Infant clothes & Toys Lynne Lohner Gail Odneal/Mel Honig Sylvania
Games & Toys Amber Fisher Amber Fisher Elyria
Games & Toys Northcoast Interact Club Gina Eschke Avon/Avon Lake
Games, Toys, Puzzles Natasha Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Games & toys National Student Nurses Association, Mercy College Sharmeta Gibbon/Gail Odneal Sylvania
Toys & Games Elana Juarez Mel Honig Sylvania
Toys and games Lourdes Univ. Rachel Kerlin/David Best Sylvania

Books and VHS Tapes

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Books & VHS Tapes Friends of the Library Margie Levy/Mel Honig Sylvania
Books, VHS Tapes Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Books Janice Costaras George Costaras Elyria Sunrise
Books Friends of the Library Margie Levy/Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Lorain Public Library Jim Wilson Lorain
Books & VHS Tapes Northcoast Interact Club Gina Eschke Avon/Avon Lake
Books & VHS tapes Holly Baumgartner Mel Honig Sylvania
Educational Booklets Books-4- Buddies Laneta Goings/Mel Honig Sylvania
VHS tapes & Books Beechwood School Karen Marinoff/Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Leonard Hofer Susan Shafer Sylvania
Children’s VHS tapes Luisa Heimburger Luisa Heimburger West Shore
Books & VHS Tapes Fisher Amber Amber Fisher Elyria
Books & VHS tapes Barbara Walters Dariel Jacobs Sylvania
Books & VHS tapes Dariel Jacobs Dariel Jacobs Sylvania
Books Lourdes University Dariel Jacobs Sylvania
Books & VHS Lourdes Student Drive Barbara Walters/Dariel Jacobs Sylvania
Books Oberlin Library Melanie Satterfield Oberlin
Books and tapes District Conference Mel Honig District Rotary Clubs
VHS Tapes Steve & Karin Marinoff Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Stephanie White Stephanie White Sylvania
Books Darline Clemens Darline Clemens Defiance
Books Judy Riggle Gary Davis N Baltimore
83 boxes of books Lourdes Univ. Rachel Kerlin/David Best Sylvania
Books & VHS tapes Avon/Avon Lake Doug Maurer Avon/Avon Lake

Computers & Computer Accessories

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Laptop computers SSOE Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Computers & accessories Nemsys Blake Underwood/Mel Honig Sylvania
Computer accessories Iler Networking Kent Iler Elyria
Hard Drives Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Computer accessories Janet Daney Weber Stanley Maumee
Computers Iler Networking Kent Iler Elyria
Computers Stephanie White Stephanie White Sylvania
Computers Intermed Associates Dave Best Sylvania
Computer Accessories Galon Tacacs David Best Sylvania
Computers N2Y/Dave Clark Dave Clark Huron
Computers Darline Clemens Darline Clemens Defiance
Computers/Accessories O.S.U.; Marion Campus Dan Aquino/Dave Claborn Marion
Computers Nemsys B. Underwood/Helyn Bolanis Toledo
Laptop computers Elyria Hospital Amber Fisher Elyria
Computers Postal Museum Gary Levitt Delphos
Computers Sound Pro Justin Marinoff Sylvania
Computers Van Crest Eric Burke/Andrew Czajkowski Van Wert
Computers Ohio Gas Cindy Reed Bryan
Computers David Sterna Jeremy Watson Amherst
Computers Avon/Avon Lake Doug Maurer Avon/Avon Lake

Televisions/VHS/Overhead Projectors

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Televisions Owens Comm. College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Television Denise Kohler Gail Odneal Sylvania
Television Valerie Pauli Gail Odneal Sylvania
Television Stephanie White Mel Honig Sylvania
Video recorder Russ Wood Mel Honig Sylvania
Televisions St Charles Hosp. Mel Honig Sylvania
Televisions Postal Museum Gary Levitt Delphos
TVs/VCRs/Speakers Perrysburg Schools Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Overhead projectors Perrysburg Schools Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Televisions University of Toledo Terri Miller/Mel Honig Sylvania

Furnishings & Supplies

Item Donor Expeditor Rotory Club of…
Tables, chairs, AV carts Owens Comm. College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Pallets Home Depot/John Smith Mel Honig Sylvania
Chairs Lourdes University Rachel Kerlin/David Best Sylvania
AV Carts University of Toledo Terri Miller/Mel Honig Sylvania
Boxes Stevens Worldwide David Best Sylvania

News For June – July 2015

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014-2015

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Resource Centers International (RCI) conducted two missions: one to Belize and the other to Jamaica. During these missions 17 Resource Centers were established in schools; and supplies and equipment were distributed to 64 centers of learning: schools, libraries and pediatric units in hospitals. The container to Belize was also filled out with medical equipment for the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk.

Expenditures (f.y. 14-15)

Belize $7858.14
Jamaica 9577.66
Unspecified* 1402.44
Total Expenditures** $18,838.44

*Items purchased that were not designated for a specific mission such as items purchased at auctions or books.

**Of this amount $15,056.60 was shipping and port expenses. Personal expenses of missioners is not included.

Funds Received (f.y. 14-15)

DISTRICT ROTARY CLUBS
Perrysburg $1000.00
Bowling Green 1000.00
Huron 2500.00
Sandusky 2500.00
Lima 750.00
Sylvania 2000.00
TOTAL ROTARY CLUB FUNDING $9750.00
MESA 4000.00
District Grant 2275.00
Individual Donations 1214.88
Total Funds Received $17239.88
In the past the computers that we donated were not near as valuable as the ones we now send to Jamaica and Belize.  Surrounded by children in a Belize primary school, Kent Iler (Elyria Rotarian and on his third mission) is setting up computers during Mission 8.  These computers are more valuable because Kent has loaded children's educational software onto them.

In the past the computers that we donated were not near as valuable as the ones we now send to Jamaica and Belize. Surrounded by children in a Belize primary school, Kent Iler (Elyria Rotarian and on his third mission) is setting up computers during Mission 8. These computers are more valuable because Kent has loaded children’s educational software onto them.

Children checking out books (these were donated by Books-4-Buddies) during Mission 2. Books are perhaps the most important resource that RCI brings to the primary schools of Jamaica and Belize.

Children checking out books (these were donated by Books-4-Buddies) during Mission 2. Books are perhaps the most important resource that RCI brings to the primary schools of Jamaica and Belize.

Plans for Fiscal Year 2015-2016

The next RCI Mission will be to the Toledo District of Belize this coming March. The mission will be a partnership between the Rotary Club of Elyria (District 6600), the Rotary Club of Punta Gorda Town (District 4250) and the Ministry of Education, Toledo District. The mission team is planning to spend two weeks in the completion of this mission. Not only will RCI and the Rotary Club of Elyria open 18 resource centers in pre and primary schools but also plan to support local libraries and Pediatric wings of local hospitals with educational resources for young children. If you have an interest in being part of the team please contact Mel Honig, Project Coordinator: melhonig.rci@gmail.com.

If your club would like to sponsor a mission to Jamaica or Belize please contact Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, Resource Centers International: melhonig.rci@gmail.com.

Belize Mission 8 Update

We have received several letters of appreciation

Dear Mel Honig:

On behalf of the students of Trial Farm Government School a big thanks you for the toys, books, mats and tables that we received.
May God continue to bless you all and provide more help for you and your organization.
Thanks,
Mrs. Nazira Romero
Dr. Jair Osorio

Mel,

Thank you for your dedication and the projects you currently bring to Belize.  And we are highly appreciated for the donation to the hospital.

The hospital is in need of many things, such as furniture, medical supplies as well as infrastructure.    Our Club is willing to assist but as you may know we are sometimes financially restraint to carry out many things.  The hospital is also budget limited to finance transportations of containers, etc or purchase equipment and medical supplies.

However, if any Clubs in your area will like to partner with the Orange Walk Rotary Club or with the Hospital, we can certainly discuss.  There a several small and large projects that can be potential Rotary projects and fall under the areas of focus of RI.    Currently our Club is in discussion of providing window screens for the hospital to prevent mosquitoes from coming in.

Such projects are  abundant in my area and all over the country.  I may need to develop plans and forward it to the Clubs and see if they can embark on it.

Thanks you once again.

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM, Mel Honig <melhonig.rci@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Jair,

Sorry I missed you during our stay in Orange Walk.  When your personnel picked up some of the items we donated they indicated that they had other needs and immediately filled out a list for me.  I have attached the list to this email.  If you would like me to try having a Rotary Club in my District 6600 work on this project let me know.  Also please include any other needs you may have so we can fill out a container.

If you click on:  http://resourcecentersinternational.org/news-for-april-may-2015/, you will be able to view our Newsletter about our latest mission to Belize.  When at the Newsletter click on the first picture to obtain a full page view.  After that click on the lower left hand number to advance to the next picture.

YIR

Mel

Jair Osorio, M.D.
Ag. Regional Hospital Administrator/
Medical Chief of Staff
Northern Regional Hospital
Ministry of Health
Holy Trinity Street
Orange Walk Town
Belize, C.A.
Phone: 501-302-2072
Fax: 501-322-2144

Please note that the Rotary Club of Sylvania has taken on the project to send a container of medical equipment to the Northern Regional Hospital, Orange Walk Town, Belize.

Dear Mel,
On behalf of all the schools assisted in the Stann Creek/Toledo Districts, I say a big thank you. We sincerely appreciate the assistance and assure you they will be put to good use.

Once again, thank you. Looking forward to continuous support.

Regards,

Tanya M. Nunez, Ed. D.
Principal Education Officer/Education Manager
Stann Creek District Education Centre
Market Square, Dangriga Belize
502-2111/522-0475/620-0536
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Jesus Catzim

Dear Mr. Mel.
I thank you very much for you and your Team for the very kind donation of a resource center for our school. I assure you it will be put to proper use.
Thank you very much.
Thanks for making your newsletter available to us.

Best Wishes

Donations

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Laptop computers SSOE Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Computers & accessories Nemsys/Blake Underwood Mel Honig Sylvania
Tables, chairs, televisions,AV carts Owens Community College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Games and Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Games, Toys & VHS tapes Amber Fisher Amber Fisher Elyria
Computer accessories Iler Computing Kent Iler Elyria
Books & VHS Tapes F.O.L., Margie Levy Mel Honig Sylvania
Hard Drives Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Books, VHS Tapes Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg

Monetary

Donor Amount
Heinrich Foundation $1000.00
Rotary Club of Elyria 2000.00

Purchases

Item Vendor Cost
Books & VHS Tapes Friends of the Library $190.00
Chairs, AV Carts, VHS Players, Book Cases Miller Auction Service 123.50
Office Furniture, video camera, rolling carts, bookcases, books etc. Belkover Auction Company 325.00

Presentations

  • Rotary Club of Huron

News for April-May 2015

BELIZE MISSION 8 April-May 2015

The Rotary Team of Mel Honig, Kent, Stacey and Scott Iler just returned from their mission trip to Belize. Seventeen (17) resource centers were set up in primary schools in four of the Districts of Belize.

It is estimated that approximately 7000 students will benefit from the resource centers placed in schools during this mission. A listing of the schools served follows after the photos.

The Mission in Pictures

 

List of schools served

District School Principal
Stann Creek United Community Primary Anthony Zuniga
Maya Mopan Ewart Caballero
Solid Rock Elcedia Awe
Epworth Methodist Gilda Wagner
Holy Ghost Juliette Williams
Hope Creek Methodist Gladys Jackson
Zion Adventist Emilia Montejo
Toledo San Isidro Anselma Woolery
Trio Adon Marcelo Arzu
Corozal Patchakan Catholic Teobalda Ruiz
Lady of Guadalupe Emmanuel Gonzalez
Louisville RC Ruth Coba
Assemblies of God Jesus Catzim
Orange Walk Trial Farm Nazira Romero
San Estevan Leticia Perez
San Lazaro Pedro A. Sanchez
Guinea Grass RC Crecencio Cocom

The following schools that received resource centers on previous missions were visited and the educational software programs were installed on their computers

  • Nuevo San Juan
  • Douglas

Donations of Equipment were given to the following

  • Corozal Community College
  • Orange Walk Library
  • Orange Walk Northern Regional Hospital

Donations

Educational Equipment and Materials

Two drives were conducted at the Mercy College of Ohio (Toledo, Ohio). One by the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) and the other by the 330 Nursing classes taught by Sharmeta Gibbon and Carla Gonyer. The advisors for the AAMN are Bobbi Pratte and Kate Cook with the President being Eric Hewitt. Collected were games, toys, books, games and video tapes.

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Books Janice & George Costaras George Costaras Elyria Sunrise
Television Denise Kohler Gail Odneal

Monetary

Donor Amount
Patricia Iler $2000.00

Belize Mission Expenses

Item Cost
Container Shipment $4320.76
Guatemala and Port Expenses 1533.53
Belize Warehouse Rental 100.00
In Country Travel (car rental & gas) 502.00*
Educational Materials & Headphones 477.82**
Flooring 521.70
Hardware 24.01
Total Mission Cost $7479.82***
Cost per location (schools, hospital etc.) served $360.00 
*$200 of cost was to pay for diesel to get product from Orange Walk to Stann Creek
** Does not include cost of books purchased from the Friends of the Library prior to January 2015.
***Does not include the personal expenses of the four missioners.

JAMAICA MISSION UPDATE

Mission 2 to Jamaica is still in progress. The RCI/MESA container was released to the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar during the first week of April. Everything was placed in two donated containers and is currently being distributed under the direction of Hilda Hibbert, the Jamaica Project Coordinator. Please look for our final report in next month’s Newsletter, as the mission should be completed by then.

News for March 2015

Mission 2, Jamaica

From the beginning Mission 2 was destined not to be completed while the Mission Team was in Jamaica. The container never made it out of customs. The Ministry of Finance never released it and this is what I was told was the issue. The annual budget had to be finalized by April 1st. The Ministry had been working on this for months in an effort to meet the target date. Getting containers requesting exemptions took low priority and they were not going anywhere until the National Budget was in place.

The Team still made good use of the time we had in Jamaica. We checked old sites, visited new ones, made new connections (The Sandals Foundation and Manning’s High School) and renewed old ones (The Ministry of Education). We also started conducting interviews of Jamaican educators. This was in preparation for making a new video production of our work in Jamaica.

Our Rotary partner in Jamaica, the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar, will be completing the mission by unloading and then distributing the educational materials to the schools selected for the project. The decision has been made to purchase an RCI container. After its initial shipment the container will be stored in Jamaica and all future shipments will be unloaded and then placed in the RCI container. Mission teams will buy their airline tickets after the container clears customs and product is available for distribution… problem solved.

Special thanks has to be given to past Savanna-La-Mar President Robbie Robinson who once again opened his house to the mission team… and to Hilda Hibbert who gave her time and energy to helping the team meet the achievable goals of the mission. We greatly enjoyed the warmth, friendship and help given by the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar and we all are looking forward to the next mission.

Mel Honig, Project Coordinator

The Mission Team From Left:  Mel Honig (Sylvania Rotarian), Kent Iler, Jillian Riddle, Tory Fisher, Amber Fisher (Elyria Rotarians)

The Mission Team From Left: Mel Honig (Sylvania Rotarian), Kent Iler, Jillian Riddle, Tory Fisher, Amber Fisher (Elyria Rotarians)

Jillian presenting the Rotary Club of Elyria banner to Savanna-La-Mar President Viviene Richards

Jillian presenting the Rotary Club of Elyria banner to Savanna-La-Mar President Viviene Richards

Kent checking out and then downloading educational software onto computers that were installed during Mission 1 to Jamaica.  This process was repeated at several Basic and Infant schools.  All the computers sent to Jamaica for this mission have educational installed.

Kent checking out and then downloading educational software onto computers that were installed during Mission 1 to Jamaica. This process was repeated at several Basic and Infant schools. All the computers sent to Jamaica for this mission have educational installed.

Preschools in Jamaica conduct traditional learning classes.  Prior to entering Primary school all preschool age children are tested to evaluate their strong points and areas they may need help.  Yes, they are adorable!

Preschools in Jamaica conduct traditional learning classes. Prior to entering Primary school all preschool age children are tested to evaluate their strong points and areas they may need help. Yes, they are adorable!

Whenever the team visited a school, Kent became our Ambassador of Goodwill as all the children naturally flocked to him.

Whenever the team visited a school, Kent became our Ambassador of Goodwill as all the children naturally flocked to him.

Tory was our Videographer on the trip, conducting interviews of key personnel.  Here she is interviewing Robert Swaby a computer expert at the Elite School.

Tory was our Videographer on the trip, conducting interviews of key personnel. Here she is interviewing Robert Swaby a computer expert at the Elite School.

At a meeting at Manning's High School with Kevin Campbell, Technical Instructor and Megan Berry, Principal (not in picture).  As a rule, Basic and Infant school playground equipment is lacking.  Manning's High School has agreed to participate in a project to update playground equipment.  RCI will pay for the materials and the High School will provide the manpower to evaluate, build and then put together the playground.  All playground equipment will be built/repaired to standards set by the Ministry of Education.

At a meeting at Manning’s High School with Kevin Campbell, Technical Instructor and Megan Berry, Principal (not in picture). As a rule, Basic and Infant school playground equipment is lacking. Manning’s High School has agreed to participate in a project to update playground equipment. RCI will pay for the materials and the High School will provide the manpower to evaluate, build and then put together the playground. All playground equipment will be built/repaired to standards set by the Ministry of Education.

Jillian buying vegetables and fruits at the local market.  To her left is Hilda Hibbert, Savanna-La-Mar Rotarian and Project Coordinator in Jamaica.  Hilda was our constant companion and coordinated our activities during the mission.

Jillian buying vegetables and fruits at the local market. To her left is Hilda Hibbert, Savanna-La-Mar Rotarian and Project Coordinator in Jamaica. Hilda was our constant companion and coordinated our activities during the mission.

Donations

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Television/Games Valerie Pauli Gail Odneal
Games & Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Television Sets St Charles Hosp. Mel Honig Sylvania
Television, Computer Components Janet Daney Weber Stanley Maumee
Dolls MESA Gary Davis N. Baltimore
Boxes of Books Friends of the Library Margie Levy/Mel Honig Sylvania
Computer Systems Nemsys Helyn Bolanis /Mel Honig Toledo

Monitary

Donor Amount
Rotary Club of Elyria $2000.00(Belize)

Purchases

Item Source Cost
20 Boxes of Books & VHS tapes Friends of the Library $200.00

News For January – February 2015

MESA Moves into “New” Warehouse

After 4 moves in 10 years MESA is a tenant no more. Having just finalized the purchase of their facility in Fostoria, Ohio; MESA and its project Resource Centers International (RCI) moved into their new Operations Center over the Christmas Holiday season. The move for RCI was from two different locations. Over the course of two Saturdays all the product stored at the Stevens Worldwide warehouse in Toledo, Ohio was moved by David Best, Sylvania Rotarian and General Manager of Stevens, to Fostoria. This was followed by the move of everything stored in Findlay. Thank you to Gary Davis for handling this part of the move me while I was in New York taking care of my daughter who was expecting twin boys the second week of January.

David Best shown above unloading furniture during first load when over 100 chairs, 5 pallets of books (approximately 140 boxes weighing over 7000 pounds) and games and toys. During the second load two pallets of computer towers and two pallets of computer accessories, along with more tables and chairs were unloaded at the new warehouse.

North Coast Interact Club Conducts Another Drive for Resource Centers International

For the fourth year in a row the North Coast Interact Club at Brookside High School conducted a drive to help supply games, toys, books and VHS tapes to resource centers placed in pre and primary schools in Jamaica and Belize. Gina Eshke, pictured below started her international experience as a teenager working in the poor rural communities of El Salvador. Having seen poverty she understands the importance of providing children, who have little or nothing, with some of the basic tools needed to help further their educational opportunities.

Gina Eschke, Guidance Counselor at Brookside High School, Avon/Avon Lake Rotarian and North Coast Interact Advisor with some of her Interactors who helped collect the games and toys for Jamaica and Belize. The Interact student leadership team at North Coast includes: Pierce Morgan, Megan Below, Megan Rozga and Bethany Klein.

Container Loading to Jamaica

On Thursday February 18th RCI loaded its first container from the Fostoria Warehouse. The container will go from Fostoria to the Port of New York where it will leave directly for Jamaica, via cargo ship, to the Port of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Jamaica Mission 2 is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sylvania . The mission team will be in Jamaica from March 15 to the 25th when we will open twenty (20) or more resource centers in basic and preschools. The team will help distribute and set up the donated educational equipment. Mission team members are: Mel Honig (Rotary Club of Sylvania), Kent Iler (Rotary Club of Elyria), Amber Fisher (Rotary Club of Elyria), Jillian Riddle (Rotary Club of Elyria) and Tori Fisher.

North Baltimore Rotarian Gary Davis loading the container using the newly purchased portable ramp.

North Baltimore Rotarian Gary Davis loading the container using the newly purchased portable ramp.

‘Birds Eye’ view of the item placed on the container. Also helping Gary load the container were Mel Honig (Rotary Club of Sylvania), Gregg Glamm (Rotary Club of North Baltimore, Ron Stoner (Rotary Club of North Baltimore) and Don Clark.

On March 5th RCI will be loading another container, but this one is going to Belize. The Belize Mission 8, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bowling Green , is from April 19 to the 29th when we will be opening resource centers in fifteen (15) or more pre and primary schools. Mission members are: Mel Honig (Rotary Club of Sylvania), Kent Iler (Rotary Club of Elyria), Stacy Iler and Scott Iler.

Donations:

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Computers Weber Stanley Maumee
Books Lorain Public Library Jim Wilson Lorain
Toys/Games/Books & VHS Tapes Northcoast Interact Club Gina Eschke Avon/Avon Lake
Computers Iler Networking & Computing Kent Iler Elyria
Computers & Books Stephanie White Stephanie White Sylvania
Books Friends of the Library Margi Levy/Mel Honig Sylvania

Monetary

Donor Rotary Clubs of Amount
Sylvania $2000 (Jamaica Mission)
Bowling Green $1000 (Belize Mission)
Perrysburg $1000 (RCI Account)
Lima $750 (RCI Account)
Avon/Avon Lake $80 (MESA Truck expense)
Huron $2500 (Belize Mission)
Sandusky $2500 (Belize Mission)
MESA $2000 (Container Shipment)
MESA $1000 (Jamaica Mission)
MESA $1000 (Belize Mission)
District 6600 Grant $2295 (Jamaica Mission)

Purchases

Item Source Cost
Exercise Mats (30 bundles) Sam’s Club $521.70 (sold at cost)
Tools and Electrical Equipment Home Depot $124.01 Less $100 Home Depot donation
Headsets (45 ea.) Amazon $347.82
Books & VHS tapes Friends of the Library $130.00

News For December 2014

Mission 2, Jamaica, March 2015

The diagonal yellow cross divides the flag into four triangles - green (top and bottom) and black (hoist side and outer side); green represents hope, vegetation, and agriculture, black reflects hardships overcome and to be faced, and yellow recalls golden sunshine and the island's natural resources. (Taken from CIA website)

The diagonal yellow cross divides the flag into four triangles – green (top and bottom) and black (hoist side and outer side); green represents hope, vegetation, and agriculture, black reflects hardships overcome and to be faced, and yellow recalls golden sunshine and the island’s natural resources. (Taken from CIA website)

Plans have been formalized for the next mission to Jamaica when 20 or more resource centers will be opened in Infant, Basic and Primary schools as well as needed supplies for the Women’s Centre in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland Province. The mission is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sylvania and partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Maumee, Reynolds Corners, St Marys, Mansfield in District 6600 and the Rotary Clubs of Savanna-La-Mar and Negril in Rotary International District 7020. The mission will be partial financed through a District grant.

The Team members for the Mission are Kent Iler (Elyria Rotarian) our computer specialist, Amber Fisher (Elyria Rotarian) the education specialist and future team leader and Amber’s daughter, Tori Fisher, education specialist. This is the second mission for Kent, Amber and Tori. Also joining the team is Project Coordinator, Mel Honig.

Project dates are March 15th to the 25th.

Mission 8, Belize, April 2015

The blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom edges; centered is a large white disk bearing the coat of arms; the coat of arms features a shield flanked by two workers in front of a mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom, all encircled by a green garland of 50 mahogany leaves; the colors are those of the two main political parties: blue for the PUP and red for the UDP; various elements of the coat of arms - the figures, the tools, the mahogany tree, and the garland of leaves - recall the logging industry that led to British settlement of Belize. (Once again taken from the CIA website)

The blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom edges; centered is a large white disk bearing the coat of arms; the coat of arms features a shield flanked by two workers in front of a mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom, all encircled by a green garland of 50 mahogany leaves; the colors are those of the two main political parties: blue for the PUP and red for the UDP; various elements of the coat of arms – the figures, the tools, the mahogany tree, and the garland of leaves – recall the logging industry that led to British settlement of Belize. (Once again taken from the CIA website)

Our 8th Mission to Belize will be from April 19th to the 30th when we will open 15 or more resource centers in Pre and Primary schools in the Districts of Corozal, Orange Walk and Stann Creek. We will also be supporting the newly opened Center for Preschool Education at the Corozal Junior College. This mission is being co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Huron and Sandusky. There are no District Grant monies available for this mission, so RCI is seeking additional partners to help with the costs.

Mission Team Members are Jamison Wegman, Computer Expert and Owens Community College student. Once again Mel Honig will go along as Project Coordinator, thus making this the fewest Mission Team members. As the Rotarians, educators and communities of Belize participate to a greater extent during each mission we find that we require fewer missioners to implement the objectives of each mission.

The project dates are April 19th to the 30th.

Designing School Yard Play Equipment

One of the issues facing educators in Jamaica is the lack of playground equipment. Hilda Hibbert, Savanna-La-Mar Rotarian and our Project Coordinator in Jamaica specifically asked that we address this problem. The Sylvania Senior Center has a wood working shop. Claire Proctor, Director of Sylvania Community Services and Sylvania Rotarian suggested we contact the Center for expertise in designing and developing playground equipment.

Don Klimesh, retired New Holland engineer, has volunteered to design the needed playground equipment and soccer goals. He will then help build the prototypes and make templates so that additional playground sets can be made here in northern Ohio and then sent as kits to be reconstructed on site in Jamaica. We anticipate many modifications as we develop the play-sets. This is just one of many ways we are planning for the future.

Don at work in the carpentry shop at the Sylvania Senior Center

Don at work in the carpentry shop at the Sylvania Senior Center

Preliminary sketch of playground set.  Emphasis will be placed on accessories that will improve strength and coordination.  It is planned that each school will be supplied with two soccer goals and one playground set.  As there are hundreds of schools needing playground equipment this will be a major project.  During Mission 2 we will coordinate with our fellow Jamaican Rotarians on how to best implement the playground project.

Preliminary sketch of playground set. Emphasis will be placed on accessories that will improve strength and coordination. It is planned that each school will be supplied with two soccer goals and one playground set. As there are hundreds of schools needing playground equipment this will be a major project. During Mission 2 we will coordinate with our fellow Jamaican Rotarians on how to best implement the playground project.

Donations

Educational Equipment & Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Computers, shelving Intermed Associates Dave Best Sylvania
TV, tapes & discs Stephanie White Sylvania
Video recorder Russ Wood Sylvania
Books/tapes Holly Baumgartner Mel Honig Sylvania
Educational Booklets* Books-4- Buddies Laneta Goings
VHS tapes & Books Beechwood School Kindergarten Karen Marinoff
Books** Leonard Hofer Susan Shafer Sylvania
Computers Chris Vogel Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Pallets Home Depot/John Smith Mel Honig Sylvania

*Approximately 14,400 educational interactive booklets for children ages 4 through 8
** Complete set of National Geographic from 1912 to current

Monitary

Amount
District Grant: Jamaica Basic Education Grant $2295*

*The Grant Application request was for $5900. This leaves us $3605 short of our budgeted needs. There are no more Grant monies available; therefore we will not be receiving the needed $5000 in Grant monies for the Belize project. Just another challenge for RCI to overcome!

Purchases

Item Source Cost
Books & VHS tapes Friends of the Library $90

 Presentations

Rotary Clubs of:

  • Lima
  • Sandusky