News for Quarter 2, 2019

Missions 13 and 14 – Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Entering our 11 year, Resource Centers International is still going strong. We are planning two missions to Belize in our continuing effort to bring the educational tools important to the maturation of young minds and bodies. The Rotary Club of Cardington will be sponsoring these missions with additional funding from the Rotary Club of Toledo. A District Grant application will be submitted to the Foundation of Rotary District 6600 to complete the funding of the $23,000 project.

The host club for the first mission will be the Rotary Club of Corozal where 20 or more resource centers will be opened in the Corozal District of Belize. The second mission will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Dangriga/Hopkins. Twenty or more resource centers will be opened in the Stann Creek and Cayo Districts of Belize. Both of the host clubs supported missions during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

This will be the second year in a row that two missions will be conducted by Resource Centers International in Belize. This is only made possible through the generous donations of time, equipment and money by the Rotarians of District 6600; the Rotary Clubs of Belize; and the many non-Rotarian benefactors who have also donated to the project.

Mission teams are now being formed for the two missions. The first mission to Corozal District will be completed just prior to Christmas, 2019: with the second mission to Stann Creek/Cayo Districts completed just prior to Easter 2020. We need a computer expert with knowledge of software and hardware as well as an early childhood educator for each mission. Don’t have skills in either area… no problem, come along for the experience… we will find work for you. If interested, please contact Mel Honig: email, melhonig.rci@gmail.com: or phone, 567 686 3406.

Many thanks go out to the Rotary Clubs of District 6600 and Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) who have continually supported this Basic Education Project.

Being Part of a Mission Team

There are a few mission team members who return over and over again to go on missions. Some individuals only go once. Many who have the opportunity never go at all. Going on missions can be a life changing event, whether it be one for Resource Centers International, or another mission to a country other than Belize or Jamaica. The following pictures show some of our missioners, from the United States or the host country, at work in Jamaica or Belize.

Mario Bull, teacher in Dangriga has gone on several trips. He is a valuable asset not only for his computer skills but also his knowledge of the culture, speaking several of the local languages and understanding how the education system of Belize functions.

Pictured here is Mel Honig, Sylvania Rotarian working on putting bookshelves together: Amber Fisher (Elyria Rotarian) talking with Jo Audinet (Punta Gorda) Rotarian. Jo was the Rotary Club of Punta Gorda coordinator of the mission. Also in the picture is Amber’s daughter Tori, who always gets involved with the computers and preschoolers… and Mario working on the computers with Jahir looking on.

Kent Iler, Elyria Rotarian goes on at least one mission each year. He is our Pied Piper. He is not only magical with the computers but also with the children.

Will Mosby, Rotary E-Club of One World, our computer expert on Mission 11. Hopefully this will not be his last mission as he not only made the computers go but also worked zealously with the students.


Elcedia Awe, Belize school teacher has gone on several missions. She is our social butterfly knowing everyone and putting smiles on everyone’s face. Elcedia’s eldest son Jahir (on the left), also helps out on missions.

Jill Cotter, retired teacher and Punta Gorda Rotarian, working with preschoolers. Local Rotarians are a much appreciated and valuable asset. They not only accompany us to many of the schools but are our contacts with the schools: helping with school applications; organizing pickups of educational materials and help planning our daily schedule… as well as helping to resolve any problems that occur during the mission. They also do follow-up visits after the centers are set up helping to ensure sustainability of each center.

Greg Fess, Toledo Rotarian is setting up computers during Mission 12. Although not an expert he quickly caught on. Many Rotarians do not have ‘expert skills’ but are still valuable assets as they work with the children, school teachers and local Rotarians making the process a ‘group effort’.

Every morning the mission team meets around breakfast to plan the day.

Corozal Rotarian Loretta Randall working with children during resource center setup. Local Rotarians were active members of the mission team with different local Rotarians accompanying us each day.

Karin Marinoff (preschool educator on Mission 12) is working with students and getting help from two of Kent’s daughters, who also came on Mission 12. Also coming with Kent was his wife Stacy. On a previous mission Kent came with his wife and eldest son. While Karin works with the students we work with the local preschool teacher giving her tutorials on the software programs installed in the computers.

Children explore games we sent while missioner Karen Marinoff works with the preschool teacher.

You can join us on one or more of the missions scheduled for this year. If interested or have any questions please contact Mel Honig: email, melhonig.rci@gmail.com or phone 567 686 3406.

Donations Received this Quarter

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Monitors & Computer Accessories Erin Hennessey Mel Honig Sylvania
Games & toys Susan Marinoff Mel Honig Sylvania
Books & Games Karen Marinoff Mel Honig Sylvania
Toys Nina Galay Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Books-4-Buddies Laneta Goings /Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Friends of the Library Margi Levy / Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers Misc. Sources Scott Salyers MESA
Video Tapes and Books-4-Buddies Jan Garverick Jan Garverick Cardington
Computer Eric Kurfess Eric Kurfess Perrysburg
Books and Video Tapes Amber Fisher Amber Fisher Elyria
Games and Toys Natasha Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania

Financial Donations

Baltazar Juarez $1290.00
Books-4-Buddies 1000.00

Financial Donations are used for purchases of product when there is no active grant and also for supplies needed to support the project.

Presentations

  • Rotary Club of Sylvania

We are prepared to give a presentation to your Rotary Club or organization. Contact Mel for details.

News for Quarter 1, 2019

Mission 12 in Pictures Corozal District, Belize

The container finally made it. It journey from our warehouse in Fostoria, Ohio to Dee’s Superstore in Corozal Town, Belize challenges ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ as an adventure. After loading the container and shipping it off to Cincinnati (its first stop) we were notified that they sent the wrong container and they would return it to us to be reloaded onto another container.

Next they did not get it on the container ship to Belize. They said there was no room… so it went out on the next ship. The container arrived in port 3 days before the mission team. Our Belize broker did yeomen’s work in getting all the paperwork done in time to get it out on Monday. We originally scheduled pickup for the schools on Sunday so we already lost one day. Everything was cleared except the shipper did not release the container (yes the same one that sent the wrong container). Our stateside broker and the Belize broker worked all day on getting Seaboard Marine to release the container. Seaboard Marine in the States said it was released, while Seaboard Marine in Belize said they had not gotten the release.

Finally we get it late Tuesday afternoon: another day lost. We call the schools and that afternoon and into the night we get most of the product out. The following morning the rest of the schools pick up their allotment.

We ordered a forklift to help unload the trailer. When the forklift did not arrive we started unloading by hand and in two hours it is done. That's when the forklift driver arrives and tells us he ran out of gas on the way over. Conducting missions are always an adventure… just keep smiling and get the job done.

We ordered a forklift to help unload the trailer. When the forklift did not arrive we started unloading by hand and in two hours it is done. That’s when the forklift driver arrives and tells us he ran out of gas on the way over. Conducting missions are always an adventure… just keep smiling and get the job done.

We have now lost 2½ days but that did not dampen our enthusiasm. Here the preschoolers are playing with some of the toys and games we brought. Classroom size varied greatly from more than 30 to under 5 students in a session. Preschools have 2 sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

We have now lost 2½ days but that did not dampen our enthusiasm. Here the preschoolers are playing with some of the toys and games we brought. Classroom size varied greatly from more than 30 to under 5 students in a session. Preschools have 2 sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Each missioner has a specific job… but we all share in the workload. Here Kent Iler (Rotary Club of Elyria) on his 6th mission is setting up computers that he previously loaded with educational software. All the work to set up the computers is done at his business location outside of Elyria.

Each missioner has a specific job… but we all share in the workload. Here Kent Iler (Rotary Club of Elyria) on his 6th mission is setting up computers that he previously loaded with educational software. All the work to set up the computers is done at his business location outside of Elyria.

Greg Fess (Rotary Club of Toledo) is on his first mission and quickly filled in where needed. Greg said he was nowhere near a computer whiz… but with some training for Kent he was right in there supporting the mission.

Greg Fess (Rotary Club of Toledo) is on his first mission and quickly filled in where needed. Greg said he was nowhere near a computer whiz… but with some training for Kent he was right in there supporting the mission.

Whenever we set up the computers the older students, who have some computer savvy, were right there to check things out. What is rewarding to see is how they would help the younger more inexperienced students to navigate the software programs. The computers we bring are designed to be self contained and it is recommended that they not be used on the internet.

Whenever we set up the computers the older students, who have some computer savvy, were right there to check things out. What is rewarding to see is how they would help the younger more inexperienced students to navigate the software programs. The computers we bring are designed to be self contained and it is recommended that they not be used on the internet.

Non Rotarian Karen Marinoff (on the right), is our pre-school educator professional and worked with the preschool teachers and students. Here she is setting up the library and the sharing teaching techniques. Karen, now retired, has previously owned pre-schools and has taught in the pre-school education program at the local community college.

Non Rotarian Karen Marinoff (on the right), is our pre-school educator professional and worked with the preschool teachers and students. Here she is setting up the library and the sharing teaching techniques. Karen, now retired, has previously owned pre-schools and has taught in the pre-school education program at the local community college.

While Kent worked with the preschool teachers on using the software installed on the computer, Karen would take over the classroom… reading stories, singing and playing games. Kent's wife and 2 of his daughters also came on the mission and worked with the teachers and students.

While Kent worked with the preschool teachers on using the software installed on the computer, Karen would take over the classroom… reading stories, singing and playing games. Kent’s wife and 2 of his daughters also came on the mission and worked with the teachers and students.

I watched as this young lady carefully examined each book. She would take one, leaf through it and then place it on the bookshelves we just built. She was still doing this when we left for another school. I asked her teacher about this young lady… and she said ‘she loves books and reading and is not surprised by her interest/dedication’.

Group picture taken at one of the schools: From left to right: Mel Honig (Rotary Club of Sylvania); Kent Iler and his wife Stacy; two teachers from the school; Kent's daughters, Sarah and Sydney; Anirdy Cruz, Principal of a preschool who also was part of the mission team; Karen Marinoff and Gregg Fess… holding some of the books and soccer balls we have donated. In all we set up resource centers in 21 schools, working Saturday and well into evening on several occasions: Mission Accomplished.

Group picture taken at one of the schools: From left to right: Mel Honig (Rotary Club of Sylvania); Kent Iler and his wife Stacy; two teachers from the school; Kent’s daughters, Sarah and Sydney; Anirdy Cruz, Principal of a preschool who also was part of the mission team; Karen Marinoff and Gregg Fess… holding some of the books and soccer balls we have donated. In all we set up resource centers in 21 schools, working Saturday and well into evening on several occasions: Mission Accomplished.

At the end of the Newsletter is a listing of schools that received resource centers and donations made to other organizations.

Acknowledging Some of Our Donors

Often times we are asked where we obtain the items we bring to the preschools. Some are purchased but most are donated. Recently we had some major donations.

The University of Toledo, by law must sell all excess equipment at auction. Anything left over can be donated to charity. Here are just some of the unsold items given to RCI after their last auction. We got over 40 filing cabinets and metal bookshelves, as well as tables and chairs.

The University of Toledo, by law must sell all excess equipment at auction. Anything left over can be donated to charity. Here are just some of the unsold items given to RCI after their last auction. We got over 40 filing cabinets and metal bookshelves, as well as tables and chairs.

Some of the tables and chairs from the last University of Toledo donation

Some of the tables and chairs from the last University of Toledo donation

When an extended care facility closed everything in the building was donated to MESA. These are some of the flat screens we picked up… there are over 100 of them. Those with damaged screens we left behind.

When an extended care facility closed everything in the building was donated to MESA. These are some of the flat screens we picked up… there are over 100 of them. Those with damaged screens we left behind.

Stacked on my trailer and ready to go to the warehouse…

Stacked on my trailer and ready to go to the warehouse…
These flat screens were removed from the walls of the extended care facility. We collected about 150 of them. MESA collected all the wheelchairs, ice machine and accessory equipment in the facility. There are still a few hundred electric beds left, so the job is far from over.

Many books are donated; especially from Perrysburg HS, Books-4-Buddies, Brookside HS Interact Club, or anonymously dropped off at the warehouse. Most however are purchased from the Friends of the Library (FOL) at a reduced rate. Here Greg Fess is selecting books for RCI at the FOL facility.

Gail Odneal at the FOL selecting VHS tapes… The tapes are $5.00 a box and books $10.00 a box. Many times the FOL also donates excess books.

We recently got a donation of tennis balls from the Sunrise Tennis Club. Twice a year we are the recipients of these slightly used balls. We also regularly receive donated soccer balls from the Sylvania Recreation Center

Books are constantly being dropped off at the warehouse…

This is an area in the warehouse where we sort out the donated books. In the right background are audio-visual carts we have received from the Owens Community College (OCC). When OCC updated their AV department we also received over 100 VCRs and over 200 computer towers along with flat screens and some computer accessories.

It is important that we receive financial support over time because we purchase many items that are not donated in sufficient quantity to meet RCI’s needs. We also purchase many items that are not donated. Over the past two donors have significantly helped financially: they are the Jim Heinrich Foundation and Balthazar Juarez.

Donations Received this Quarter

Educational Equipment and Materials

 

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Games, toys, books Interact Club of Brookside HS Gina Eshke North Coast
Televisions, chairs Promedica Bob DiNardo Toledo
Shelves, file cabinets,Tables, chairs Univ. of Toledo Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and toys Dave Hunter Dave Hunter Sylvania
Games and toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and toys Natalya Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers & flat screens MESA Scott Salyers MESA
Soccer Balls Sylvania Recreation Mike McMahon Sylvania
Soccer Balls Kent Iler Kent Iler Elyria

Financial Donations

  • Balthazar Juarez – $1,000.00

Presentations

Rotory Clubs of…

  • Bowling Green
  • Corozal

If you would like a presentation at your club please contact: Mel Honig, 567 686 3406 (mobile), melhonig.rci@gmail.com (email).

Schools Receiving Resource Centers

 

School # of Students 3-8 years old All students
San Antonio 24 65
Buena Vista 26 67
Christiline Gill 125 240
Concepcion Pres. 48 168
Concepcion RC 66 150
Calcutta Government 56 105
Chan Chen 100 182
Christian Assemblies 10 55
Libertad Methodist 66 201
Louisville RC 71 152
Ranchito Government 82 239
San Pedro Government 30 107
St Paul Anglican 27 155
Xaibe RC 155 308
Chunox RC 58 192
Copper Bank 56 110
Corozal Nazarene 28 85
Paraiso Government 186 186
Progresso RC 50 87
Sarteneja Nazarene 75 197
Progresso Rising Star 35 35

Other Donations made to organizations in Corozal District, Belize:
Books, Televisions and VCRs to the Ministry of Education, Corozal Office
Gowns and Bed Linens to the Corozal Community Hospital

News for Winter 2018

Mission 11 to Stann Creek

Mission 11 to Stann Creek District was completed on December 11th when the Mission Team finished setting up 19 Resource Centers in 13 days in three different Districts of south central Belize. Additional product was sent to three other schools in Stann Creek District: books to the Ministries of Education in Stann Creek and Toledo Districts: computers to the Rotary Club of Sunrise Belize City to open a computer lab: and computers and parts to construct computers to the Tech School in Belmopan.

It is estimated that over 10,000 children will benefit from the resource centers set up in their schools. Additionally… teachers, administrators, parents and communities will benefit by having better prepared students that are ready to face every day challenges.

The 140 computers for the Computer Lab and Tech school as well as those for the 19 school resource centers were donated by the Believe in Belize organization. All the other educational equipment was donated by the Rotary Clubs of District 6600. All the costs of the mission (shipping, rental car with gas, some items that were not donated) was borne by the Rotary Clubs of Sylvania, Elyria, and Perrysburg and supported by a District 6600 Matching Grant. All mission team members paid their own expenses.

The partners in this mission are:

  • Rotary Clubs of Sylvania, Elyria and Perrysburg, Rotary International District 6600
    Rotary E-Club of One World
  • Rotary Clubs of Dangriga/Hopkins, Placencia and Sunrise Belize City, Rotary International District 4250
  • MESA, the International Entity of District 6600 in Northwest Ohio
  • Believe in Belize
  • The Primary and Preschools of Stann Creek, Belize and Toledo Districts
  • The Ministries of Education, Stann Creek and Toledo District Offices

Mission in Pictures

The product was shipped from our MESA warehouse in a 40’ container… similar to the one shown above. Scott Salyers and Gary Davis made the arrangements for the shipping on our end and Judy Williams made all the arrangements to receive and store the container in Belize until the team could arrive to start setting up the Resource Centers.

The product was shipped from our MESA warehouse in a 40’ container… similar to the one shown above. Scott Salyers and Gary Davis made the arrangements for the shipping on our end and Judy Williams made all the arrangements to receive and store the container in Belize until the team could arrive to start setting up the Resource Centers.

The container was unloaded and stored at the Citrus Products of Belize plant. This major operation concentrates orange juice and then sends it to Europe. It is about 9:30 AM on Sunday, distribution day and the fork lift driver is unloading everything from temporary storage in the 53’ Trailer. We asked the schools to come at 1:30 PM for pickup, but some school administrators were already waiting for their product… 4 hours early.

The container was unloaded and stored at the Citrus Products of Belize plant. This major operation concentrates orange juice and then sends it to Europe. It is about 9:30 AM on Sunday, distribution day and the fork lift driver is unloading everything from temporary storage in the 53’ Trailer. We asked the schools to come at 1:30 PM for pickup, but some school administrators were already waiting for their product… 4 hours early.

Will Mosby, Rotarian from Rotary E-Club One World and Mario Bull sort through the computers to insure that each site gets the appropriate equipment to operate their computers.

Will Mosby, Rotarian from Rotary E-Club One World and Mario Bull sort through the computers to insure that each site gets the appropriate equipment to operate their computers.

Everything is set up and we are ready to distribute. Of the 19 schools asked to pick up that day, 17 made it. One called and told us the road was impassible and they could not possibly pick up that day. In the end we took a 45 minute boat ride (with two boats) to deliver and set up at Monkey River.

Everything is set up and we are ready to distribute. Of the 19 schools asked to pick up that day, 17 made it. One called and told us the road was impassible and they could not possibly pick up that day. In the end we took a 45 minute boat ride (with two boats) to deliver and set up at Monkey River.

Each school signed an Inventory Sheet for their product. A copy of the Inventory sheet was sent to the Ministry of Education (Central and Local Office), the Managing Authority, Resource Centers International, the Rotary Clubs of Dangriga/Hopkins and Placencia.

Each school signed an Inventory Sheet for their product. A copy of the Inventory sheet was sent to the Ministry of Education (Central and Local Office), the Managing Authority,
Resource Centers International, the Rotary Clubs of Dangriga/Hopkins and Placencia.

After distribution the Mission Team visited each school. This is Elcedia Awe’s 3rd Mission and is our ‘social butterfly’ as she knows everyone and is a great asset in helping the pre-school teachers integrating their product into the classroom curriculum.

After distribution the Mission Team visited each school. This is Elcedia Awe’s 3rd Mission and is our ‘social butterfly’ as she knows everyone and is a great asset in helping the pre-school teachers integrating their product into the classroom curriculum.

Each school we visited was unique, having different challenges and opportunities. One thing that I noticed over the years of visiting the schools is the progress being made toward making the education process better for the students. This was demonstrated by better trained teachers, better equipment and a more stimulating educational environment.

Each school we visited was unique, having different challenges and opportunities. One thing that I noticed over the years of visiting the schools is the progress being made toward making the education process better for the students. This was demonstrated by better trained teachers, better equipment and a more stimulating educational environment.

The televisions are a big hit. Although it varied greatly from school to school… the average child did not have a television at home. What was rewarding is that the teachers understood that the television can be used as a learning tool, not just entertainment.

The televisions are a big hit. Although it varied greatly from school to school… the average child did not have a television at home. What was rewarding is that the teachers understood that the television can be used as a learning tool, not just entertainment.

Elcedia helping set up a library from the shelving we built and the books we brought.

Elcedia helping set up a library from the shelving we built and the books we brought.

The exercise mats are an inviting surface to read on and are greatly appreciated.

The exercise mats are an inviting surface to read on and are greatly appreciated.

Will Mosby our IT specialist worked many hours on getting the computers ‘internet ready’. Although we recommend not using the computers on the internet we realize that most of them will be in the end. Each computer has educational software installed… so internet usage is not necessary.

Will Mosby our IT specialist worked many hours on getting the computers ‘internet ready’. Although we recommend not using the computers on the internet we realize that most of them will be in the end. Each computer has educational software installed… so internet usage is not necessary.

Will and I had the weekend off. I took an afternoon off to visit Roseville, an isolated Mennonite community located in a large valley in the Maya Mountains. The river was too deep for our Jeep to cross so I swam. I could have taken the pulley system and kept my feet dry.

Will and I had the weekend off. I took an afternoon off to visit Roseville, an isolated Mennonite community located in a large valley in the Maya Mountains. The river was too deep for our Jeep to cross so I swam. I could have taken the pulley system and kept my feet dry.

So many immigrants have been coming to Belize that some schools have become overwhelmed by the influx. Thus children are being bused from one community to another because of overcrowding. Some schools we visited were brand new and a model for what school facilities should look like. Other schools were old and overcrowded, presenting principals with unique operational challenges.

So many immigrants have been coming to Belize that some schools have become overwhelmed by the influx. Thus children are being bused from one community to another because of overcrowding. Some schools we visited were brand new and a model for what school facilities should look like. Other schools were old and overcrowded, presenting principals with unique operational challenges.

This is one of two private schools we placed resource centers in. Schools in Belize are either government, church or private. Each school in turn is run by its own Managing Authority. As an example the government schools are run by the Government Managing Authority, the Catholic schools by the Catholic Managing Authority… and so on. The funding for the schools comes from different sources. The Ministry of Education (in general although not always in practice) builds the schools and also pays for the salaries of administration and staff as well as the curriculum books. The Managing Authorities and schools pay for the day to day operation such as utilities, repairs, computers, non –curricula books, sporting equipment, supplies etc.

This is one of two private schools we placed resource centers in. Schools in Belize are either government, church or private. Each school in turn is run by its own Managing Authority. As an example the government schools are run by the Government Managing Authority, the Catholic schools by the Catholic Managing Authority… and so on. The funding for the schools comes from different sources. The Ministry of Education (in general although not always in practice) builds the schools and also pays for the salaries of administration and staff as well as the curriculum books. The Managing Authorities and schools pay for the day to day operation such as utilities, repairs, computers, non –curricula books, sporting equipment, supplies etc.

Our efforts fulfill the vital need for the educational product not supplied by the government. These products help insure a well rounded learning, physical growth and social development experience for young students.

Our efforts fulfill the vital need for the educational product not supplied by the government. These products help insure a well rounded learning, physical growth and social development experience for young students.

Mission 12 to Corozal District

Resource Centers International next mission is scheduled for early April 2019 to the Corozal District of Belize in partnership with the Rotary Club of Corozal. We will open 18 to 20 Resource Centers in Pre and Primary schools during this mission. We are now forming a team to participate in the mission. If interested please contact Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, email: melhonig.rci@gmail.com.

Donations

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Computers Tyson Moss Tyson Moss Bryan
Books, VHS tapes Avon Lake Library Jinnyn Tata North Coast
Games/Toys Natasha Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Chairs MESA Scott Salyers MESA
Games/Toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania

Thank you for the many anonymous donations that were left at the Fostoria warehouse.

PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION LIST

Mission 11 to Stann Creek District, Belize

Pre and Primary Schools receiving resource centers

  • Gales Point Government School
  • Evershine Preschool
  • Santa Cruz Government School
  • Our Lady of Bella Vista RC School
  • Sacred Heart R.C. School
  • St. Mathews Anglican School
  • Benguche Government Pre-School
  • Holy Angels RC School
  • Peninsula International Academy
  • Red Bank Christian
  • San Juan Bosco RC
  • St Alphonsus
  • Holy Family (application on PDF)
  • Light of the Valley Baptist
  • St. John’s Memorial School
  • St Stephen’s Anglican
  • San Isidro
  • Pomona Hope
  • Silk Grass Methodist School

Schools that received some educational materials

  • Epworth Methodist
  • United Community
  • Mullins River School

Stann Creek District Schools that received resource centers during a previous mission

  • Solid Rock Christian Academy
  • Maya Mopan Primary School
  • Hope Creek Methodist
  • Epworth Methodist Preschool
  • United Community Primary

Other Distributions

  • Ministry of Education, Stann Creek Office (books)
  • Ministry of Education, Toledo Office (books)
  • Rotary Club of Belize City Sunrise (computers for computer lab)
  • Rotary Club of Placencia, Tech School in Belmopan (CPUs/parts to build CPUs and computers)

News for Summer 2018

Mission 11 to Stann Creek

Updating RCI’s next mission to Belize…

  1. Rotary International District 6600 has generously approved a matching grant of $10,000 to fund the two planed missions to Belize.
  2. A mission team has been formed to complete the objectives of the first mission to Stann Creek.
  3. The container to Stann Creek will be loaded on or about October 11, 2018 with an arrival date at the Port of Belize on or about November 3, 2018.
  4. The mission team will arrive on Saturday, November 24, 2018: and complete the mission by December 8, 2018.
  5. We still have room for one more missioner from the United States… preferably a Rotarian with a background in education.

Introducing the Mission Team

From Belize

Mario Bull: Teacher from Dangriga on his third mission

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Mario is our miracle man.  Not only is he outstanding in working with children and fellow educators but also in bringing ‘sick’ computers back to life.  Speaking 4 languages fluently he is a great asset who understands the culture and always has a smile and the skills to solve any challenge.

Elcedia Awe: Teacher and former Principal from Dangriga on her second mission.

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Always with a willing hand and ready smile Elcedia, on her second mission, helps the preschool teachers with setting up the library and using and integrating the educational products we donate to each school.

Olive Goodeye: Retired Principal and Punta Gorda Rotarian on her first mission

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Second from left, this will be Olive’s first mission with the team. Shown here with Kent Iler on left is Olive, her niece from New York and Mel Honig. This picture was taken at her home during Mission 9 to the Toledo District of Belize.

From the United States

Mel Honig: A retired Real Estate Investor and Sylvania Rotarian, Mel is on his eleventh mission to Belize. Pictured above, Mel coordinates the mission activities between the local Rotary Clubs, the Ministry of Education and the schools.

Will Mosby: Is a retired Computer Software and System Engineer and One World E Club Rotarian on his first mission to Belize. Sorry we do not have a picture but there will be plenty in our next Newsletter after we complete our 11th Mission.
Below is an abbreviated bio that Will contributed to the Newsletter:

A software and system architect with over 20 years experience, William “Will” Mosby has held senior engineering positions with premier companies such as Verizon, HP, Toyota, and Bank of America. In addition to finding the non-profit StreetCents Corporation, Mr. Mosby is the owner of DataScrapers LLC and Cynqbit Software LLC, an adjunct professor of computer science, and avid community volunteer. In his spare time, Mr. Mosby is a private, aircraft pilot and martial arts enthusiast – that enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with his family.
Mr. Mosby has spent his entire career turning trials into testimonies of accomplishments; and now shares those very lessons – both technical and tactical – with future generations of technology enthusiasts. A firm believer that any challenge that can destroy has an equal potential to positively define, Mr. Mosby focuses on establishing pathways to mobility by building on the experiences of both his and those that he mentors.

Team Members not going on this mission are:

Kent Iler; Elyria Rotarian, not only donates computers but also wipes and then downloads educational software onto each computer we send to Belize or Jamaica. Kent has been on 4 previous missions to Belize and one to Jamaica.

Justin Kendall; helps in the wiping and downloading of software onto computers and also manages the RCI website. Justin has been on 5 missions to Belize.

Amber Fisher; Elyria Rotarian helps in putting together the Grant Applications. Amber has been on 2 missions to Belize and one to Jamaica.

Donations during the 3nd quarter of 2018

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Computers/accessories Doug Miller Doug Miller Toledo
Televisions University of Toledo Mel Honig Sylvania
Truckload of Books Books-4-Buddies/Laneta Goings Mel Honig Sylvania
Computer accessories, games Luda Galay Mel Honig Sylvania
Tables, Chairs, TVs, wiring Perrysburg Schools Chris Vogel Perrysburg
Toys, computer accessories Natalya Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers, tables, chairs Owens Comm. College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Sports Equipment, toys Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Musical Instruments John Kurfess John Kurfess Perrysburg
Televisions, computers, games Devanie Doran Mel Honig Sylvania
Computers Believe in Belize Nabil Bedewi One World (E Club)

Financial

Donor Amount
Rotary Club of Elyria** $3000
Jim Heinrich Foundation 1000
Chris Vogel 200

**Restricted funds for 2 missions to Belize during fiscal year 2018-2019.

News for Spring 2018

Mission 11 to Stann Creek

RCI’s next mission will be to the Stann Creek District of Belize when we will open 18 to 20 Resource Centers in Preschools and Infant classrooms. The Mission will be co-sponsored by MESA, the international arm of District 6600 and the Rotary Club of Placentia.

Planning, funding and preparing for each mission are ongoing processes which involve Rotarians in the United States and Belize and educators in Belize. MESA will send a mission team to work with local Belizeans in the distribution of product, setting up resource centers and giving tutorials to teachers and administrators. It is estimated that the mission will provide valuable educational opportunities to more than 10,000 students over a 5 year period.

To be part of the team please contact Mel Honig at melhonig.rci@gmail.com. We especially need educators and IT specialists to join… but any Rotarian participant is considered a valuable asset. We do not have exact mission dates, but they will probably be the last week of November through the first week of December. Missioners are responsible for their own expenses which are only about $1000 USD.

About the Stann Creek District of Belize

1Stann Creek is one of six Districts in Belize and is located in the south central part of the country. The population of 33,000 is peopled mostly of Garifuna, Latinos of mixed heritage (mainly Maya and Spanish), Maya, Chinese, East Indians and ex patriots from the United States and numerous other minorities from around the world. The capitol is the Garifuna town of Dangriga. The Garifuna are an ethnically mixture of Nigerian, Arawak and Carib peoples. They settled in Belize in 1832, a day celebrated each year in the month of November. The Garifuna are proud of their language and culture and will gladly share it with you.

The economy of Stann Creek District relies mainly on agriculture and tourism:
Oranges, bananas, subsistence farming provide jobs, but they are low paying.
The coral reefs off the coast are the great attraction that attracts divers from all over the world, bringing in much needed capital.
The coastal tourist towns of Placentia and Hopkins have had very rapid growth the past ten years as ‘ex pats’ from all over the world settle in Belize… a very friendly and easy to live in country. This growth has greatly helped the construction industry as well as related service industries.

Although most of the population is poor, government services are widespread reaching the poorest and most isolated villages. The infant mortality rate in Belize is actually lower than in the United States as health care is universal. Education is mandatory to Standard 6 (equivalent to a 14 year old). Upper levels of school are optional and at a cost to the student. For a detailed look at the education system of Belize click on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Belize.

The geography of Stann Creek is dominated by two factors… the Maya Mountains and the coastal plain. In checking out the below map please ask Kent Iler (Elyria Rotarian) about our adventure at Davis Falls during the last mission to Belize in 2017. The Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit place… but you need to have a guide to take you on the upland trails that emanate from park Headquarters. The Sanctuary is home to jaguars, mountain lions, tapir, monkeys… etc. Of course these animals are not unique to the Sanctuary but can be found all over Belize, a country that values its heritage and maintains wildlife sanctuaries in every District.

To find out more about Stann Creek District click on their website: http://www.stanncreek.com/index.html. The site is for tourists… so if you want to find out about their education and health care system and the day to day lives of Belizeans come along on one of our Belize missions.

Partnering in Belize

MESA and its project, Resource Centers International, have entered into a working arrangement with Believe in Belize; an NGO started by Nabil Bedewi a Rotarian from the Rotary E Club of One World. Believe in Belize, like RCI, believes in the strength of education as a way to best help people live a better life. Believe in Belize is donating the 180 computer systems for our next two missions in Belize. For a complete description of the work we are doing together click on: https://believeinbelize.org/stories/project-205-computers-for-schools-in-belize.

Donations during the 2nd quarter of 2018

Educational Equipment and Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Computers, games & toys Believe in Belize Nabil Bedewi One World (E Club)
VCRs, AV Carts Owens Community College Andrew Timothy Sylvania
Computers Mark Gross Mark Gross Sandusky
Tables, file cabinets, book cases University of Toledo Mel Honig Sylvania
Truck load of Books St Mary’s Schools Kimberli Glass St Marys
Books, file cabinets Misc. organizations Scott Salyers MESA*
Games and toys Elana Juarez Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and toys Natalya Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Soccer Balls Sylvania Recreation Mike McMahon Sylvania

*Items collected by Scott Salyers and/or dropped off at the warehouse

Financial

Donor Amount
Rotary Club of
Sylvania $1000**
Perrysburg 2000**
MESA 4000**
Audrey & Jeff Nagelberg 400

**Restricted funds for 2 missions to Belize during fiscal year 2018-2019.

News for Winter 2018

MISSION 10, TOLEDO DISTRICT BELIZE – January 28 – February 9, 2018

There were two objectives for Mission 10 to accomplish: one has been completed and that is opening 18 resource centers in pre and primary schools of Toledo District, Belize. We more than met this commitment thanks to the work of the Rotary Club of Punta Gorda, The Ministry of Education and the Rotarians of District 6600. Not everything went as planned so please read the below article ‘Mission in Pictures’ for the details.

The second part of the mission was to develop a promotional video. This is still a work in process as we have as we interviewed more than 30 individuals: administrators, principals, teachers and students. We also had a drone take pictures of nearly all the schools and communities we visited: the site we stored the distributed educational materials: the town of Punta Gorda: and Davis Falls… the second highest falls in Belize. The promotional video will be placed on YouTube once it is completed. We also plan to post many of the other videos on YouTube.

Below is a  video of our visit to St Joseph’s RC School. This is raw uncut data so you can use your cursor to be selective as it is 37 minutes long. Of special interest is the interview of Zita Arzu: time frame 11:50 to 17:20.

There is also a discussion about the electrical problem at the St Joseph’s RC School. When we passed this information onto Bob Farley of the Belize Training Center, he sent his electrician to Barranco to evaluate the problem. The work to restore electrical service to the school is already well under way.

Mission In Pictures

When the mission team got to our storage location in Belize, the Belize Training Center we realized we had a problem. Upon review of the applications, one thing not on the applications was ‘Do you have a reliable electrical supply’? Over half of the chosen community schools did not. Many of the schools also were one or two room classroom schools with student populations as small as 15.

Knowing we had extra computers, televisions, VCRS with tapes and books we decided to distribute everything according to need and capability… then inventory what was left over and go from there. The original plan was support 18 resource centers. In the end we did 22 schools, 2 after school programs (one for adults and the other for children) and still had enough to give a significant amount of educational equipment to a school program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Toledo Office.

We visited and set up centers at every school but two. In two we missed the roads were impassable. The rainy season ends around this time of year but during the 11 day mission we maybe had 20 hours of sunshine with clouds and rain being the norm. As we drove the back roads more than once we would stop to evaluate our prospects of getting to the other side of the washed out road. We made it every time but a less cautious group might not have even tried as we slipped and slid to ‘terra firma’ on the other side.

We are always looking for volunteers to be part of the mission process. Each mission we have not only volunteers from District 6600 but Belizean educators and Rotarians participating. If you would like to become part of the process please contact: Mel Honig, Project Coordinator: email melhonig.rci@gmail.com.

We are always in need of donations of educational materials.  Our number one priority is obtaining computers.  If you or your company has computers that can be repurposed once again contact Mel Honig.

List of Schools That Were Served

SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS AND/OR PRINCIPAL
Sunday Wood R.C. anthonyfuentes01@gmail.com
Crique Sarco Sacred Heart R.C. v4teul@gmail.com 634-2719
San Miguel R.C. Louischub@yahoo.com 636 6902
Santa Teresa R.C. nestorassi@yahoo.com 653 4931/632-4958
Living Word Government Boom Creek oselg145@yahoo.com
Medina Bank Government medinabank@gmail.com 665 4384
St. Joseph Barranco R.C. lomarodriguez@yahoo.com 608 9165
St. Phillip R.C. jahloveduran@yahoo.com 629 6594
Mafredi Methodist nolrodge@yahoo.com 608 0709
Santa Elena R.C. dianeteul@gmail.com 654-6158
Santa Cruz R.C. santacruzrc2013@gmail.com 634 1027
San Vicente R.C. calraphael21@gmail.com 604 7205
San Lucas R.C. choco_armina@yahoo.com
Na Luum Ca Government josecuc86@yahoo.com 6611719
Aguacate Louis Cucul aguacatercschool@gmail.com
Silver Creek Luis Cal luis.alvin.cal@gmail.com
Pueblo Viejo Stephen Sho sanfranciscodjrc@yahoo.com
Jalacte Omar Requena omarrequena74@yahoo.com
Santa Ana Augustin Lara augustinelara16@yahoo.com
Mabil Ha Primo Tush cousintush@gmail.com
San Felipe Everaldo Garcia sanfelipeschool@gmail.com
Corazon Creek Julio Kal kal_julio@yahoo.com
Seremei Chapel & Retreat Center Lorna Morgan seremeichapel@gmail.com
S.B. Daniels Adult Education Centre Andre
Ministry of Education: Toledo Office Neisha Williams: neisha.williams@moe.gov.bz

Donations

Educational Materials

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Games and toys Elana Honig Mel Honig Sylvania
Games and toys Natasha Romanova Mel Honig Sylvania
Books Liberty Center School Jon Kundo Napoleon
Computers Thomas Reed Thomas Reed Bryan
Computers Kent Iler Kent Iler Elyria

Financial

Donor Amount
Balt Juarez $1500

Presentations

  • Rotary Club of Napoleon
  • Rotary Club of Bryan

If you would like to have a presentation at your Rotary Club or organization please contact Mel Honig: melhonig.rci@gmail.com

News for Q4 2017

Mission 11 to Belize
January – February 2018

Through the efforts of Jerry Peacock, Rotary Club of Waterville Rotarian the Zion Lutheran Church of Waterville, Ohio awarded a $3500 grant towards conducting a future mission. The Rotary Club of Waterville agreed to sponsor a mission to Belize and with matching funds from a District Grant, Mission 11 to Belize will be conducted in early 2018. The cooperating club in Belize will be the Rotary Club of Punta Gorda.

This mission will almost mirror Mission 10 when 16 resource centers were opened in preschools in the Toledo District. In this upcoming mission we are planning to open 18 Resource Centers. The mission team will include Kent Iler, Rotary Club of Elyria and Mel Honig, Rotary Club of Sylvania. We still do not have a final word on our Belizean counterparts but Mario Bull and Elcedia Awe, both teachers in the Stann Creek District are asking for work leaves to join the mission. We would still like additional District 6600 Rotarians to join the team. If interested, or would like more information contact Mel Honig: melhonig.rci@gmail.com or phone 567 686 3406. Continue reading

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.