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
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