Fall is definitely here! November’s service project is a clothing drive. Please bring slightly used sweaters, jackets, or any other warm article of clothing to our meeting at Ivar’s Salmon House, Thursdays @ 7:15 AM. Items will be donated to the homeless in our area. Any questions contact Colleen White, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In early October, three schools and their communities in the Retalhuleu district of Guatemala celebrated the delivery of new computer equipment and the beginning of two years of training to bring the wealth of information and educational resources available on the internet to their classrooms. Teachers in each of these schools, Escuela Recuerdo de Perez, Escuela San Jose and Escuela Sector Aguilar, will learn to use the equipment and to access the internet to harness the resources there (“Think of being able to access the information in all the libraries of the world”) to dramatically enrich classroom instruction in each of their schools.
This enhancement, beyond the limits of teacher lectures, whiteboard exercises and well-worn textbooks, will enable teachers and their school communities to improve students’ motivation to learn and will support greater student achievement. Internet sourced materials on a wide range of subjects, math, social studies, language, music, to name a few, have been implemented in the curriculum at prior schools participating in the TINFA program and we expect much success for the three new schools as well.
The training program, equipment and internet access are being delivered by TINFA and are made possible by a grant from participating Rotary clubs, University Sunrise Rotary, Mill Creek Rotary, University District Rotary and UW Rotaract (Seattle). The clubs’ contributions were multiplied by matching funds from Rotary District 5030 and the Rotary International Foundation, bringing the total to $53,000, . The effort was assisted by Club Rotario Guatemala del Este.
In the Seattle University Business school, a requirement for completing a degree is a course in Business Ethics. Jeffrey Smith, Chair of Professional Ethics, stated the high objectives of this program. These include fairness, dignity of humanity, values-driven business leaders, social justice, social responsibility, and ethical awareness.
The Northwest Ethics Network arose from these standards. Here, individuals concerned with the subject, meet to discuss pertinent questions and ideas.
- The question is posed as to what individual and organizational factors cause otherwise good people to do bad things.
- One is a tendency not to recognize adversely impact ethical standards.
- Another is management systems and their tendency to lose sight of values and principles.
Some barriers to ethical conduct in business:
- Excessive hierarchy, in which decisions from the top do not allow for input from the lower strata.
- Time Pressure. Deadlines can lead some to cut corners.
- Isolation and Separation with poor communication regarding ethical conduct.
- Short term success in place of long term considerations.
- Excessive reliance on routine.
- How are we paying our employees? At time, when compensation depends on performance, principles may be compromised.
W.C. Fields on ethics: “Anything worth having is worth cheating for.”
While the major University Sunrise Rotary fundraiser is 6 months away (March 17, 2018), we need event sponsors NOW!
Of course, the big reason for soliciting sponsors is to reduce or eliminate the amount needed from our net proceeds to pay our event organizing costs such as rent, permits, beverage curator, printing, PR and more. The more sponsor dollars we have coming in, the more we are able deliver to our supported charity, Friends of the Children.
In past years, many of you have stepped up to sponsor personally or on behalf of an employer. We truly appreciate such great support and are hoping that this will be repeated this year. If neither you or your employer can contribute, perhaps you have a business that you frequent that might be interested in helping.
To help gathering sponsors contact Nancy Bolin: tasting[at]usrotary.org
Sponsorship and the benefits of sponsorship plus details on Friends of the Children are linked.
Beneficiary: The Friends of the Children
Thanks for your wonderful support!
Deluged as we are with news, it has now gotten to the point at which the genuine from the false needs to be determined. Di (Day) Zhang, of the Seattle Public Library, excerpting from the “Fake News Survival Guide”, arrived to be of help.
Referring to online news, he cautioned that it is easy to create content, with the risk of it being false. The information cycle (major event–TV–social media–web) moves so fast that fact-checking cannot easily be done, except for TV. It does, in fact, take time and $ to check facts.
Information goes out quickly and generates clicks. Each click generates ad revenue. Fake news imitates websites. Sometimes, the purveyors of fake news vanish, only to resurface at unannounced times.
Evaluation of information comes under these headings:
- Consistent with sources found
- Inconsistent with sources found
- Inconclusive, given sources found
- Outside the scope of service.
- Read article first before sharing
- Check the sources
- What is the support?
Also, consider a subscription to a reputable service.
The concept of the “filter bubble” concerns familiarity with one’s interests. Then one receives information consistent with one’s likes, with the dislikes filtered out.
Overall advice: Ask a librarian.
Twain: “A lie is halfway around the world before the truth has its shoes on.”
USR member Scott Jamieson, in his best of humor, took the assemblage on a rapid-fire visit to eye diseases. Several of his points:
- Good vision is the main cause of blindness, in that, by the time something sinister (or dextral) is found, it may be too late.
- Other risk factors are smoking, aging, sedentary lifestyle, and nutritional matters.
- The optic nerve is actually part of the brain, and as such, is largely unforgiving in injury or illness.
- Antioxidants are deemed beneficial in reducing risk of eye disease.
- The macula, occupying a small part of the retina, is responsible for 95% of vision. Ergo, Macular Degeneration (MD) is a serious threat.
- The “dry” type of MD, typified by the stippling presence of drusen, cannot be treated.
- Dry MD can lead to the exudative or “wet” form, with its proliferation of abnormal blood vessels and spillage of red cells.
- An injection treatment for wet MD may slow the process, but is no cure. Untreated wet MD leads to blindness.
- Diabetic retinopathy is the second leading cause of blindness.
- Bleeding into the vitreous can result in clots to impair vision, as can retinal detachment.
- Retinitis Pigmentosa is untreatable.
- Glaucoma is often an insidious condition in that there is often no pain.
- In glaucoma, blood flow is compromised, starving the anterior part of the eye of oxygen.
- It is important to realize that glaucoma can be managed but never cured. The pressure must be kept down.
- African Americans are quite susceptible to glaucoma. Per Scott: 50% have the condition and do not know it.
- Cataract surgery now entails the choice of the lenses to be implanted.
In conclusion: “Those who are wise take care of their eyes.”
The Block Party was anticipated and well-received by the neighborhood. There were treats and games for the kids, and a fire engine for them to swarm over. Hamburgers and hot dogs abounded.
Rotarians scurried around, most clad in identifiable T-shirts provided by Tim Lenihan. The burgers (plain, cheese, and veggie) were turned out, over hot grills, by Dave Mushen and Ron. Our Nearest Star caused one and all to broil a bit. Tom and his musicians (Ranken File) provided totally audible entertainment.
All who participated shared the feeling that it was a pleasure and privilege to serve. In fact, according to our motto, that is what it is all about. Photos!
Univerisity Sunrise Rotary supports Enactus, a student organization that brings together a diverse network of college students, academic professionals and industry leaders from around the world to focus on a shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of entrepreneurship. Team members contribute their time and talent to projects that improve the lives of people around the globe. Each participant demonstrates that individuals who are armed with information, a passion for people and business know-how can be real agents for change.
Powerful life lessons are attained outside of the classroom because Enactus tackles projects that are tied to real targets with the help of real professionals. The outcome of each project can change the lives of Enactus students and the lives of the project’s beneficiaries in real and substantial ways.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Enactus comprises of 1600 universities in 36 different countries with over 66,500 students that holds competitions awarding universities prizes for their social entrepreneurial project outcomes.
University Sunrise donated $500 to promote Enactus students developing a green energy stove. Our Green Energy Stove’s differentiating factor is in its clean stove power generators. The power generators in the stove generate electricity during cooking by converting wasted heat energy into electricity. This electricity will be used to charge and power up devices such as cell phones and lamps. Working with established partners, we want to pilot the Green Energy Center Gambia, Nigeria, Gabon, and Ethiopia with 700 units.
*Onward like the swallow going
Flies the speed of oar and shell.
Oh the wild delight in knowing, ‘
Tis our pow’r that does the rowing…..
Captivated by the book ,”The Boys in the Boat”, Melanie Barstow has successfully volunteered to conduct tours of the University of Washington shell house and related historic spots. The response has been large.
In her talk, she reviews the book’s story, noting:
- the Depression era
- the fortitude of the rowers
- the privations of the young men
- the hard and dangerous jobs they had to take
- the adversities, including the family’s abandonment of the principal character at his age of 15.
Altruism, self-sacrifice, and fortitude were the sine qua non that made possible the successive triumphs of this Husky crew, This culminated in their Olympic triumph in Berlin in 1936 as they represented the U.S. Specifically, the order of finish; USA/Italy/Germany. It is notable that the margin between winning and not winning is at times measured in hundredths of a second. In 1936, the times were 6:25.4, 6:26, and 6:26.4.
*All in unison of action, with the noble satisfaction….
…..Coolly every power invoke…
Onward, make her cut the water,
Onward make her cut the water—
And for fame of alma mater, stroke, stroke, stroke.
*Excerpts from the Cornell Rowing Song.