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Dallas-Uptown

The Exclusively Inclusive Rotary Club

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Thursdays at 11:45 AM
IN-PERSON MEETINGS RESUME SEPT. 24
Mattito's in the Centrum Building
3102 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219-4202
United States of America
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IN-PERSON MEETINGS RESUMED AT MATTITOS ON SEPTEMBER 24
 
Dallas - Uptown Rotary meetings resumed at Mattitos Restaurant with both in-person and virtual attendees.  Nine members attended in person, and 12 attended virtually on ZOOM.  Our speaker presented on ZOOM.  It's good to be back, and, necessity being the mother of invention, our club will likely go forward with both in-person and virtual meetings which will almost certainly help improve weekly attendance and membership involvement.
 
BUT WE DIDN'T STOP THERE!  Our monthly FORNO resumed as well.  This month our host was John Johnstone with a great bar-b-cue dinner at his house.  
L to R:  Bobbie Quick, Durane Castleberry, John Haley, Dan Nye, John Johnstone, and Vince Lajoie.
Not shown:  President Rhonda, Michelle Goldstein, and Paul Gorman
Rhonda said, "What are we going to do with all these bananas?"  Bobbie said, "Oh, let's make BBB - Bobbie's Banana Bread!"  
 
So Rhonda and Bobbie made a gazillion loaves of banana bread.
 
Bobbie said, "What are we going to do with all these loaves of Bobbie's Banana Bread, aka BBB?"  Rhonda said, "Let's deliver them to the folks in need at the Stewpot!"   
 
So, after a well-deserved glass of wine, they did.  But that's not THE END.  The world-famous BBB is only a small part of the NEW Beginnings for many.
 
At its main location on the corner of Park Avenue and Young Street in downtown Dallas, The Stewpot provides casework assistance and enrichment programs to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, as well as Children and Youth and Family Stabilization programs to at-risk children and their families.
 
Since May 2008, The Stewpot has been the sole meal provider at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, serving 1,000 meals per day, 7 days per week.
 
Dallas-Uptown Rotary is a proud supporter of The Stewpot.
 
 
Bobbie (left) and Rhonda (right), in case you didn't know.
August 27 speakers Jane Didear and Gay Patrick of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) Volunteer and Services described how DISD is adjusting to COCID-19 in the opening of the 2020-21 school year.
 
Rotary Club of Dallas Uptown, with the help of District 5810 matching grant funds, purchases and distributes over 1700 dictionaries to Uptown Dallas area third grade classes.  In previous years, we delivered the dictionaries and presented them to each school and their students.  This year, suitable adjustments will be made, and the show will go on.  DISD Volunteer Services will help to facilitate the distribution of dictionaries.
 
The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.
 
From: Bill Davis <billyd2319@gmail.com>
Seeking funding for Global Grant in Cucuta, Colombia     
Dear friends in Dallas;
I am sure you are aware of the unbelievable conditions under which the citizens of Venezuela are “living”.
The Colombian City of Cucuta is on the border with VZ and is being overwhelmed by the influx of desperate Venezuelans crossing the border who are fleeing from hunger, lack of clean water, lack of electricity, lack of medicine, lack of jobs and lack of freedom and respect to human dignity.
Cucuta has a population of 830,000 and it estimated 80,000 Venezuelans are “living” in Cucuta.
Since Andy Smallwood introduced Gladys Maldonado from Cucuta, Colombia and myself at the Atlanta Convention three years ago we have implemented five Global Grants to help alleviate the increasing burden being placed on the city of Cucuta.
My wife and I visited Cucuta in September 2018 and I visited again in August 2019.
We are now undertaking a new Global Grant to help in a small way the crisis being inflicted on the facilities and teaching staff of these five schools in Cucuta.
The five schools have a student population of 4,351 which includes 530 students from VZ.
From humble beginnings in 1988 to present day, CitySquare has grown into a broad nonprofit organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. Together, CitySquare's social service programs provide more than 50,000 human touches in Dallas and Paris, Texas.  Our Thursday speaker was Dr. John Siburt, President/COO and Meredith Parrott,Director of Nutritional Services.  They gave an overview of the services provided by CitySquare and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
For more information on CitySquare please refer to their web site https://www.citysquare.org
 
 
Our July 16, 2020, speaker was Adrienne Nicholson, Manager of Volunteer Services at The Stewpot.  The Stewpot has been one of our club's favorite organizations for several years, and we've been proud to support their work.
 
On July 9, 2020, Darren of Project HAND UP joined us from Kenya via Zoom.  
 
Project HAND UP takes a culturally relevant, non-threatening, and entertaining approach to educating large groups of people with information about HIV and AIDS, health, sanitation, and child safety.

For more information on Project HAND UP please see https://projecthandup.org/
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