- Mike Ojeda announced the Cinco De Mayo luncheon to be held next Friday, May 4th, at Matt Denney’s restaurant at noon. He encouraged us to bring potential members.
- The Arboretum Grow Festival will be held the weekend of May 5 and 6, according to Rosie Mares. She needs more volunteers to help, and has passes for those who have signed up. Please contact Rosie if you would like to help.
- Marie Salcido is looking for volunteers to help with the Salute to Seniors luncheon on Tuesday, May 8th. She will need people to set up the tables between 10:15 and 10:45, and servers from 11:15 on and a cleanup crew after the luncheon.
- John Murphy said we would be dark at noon on May 18 since we will have our Membership Appreciation Dinner that night from 5:30 to 8 PM. Bring your spouse or significant other to this event being organized by George Fasching. There will be an open bar, dinner catered by The Derby, and music. It will be held in the Celebration Garden at the Arboretum, with easy access from the parking lot near Ayres Hall.
- The Arcadia Partners is hosting a brunch and tour of the Chinese and Japanese gardens at the Huntington Library on Sunday, May 20. The tour will start at 10:15 with brunch being served at 11:45. Cost is $60 per person but only $28 if you don’t stay for brunch.
- Bruce McCallum announced a popular event that will occur on Sept. 27th; the Taste of Arcadia. The gate will open at 5:30 and tickets if pre ordered will cost $40 and $60 if you get them at the event.
- The District Conference will be held Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3rd. It will be at the Lake Arrowhead Resort. Ralph Orr advised us to contact Brad, Eric, or Mimi for more information.
- Richard Schulhof announced a party at the Arboretum next Friday night, before the Grow Festival Sat. and Sunday. The event will be . from 5 to 8 pm and will be a Celebratation of Things Botanical. There will be live music, complementary hors d’ eurves, and wine and tequila tastings available for purchase. Richard asked that you email him if you would like to attend.
Our speakers for Friday’s meeting were Ralph Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org , Chair of the Vocational Service, for Rotary District 5300 and Arcadia High School instructor Susan Stalling, who teaches a class in entrepreneurship at the high school.
As we approach closure on defeating Polio throughout the world, Rotary’s new focus is shifting to job creation and entrepreneurship. The goal of Rotary is promote entrepreneurial education and training to the end of job creation and a way out of poverty for many millions of the people of the world. The creation of new businesses through learning to create and develop business plans with the help of Rotarians, who will utilize their vocation skills and experiences, in assisting students and young people, will be the goal.
In a study conducted in Sweden, 24% of those who attended entrepreneurial education started their own business within the next ten years and hired on average four employees. Thus, five jobs were created for every five persons trained, all at a nominal cost.
This program started in Poland in 1991, in 1995 in Pasadena and as of 2012 in Nigeria. It has been implemented annually to many nations. In Nigeria, due to the training, over 770 business plans have been created, which will lead to new businesses and jobs in that country. With this education now available, it is hoped to help women support themselves and as an indirect benefit, there has been a lessening of HIV in that country.
Susan Stalling indicated that Arcadia Rotary will have its own entrepreneurial student in a district wide competition in the forthcoming year. In her class at AHS, students learn the means of building a business plan, what an imaginary business will face in competition, estimating annual sales, market share, expenses of operations, permanent and temporary costs of operation and a mission statement. In the class, students learn the need for research, business formation, cost of employment and creating power point presentations. Another aspect is pricing and productivity. She states that many students after graduation and attending her class, have seriously given consideration to starting their own businesses.
In summary, Job Creation & Entrepreneurship is an up and coming activity of our District. There will be opportunities for Rotarians to travel to places such as Cambodia and the Philippines to instruct young people on how to draft and create a business plan that could ultimately result in new job creation. Due to skyrocketing unemployment, helping high school graduates to formulate plans for new businesses will give them new hope and motivation to work for future jobs and employment.