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Paul's Place - Friday, May 12th, 2017, 6:30 am

President Bob Casey opened the meeting, followed by the following:

Announcements:

Rich - District Leadership Assembly, 20 May 2017 at Golden Valley HS

Charlene - Soroptimist Hors d'oeuvres Festival, 19 May, Gaye Riggs Home

Butch - 13 May, JR All Star Game, MHS

Doug - Well in Uganda proceeding, substantial completion next week

Steve - N/S Rotary Football, 24 June raffle tickets available

Mike A. - Ideas for budgeting next year, contact the appropriate director

Program:

Tim introduced Dr. Steve Titjen, Merced County Superintendent of Schools, who provided insight into the happenings at the Merced County Office of Schools.  Notable were the potential changes to the Virginia Smith Trust (VST).  In 2016, UC Merced, and the Virginia Smith Trust agreed to divide the 1,256acre tract of land into two separate parcels, one owned by the VST and one owned by UC Merced.  The parcel of land, known as University Community North, is situated just south of the UC Merced campus on North Lake Road.  UC Merced owns the northernmost portion of the land, which is being developed for the UC Merced 2020 Project.  VST owns the southernmost portion and the parcels are approximately equal in size. This change allows VST to use its land for revenue generating purposes in support of its vital mission to provide scholarships to deserving college-bound students from the Merced area.  it is estimated that in the future up to $1M in scholarships might be given to deserving student throughout Merced County.

 

Steve pointed out that the high school graduation rates are higher than the state average. 

  • Delhi Unified 91.4%

  • Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified 94.1%

  • Gustine Unified 97.0%

  • Hilmar Unified 96.4%

  • Le Grand Union High 76.4%

  • Los Banos Unified 94.5%

  • Merced Union High 90.3%

  • California Average 82.3%

A number of questions were posed regarding new teachers and the credentialing process.  Steve indicated that the credentialing requirements process has changed over the years and today many teachers start without their credential. He also noted that faculty starting salaries are lower than starting salaries in other professions with similar education requirements. That said, teacher salaries are very good compared to the average salary in our area.      

Paul's Place - Friday, May 5th, 2017, 6:30 am

President Bob Casey opened the meeting, followed by the following:

Announcements:

Bob - Mark your calendar! The Kick-Out party end of June.

Bob -- 2018 District Conference to be held at Tenaya Lodge, 20 May 2018.

Bob - District Conference Awards 2017

  • 2nd Youth Service

  • 3rd Communication Intra Club

  • 2nd International

  • 3rd Communication Outreach

  • 2nd Club Service

  • 1st Foundation

Rich - 4th Quarter dues, now due

Rich - District Leadership Assembly, 20 May 2017 at Golden Valley HS

 

Program:

Mike C introduced our three speakers from Yosemite High School's Green Technology Class - Mr. Kahri Boykin, instructor, and students Donald Fries, and Juan Gallegos.  They shared information about their class, Energy Efficiency with an emphasis in Solar Installation.  This class combines classroom knowledge with on the job experience installing solar systems.

Kahri introduced Yosemite High Principal, Charles Jolly, who shared news about recognition the class just received from the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program.  Congratulations!

Juan and Donald provided insight into the skills and processes they learned over this past school year.  Volts, watts, kilowatt hours, amps, using instrumentation to measure the above, testing circuits, as well as data gathering and analysis were skills garnered through the classes.  In the process both Donald and Juan distinguished themselves and became team leaders.  The leadership skills will bode well for them in the future.

In addition, students assembled solar kits that were sent to a Nigeria school, so that students in Nigeria would have lights to study, thus making the an international humanitarian effort, a notable outcome unto itself.      

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UC Merced - Friday, May 26th, 2017, 6:30 am

President Bob Casey opened the meeting, followed by the following:

Announcements:

Board Meeting - two candidates for VP, one before you today - Pope Lawrence.  The vote was unanimous.

Kick-Out Party - 30 June, 5:30, Merced Yacht Club

Program:

Donald spoke about the flags now hanging in the Kolligian Library Building.  The flags represent various countries that students attending UC Merced call home. The flags are flown in alphabetical and are changed each semester as the student body changes. In order to fly the flags they must first be fireproofed, then the UC maintenance crew gets involved putting them up and take them down, no easy task considering their location. It is only through the generosity of the Area Eight Rotary clubs that the flags are present.  Come check it out!

Our second tour was of the vivarium lab.      

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