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Posted by Joel Keefer on Aug 19, 2016
L-R Dr. Bert Rappole with Pastor Ben, Gems, and Emmet Tenpas
Efforts to educate the people of Haiti are strong, and Dr. Bert Rappole presented on that very fact at today's meeting.
Before getting into the heart of the presentation, Dr. Rappole gave some historical information on Haiti. The country was the world's first Black Republic, however, ranks currently 159 out of 174 countries in Human Development. Contributing to that poor ranking is the fact that the literacy rate in Haiti is very low, especially in rural areas. That is a serious problem, and one that Dr. Rappole's guest is working to change.
Dr. Rappole introduced Pastor Ben from Haiti to the club. This was Pastor Ben's first time in the United States.
Speaking only Creole, Pastor Ben gave his presentation with the help of his interpreter Gems. Gems, who is also from Haiti, is an interpreter for the U.N.
During his presentation, Pastor Ben spoke about the school in Haiti that he helped establish. The school was needed because the students who live in his area had to travel a long distance to get to any school, and Pastor Ben said that needed to change.
The process of getting the school approved by Haitian officials and then built took time and financial help, and some of that help came through the Allegany Region Missions, or ARM. In 2001-2002, ARM missionaries gave assistance to the school, and Pastor Ben said that made the villagers very happy.
Right now, Pastor Ben said they are working on new construction at the school, and Dr. Rappole added that the first part of the project is nearly complete. But, both Pastor Ben and Dr. Rappole asked the club for support. More information on helping can be gathered by visiting ARM's website.
Posted by Ruth Lundin on Aug 12, 2016
L-R David and Marissa Troxell, Dan Overcash & Gordie Black
Dave and Marissa Troxell spoke about the projects that Rotary is helping to fund in Katmandu, Nepal and Central Cambodia, where there is a Rotary Club school. They also reported on their trip to India to do one final massive inoculation against polio.
First, they reported on the Nepalese Project which is a three year micro-investment. In year 1, the goal was to improve the weaving skills and business sense of the women. Year 2: Purchase better looms. Year three was supposed to be an expansion into retail outlets. However, the project is currently stalled due to the earthquake that struck the area. It is fully expected to be completed in the coming year.
David and Marissa then reported on their trip to India, where they volunteered as part of the Polio Plus Campaign. First, they showed some marvelous pictures of their time there, which included an impromptu invitation to a traditional wedding ceremony! Then, on to business—the Polio Plus Campaign. India was declared “polio free” in 2014. However, this last year, there were cases from immigrants. It was decided that every child 5 or younger needed to be vaccinated. The day before the inoculation, the volunteers and local Rotarians marched through the streets to raise awareness. Thousands of Rotarians marched. The next day, people came to inoculation centers. The volunteers were to put 2 drops on each child’s tongue. Dave and Marissa’s center did 402 inoculations.
Finally, the couple reported on the Cambodia Academy which is in Mongkol Borei-a subsistence community. It is 100% Rotarian sponsored. There is supposed to be free education is Cambodia-but it doesn’t exist. Each child costs $300, so the school looks for sponsors through an organization “Save”. In the past Jamestown Rotary donated money for a lawn and a white board. This year, Jamestown Rotary supported eye tests. More information can be found at Cambodiaacademy.org. The Troxells showed a wonderful video of a “typical day”. The school provides hot breakfast and lunch for over 300 students and teachers. It is in session from 7am to 4pm. David announced that the Vision Committee has approved $1700 for filtration system for clean water for this year.
The eye screening was done in February 2016. Jamestown Noon Rotary put up money for kids frames for glasses. 20 students were found to have severe eye deficiency. Also got glasses for 4 teachers! Lenses were ground on site.
Finally, the Troxells talked about the founder, Hans Eide who passed away last year. The last program he attended was the performance of Marissa and David’s students. They teach English-and do it to a song. This year they chose Unique by Lenka. They showed another marvelous video of their students, singing the song.
Posted by Ruth Lundin on Aug 08, 2016
Rotarians Greg and Sue Jones stand with Siena Miller and her accompanist Martin Dube'.
The Jamestown Rotary has been providing scholarships since 2002, giving a total of $14,000.
Siena Miller is this year’s Rotary Scholarship Awardee at the Chautauqua Music Department. This is her second year at Chautauqua. She sang several numbers in German, Italian and English to the delight of the Rotarians and their guests.
Ms. Miller was raised in Portland, Oregon and will begin her Masters of Music, this fall as a student of Marlena Malas. She is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory. For the past two summers she was a Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she was part of the world premiere of Jack Perla’s opera “Shalimar the Clown”. Siena has sung in master classes for such artists as Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, and Marilyn Horne. She sang Second Lady in the Magic Flute this summer and performed excerpts of Rigoletto with the Clarence Summer Orchestra. Siena began to play the violin at the age of 5 and is dual citizen of Germany and the US.
Ms. Miller was accompanied by Martin Dube’ . He has accompanied Chautauqua Music Department awardees for ten years. A native of Montmagny (Quebec, Canada), Mr. Dube’ studied piano at Laval University before pursuing his master’s in chamber music at McGill University. The recipient of a scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, he studied accompanying under Warren Jones.
From 1997 to 2000 he was associate coach at the Julliard School of Music and has been a coach at Chautauqua Institution since 1997. Other positions include serving as vocal coach at McGill University, regular visiting coach at the Montreal Opera, Co-director of the Chamber Music Society of Quebec City, official accompanist for the Montreal International Voice Competition and is now an official voice coach at Montreal University and a respected collaborative artist.
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