Delta College Possible Dream Presented to Rotary
October 22, 2013
By: Stephen Kent
Dorian Phelps and Mary Harding
Dorian Phelps updated Rotary on the Possible Dream program at Delta College. Started in 1992, the program has seen 1,427 student participants. The mission is to keep local, at-risk students interested in their studies. The goal is to keep those students involved, insure that they graduate and that they attend college.
The program offers students educational and cultural experiences. They assist with college planning and help the students recognize that people outside their family are both interested in their success and believe that they can achieve their dreams.
Possible Dream caters to students who have faced economic hardships. Often they are from single-parent homes. Some are raised by relatives. Despite the hardships the students are bright and eager to learn. They will have received some form of state or federal aid.
The program is aimed at 6th graders but that is not a hard rule. Students develop at different speeds. If a 7th grader is recommended that student is often accepted.
The program accepts about 100 students a year. Currently there are about 366 students enrolled.
Funding for the Possible Dream program comes from a major fundraiser, the well known "Chocolate Affair". The first program was the "Holiday Preview Benefit, which ran from 1991 to 2000. The Chocolate Affair started in 2001 with a larger venue and had been a great hit ever since.
This year's event will be held November 21 at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. The event opens at 6:00 pm for a special early admission reserved for Patron Ticket holders. General admission opens at 7:00 and the event runs until 9:30.
The event features delicious food and beverages, live music, dancing, and "scrumptious desserts". Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Possible Dream students.
Mary made a point of mentioning what doesn't happen at the affair: No assigned seating, No speeches, No auctions, No extra costs.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The club was pleased to have three exchange students in attendance today.
is a rebound from Germany,
is our current exchange student here from Mexico,
and Tanner Norton
is a rebound from Paraguay.
The Centennial Committee
meets next week, October 29
at 11:00 before the regular meeting. The committee reminds members to look for historic Rotary items that you or a family member might have. In particular they are interested in the very early years, 1914 to 1923.
The members section of the club web site has an On-Line directory. This has been updated with all of the names of past members as provided by Rotary International. Take some time to look over this list and tell us about corrections. A printed list will also be provided at a future meeting.
The club will meet at the Country Club again on November 5th
. Don't forget.
The District Foundation Gala will be held in Frankenmuth on Friday November 1. The club would like to fill a couple of tables. If you can go, see Bob Chadwick. This dinner and program is NOT a fund raiser.
The Member Recruitment
page in the member's section of the club web site has been updated with a number of new resources. If you have a prospect, check these items.
The club received a thank you note from the Northern Bay club (Pinconning) thanking us for allowing them to participate in International Night. They filled three tables this year. The funds they raised will go to three projects: Annual college scholarships for Pinconning and Standish students, Sponsorship of students to Rotary Leadership Camp, and Purchase of Dictionaries and Thesauruses.
President Lee, in a moment of reflection, noted that he read in the club's history that in 1958 a bill for $17.74 for duck food for the birds in Carol Park. He noted that the entire "History of the Rotary Club of Bay City 1915-2005" has been scanned and is on the club web site.
Lee also noted that he recently met with Magen Samyn President of the
. They discussed the challenges of President Lee, in a moment of reflection, noted that he read in the club's history that in 1958 a bill for $17.74 for duck food for the birds in Carol Park. He noted that the entire "History of the Rotary Club of Bay City 1915-2005" has been scanned and is on the club web site.
Lee also noted that he met with Magen Samyn President of the Morning Rotary. They discussed the challenges of maintaining membership numbers these days. They also agreed to another fund raising challenge. The president of the losing club will sing at the annual Rotary Concert.
A Special Note Concerning Dictionaries and Thesauri
Book deliveries have made great strides. The club has a goal of completing all deliveries by October 31. If you have not made your deliveries please plan with that date in mind.
You may visit Brenda Scramlin's office at COPOCO Community Credit Union; 4265 E Wilder Rd at any time to pick up your books and letters to the parent. Brenda's staff is prepared to direct and help you if she is not available.
DATES TO REMEMBER
District Foundation Gala
Centennial Committee meeting
October 29 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
OFF SITE meeting at the Country Club
Also International Night wrap-up meeting at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Seasonal Music Program and joint meeting
December 17, 2013
Decemter 24 and 31, 2013.
(See the official schedule at
October 22, 2013: Delta College Possible Dream Program.
Mary Harding and Dorian Phelps to speak.
October 29, 2013: Rotary Global Scholar
Peter Ekadu, from Uganda, is completing his Master's degree at CMU via a District 6310 grant. He will share his experiences as part of the Rotary Global Scholar Program.
November 5, 2013: Disability Network of Mid-Michigan
Terri Cady will will provide an overview of the Network's services and will highlight STAGES, their Youth Transitions Program.
OFF SITE MEETING AT COUNTRY CLUB
November 19, 2013: K-12 Education Funding
Doug Newcombe to speak.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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