Club Meeting - May 11, 2017
We had a lot to plan this morning. We will serve dinner and breakfast this weekend for the Hearst Elementary School Campout. We will have a work crew at New Entra Casa on Monday to prepare landscaping for upcoming rebuilding efforts. The Patrick Henry Key Club is preparing for their end-of-year Afternoon Tea, which will be held this Saturday at the Mission Trails Regional Park. Our club is responsible for hosting the next Division Council Meeting on May 18 and we have decided that the Installation Dinner for our next president will be held at the Jacobs Center on September 23. This is always a busy…and fun…time of year!
Stephen Dahms joined us to announce the next Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council Town Hall Meeting will be on May 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church. A presentation will be made by The Goal San Diego Committee and representatives of the FS Investment Group, proposing to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site by bringing MLS soccer, a river park and a mixed use community to Mission Valley. This is a complex project and the purpose of this meeting is to explain all aspects of the project, answer questions regarding the use of the property and give the community the information needed to make informed decisions going forward.
Our Kiwanian of the Day was Dan Yelvington. He collected Happy/Sad Dollars and quizzed us on questions about United States presidents. Most of us could hold our own, but our history buffs amazed us with their command of the subject!
Our guest speaker was Don Wells. Don is the Executive Director of Just in Time, an organization that takes over when the foster care system ends when foster youth leave the program at eighteen. Their goal is to help these young adults achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. They envision a future in which every youth leaving the foster care system has a community of caring adults waiting for them. They believe consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for the success of our youth so they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives. We were shocked to learn that 70% of California’s inmate population were at one time in foster care. Don showed us a video of some of his clients expressing their gratitude for the support they received from this innovative program. They are proud of all they have accomplished in their own lives thanks to JIT! Don introduced us to his colleague, Terrance Lewis, who struggled after aging out of foster care, but was saved by JIT! Terrence has established close ties within the community, is living independently and is now a JIT staff member! We were moved by his and the other stories we heard this morning and are grateful that San Diego offers this important life-line to our children in foster care.
Our thanks to (l. to r.) Don Wells, Terrance Lewis and Dan Yelvington for a great meeting!.