“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” – Mae Jemison
“People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.” – Saul Alinsky
“What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness, Star-dust, or sea-foam, flower or winged air.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Col. Edward Perry)
Nestor reminded everyone that the Rotary Blood drive starts Monday July 30 and goes thru Saturday, August 4.
Phyllis is looking for a few more people to help with our volunteer project at Salt & Light in Urbana on Saturday, August 11th from 9am till 11am.
Darrell thanked those who have signed up to help with our Club’s booth at the Taste of C-U event on August 18th at West Side Park. The mission of our booth is to spread the Rotary word, invite those interested to provide their email address so we can in touch with them, and raise money from donations for the “CU Sunrise” coffee packet. Darrell also passed around a signup sheet this morning for our Club’s booth at the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, August 25th.
Angle received special recognition from the club as she has been selected in this year’s “40 under 40” community group.
Tom Ulen introduced Dr. Darren Pascavage as this morning’s speaker. Dr. Pascavage is the founding head of Academy High, the new independent, college-prep high school here in Champaign, IL.
Dr. Pascavage joined Academy High with an exceptional educational background and a wealth of experience in leading Independent Schools. He has served as founding headmaster and director at several schools in Atlanta and the State of Georgia as well as the Executive Director of Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is a Trustee and remains active on several National Independent School Associations. He has also won several teaching awards in the State of Georgia.
Dr. Pascavage first touched on the historical aspects of what we have thought education should be and the methods of teaching and learning in the future. Historically we have always wanted to use the best methods to inspire students so they can lead lives of excellence, purpose and joy. Today with all that technology has to offer, the future methods of learning are ever expanding. Past educational focus was for the students to learn for the known present, then there was a shift to learn for the known future and now learning should also include learning skills for the unknown future.
Academy High is located at 2302 Fox Drive, Champaign and the facility is an open plan with flexible areas of learning. The first year there were 9 freshman students ,and with the start of the second year they are expecting enrollment to grow to 25 to 30 as the word gets out about the school. With classes starting at 9am the school has an academic core of math, science, social science, English and a second language. In addition they offer several “Modules” of learning to engage the student in art, technology, music, logic, geographic information systems, and communications to fill out the day. Independent studies at the U of I and Parkland are also emphasized.
The school does not receive any money from State or Federal government. Tuition is a sliding scale based on what the family can pay. The first year the range was approximately from $3,000 to $15,000 and scholarships are available.
|Aug 2nd||Aug 9th||Aug 16th||Aug 23rd|
|Introductions||Paul Conforti||Oktay Baran||Michelle Barbey||Keith Brandau|
|Reflection||Lou Simpson||Charlie Smith||Mary Kay Smith||Adam Wright|
|Greeters||Paul Conforti||Oktay Baran||Michelle Barbey||Keith Brandau|
|Larry Johnson||Andrew Kerins||Bob La Charite||Candy Loyd|
|Song Leader||David Henry||Mary Hodson||Darrell Hoemann||Andrew Kerins|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
August 2nd – Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign (Bob)
August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit
August 16th – Jerri Kirshner, CU Symphony (Charlie)
August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)
August 30th – No regular meeting
September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)
September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)
September 20th – Deb Feinen, Mayor, City of Champaign (Tom)
September 27th – TBD (Bob)
October 4th – TBD (David)
October 11th – TBD
October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois (Ed)
October 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
November 1st – TBD (Tom)
November 8th – TBD (Bob)
November 15th – TBD (Charlie)
November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving
November 29th – TBD (David)