Guest Speaker: Timothy Evans | Corona, CA

Our guest speaker on Dec. 19th was Timothy Evans.  Tim is the founder of a non-profit organization called The Unforgettables Foundation.  Tim started this Foundation in 1999. The mission of the Unforgettables Foundation is to enable low-income families to give their children a dignified burial.  Empower communities to memorialize children who have died.  Educate parents and children’s caregivers to confront, control and conquer the primary risks to our children’s health and wholeness.   And to encourage communities to recognize the financial trauma which is often associated with the death of a child.  The Foundation is entering its 20th year. They raise money to help defray the cost of burials for families who cannot afford it.  They do not pay the entire cost, but a portion of it.  The families help to pay for the rest. The Foundation’s help is granted to families across the Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties in California.  Also in Southern Nevada.  Since its incorporation in 2000, over 5,000 families have been assisted in 100 cities in Southern California, Nevada, Ohio and Canada.   It was a sad talk today, but it was also great to know that this organization exists, and is there to help these families in their toughest, saddest days while grieving.  Thank you Tim for starting The Unforgettables Foundation.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Guest Speaker: Kathy Wright | Corona, CA

Kathy Wright was the Circle City Rotary guest speaker on Wed. Dec. 12th.   Kathy is the President of the Friends of the Corona Public Library.  The Friends organization is a non-profit dedicated to supporting our Library in providing the best programs, services, materials and experience for library visitors. Friends membership, the BookShop, and Adopt-a-Book all make this possible.  We have a very active Friends group. The Friends believe that the strength of a library lies not only in its collection of books and materials but also in its programs and services.  Here are some numbers from the Friends contribution to our library from 1993-2017:  $5,537,466 total value of contributions to the Library.  250,775 Friends volunteer hours for the Library valued at $4,082,105 based on an Independent Sector website.  60 average number of active volunteers.  $1,018,838 value of books given to the Library for the Library Collection, based on a value provided by the Library.  $481,460 the value of major gifts given to the Library.  The Friends volunteers are involved by either serving on the Board, or by working in the BookShop.  The BookShop is one of the BEST used book stores around.  It’s vast collection of items is well known throughout the Inland Empire.  They receive many donations from outlying cities, not only from folks living in Corona. It was a very informative talk, and we all got to learn a lot about this very dedicated group.

To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.

Guest Speaker: Russ March | Corona, CA

At our last meeting our speaker was Russ March, principal at Victress Bower School for Exceptional Children.  Russ is very passionate about his students and his project.  It is called the Mobility Project.  Russ works at a school where most of  the students are mobility challenged.  The students have several pieces of equipment each that take up a lot of space in a very limited classroom. What this project is about, is to install lift systems in the ceiling of each of the classrooms.  It is vitally important for these students to be upright, so their circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems can function properly.  The students are unable to assist the staff in getting into their equipment.  The ceiling lift systems are typically safer to use than any other type.  They are very expensive.  Russ started the project 2 years ago when the school used $15,000 of their General Fund budget to install a lift system in their Mobility/Sensory Room.  The students go there to experience sound, smell, tactile and visual stimulation which calms them.  Russ is looking to team up with other local non-profits in the area, such as Rotary clubs. With this monetary help, his dream of putting ceiling lifts in all the classrooms can be realized.  We were all inspired with Russ’ vision.

 To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.