Alpha Kappa Alpha and Heifer International

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Friday, July 27, 2012 0 comments

What a great day it was!  Seven volunteers from our Sonoma and Napa Volunteer groups went to San Francisco to attend the Alpha Kappa Alpha Womens' Sorority's Convention at the Muscone Center. Two of us took the ferry over which was a delightful way to travel. When Mary Blom and I arrived it was like walking into the middle of a hurricane. Susanne from Little Rock and the President of the AKA sorority had just given a presentation on their Heifer Study Tour to Kenya from which they had recently returned.  Heifer offered a free trip as a raffle to the next study tour in June to Ecuador. There was a rush at the table for 5 hours, to fill out the forms for the drawing which would take place on Thursday. The ladies were four deep at the table, each one more enthusiastic than the other, all being quite sure they had the winning ticket. Fourteen of them signed up to go on the trip whether they won a free trip or not.  It was amazing.  Julie Sparks arrived to help and soon after her, Jacquie Eigen and Jesssie McDermontt arrived. Jill and Susanne were finally able to take a break. Later Linda McBee and Dotty Joos arrived to relieve us. Jill had worked by herself the day before, somehow surviving it alone. She was mighty glad we all showed up on Tuesday.

Once during the rush I turned around to see Beatrice Biira (Beatrice's Goat) standing beside the table. It was like seeing an old friend, tho I had never met her in person.  What a thrill, I spontaneously gave her a big hug.  Later some of us gathered in the Samovar Tea Room on the roof and enjoyed a quiet snack and tea time together. Then, at 6:30 we taxied to the San Francisco Foundation to hear Beatrice give a wonderful talk.

Returning on the ferry, enjoying the lights of the city and the bridges, we were  very tired but feeling so grateful for such a wonderful day, as we contemplated the joys of volunteering with Heifer.

Caroline Bonnet
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Attending:  Mary Blom - facilitator, Caroline Bonnet - note taker, Dotty Joos

We talked about the AKA convention we will attend and have a table at on Tuesday.  Mary brought print outs of their work with Heifer in Ecuador and Kenya. There will be 8,500 women attending and parking is expected to be scarce.  We discussed travel plans. We are honored and excited to be going to this, and look forward to hearing from Beatrice.  Mary also brought print outs from our last meeting to review.  Caroline talked a little about her meeting with Connie, Jill and Lendri on Friday.  Lendri will be volunteering with our Sonoma group.  She lives in Petaluma.  Mary's son made some quarter tubes that Mary will use at her church's children's time.

We talked about calenders for the year.  Mary brought one and downloaded information from the Sonoma County calendar of events.  We are not in favor of the online calendar Linda suggested.  We will use our calendars to place our events when they are favorable and avoid dates that are unfavorable.  Mary said she is not interested in doing large events and would rather work locally with smaller presentations and tablings. We referred to the email from Jill that Mary brought for us, regarding future presentations at schools, churches and clubs, and we appreciated the clarification on expectations. We talked about plans we are considering for the future.

Caroline will contact the Santa Rosa chapter of the Kiwanis Club to offer a Heifer presentation in gratitude of our winning their 2012 World Service Medal awarded to us at their national convention in New Orleans.

We talked of other events where we might have a presence:
Apple blossom Festival, April 20-21 - Sebastopol
Gravenstein Apple Festival, Aug 11th - 12th - Sebastopol
Earth Day,  April 22 or following weekend  - wherever
Butter and Eggs Day  April 27th - Petaluma
River Revival, July 21st - approx - check out  -  Petaluma
Laguna Farm  Festival, July 14th
Alternative Gift Fairs, Cornerstone? - Sonoma.   Mary will be at her church Alternative Gift Fair on Nov 25, Dec 2, and 9th.  We will contact Marguerite to see if we might have one at the winery where she works.
Cotati Kids Festival,  date uncertain
Himalayan Festival, Memorial Day weekend - Berkeley
Kathmandu Festival, Sept 15th at Vets Hall - Sonoma

Dates to avoid  -  Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Graduation, St Patrick's Day, Sonoma County Fair, 3 day weekends. We spoke of the need to plan ahead, way ahead.

We discussed our thoughts  on our valuable connection with the Nepal projects and how we can keep those active and perhaps expand to other areas.

Lastly we discussed the second Cornerstone: Accountability.  How it works in our Heifer projects in the field and in the ways we ourselves are accountable in our lives and efforts toward making a better world.
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 30, 2012) - Heifer International today was recognized for its work to end hunger and poverty and protect the planet by the 600,000-member Kiwanis International family, with the presentation of Kiwanis' highest honor-the 2012 World Service Medal.
The medal, presented to Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari by Kiwanis International President Alan Penn at the organization's annual convention in New Orleans, also provides a $10,000 grant to assist the honoree to further his or her service work.
Previous winners have included Mother Teresa, actors and humanitarians Sir Roger Moore and Audrey Hepburn and First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter.
"There is a proverb that reads, 'Give a man a fish and he won't starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and he won't starve for his entire life,' " said Penn in announcing the award.
Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and Earth-friendly agricultural training to families who struggle daily to survive. To date, more than 15 million families in more than 125 countries, including the United States, have been assisted to become self-reliant.
"I had the privilege of seeing the work of Heifer International first-hand as the son of missionaries who managed El Sembrador, a school for orphan children located on a farm in Honduras. Heifer International provided calves for the farm to improve the herd of livestock," said Penn. "Their amazing work affected me deeply and has stayed with me all these years."
"Heifer International is honored to receive this award," said Ferrari. "Here we have two great organizations with great legacies-Kiwanis nearly 100 years and Heifer nearly 70 years-of helping people help themselves."
Many Kiwanis organizations around the world have contributed to or partnered with Heifer International, "so each and every Kiwanis family member has been part of the amazing transformation that has led 80 million people from poverty to prosperity," said Ferrari.
"We all have cause to be very proud."
As an organization dedicated to service, Kiwanis International promotes the ideals of service not only among its members, but also among young people and the public at large. The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees established the Kiwanis World Service Medal in 1985 to advance this goal by recognizing individuals and organizations that devote a significant part of their lives to meeting the needs of others.
"We are honored to be in such august company as previous winners, but we must never forget that every day, thousands of children die needlessly around the world, from treatable diseases, from correctable situations," said Ferrari. "Kiwanis and Heifer International are both proven solutions to these problems, and we deeply appreciate this honor, but there is work yet to do and we are delighted to be pursuing those solutions with you."
About Heifer International
Heifer's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.
About Kiwanis International
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Kiwanis International is one of the world's largest service organizations with 600,000 youth and adult members in 70 countries.  Through service and fund-raising projects, Kiwanians improve the quality of life for children and their communities.
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