Bob Welch the author the new book The Wizard of Foz, spoke at our Rotary Club today.
Peter Jenson, founder, and CEO of Erndo spoke to the Club today about what AI and Blockchain are all about and how these advances in technology can be put to use to improve local economies and communities.
AI was started with the advent of logic – Aristotle if x = y and y = z then x = z. It’s been around a very long time. The printing press is one of the cornerstone moments in AI. Clocks store information to present the time of day. These are examples of AI. AI allows the access of information, the printing press – artificial intelligence empowers people to use that information.
Problem: small business are dying than are being replaced today. The annual rate of business creation has gone down by 1/3. The technology gap is significant – particularly with the advent of micro-targeting.
Erndo automates the process of allowing a small businesses micro-influencers to promote the business. Currently, it’s in an alpha phase, capped at 100 businesses and 600 users – taking place here in the Rogue Valley.
Here is a helpful video about Erndo if you’d like to learn more:
Our Rotary exchange student, Isabel Aragon Jimenez from Spain, discussed her process of becoming a Rotary exchange student and her experiences here in Medford.
Piet Voskes shared some of the histories of the Medford Rotary Relays, which takes place this weekend. Since it was started in 1939 and has become the premier track meet in Southern Oregon. Today it has more athletes than any other event and 19 schools, and 780 kids with 120 high jumpers alone.
- Be informed
- Make a plan
- Start building a kit
- test your smoke alarms
- install smoke alarms in each sleeping room
- replace smoke alarms every 10 years
- make an exit plan
- Drop, cover, and hold on!
- Don’t hide in doorways, find a place that is relatively safe and without things that will fall on you.
- What are the unique needs of your household?
- How will you or your family/household be alerted of a disaster?
- Where are your meeting locations if you had to evacuate?
- What is your family/household communication plan?
- What are your plans for your pets and livestock?
- Be prepared for 2 weeks survival
- Household participation
Rotary Relays will be March 17 – we need 80 volunteers and we will need each person to fill out a form in advance of the event.
Bell Ringers had a good showing and we raised $1230.80 for the Salvation Army.
THERE IS NO MEETING NEXT WEEK AND WILL ALSO BE DARK ON 1/2/18.
Caleb LaPlante spoke at our club on Tuesday on the topic of Rotary and Modern Day Slavery. Caleb reported that Rotary is doing significant work in trying to abate Human Trafficking.Human Trafficking is one individual using force to trade for commerce. There are 45 million individuals in this condition worldwide.Locally, several clubs using Rotary Foundation funds to bring public awareness to 22 survivors of trafficking who have accomplished significant things with their lives. Local leaders attended a breakfast to help move forward some legislation that was subsequently signed off on. You can visit the website at http://mtas-roguevalley.com. As an added bonus, Redemption Ridge reported a significant spike in referrals and calls as an outcome of the project.
Each of the last 2 RI conventions has had anti-slavery speakers at the most prominent stages.
There are significant projects being completed by Rotarians throughout the US. A Safehouse being built in Vegas, a District Conference dedicated to the topic, airings of the movie ‘I am Jane Doe’ (which would be good to watch if you want to learn more).
GenerationFreedom.com by United Way is a great resource for learning about organizations working on this issue and as potential Global Grant collaborations.
Out of the Atlanta Convention, there is an effort underway to connect Rotarians working on this issue.
The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery is a good group to be involved in if this is a point of interest.
The most important things we can do is to work on providing a safety net for Foster kids, like CASA, Every Child, and Safe Families would be good to check out.
Lori Williams, Finance Officer for the Medford Senior Center and Bev Power, Recreation Supervisor for the Medford Senior Center joined our club on 11/21 to discuss the Medford Senior Center.
The Medford Senior Center has been a self-supporting agency since its inception in the 50’s. Unlike other senior centers in the Rogue Valley, the building is owned and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is working to redefine what is a “senior”, what they need, what can they can provide.
They are currently able to provide the following activities:
- Senior Striders
- Spanish Classes
- Jog Your Memory
- Living Well Classes
- Legal Clinic
- Skip Bo
- Tai Chi Classes
- Pinochle Refreshers
- Tax preparation assistance
- Writers Clinic
- Chat Circles
- Line Dances
- Pie Socials, Ice Cream Socials, & Birthday Parties
- Foot Clinics
- Hearing Checks
- Holiday Lunches
- Blood Pressure Checks
- 2nd Chance Boutique/Thrift Store
They wanted to make sure everyone knows that:
- The city did not “take over” the Medford Senior Center
- The BOD continue to raise money via fundraisers, grants, memberships, and program fees to pay for ongoing costs.
Bill Singler of South Medford, Mike Mitchell of North Medford, and Jon Gettman of Cascade Christian High School Football coaches discussed their 2017 high school football schedule.
Mike Mitchell of North Medford reported that their year was off to a slow start with a small Senior Class (13 kids). But that he was hopeful for the rest of the season.
Jon Gettman of Cascade Christian High School reported that they had a big Senior Class (11 kids) this year and were working hard on helping teammates.
Bill Singler of South Medford reported that he will be retiring from teaching at the end of November. He’s working with his kids on understanding that life isn’t smooth and adjusting to the twists and turns is an important element of both the game and life.
They all discussed concussions and report that Heads Up Football is helping to mitigate any risk there for their team.