Monthly Archives: April 2015

Nikita Stange, Voices for Children, April 20, 2015

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Nikita Stange with Voices for Children. Founded in 1980, Voices for Children recruits, trains, and supervises Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, who advocate for the rights and well-being of the more than 5,100 children who pass through foster care in San Diego County annually because they have been abused, neglected, or maltreated by their families or caregivers. As the only agency in San Diego County designated by the Juvenile Dependency
Court to provide CASA volunteers, Voices for Children has a Serve Every Child vision: to provide a CASA to every foster child who needs one.
CASA volunteers are trained to act as first-hand experts on the individual needs of abused and neglected children in San Diego County foster care, giving them the best possible chance at a bright future. The children CASA volunteers help are involved in the dependency system because they have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Each CASA volunteer is assigned to a Voices for Children Advocacy Supervisor, with whom they can confer and consult any time in the course of advocacy. Advocacy Supervisors provide guidance and support to their CASAs as they advocate on behalf of their case children and prepare written reports for the Court.
Voices for Children is a private, nonprofit organization designated as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization by the IRS. In FY2012-13, 96% of its revenue comes from the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations, with only a small portion from government funders (4%). All contributions to VFC are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. The operating budget in FY2013-14 is $4,865,117. A total of 78% of expenditures directly support the mission and program costs of VFC, while 22% of expenditures cover costs of administration, management, and fundraising.

Club Assembly – Membership April 14, 2015

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Josh presented a very well done program on membership. As he approaches his year as Club President,
the focus for the club during his tenure will be to significantly increase the club membership, thus
allowing us to have an even greater impact in the Tri-City area.
There were many pearls in his presentation, and your scribe simply gave up and started taking photos of
each slide on the screen. However, Josh did us one better by supplying a link to his presentation:
http://goo.gl/AO0UWf.  I would highly encourage everyone to copy this link into your browser and view the presentation. It contains many great ideas, and those of you not in attendance will enjoy reviewing the slides. For those of us who were there, not a bad idea to take another look.

Connie Jones – Tri City Auxillary – March 31, 2015

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Connie Jones was introduced by her proud husband, Dr. Jones.  He may have been rusty on dates but he knew her story!

 

Connie was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Adrian, Michigan before landing in Santa Monica for High School.  She graduated from Orange CA high school.  Connie attended LA County Hospital nurses training.  She was swept off her feet by a dashing intern, Dr. Dave Jones.  They married and lived in San Francisco briefly, before settling in Santa Rosa for Dave’s residency.  They moved to So Cal in 1968.

 

The Jones’ have 2 children, 1 granddaughter, who will be celebrating her 21st birthday soon.  Connie and Dr. Jones are looking forward to their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary!!

 

Connie was a school nurse at St. Francis School. She retired about 5 years ago and began to volunteer with the Tri City Hospital Auxiliary.

 

Connie was the President of the Auxiliary last year.  She especially enjoys her volunteer positions with most contact with the public: Front Door greeter & Information Desk.

 

The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary was formed in 1961, even before the hospital was dedicated.  It is unique in that it is independently run from the hospital with no paid employees or director.  They have their own By-laws and Board of Directors.  It is a very financially stable organization that provides both volunteer and economic support to our community hospital.  

 

 

The Auxiliary started with the “pink ladies” and has grown into a self-sufficient group of 688 members who gave 78,000 volunteer hours of service in both 2013 & 2014.  The Auxiliary provides 450 volunteers a month to help free up nursing staff for their jobs, assist hospital goers with their challenging days and to bring a little happiness to all.

 

Volunteers pay a small $10 membership fee, must commit to 100 hours per year (2 4hr shifts a month for adults), attend an orientation, have a TB test and annual flu vaccine, background test and learn the hospital codes, rules & HIPPA regulations.  Volunteers purchase their own uniforms.

 

Volunteers can work in several areas:  clerical, behavioral health, courtesy shuttle, valet parking, customer registration, emergency dept., employee health, escort service (Knox wants to learn more about this), Gift shop, Greeter at the front door, Imaging Radiology, Information desk, Human Resources, ICU, lab, Maternal, neonatal, pet therapy, registration, rehabilitation, pre-op(Jackie Russell volunteers in Pre-op), Telecare for shut-ins, Telemetry cardio monitoring, Wellness center and the Women’s Diagnostic Center.

 

The Auxiliary delivers a UT newspaper to hospital patients daily.  They are there to orient patients and visitors and to be an advocate with patients having pain or needing help.  The smiling faces of the volunteers can help to alleviate stress for patients.  They share in patients grief and joy.  They support the hospital staff to help them be able to give their best to the patients.  

 

The Tri-City Auxiliary has raised $100,000 in the gift shop.  They gave back $80,000 to the hospital last year, give $65,000 in scholarships.  Some scholarships are for nurses to get specialized certification in areas such as Diabetic education or Critical Care nursing. They also give $1000 scholarships to Junior Volunteers for college.  Nursing scholarships are granted for students enrolled at Mira Costa and Palomar.

 

Fundraising is done in the community, through the annual Cookie Extravaganza, Tails on the Trail pet therapy event.

 

The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary is the upcoming recipient of the HAVE Award from the America Hospital Foundation for their work in reaching out to the community. 

 

Thank you Connie & Jackie and all of the volunteers for all you do!

 

David Ringrose – San Diego Maritime Museum – April 7, 2015

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Jim Czarnowski introduced our speaker today, David Ringrose, who educated us about the San Diego Maritime Museum.

David is a retired UCSD professor, who now serves as one of the 700 volunteers for the museum who work over 100,000 hours per year in the museum’s behalf. The San Diego Maritime Museum has been in existence since 1948 and is best known for its tall ship, the Star of India, which is the oldest operational sailing ship in the world. But this is but one of the nine ships currently owned by the museum. Others include the Californian, a 140 foot topsail schooner, which takes passengers out for a tall ship adventure sail, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the H.M.S Surprise, which is a replica of an 18th century British frigate which was featured in a movie. Also there are two submarines, including a Russian sub and a Viet Nam era swift boat that runs a 75 minute public tour most weekends. (David didn’t say if the swift boat was piloted by John Kerry or not). A current project of the museum is building a replica of the San Salvador, the Spanish galleon that was the first to reach the San Diego shore.

For more information, you may contact the museum at info@sdmaritime.org or our speaker at dringrose@ucsd.edu.

David Ringrose, San Diego Maritime Museum, April 7, 2015

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Jim Czarnowski introduced our speaker today, David Ringrose, who educated us about the San Diego Maritime Museum. David is a retired UCSD professor, who now serves as one of the 700 volunteers for the museum who work over 100,000 hours per year in the museum’s behalf. The San Diego Maritime Museum has been in existence since 1948 and is best known for its tall ship, the Star of India, which is the oldest operational sailing ship in the world. But this is but one of the nine ships currently owned by the museum. Others include the Californian, a 140 foot topsail
schooner, which takes passengers out for a tall ship adventure sail, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the H.M.S Surprise, which is a replica of an 18th century British frigate which was featured in a movie. Also, there are two submarines, including a Russian sub and a Viet Nam era swift boat that runs a 75 minute public tour most weekends. (David didn’t say if the swift boat was piloted by John Kerry or not). A current project of the museum is building a replica of the San Salvador, the Spanish galleon that was the first to reach the San Diego shore.
For more information, you may contact the museum at
info@sdmaritime.org
or our speaker at
dringrose@ucsd.edu
.