Tuesday, December 05, 2006



KATRINA RELIEF BAZAAR: Check your shifts on the schedule Pierre e-mailed this afternoon. We will be setting up tomorrow from 8 am - 6PM, and the actual sale will be on Thursday from 10:30 am - 8 PM. We will need cars. If anyone has a truck we can use to move larger items from the sale please contact Pierre. In fact, if you have any questions or if you want to help out with the bazaar -- e-mail pfont1@swarthmore.edu.

Please come!
**Remember to put up flyers if you haven't done so already. We would really appreciate it.

Two shifts:
Leaving campus 10am, eating lunch at the Freeman Cultural Arts Center and returning to campus at 1:45pm
Leaving campus at 1:30pm, eating dinner at the Center and returning to campus at 5:15pm

To reserve your spot on the van, campus mail your Hold Harmless Form to Teresa Kelley '07. Questions? E-mail tkelley1@swarthmore.edu

I will be going to this event, so my cell is 267-767-3667 just incase.

Last Thursday-- Board Meeting for the Rotary Club of Swarthmore:
The club made a motion to donate $1500 to Amigos de Guatemala. This group is affiliated with 11 partner clubs that contribute $1000-2000 per year. All of the money donated by Rotary Clubs goes toward the people and projects in Guatemala.

Here is the website for more information as we may want to consider this group for our fundraiser during the spring semester.
or e-mail: hatmaker@amigosdeguatemala.org

Prerequisites: Leadership, Community Service, Need

Gundaher Graduate and Undergraduate Grants: Contact flynnphoto@comcast.net

Scholarships from rotary.org
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships: Awarded for one academic year of study abroad
Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships: Awarded for two years of specific degree-oriented study abroad
Cultual Ambassadorial Scholarships: Awarded for three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion abroad.

Alright, hang in there during finals everyone. We haven't decided on our first meeting time for next semester yet, but until then, start thinking about the activities you would like to do. We will definitely contact Habitat for Humanity in Chester, and Pierre will see if we can volunteer at the Hunger Walk in Philadelphia.

Come to the Bazaar, and don't forget to make it to your shifts.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Meeting Recap: 11/28/06

Hi Friends.
Hope everyone had a fantastic break. Hang in there for these next few weeks.

Katrina Relief Bazaar
Wednesday December 6th - Set up in Upper Tarble from 8 am - 6PM (in shifts). We will be moving in sale items and pricing for the big sale.

Thursday December 7th - The actual sale. 10:30 am - 8 PM. Please sign-up for a shift to help out at the sale, and if you have the time, we will need people to move items from Upper Tarble that have not been sold.

Pierre has the shift schedule that he will e-mail around at some point. Contact him (pfont1) if you have any questions.

Saturday of Service at the Freeman Cultural Arts Center
December 9th - Help out at the Crafts Fair. Make holiday gifts, sing carols, serve food, play with kids, etc. There will be two shifts. 10 AM - 1:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Contact Teresa Kelley '07 (tkelley1) if you want to go. Campus mail your Hold Harmless Form to Teresa also.

THIS THURSDAY - there is a Rotary Meeting at Borough Hall in the Ville (the building with the library) to discuss the Guatemala Project. We would like members to be there, as this would cover the "International Service" aspect of our club.

General Announcements:
Next week will be our last meeting for the semester. So, come with your suggestions for next semester so that we can plan activities over winter break. For the fun fair next spring, we will need to think of an organization or cause for our fundraiser. Keep that in mind.

Activities to look forward to - Habitat for Humanity, The Hunger Walk, more Ronald McDonald House, etc.

Take care,

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry for the delay, here's the recap from Tuesday.
Nov. 21st, 2006

We have a "Twin Club" at the University of Mongolia! :) Good job, Bettina! Our first project will be a gift exchange. We talked about taking pictures of the campus and ourselves to put together in an album. If you have any suggestions contact Bettina. ktam1@swarthmore.edu

Pierre and I are setting up a meeting with the SBC to discuss budget plans and getting back the Rotaract Charter. :O
We would like some freshmen members to be involved in this process also because it would benefit the group. Let us know if you would like to help us in the planning stages.

Nov 30th 4:30 PM: The board of the Swarthmore Rotary Club is having a meeting at Borough Hall (the building with the library down in the Ville). to talk about Swarthmore Rotary's current "International Service" project - helping to provide clean water to communities in Guatemala. You can contact Swarthmore Rotary President Ron VanLangeveld with any questions. Please let us know if you are planning on attending the meeting.

Bazaar for Katrina Relief: Pierre has a sign up sheet for Bazaar shifts. I was going to post the shift schedule on the blog....but I stupidly left the sheet in my room on campus. I will have the schedule online as soon as I get back to campus. Please contact pfont1@swarthmore if you have any interest in helping out.

Dec 9th, 2006:
Saturday of Service Event--volunteer with a Craft Fair at the Freeman Cultural Arts Center. Volunteers are needed to help run stations for children, making holiday presents (like using fabric to decorate blank notebooks), watching movies or reading stories. Volunteers can also help with serving food and singing carols during the event. The set-up will begin at 10am, and the day runs until 5pm. Teresa is offering transportation from Swarthmore to the Freeman Cultural Arts Center in Chester at 10am and 1:30pm, so that volunteers can plan to spend half of the day or the full time.

Contact Teresa if you are interested in this event at tkelley1@swarthmore.edu -- I'm pretty sure you will have to campus mail another set of Hold Harmless forms. (Teresa Kelley '07).

Enjoy your breaks!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

(The girl to the right helped us rake leaves along with her father later in the afternoon.)

Thanks to all who came to Gardening with Friends!
Recap of dinner meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15

- Reminder of meeting time for Gardening with Friends (9:15 AM Sat., Nov. 18, at Parrish Circle)

- Update on Katrina Relief Yard Sale (BAZAAR): sale is Dec. 7 from 11 AM to 8 PM; we move stuff into place Dec. 6 from 8 AM to 6 PM. There will be sign-up sheets for shifts to help out in the future.

- We have another new officer! Smitha Neerukonda is the new Director of Club Service.

Thanks to all who came!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Recap of meeting 11/7/06 (Yay Election Day!)

-WE WILL NOT BE MEETING NEXT TUESDAY AT 7:30 PM!!!!! Instead, we will meet Wednesday, November 15, at 5:30, possibly somewhere in the Science Center. We will be eating CHINESE TAKE-OUT :) and possibly watching a DVD, possibly of Scrubs (suggestions for other entertainment are welcome!) Of course, everything else that usually happens at a meeting will also happen at that time. Please e-mail Smitha (sneeruk1@swarthmore.edu) with what Chinese food you want to order and any suggestions for DVDs/other entertainment).

-We will be going to Friends Hospital in Philadelphia on Satuday, November 18 for Gardening with Friends. This event will have us sprucing up a historic 100-acre garden (raking, weeding, mulching, planting, and trimming!) Lunch will be provided!No tools are required, but if you have gardening tools, shovels, etc., please bring them. Jim and Smitha will be driving us. We will leave from Parrish Circle at 9:15 AM and will be back by 3 PM at the latest. Space might be limited because we can only fit so many people in Jim and Smitha's cars. E-mail pfont1 or lgyi1 if you are interested in going!

- If we can't fit you in for Gardening with Friends, but still want to do service that day, go to the City Year Serve-a-thon 2006. There will be renovation of Bellfield Recreation Center featuring mural painting and much more (with hundreds of volunteers!) If you're interested, e-mail Teresa Kelley '07 There will be 2 release forms you will need to sign and campus mail to her.

-We currently are trying to fill the period from Nov. 18 until the end of the semester with projects. There will be the Katrina Relief Bazaar (yard sale) to help out at on Dec. 6 and 7 (tentatively), but we are still looking for more projects. E-mail us if you have any suggestions!

-The Director of Professional Development officer position is still open! This officer will invite guests to meetings (Rotary members, students from other clubs, representatives from service organizations in the area, etc.) This officer will also be in charge of relations with other clubs on campus and will see what projects we can do with other clubs.

-We have two new officers!

Director of International Service: Bettina Tam (ktam1)

Director of Club Service: Smitha Neerukonda (sneeruk1)

-Bettina is looking into contacting a Rotaract Club in Hong Kong to see if we can form a "Twin Club" relationship with pen-pals, celebrating festivals of the other country, joint service projects, etc.

That's it! See you next WEDNESDAY at 5:30 PM!


Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rotaract Baking
November 4th, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

9:30 AM Saturday Roberts Kitchen baking for the Ronald McDonald House. If you have $2-3 to spare for vegetable oil, cake mix and eggs, that would be wonderful. Roberts is the last building of the three dorms across the athletic field. If you have any trouble, my cell phone number is 267-767-3667.

If a lot of people show up, we may split up any way...and use the Palmer kitchen too.

UN Day has been canceled. 900 people resgistered for 800 spots, but on the brightside, you can bake with me and not have to get up at 4:30 am.

Nov 18th -- The City-Year servathon from last weekend was rescheduled for the 18th. Same times, info, etc. (Mural painting). Contact tkelley1@swarthmore if you're still interested. However, I should point out that Gardening with Friends at the Friends Hospital is also that day. Pick an activity that works for you!

Officer Positions

Bettina is now the Director of International Service, so Director of Club Service and Director of Professional Development are still up for grabs. Contact Pierre if you're interested!

If you're interested in doing volunteer income tax returns and long term projects of that vein--contact Deb. Kardon-Brown at the Lang Center. dkardon1@swarthmore.edu

Lastly, if you want to send a message to either myself or Pierre specifically, PLEASE DO NOT ADDRESS IT TO THE LISTSERVE.

Take care,

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Meeting Recap Tuesday October 24th, 2006

Hi friends,

This saturday: City Year in Philadelphia. Mural painting, fence painting, etc. You'll leave from the Lang Center at 8:00 AM and you should be back by 3:30. Send Teresa Kelley '07 your Hold Harmless forms by tomorrow via campus mail. (Pierre e-mailed those forms a while back). If you have any questions, contact Teresa at tkelley1@swarthmore.edu.

Is anyone available this saturday to help Pierre with yard sale related things? He would need help transporting boxes of donations, etc. Pfont1@swarthmore.edu

November 4th (next saturday):
UN Day -- This event is STILL tentative, but so far 4 people including Pierre are going to New York City for this event. A taxi is leaving at 4:30 am from here to leave for the Greyhound Terminal in Philly. That way you can make it to the UN building and registration that begins at 8:30 am. You should be back no later than 9:00 pm. If you have any questions/are interested e-mail Pierre (pfont1@swarthmore.edu).

Baking!--For those of you who aren't early birds, I need a group of people who would be available to bake brownies, muffins, etc also Nov. 4th starting at 9:30 am. We'll bake (no need to worry about the materials, I have a lot) and take a train to the Ronald McDonald house to drop off the food and SODA TABS. Let me know if you're interested (lgyi1@swarthmore.edu) and start collecting soda tabs folks! I don't care what you collect them in, plastic baggies, etc. Drop off the tabs at the next meeting, or with me.

Pierre is sending out an e-mail either tonight or within the next couple of days. Here are the positions again.
We will decide positions on a first come first serve basis (who ever responds to the e-mail fastest)...but of course we urge you to reconsider if you can't make it to a majority of the meetings! ;)

Director of International Service--Finding contacts among the international Rotary community
Director of Club Service-- PR, Social Events planning
Director of Professional Development--getting speakers to come to our meetings

I hope everyone had a wonderful break. Lots of activities are coming up, so don't forget to sign up or express interest.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Meeting: Tuesday October 10th, 2006
7:30 PM Parrish East Parlor

Upcoming Events!
This Saturday! (Oct. 14th) -- CRC Watershed 9AM-11AM. The group leaves from Parrish Circle at 8:30. The activity involves planting trees. Contact Pierre (pfont1) for more information.

Habitat for Humanity -- The October 21st and 28th activities have been cancelled! There are no open dates for Habitat Delco until January...I'm so sorry about the mess-up for everybody who was looking forward to it...

October 28th (after Fall Break) -- This event is tentative, but we were thinking of taking a group of students to Philadelphia for mural painting. The activity lasts from 8-5 PM, but since there are two shifts, we can be back on campus early. This may end up being a Saturdays of Service activity. Let us know if you're interested!

November 4th (also tentative) -- ROTARY UN DAY. This would involve spending a day in New York with members of Rotary and other Rotaracts. We are still in the process of planning transportation, but we will keep you posted.

Ronald MacDonald House
November 4th OR 11th
We'll spend a saturday morning baking brownies, etc to take to the Philadelphia Ronald MacDonald house. E-mail me (lgyi1) if you have any questions. The date will be confirmed after fall break.

Director of International Service--Finding contacts among the international Rotary community
Director of Club Service-- PR, Social Events planning
Director of Professional Development--getting speakers to come to our meetings

We're not holding elections, if you're interested, just let us know.

Good luck with midterms and have a wonderful fall break!
Lastly, GO EAGLES.


PS - I know these blog updates appear in your mailboxes, but an easier way to leave feedback is to visit the actual blog and post your comments there. That would be fantastic.


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Notes for meeting 10/3/06

-Starting next week, we will be meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays in Parrish Parlors again. This time is permanent. Yes, permanent. We are really sorry to people who can't make it at 7:30, but that time seems to work better for more people. Remember, it's completely fine if you can't come to meetings! What's important is the service projects we do, and you can be completely involved proposing, signing up for, and planning service projects through the listserv and the blog.

-This Saturday (10/7), two things are happening:

1. Rotaract Conference. We will meet at the Swarthmore Train station at 8:20 AM and will be back by 6 PM unless people want to eat dinner in Philly. The conference will consist of meeting with other local Rotaract clubs, exchanging plans and ideas about service projects, and listening to guest speakers from Philadelphia Cares and all of the international projects that Rotary does. So far, we have 5-6 people who want to go, but we can take more. Please e-mail me (pfont1) soon if you want to go!

2. Habitat for Humanity. The five people going are Lin, Rachel Adler, Lynn Conell-Price, Eric Kim, and Helen Hougen. Unfortunately, Habitat can't take more than 5 people from us on a given day. You 5 guys will meet at Parrish Circle at 8 AM and Jayne will drive you to the Habitat site. You should be back by 1 PM. Please wear closed-toed shoes, tie your hair back if it is long, and clothes that you can imagine yourself helping to build a house in. E-mail Lin (lgyi1) with any questions.

-On October 14 the Crum-Chester-Ridley Watershed association will be planting lots of trees at East Lake Park in Ridley Park from 9 to 11 AM. That is right after classes get out for fall break. If you will be nearby around then and want to help, please e-mail me (pfont1) soon!

-2 People have expressed interest in doing Habitat on Oct. 21., which is the last Saturday before fall break ends. If you are one of these two people or if you will be here then and want to go, please e-mail me (pfont1) soon!

-There will be another Habitat day Oct. 28 (the first Saturday after we get back from fall break). Currently, I have Jim P, Ayanna J, and Soraya L signed up, and Fletcher W said he might be able to go. If these 4 people all go, we can take one more if I don't go. Tell us if you want to go, or if you are signed up and can't go.

-We will meet one morning (not super early) Nov. 4, 5, 11, or 12 (all Saturdays and Sundays) to bake food on campus and then bring it to give to Ronald McDonald House in Philly. You can contact Lin (lgyi1) with questions or suggestions.

-We will go to Friends Hospital in Philly to do Gardening with Friends on Sat, Nov. 18. We might leave around 9 and be back around 3. Please e-mail us if you're interested!

That's it! Many apologies for taking so long to finalize the meeting time. See you next Tuesday at 7:30!


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Notes for meeting 9/26/06

-Next week's meeting will also be Tuesday at 9:40 PM in Parrish Parlors. We only got one more person this week than last week (which was at 7:30), but we will try 9:40 for one more week. Please come next week at 9:40 if you can so we can really get a good idea of who can come at that time.

-Fall for Your Park, Sept. 30: All seats on the Lang Center van are full, so unless you can provide your own transportation , they can't take more volunteers. If you are signed up to go and haven't campus-mailed your two release forms to Teresa Kelley, please do now. Those who are going, see you Saturday at the Lang Center parking lot (by the train station) at 8:15 AM! We should get back by 1. There will be donuts, fruit, and drinks for breakfast as well as a free lunch.

-THE SAME DAY as Fall for Your Park (Sat., Sept. 30): Social Action Activities Fair for Discovery Weekend at 7pm at Kohlberg Coffee Bar. Lin and I will be there talking with specs. Anyone else who wants to come is welcome!

-Saturday, Oct. 7: Two projects:

1. Rotaract Conference: from 9 AM to 5 PM at the International House in Philly. We and other local Rotaract clubs will present our projects. There will be guest speakers including Rotarians who have done amazing service missions all over the world and people from Philadelphia Cares (a gigantic volunteer network). There will also be free breakfast and lunch. We'll take the train there. (I think the 8:31 AM train should work.) There really isn't a limit on the people who can go. I'd really like to have at least one other member who has been in Rotaract in previous years besides me go.

2. Habitat for Humanity. We can only take 5 people to this and we already have 5 people signed up. They are Rachel Adler, Lynn Connell-Price, Eric Kim, Helen (Hougen?), and Lin Gyi. Remember there are also Habitat days 10/21 and 10/28. Please tell us now if you are signed up and can't go, because other people might want to go that day. We will get back to you soon with the specific times.

-Oct. 14: CRC Watersheds Association Planting of 100 Trees at Little Crum Creek. This is the first Saturday of fall break, so a lot of you will be gone. I'll be here though and if anyone who wants to go with me please tell me now.

Oct. 21 and October 28: Other Habitat for Humanity dates. The 21st is during fall break, but two people have said they can go that day.

-Due lack of people who can go and timing issues, we will not be doing bingo with the elderly at a low-income apartment building for Little Brothers Fri., Nov. 3 (we would have had to be in Philly at 1 PM).

-If you are interested in visiting elderly people who live on their own and eating a meal with them on Thanksgiving day, contact Lin.

-Keep Gardening with Friends at Friends Hospital Nov. 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM. on your schedules.

-I and Pat James at the Lang Center are organizing a yard sale to raise money to send volunteers to New Orleans 3 times a year (fall, winter, and spring breaks). I'm going on the fall break trip. The sale will be on a day in late October/early December and possibly will be in the field house.

That's it! See you next week!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Week 3 Meeting Recap --Tuesday Sept 19th, 2006

Hey--to everyone who came, thanks for putting up with the obnoxious cloud of mosquitoes in Parrish.

Meeting times:
This debacle will be figured out very soon. We're going to experiment with the 9:40 PM time slot for next Tuesday. Same place, Parrish East Parlor. If we get good results, we'll stick with 9:40 from now on--but if we don't, 7:30 it is. Make sure to come if you have a vested interest in this new meeting time.

Next Activity: Fall for your Park
Saturday, September 30th, 2006
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
If you’re interested, e-mail one of us! (pfont1 or lgyi1@swarthmore.edu)
YOU MUST FILL OUT TWO FORMS AND SEND THEM TO TERESA KELLEY ’07 VIA CAMPUS MAIL IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. I will e-mail these forms--just make sure you print them out.

October Activities: Long list—but please have a look because we need to let the coordinators know how many people are interested in advance. Especially Habitat for Humanity…
*Note: Fall Break is from Oct 14th to the 22nd.

Habitat for Humanity: Saturdays 7th, 21st, or 28th. You don’t have to come to all three of the activities, just pick the best day that works for you.

Rotaraction Conference: Saturday 7th 9-5 PM

Little Brothers (Bingo): Fridays 13th, 20th, or November 3rd 1 PM

CRC Watershed in Little Crum Creek: Saturday 14th 9-11 AM

AIDS Walk Philly (Art Museum): 15th at 9 AM
Gardening with Friends at Friends Hospital (NOVEMBER 18th)
10 AM – 2 PM

Finally the last thing we covered concerns the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
The volunteer coordinator suggested:
Spring Cleaning
Cooking dinner (any weekday) or breakfast (Saturday or Sunday)
Bringing baked goods
Coordinating family activities at night

Enjoy the rest of your week!

PS -- I tried to create an online calendar to post on the site, but I accidentally deleted it. Oh well. I'll be sending around a word document with a calendar for September-October 2006.


Wed, Sept 20th, 8 pm, Kohlberg 115

Are you a premed looking for clinical experience? Are you interested in a
career that involves working with children? The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
(HUP) both have highly rewarding volunteer programs open to college
students. An informational meeting will be held with current volunteers in
both programs on Wed, Sept 20th at 8 PM in Kohlberg 115.

If you can't come to the meeting, but would like more information about
the programs, e-mail sbarton1@swarthmore.edu.

Sunjay Barton

**This was in one of the Reserved Students Digest e-mails today. I'll keep an eye out for more opportunities, but it is best to scan through each one just incase you find something worthwhile.

Monday, September 18, 2006

So--inspite of all the messages we sent you, we're having our next meeting TOMORROW, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH at 7:30 PM in Parrish East Parlor.

As for the 9:40 PM time--I think the best way to figure out which time is better is to try both at some point. More on that later...

If the TAB project flyers are starting to fill up, try to bring JUST THE TABS to the meeting. (Leave the collection envelope where it is). I have a few collection bins that we can fill up to take to the Ronald McDonald House.

Start thinking about your schedules in October--especially fall break. Just to give everyone an idea, here's the list:

Saturday October 7th -- Habitat for Humanity AND the Rotaract Conference
---Fall Break starts----
Saturday October 14th -- Planting trees at Little Crum Creek (CRC Watershed)
Saturday October 21st -- Habitat for Humanity AND Greater Philadelphia Cares Day
---Fall Break ends----
Saturday October 28th -- Habitat for Humanity

Remember: Anyone can go to the Rotaract Conference, BUT we can only take 5 people at a time for Habitat. If more than 5 people sign up, we can go in 2 shifts. We'll have a sign-up tomorrow since we should let the Habitat people know in advance.

Also--don't forget to e-mail tkelley1@swarthmore.edu if you are interested in Fall for your Park (Sat. September 30th).
Also, also--Does anyone live in Mertz, New Dorm or Danawell? I think we still need some TAB Project flyers in those buildings.

Take care!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Recap of Meeting: Sept. 12

-Several people have conflicts with wind ensemble and other activities during the Tuesday 7:30 PM meeting time. However, many of the people who came to tonight's meeting expressed that Tuesday was a good day for them. Wind ensemble people and people with other conflicts - when does wind ensemble (or your Tuesday activity) begin and end? What half-hour block on Tuesday would you be able to come to a meeting at Parrish Parlors? After hearing back from you, Lin and I will send an e-mail to the listserv with next week's meeting time.

-PerriAnn Evanson came to talk about the Philadelphia Rotaract conference on Sat. Sept. 7th at the International House on 3701 Chestnut Street in Philly. It lasts from 9 AM to 4:45 PM and includes 8 local Rotaract clubs, professionals involved in international service projects through Rotary, and a very successful Philadelphia volunteer recruiter. It's a great chance to learn what other local Rotaract clubs are doing, about more local volunteering opportunities, and about the national and international aspects of Rotaract. Anyone, including people who haven't made it to any Rotaract meeting or project can come. Transportation is easy, since it's within walking distance from 30th Street station. We'll be e-mailing you with more information.

-The people at the meeting all agreed that October 28 is the best date among all the possible dates for volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Chester. However, Oct. 7 (the same day as the Rotaract conference) and Oct. 21 (during fall break) are other possible dates. Habitat doesn't want more than 5 volunteers from us at a time, although we're going to ask them if we can do shifts of volunteers on the same day. Lots of people said they are interested in going the 28th, but 3 people who don't want to go to the Rotaract Conference said they might want to go Oct. 7th. If there is enough interest, we could send people to both the Rotaract conference and Habitat on the 7th in addition to doing Habitat on the 28th. Tell us (pfont1 or lgyi1) what you'd like to go to!

-This Thursday at 5:00 PM in Little Crum Creek Park (within walking distance from campus) the Chester-Crum-Ridley Watershed associtation is doing environmental maintenance/cleanup work. 3 people at the meeting expressed interest. E-mail pfont1 for information and directions.

-Philadelphia Little Brothers unites widows, widowers, and other elderly people living by themselves with young friends and helpers. They also organize bingo events at low-income apartment houses where isolated elderly people live. This is different from Bingo night at an assisted living home because the elderly people coming live on their own, want to play bingo, and aren't being herded by nurses. In addition, time is spent chatting, having refreshments, and having a real personal exchange with the elderly people involved before starting bingo. Since several people expressed interest, we're going to look into potential dates for this.

-Ayanna (ajohnson2) is still trying to get people to help as tutors. This is a more long-term commitment than many of our other projects. Pleae contact her for more information.

That's it! We'll e-mail you soon with next week's meeting time.


PS. We still have tons of chocolate to go through at meetings. :)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sunday Sept 10th, 2006

Thank you Nancy, Yimei, Ben and Michelle! We had a lot of fun!

Next meeting Tuesday 7:30 PM Parrish East Parlor

Take care, Lin and Pierre

Saturday, September 09, 2006


When: 6:50 AM SUNDAY SEPT 10th
Where: Swarthmore Train Station
Bring money for your return ticket!

E-mail pfont1@swarthmore.edu OR lgyi1@swarthmore.edu if you can come! We still need more people!

There is more than enough work for everyone. We will be preparing sports drinks and snacks all morning as well as checking-in Livestrong bikers. It'll be tons of fun, and lots of fun.

Rest up, and enjoy your weekend if we don't see you there!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

***MORE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We will now be meeting at the Swarthmore train station at 6:50 AM (not at 7:15). We are no longer taking the train into Philly. Instead, Ed from the Livestrong Challenge staff will be driving us in his 15-person (including him) van into Philly. He is leaving from the Swarthmore train station at 7 AM sharp, hence the 6:50 meeting time.

In addition, I have been told that the very last rest stop closes at 4:45 PM, but that our rest stop will probably close considerably earlier. I will get back to you as soon as I have a more exact idea of when we will be coming back!

Sorry for all these hectic messages!


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Hi! Here is a recap of tonight's meeting, with a very important correction. I am so excited that all of you came! It looks like it's going to be a great year.

The first and most important issue is our first project: helping at a water aid station at the Livestrong Challenge bike race and walkathon THIS SUNDAY, SEPT 10.
***VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: the earliest train into Philly Sunday leaves at 8:31 AM, not 7:31 AM. This might simply mean that we will meet at the train station at 8:15 to take the 8:31 train into Philly. Anyway, we will e-mail you when we know exactly how we are getting into Philly and when. I'm so sorry that I told you the wrong time at the meeting!

Thanks to those of you who took the soda tab flyers at the meeting. Please tape them to the wall near any recyling bin for aluminum cans, any trash can that people seem to use for aluminum cans, or any other good location you can think of. Later this year, we will gather all of the soda tabs we have collected and will take them to the Philly Ronald McDonald house.

The potential dates for going to a Habitat for Humanity house in Chester are Oct. 7, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28. Oct. 21 is over fall break, so we'll focus on the other two dates. Please start thinking if or when you can go! Note that habitat sometimes only wants 5 or so people in a group on a given day.

Other ideas we brainstormed:

"Gardening with Friends": helping to maintain the beautiful garden at the Friends Hospital in Philadelphia in November (Date TBA)

Schuylkill Environmental Center Land Restoration Day Nov. 28

Chester-Ridley-Crum Watershed Outdoor Projects (dates TBA)

Outreach to Elderly Widows and Widowers (we're looking into ways to do this)

Trevor's Place shelter for homeless mothers and their children (waiting to hear back from them)

Making meals for residents of Philly Ronald McDonald House (also waiting to hear back)

Helping at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) (also waiting to hear back)

Also, some members expressed interest in long-term projects where one or a few members can volunteer for at a regular time each week. Ayanna talked about tutoring at Morton School, and we're looking at other long-term projects for interested members.

Thanks for reading this long post. Here's looking forward to a great year!

Um, sorry, I sent out the e-mail to the listserve before Pierre had a chance to update the blog with minutes.
That's what extreme fatigue does to you. :-P

PLEASE check back later tomorrow--since I don't want to risk annoying everyone with yet another repetitive e-mail.

Take care, and goodnight!

PS -- Anyone can leave comments, just remember to sign with your name so that we know who you are!

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Just testing out the look and feel of this blog. Pierre and I were thinking this would be a cute way to update minutes from our weekly meetings. Anyone can leave comments and post updates. Let us know what you think!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting!

Take care and be well,