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2010-09 Agenda

LINKAGES –BOARD MEETING

 

Monday, Sept 13, 2010

Rochester City Hall (Church and Fitzhugh Sts.) Room 309A

7:00 PM

 

AGENDA

 

1. Approval of minutes: June 2010

 

2. Report by Exchange Teachers Pam Pruitt and Karen Wagner

 

3. Finance report

 

4. Linkages goals for 2010-11

 

5. Fall activities:

 

  • Moscow Ballet performer lecture: September 23

  • Novgorod State University Professor visit –October 1-11

  • Visit by Mayor Bobryshev; 20th anniversary activities –October 17-22

 

6. Committee reports:

 

  • Business

  • Education Tanya

  • Communication Cork

    • Newsletter

  • Membership Cork

  • Program, Culture, Arts Paul

  • Partnership for Children Jed

  • Partnership for Elder Care Joe and Debra

  • Partnership for Prevention

of Substance Abuse Bill

  • Women’s Issues Barb

 

  1. President’s report

  • Sister Cities garden

 

8. New business

 

Adjournment: 9:00 PM

2010-05 Agenda

LINKAGES –BOARD MEETING

Monday, May 3, 2010
Rochester City Hall (Church and Fitzhugh Sts.) Room 309A
7:00 PM

AGENDA

1. Approval of minutes: April 2010

2. Finance report Joe

3. Novgorod TV crew: May 2010 Paul, Ruth, Shae
current plans and schedule
home stays needed
· Linkages chaperones, interpreters, etc.

4. Nomination committee report Bill

5. Committee reports:

Business Walter
Education Tanya
teacher exchanges:
English teachers to VN -June
Communication Cork
Newsletter
Membership Cork
Program, Culture, Arts Paul
Partnership for Children Jed
Partnership for Elder Care Joe and Debra
Partnership for Prevention
of Substance Abuse Jack
Women’s Issues Barb
Rebecca Perkins -report

6.President’s report
• ISCOR news
• Linkages 20th anniversary plans
Mayor’s visit –update

7. New business

Adjournment: 9:00 PM

2010-02 Agenda



LINKAGES –BOARD MEETING

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rochester City Hall (Church and Fitzhugh Sts.) Room 309A

7:00 PM

AGENDA

1. Approval of minutes: January 2010

2. Introduction of new Board member

2. Finance report Joe

3. 2010 Budget -revised draft budget Joe

4. Novgorod TV project: May 2010 Paul

  • status and preparations

4. Committee reports:

  • Business Walter

  • Education Tanya

    • teacher exchanges:

      • Natalia Zhogina –March

      • English teachers to VN -June

  • Communication Cork

  • Membership Cork

  • Program, Culture, Arts Paul

  • Partnership for Children Jed

  • Partnership for Elder Care Joe and Debra

  • Partnership for Prevention

of Substance Abuse Jack

  • Women’s Issues Barb

  1. President’s report

• Novgorod high school student visit – Feb. 2010

• RPO concerts with Russian theme – group discount tickets

Lilacs for Rachmaninov

Linkages 20th anniversary plans

6. New business

Adjournment: 9:00 PM

Public Meeting 2009-11-30

NOVGOROD THE GREAT
ROCHESTER’S RUSSIAN SISTER CITY AT 1150 YEARS

Monday, November 30, 2009
Unitarian Church of Rochester
220 S. Winton Rd. [map]

Linkages offers a multi-media presentation of this ye
7 – 9 pm ar’s anniversary celebration of the past 1150 years and a public forum by recent travelers on life in Velikiy Novgorod today and their impressions on prospects for the future.

 

Presenters will include members of the groups that traveled to Novgorod in June and September: Jed Metzger, Debra Fromm-Faria, Dick Fitts, Paul Caccamise, Dr. Kenneth and Eva Steadman and Elizabeth Wild and students from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program. 

Russian TV




RUSSIAN MEDIA TO VISIT ROCHESTER

Linkages and the City of Rochester will be hosting two or three crew members of Novgorod’s TV station in January 2010. Mayor Duffy received a letter several months ago requesting city approval for Rochester’s participation in a TV documentary planned on its sister city in the US. The station plans a series of hour long documentaries on each of Novgorod’s sister cities. The station plans to dispatch a TV crew to its sister cities in Europe, Asia and America to do assemble a profile of each city and to document the what life is like for its citizens. Paul Caccamise had a chance to discuss the project with Svetlana Yakovenko, Producer for Novgorod Television Company in September. She stated that the documentary on Rochester will be divided into four 15 minute segments, each one focusing in a different aspectto Novgorod of life in Rochester: the history of the city, modern Rochester, local cuisine and general life in the city.

The September delegation brought written material and brochures on Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region so that the crew can get a flavor for major attractions in the area. Linkages has offered to provide home hosting and to arrange for transportation for the crew. Linkages will also work with the City of Rochester to facilitate contacts with local organizations, companies, restaurants and historical sites to ensure that the crew gets a representative view of people and places in the area.

 

PRESIDENT’S LETTER—November 2009

Lilacs for Rachmaninov

This newsletter features news of the many activities Linkages has sponsored in the past several months. The activities are related to various Partnerships as well as to the major celebration this year of the 1150th anniversary of the founding of Velikiy Novgorod.

The year started out in January with a special concert of Russian music in Kilbourn Hall in honor of the anniversary. In June two professors of social work from SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College accompanied a group of nine graduate students to Novgorod as part of a class in international social work. The instructors conducted a seminar on the latest approaches used in the US in therapeutic work with families and youth in crisis. We are hoping that this represents the beginning of a series of student exchanges between Rochester colleges and Novgorod State University.

This year we learned that there are currently a total of 34 foster homes in the city of Novgorod. When the Partnership for Children began in 1998, there were none. Novgorod has also truly been a pioneer in Russia in the area of adoption. Novgorod recently passed an adoption statute. (The Partnership for Children emphasized creating a path to permanency for children who could never return to their own families.) In turn this year Moscow adopted adoption legislation modeled after the Novgorod law. Linkages members should feel a sense of pride that the seeds that were planted over ten years ago have had an impact on the entire Russian Federation!

Our regular English language teacher exchange took place in June and July. The city Administration in Novgorod scheduled two official celebrations, one in June to commemorate Novgorod’s history as part of the Hanseatic League to which many European countries that were part of the League were invited. The second and more extensive celebration took place in September. Novgorod’s sister cities from three continents were invited, including Rochester. The travelers from Rochester who were in Novgorod in June were able to take part in the colorful Hanseatic League celebration.

After many months of planning, a delegation from Rochester also traveled to Novgorod in September for a very moving and eventful four-day celebration. The celebration included parades, concerts, outdoor fairs, official receptions, exchanges of gifts and many speeches and toasts. The importance of the anniversary in Russia was highlighted by the appearance of the president of the Russian Federation as well as the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. I believe that all six delegates will agree that the hospitality of our hosts was unsurpassed and that we will all treasure fond memories of the celebration for many years.

Linkages plans to hold a public meeting on the glorious history of Novgorod and the anniversary celebration in December. We also hope to dedicate the next issue of the Linkages newsletter to the anniversary. The delegation brought several official gifts from the City of Rochester and from Linkages. Our hosts, however, had a request for a gift that none if us had thought of and that couldn’t be more appropriate for Rochester: lilacs! They suggested a gift of some of our famous lilac bushes to be planted in a new park dedicated to the famous composer, Sergei Rachmaninov, who was born in Novgorod and who was especially fond of lilacs. The Monroe County Parks Department has pledged to give us some lilac plants; Linkages is now looking into the logistics of transporting them across international boundaries to their new home in the center of Velikiy Novgorod.

Paul Caccamise

[added later]

The September anniversary celebration was preceded by another colorful festival in Novgorod in June. “Hansa Days” was held between June 18-21 to commemorate Novgorod’s participation in the medieval Hanseatic trade route that included many Nordic and European communities. Cities from all over Europe sent representatives to Novgorod for the celebration. Activities included exhibitions, concerts, performances, displays by craftspeople and a huge medieval market. The student group Jed Metzger writes about in his article in this issue of the newsletter was in Novgorod during the Hansa Days celebration. When they not attending seminars or participating in Partnership for Children activities, they were able to enjoy some of the very festival events.

[added even later]




Thank you for your ongoing support of Linkages in so many ways, through attendance at Linkages events, through home stays and through your financial contributions. Your contributions make it possible to carry out the mission of Lifespan and sponsor remarkable activities like the ones featured in this newsletter.

 

 

President’s Letter, March 2009




Special thanks are due to Linkages members for their generosity in the 2008 annual appeal. Linkages members have typically been very supportive of the organization and in spite of the economy this year was no exception. Not surprisingly, many not for profits are reporting serious challenges in fundraising in this difficult economic environment. On behalf of the Board of Linkages, I extend sincere thanks to all who contributed.

 

 

 

Your support will enable Linkages to realize several important projects and activities this year. Many activities will focus on the 1150th anniversary of the founding of Novgorod in 2009. We are planning public programs that will highlight the unique history and cultural treasures of Novgorod as the oldest Russian city. Linkages will be partnering with Image City Gallery this summer to mount a special exhibit of the work of Novgorodians photographers. A group of child welfare professionals will be traveling to Novgorod in June to offer seminars on evidence-based practices in working with troubled families to our Russian colleagues. The Partnership for Children will also realize a long term goal of sponsoring a social work student exchange: a group of students from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program will take part in the June trip to Novgorod. The hope is that in the future GRC will welcome psychology students from Novgorod State University to visit and perhaps even take part in its graduate program.

 

Other plans are also in the works. Linkage is confirming the schedule of activities for the official anniversary celebration in Novgorod in September so that the details of a Linkages trip to Russia can be finalized. Board member, Shae Hanford, is heading up a committee to plan the trip. The leaders and citizens of Novgorod are rightfully proud of the long history of the city and are inviting friends to come to Russia this year to join in what promises to be a meaningful and joyous celebration. As it was put in a recent communication I received from Novgorod: “In 2009 Velikiy Novgorod marks the 1150th anniversary. This is believed to become a large-scale spiritual and political event of national and international significance.” Several members have already expressed interest in the trip. I hope that we can be represented by a sizable delegation in Novgorod this year on the occasion of this unique birthday.