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In this segment, our guest, Tony Poletti, elaborates on his hope that the YMCA can remain a vital part of this community. He expressed the need to provide a venue for the children of the disadvantage families in this neighborhood. Mr. Colletti is a member of a group that is trying to save the YMCA. They are hoping to get the attention of city government as well as the community.
Joining Dr. Michelle Robin on Small Changes Big Shifts is David Byrd, CEO of the YMCA Kansas City. Byrd became just the ninth CEO in the 150 years of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in August 2010, bringing more than 30 years of experience working for the Y in cities throughout the Southeast. This will be a follow up visit for Byrd who has exciting news on how the Y is changing to keep up with its clients and communities.
Also joining Dr. MIchelle Robin is Dave Kirby, recovering perfectionist & legalist. Aspiring lover & giver and the owner of iBelieve Media, host & producer of the 1 Simple Thing Podcast. Follow Dave on Twitter @TheDaveKirby
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To learn more about the Greater Kansas City YMCA go online: http://www.kansascityymca.org/
I'm Just Sayin' is a one hour talk show hosted by Diane DiVall, a 25 year veteran journalist and broadcaster. She has worked as a reporter, writer, field producer, newscaster, talk show host, News Director and news anchor for three of the major t.v. stations in Chicago, and got her start at WBEZ-FM Radio.
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The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane,Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As
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Meet Paul “Arbil” Higgins, singer, actor, and more. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, but raise in Compton, California, Paul L. “Arbil” Higgins played in the marching band trumpet and was active in drama class before graduating from Dominguez High School in 1974. Two years later and after studying cosmetology, he created the new look of the group, Switch, and became the personal hair stylist of Jermaine Jackson for the cover of his Let’s Get Serious album.
In 1992 Paul had a role in the movie, The Mambo Kings. Subsequentlyhe became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the ASCAP. Later he garnered a major role in the movie, Riot, and landed another role in The Replacement Killers. In 2002 he studied to become a film director at American Film Institute and in 2004 he uploaded on YouTube the first all Afro-American soap opera entitled, Paternal Longings, Mini Soap, Parts One and Two; and a video poetry entitled The Face of Crazy. Paul’s debut album, Love Me, was produced in 2007 by Michael Mann.
Currently, Paul is active at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Angeles as a Minister of Music. Additionally, because community service is very important to him, he actively coaches baseball with at risk-youth for the Baldwin Hills Park community. He supports community organizations such as the YMCA, the Dept. of Social Services, and the Foster Parenting Assn.
Networking, politics and charity drives surround his everyday activities. A bachelor, Paul humbly resides in Los Angeles.
Visit Arbil at www.facebook.com/thaaudition
Stacy Pagos Haller is President and CEO of BrightFocus Foundation. She joined the organization (then known as American Health Assistance Foundation) in 2010, bringing more than 25 years of executive experience in the nonprofit sector.
With her extensive background and unique perspective, Haller has compiled an impressive record of moving organizations to the next level of success.
Before coming to BrightFocus, Haller served as Executive Director of CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest children’s cancer research organization.
For ten years prior, Haller was a consultant to a broad range of nonprofits, helping institutions achieve their strategic goals. Clients included the American Red Cross, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Community Housing Foundation International, Gallaudet University, LaSalle University, Mercy Hospital Fairfield, The National AIDS Fund, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.
Haller helped create one of the first outcomes measurement training programs for nonprofits. She team-taught best practices for measuring program effectiveness to hundreds of professionals and organizations.
She launched her career at Georgetown University, where she held increasingly responsible jobs, culminating in the position of Executive Director for Regional Advancement. In that capacity, she led efforts to coordinate and integrate alumni affairs, development, and university relations nationally and internationally.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Haller is a Board member of America’s Charities.
On today's show we discuss:
Parents Under Investigation After 11-Year-Old Plays Alone in Yard for 90 Minutes
Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black'
Government sues Spectrum Brands over defective coffee pot
Tech Firm Awarded Costs in Ellen Pao Discrimination Suit
White Suspect Behind Slaughter of 9 in Black Church Apprehended
Murdered Woman's Parents Blame Police
Judge Boots Case Over HP's Botched Deal
$1.1 Million Verdict Against L.A. Landlords
Federal Court Advances Sony Hack Lawsuit
YMCA Camp Not Liable for Pig that Injured Child
Slaughterhouse takes action after chicken abuse video
Supreme Court: Texas OK to reject Confederate flag plate
New York prison break: Escapees added to U.S. Marshals' most wanted list
Court Says Killing of Dog Can't Be Based on Breed
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Rez and Andy welcome Jerry Numbers to the show, a leader who is instrumental in carrying on the legacy of Sonora Smart Dodd, founder of Father's Day.
In 1909 when Sonora heard a Mother’s Day sermon at Central United Methodist Church in Spokane, she was inspired to propose that Father’s receive equal recognition. The following year with the assistance of Reverend Dr. Conrad Bluhm, her pastor at Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), Sonora took the idea to the Spokane YMCA. The Spokane YMCA, along with the Ministerial Alliance, endorsed Dodd’s idea and helped it spread by celebrating the first Father’s Day in 1910. Sonora suggested her father’s birthday, June 5th, be established as the day to honor all Father’s. However, the pastors wanted more time to prepare, so June 19, 1910 was designated as the first Father’s Day and sermons honoring Father’s were presented throughout the city. It was years, however, before Father’s Day gained national prominence. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father’s Day and urged the states to do likewise. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father’s Day and requested that flags to be flown that day on all government buildings. President Richard M. Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972, permanently observing Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.
Today Father’s Day is celebrated from Antigua to Zimbabwe in over 50 countries around the world.
Jerry Numbers owns Sonora's former home which is on the National Historic Registry. You can tour the home on Father's Day or by scheduling a tour.
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Join us on June 17, 2015 Featuring Teresa R. Kemp, Author of Keeper of the Fire
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Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp (Nana) is the 5th generation quilter and owner of Plantation Quilts & UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum. In 2005, with her parents she opened the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum. Closed in 2007, Mrs. Kemp is a colon cancer and congestive heart failure survivor. A staunch advocate for conservation, healthier lifestyles for all, she continues to return to be active in the YMCA's Live Strong program. Tune in to learn about her rich multi-cultural background and history. She is heading to Ghana shortly for the very high honor of being Enstooled as a Nana.
Join us as we wrap up this term's subject, Physical Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning. Joining us will be guest Dr. Laura Good, of the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, who worked for several years in YMCA camps. She'll share her experiences there and how the physical setting affected learning opportunities. She will also talk about where her free-choice learning work has taken her in terms of her current position.
Ladies & gentlemen this is sure to be a great episode for you to listen to with out guest, Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss who serves the 2nd Ward for the City of Grand Rapids, MI! We are in for a rare opportunity to get to listen and learn about why Commissioner Bliss is so passionate about the community she serves and find out what lead up to where she is "in life now."
Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss began serving as Second Ward City Commissioner in January 2006, and was re-elected for a second term in November 2009. Commissioner Bliss is the Director of Residential Services at DA Blodgett - St. John's. St. John's Home provides emergency shelter and residential services for abused and neglected children.
Commissioner Bliss is an active member of our community. She is a board member of the YMCA, the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, and Dyer-Ives Foundation. She serves as a member Uptown CID, the Kent County Land Bank Authority, the Fulton Street Farmer's Market Redevelopment Committee, and is a City Liaison with the Friends of GR Parks. Rosalynn has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and her leadership in the community.
On Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon visits with Amy Bretall, an entrepreneur who when she’s not working to grow her business, Arbor Grove LLC, can be found volunteering across the Kansas City community.
Bretall left the corporate world in 2014 to start her own company providing community planning, project management and public relations for communities throughout Missouri. Arbor Grove engages in comprehensive, regional, and economic development strategic planning activities that necessitate different types of public outreach and participation.
Bretall is a board member of the Linwood YMCA and a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions leadership program and was recently appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James to the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA). The PIEA fosters commercial and industrial development in specifically designated redevelopment areas and is one of just a handful of women in such a position.
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