Get Back in the Spring of Things with PTPI

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It is hard to believe that Spring has arrived, at least according to the calendar with all the massive piles of snow that some of us still have in our front lawns. Hopefully, the weather will warm up and the plants will start peeking their head out from under the ground.

Thank you Jim for taking care of the March meeting for me. It was truly appreciated. Thank you also to all of you that inquired about my mother. It was very thoughtful of you and appreciated.

Our April meeting will be a trip to Mt. Pleasant and a visit to the Zibiwing Center. The meeting is Monday, April 7, 2014. Please be at the Soaring Eagle Casino at noon or just a little before in order to have lunch at the Legend’s diner on the East Side (left side as you enter the gaming area). Individuals who wish to car pool/caravan are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Grace a Dow Memorial Library at 11 a.m. We are happy that members from the Saginaw Chapter will be joining us. If you have any questions please call Jim Mentele who made the plans for this activity.

After eating and seeing some Native Arts we will travel by car to the Zibiwing Center(museum) located at 6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant. Phone number is 989-775-4750. The center is located on the road on the south side of the casino and a little west of the casino.

Deb Teot
Midland Chapter President

October Event

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On behalf of the chapter, I would like the thank Jim and JoAnn Mentele for hosting the September meeting. The “goodies” were wonderful and the film on Russia was interesting. Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves.

Our next meeting will be on the second Monday, October 14, 2013. The presentation will be given by Mr. Peter Sinclair. He will be speaking on his invitation to travel with an international scientific team, the Dark Snow Project, to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Greenland is a major focus for research due to the fact that it is the northern hemisphere’s largest ice sheet. The world’s fastest moving glacier is located in Greenland and with Greenland’s ice representing potentially 22 feet of sea level rise, the studying of the Ilulisat glacier and its movements is necessary to understanding the future impacts of global climate change. The environment is for all the people of the world and hence is a legitimate concern of PTPI. Mr. Sinclair is a videographer and environmental advocate and is well known within the environmental circles. He is also a Midland resident.

With the large interest with the program, it will be a fundraiser for the organization therefore the location will be Griswold Lecture Hall on the campus of Northwood University at 7 p.m. The cost will be a charge of $5 dollars for those that wish to attend.

Coffee and cookies will be served with the conclusion of the presentation.

Please feel free to invite anyone that you feel would be interested in the program. The more in attendance, the more money we make! It is necessary, that I have a general count of how many individuals will be attending. Please call me at 835-2567 if you plan on coming to the October meeting.

Those that would like to attend but do not wish to drive, please let me know so that arrangements can be made for transportation.

Midland Chapter President,
Deb Teot

June 2013 Newsletter

Belle-Isle-fountainThe last meeting of this season will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2045 Lynn) in Sanford. It will be our annual potluck. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass that will serve eight along with your own table service. Coffee, tea, and chicken will be provided. Please call me (835-2567) and let me know what you are bringing so that we have a good variety of desserts, vegetables, and salads. I will once again invite the Saginaw Chapter members to join us. This is a social gathering. No program is being provided.

On behalf of those members who attended the May meeting, I would like to thank you and our guest speaker Mr. Tsune Kawakita. Unfortunately, our attendance was not good at all. Counting guests, we had 10 people, 8 of which were members. It is looking more and more like we will have to disband our local chapter and just meet once in a while for a social gathering. This will have to be discussed at the June meeting.

The Saginaw Chapter will have their June meeting on the 6th. It is a potluck that starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Anderson Enrichment Center (near the water plant). If you are going to attend please bring a dish to pass that serves eight and your own table service. Meat will be provided by the chapter. International students from Delta and Saginaw Valley State University will be notified and invited to attend.

I received a check from Blue Lakes Charters and Tours in the original amount of $878.00 for the chartered bus trip that was never used. After a number of letters and phone calls they concluded that we as a chapter would not need their services any time soon therefore, it was agreed that the money should be reimbursed. It should help the treasury!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer season and looking forward to seeing you at the June potluck.

Deb Teot, President
Midland Chapter of  PTPI

May 2013 Newsletter

shrine_incenseThe next meeting will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the NADA Center on the campus of Northwood University. We will meet at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for PTPI members and $17 for nonmembers. Reservations are a must! Please call Erika Smith at 835-8055 to make your reservation. Our speaker is Tsune Kawakita. He will give a presentation entitled “My journey with United Nations Volunteering”. Thanks to John for obtaining the speaker. Please feel free to bring a guest to this great program.

The June meeting will be our annual potluck. The potluck will be held at Marion’s church in Sanford as before. Please bring a dish to pass that will serve eight and your own table service. Coffee and tea will be provided along with the chicken. Please let me know what you are planning to bring so that there is a good variety between salad, dessert, and vegetables. We will invite the Saginaw Chapter to join us.

The Saginaw Chapter will hold their next meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the New Hope Valley Retirement Home located on Center Avenue. The dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the meal. The dinner will be followed by a presentation on Pakistan.

The Saginaw Chapter’s June meeting is a potluck that starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Anderson Enrichment Center (near the water plant). If you chose to attend please bring a dish to pass that serves eight.

Valeria  Magistrelli from People to People Milano, Italy and International Chair of Europe, is still looking for the possibility of two families hosting two girls, who are 16 years old, starting July 14, 2013 for about a week to ten days. The two girls will be hosted by a family in Lake Forest for two weeks but would like to stay longer if homestays can be found. If you know of anyone, or you wish to host, please let me know so that I can give the information to Valeria . Thank you for your consideration.

Information from Headquarters:

IMPACT: Cuba
Registration Closes April 26

This program is for PTPI members between the ages of 18-25. IMPACT: Cuba will travel to Havana and the Matanzas Province June 15-23, 2013.

Global Youth Forum (GYF)
November 6-10, 2013

Open to middle and high school students 13-18 years old, the theme for the 2013 GYF is Global Education: Providing a Vision for the Future. The early bird deadline is June 29 with registration closing August 31 or when capacity is reached.

Directors, Americas, and Trustees Meeting (DAT)
August 28-31, 2013

Join PTPI in New Orleans, Louisiana for the meetings of the Board of Directors, Americas Region, and Board of Trustees. Special guest Deo Niyozonkiza will be with us for the awards ceremony and reception. From azaleas to zydeco and everything in between, New Orleans has something for everyone.

Register now for PTPI’s “DAT” Meeting and experience it all first hand.

Global Book Club
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This book tells the captivating true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women living in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s rise to power. This story recounts Sidiqi’s fearlessness and her efforts to save her family.

Pick up the book today and share your thoughts on the PTPI Blog.

Deb Teot, President

April 2013 Newsletter

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GREETINGS
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2013. It is once again time to start our chapter meetings for the next three months. Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patricks Day and a Happy Easter.

NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be held on April Fools Day, April 1, 2013. It’s not a jokeJ. It will be held at the NADA Center on the campus of Northwood University. NOTE: The old entrance is now open! We will meet at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for PTPI members and $17 for nonmembers. Reservations are a must. Please call Erika Smith at 835-8055. Those that choose not to drive at night please let me know so that I can make arrangements for transportation.

SPEAKER
Our speaker is the President of the Saginaw Chapter, Mr. Mee. He is a graduate of Neosho County Community College, Emporia Kansas State University and University of Missouri at Columbia. He has done post graduate work at UCLA, Universidad de Guadalajara, Universidad de Puerto Rico, the Interamerican Institue based in Puerto Rico and CMU. He has 47 graduate hours from U of M in Ann Arbor. He was born and raised in Kansas but has lived in Michigan since the Fall of l968. He is retired from Delta College after teaching Spanish for 42 ½ years. He will be speaking on his one week “guided” tour of Cuba. We will be visiting Havanna, Santa Clara and other locations along the Rail and History tour that was sponsored by AREMA (group of railroad executives). Please feel free to bring a guest to this great program.

SAGINAW MARCH MEETING
The Saginaw Chapter is meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the campus of SVSU. The lecture meeting is being sponsored by SVSU and will be held in the Rhea E. Miller Recital Hall. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments furnished by the university, if you have any questions please contact President Mee at 989-684-8829. The speaker is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf . He is the Founder and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multi-faith organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations. He is a sought after speaker and media guest (CNN, NPR, PBS, and BBC) on issues related to the Muslim world, Imam Feisal is a leading moderate voice who reaches out to people of all traditions to engage in interfaith dialogue and to forge connections of trust and mutual support. (We are planning to attend and can take someone if you are interested please let me know.)

DUES
Thank you to all that have mailed your check to me for your dues. I will be getting them cashed within the next few days. You will be receiving a receipt that the check has been received. Please keep this for your records.

CHANGES AT HQ
Many of you may know that Mary Jean Eisenhower, after 15 years of serving as PTPI’s President and CEO, has decided to step down from her position as CEO effective the end of 2013. This decision was entirely personal. The International Board of Directors has created a search and transition team which will begin an active recruitment effort for a replacement and ensure that all operations of PTPI continue to thrive.

There are new chapter contacts at HQ as well. Sarah Houston is the new Managing Director, Americas Region. Sarah will be overseeing student, university, and community chapters in the Americas Region. Sarah has been with PTPI for seven years as the Managing Director of Student Programs and has a wealth of knowledge on PTPI and our chapter network. She can be reached at sarahhouston@ptpi.org. Eileen Purkeypile is the new Community & Young Generation Program Coordinator. Eileen is coming to this position with excellent experience and an already existing familiarity and understanding of PTPI’s chapter network. She started at PTPI as an intern in the student department and has been working the past year in administration for membership and accounting. She can be reached at chapters@ptpi.org.

REQUESTED HOMESTAY
Valeria Magistrelli from People to People Milano, Italy, and International Chair of Europe, is looking for the possibility of finding two families to host two girls, who are 16 years old, starting July 14, 2013 for about a week to ten days. The two girls will be hosted by a family in Lake Forest for two weeks however; they would like to stay longer. The family in Lake Forest hosted one of the girls’ sisters for two years and last summer they were hosted at the seaside in Italy. They invited the two girls to stay with them for two weeks but the girls have requested to stay longer if homestays can be found. If you know of anyone, or you wish to host, please let me know so that I can give the necessary information to Valeria Magistrelli.  Thank you for your consideration.

Looking forward to seeing all of you, on April Fools’ Day!

Deb Teot, President
Midland, Michigan Chapter of PTPI

Season’s Greetings

PTPI Midland is on its winter break. Keep warm and we’ll see you back in April. If you’re traveling, be safe. If you’re hanging around the area for the winter, enjoy the many opportunities and events that Midland has to offer.Image

December Newsletter

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GREETINGS
Happy holidays to all. I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous and joyful New Year. Thank you to Kundana Divi for a wonderful program on India and also to Jim for asking her to speak. It was great to see so many people at the meeting.

NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. This is a social meeting. The meeting will be held at NADA on the campus of Northwood University. The cost will be $15 for PTPI members and $17 for nonmembers.  NOTE: this increase is necessary since the club has to guarantee Northwood a count of 17 and sometimes we are unable to do that, the price increase will help offset the cost of not reaching the guaranteed number. Reservations are necessary. Please call Erika Smith at 835-8055 or me at 835-2567. Those that do not care to drive at night please let me know so that arrangements can be made to provide rides.  The Saginaw chapter has been invited to join us. Hope to see you at the Christmas party! You never know what Santa might be up to. J

REMINDER
There will not be any meetings in January, February, and March of 2013. We will resume in April of 2013. I will send out a newsletter in March with the information for the April meeting (I do have a speaker) and the remaining meetings of 2013.

SAGINAW PTPI MEETING
On Wednesday, November 7th I met with Mr. Robert Mee, the new President of the Saginaw Chapter. Among the many things we discussed were having the two chapters work closer together when possible.

The Saginaw Chapter Christmas Party is Thursday, December 6, 2012. It will be held at the Saginaw Country Club. The social half hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $22 per person. There will be a choice of three entrees (request your entrée when making your reservation). Checks need to be made out to the Saginaw Chapter #7 and sent to Eve Hirsch. More information will be given at our meeting on the 3rd, or contact Deb Teot for information.

NEWS FROM HEADQUARTERS
Mark your calendars! The Americas Regional Meeting will be combined with the Board of Trustees meeting August 23 –September 1, 2013. The meeting will be in New Orleans, Louisiana. More details will follow as the year progresses.

See you December 3rd.

Deb Teot, President
Midland, Michigan Chapter of PTPI