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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

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

October Meeting Tonight 10/3

Tonight we will be gathering once again. This time we’ll be hearing from two students who spent part of their summer in Midland’s sister city of Handa, Japan. They have wonderful stories and photos to share.

A pizza dinner will start at 6:30 with the presentation soon after. Location is the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford. Public welcome.