Tiffany Hester, One27 Initiative will be us.
The One27 Initiative has four main goals…
First, to raise awareness for the need for foster families.
Second, to raise awareness for the need for respite families.
Third, to provide community among foster families and kids. They will do this by providing monthly or quarterly events for these families and their children. Their first event will be hosting this year’s Christmas party for the Norfolk City foster kids/families.
Lastly, to come alongside and serve the city agencies. This can be done in a variety of ways…they would like to provide them and the children in care with supplies, volunteer at their events, provide refreshments for their trainings, etc. One of their main projects falls under this…
They call them Bags of Hope.
When a child is removed from their biological home or moved to a new foster home, they rarely come with any of their own belongings…and if they do it’s just thrown into a trash bag. It’s a traumatic experience and we want to provide hope in one of their darkest moments. They will provide them with a duffle bag full necessities, such as clothing and toiletries, but will also have an age-appropriate comfort item. (stuffed animal, journal, etc) They want to fill the trunks of all the social workers in the area so that these are on hand in a moment of need. For a list of items needed, click here.
One of the most respected teachers in the collegiate ranks, Jeff Jones has coached his teams to 14 postseason appearances, including a 1995 NCAA Elite 8, a 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, an NIT championship in 1992 and a NIT semifinal birth in 2015.
He has developed 54 players who have played or are still playing professionally, including six in the NBA (John Crotty, Cory Alexander, Jamal Robinson, Bryant Stith, Junior Burrough and Courtney Alexander). Eight of his former assistant coaches went on to become head coaches. Additionally, three of Jones' players have played in the NFL.
In 2018-19, his sixth at ODU, Coach Jones was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year after the Monarchs claimed the C-USA regular season title, as well as the Conference USA Tournament crown, punching Old Dominion’s first ticket to the NCAA Tournament since 2011.
In the past five seasons, Jones has compiled a 122-49 overall record, which marks the 20th most wins in Division I during that period and most within the C-USA. In conference play over the past five seasons, Jones’ Monarchs are 65-25, which ranks first in the league. ODU’s B.J. Stith was named the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2018-19.
The 2017-18 season, Jones’ fifth at Old Dominion, was another excellent year for the Monarchs. ODU’s 25-7 overall record and second place finish (15-3) in Conference USA was the third time in the last four years with 25 or more victories. Ahmad Caver was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Defensive Team. B.J. Stith was named to the All-League Third Team.
Veterans Day Celebration with District 7600 Club Presidents, Military Color Guard and Guest Veteran’s stories. Each Rotary Club member is encouraged to bring one guest to club that morning that is a veteran. Goal: Largest Club Meeting in our history as we honor our country.
Boat rides begin at noon.
We disembark from the home of John and Bonnie Sims — 5988 Bennett’s Creek Lane; right off Bridge Road across from Burger King and behind the Nansemond River Baptist Church.
Park at the Sim’s home along their driveway and front yard. Do not park on Bennett’s Creek Lane.
Carpool if you can — plenty of extra parking at the Nansemond River Baptist Church if we need it.
We will start winding down around 4:00 pm and try to be totally cleaned up and out no later than 5:30 pm.
For more information, to help, or to ask questions, CLICK HERE to let Steve Kirkpatrick know.