Posted by Sanjiv Prabhakaran on Nov 02, 2018
 
Paul Butler started off today with a wonderful video from the Rotary Foundation video library known as "A Century of Doing Good in the World". It showed the various accomplishments of Rotary over the past 100 years. This was followed by Venky Venkatesh sharing his three big things in life.
 
 
He left India to work in England. Later he applied to some colleges in USA and fate brought him to Los Angeles to do his post graduate studies. Then he got a job at Welton Beck and then he met and married Meera. Later they found jobs at General Atomics and moved to San Diego. He loves tennis and he found that General Atomics had wonderful tennis courts and so he stuck at GA for many years and is still there - soon to retire. He has 2 sons and 5 grand children. Ironically, both his sons went back to live in India.
 
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Cindy Grossman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of Kids' Turn San Diego, a caring non-profit organization that has been creating brighter futures for children experiencing family separation and divorce since 1996. Cindy earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from SDSU and maintains a current License in Clinical Social Work. She has over 20 years of administrative experience and provided therapy to children for over 12 years. Cindy joined the team at Kids' Turn San Diego in 2013 and services have significantly expanded under her leadership. Having been a child of divorce and currently a parent of a 18 year old daughter, Cindy offers a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise and is dedicated to helping others transform their families during challenging times.
 
She talked about how there are about 100,000 children experiencing divorce of their parents every year in San Diego county and some 50,000 military children going through strenuous situations of transitions, multiple schools, etc. Divorce rates in the military is about 85% and the general divorce rate is about 50%. Kids' Turn San Diego has helped about 1095 children and parents in 2017 and in 2018 as of Sept they helped 843 total. They are serving more children & parents every year. She said that the ABC's for parents are Attitude, Behavior and Choices. Bullying amongst kids is a result of what they observe at home with parents. She says that "LISTENING" is the key to all communication. She ended the talk with a wonderful and inspiring video -- The Hug-a-Bug Campaign Video.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the imaginary Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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