Volunteer Activities

This page contains information on volunteer activities available to active and retired IBMers in our area. If you have any questions about these activities or would like to suggest new volunteer opportunities for the club to post please contact itbrc.vol@gmail.com. Thanks.

Teaching Respect program volunteers needed in Orlando

posted Oct 10, 2016, 2:51 PM by Harry Schaffhauser

We have been working on an event as IBM's response to the Pulse event in June.  Our team has been revising/updating an Activity Kit that is now more inclusive addressing more than just bullying.  We will be having a two-phase launch of this in Orlando later this month.  We will need volunteers - the exact number needed is not known at this moment.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. - Boone High School, (1000 E Kaley, Orlando, FL) in the auditorium.  Students from Straight and Gay Alliance will be participating, along with members of the Student Government Association with a total of 30-50 students.  We are hoping to have dignitaries from the school district, Zebra coalition (http://zebrayouth.org/) and the local GLSEN Chapter (http://www.glsen.org/chapters/orlando) Thr program will be approximately one hour and has a pre-work art component that students will participate in.  Cookies and water will be served to the students afterwards as they leave.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Plaza Live (http://www.plazaliveorlando.org/#/event/1215977-henry-rollins-orlando/) in partnership with Girls Scouts of Citrus Council.  They will be recruiting from their district (7 counties) but focus on including girls from the areas of Pulse and N. Osceola as many of the injured/killed were from that area.  The reception will begin at 5:30 in the lobby with the program starting at 6 p.m.  The GS are working on getting Mayor Jacobs, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, WESH news and other local influencers to attend.  The Ex Director of GS will be attending the national Ex Dir meeting and we may try to have a skype welcome from there to the attendees.  The participants will be girls from 6th grade up, but program really focused on 14 and up ages.  The training will take place the week of October 17th, lead by GLSEN who wrote the updates. 

Hope we get to see you one or both days soon!

$1000 Community grant to Punta Gorda Lions Foundation

posted Apr 5, 2013, 4:03 PM by Harry Schaffhauser


The IBM check for $1000 was presented on March 25, 2013 at the regular meeting of the Punta Gorda Lions Foundation. Dr. Michael Wesson, President, holds the check awarded to our Sight/Hearing Project through the efforts of Bill Ringelstein, Secretary. 
  
We screened 110 pre-schoolers over the past 2 days; we borrowed an additional Eroscan to speed up the process.  The IBM Grant will allow us to purchase our own device and speed up the process. 
  
This is a picture of IBM Retiree, Bill Ringelstein, (on the left) giving the grant check to Dr. Wesson of their organization.  Their organization, Punta Gorda Lions Foundation, screens a ton of pre-K children in their area for hearing and eyesight, as well.  They are doing a wonderful service to the Punta Gorda community and Bill's wife, Jean, volunteers right along with him.


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