THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CEOs ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE FED OVER 4 MILLION HOT MEALS (60,000 PER MONTH) TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
May 2, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 14
"Integrity is the essence of everything successful"
- Richard Buckminster Fuller
When Michael Reagan visited me in Warsaw last year, he promised to reserve a couple of places on his annual Reagan Legacy tour for our Foundation’s poor PromiseKids. True to his word, it is with great pleasure that we introduce our 2011 Reagan Legacy Scholars, Andrzej Mikulko and Marcin Raulin. They were selected from a pool of former PromiseKids who had participated in our Foundation’s Interactive English Program “Dreams Come True.” The criteria for selection was formative and Andrzej and Marcin were the last two left standing at the end of the rigorous competition.
Both boys are High School students in the Swidwin High School and graduated from the Brzezno Middle School (one of our 15 PromiseLand Schools). English proficiency was a major part of the selection process, and both boys give credit for their English skills to the Foundation’s “Dreams Come True” Interactive English Program. We thank all of you who help support this program.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” For many young people today, the struggle for freedom and liberty is merely a chapter in a history book. The Reagan Legacy Foundation Liberty Education Tours seek to change that. This unique student exchange program offers future leaders tangible education in the principles of liberty as they study the words and actions of President Reagan and other great leaders while visiting sites significant in the history of freedom in the United States and central Europe.
The U.S. Tour will visit three areas: Washington D.C., Central Illinois, and Southern California. While in D.C. the sites they will visit are too numerous to list, but will include the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court Building, National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Smithsonian, etc. While in Illinois they will attend a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field where Michael Reagan will throw the “First Pitch.” They will also visit Ronald Reagan’s birthplace in Tampico, his boyhood home in Dixon, Lowell Park where he was a lifeguard and his alma mater, Eureka College. While in Illinois they will also visit Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Library.
100 students from Europe and the U.S. will come together in Southern California to attend seminars, workshops and activities at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley and the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. A day touring Hollywood is a must. A highlight will be a VIP tour of Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
All students and their families will attend a Farewell Banquet and Graduation Ceremony where each student will be awarded a certificate officially identifying them as a Reagan Freedom Fellow. Michael Reagan, the President’s son, will entrust them with the charge to represent Ronald Reagan’s legacy in their future endeavors.
All expenses for Andrzej and Marcin while in the U.S. are borne by the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Our Foundation is responsible for transportation while the two boys are in Poland, and for their flights to and from the U.S. We think we have the airfares and hotel accommodations in Poland covered by member companies and we will make a special announcement about this at a later date.
Marcin comes from Brzeżno and he has one little sister. His mother is unemployed and his father is an ambulance driver. He is a cheerful but modest boy. He’s open to new experiences and friendships. He would like to go to college and study English and someday work as a journalist in the USA. He is skilled in sports, computers and English. He likes playing volleyball, basketball and football.
Andrzej comes from Rzepczyno, a small village near Brzeżno. He’s a very cheerful, optimistic boy. His mother works as a shop assistant and his father is a car mechanic. Andrzej loves music, especially Rap and House. He also likes playing basketball. He belongs to the Local Volunteer Fire Department and he’s very proud of it.
Keep in mind that Andrzej and Marcin are very poor PromiseKids and will need new clothing, luggage, spending money, camera, etc., to keep pace with their European and American contemporaries on the tour. We would love to hear from you if you would like to help, or just transfer your “Tour” donation to our Foundation account.
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We are proud that Eric Van Vliet, GM of Athlon Car Lease (Right), and Remco Van der Kroft, representative of the Netherlands Polish Chamber of Commerce to the Foundation (Left), were invited to meet with Polish President Komorowski at the Belvedere Palace last Thursday.
Eric and Remco discussed what improvements need to implemented to make foreign companies more successful on the Polish market, and how to stimulate Foreign Direct Investment in Poland.
Eric and Remco are very active in the Foundation, and exemplify all the qualities of Corporate Social Responsibility in their business and personal lives.
June 1-3rd - PGA Golf Cup Tournament and Lottery to benefit our PromiseKids.
June 6-10th – McDonald’s Graduation Trips to the Baltic.
July 1-3rd - InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw. The top scholar from each of our 15 schools will be the guest of the InterContinental Hotel.
August 2-13th - The Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Liberty Education Tour To Washington, DC, Illinois, and California. See story above.
August 18-19th – Randstad Stad Amsterdam Clipper Cruise.