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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 16, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 16

"For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in."

- Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer

GHALEMCO ADVANCE TEAM TO VISIT PROMISELAND THIS WEEK

Ghelamco CEO Jeroen van der Toolen will lead an advance team to the PromiseLand on Thursday in preparation for a “Cargill” Model Team Building with Purpose excursion that will take place for 60 Ghelamco employees before schools dismiss in June for the summer.

The advance team will visit various PromiseLand schools and select specific projects that need their special attention. They will be looking at construction projects, windows, doors, floors, walls, etc. They will also consider making renovations of kitchens, classrooms, and playgrounds.

Sixty Ghelamco employees and administrators, two groups of 30, will take part in the Ghelamco Team Building Exercise with Purpose. Now, envision this… The two Ghelamco employee teams will arrive (on different dates), in the middle of nowhere; in a place we call the PromiseLand located in northwest Poland.

The new arrivals will receive an orientation and then be given a set amount of money, perhaps 20,000 PLN, to work with, and told to remodel classrooms, playgrounds, kitchens, etc in two different schools located approximately 20 km apart. Now, for the best part, they will be given 30 hours to complete their projects and prepare hand-over ribbon-cutting ceremonies, complete with refreshments, for the PromiseKids, teachers and parents of the selected schools. They will have to fend for themselves in this unfamiliar area of the country without the help of our Foundation’s staff. They will have to find their own supplies, raw materials, carpets, lighting fixtures, tools and paint. They will arrange for their own transportation, meals, and schedules all from the money they will be provided.

We will keep you posted on the dates and projects as they are identified by the advance team. We are anxious to see how well the Ghelamco teams do as they build their teams and accomplish their tasks.

Have a great trip on Thursday.

FANTASTIC RESPONSE FOR OUR TWO REAGAN SCHOLARS

I hadn’t finished sending out all of last week’s newsletters when I got an email from Ghelamco CEO Jeroen van der Toolen saying that Ghelamco will pay for all the clothes and supplies I had requested for our two Reagan Legacy Scholars, Andrzej Mikulko and Marcin Raulin. You will recall that they were selected to participate in the Reagan Legacy Tour of the United States this summer 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 selected from the rigorous competition.

Thanks Jeroen and Ghelamco.

I then received an email from Aneta Montano and Tim Hyland stating that Travel Express will pay for the travel insurance required for Andrzej and Marcin’s journey.

Thanks Aneta, Tim and Travel Express

Christian Henkemeier, GM of the InterContinental Hotel offered to provide hotel rooms and meals for the two scholars while they are in Warsaw prior to their journey to the U.S., and upon arrival from the United States.

Thanks Christian and InterContinental Hotel Warsaw

I announced last week that Air France will provide the airline tickets for Andrzej and Marcin’s trip to and from the U.S.

Thanks again David Garcia and Air France

We still need to cover the cost of two one-way tickets from Washington, DC, to Chicago, to LA. All other expenses during their stay in the U.S. are borne by the Reagan Legacy Foundation. If you would like to help, transfer your “Tour” donation to our bank account listed below:

Bank BPH
Al.Jerozolimskie 27
00-508 Warsaw
19-10600076-0000320001267377
Swift reference code: BPHKPLPK

POLISH PRESCHOOLS SHUT DOWN AS EU FUNDS RUN OUT

Many preschools that opened with the help of funds from the European Union are in danger of closing. A large number of municipalities can no longer afford to pay their upkeep without additional EU funds. About zl. 1 billion in EU funds led to the creation of 2,600 preschools for approximately 70,000 children. Now, about 1,300 of those are in danger of being closed. While EU funds are being depleted, local governments have not committed to supporting these schools from their own funds. Many public preschools are now forced to reject new applicants because of overcrowded conditions.

Such a shame for these kids and their families!

GOVERNMENTS TO SHUT DOWN HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS INCLUDING 3 OF OUR PROMISELAND SCHOOLS

We just got the bad news that three of our PromiseLand Schools will not open in September. Our PromiseKids in the Rusinowo, Klepczewo and the middle school of the Oparzno Schools, will be transferred to other PromiseLand Schools where we will continue to feed them in our remaining 13 schools.

Local governments have closed some 3,000 public schools during the last five years and another wave of slashing is yet to come.

This is all to the dismay of everyday Polish citizens. Some districts just can’t afford to keep schools open anymore, as the number of students and the amount of governmental expenditures are shrinking year after year. According to the Ministry of Education, out of 28,300 schools, local governments have decided to close 335 schools. The reason? During the last five years, the number of students has shrunk by 411,000 and the amount of Federal support has shrunk at an alarming rate.

Our PromiseKids need us more than ever. How about some new member companies?

PGA CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT PROMISEKIDS

June 1-3rd - PGA Golf Cup Tournament and Lottery to benefit our PromiseKids.

DATES TO REMEMBER

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, Chicago, and LA...

August 18-19th – Randstad Stad Amsterdam Clipper Cruise.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there.

- Yogi Berra, American Baseball Great

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