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, AND WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF KFC, 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.
September 5, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 22
"Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine."
- Elvis Presley
IT WAS A BUSY SUMMER FOR THE FOUNDATION
The top 15 scholars from our 15 PromiseLand schools were the guests of the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw from July 1-3rd. Each of our 15 PromiseLand Schools selected their best all-around student to qualify as an InterContinental Scholar and board a bus for a trip of a lifetime.
This was the 4th year in a row that the InterContinental Hotel hosted the InterContinental Scholars Program for our PromiseKids. The kids graduated from their respective schools in June and with little rest under their belts embarked on a 3-night four day trip they will never forget.
Natalie, Meg, Basia, and the Hotel staff arranged a very full schedule of events for our kids that included visits to the Royal Castle, the Presidential Palace, Lazienki Park, the Planetarium of Copernicus, the zoo, and lots of swimming in the award winning InterContinental swimming pool. The trip was topped off with a final awards banquet and the awarding of Scholar Plaques by InterContinental Hotel General Manager, Christian Henkemeier.
Thanks InterContinental Hotel. You are the best…
Two of our PromiseKids, Andrzej Mikulko and Marcin Raulin, were selected to be Ronald Reagan Fellows this year and to participate in the Reagan Legacy Tour of the United States. Both boys 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.
Andrzej and Marcin 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 helped 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 visited three areas: Washington D.C., Central Illinois, and Southern California. The sites they visited in Washington are too numerous to list, but included the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court Building, National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Smithsonian, etc. While in Illinois they attended a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field where Michael Reagan threw the “First Pitch.” They also visited 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 also visited Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Library.
The thirteen students from Europe and the U.S. came 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 was a must. A highlight was a VIP tour of the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo in the mountains above Santa Barbara, and a day at Disneyland.
Virginia and I along with Foundation Member Craig Smith attended the Farewell Banquet and Graduation Ceremony at the Reagan Library where each student was awarded a certificate officially identifying them as Reagan Freedom Fellows. Michael Reagan, the President’s son, entrusted them with the charge to represent Ronald Reagan’s legacy in all their future endeavors.
All expenses for Andrzej and Marcin while in the U.S. are borne by the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Our Foundation was responsible for transportation while the two boys were in Poland, and for their flights to and from the U.S. Once again we thank Air France, InterContinental Hotel, Ghelamco, and Travel Express for making the trip possible for Andrzej and Marcin.
Randstad did something very special for our PromiseKids on August 18-19th. Randstad Poland is the Polish subsidiary of the Randstad Group, one of the largest staffing organizations in the world, and they love our PromiseKids.
Forty-six fifth and sixth grade PromiseKids aged 12-13 years, from the Nowe Worowo, Lekowo, Oarzno, Brzezno and Bierzwnica PromiseLand Schools were taken on a cruise they will never forget aboard the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. A painting contest called the “Sailing Clipper” was held in the above schools during the month of May. The artists of the best pictures from 180 entries were selected for the cruise.
The kids wore costumes, painted their faces and sang a host of naval seagoing songs. A highlight of the trip was the “Baptism at Sea” ceremony. We thank you Randstad and General Manager Kajetan Slonina for this special event for our Promisekids.
We are pleased to announce that Foundation Member Hotel Sheraton Warsaw will once again host our fall CEO breakfast. Sheraton’s General Manager Thomas Schoen will host our Foundation’s CEOs at 0830 on October 17th.
It was a wonderful event last year and we suggest you make your reservation by return mail.
The new school year has just begun and thoughts turn to our Interactive On-line English Program for our PromiseKids. As most of you know, this program has been funded in the past by the generosity of a few of our member companies.
We would like to include 243 PromiseKids in the program this year and hope you will consider helping by providing licenses for one or more of our kids. The cost per license is 140 PLN, and we need 28 more licenses to reach our full complement of students.
Please let me know if you would like to help.
Aug 24th –Sep 7th - Makro “Back to School” collection at all Makro Stores.
October 17th – Fall CEO Breakfast hosted by the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, 0830. Please make reservations now.
February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Mark your calendars for this special event.