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VOLUME 42 ISSUE 3
A LITERACY COUNCIL OF JACKSON COUNTY PUBLICATION
JULY 2011 

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

Here we are at the beginning of another season.  It's also the beginning of the Council's new fiscal year.  Our board determined that we needed to bolster our dwindling bank account in order to have a budget for the new year.  Our Treasurer, Nancy Calcagno, planned and executed a fundraising car wash in cooperation with her Photo Fanatics 4-H group.

During the two weeks prior to the event, it rained, and other car washes were washed up.  But we had clear skies and we cleaned up!  Nancy must have hand washed 20 cars.  Boy, was she burned, and burned-out, the next day.  Fortunately, she had friends and other 4-H members drop by to help out.  We got a chuckle when our Secretary, Ellie Scholz, picked up a rag and walked to the water bucket.  What a trooper she is.  But she was quickly sent back to the shade of the canopy and told that this was a job for 4-H members only.

In addition to the car wash, we also received a generous donation from Angella Thomas, a resident of Chicago (and my longtime friend).  That put the Council over the top of its minimum budget requirement.  We still need more funds to expand our service to prepare people for computer related jobs.  We're finding many people these days that need office skills more than reading skills.

In other Council news, Marilyn Wilbur was voted onto the Board and has taken the position of Librarian.  It's a tall order as our library was downsized after the move in December and she will have the task of performing an inventory.  We also welcome two new volunteers, Linda McGrath and Maria Sacaluga.  They are both scheduled for training and we hope to have them tutoring students in a short time.

Bob Burger, Chairman

FOR THE RECORD

Numbers for April - June 2011:

Volunteer Hours ------------------- 159
Student Hours ----------------------- 40
Students served ---------------------- 5

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COUNCIL INFORMATION

LITERACY COUNCIL OF JACKSON COUNTY
BOARD MEMBERS

    Chair --------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
    Secretary ---------------------------------------- Ellie Scholz
    Placement --------------------------------------- Liz Koester
    Treasurer --------------------------------- Nancy Calcagno
    Librarian ----------------------------------- Marilyn Wilbur

BOARD MEETING DATES

July........................................ No Meeting
August............................................... TBA
September.......................................... TBA

(These dates are subject to change)

CHANGES
by Nancy Calcagno

Technology has replaced the way we used to do things, especially in the job market. With our current economic disaster, The Literacy Council has seen a greater need for computer training to succeed in finding employment. This is especially true for those that have been unable to continue on in college, or have found themselves in a crisis situation.

Therefore; our Board has agreed to start a training program designed to prepare individuals in crisis with Microsoft Office skills and tools to enter the job market in an expedient manner. Each 8 hour class will be offered at no charge to the participant, and will vary on subject. The end results should find the participant with skills and materials needed for a job interview. These classes are designed for immediate results to take the individual out of their current situation and to encourage them not to return to a dangerous environment.

Currently, we are in the process of raising funds to support this program. If you would like to help support our project, all designated donations can be sent to the Literacy Council of Jackson County.

Literacy Council of Jackson County
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 531-0166