Austin Area Receives $1.4M Donation From 3M

This story began with a visit from Melinda McKenna, a long time BNI member who heard about Business Voices movement
in a Leadership Training seminar. It piqued her interest, and at the following meeting she shared an idea of creating a supply closet for teachers in the Austin school district (AISD).

AISD currently has a warehouse to store various teaching supplies that are transported to schools weekly — something that made the next step easier.

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An Update of Triad Business Voices Activity

by Brian Watkins

Now that we’re through all the holidays and back in the swing of the new year, it’s time for some BNI updates!

BNI is currently trying to raise $1260 for the installation of playground equipment for a local school. Play Power, Inc. was generous enough to donate $10,000 worth of equipment, spurring Business Voices to begin tracking down funding to put everything together for the kids. Beth and Ivan have donated $1500 personally, and put the challenge out there for the local chapter to match that.

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Carver High School Leadership and Other News

by Brian Watkins

 

The collective skills of the folks behind Business Voices continue to impact local schools. This time, members are helping a high school in the North Carolina Triad to become more efficient.

BNI Infinity recently adopted Carver High School, located in Winston Salem, NC. Principal Travis Taylor was very on board with narrowing down the school’s biggest challenges, visiting the BNI chapter to share and gather some ideas. The openness to ideas is where the best solutions come from, and it’s great to see the schools getting excited.

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Golfing for Kids and Other Upcoming Projects

Golfing and raising money for children’s charities — what could be better on a sunny afternoon? On September 18 the Triad BNI chapters did just that.

The recent Winston Lake golf tournament was a successful fundraiser for local kids’ memberships to the Salvation Army’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America. This program helps kids in need receive the mentoring and great learning activities to grow through after school programs. BNI has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of America in the past, but this is a first for the version of the club run by the Salvation Army.

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New Classrooms, New Books for Oak Creek Academy

by Brian Watkins

Oak Creek Academy of Killeen, TX is home to a wider variety of students than some schools, notably in having programs for children with Autism and Aspberger’s to learn at their own pace. The school educates students of all ages and all abilities. Director Tracy Fogle Hanson is passionate about guiding youth to become productive adults.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Becky Isbell about some recent projects that made this school bigger and better than ever.

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Socks for Kids at Austin Independent School District

by Brian Watkins

Business Voices rings strong in Texas. The Austin Independent School District recently received a donation that brought immediate comfort for students so they can better focus on learning.

Students of the school district, ranging from elementary school all the way through high school, did not consistently have socks to wear each day when coming to class. After a connection made with Nicole Connely of AISD, local BNI chapters could examine the schools’ situations more closely.

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Rebuilding Hope in Ormoc City

By Brian Watkins

San Jose Elementary ClassBack in November 2013 BNI directors from around the world traveled to Long Beach for what would be a particularly memorable International Directors Conference. Somewhere off the coast of the Philippines at that same time, Typhoon Yolanda began gaining force. That oceanic storm would prove to be among the most powerful the world had ever seen.

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Aiding Schools One Robotics Class at a Time

By Brian Watkins

The robotics students at Flat Rock Elementary recently got a big boost to their equipment. On June 4, BNI Directors, Antonio McCoy and Glen Coleman, presented Principal Draugn with a $625 check for new parts that will allow kids a wider variety of robotics projects. The funds were raised by local BNI chapter members.

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