Posted by Doreen Higgins on Jan 18, 2018
We welcomed Mike Muldowney to our meeting this week.  Mike is a member of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club who has had a lifelong interest in the betterment of young people.  Mike will be the Governor of our Rotary District in 2019-2020 and he brings a long history of working with young students in schools, clubs, programs and other endeavors designed to help them and their communities. Mike urged us to participate in what he called “Entrepreneurship” among young people, and he gave us pointers on how best to achieve this
We welcomed Mike Muldowney to our meeting this week.  Mike is a member of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club who has had a lifelong interest in the betterment of young people.  Mike will be the Governor of our Rotary District in 2019-2020 and he brings a long history of working with young students in schools, clubs, programs and other endeavors designed to help them and their communities. Mike urged us to participate in what he called “Entrepreneurship” among young people, and he gave us pointers on how best to achieve this.  
We are dealing with young people, he said, and one of the key issues is to teach them how to take the initiative and to be creative in dealing with problems.  This mind-set helps them succeed and make headway in an environment which may not be receptive, may change rapidly, and can be very competitive.
 
Mike asked our club to consider some issues in our efforts to support students in our community; these include:
-the interests of the students, and their background
-the time they have available for any extra-curricula activity
-the likely support of the family, of the school, and the community
-the school staff – interested? knowledgeable? need help?
-the availability of entrepreneurial projects in which the students might take part
-the support of the educational bureaucracy
-the intended outcomes
 
Mike also asked us to consider what particular expertise our club members have to offer; for example, do we have marketing, engineering, computer, accounting, small business, tech, or other experience which would make our work in this endeavor particularly valuable?  He suggested that those of us appropriately knowledgeable could create or support such projects as: STEM/STEAM, robotics, Junior Achievement, leadership, conservation Boys & Girls clubs, and more…….  There are many such opportunities in our district, Mike said, and he strongly urged us to seek them out.
 
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Mike’s professional credentials are in Food Science; now retired, he has been a Rotarian since 2001.  He has been a part of the Rotary Georgia Student Program (GRSP) and of the Rotary Scholarship Fund. He has been involved in the Coastal Coalition for Children, which is a part of the US Small Business Administration, in the local United Way, and in mentoring in local High Schools.  We thanked him for a very helpful talk and his support in our local community work.
 
Below is a photo of DGE Mike and President Toni.