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Rob Harter nominated to be Commission Chair for MLK Human Rights Commission

Great News: Rob Harter was recently nominated by the Governor of Utah on June 5th, 2015 to be the Commission Chair for the MLK Human Rights Commission!

Message from Rob: “Thank you Governor Herbert, Claudia and the whole Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission Team! What an honor to serve in this role!”

Q & A:

1) What is the MLK Human Rights Commission?

The Utah MLK Commission is a non-partisan, non-legislative, non-judiciary, and non-religious group that was created by executive order on July 1, 1991. Governor Gary Herbert oversees the MLK Commission. The commission’s role in the state is to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by promoting equity, diversity, and human rights. The Commission seeks to do this through education and training. Members of the Commission also encourage, support, and participate in appropriate activities commemorating the federal and state holiday, which occurs on the third Monday of January each year. The Commission also works to coordinate efforts with Utahns of diverse backgrounds within public and private organizations to spread Dr. King’s vision of justice and equality throughout the year.

2) What does the Commission Chair of the Commission do?

The Commission consists of 13 volunteers appointed by the governor to two-year terms. They represent the diversity of the State of Utah from public and private sectors. Members meet once a month in Salt Lake City. The chair oversees this Commission, runs the meetings and serves as the representative between the Commission and the Multicultural Affairs office, under which the Commission is organized.

3) How is the Governor involved in the MLK Commission?

He appoints the MLK Commission and ultimately oversees it.

4) Does the Governor have a quote about your appointment?

Unfortunately I do not have a quote.

5) How long will you serve and what is your vision for the organization?

I think 2 years, but not sure.

Vision: The overall (not just mine) vision for the commission is to do all that we can to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by celebrating and promoting equity, diversity, and human rights.

6) Where can we find out more about the MLK Commission?

http://heritage.utah.gov/multicultural-affairs/mlk

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Don’t Miss Tonight’s Silent Auction!

The Park City Institute has donated a VIP package for our silent auction tonight at 6pm at the Newpark Town Center ($2500 value)!

Here’s the list of available items to bid on – all for a great cause! There is something for everyone.

Deer Valley Resort – two 1-day lift tickets

Daniels Summit Lodge – One Night Stay in Queen Room

Flight Boutique – $25 gift card + scarf

Hogle Zoo – Two, 2-person day passes

Homestead Crater Activities – 2 scuba experiences

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium – 4 VIP passes

Maxwell’s – $50 Gift Certificates

National History Museum – Day at the Museum Package

Newpark Resort – 1 night stay

Park City Golf Club – 18 holes golf + cart for 4

Park City Ice Arena – 17 Admission & Rental tickets

Park City Jewelers – $100 Gift Card

Red Butte Gardens – 1 year Garden membership

Salt Lake Bees – 2 Bee’s Tickets

Sonja’s Dog Training – 2 private dog training sessions

Squatters Pub Brewery – $50 gift card to Squatters/Wasatch

Swaner Preserve – One Family Membership

Utah Olympic Park – 2 Gold Day Passes

Tadasana Yoga Studio – 5-class pass

Gourmand Tours – 2 tickets

Redstone 8 Cinemas – 6 general admin tickets

Park City Film Series – two 6 film pass punch cards

Wahso Asian Grill – two $50 gift cards ($100 total)

Saltz Plastic Surgery – Gift Certificate for facial

Peace House – $30 to Bling Fling & 2 comp. tickets

Bret Webster Images – 2 Mini Pictures

The Chateaux at Deer Valley – One Night Lodging

Silver Star Café – Dinner for 2

Good Karma Restaurant – $25 gift certificate

Discovery Gateway Museum – 1 family day pass (6 people)

Wine Gift Basket – Veuve Cliequot Champagne & More!

Ritual Chocolate – chocolate + 2 drink vouchers + shirt

Tanger Outlets – Gift Basket (gift cards, chocolate, etc)

Park City Sailing – 1 week camp (youth)

Deer Valley Music Festival(Utah Symphony/Utah Opera) – 2 tickets to Ozomatli @ August 1+ 2 general comp. tickets

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How To Stay Relationally Connected In A Hyper-Connected Age

A far cry from the days of Timothy Leary and his maxim “turn on, tune in, and drop out”, today’s counterculture is not dropping out, but is logging in more now than ever. Ironically, a different child of the 60’s was one of the primary driving forces that advanced this global trend. While Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, his impact continues to be as unparalleled as it is ubiquitous. Through his cutting-edge digital creations at Apple, coupled with the explosion of the Internet and other digital technological advances, the world has never been the same and we are “connected” as no other time in history. But are we better off in our relationships?

The sheer explosion of the digital revolution has made author Thomas Friedman Nostradamus-like when he predicted the world would become increasingly “flat”. (1) Not only has our world become “flat”, it has become “hyper-connected”. We cannot go anywhere without our digital devices, be it our smart phones, our computers, or other digital devices. In fact, it seems we are increasingly in a constant state of readiness to connect/do face-time/email/text or play one of a million addictive digital games.  

However, while the quantity, speed and reach of our ability to connect in community continue to increase at a dizzying pace, the quality of our connection with each other is diminishing. Dr. Edward Hallowell, former Harvard faculty member and author of the book “Crazy Busy”, has concluded, “What we’re seeing, we’ve never seen in human history before. It’s just the extraordinary availability and magnetism of electronic communication devices…It can feel at times that our technology is managing us and not the other way around.” (2) At the risk of sounding like a Luddite, in light of this growing evidence, perhaps we need to take a deeper look at the full impact of our always-connected state.

How can we stay relationally connected in our hyper-connected, digitally-distracted age? Here are 5 practical ways we can do this.

  1. Do An Eye Contact Check: The next time you are talking with your friend, spouse or co- worker, be self-aware enough to determine if you are looking directly into their eyes, or looking down at your smart phone while quasi-listening? Maintain eye contact and watch your conversations improve.
  2. Set It Down, Walk Away: Physically set your smart phone, computer, iPad or other said digital device down, put it away, and literally walk away from it at least 3 times a day.
  3. Choose A Time To Unplug: Set an alarm at a pre-determined time every day that signals an exact time when you unplug and detach from the digital world, meaning you are no longer available through your digital devices for the rest of that day or night.
  4. Ask For Accountability: Invite your spouse, friend or roommate to keep you accountable in setting a pre-determined time to unplug and detach from your digital world.
  5. Start With Facebook: Facebook has over 800 million active users, which means one in every nine people on Earth is on Facebook. Facebook users spend on average 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on the site. (3) If you reduce your time on Facebook by 10% this month, you just created 1.5 more hours to invest into your face-to-face friendships.

Instead of allowing your digital world to control you, take control of your relationships by fully engaging yourself in undistracted, non-digital connecting time with your family and friends. When it comes to your relationships, perhaps it is time to tune in and log off.

1 Thomas L. Friedman, The World Is Flat (New York: Picador, 2007), 48-49.

2 Jessie Rice, The Church Of Facebook (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009), 191.

3 http://www.jeffbullas.com/2011/09/02/20-stunning-social-media-statistics/

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Multicultural Commission Meeting

It was great being able to sit down and talk with the Utah Multicultural Affairs’ Commission today at CCofPC. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox chaired the meeting and listened to the audience discuss their concerns about important community issues.

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Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Robin Marrouche

In this podcast, Rob Harter interviews Robin Marrouche from the Kimball Arts Center about what it’s like to be the Executive Director for the Center. Robin has some great insights on how to be an effective nonprofit leader, as well as what to look for in their upcoming Kimball Arts Festival.

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9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valley University

Shirlee Silversmith, Division Leader of Utah Indian Affairs, invited the Christian Center of Park City to speak about our relationship/initiative with the Goshute tribe at the 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah on Wednesday, July 30th. They asked us to speak because they were impressed with all that we at CCPC had been doing with the Goshute Native American Tribe, especially regarding the community garden. It was a great honor to be invited to speak at this event.

 

At the summit, we started by speaking about our goal of addressing the diabetes and obesity issue within the reservation. Therefore, we started our initiative with the focus on providing healthy yet kid-friendly snacks in backpacks for every child on reservation snacks, fresh food through our mobile food pantry and organically grown vegetables through the community garden. We also talked about how we started this partnership, thanks to the generous grant from American Express who helped us get off the ground with this initiative. We also spoke of how we have provided our ‘Operation Hope’ Christmas program for the children the last three years. We ended the first part of our seminar by speaking of our new work in Wendover (where some Goshutes have moved). The majority of our seminar focused on the community garden. During that part of the presentation, we invited our key Goshute liason for the garden, Tarina Bishop, to speak about the garden experience.

 

When we started this Community Garden initiative, the four main goals for the Community Garden were to:

 

1) Develop an opportunity for the Goshutes to grow their own food, locally and organically.

 

2) Provide food that would be a healthier alternative to fast food and other processed

foods, thereby helping to address the issues of obesity and diabetes.

 

3) To intentionally set up the garden in terms of the infrastructure, the solar pump,

the sprinkler system etc., with the goal that in 3 years this garden could become a certified organic garden. This would then allow the Goshutes to sell their organic vegetables and create a micro-business thereby bringing in revenue to individuals and the tribe.

 

4) Create greater community. From everything we researched, the number one benefit from communities who develop a community garden, is that this garden brings the community together. And at least in the first year of this garden, this is exactly what started to happen.

 

It was an incredible experience to be able to speak about these initiatives and all of the progress the Goshutes have been experiencing. I’d like to personally thank the Park City community for their support, which is helping to empower one of the more remote Native American communities in Utah.

– Rob

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Thank You!

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and community partners who made Back 2 School Basics possible last Friday! We were able to serve every student (over 500!) with new school clothes, coats, and supplies! Thank you to Wasatch Bagel for the coffee & bagels for everyone who got up so early.

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Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Katie Wright

Katie joined The Park City Foundation team in February 2008, after returning from Morocco, where she worked with the U.S. Peace Corps focusing on developing a women’s weaving cooperative. Katie started with PCCF as the Programs Manager and later Director. She now leads the organization as the Executive Director.

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Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Trisha Worthington

Today in the studio we have Trisha Worthington. I think you’ll really enjoy today’s podcast with this incredible nonprofit leader. She talks about the key questions we all have as nonprofit leaders. For example, how do you choose a board member? What size of a board is the right size for your organization? How can you turn board members into your top fundraisers? All these tips and more are found in this podcast. Enjoy. – Rob

If you’d like to hear more podcasts from other nonprofit leaders, please click here: Link

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Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Maddy Shear

In this podcast, Rob interviews Maddy Shear – a nonprofit consultant that coordinates nonprofit roundtables in Park City, Utah. Maddy shares with us her tips and strategies to help nonprofits be effective. You can reach Maddy at maddyshear@comcast[.]net

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