19 January 2011

2011 News -Post 1

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in ESRA!   The Steering Committee has been laying the groundwork for starting our ESRA branch. Even though our local ESRA chapter has just begun, and has a long way to go, we would like to show you where we are headed.  As you learned from December's post, ESRA takes a three pronged approach: Volunteerism, Community Action, and Social / Cultural Activities. (If you missed the December 2010 post, you can find it in the post archives.) 

Building our ESRA branch - Building a new branch of an organization of this type is not a piece of cake. Every step takes twice the time anticipated, and three times the effort. Also, since ESRA believes that each branch should develop to suit the needs of the its members, there is no master blueprint for this construction job.

 Laying a Foundation with Volunteering - The underpinning of any structure is in its foundation.  It was an easy decision for us that the foundation for North Coast ESRA will be its volunteering component. 
  • The Go-Coast Blog is now an ESRA project. You can help by being available to meet with new olim or potential olim, maybe having a cup of coffee with them. You can also write for the blog.  We welcome your input!  Click on the Go-Coast Volunteering tab at the top of this page to get more info, or to volunteer. Also, here is the blog link:  http://go-coast.blogspot.com/  
  • Tutoring at the Nahariya Ulpana School will begin on Wednesday the 26th of January.  ESRA has a successful track record for helping high school students prepare for their Oral English Bagrut.  We will have one-on-one 20 minute conversations in English with individual students.  A volunteer may choose either a two or four hour commitment per week,  for each week that he/she is available.  (You need not volunteer every week!)  No knowledge of Hebrew is required.  For more information, or to volunteer, click on the Volunteering tab at the top of this page or email us at  north.coast.esra@gmail.com
    Building the Structure - By taking a three prong approach, ESRA ensures that there is something for everyone.  If Volunteering is not your thing, then consider the Community Action or Social / Cultural aspects of our ESRA branch.  
    • Community Action ......  What are the needs of the community?  How can we work with other community organizations?  How can we help our local government?  Is it environmental; or maybe something as basic as providing the wherewithal to produce an updated city map?  Together we can find out. 
    • Social and Cultural ...... Maybe you just want to get together with other English speakers.  Maybe you'd like to see a movie, play Scrabble, or listen to an entertaining speaker.  How about a wine and cheese night?  The choices are endless and they are yours to make.  
    There are many names on our mailing list. This tells us that you wish us success in developing an ESRA branch, and look forward to being involved with that branch.  We will keep you updated as we progress in building the branch.  If you, however, are one of those special people who wants to get on-board now, please contact us at north.coast.esra@gmail.com, and  Mick or Tonielle will get back to you.  We hope to hear from you soon!