September 23, 2017

Luisa Baars’ community work with Rochester Latino Rotary Club

“I am very involved with Rotary, particularly the Rochester Latino Rotary Club. We have been doing a lot of work with youths locally and also international projects:

  • A school in El Sauce, Nicaragua – we provide school supplies every year, now the third year we have done this
  • Two projects in Mexico: A school for indigenous children where we got a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation and equipped the school with computers, sewing machines, wood working saw, kitchen equipment and the like. This is in Tuxtepec and another in Minatitlán where with another matching grant we equipped a hospital with incubators [Read more…]

Annette Jimenez’ community work with Borinquen Dance Theater

“My daughter, Julia, joined Borinquen Dance Theatre nearly six years ago when she was 8. Shortly thereafter, Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, Borinquen’s founder and artistic director, asked me to be part of the planning committee for annual fundraisers to support Borinquen’s mission of “Building the Desire to Succeed through the Discipline of Dance.”

I help publicize the event. That publicity has led to articles in local media publications as well as broadcasts utilizing television, radio and social media outlets. Through these efforts, Borinquen has been featured on “Rochester in Focus” on Channel 10, Norma Holland’s “Many Voices, Many Visions” on 13WHAM-TV and on “Arts Friday” with Bob Smith on WXXI’s AM 1370 Connection.

Additionally, this year, I took on the task of editing and writing content for the program book for the June 2 “Faces of El Caribe” event at the Rochester Museum and Science Center to celebrate 31 years of success and provide financial support for Borinquen Dance. [Read more…]

Luis E. Ormaechea’s community work with the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester

RHBA member Luis E. Ormaechea is a member of the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (LVR), a not-for-profit organization of trained volunteers dedicated to providing one-to-one or small group English tutoring to functionally illiterate adults and to others lacking English language skills, and to fostering literacy in the greater Rochester, NY area.

LVR is governed by a volunteer Board and has six working committees. As part of his responsibilities as a Board member, Luis participates on the Board’s Program Committee and on its Governance and Nominating Committee. He has also volunteered time to help with LVR events, such as the “Brain Game,” an annual fundraiser and trivia competition where teams of attorneys, accountants, financial planners, representatives from local colleges and universities and others compete for the championship. [Read more…]

RHBA Members Award Scholarships to Hispanic Students

Several RHBA members awarded scholarships to local Hispanic students during the Annual Gala and Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards organized by the Ibero-American Action League on June 11, 2011.

RHBA members presenting scholarships are:

  • Emeterio M. Otero, Ph.D., to student Nayarit Davila – East H.S.
  • First Capital Payments, to students Mary Elizabeth Lugo – Brockport H.S.
  • El Mensajero Católico, to students Carolyn Nicole Santiago – Wilson Magnet H.S.
  • La Voz Rochester, to student Angela Maria Smith – Our Lady of Mercy H.S

[Read more…]

Antonio Vieira Guest Speaker at Children’s School of Rochester Graduation

Antonio Vieira Guest Speaker at Children’s School of Rochester Graduation

Tony Vieira at Children's School of Rochester

BA Board Member and Treasurer Antonio Vieira was invited to be Guest Speaker and address 6th graders during their recent graduation at The Children’s School of Rochester No. 15.

A large number of students from The Children’s School of Rochester are from immigrant families, and about half of them are English learners who among all speak 35 different languages [Read more…]