When more than 18,000 Rotarians from 154 countries and geographic areas descended on the House of Friendship at the Convention Center in Montreal, Canada June 20-23 for the 101st Rotary International Convention, the BrainWise Program booth was a popular stopping place. Rotarians from around the world were inspired by the number and variety of successful BrainWise/Rotary partnerships, including the Be BrainWise with Money Program at Villa Park Elementary and Colorado High School Charter, the BrainWise Rotaract and Rotarian Mentoring program with at-risk teens, and the incorporation of the 10 Wise Ways at the Young RYLA leadership camp.
Visitors to the BrainWise Program booth also were captivated by the new concept of teaching BrainWise using an online tool called Confidence Based Learning, which debuted at Colorado High School Charter in January, 2010, and the use of BrainWise concepts by Jefferson County visiting nurses to help vulnerable families make better decisions and become self-sufficient.
Rotarians Patricia Fiske and Susan Kelly Henderson joined BrainWise founder Dr. Patricia Gorman Barry and board member Donald Eberle in demonstrating BrainWise principles and discussing opportunities for Rotarians to start BrainWise programs through their clubs.
Dr. Barry praised the Rotary International convention as “a perfect opportunity to showcase Rotary projects that use BrainWise, and to broaden our network of BrainWise partners.”