Today we gave away over 5,000 Christmas gifts to over 1,400 kids in Summit and Wasatch County for our Operation Hope! What a fun day it has been! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible and the incredible generosity of the Park City community! #operationhope #ccofpc
We were thrilled to be able to go to the Goshute Tribe again this year (our 5th year) in order to bring gifts for every child in this community! After a “Charlie Brown Christmas” play performed by the children, we presented each child with their gift, and Santa was there to hand those gifts out! Another great Goshute Christmas!
We’d like to welcome and congratulate our newest U.S. Citizens! 170 individuals from 50 different countries took the Oath of Allegiance and became citizens of our great country today at the Eccles Center.
The Park City High School Marching band played the National Anthem, special remarks were given by Park City High School Graduates (RB Vasquez and Perla Arreola), and the Master of Ceremonies was Rob Harter Executive Director of the Christian Center of Park City.
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!”
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?
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
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.
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.