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Margaret Martin Dr. Margaret Martin. Harmony Project founder Building Harmony in High Need Communities

May 27, 2015

Margaret Martin is a doctor of public health. She is the founder and director of advocacy and research of Harmony Project, a music-based mentoring program that provides instruments and tuition-free group and private music lessons to thousands of the most vulnerable children in Los Angeles as a means of positive youth development and social inclusion. Harmony Project has garnered two Presidential awards since 2009. Affiliated programs have launched across seven states. Findings of her research collaboration with Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Lab show that early music training significantly improves cognitive function in disadvantaged children, especially for language processing and reading.   



    Sadly we announce the loss of Special Lifetime member Jim Stevenson who passed away Monday night, May 25. Jim was a Club Foundation Fellow, a MSNI Ambassador and a Paul Harris Fellow and had been a member of our club since 1979. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Memorial Baptist Church at 2800 S. Yale. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Stevenson and Rothrock family.                             It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the loss of Past President John B. Johnson who passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015. John served as club president 1994-95, and was a Club Foundation Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow. A memorial service was held at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Please pray for comfort and strength for the Johnson family.            It is with much sadness that we also announce the loss of Special Lifetime member Carl Wright who passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015. Carl was a Club Foundation Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow. A memorial service will be Friday, June 12 at the Ninde Funeral Brookside Chapel at 3841 S. Peoria. Our condolences to his daughter Rotarian Marti Wright Alexander and to the Wright family.