I love PETS! I just attended my 9th PETS and came back loving Rotary more. I realized it is like the before and after difference in the students we send to RYLA. They aren’t sure what they are going to be doing or learning when they go and they can’t stop talking about their experience when they get picked up on Sunday. I wish everyone could have that Rotary experience. There are many other Rotary ways to get that feeling such as the Rotary International Convention, Rotary mission trips to another country, serving in our communities with food distribution, wheelchair ramp building and so many others.
One specific way is related to this month’s focus on clean water and sanitation. You can help by donating your money and or time. Our district is currently involved with a Global Grant for dry toilets in Las Guayabas, Mexico. Here is the summary from the grant application:
- Construction of 38 dry toilets for the deposit and treatment of feces to decrease dysentery cases in the community.
- Benefit 38 indigenous families and a population of 150 people.
- Provide environmental education courses on the protection and sanitation of water bodies in the surroundings; as well as good hygiene habits with the corresponding monitoring and measurement of success. The cost is $72,380 USD
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
Thanks to those who organized and celebrated our Rotary Foundation giving for District 5830 at the Feb. 4 dinner hosted by the Longview Club. We had a wonderful evening and raised even more money for Rotary’s good works. Thanks to everyone who gave to the foundation and who provided silent and live auction items for the event.
It’s not too late to register for the RI Convention in Melbourne, Australia! After March 31 the fee increases. We currently have 13 registered from our district. Come join us down under!