Service remains the driving force for our club. Service is part of the DNA of Rotary and our club is well positioned to enjoy another successful year of service. We have a robust plan that identifies our service priorities for this year. The following is a synopsis of our 2019-20 Service Projects Portfolio.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where youth develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. We will continue our commitment to the next generation of leaders by sponsoring two deserving students annually.
Our club sponsored a Global Grant for the Model Healthy Village Project in the Buena Vista and 4 adjacent villages near Olanchito, Honduras. We are supplying water filters and latrines with septic fields for each household as well as providing a Village Health Worker for 4 other villages. The project also includes handwashing latrine maintenance training for the villagers. The goal is to substantially reduce disease and death by bringing clean water, safe sanitation, hygiene training and essential medicines to desperately underserved, remote, rural villages in Honduras.
Josh the Otter goal is to educate children with a fun and simple message: Their mission is to “…educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through the utilization of drowning prevention campaigns & early childhood water safety training.”
Shelter Box provides emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives. They specialize in emergency shelter and the essential tools needed to help rebuild homes after disaster.
We make a club contribution to this signature Rotary initiative. In 2019 Patti Hendricks went to India to adminster vaccines on a National Immunization Day (NID) organized by club member Ajay Thakur.
Our club makes significant contributions to the CART program which providers seed research funds to the nation's top researchers in an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Club Secretary Gary Goforth serves as the Vice President of Research Grants for CART and had the privilege of presenting $1 milliion in grants to 5 researchers in 2019.