August:  Membership & Development

Deepening our impact by expanding membership is a top priority for us.

Use these resources to help your club grow:

Assess your club

Use these resources to see if your club is meeting members' needs and reflecting the community:

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2020 Rotary Virtual Convention 2020-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Area of Focus: The Environment

he Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.

“I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.

 
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Meet the RI President

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Young at heart

Holger Knaack has a fresh vision for the Rotary of the future. With a little help from his friends, things should go swimmingly.

Holger Knaack is vacuuming.

The Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln in Germany has wrapped up its annual Christmas bazaar in the cloister of the 12th-century Ratzeburg Cathedral. Two days of selling handicrafts, mistletoe, and homemade cakes and cookies have netted the club some 8,000 euros, which this year will go to a German nonprofit that supports children who are critically ill. As the club members break down booths and put away tables and chairs, Knaack grabs the vacuum cleaner and, head down in concentration, tackles the crumbs, dirt, and bits of tinsel that litter the floor.

At this moment, Knaack is president-elect of Rotary International, preparing to take office on 1 July 2020. But at the same time he’s a regular Rotarian, a 27-year member of his club, pitching in like everybody else. “He just wants to be one friend among friends,” says club member Barbara Hardkop.

There’s a German phrase: man holt die Leute ins Boot. It means getting people on board to work together toward a common goal. In the coming year, Rotarians will find that Holger Knaack is not one to stand on the sidelines while others do the work. But equally important for Knaack is the philosophy that working hard doesn’t mean you can’t also have a good time. As he spends this year getting people on board — especially to carry out his highest priority, investing in young people — he will also be doing his best to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

“It’s a basic principle with Holger,” says his longtime friend Hubertus Eichblatt, a fellow club member. “When we get together, it has to be fun.”

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World Immunization Week


As scientists work to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April.
 
Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children’s health at risk around the world. 
 
Rotary knows firsthand that #VaccinesWork. Since 1985, we’ve contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children from polio. When children receive the polio vaccine, their pinkie fingers are marked with purple ink so health workers will know which children received the vaccine. Today, only two countries continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
 
Take action in three easy ways: 
Raise awareness of vaccination and polio eradication efforts by painting your nails — or pinkie — purple, or customize our new End Polio Now artwork with your signature and words of support. Post your pictures on social media using the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork. 

Download Rotary’s World Immunization Week Toolkit to get graphics and sample social media posts. 

Donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund. Your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
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State of Jalisco Updated May 14th

With the start of the so-called Phase 0, the Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, that on Monday May 18 there will be economic reactivation of some activities.  Source:  https://www.lavozdelaribera.mx/anuncia-gobernador-de-jalisco-apertura-de-algunos-negocios-el-proximo-lunes/

 
The Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, announced this afternoon that on Monday, May 18, Phase 0 of the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation will begin, which will allow the gradual return of some economic activities and is the first step in preparing protocols for the next phases of the plan.   
Alfaro Ramírez clarified that the start of Phase 0, which will last for at least 15 days, does not mean returning to normality in social life and in the activities of all productive sectors, since an increase in mobility o Flow of people in the city with disorder could trigger the epidemiological pattern and delay the Reactivation Plan.
"We are not in a test passed," clarified the state president, who added that the Plan can be implemented since Jalisco is currently in 29th place nationwide in active infections with a rate of 100,000 inhabitants, and to date It has a 10% occupancy of beds in its hospital infrastructure.
"I want to explain what Phase 0 implies. First, for industries that had not been considered essential and that are linked to supply chains, they will be able to start the implementation of this phase, once they have established protocols and will be able to operate at 50 percent of its capacity, that is, essential industries continue to work, those that were classified as non-essential, which are part of supply chains, will be able to start operations at 50 percent of their capacity, we are going to establish the specific protocols ”, detailed the president.  
He added that for " commerce, what we are going to do is that those who handle products allowed in essential establishments, that is, if it was allowed to have supermarkets, hardware stores, convenience stores of the big ones, because what we are going to do is that What was sold there, can also be sold in small production units, in the neighborhoods or in the colonies of Guadalajara and the State ” .
As part of Phase 0, reopening protocols are started by businesses that do not generate crowds, such as car, motorcycle, bicycle, furniture, appliance and electronic or home sales businesses.

A determining factor for trade in Phase 0 and that will be constantly verified is the fulfillment of the density restriction of one person as a customer, for every 7 square meters. 
We need to understand that Phase 0 is a transition stage, that it is a stage of gradual return to economic activity and if the behavior of the virus and the pandemic did not require it, as I already explained, we could make a decision to return to social isolation measures and delay everything provided for in this plan, ”said Alfaro Ramírez. 
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Joint Statement International Service Clubs

Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. 

In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.

“The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020

"The scale and magnitude of this global pandemic requires our world's citizenry to heed the advice and cautions of the experts.  The work and plans of our collective members and volunteers must not cease!   Our immediate response after the crisis will be necessary to support local Governments respond to the many social and economic challenges that will ensue in its aftermath." – Adrian Elcock, Optimist International President, 2019-2020.

“Great challenges test us, but they also bring us together. Lions are finding new ways to safely serve. Our Lions Clubs International Foundation has granted over one million dollars to help communities facing extreme rates of COVID-19, and additional grant requests are being received daily.  Our communities depend on service clubs, and we will be there, supporting and strengthening them just as we always have together.” – Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Lions Clubs International President, 2019-2020.

“During these difficult times, we’re seeing everyday heroism across the globe. I encourage us all to recognize the health and safety professionals who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good. To the educators, grocery workers, delivery drivers and the countless professionals who can’t stay home, the Kiwanis family thanks you. We all play an important role in keeping our friends and neighbors safe. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization, your local health agencies and the instructions given by your Government. Please, stay safe.” – Daniel Vigneron, Kiwanis International President, 2019-2020.

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RCOA Update

June 25th
 
The health and safety of our members and our guests are of the utmost importance.  The RCOA Board has voted to extend the conducting of all club activities via video conferencing until July 31st.  Weekly general meetings, board meetings, and committee meetings will continue to be held via Zoom.   Thank you.
 
 
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Rotary clubs help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Members use ingenuity, flexibility to help people affected by coronavirus and to stay connected

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.

As people of action, Rotary members are engaged in their communities — gathering for projects and offering help to those in need. But in many areas, life is changing drastically. Health experts are urging people to maintain distance from others or even isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. 

Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic. 

These are just some of the ways that members are supporting their communities right now:

  • In Italy, one of the countries that has been affected most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals. And when the worst of the outbreak was raging in China, the district’s clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there. 
  • Clubs in District 2041, also in Italy, raised funds online to buy protective gear for health workers who will care for COVID-19 patients at a 400-bed hospital being built at Milan’s fairgrounds. 
  • In Hong Kong, Rotary clubs have raised funds, packed medical supplies, and visited public housing to distribute masks and sanitizers. 
  • Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka installed thermometers in airport bathrooms and produced posters to raise awareness about the coronavirus for schools across the country. 
  • The Rotary Club of Karachi Darakhshan, Sind, Pakistan, distributed thousands of masks to people in Karachi. 
  • Clubs in District 3700 (Korea) have donated $155,000 to the Red Cross. 
  • Rotary clubs in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom state conducted a campaign to raise awareness about the threat of the virus. Members shared information about the illness and how to keep safe at two schools and distributed materials about using good hygiene to stay healthy. 
  • The Rotary club of Metro Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is contacting neighbors who live alone and are quarantined. Volunteers are asked to contact at least five of those people each week to ask how they are and if they need anything. Members are also leaving flowers on their doorsteps. 

Using technology to address the crisis

  • Although clubs and districts are canceling or postponing their in-person meetings and events, they are still finding ways to keep up their fellowship, reimagine their service efforts and respond to the pandemic: 
  • The Rotary E-Club of Fenice del Tronto invited the public to its 11 March online meeting to raise awareness about the coronavirus. A virologist spoke about the virus, how it spreads, and how to keep safe. 
  • The Rotary Club of Singapore hosted a webinar in which an epidemiologist and an infectious disease expert addressed questions and concerns about the coronavirus and the pandemic. 
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Rotary, Gates Foundation Funding Match Polio

Celebrate Rotary’s anniversary
On 23 February, Rotary will celebrate its 115th anniversary. Consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation today. When you give to the Annual Fund, you empower Rotarians to make lives better in your community and around the world.
 
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their partnership to end polio. Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation. The extended partnership will raise an additional $150 million for polio eradication every year for three years. Donate today and your contribution will be tripled.
Take action now by going to this link: https://www.endpolio.org/donate
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Member Spotlight-How our members are serving the community

Christy Caldwell’s father, a lifelong Rotarian who passed away in 2017 at the age of 94, left clear instructions as to what he expected her to do with her inheritance—help people. When she learned that Musica Para Crecer needed support she jumped into action. Although Christy suffered a vocal injury and is no longer able to sing the soaring arias and Broadway tunes she loves, she realized she could still entertain and help children and young adults achieve their dream of performing.
 
Musica Para Crecer, under the direction of brothers Daniel and Juanpi Medeles, plays a vital role in San Juan Cosala. The school ’s director Socorro (Coco) Wonshee remarks: “ Besides developing the children’s musical talents, the most important aim of the program is to keep them away from the drugs, alcoholism, violence, and lives without hope and joy that are due to the poverty, vulnerability, and marginalization present in so many of our towns.”
 
Her dream of bringing young Mexican talent on stage with her will be realized on Sunday, March 8 at the Auditorio de Ribera in Ajijic. She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has performed on three continents in four different languages. When Christy retired recently to the area from Miami, she joined the Rotary Club of Ajijic and was introduced to Musica Para Crecer, the small music school in San Juan Cosala, which the club has supported for many years. Christy hopes to sell out the auditorium and raise 100,000 pesos to support the school.
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Presidential Message March 2020

Posted on Jan 01, 2020
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Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

March 2020

March is the month we celebrate Rotaract — and this has been quite a year for our young partners in service.

Last spring, the Council on Legislation elevated Rotaract in our constitution: Rotary International is now the association of both Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. Then in October, the Rotary Board of Directors eliminated the artificial Rotaract age limit and took other steps to break down barriers that were preventing Rotaract from growing in some parts of the world.

These steps were long overdue, because Rotaract is a vision of what Rotary must become. Not only do we need to open our doors to our young colleagues, but we also have to open our ears and minds to the Rotary experience they find most engaging. That is one of the best ways we will meaningfully grow Rotary.

When I say grow Rotary, I mean it in many ways. We need to grow our service and to grow the impact of our projects. Most importantly, however, we need to grow our membership, so that we can achieve more. Rotaractors provide this opportunity, not only because they can transition to Rotary at the time that is right for them, but also because they understand what it will take to attract others like them.

Business as usual will not work for us anymore. Bringing in more members to replace the ones we lose is not the answer. It is like pouring more water into a bucket full of holes. We need to address the root causes of member loss in many parts of the world: member engagement that is not what it should be, and our member demographic that skews steadily older.

It is time to make some fundamental changes. We already know what the barriers are to an engaged and diverse membership. It is time to act on what we know: creating new membership models, opening new paths to Rotary membership, and building new Rotary and Rotaract clubs where the existing clubs do not meet a current need.

New club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals — particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, it is up to district governors to make them a reality. In January at the International Assembly, our incoming district governors took part in an exercise called Build Your Own Club Model. It was a wonderful experience that put them in the right frame of mind for the work ahead.

Ultimately, however, it will be up to Rotaractors and young Rotarians to create new club models that are most meaningful to the next generation. We may think we know what young people want from Rotary clubs in the future, but I am confident that what young people say will surprise us. It will be our job to support their innovation, for it will help us grow Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

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Resolve to protect the Rotary brand in the new year

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By Amanda Wendt, vice-chair of the RI Communications Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I recently saw a story on television about a West Papuan woman who received life-changing facial surgery to fix a deformity which had caused her a lifetime of struggling to eat, drink and speak. Members of the Rotary Club of Liverpool West and Bendigo Strathdale flew the woman to Australia for the surgery. I was instinctively moved to share the story immediately with my network, congratulating the team involved and expressing how truly proud I was at that moment to be a Rotarian.

I’m sure many of my fellow Rotary members can relate to this feeling. We’ve all experienced pride when our Rotarian friends locally or abroad have helped change the world. But this instance made me realize that we have something else that communicates that sense of pride and it is valuable to preserve and promote.

Since Rotary’s inception 115 years ago, our Master Brand signature, the Rotary wheel, has generated an untold amount of goodwill from people who have seen it displayed in connection with Rotary projects that have brought clean drinking water to a village, prevented diseases, improved local economies, or otherwise changed communities for the better.

The wheel is the purest, simplest visual representation of all that we have achieved and all that we are yet to accomplish. The opportunity to represent my club and its efforts under the same icon is my way of honoring my fellow Rotarians for their amazing achievements.

How do we preserve and promote the Rotary wheel?

In today’s world, individuals are constantly bombarded by thousands of advertising messages. It’s vital that we have a consistent, high-quality visual representation of our brand to cut through all that noise.

As a Rotary club or district, when you apply our brand correctly and consistently across all channels you ensure:

  • your projects are recognized as Rotary at a glance
  • you are able to instantly tap into the hard-won goodwill and credibility of an international 115-year-old movement
  • you look professional and worthy of the time and resources of supporters

 

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Take Action!
 

 
 
Rotary members lead efforts to treat and prevent diseases around the world. They fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, polio, and other serious health problems by establishing clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities. They also design and build health systems that allow doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Clubs also focus on prevention by providing health education and bringing routine hearing, vision, and dental care to those in need.

In December, Rotary’s Disease Prevention and Treatment Month, take action to fight and prevent diseases in your community. Here are three ways to do that:
  1. Build on an existing project or conduct a community assessment to determine what’s needed in your region. To get started, take a look at the Community Assessment Tools guide or take the Conducting a Community Assessment online course.
  2. Collaborate with a Rotarian Action Group — members who share an interest in a particular service area and help other Rotarians design humanitarian projects. Of the 24 Rotarian Action Groups, 12 action groups that focus on disease prevention and treatment.
  3. Join the Disease Prevention and Treatment discussion group on My Rotary to learn from experts and exchange project ideas with fellow Rotarians.
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New Member Induction Ceremony

Welcome to Rotary Club of Ajijic Steve Balfour!
 
L-R;  President Carole Wolff, Steve Balfour,
Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich, Director/Membership Chair, and Magda Silva, Secretary 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Member Induction Ceremony Mac Whyte 2019-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting Event January 18, 2019

 
Join us in raising funds for scholarships at the Chapala Instituto Tecnologico and the Rotary Club of Ajijic projects.   Only 100 tickets are available for this event.
Contact Bill DeJardin (Click) to secure your reservation.
 
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Presidential Message December 2019

Posted on Dec 02, 2019
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There is no experience quite like attending the Rotary International Convention. Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary with your family, friends, and fellow Rotarians from 6 to 10 June in Honolulu. It is the perfect setting for the entire family of Rotary to celebrate, collaborate, and connect.

There are two types of people who enjoy visits to Hawaii — those who have never been to the islands and are about to have unique and wonderful experiences, and those who have had those Hawaiian moments etched into their memories already and cannot wait to create some new ones.

The convention is the best place to find and share your aloha, which you will soon discover is much more than a greeting. Just as Rotary is a way of life for Rotarians, aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians — one that focuses on living in harmony, being patient, treating everyone with respect, and sharing joy with your family, or 'ohana.

Our host committee has arranged some fabulous events for you and your family. This includes a Hawaiian Culture and Lunch Boat Cruise, a two-hour tour that will feature spectacular views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and the Kahala Gold Coast. On board, you can learn to play the ukulele, take part in hula dancing, and create your own Hawaiian flower lei.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a full range of island hospitality events, from small backyard picnics to multicourse family meals. There will be fantastic service projects to see, including two ancient Hawaiian fishponds. And a sunrise Walk for Peace will take place at the beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, a 3-mile stroll in the shadow of the iconic Diamond Head crater.

Inside and outside the convention halls, we are going to hold the most family-friendly convention in Rotary history, including a family-centered opening ceremony and family-focused events in the House of Friendship. The opening session will, of course, include our traditional flag ceremony.

Our 2020 convention will also be a time to celebrate Rotary's historical ties to the United Nations. As I mentioned in my November message, June 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter. On the day before the start of the convention, Rotary and the UN will host our fifth joint event of 2019-20, one focused on environmental sustainability.

In addition, we are planning the greenest convention in Rotary history — and I will share more details about this in the months ahead. But now, go to riconvention.org and click the REGISTER button right below the Honolulu Hawaii 2020 logo. Early registration discount pricing ends 15 December, so do not delay.

Rotary Connects the World in no better way than at the Rotary Convention. Bring your family to meet our family. See you in Honolulu!

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Rotary Spotlight 2019-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary
THE OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster
the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST The development of acquaintance
as an opportunity for service;
SECOND High ethical standards in business and
professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all
useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s
occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each
Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH The advancement of international
understanding, goodwill, and peace through
a world fellowship of business and professional
persons united in the ideal of service
 
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Rotary Connects the World

Posted on Jul 04, 2019

 

By Rotary Service and Engagement

Rotary is built on connections. Rotary International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionally, and to build strong and lasting relationships. Our membership connects us to a global community through our countless projects and programs. Our service connects us to people who share our values, who want to take action for a better world; it connects us to people we would never otherwise meet, who are more like us than we could have imagined; and it connects us to people who need our help, allowing us to change lives in communities around the world.

In 2019-2020, Rotary is implementing our new strategic plan, responding to the innovative decisions made  at the Council on Legislation, and serving our areas of focus through our avenues of service. But the real work of shaping Rotary’s future lies in our clubs, where our organization must do the most to adapt to today’s changing realities.

RI President Mark Daniel Maloney encourages you to make your clubs warm, welcoming places where service and family go hand in hand, where family-oriented young professionals have the opportunity to embrace Rotary service and model positive civic engagement. During 2019-2020, President Maloney challenges you to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World by building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Below are just a few ideas of activities you can undertake to honor this year’s theme:

  • Join a discussion group to exchange ideas around a shared topic of interest with fellow members.
  • Create lasting change by supporting club and district initiatives on Rotary Ideas.
  • Inspire others by sharing your service projects on Rotary Showcase.
  • Leverage subject-matter expertise by collaborating with a Rotarian Action Group on a service project or join a group to share your expertise.
  • Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps to enhance community engagement and ensure project sustainability.
  • Foster international understanding and meet prospective partners at a Project Fair.
  • Discover new cultures by participating in a Rotary Friendship Exchange.
  • Share your passions with Rotarians around the world by joining a Rotary Fellowship.
  • Work with your district international service chair to find resources and local expertise to help you plan sustainable, successful projects and grants. Find experts in project planning, Rotary’s areas of focus, and Rotary grants in the district resource network.
  • Work with your district community service chair to develop service projects that address needs in your region.
  • Collaborate with Rotary’s service partners on a project.
  • Attend one of five presidential conferences at key United Nations offices around the world. Join Rotary leaders, International officials, friends, and guests as we celebrate our longstanding relationship with the UN and commemorate the organization’s 75th anniversary.

The 2019-20 Rotary Citation will recognize clubs’ array of accomplishments that make a positive difference in their communities related to Rotary’s strategic priorities. Encourage your clubs to work towards the citation’s goals. Follow this blog for inspirational ideas on achieving the humanitarian service goals to qualify for the citation.

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RCOA Interact Club

Posted on May 03, 2019
The Interact Club sponsored by RCOA is hosted by the 
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Presidential Message for May~Youth Services

Posted on May 03, 2019
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The people who know me best — my family — know that my passion for Rotary is boundless. They also know that I don't expect them to get involved in Rotary the way I have. It's a choice that's up to them. But I must admit, I can't help smiling when I see them making the right choice.
 
At the end of the Toronto convention last year, my 12-year-old granddaughter turned to me and said, "I'm inspired to do something. What can I do?" Naturally, I did what any other Rotarian grandfather worth his salt would do: I asked her if there was an Interact club in her school. When she discovered there wasn't, she attempted to set one up. Unfortunately, her principal had other ideas, but we should not be deterred from helping Rotary youth programs whenever we can because their value is beyond question.
 
Take Rotary Youth Leadership Awards as one example. It transforms young people into more confident, focused individuals with a better understanding of the world around them — changes I was pleased to see in my 16-year-old grandson after he participated.
 
My family is just the beginning. Everywhere I go, I meet people of all ages whose lives have been changed by our youth programs. They tell me how, five or 15 or 25 years ago, Rotary Youth Exchange taught them a new language or introduced them to a new culture. Their eyes light up when they talk about how New Generations Service Exchange helped them advance in their career, or about how membership in Rotaract first ignited their passion for giving back to the community.
 
Rotary's programs for young leaders extend our ideals of service, friendship, and leadership development beyond the doors of our clubs to hundreds of thousands of young people each year. And when we serve with and for those young people — as sponsors, project partners, and mentors — it brings out the best in us, and it brings out the best in Rotary.
 
May is Youth Service Month, and there are many ways your Rotary club can celebrate. Sponsor an Interact club or Rotaract club, and your Rotary club will give young people in your community the tools they need to take action, become leaders, and gain a global perspective. Team up with your local Rotaract club for a service project. Get to know the participants in Rotary's programs for young leaders and share their stories with your community. You'll find more ideas in this year's Rotary Citation brochure, located under the Awards section of the Member Center at my.rotary.org.
 
This month, let's Be the Inspiration to the young leaders in our communities by mentoring them, engaging them, and working side by side with them on meaningful projects. It's an investment in their future and in the world, they will live in after we're gone. And it's work that will forever enrich their lives, and our own.
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Rotary Supporting Youth in Nigeria

Posted on May 03, 2019
In her office at the American University of Nigeria, in the dusty northeastern town of Yola, Margee Ensign heard the news: Some 170 miles to the north, nearly 300 girls at a boarding school had been roused from sleep and kidnapped at gunpoint by the terrorist group Boko Haram. 
 
Ensign, the president of the fledgling university, was already struggling with the fallout from Boko Haram’s attacks in Nigeria’s north, which had sent a flood of refugees into Yola. Together with community leaders, including her fellow Rotarians, she had worked to run feeding programs to keep the refugees – whose number eventually swelled to 400,000 – alive.
 
After the news of the kidnapping broke in April 2014, a woman who worked for the university asked to see Ensign. She sat down in the president’s office and told Ensign that her sister had been one of 58 girls who had escaped that night by jumping out of Boko Haram’s trucks and running into the bush.
 
Ensign quickly began contacting those girls’ families to offer them a place at the university, which also houses a high school. In the end, 27 girls decided to come, and on 30 August – four months after the raid – Ensign prepared to head into the heart of the conflict to pick up the girls.
 
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Technology allows virtual doctors' appointments for people in rural Nigeria

Posted on Apr 01, 2019
On a visit to southern Nigeria last October, Dr. James K. Gude of Sebastopol, Calif., and Mikel Cook of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise learned how hard it can be to bring medical care to rural areas.
“We drove 20 or 30 miles from the Federal Medical Centre of Yenagoa to a satellite hospital, and it took an hour,” recalls Gude, an honorary Rotarian who is medical director of Sebastopol-based telemedicine services company OffSiteCare. “Big chunks of the road were flooded, and there were people all over the place; we were going through villages and trying not to hit anybody.”
 
On a visit to southern Nigeria last October, Dr. James K. Gude of Sebastopol, Calif., and Mikel Cook of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise learned how hard it can be to bring medical care to rural areas.
“We drove 20 or 30 miles from the Federal Medical Centre of Yenagoa to a satellite hospital, and it took an hour,” recalls Gude, an honorary Rotarian who is medical director of Sebastopol-based telemedicine services company OffSiteCare. “Big chunks of the road were flooded, and there were people all over the place; we were going through villages and trying not to hit anybody.”
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RCOA Presents Global Grant at D4140 Project Fair

Posted by Mac Whyte on Mar 30, 2019
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This video was done by the Club Rotario of Guadalajara International. the early part is about the city of Guadalajara. The main focus is the interviews of those clubs at the project fair, especially those with global grants or the potential to have a global grant.  RCOA has a Global Grant #1984269 "Adopt a Village-Building the Capacity of Hacienda de la labor in Jalisco, Mexico.  All the interviews are different and unscripted.
Basically, a "real time" assessment was being done by Andrea Macias, RI Grants Manager who came from RI for the fair, and PDG Shab Elawar from California. We have been working with Andrea in ensuring that our GG meets Rotary Standards.  Which if you listen to the interview she notes that the GG has passed her checklist! 

This is a quick summary of the GG click on this link http://tinyurl.com/ybbdpewy
 
RCOA Presents Global Grant at D4140 Project Fair Mac Whyte 2019-03-30 06:00:00Z 0

Celebrate World Water Day

 

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets. But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed. Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed. 
 
As we celebrate World Water Day on 22 March, read why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration, and sustainability.
 
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Whirlwind February at Rotary Club of Ajijic

 

The whirlwind February started off with our Rotary Club meeting on the 5th we celebrated the life our Beloved Rotarian Chaplain Hal Brown. Live classical music was provided by Instituto Internacional musicians under the direction of Ms. Lily Ehlebracht. We had a full house of members and our guest list overflowed all to pay tribute to our treasured Rotarian, Chaplain Hal Brown. May he Rest In Peace.

 

 

 

 

Then the Rotaract San Pedro Event on the 12th

Representing Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. at Club Rotario Tlaquepaque Industrial. Celebrating friendship and meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chili Cook-off on the 15th, 16th and 17th with each day memorable with the Chili Cook-off Parade on Saturday the 15th in the smashing convertible of Secretary Anastasia Boyd driving around the Rotary Club of Ajijic Queen and President Santiago Hernandez-Martinez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then to the Mexican National Chili Cook-Off in Chapala Mexico where we watched some impressive golf putting from the public and we distributed free raffle tickets for 3 free door prizes! We met Rotarians from all over the world and made some great connections! Thank you for stopping by our table and making our booth an amazing success!

 

In between this the Valentine Auction Fundraiser on the 15th at the Hotel Monte Carlo Members from the 3 clubs Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C., Chapala Sunrise Rotary, and Club Rotario Tlaquepaque Industrial.! Collaboration in progress, right here! — with Thomas HellyerSantiago Hernandez-MartinezHector España Ramos and Enrique García Vidrio at Hotel Villa Montecarlo.We had an amazing time at Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C.’s event tonight! Did you miss us? Join us next time! See Dr. Cherry our Membership Chair!

 
 
 
 
Then Sunday the 17th shopping in Tlaquepaque and meeting up with some new friends from Rotaract San Pedro Tlaquepaque along with fellow Rotarians Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. 
 
Meeting the following Tuesday the 19th at Hotel Real of Chapala swearing in as new members Myra Jane Reinherz and Robert David
Reinherz sponsored by Don Edgerton.

Ending with an evening of February 23rd  at event Dis de Rotarismo in Guadalajara to end February activities. 

Is anyone still with us?

 
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RI Presidential Message for April

Posted on Mar 03, 2019
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April 2019
 
Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And babies whose mothers die within the first six weeks of their lives are far more likely to die themselves than babies whose mothers survive. As I've traveled around the world as president of Rotary, I've met families for whom these aren't simply tragic statistics.
 
But I've also met people who are devoting themselves to helping mothers and children — and because of them, I'm hopeful. And because many of those people are Rotarians, I'm also proud. April is Maternal and Child Health Month in Rotary, so it's a perfect time to tell you about some things Rotarians are doing that will make you proud too.
 
Last fall, I paid a visit to a hospital in the town of Jekabpils, in Latvia. It's a modern hospital, and the doctors and nurses there are caring, dedicated, and skilled. But despite all their hard work, the maternal mortality rate at the hospital had remained stubbornly high, due to a factor that was beyond their control: a lack of vital diagnostic equipment and even basic items like incubators.
 
And that's where Rotary came in. Twenty-one clubs from around the world joined forces for a global grant that provided what the hospital required. And in September, when I walked into the maternity ward there, I saw state-of-the-art equipment, and I met patients who were getting the care that they needed and that every mother and child in the world deserves to have.
In Brazil, club members worked with fellow Rotarians in Japan on a global grant project that dramatically increased the capacity of an overstretched neonatal intensive care unit. New incubators, monitors, and other equipment have enabled the local hospital to save many more babies' lives each year.
 
And in Mongolia, a vocational training team from New Zealand organized instruction in emergency response techniques for doctors and midwives, set up a program that taught midwives modern best practices, and researched and wrote a culturally relevant childbirth education manual. Between 2013, when the team first went to Mongolia, and 2017, the neonatal mortality rate in the country fell from 11.2 to 9.1 per 1,000 births, and the maternal mortality rate has decreased as well.
 
That's what I mean when I talk about transformational service, and it's what Rotarians do best. Because of our networks, which span the globe; our community presence, which allows us to see what's most needed; and our expertise, which encompasses countless skills and professions, we're able to serve in a manner that has no equal. And we're able to Be the Inspiration as we help those who need us most.
 
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RCOA Planning for March Project Fairs

Posted on Mar 03, 2019
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March Project Fairs Taking Place in Guadalajara
 
D4140 Project Fair taking place March 29th in Guadalajara.  Three projects, Global Grant 1984269 Vocational Training, our Scholarship Expansion Project and the Salvati AC Training and Internship for Physical Therapists seeking the Lymphedema certificate course were submitted for consideration.  All 3 projects were accepted by the District.  
Project Fair Admission:  950.0 Includes other events.
 
The second project fair Rotary Friendship Reunion-sponsored by the RC Alamo of Guadalajara is on schedule for March 28th in Tlaquepaque. This is a smaller fair involving only D5130 clubs, from California.
These club projects are approved for presentation at the fair:
 
Union Ajijic Soccer Program Training & Development
Salvati AC Training and Internship for Physical Therapists
Rising Stars Scholarship Project Expansion
The teaching of the “Guardians of the Planet.” An Anti Violence Curriculum
Global Grants are not allowed at the fair due to their budget minimums of 30,000.0 USD
 
Project Fair Admission: 250 for March 27 Social.  150 coffee fee for attending fair on March 28.
 
Great work by our project managers and our community partners in putting together quality projects!
 
 
 
RCOA Planning for March Project Fairs Mac Whyte 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

RI March Theme:  Water & Sanitation

Posted on Mar 03, 2019
A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions.
 
In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit.
Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They formed a committee to handle publicity and gather technical knowledge, while each club was asked to provide volunteers, contribute funds, apply for grants, and secure contributions from outside organizations.
 
“Every student has the right to drink clean water. It goes without saying that clean drinking water leads to less diseases, healthier students, and consequently, better education,” says Mouawad. “The bigger the challenge, the greater its positive impact on humanity.”
While clean water is the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. A civil war divided the country from 1975 to 1990, leaving an estimated 120,000 people dead. In recent years, Lebanon’s government is a shifting coalition of religions, political parties, and sects.
 
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RI Presidential Message for March

Posted on Mar 03, 2019
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One of the things I appreciate most about serving as president of Rotary International is the people I get to meet. Much of my time is spent traveling and visiting Rotary clubs around the world. A Rotarian welcome is something quite special. But let me tell you, there's nothing so warm as the welcomes that have been rolled out for me by Rotaractors. These are young people who are committed to Rotary ideals, who are pouring their hearts into service, and who, in the process, don't forget to have fun.
 
One of the highlights of my recent travels was a trip to Ghana, where I visited a district that boasts some 60 Rotaract clubs. They aren't satisfied with that number, though — in fact, they're excited about a plan to double it. They'll do it, too.
Rotaractors are vaccinating children against polio. They're donating blood where the supply is dangerously low. They're providing handwashing facilities to schools where children previously had no way to get clean. In short, they're all about transformational service: carrying out projects that make a real difference in their communities.
 
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A creative look at the Four-Way Test

Posted on Feb 28, 2019
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By Dennis Wong, Co-Founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace and member of the Rotary Club of E-Club of World Peace
 
Imagine yourself addressing conflicts through the lenses of fellowship, empathy, accountability and trust. That is the Four-Way Test.  Imagine the power four questions and twenty-four words can have to help resolve conflicts without violence and fulfill our Rotary peace mission.
The Four-Way Test is Rotary’s unique approach and process to address conflicts, solve problems and make decisions to achieve desired outcomes. It can help us be more successful in reaching mutually beneficial, sustainable and scalable solutions.
 
The Four-Way Test has been a go-to for Rotary members when they have found themselves in difficult situations. With the Rotarian Code of Conduct, it is an ethical and effective guide for Rotary members to use for their personal and professional relationships. Furthermore, the concepts of conflict transformation embrace many of the Rotary principles. The Test is about fellowship, empathy, accountability and trust.
 
Conflict transformation is the process to transform conflict into constructive change without violence.
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Happy Birthday Rotary!

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. 
Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."
Paul Harris 
Rotary founder
Our ongoing commitment Rotary members have not only been present for major events in history — we’ve also been a part of them. Three key traits have remained strong throughout our history:  We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During World War II, Rotary clubs in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally, and after the war, Rotary members came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
We’re committed to service, and we’re not afraid to dream big and set bold goals. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries — down from 125 in 1988.
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Korea: Building peace through Rotary service

Building peace through Rotary service
Posted on February 20, 2019by rotaryservice
By Soomin Kim, Rotary International Staff
 
Most of the members the Rotary Club of Ulsan Jayu (meaning freedom in Korean) are refugees emigrants from North Korea. Many risked their lives emigrating in pursuit of greater opportunities and are still struggling to adapt to South Korean society. Through the humanitarian service work of South Korean Rotary clubs, immigrants are healing and increasing their sense of belonging and pride as productive citizens of society. Club President Ju-Eun Seok shares her journey and the role Rotary plays in her life.
 
Soomin Kim: What hardships did you overcome before coming to Korea?
 
Ju-Eun Seok: I left North Korea in 1997 and crossed the Yalu River with my high school friends. I married a local farmer in Liaoning Province, China and lived there for 6 years. In 2003, I was finally able to arrive to the Republic of Korea.
Life in China had always been anxious and tough because of the fear that I might get discovered and forced to return to North Korea. My husband and I had to frequently flee during the night to avoid the crackdowns by Chinese officials.
 
SM: Tell me about your difficulties in the settlement process.
JS: I thought people in South Korea would be similar to the people of North Korea since we share the same language, history, culture, customs, and more. But I was wrong. I found myself in a different society run by a system I had never experienced, I was confused and frustrated.
 
Language was especially difficult, as I could not understand what people were saying; they used unfamiliar capitalism terms such as “stock market” or “investment” and English words had become integrated into everyday conversation.
In addition to the communication barrier, I did not have any connection to this new country except my refugee friends, who like me, did not have any knowledge of the country. I had to learn and solve every problem I faced on my own.
 

SM: How did you connect with Rotary?

JS: Over the last 15 years, I received support from people I met along the way. Without their help and encouragement, I would not be here today. Several years ago, in order to give back to the community, I started to volunteer along with my refugee friends for a local facility for children.  Click for the full story at RI

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Sparking Peace in Your Community

Posted on Feb 06, 2019
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According to UNHCR, 44,400 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Below are some examples of Rotary members taking action:
The Rotary Club of West Naujan and Calapan in the Philippines supported the Department of Education’s program to provide assistance to Muslim children in the region. The Muslim community in Calapan City often feel marginalized due to their religion. The club put together envelopes filled with educational materials and supplies to give to students to support their Arabic language classes. Club members listened to their stories about being treated differently. The children were thankful that the club members supported their culture and wanted to learn more about them.
 
The Rotaract Club of Mount Aureol in Sierra Leone wanted to address the corruption in their country that has led to poverty. The group organized “National Youth Engagement,” a conference aimed at youth focusing on three themes: Corruption, Rule of Law and Governance. The conference offered various speakers and panelists and was well attended by students and youth groups.
 
The Rotary Club of Ner Chowk partnered with Sehyog, a special children’s home in India, to organize a fitness camp with a selection of winter games for children with special needs. Two children from Sehyog went onto the Special Olympics, representing India in Austria and Korea, and won Bronze medals.
 
During February, Rotary Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month, build peace and mitigate conflict. Below are some resources to help you get started.
 
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February Presidential Message

Posted on Feb 01, 2019
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In my travels over the past year, I've visited many strong, vibrant clubs and districts that are transforming their communities. When I attend their meetings, I can feel the energy. When I meet their members, I can see they are people of action. And when I look at their communities, I can recognize the impact of their work.
I've also visited communities with Rotary clubs that were hardly more than social clubs. It shouldn't ever be that way. Fortunately, there's a simple approach that I believe can help revitalize any club.
I'd like to challenge every Rotary club to come up with at least one high-impact service project. Each club already has the potential, the resources, to make it happen. It has the power to change people's lives — completely.
 
It doesn't take millions of dollars. One of the most transformational projects I've been a part of involved providing a Jeep to a group of midwives in Haiti. We had asked the midwives what we could do for them, and they told us they needed a way to reach expectant mothers in a remote part of the country. We supplied a Jeep, painted it pink, and put the Rotary logo on it. Three years later, we went back to see how they were doing. They were excited by the outcomes: They told us that the mortality rate for mothers and infants in that region had dropped by 50 percent.
 
That's what I call transformational service.
 
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Scholarship Project

Posted by Chuck Doucet on Jan 27, 2019
 
On Thursday, January 24, Scholarship Project Manager Chuck Doucet and Mac Whyte, Service Projects Chair met with Lucy Sotelo & Anel Mendoza Padilla Guadalajara Prep located in Chapala.  The primary purpose of meeting with Lucy, who is the school representative for our scholarship project,  was to make sure that RCOA and the school were in agreement as to the RCOA commitment, funding and the role of the school.  The RCOA Scholarship Project at Guadalajara Prep in Chapala/includes students at Mezcala site.
 
Currently, the funding of the 27 students receiving scholarships is primarily from private donors. RCOA then pay’s the cost of 27 scholarships, 32,400.0 each semester, with the funds provided by the donors. A goal of RCOA in the future is to reach out to US and Canadian clubs to gather more funding, to enhance the sustainability of the scholarship project.
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Chopstick New Year's Social

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Jan 24, 2019
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This month’s Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C.’s social event was held at local Ajijic restaurant: Chopsticks 🥢! Chinese owner Mrs. Betty and her Vietnamese husband Qui closed down the restaurant for our special event!
The food and service were exceptional! Did we miss you? Please join us at our next social: Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Tlaquepaque and or joining the Rotary  Club of Ajijic.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Ajijic please contact Dr. Cherry chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com !  
 
 
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Rotary Service in Action-Project Fairs

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 23, 2019
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The District 4140 Project Fair is scheduled for March 29th-30th in Guadalajara.   The article that follows illustrates the benefits of participating in a project fair.
 
 
 
Ecuador Project Fair leads to a long-term international partnership
Posted on January 22, 2019by rotary service
 
By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff
Dr. Vasanth Prabhu from the Rotary Club of Central Chester County (Lionville) in the United States and Galo Alfonso Betancourt Criollo from the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa in Ecuador have been working together on humanitarian projects for over ten years. They first met at the District 4400 (Ecuador) Project Fair, an annual event where local Rotary clubs exhibit their projects to international visitors. Visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand the community needs, as well as experience the local culture while cultivating new friendships with local Rotary members.
We asked Vasanth and Galo to share their experience forming a relationship and implementing projects over the years.
 
         
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District 4140 Seminar on Development of Projects

Posted by Carole Wolff on Jan 19, 2019
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District 4140 held a workshop for the Development of Projects.  The focus was on the presentation of your project to the
Rotary Foundation.  Excellent event congratulations to the exhibitors Oscar Montano Rafael Palacios Serratos
Bertha Sanchez and the moderator Arturo Ruiz Negus Gob Dist ;  his leadership was an inspiration to all
the Rotarians who attended.
 
Clubs are ready to move forward in preparing for the project fair from March 28th to 31st.  
Mac Whyte, Service Project Chair and Don Edgerton, Club Administrator of the Rotary Club of Ajijic attended the Workshop.   
 
 
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Global Grant 1984269 "Vocational Training in Hacienda de la labor-A Forgotten Village in Mexico."

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 19, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Ajijic Board at their October meeting agreed to become the host club for a global grant project presented by Butterflies en Mexico.   Bernadine Janzen, Rotary E Club of One World and Mac Whyte, member of RCA, have been developing the project with input from the RCA Board and Service Projects Director since November of 2017.

Bernadine and Mac were the project managers for the first global grant done by the club, “Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico” that was conducted from January 2016-August 2017.  

The purpose of the of the new project."Vocational Training in Hacienda de la labor-A forgotten village in Mexico " is to provide vocational training for youth and their families to expand their knowledge in a specific area of work and develop employability skills that are essential for economic development that will contribute to the growth of a healthy and sustainable community.

The USA/Mexico Friendship Conference in late October is a project fair sponsored by District 4185 from Mexico and District 5495, Az that has been taking place for 15+ years.  This year it was held in Acapulco. 

Bernadine and Mac had the opportunity to present the project with the purpose being to acquire funding support from participating Rotary Clubs with host club Rotary Club of Ajijic.  It was time well spent as these clubs/district committed to funding the project:
 
Rotary E Club of One World-International Host Club
 

Catalina, Tucson, Az

Prescott Frontier, Az

Prescott Sun Up, Az

District 5495

 

We are seeking additional funding sources Click read more to understand the background on the Global Project.  

 

 

 
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2019-20 RI Presidential Theme

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.  
 
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
 
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
 
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.
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Rotary Luncheon January 15 

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Jan 15, 2019

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. Info presented by Mac Whyte on our latest Global Grant project to be implemented in Hacienda La Labor east of Chapala... Info on the grant here: https://map.rotary.org/en/project/Pages/project_detail.aspx…

Do you know what day this was? It was the third Tuesday in January 2019! How are your New Year ’s resolutions going?

Do you know Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. meets the first and third Tuesday of every month and we are actively enrolling new members!

Want to learn more about helping in the Lakeside community?

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 1:00 pm at the scenic Hotel Real de Chapala.  Join us!  Come at 12:30 to socialize first.

 

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District 4140 District Breakfast in January

Posted by Carole Wolff on Jan 12, 2019
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On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Carole Wolff, Vice President, and Don Edgerton, Club Administrator of Ajijic Club attended the Rotary Breakfast for District 4140 in Guadalajara at the Hotel Country Plaza.  The main theme of presentations at the breakfast was attaining sustainable projects.  
 
 
(Left) Don Edgerton, Club Administrator of Ajijic (upper right)  joined
with the District Governor, his wife, Tepic Nayarit President Crispin Contreras Gonzalez, his wife, and his team.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With photo op of Carole Wolff, Vice President Rotary Club of Ajijic (President 2019-2020), Don Edgerton, Club Administrator and new VP for      2019-20 with Tepic Nayarit President  Crispin Contreras Gonzalez.
 
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English-speaking Rotary clubs in Mexico and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002. Its members are business and professional men and women, many retired, who dedicate their time, expertise, and talents in helping others in our local area.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Ajijic please contact Dr. Cherry chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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President's Dinner in Guadalajara

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Jan 11, 2019
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Thank you Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. and Dr. Santiago Hernandez-Martinez for sending me and Rotarian Don Edgerton to a recent President’s dinner where we met with other club leaders.  It gave us a great opportunity to get to know our fellow Rotarians.
 
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English-speaking Rotary clubs in Mexico, and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002. Its members are business and professional men and women, many retired, who dedicate their time, expertise, and talents to helping others in our local area.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Ajijic please contact Dr. Cherry chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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Why Support the Rotary Foundation?

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 10, 2019
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  
 
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
 
Our mission
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?
Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.
 
How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?
 
Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.
 
What impact can one donation have?
 
It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
 
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In Presentation for Salvati at Rotary Luncheon

Posted by Carole Wolff on Jan 08, 2019
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Rotary Club Ajijic and Salvati Foundation, teamed with sponsors to host the 2nd Annual Catrina De Feet Breast Cancer 5K Run Walk in Ajijic this last October which came to culmination with a presentation of a check for 48,733 pesos  to  benefit Salvati Foundation that will help women find treatment for breast cancer at are Rotary Luncheon on January 8, 2019.  A great way to start a New Year.
 
We again also thank all of the race participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made made this race a success!  To view photos of the event and presentation click 5k Run 2018.
 
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English-speaking Rotary clubs in Mexico, and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002. Its members are business and professional men and women, many retired, who dedicate their time, expertise, and talents to helping others in our local area.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Ajijic please contact Dr. Cherry chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
 
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5 ways to inspire through vocational service

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 02, 2019
Posted on January 9, 2018by rotary service
By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff
 
Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.
Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service in your club activities:
 
  1. Host a club meeting at your work place and share about your profession; take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  2. Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  4. Work with local businesses to create mentorship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
Below are some examples of clubs taking action around the world:
 
 
 
 
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Presidential Message-Barry Rassin

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 02, 2019
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Vocational service can be hard to define, but it is easy to describe: It is simply the point where our Rotary lives and our professional lives intersect. When we put our Rotary ideals to work through our work, that is vocational service.

When I returned to the Bahamas after many years working in health care administration abroad, I realized that my country badly needed a modern health care facility. The resources we had at the time were out of date and inadequate, and people who were unable to travel abroad for care often did not receive the care they needed. Without the experience I had gained in the United States, I could have done nothing to change the status quo. But since I did have that experience, I was in a unique position to have an impact. I knew I could turn my professional path to good and make a career out of improving Bahamian health care.

As Rotary became part of my journey, I discovered that the words of Paul Harris that became the basis of Rotary — that shared effort knows no limitations — were also true for my vocation. I could not bring modern health care to the Bahamas alone. But through partnership, both with the doctors who eventually became my partners in Doctors Hospital and with all the dedicated staff members who worked in the hospital over the years, we could change everything. My goal became a shared goal — and then it became reality.

 
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Happy New Year 2019 Carole Wolff 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Day Brunch

Posted by Mac Whyte on Dec 25, 2018
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Christmas Day Brunch at Bill and Judy's home.   Sharing a moment with Mimosa and Champagne with Bill DeJardin's Dutch babies with ham and fruit.   We had a great crowd and great sharing.   Bill and Judy say this will be an annual.  Don't want the year to rush too fast but looking forward to next Xmas.    Go to our photo album and click on  Christmas Day Brunch.
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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Beer & Brats Social at La Blanca

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Dec 22, 2018
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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. boarded a 18 passenger van and took a short day trip to Guadalajara for a brewery tour, beer tasting and dinner! Cervecería La Blanca, female-owned by Petra, a German Native, taught us everything we needed to know about German making beer in Guadalajara. We learned a lot, tasted their 5 amazing beers, had a tasty dinner of artisanal pizza made with the malt from the brewery, and artisanal German bratwurst. Go to our photo album and click on Beer & Brats Social at La Blanca.
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
 
 
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Tingambato, Michoacan Rotary Outing

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Dec 14, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Ajijic heading on an outing with Dr. Cherry this past December 1 & 2 to Tinagambato, Michoacan to visit the birth home of our President Dr. Santi, touring the Pyramids, had a fabulous carne asada at Dr. Santi's parents home with our Sister Club from Morelia.  
 
Go to our photo albums and click on Tingambato, Michoacan Rotary outing to see all the great pictures.
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
Tingambato, Michoacan Rotary Outing Cherry Adjchavanich 2018-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

District 4140 Breakfast

Posted by Magda Silva on Dec 08, 2018
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Rotary Club of Ajijic headed into Guadalajara for the District 4140 Breakfast on December 8th at Club Privado Puerto De Hierro. The seminar was on Public Image and the importance of the proper imaging sanctioned by Rotary International and the theme of the year "Be The Inspiration. 
 
In attendance from Rotary Club of Ajijic were Bill and Carole Wolff, Magda Silva, Dr. Santiago Hernandez, Lucy Schultz and from Chapala Sunrise Susie Lindeman.
 
 Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
 
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Meet the District Governor of 4140

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Dec 06, 2018
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Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. and Rotary Club Chapala Sunrise welcomed the District Governor of 4140, Jose Aristeo Sandoval Ceja who reminds us the spirit of what it means to be a Rotarian in the world we live in today. Be the Inspiration!
 
The event was held on December 6th at the Hotel Villa Montecarlo hosted by President Hector of Chapala Sunrise and President Dr. Santiago Hernanz.
 
 Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
 
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White Elephant Holiday Auction & Luncheon

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Dec 04, 2018
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It was a stupendous day to be a part of Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C.  Look what happened at our fundraiser.   Check out the photos of on our photos album section. 

 

🎅  Santa Claus was there!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Bradley of Instituto International and President of Interact was crowned Rotary Club Ajijic Queen! Her coronation day!  Miss Mia will represent our

club at formal Rotary Events, speak publicly on our service projects all while engaging our local community here and around Lakeside. 

We are proud to have Miss Bradley be our Club's Queen.

We raised money with a White Elephant gift auction where the bidding wars were ferociously fun!

Join us at our next meeting:  Tuesday, December 18 at 12:30 for Social and lunch and 1:00 for the meeting at Hotel Real de Chapala.

 Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .

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End Human Trafficking Presentation

Posted by Magda Silva on Nov 27, 2018
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On November 27, 2018, Detective William Woolf III of JustAsk (501-c3 non-profit) gave a presentation on human trafficking prevention. We were made aware that Jalisco has a higher than average human trafficking occurrence than most locations in
Mexico; Guadalajara, Chapala and Puerto Vallarta being at the top of the list.
 
Woolfs organization is focusing on prevention of trafficking through education and information. Most victims are females between the ages of 14-17.
 
Rotary international is committed to ending human trafficking in the world. This topic is seldom spoken about and is a growing problem. 
 
This event was held at Club Hacienda San Miguel in Guadalajara. Carole and Bill Wolff and Magda Silva attended this presentation hosted by Rotary of Guadalajara. 
 
If you are interested in knowing more about this topic please contact our Club President. Dr. Santi Hernandez Martinez at chapalamed@gmail.com.
 
JustAsk contact information: www.justaskprevention.org
 
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Rotary Legislative Forum

Posted by Magda Silva on Nov 24, 2018
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On November 24, 2018, 4 members of the Ajijic Rotary Club attended the Rotary Legislative forum in Guadalajara. The event was held at the San Pedro Tlaquepaque Rotary Club house.
 
The event focused on the review of the Rotary Policy and Procedures, Constitutional documents and code of policies. Topics included the number of members needed to create/maintain a healthy club, how many club members can be from the same business sector and review/audit of financials to maintain fiscal integrity. 
 
These documents are open to all rotary members and can be found at www.myrotary.org.  We encourage all members to review these documents. 
 
In attendance at the forum was Carole and Bill Wolff, Magda Silva and our President, Santiago Hernandez. 
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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Tech MM Campus of Chapala

Posted by Magda Silva on Nov 21, 2018
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On Nov 20, 2018, Gerardo Fabian Pantoja Ramirez, director of Tech MM campus of Chapala presented information regarding the local community college. This institution opened its doors to 72 local students in the year 2000, to date they serve over 1,000 students. The institute offers courses in various computer science subjects and recently started a gastronomy course. In addition to students learning these skills; language courses and soft skills are also part of the curriculum.
 
The director shared how graduates are able to help their struggling families with basic needs once they become wage earners. One student was able to build the first bathroom for her family home.
 
The presentation concluded with an invitation from Director Pantija Ramirez to consider scholarships for a Tech MM students. The approximate tuition per semester is $2,500 pesos, some courses require an additional $500 pesos per semester.  Rotarians and friends interested in sponsoring a student or students contact Chuck Doucet :  charlespdoucet@gmail.com .
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic? Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .

 

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French Bakery Social

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Nov 14, 2018
     A beautiful Sunday morning at the French Bakery to complete our Social for November.  The Goats will have to wait .  
 
     Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic? Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
 
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District 4140 Breakfast

Posted by Magda Silva on Nov 14, 2018
On Saturday Nov. 10, 2018, seven Ajijic club members attended the the Rotary Breakfast for district 4140 in Guadalajara.  Highlighted at the meeting were projects relevant to our district areas. Projects highlight below. 
 
*Mazatlan Club: Hurricane relief due to current storms. 
*La Piedad Club: River preservation and clean up. This river runs into Lake Chapala. 
*Grano por Grano: Roteract coffee fundraiser. 
*Social media presentation. The presenter emphasized the importance of using this tool to elevate our mission and to bring in more member and funds. 
*Presentations on ongoing worldwide projects,  such as Polio.
Attending this meeting is a great way to get acquainted with your own club members and meet members from other clubs within our district. The day concluded with dinner on our way back to Ajijic. 
 
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic? Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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Polio Plus Rotary Foundation

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Nov 14, 2018
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On Tuesday, November 6th, with a packed house, Barbara Wilson spoke to our club about the efforts of Rotary International to eradicate polio, worldwide.  She described her trip to Ghana and the team of Rotarians who traveled to the remote village of Oblogo to ensure that all children, under the age of 5, were immunized.  Rotary has worked since 1985 to eradicate polio.  A that time 350,000 children contracted polio annually. With partners, Rotary has immunized more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  Only 26 cases, in two countries, have been found this year.  We are in the “end game” of eliminating this disease.
 
Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. general meeting on November 6 with a packed house!  Barbara Wilson from the Sunrise Club did a fantastic presentation on the Polio Plus Rotary Foundation. Are you interested in donating to Polio Plus?  Please contact Chuck Doucet:  charlespdoucet@gmail.com .
 
Are you interested in joining Rotary Club Ajijic?  Ask me how!  Dr. Cherry:  chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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2nd Annual Catrina 5k Run/Walk - 28 October 2018

Posted by Cherry Adjchavanich on Oct 29, 2018
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Today, Rotary Club Ajijic and Salvati Foundation, teamed with sponsors to host the 2nd Annual Catrina De Feet Breast Cancer 5K Run Walk in Ajijic.
 
We had runners, walkers and even dogs up for adoption from The Ranch! The race began at 9:00 am on a beautiful, clear and cool Sunday morning at the Ajijic Plaza that wrapped around Ajijic’s beautiful view of the Lake, up toward Brew House and circled back toward the Plaza to the finish line. The race participants enjoyed hydration provided by Comude, decorations set up by Rotary Club Ajijic members, Interact students and Dulce Luna provided fun Catrina standup cutouts. Emergency medical services ambulance by sponsor Hospital Country 2000 was on site to provide care.
 
The Funds raised that will benefit Salvati Foundation will help women find treatment for breast cancer. 
Most importantly, today’s race is in the name of Dr. Santiago Hernández’s mother: Hilda Hernandez who passed away from breast cancer in 2017.
 
We thank all of the race participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made today’s race a success!
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English-speaking Rotary clubs in Mexico, and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002. Its members are business and professional men and women, many retired, who dedicate their time, expertise, and talents to helping others in our local area.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Ajijic please contact Dr. Cherry chapalameddra.cherry@gmail.com .
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Rotary Club Ajijic, Membership
 
 
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What's to know about Mexican insurance companies

Posted by Julianna Rose
 
At our August 15 meeting we had the pleasure of having Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance as our speaker.
We received a lot of valuable information about insurance companies in Mexico.
There are more than 80 registered companies, and in Mexico registered insurance companies cannot go bankrupt because the government takes over if such an event arises. 
However, if you are insured with a non-registered foreign company, and they leave Mexico, they will drop you. In the case of health insurance, if by then you have developed a serious health issue, you will have a problem getting insurance with another company because of the major excluding illnesses like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, alzheimer, advanced rheumatism, etc. 
Andre Bellon's message therefore is: get health insurance while you are still healthy to avoid such a situation.
Bellon Insurance has been in business for 20 years and is located in San Antonio, offering home, auto, health insurance, etc. and emphasizes on providing a very personal service including assisting clients from the beginning till the end when they have to go into hospital.
For more information visit belloninsuranceagents.com.mx
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Assistant District Governor visited

Posted by Julianna Rose on Aug 13, 2017
 
At our August 1 meeting we had a surprise visit from Assistant District Governor of district 4140, Salvador Beas Gonzalez from Zacoalco, his wife Mireya Hernandez Sayula and their son Salvador Beas Hernandez.
 
 During the same meeting, two new members; Johan Dirkes, who transferred from the Rotary Club of Guadalajara Internacional, and Gordon Wainwright, who transferred from the Rotary Club of Calgary, Alberta, introduced themselves.
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Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies
 

 
Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative  complications from a planned surgery.  Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.
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Let's talk about charitable organizations

Posted by Julianna Rose on May 28, 2017
On Tuesday May 23, Club honorary member Francis Dryden graced our meeting once again as a speaker. He shared his thoughts with us about the fundraising challenges of charitable organizations, the time and efforts put into fundraising, and possibly ending up with not enough money left over after all the expenses. Hiring a professional fundraiser may be the answer. There are associations of professional fundraisers in Mexico. There is one in Mexico City, one in Guadalajara, and in seven other cities in Mexico.
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Companions and Compassion's Spay and Neuter clinics
 

Posted by Julianna Rose on May 15, 2017
 
On May 2, Dee Mistrik, Founder of Companions and Compassion, gave a presentation about the activities of the group that conducts spay and neuter clinics in the Jocotepec municipality.
In this predominantly farming area comprising 13 pueblos, the dedicated group has already treated over 600 animals since they started four years ago. Just recently they have also administered 250 rabies shots. Mistrik explained how phenomenal the reproductive potential of dogs and cats is and that overpopulation previously would simply get destroyed. Thanks to many dedicated local veterinarians and lots of volunteers, today there are better ways.
A typical one-day clinic sterilizing 80 animals needs 30-40 volunteers. Although they are on their side, the government does not provide much help. Preparation work starts 4 - 6 weeks before a clinic, booking vets specialized in sterilization procedures, working with the municipality, and volunteers going door to door spreading flyers.
Thanks to everything being very well organized, they can sterilize a male in 5 minutes and a female in 15 minutes. The animals also get treated for fleas, worms, and ear mites, are given a bath, get their nails clipped, and receive loving words and strokes. The non-street dogs even get tags with the name of the owner. Owners also go home with a certificate of appreciation and antibiotics for their animal, written instructions for the aftercare and the phone number of a vet just in case. Knowing that it can be difficult to administer medication to animals, volunteers cut up sausages and put the medicine in there to make sure.
Funding the clinics is always a challenge as each clinic costs 28,000 Pesos. The facility is usually provided for free, but they always give a donation.
The group organizes fundraising dinners. They are becoming more well known, there were 320 guests at the last one.
For more information or to help (the next clinic will be on June 18 in San Pedro Tetistan) contact Dee Mistrik on 331-447-9273 or email deemistrik@gmail.com. 
Companions and Compassion's Spay and Neuter clinics  Julianna Rose 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Well attended District Breakfast

Posted by Julianna Rose on May 04, 2017
It was a full house on Saturday April 29 for the April District Breakfast at Hotel Monte Carlo in Chapala.
The event, organized by the Rotary Club of Chapala Sunrise, was co-hosted by our Club.
Governor Ricardo Preciado Partida and his wife Acela, and many rotarians from the seven states in our District (Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Queretaro, Michoacan, Colima and Guanajuato) were in attendance.
Invited guest speaker Blanche Bikuta shared her harrowing story "The Long Journey from Africa to Mexico" with us.  
 
Dr. Whitehurst had arrived early to sign in our Club's members.
 
Rotarians from seven states, some had come a long way.
 
The breakfast buffet was plentiful. 
 
A serious discussion at one of our Club's tables.
 
There were raffles and an auction.
 
Nice end to a great meeting!
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Why we joined Rotary part II

Posted by Julianna Rose on Apr 27, 2017
 
On Tuesday April 25th President elect Doug Lyle, and Ron Howardson took the floor once again and continued with their excellent presentation of the Fireside Chat on what is means to be a Rotarian.
The presentation will be used in the future during the briefings of new members of the Club.
Why we joined Rotary part II Julianna Rose 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Visit of Assistant District Governor

Posted by Julianna Rose on Apr 24, 2017
Assistant District Governor Sandra Loridans visited our Club on April 18th to give a presentation and update us about our new District.
Loridans explained that though previously there were only 4 states in District 4150, our old district, since the merger we now belong to district 4140, comprising 7 states with a total of 131 clubs.
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Cycle III of Global Grant Teacher Training completed 

Posted by Julianna Rose on Apr 24, 2017
 
On Saturday, April 1, a final closing ceremony and workshop was held in San Juan Cosala to mark the end of the cycle III training of our Rotary International Global Grant "Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico".
Diplomas were awarded to teachers, trainers, principals, parents, and community leaders who had completed the  course. 
 
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Presentation by the Mexican Immigration authorities

Posted by Julianna Rose on Apr 17, 2017
 
More than 160 people from local expat organizations turned up on April 11th at Hotel Real de Chapala for the presentation by the Mexican Immigration Office. The Lake Chapala Shrine Club had organized the event, co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Ajijic, as per the request of the INM office in Chapala. The Immigration authorities wished to update the expat community on the 2012 Immigration Laws, and explain about our obligations and rights to reside in Mexico including the proper way to use our Temporary and Permanente Mexican Immigration cards when entering and exiting Mexico to avoid having those cards invalidated.
Click on the title to see the link to the video of the presentation.
Presentation by the Mexican Immigration authorities Julianna Rose 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Why we joined Rotary

Posted by Julianna Rose on Apr 10, 2017
 
From time to time we need to be reminded why we joined Rotary.
On April 4th. Doug Lyle, Blake Cameron, and Ron Howardson did just that. The trio, with 90 years of Rotary experience between them, held a "Fireside Chat", an informal discussion, on what Rotary is all about and what it means to be a Rotarian. 
It was a great presentation, during which we were reminded of things we should know and learned some things we did not know. A lively discussion followed and we ran out of time. To be continued!
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POCO A POCO

Posted by Julianna Rose on Mar 27, 2017
At our March 21 meeting we had a presentation by Myrian Mendez-Shelton Shelton, who was introduced by our member Gin Pelzl.
In October 2016, Myrian and her husband Jim started the POCO a POCO, a registered Mexican charity under the official name “Deporte y Desarrollo para Crecer A.C.”. Working closely with the local Civil Protection and Firemen for the state of Jalisco, POCO A POCO supports the residents of the village of San Pedro Itzicán and its surroundings areas. Apart from extreme poverty, the residents also suffer from many health issues (kidney failure, malnutrition, and birth defects, to name a few.
The group works with people involved in improving the drinking water for residents and the setting up of a Dialysis Clinic in Chapala. In conjunction with Tepehua Community Center and Ninos Incapacitados, kids have been receiving dental treatments and families have received medical help. POCO A POCO also educates families on where to get help, and offers recycling and composting classes, etc. 
POCO a POCO is continuously introducing new projects to encourage work for local women, like teaching women to sew, knit and crochet, planting herbs and vegetables for their own use or for sale, raising chickens for sale or barter.
 
Welcome to our new member, Mara del Consuela Lourdes Avila y Roses, who was inducted on March 21st.
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How to Die in Mexico

Posted by Julianna Rose on Mar 11, 2017
 
 
At our meeting this week we were treated to a very informative and professional presentation by our member Spencer McMullen, owner of Spencers Office S.C. Abogados, Attorneys at Law and Professional Translators (Chapala Law), in Chapala.
Spencer talked about the importance of planning ahead so that our heirs will have fewer hassles when administering our estate.
Copies of Spencer's article "How to Die in Mexico" in which various aspects are outlined and explained, were handed out to the membership.
The article, packed with important information and guidelines as to how to prepare yourself, is also available on Spencer's website www.chapalalaw.com under "articles".
 
 
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Butterflies en Mexico empowers youth to make healthy life changes

Posted by Julianna Rose on Mar 07, 2017
Speaker to a full house at our February 28 meeting was Bernadine Janzen, Executive Director of Butterflies en Mexico. An interesting talk about the programs of Butterflies en Mexico by Mariposa Project, which are designed to offer life and/or vocational skills that lead to independence and becoming a healthy, productive adult. Encouraging youth to serve their community by "giving back".
Butterflies en Mexico is know to undertake extensive surveys before they develop a program, involving Mexican youth to conduct the surveys.
Bernadine Janzen is Project Manager of the anti violence curriculum in Lakeside schools "Guardians of the Planet", the "Front-of-House apprentice restaurant" vocational training program, and the new community development program "One Village at a Time".
Visit their website www.gomariposa.org for details and photos.
Butterflies en Mexico empowers youth to make healthy life changes Julianna Rose 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Meet our Club's Community Services Projects Chair

Posted by Julianna Rose on Feb 24, 2017
 

Welcome back Mac Whyte! Mac was our Club's Service Projects Chair from February 2011 to June 2013, and has agreed to take up the position again and head our Community Service Projects Committee. During his previous time as Service Projects Chair, Mac acquired invaluable knowledge of working with the Rotary International Grant Center, which sets the standards for Rotary projects.  

Mac is a true Rotarian and a great asset to our Club, He has been instrumental in obtaining  the large Global Grant of  47,000 US dollars for our project, "Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco”, for which Mac is the Grant Manager. Mac also introduced other excellent community projects to the Club;  Teaching of the “Guardians of the Planet”, an Anti Violence Curriculum to Students in Grades 3 through 5, Ages 7-11, and the "Vocational Training-Provide Skill Training in Front-of-House Apprentice Restaurant" Program, a project which provides training to apprentices in all areas required to work in the front of the restaurant. And the latest, a brand new project, the Community Development Program "One Village at a Time".

Project Manager for the latter three projects is Mac's wife, Rotarian Bernadine Janzen,  Executive Director of Butterflies en Mexico, A.C., who  will be our speaker next Tuesday, February 28th.

 

At our February 21st meeting, Mac Whyte spoke to the membership. "The purposes of this club are to pursue the Object of Rotary, carry out successful service projects based on the Five Avenues of Service, contribute to the advancement of Rotary by strengthening membership, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders beyond the club level.”  

 
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San Juan Cosala Children's Choir update

Posted by Julianna Rose
Socorro Wonchee gives an update on the San Juan Cosala Youth Choir.
 
The building before.........
 
And after.
 
Our speaker on February 14th was Socorro Wonchee of the San Juan Cosala Youth Choir that our Club sponsors. 
The building where the choir practises has been donated to the choir to use for 5 - 10 years. The building has two rooms.
The choir is doing really well, the children are very talented and confident. They started off with 50 children and there are now 84, ages 6 - 15. The repertoire is classic. The main expense is paying teachers.
 
At the same meeting new member Mary Jo Mallan gave her induction speech.
San Juan Cosala Children's Choir update Julianna Rose 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Valentine Party and Art Auction fundraiser

Posted by Julianna Rose on Feb 17, 2017
60 People attended the event.
 
Some of the beautiful objects of art that had been donated for the auction by more than 13 artists.
 
Auctioneer Dr. Santiago Hernandez (right) with his assistants Ron Howardson and Janie Munoz.
 
The 3rd annual Valentine Art Auction and Fundraiser on February 11th at the El Telpatio Hotel & Resort in Tlaguepague was a great success. Several of us had made use of a special overnight stay package and made the most of it, relaxing and staying the night and enjoying a delicious full breakfast the next morning. The event was organised by President Carole Wolff and member Dr. Santiago Hernandez.
The party started off with drinks by the pool, music, and fortune teller Tonya Melendez, followed by Valentine balloon sales and reverse draw sales during dinner.
The auction was a lot of fun. Dr. Santiago Hernandez and his assistants Janie Munoz and Ron Howardson did a terrific job of presenting the items like real pros. All of the art objects were sold, and all of the certificates donated by restaurants and other businesses were sold or won.
Many thanks to all who helped make this fundraiser a great success. The proceeds raised will be used to fund many of our Club's community projects.
Valentine Party and Art Auction fundraiser Julianna Rose 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl fun 

Posted by Julianna Rose
Some preferred to relax and chat................ 
While others comfortably concentrated on what was happening on the screen.
 
Members and friends of Rotary who attended the Super Bowl party on February 5th at President Carole and Bill Wolff's house enjoyed good company and good fun. Carole and Bill had cooked up a huge pan of delicious chili, and the others had brought side dishes and desserts. Gin Pelzl won the betting pool.
Super Bowl fun Julianna Rose 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

All about Freemasonry

Posted by Julianna Rose
At our January 31 meeting, Club member Dr. Whitehurst was the featured speaker on "Freemasonry - Myths, Legends, and the Truth about the World's Oldest Fraternity". It was an enlightening talk with Dr. Whitehurst explaining the myths and legends from the Freemasonry's distant past, and what the actual facts are.
All about Freemasonry Julianna Rose 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Two great events coming up

Posted by Julianna Rose on Jan 30, 2017
Join us to watch the Super Bowl 2017 on Sunday, February 5th at President Carole and Bill Wolff's home at the Racquet Club. Eat, drink, and party with us from 3:00 PM until the game is over. The football betting pool is on. Carole and Bill are providing chili, you bring your own drinks and a dish to share. R.S.V.P., address and directions: Carole Wolff, rotariocarole@gmail.com or call her at 333.178.8918.
 
 
We invite you to our 3rd Annual Valentine's Party on Saturday, February 11th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the El Tapatio Hotel & Resort in Tlaquepague.
Hosts: Dr. Santiago Hernandez & Carole Wolff.
Cash Bar, Dinner, Art Auction, and a Fortune Teller at the lovely Hotel El Tapatio overlooking Guadalajara. Join us to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones and friends and help us raise funds for our Programs including Les Strong Scholarships for Chapala & Mescala Prepartorio, San Juan Cosala Choir, Ajijic Union Leaque Soccer, Operation Smile, ARDAT, and Projects with Tepehua, Love in Action, and Hope House. 
Cocktails & music around the pool at 6:00 PM, Dinner and Art Auction at 7:00 PM, and disco from 9:00 PM. in the Red Room with a panoramic view of Guadalajara.
Party only (including dinner): 400 Pesos. 
Package for 2 people Overnight which includes two dinners and two for buffet breakfast:  2159.50 pesos.*  Includes a donation of 500 pesos for the Rotary Club of Ajijic.
Jr. Suite Package (Larger than the other rooms. It’s equipped with one king size be and feature a Jacuzzi and beautiful panoramic views  for 2 people Overnight and includes two dinners and two for buffet breakfast:  2837.00 peos.* Includes a donation of 500 pesos for Rotary Club of Ajijic. (only 3 of these available) 
Contact Carole Wolff for your reservation at rotariocarole@gmail.com or call her at 333.178.8918.
Two great events coming up Julianna Rose 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

100 years of doing good in the world

Posted by Julianna Rose on Jan 26, 2017
Since 1917, the Rotary Foundation has spent more than US$3.7 billion helping people and communities.
That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world.
Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. The Rotary Foundation has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
Charity Navigator, America' largest independent charity evaluator, placed the Rotary Foundation on the list of "the 10 best charities everyone has heard of" (large organizations with budgets exceeding US$100 million). For details visit www.charitynavigator.org
100 years of doing good in the world Julianna Rose 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

First business meeting of the year

Posted by Julianna Rose
On January 17, our first business meeting of 2017, Harvey Bernier presented President Carole with four lovely banners from clubs he visited during his trip to New England, USA.
Our member Ruben Pettersson received 2.970 Pesos from the Club for Operation Smile. To date our Club has collected enough money for five Operation Smile surgeries on Mondays.
First business meeting of the year Julianna Rose 2017-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Happy boys and girls

Posted by Julianna Rose
On January 12th the Union Ajijic soccer club that our Rotary club sponsors was presented with more equipment.
Happy boys and girls Julianna Rose 2017-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

 
Successful auction results will fund 3 semesters of 25 scholarship students
 

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 14, 2016
                                                                      
Our December 6th Merry Christmas Brunch and Auction at Hotel Real de Chapala was a great success! We had a full house and most of the 140 objects were sold. Everyone had a great time, we had Dave Peterson as a live auctioneer, we had Francis Dryden as a live Santa, and we enjoyed the performance by the OFIRC children's choir.
The children were wearing their new uniforms displaying the Rotary wheel to show our Club's funding, which we will  continue doing on a yearly basis.
Many, many thanks to Bob and Sally Salvatore, for their extremely generous donation of the auction objects. We now have the money to fund 3 semesters of 25 scholarship students!
  
 
 Successful auction results will fund 3 semesters of 25 scholarship students  Julianna Rose 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Don't miss the Merry Christmas Auction Brunch!

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 02, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Ajijic invites you to the Merry Christmas Auction Brunch! Only a couple of days left till December 6th!
Hurry and get your tickets so that you don't miss your chance to pick up great decorative items and wonderful Christmas gifts! 
This is going to be one of a kind auction with quality objects!
For a preview of some of the amazing items you can bid on, please click on the links below for the catalogue and photos of some of the objects.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Don't miss the Merry Christmas Auction Brunch! Julianna Rose 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

IN MEMORIAM

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 01, 2016
 
Hans Beets
 
It is with sadness that we learned of the passing on November 23 of our member and long-time Rotarian, Hans Beets.
Hans was born in Indonesia to Dutch parents, and lived there for the first two years of his life. When the family moved back to the Netherlands, he was to spend the next 23 years there. While studying in the USA at Caltech in Pasadena, California, he met his first wife, Beatriz. She was Mexican and they were married in Mexico. They had four children together. After a few years they moved to the Netherlands, and back to Mexico again. Hans lived 22 years in Mexico and then 23 years in California. In 2006 he came back to Mexico to retire.
During his stay on a farm in the Netherlands during the Second World War, Hans was thinking of a veterinarian or agricultural career. But because his friends were interested in chemistry and were all going go to the University of Leiden, he decided to join them. He studied Bio Chemistry and earned a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Leiden. During his studies in the USA he served as a Fulbright Scholar and as a research fellow at Caltech, and at Yale University.
Hans' working career started at Akzo Nobel. But he felt that science, and working as a research scientist was not for him. He decided that he preferred a more business environment. So he went to work for Ciba Geigy (now called Huntsman) in Mexico. He liked that job because it had to do with technology transfer and he also enjoyed the social benefit of it.
Later in his life his career changes were not by choice, but because of economic circumstances. He worked for Shell, he was Co-Director of the Water Program at the Institute of the Americanas (IOA) at the University of California, San Diego, and he founded his own company, Hitech Trade & Transfer. In addition Hans served twice as Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in Guadalajara.
When Hans retired, he became very interested in ecological villages, visiting them and reading about them and his dream was to form a co-housing project on his property.
When he was younger, Hans enjoyed playing field hockey and did a lot of sailing. Once retired, he studied birds and butterflies and cacti plants. He spent a great deal of time on his beautiful cacti garden, and wrote his memoirs.
Hans' first involvement with Rotary dates back to the mid 1950’s at Caltec, California, where they organized outings for foreign students. He then learned about Rotary. He wanted to get involved and he was a guest speaker at ten different Rotary clubs in the Los Angeles area.
Hans became a Rotarian in 1963, in the town of Ocotlan, where he was invited to the Rotary Club. He had made news there because he had organized a sailing day. In 2008 he transferred from the Rotary Club of Escondido in California to the Rotary Club of Ajijic.
In his early years with our Club, Hans was regularly consulted on water issues. Until his health began to fail him, he never missed a Rotary meeting. Hans leaves behind two sons and two daughters, and six grandchildren.
IN MEMORIAM Julianna Rose 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Much accomplished by visit Canadian Medical Team

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 01, 2016
The Meet and Greet party at Moonyeen's house
 
Exchanging banners
 
Gin Pelzl with artist Robina Nicole who has donated a work of art, "The Healing Tree", depicting the cycle of life and the Mother, to the Maternal Health unit of the Tepehua Community Center. 
 
The visit of Canadian Medical Team that brought their medical services to the villages of Lakeside from November 2 - 14 was a great success. After our Club and the Tepehua Community Center collaborated for many weeks regarding the arrangements and schedule, the team finally arrived.  With a Meet and Greet party at Moonyeen King's house on November 5, the Canadian team was warmly welcomed to the local community.
The locations chosen were Tepehua, the Men's Rehabilitation Center CREAD in Santa Cruz, the Chapala Preparatoria, and the villages of San Pedro and Mezcala. There the team carried out physical checkups and dental checks with the Health Outreach for Women mobile unit following the team to give pap smears for cancer and STD checks, including HIV.
Medication to families was supplied on the spot, and the Tepehua Communities Free Clinic will provide further service for those needing a follow up. All dental patients will be provided treatment at the Tepehua Dental Clinic.
Hundreds of patients were treated or received checkups by the Canadian medical team members, who were very passionate and caring about their work.
All medication left over was donated to the Tepehua Free Pharmacy to continue the work the Canadians have started.
The Tepehua Communities plan is to try to take the Tepehua Medical and Dental team to the villages once a month. There is already service for the Maternal Health Program through Health Outreach for Women AC.
The Secretario General of Mezcala, Joel Navarro, supplied the food for the team whilst in San Pedro and Mezcala, and our Club supplied the food for team elsewhere. Needless to say, our Club's Rotary meeting of Tuesday November 8 was held at the Tepehua Community Center, where we celebrated the completion of the Tepehua Maternal and general Health Center together. The speaker was Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, who heads the medical side of the Tepehua Community Center, and there also was Dr.George Ruwwe, who is the consultant for the Dental side.
Many thanks to the fine Canadian medical team, local doctors, translators, Rotarians, and all others who helped, for their efforts. Great things have been accomplished!
Much accomplished by visit Canadian Medical Team Julianna Rose 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

 
Cycle II of the Catalina Rotary Club of Arizona and the Rotary Club of Ajijic International Global Grant completed.
 

 
 
 
A closing ceremony and data collection workshop marked the end of training for the teachers involved in cycle II of our Rotary International Global Grant "Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico".
On Saturday, November 11, diplomas were awarded to teachers, trainers, principals, parents, and community leaders who completed the 8-week course. The recognition, which took place at the Escuela José Ma. Arreola, in Riberas del Pilar, was attended by Rotary Club of Ajijic member Blake Cameron, President Carole Wolff and her husband Bill Wolff, who all helped hand out diplomas.
 Cycle II of the Catalina Rotary Club of Arizona and the Rotary Club of Ajijic International Global Grant completed.  2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

First graduate of Front-of-Restaurant/English apprenticeship program 
 

Posted by Julianna Rose on Nov 29, 2016
 
Mac Whyte, Vocational skills/Restaurant apprenticeship training Project Manager and President of Butterflies en Mexico with (from left to right) Francisco Nava, Vocational Skills Training Committee; Laura Ocha Hernandez,​ apprentice; Esperanza Ritchie, La Mision Restaurant; Jesús Losuna Zausedo, ​restaurant mentor; ​and Michael Ritchie, ​owner ​La Mision Restaurant.
 
Mac Whyte, along with the Butterflies en Mexico Vocational skills committee, presented Laura Ochoa Hernandez of Tepeque on November 3 with a diploma for the completion of her Front-of-Restaurant/English apprenticeship at La Mision Restaurant. Hernandez also received a letter of recommendation on Front-of-Restaurant Skills and was offered a part-time position at La Mision for her excellent performance.
Hernandez became the first graduate of a 96-hour Front-of-Restaurant apprenticeship at La Mision plus an additional 32 hours of private English classes, all focused on the needs of restaurant patrons.
 
BeM is seeking sponsorship funds of $4,536 pesos (about $239 USD) to place another restaurant apprentice.  La Mision and a few other local restaurants have generously volunteered their time to provide the in-restaurant training, so the majority of the funding required is to pay an English instructor who can quickly and flexibly teach the words and phrases needed to be successful in front-of-restaurant work.
Anyone who can recommend possible future training candidates, please contact Bernadine Janzen at tattacbsj@gmail.com. To learn more about the BeM programs of encouraging local youth to make healthy life changes, visit www.gomariposa.org
First graduate of Front-of-Restaurant/English apprenticeship program   Julianna Rose 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Planning ahead

Posted by Julianna Rose on Nov 26, 2016
 
 
A successful Long-Range Planning meeting, facilitated by Terry MacDonald, was held on November  17.
Members of our Club's Board of Directors, and several Committee Chairs got together to review member inputs from a survey, as well as draft service programs and project plans for  2016 and 2017. The focus of the meeting involved identifying key initiatives for the Club as well as identifying the resources required to carry out priority tactical initiatives and Club projects. It was encouraging to see that our Club has been making good progress having already completed various initiatives and projects since the start of the club’s fiscal year in July. Another achievement during the meeting involved the creation of an ongoing planning tracking group charged with ensuring that approved Club plans were being acted upon effectively and efficiently. A further short Board meeting will be held in the near future to finalize our Club's updated long term plans, goals and budget.
Many thanks to Terry MacDonald for his help to improve our Club with his expertise and a good long-range action plan!
Planning ahead Julianna Rose 2016-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Hope for Poor Kids

Posted by Julianna Rose on Nov 24, 2016
Ed Donagher, Head Coach of Union of Ajijic Soccer 
 
Union of Ajijic Soccer Team
 
Trip to Torreon
 
At our October 25 meeting, Ed Donagher, Head Coach of Union of Ajijic Soccer gave our Club an update about the soccer team that our Club sponsors.
The objective of this project, which started in the 2012/2013 season, was to provide a school for football (soccer) to boys and girls in Ajijic. The school, called 'Hope for Poor Kids', now has over 200 kids ages 5 through 18 training/ playing football with Union Acidic.
Ed Donagher and  five local Mexican trainers provide training  2 - 3 times a week with a game every Sunday.
There are two locations for the training, Tecoluta near the 6 corners area for 3 groups,  and Cruz Azul Field near Salvador's Restaurant for another two groups. All children are members of Union Ajijic, the local Football team, which is supported by the local Patronato De Futbol De Ajijic.
From November 14 - 18 , three 16-year-old players, accompanied by Ed Donaghan and Moises Charraria, Vice President of the Patronato de Futbol Ajijic, went on a trip to Torreon for try outs with the Santos Laguna Juvenile Team to see if these boys had the potential to be professional players. Upon arrival, they were physically examined by the Santos Laguna Club Doctor and then registered with the Club.
The Coaches were very positive about their skills/ techniques / fitness levels and the boys  will be monitored by the Guadalajara (Visore) for Santos during the season.
If they do well, they will be called up to the Santos Laguna Club.
Since the inception of the project 'Hope for Poor Kids", three players have been called up by Professional Clubs. One by Santos Laguna, one by Durango and one by Monarchos in Morelia.The annual trip to Torreon (the third annual trip numbering 11 players) is an event eagerly anticipated by the young players of Union Ajijic Club in that "maybe next year it could be me".The recent trip to Torreon to give players this great opportunity was arranged by Ed Donagher through Glasgow Celtic in Scotland, Santos Laguna in Mexico and funded by the Patronato de Futbol in Ajijic Local Ex Pats in Ajijic. Parents provided money for food for the three boys. There was no financial cost to Celtic or Santos other than Santos's valuable professional services.
Hope for Poor Kids Julianna Rose 2016-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Our Club is expanding!

Posted by Julianna Rose
 
On November 15th we inducted two new members.  Fred Synder, sponsored by Gin Pelzl, and Dr. Lawrence Whitehurst, sponsored by president Carole Wolff. We also welcomed  transferring member, Blake Cameron, and honorary member Francis Dryden. Mike McCarthy presented the pins.
Our Club is expanding! Julianna Rose 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Day of the Dead 2016

Posted by Julianna Rose
 
The Dr. Les Strong altar 
 
A sign prominently displayed our Club
 
Luz Maria Sotelo Beltran
 
For the second time after his passing in 2015, students from the Chapala Preparatoria dedicated a Day of the Dead altar to Dr. Les Strong. The altar was on display at the Festival de Vida y Muerte in Chapala from 30 October - 2 November. Our Club made a donation to assist the school in the presentation of the shrine.
Dr. Strong was an active member of the Rotary Club of Ajijic, and a well known supporter of the Chapala Preparatoria and the education of local students in general.
After the death of Dr. Strong, The Rotary Club of Ajijic set up the Les Strong Scholarship Fund in his memory. Last year 70,000 pesos was donated to fund 25 Preparatoria students.  
Luz (Lucy) Maria Sotelo Beltran is our Club's contact person for both the Chapala and Mezcala Preparatorias.
Day of the Dead 2016 Julianna Rose 2016-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

109,000 Pesos for eradicating Polio!

Posted by Julianna Rose on Nov 07, 2016
 
With the proceeds of our successful 7th annual End Polio Now dinner on Friday October 28 matched three for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our Club raised a total of 109,000 MXN Pesos for the Rotary Foundation End Polio Now program. 94 people attended the dinner and a good time was had by all. Highlight of the evening was the personal story of polio survivor, Steve Minnick. Our Rotary Foundation Chairperson Blake Cameron spoke about the Rotary Foundation.
A big Thank You to everyone who helped raise this large amount to bring us closer and closer to eradicating Polio for once and for all!
 
 
109,000 Pesos for eradicating Polio! Julianna Rose 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Big Push to End Polio

Posted by Julianna Rose on Oct 24, 2016
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Rotary's Big Push to end Polio
October 24 is World Polio Day. Since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, more than one million Rotary club members worldwide have donated their time and private resources to end polio. Every year, Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to US$35 million a year through 2018.
The Global Polio initiative is the most successful public-private health partnership in history.
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Initiative (GPEI) - the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have trained millions of health workers, and have built a network of 145 laboratories around the world that can identify the disease.
Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease. The virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Though it can strike at any age, mainly children under five are affected.
 
Rotary has gotten this far through persistence
When Rotary started the campaign to end polio in 1985, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed every year by this deadly virus, according to  Michael K. McGovern, Chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than US$7.2 billion to the effort. 
 
US$1.5 billion more needed to finish the job
Though as of early June of this year, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and polio is endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan,  the reality is that no place on earth is safe from polio until the world is certified  polio-free. Immunization campaigns must continue in 15-20 other high-risk countries. These large-scale vaccinations are an enormous undertaking, and the distribution of the vaccine is very costly.
The last time a child was affected in Europe was only last year, in 2015, when two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio. Many more were likely infected but did not show symptoms, given the way the disease manifests itself.
So we are not there yet, even though less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015, a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980's when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. Where vaccination coverage is low, it can re-infect populations. even in countries that have been certified polio-free.
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors such as geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Hundreds of millions of children still need to be vaccinated every year.
Then once the last case of polio is recorded, it will take another three years to ensure that this was the final one. A huge amount of work will remain, at a price tag of US$1.5 billion. All the programs will still continue and will need funding. Ongoing environmental surveillance to prevent accidental reintroduction, and keeping the lab network - the most highly sophisticated infectious disease prevention network in the world - operational is complicated and costly.
Contributions to help eradicate polio can be made at www.endpolio.org. 
 
Rotary's Big Push to End Polio Julianna Rose 2016-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

The importance of looking after our eyes

Posted by Julianna Rose on Oct 14, 2016
Dr. Rigoberto Rios Leon, a new ophthalmologist at Lakeside, was our featured speaker on October 11, talking about "Eye Health".
It was an eye opener for most of us, as Dr. Rios stressed the importance of looking after our eyes.
He said that people are using their eyes more and more these days, staring at cell phones, tablets, and computer screens for many hours per day. Especially children and young people; some of those seem to do nothing else anymore.  Kids should not use devices for more than 2 hours per day to prevent eye problems in the future, he said.
People get dry eyes and then buy eye drops, but Dr. Rios is warning that, unless you get a lubricant, simple eye drops are not going to help you. It only removes the redness. In fact it can do you harm because a side effect of eye drops is that it increases the blood pressure. Also, things that people do to produce tears are no good. Best is to get a lubricant. "Systane" is a good lubricant.
People should always wear sunglasses here to protect their eyes , Dr. Rios said. They don't even have to be expensive, get them as dark as possible. Polarized sunglasses are the best.
Dr. Rios also addressed several eye diseases and conditions. Glaucoma is a silent killer for the eyes, and the damage caused by glaucoma is not reversible.
If you have a family history, you have 50% change of getting glaucoma. The first treatment is special drops; they can help for a long time.
Cataracts on the other hand, are reversible. The old lenses can be removed and replaced with new ones. Some people go back to the eye doctor and complain that the lenses have become blurry. But that does not mean that their eyesight has deteriorated, which they are afraid of. The lenses just need to be cleaned. Cataracts can increase by sun exposure.
Melanoma is also a common disease of the eye.
A retinal vitreous detachment is very uncommon. Only one in 10.000 cases. A posterior vitreous detachment is a quite common.
Melanoma is another common disease of the eye.
A macular degeneration is becoming more common. It is related to age. The patient loses central vision, which is a malfunction of the central retina. The treatment is an injection into the eye, and taking vitamins. If one of your parents had it, you have 35-40% change of getting it.
Lastly, Dr. Rios talked about eyeglasses. Many people ask about multifocal lenses as a possibility for them. Whether that is a good option for them depends on their lifestyle; do they drive at night for instance, or do they read a lot, and what they find most convenient. Trifocal lenses are very interesting, and the market is looking into them, but they are still expensive. In any case, the newest invention is not always the best, he said.
Finally, Dr. Rios asked to bring any old eyeglasses into his practice, as he gives donated eyeglasses to people who cannot afford them.
Dr. Rios has his practice at Bugambilias #17 (next to Fit for Life Gym), in Mirasol. Tel. 376-766-1521.
 
The importance of looking after our eyes Julianna Rose 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

10 years Operation Smile and over 3000 cleft palate surgeries performed in Mexico!

Posted by Julianna Rose on Sep 28, 2016
 
Rotary Club of Ajijic member Ruben Pettersson, a long time Rotarian,  gave an excellent presentation during our September 27 meeting about Operation Smile, the organisation he has been involved with for many years. 
This  year marks the 10th anniversary of Operation Smile, since it became an A.C. They actually started operating in 2004.
Ruben showed brochures with before and after pictures, and explained that Operation Smile, a worldwide effort, does on average 5-6 missions a year in Mexico.
A mission means a 2-week involvement of a 75 medical volunteers group, consisting of seven plastic surgeons, nurses and other staff. This group arrives on a Wednesday. On the Thursday and Friday they do the evaluations. On average 200 kids show up, usually accompanied by parents and other family members. The group then selects 110 kids, the maximum they can handle, according to the kids' state of health because cleft palate surgery is an invasive one. On the Saturday the group gives seminars, Sundays are off.  On the Monday they start the surgeries which typically last from 7.00 a.m. until 7.00 p.m.
Operation Smile pays for the airfares, hotel, etc. of the medical volunteers while the local D.I.F provides shelter for the kids and their families during this period.
The hospitals also have to be paid; only some hospitals provide everything for free.
The surgeons are all highly trained; Operation Smile sends them to the USA for training, to become familiar  with the specific techniques. The surgeons travel worldwide and give up two weeks of their working lives each time, which can be translated into something like US$25.000 moneywise.
Ruben was saying that some 3500 kids are born with cleft palate each year in Mexico. Only 10% are taken care of. Those are the kids whose parents can afford the surgery, of who have insurance. The rest of these kids have a miserable life because they are often ridiculed and shunned in their community and consequently do not go to school.
Unfortunately, not much research has been done into the cause of the condition. A certain percent is genetic. Diet also has an influence, and drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Another possible cause is the lack of B12 and folic acid during pregnancy.
Operation Smile would like to help many more kids than they currently can. Sometimes as many as 400 kids show up. Ruben was saying that one time, in Guadalajara, kids showed up from 12 states.  
Operation smile does corporate fundraising in Mexico, and here at Lakeside they are working on sponsorships of 5000 Pesos that individuals can participate in and that will pay for a whole day of surgeries in Guadalajara. So far, they have performed five cleft palate surgeries on Lakeside kids.  
For more information about the program in mexico, visit http://www.operationsmile.org/approach/where-we-work/mexico
 
10 years Operation Smile and over 3000 cleft palate surgeries performed in Mexico! Julianna Rose 2016-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

The container has arrived!

Posted by Julianna Rose on Sep 21, 2016
The container has arrived!
 
The Lakeside Assistance Group has received a 3rd shipment of donated Firefighting and Medical equipment. The entire contents, with a second-hand value of over US$1 million, of the 53-foot shipping container from Canada were on display in the group's new warehouse in Riberas.
The equipment will be distributed among more than 60 fire stations and emergency response units in Jalisco.
Gin Pelzl, our club treasurer, is working with the Lakeside Assistance Group. Our Rotary Club has donated US$1000 to help bring this container down. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The container has arrived! Julianna Rose 2016-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters

Posted by Julianna Rose on Sep 13, 2016
Today we had as our speaker Tim Shubert, talking to us about people's fears of speaking in public and the benefit of joining the local Toastmasters Club. The club also has a Gavel Club for 14-18 year olds to familiarize themselves early in their lives about speaking in public. 
Toastmasters Julianna Rose 2016-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Management of an Organization, and Rotary scholarships

Posted by Julianna Rose on Sep 06, 2016
Today we had as our first speaker our own member, Ken Koyama, talking about "Management of an Organization". Ken has spent many years conducting workshops for organizations, often multi nationals, and helping them with strategic planning.
 
Our second speaker was our Vice President, Doug Lyle. He updated our members about our scholarships and introduced Luz Maria Sotelo Beltran, our contact person for both the Chapala and Mezcala Preparatorias. Doug explained that currently 22 students in total receive Rotary scholarships. Luz had brought three students, Karina, Renaldo and Manuel, along with her for us to meet, and was saying that some 200 students who may qualify have very serious money problems. Anyone who might like to support a student may contact Doug Lyle. 
 
Management of an Organization, and Rotary scholarships Julianna Rose 2016-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

5th Tuesday bus trip

Posted by Julianna Rose on Aug 30, 2016
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On the 5th Tuesday of August there was no Club meeting. Instead a number of members went by coach, courtesy of Bob and Sally Salvatore, to Plaza del Sol in Guadalajara for shopping and lunch. Highlight of the day was the lunch at Italian restaurant Ma Come No. A great time was had by all and the food was deemed fabulous!
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Keep it Live at Lakeside

 
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                    
 
On August 23, local musical performer Francis Dryden shared his love for live music and his weekly entertainment newsletter "Keep it Live at Lakeside" with our members. 
            
                                                                                                                             
 
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Francis worked in real estate for 25 years before retiring in 2009. He moved to Lakeside in 2012 and lives here full time with his wife, except for mid-November to Christmas Day when he goes back to Canada to play Santa Claus. Only not this year, because he will be playing Santa Claus here at Lakeside!
Francis has been musically active since he was 12 years old, and when he is not busy for the Masons and the Shriners (he writes a Masonic newsletter that goes out to readers throughout Mexico, the USA and Canada), he plays drums in a few local bands. Francis also writes a Lakeside entertainment newsletter "keep it Live at Lakeside" which he sends out every week to 1100 people who have signed up for it. He said that there are a lot of very good musicians at Lakeside and that he enjoys keeping his subscribers informed where and when these musicians will be performing. 
 
 
 
 
Keep it Live at Lakeside Julianna Rose 2016-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

What is H.O.W.?

Posted by Julianna Rose on Aug 10, 2016
 
That's what our members were curious to find all about at our August 9 meeting.  Our speaker was Jose Antonio Jimenez Aguilar, President of H.O.W. (Health Outreach for Women). He was accompanied and assisted by Sylvia Flores of Centro de Desarrollo Jocotepec, A.C., and  Olga Lara Aguilar, a registered nurse for the Ramon Garibay Hospital in Guadalajara.
The three of them spoke to a full house on the Mobile Maternal Health bus that travels to isolated villages every week, taking maternal health to locations that otherwise would not get any such help. H.O.W. is basically a combination of three A.C. organizations. They joined forces which makes the project stronger and far reaching.
The Mobile Maternal Health bus project, which is still fairly unknown, started in 2014 in Chapala and now serves seven remote areas. President Jose Antonio Jimenez Aguilar, an electrical engineer, drives the bus, and maintains the bus. He has two nurses that travel with him. All three are paid by anonymous private donors. Together they educate women and help them make choices about their health and family planning. The prevention of diabetes, the detection of lung diseases, cancer prevention, etc. are important issues. They conduct tests and bring the results back to the women. On Sundays, leaving at 7 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. they take women up to Guadalajara for sonograms for 50 pesos instead of 450 pesos. For women who require further tests or treatment, appointments are made by the nurses who also negotiate good prices from doctors for any procedures needed. The three were saying that the women are eager to see them come and are happy and very appreciative about this new service. All the more because, whenever they had any help in the past, if at
all,they never got results from tests back, leaving them in the dark about their health issues.
  
Moonyeen King introduced the speakers
 
 
                                                      The bus
 
 
                                               
                                                                                   Women gathering for consultation
 
 
 
      The group makes house calls too
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is H.O.W.? Julianna Rose 2016-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

April fools Fun-Raiser Party Benefiting the Tepehua Centro Comunitario Great Success,

Posted by Carole Wolff on Apr 08, 2016

The April fools Fun-Raiser Party benefiting the Tepehua Centro Comunitario (Chapala, Mexico) was a great success, a total sell out and a very happy event. Moonie would like to thank all the volunteers...to the clowns Harvey Bernier, and the Bellistic couple Michael and Michelle, whose antics kept everyone amused. Gin Pelzl who kept the bar going with David Eccles...even the waiters joined in the fun by dressing up as jesters in spite of the heat.     


Dr.Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Miranda was honored for his volunteer work in the Clinic of Tepehua Centro Communitario. A pioneer since day one, Dr.Carlos devoted time to the Indigenous people of Tepehua, has even made house calls in the worst areas.
The Tepehua Team thanks him for his services to Mexico. Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. Photos by Mike Bell.

 

April fools Fun-Raiser Party Benefiting the Tepehua Centro Comunitario Great Success, Carole Wolff 2016-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

San Luis Obispo Daybreak Rotary Club Presents Check

Posted by Carole Wolff on Apr 07, 2016
Joan and Bernie Suttle arrived for lunch from the San Luis Obispo Daybreak Rotary Club to present at Rotary Club of Ajijic to Moonyeen King, President of Tepehua with a check from San Luis Obispo Daybreak Rotary Club for the Tepehua organization with $1000. US Dollars. A Great Day for Moonie and all of us. Thank you !
San Luis Obispo Daybreak Rotary Club Presents Check Carole Wolff 2016-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

Motorcyle Journeys & Adventures with M & M

Posted by Carole Wolff on Mar 09, 2016

Michelle and Michael Bell were our speakers at our Rotary Luncheon Meeting on March 8th  and shared their motorcycle journeys and adventures with their presentation of techniques with their camera equipment documenting by filming on their motorcycles. They are engineers out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada but their souls are on the adventures in between. They also have done some great documentations for our Rotary Club of Ajijic on Tepehua with more to come of our club on the move. We are so grateful for all their sharing and assisting in making a difference for our club now and in the future. Thank you Michelle and Michael. See more adventures on their web site http://bellistic.net of their motorcycle journeys and adventures around the world. Click this video to see the presentation they did on Tepehua https://youtu.be/Tx5_V1VA7Z0 .

What are we all about? Hi its us, m&m, and this is a web site of our motorcycle journeys and adventures. This site is our answer to the question of…..how do we keep track of our adventures and share them with others (especially those not on…
BELLISTIC.NET
 
Motorcyle Journeys & Adventures with M & M Carole Wolff 2016-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

White Elephant Auction Luncheon

Posted by Carole Wolff on Dec 07, 2015
The White Elephant Auction was held at our December 1 meeting where our members brought in White Elephant items to Auction off for fundraising for the club in conjunction with Tepehua Sewing Center selling Christmas hand crafted items for the Holidays.  A great time by all and net the Club 2,500 pesos for future speakers and events at our Luncheons.  A great thank you to Anita Hocker and Moonyeen King in organizing this event; President Gin as auctioneer; and to the overwhelming tequila and amenities purchased  by our visiting Rotarians Katie and Lou Adams.  
White Elephant Auction Luncheon Carole Wolff 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Luncheon with International School Interact Club

Posted by Carole Wolff on Dec 07, 2015
 
Rotary Club of Ajijic with new Interact members from the International Institute gathered at the Hotel Real de Chapala for the Club's weekly Tuesday Luncheon.

The school is a Junior and Senior High School located on the outskirts of Ajijic which seeks to shape citizens of the world through international level educational standards which will broaden the educational and action horizons.The group of 15 students with their professor Alfredo Veliz made a presentation to the Rotary Club on their CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) which is a mandatory core component of the curriculum. Rotarian Monica Sagastuy will be heading up this Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C.  (Click the photo album on the upper left hand side of the bulletin for more photos.) 

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Big Push to End Polio

Posted by Carole Wolff on Dec 07, 2015
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La Mision Restaurant with restaurateur and Rotarian Michael Richie,  who played host to our Annual Polio Fundraiser this 2015 with La Mision serving a three course meal, cash bar, presentation by Galen as a victim of Polio as a young boy and a short concert by Galen at the Piano.  By all measures it was a complete success. The Mayor (Presidente Municipal) was in attendance and showed his support for our Rotary Club as well as for the cause. Thank you all for your continued support. Remember Bill & Melinda Gates will not only match but double the funds we raised at this event which will total 66,000 pesos to go to end Polio. (Click the photo album for more pictures of the gala event on the left side of the bulletin.)
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Ballet Folklorica Program and Lunch

Posted by Carole Wolff on Dec 07, 2015
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Tuesday, December 8: Ballet Folklorica Program. Invite your friends for the Lunch and Program put on by the Chapala Elementary and the Prepatorio students at the Hotel Real de Chapala.  Event starts at 12:30 and ends at 2:00 PM.  See you all there.
Ballet Folklorica Program and Lunch Carole Wolff 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

The Presidents On the Move at LCS 60th Anniversery

Posted by Carole Wolff on Nov 06, 2015
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It was an extraordinary day today for The Lake Chapala Society in celebrating their 60 years in Ajijic making a difference for the community and it's members. The community organizations were out in full force on the lawn of LCS, sharing in that celebration along with the community; and how they also make a difference by participation. Rotary Club of Ajijic was among the organizations there with our President Gin Pelzl, who is also Treasurer of Tepehua; Rotarian Moonyeen King, President of Tepehua; and Volunteer Tepehua Dian Abell.  All committed to the community and making a a global difference through education as is LCS.
The Presidents On the Move at LCS 60th Anniversery Carole Wolff 2015-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Les Strong Commemorated at the Day of the Dead

Posted by Carole Wolff on Nov 04, 2015
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The Day of the Dead in the Chapala Square with the students of Chapala Preparatoria (University of Guadalajara connected) choosing noted decease to commemorate who have made a difference in Mexico and their community. One chosen was Les Strong, a Ajijic Rotarian who past this year and a scholarship program was made in his name for students in need at Chapala and Mezcala Prepartoria. For further information go tohttp://www.lakechapalacharities.org/charities.html and click Rotary Club of Ajijic and choose Les Strong Scholarship Fund.  Photo of Gardner Marcia, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee with Luz Maria Sotelo Beltran. She is assisting greatly in helping Gardner with the Preparatoria. She teaches many subjects to a core class of 45 students.  Subjects include English, geography, science, history and math. She has a law degree.
 
 
Les Strong Commemorated at the Day of the Dead Carole Wolff 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

The Big Push To End Polio at La Mision

Posted by Carole Wolff on Nov 02, 2015
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The Sixth Annual Stop Polio Dinner of the Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C.'s invites you to The Big Push To End Polio, November 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM at La Mission Restaurant, Rio Bravo No. 7, Ajijic, Jalisco.  A three Course meal, cash bar with a short Concert and Presentation from Galen as a Polio survivor.  Cost 350 pesos. Your donations will be matched two times by the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation.
 
 

Your Donation

Your Donation will be matched by Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation to end Polio.

Rotary and Polio Fact Sheet Polio Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five.

Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable. Polio Plus In 1985, Rotary launched its Polio Plus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $9 billion to the effort. Global Polio Eradication Initiative The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014, which is a reduction of more than 99 percent since the 1980's, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. Challenges The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Ensuring Success Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding. Rotary in Action More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

This Close’ Campaign Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actress Archie Panjabi, action star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus and South Korean pop-star Psy. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.

The Big Push To End Polio at La Mision Carole Wolff 2015-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
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Christmas gift from Colorado for Chapala Fire Department

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 07, 2014
 
 
Chapala Fire chief Lorenzo Salazar and his men were delighted to receive a generous donation of used personal fire gear, brought over by Lina and Rick Bleier of the Rotary Club of  Montrose, Colorado, USA.
After touring the Chapala Fire Department with the Ajijic Rotary Club last winter, and seeing the deplorable lack of equipment and poor condition of what the men were using, the Bleiers were determined to help. Back home in Colorado  they talked with their Rotary club fellow member Allen Weese, Deputy Fire Chief of the local fire department. Within no time, action was taken and the Bleiers were invited to the Log Hill Volunteer Fire Department to come and pick up some gear. "Some"  was an understatement because upon arrival they encountered a pickup truck fully loaded with heavily insulated bunker jackets, pants, helmets with visors for fighting structure fires, and sets of wildland fire fighting gear. Also included were special fire retardant back packs with personal drinking water canteens to be used outdoors where the fire fighting time can be much longer.
Though absolutely delighted with the generous gift, the Bleiers wondered not only how they were going to pack all these items in their SUV and small trailer along with their personal stuff, but also how they were going to get it all across the border into Mexico! They decided not to dwell on this but rely on Lina Bleier, who is a Mexican national, and on her qualities as a good organizer and talker. Thanks to her efforts they managed to get across the border without having to pay any duty on the haul! 
Christmas gift from Colorado for Chapala Fire Department Julianna Rose 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Interact Club inaugurated

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 01, 2014
12 students from the International Institute Ajijic received their Interact Club certificates and pins during a short ceremony on November 19 in the auditorium of the school.
Several Rotarians from the sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Ajijic, and visitors, were present while club member Dr. Victor Youcha, a long time Rotarian, addressed the students in Spanish.
An Interact club is a service club for young people aged 12 to 18 to work together helping others in their communities and across the globe, whilst having fun and learning about the world. Interact clubs are self governing, based in secondary schools or colleges, and organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that benefits international understanding. Every Interact club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide.
Rotary Interact has a membership of over 250,000 youth in more than 11,000 clubs. It’s one of Rotary’s fastest growing programs. It encourages service among youth, fosters their active interest in the community and offers opportunities for them to develop as leaders. The name Interact is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon. Brazil, India, the Philippines, and the United States boast the highest number of Interact clubs.
Rotary Interact Club inaugurated Julianna Rose 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

75,000 Pesos to go to Stop Polio Now! Foundation

Posted by Julianna Rose on Nov 09, 2014
With the proceeds of a successful Stop Polio Now 5th Annual Dinner on Saturday November 8, the Rotary Club of Ajijic generated in total 75,000 Pesos for the Stop Polio Now! Foundation. The club raised 25,000 Pesos from the dinner which will be matched by 50,000 Pesos from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
95 People attended. Highlight of the evening was the attendance of an actual polio survivor, Lakeside resident Marianne Swanson, who told the diners how she overcame the crippling disease.
The students of the Rotary Interact club of the International Institute Ajijic had created and personally signed delightful Thank You cards that adorned each place setting.
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is deeply appreciative to everyone who helped generate this large amount, which brings us even closer now to eradicating Polio for once and for all.
 
 
 
 
75,000 Pesos to go to Stop Polio Now! Foundation Julianna Rose 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

Day of the Dead Paul Harris Memorial altar

Posted by Julianna Rose
On November 2, the Day of the Dead, Rotary scholarship students from the Chapala high school had created a memorial altar in honor of Paul Harris.  In line with the Mexican common conviction that the souls of the dead return to earth for a one day visit, the altar, right outside the church, was laden with Mexican traditionally assorted items to welcome his departed spirit and honor his life. All arranged in a colorful display of brightly colored paper cut-outs, seasonal sugar coated breads, candles and votive lights, platters of food, and beverages. Complete with a washing bowl, a bar of soap, a towel and a mirror to freshen himself up. A framed photo of Paul Harris was shown in the background.
Day of the Dead Paul Harris Memorial altar Julianna Rose 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

We are THIS close to eradicating Polio

Posted by Julianna Rose on Oct 27, 2014

 

At a recent meeting commemorating World Polio Day (October 24), members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic learned about the similarities of the Polio virus and Ebola. Rotarian Santiago R. Hernandez, Medical Director and Owner of the Chapala Med Clinic, was the speaker, referring to the Ebola virus that is currently causing panic worldwide. Dr. Hernandez explained to fellow members and guests that the Polio virus is equally as dangerous to mankind.   "In the United States, the 1952 Polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis. Paralysis occurs in only about 0.1 percent of all poliovirus infections, but such an infection can lead to respiratory depression and for those old enough to remember can bring to memory the images of children laying in their IRON LUNGS. The Polio virus shares many similarities with other viral infections during its infectious course. Poliovirus is transmitted by fecal-hand-oral contamination. During epidemics, it also may be transmitted by pharyngeal spread. Ninety to 95 percent of poliovirus infections are asymptomatic. There is NO TREATMENT or CURE for Polio, not even an experimental one as is the case for Ebola.  However, vaccination against Polio has had a profound effect. The last case of endemic, naturally occurring poliomyelitis in the United States was reported in 1979. The last such case in the Western Hemisphere was reported in Peru in 1991. The only known wild poliovirus infections in the Americas after 1991 were imported cases. The basis of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, initiated in 1988, has been immunization and surveillance. The results have been dramatic. In 1988, Polio was endemic in more than 125 countries, and paralyzed at least 350,000 children per year. By 2011, the number of cases of acute flaccid paralysis due to poliovirus was reduced to 650. By 2012, there remained only three countries in which endemic wild poliovirus transmission had never been interrupted: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Despite this progress, new outbreaks of Polio continue to occur, and the World Health Organization declared in May 2014 that the spread of Polio had become a global public health emergency, posing a major threat to the global eradication effort. These outbreaks highlight the risk for wild poliovirus reintroduction due to a combination of international travel, health systems with limited resources, areas of low oral poliovirus coverage, and delays in recognizing and testing cases of acute flaccid paralysis. These risks are exacerbated in areas of military, political, and social conflict, such as Syria and Pakistan. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative partnership was launched in 1998 and is led by five organizations: the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Rotary International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership includes numerous governmental and non-governmental donors and the ministries of health of all affected nations who plan and carry out the program’s initiatives at an overall cost that exceeds $1 billion per year. The global eradication program is based on four strategies: routine infant immunization, supplementary immunization campaigns in many middle- and low-income countries, surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), and mop-up campaigns."   Dr. Hernandez: "I believe that, although Polio may not cause the same dramatic signs and symptoms in the same rapid manner as a hemorrhagic virus such as Ebola, it is equally if not more important that we address its eradication in a very pro-active manner.  “WE ARE THIS CLOSE!"   Polio still cripples thousands of children around the world. To help wipe this disease off the face of the earth forever, the Rotary Club of Ajijic is holding its 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 8 from 5.00 - 8.00 p.m. at Roberto's Restaurant, proceeds of which go to the Rotary Foundation Stop Polio Fund and will be matched 2 for 1 by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation. For tickets and information contact Anita Hocker at ganitahocker@gmail.com or call 376 766-2410.

At a recent meeting commemorating World Polio Day (October 24), members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic learned about the similarities of the Polio virus and Ebola. (Click to read his presentation on the web.)

 

Rotarian Santiago R. Hernandez, Medical Director and Owner of the Chapala Med Clinic, was the speaker, referring to the Ebola virus that is currently causing panic worldwide. Dr. Hernandez explained to fellow members and guests that the Polio virus is equally as dangerous to mankind.

 

"In the United States, the 1952 Polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis. Paralysis occurs in only about 0.1 percent of all poliovirus infections, but such an infection can lead to respiratory depression and for those old enough to remember can bring to memory the images of children laying in their IRON LUNGS.

 

The Polio virus shares many similarities with other viral infections during its infectious course. Poliovirus is transmitted by fecal-hand-oral contamination. During epidemics, it also may be transmitted by pharyngeal spread. Ninety to 95 percent of poliovirus infections are asymptomatic. There is NO TREATMENT or CURE for Polio, not even an experimental one as is the case for Ebola.

 

However, vaccination against Polio has had a profound effect. The last case of endemic, naturally occurring poliomyelitis in the United States was reported in 1979. The last such case in the Western Hemisphere was reported in Peru in 1991. The only known wild poliovirus infections in the Americas after 1991 were imported cases.

 

The basis of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, initiated in 1988, has been immunization and surveillance. The results have been dramatic. In 1988, Polio was endemic in more than 125 countries, and paralyzed at least 350,000 children per year. By 2011, the number of cases of acute flaccid paralysis due to poliovirus was reduced to 650. By 2012, there remained only three countries in which endemic wild poliovirus transmission had never been interrupted: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

 

Despite this progress, new outbreaks of Polio continue to occur, and the World Health Organization declared in May 2014 that the spread of Polio had become a global public health emergency, posing a major threat to the global eradication effort. These outbreaks highlight the risk for wild poliovirus reintroduction due to a combination of international travel, health systems with limited resources, areas of low oral poliovirus coverage, and delays in recognizing and testing cases of acute flaccid paralysis. These risks are exacerbated in areas of military, political, and social conflict, such as Syria and Pakistan.

 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative partnership was launched in 1998 and is led by five organizations: the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Rotary International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership includes numerous governmental and non-governmental donors and the ministries of health of all affected nations who plan and carry out the program’s initiatives at an overall cost that exceeds $1 billion per year. The global eradication program is based on four strategies: routine infant immunization, supplementary immunization campaigns in many middle- and low-income countries, surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), and mop-up campaigns."

 

Dr. Hernandez: "I believe that, although Polio may not cause the same dramatic signs and symptoms in the same rapid manner as a hemorrhagic virus such as Ebola, it is equally if not more important that we address its eradication in a very pro-active manner.  “WE ARE THIS CLOSE!"

 

Polio cripples thousands of children around the world. To help wipe this disease off the face of the earth forever, the Rotary Club of Ajijic is holding its 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 8 from 5.00 - 8.00 p.m. at Roberto's Restaurant, proceeds of which go to the Rotary Foundation Stop Polio Fund and will be matched 2 for 1 by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation. For tickets and information contact Anita Hocker at ganitahocker@gmail.com or call 376 766-2410.

We are THIS close to eradicating Polio Julianna Rose 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

OUR CLUB LAUNCHES FIRST SATELLITE E-CLUB IN MEXICO!

Posted by Julianna Rose on Oct 09, 2014
Photo: President Mike McCarthy and Mac Whyte signed a Memorandum of Agreement on September 2
 
Reflecting Rotary International’s evolution into the “digital age,” The Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. is sponsoring a new type of Rotary Club to serve the Lake Chapala area.
According to president Mike McCarthy, the club sees the global reach of the Internet as an effective way to expand membership and funding opportunities for worthy local projects.
The sponsorship enables E-Club members the opportunity to fully participate in Rotary activities, both individually and as an independent club.
Initiated by Mac Whyte, Bernadine Janzen, and Allan MacGregor, the Satellite E-Club of Lake Chapala is the first club of its kind in Mexico.
 
What is a Rotary E-Club
Rotary E-Clubs follow the same policies as traditional Rotary Clubs, but the key difference is that they conduct their required weekly meetings on the Internet. Rather than being physically present  at an appointed day and time, this format allows members the flexibility of time and space that supports their lifestyles, which may include physical or location constraints, busy schedules, and travel. Members attend meetings at any time and any day of the week from anywhere in the world by contacting the Satellite E-Club website via the Internet. They are also welcome to attend regular meetings at any Rotary Club worldwide.
 
Not virtual clubs
Rotary e-clubs are not “virtual” Rotary clubs. Rotary works in the real world and Rotary E-Clubs are  comprised of real living, breathing, working Rotarians doing Rotary projects. They simply use the Internet as a tool to manage the club and manage projects.
 
Mission
The mission of the Satellite Rotary E-Club of Lake Chapala is to focus on funding local projects that meet demonstrated needs of lakeside communities and that can be effectively co-managed by the Satellite E-Club and members of the community. A sound plan for the sustainability of a project by the community, after funding has ended, will be a critical criterion for project approval.
When the Satellite E-Club reaches 20 members it will become a fully separate club and be chartered by Rotary International. Until that time, those who join will be members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic and of Rotary International, the largest and one of the most respected service organizations in the world.
 
The Satellite Rotary E-Club of Lake Chapala welcomes applications from individuals who are committed to helping lakeside communities meet a wide variety of serious social needs but who may not be able to attend regular weekly Rotary meetings.
For more information about opportunities to make a difference in your lakeside community please visit the web site of the E-Club at http://www.erotarychapala.org/
OUR CLUB LAUNCHES FIRST SATELLITE E-CLUB IN MEXICO! Julianna Rose 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Students, parents, learn about Rotary, Interact, and Youth Exchange

Posted by Julianna Rose on Sep 02, 2014

Following the establishing of a school-based Rotary Interact club at the Instituto Internacional, the Rotary club of Ajijic gave a presentation in Spanish for parents and staff on August 26. The hour-long program "What is Rotary, Who are we, and What is an Interact Club" held at the school was attended by more than 50 people. Ajijic Rotary President Mike McCarthy and several members of the Rotary club of Ajijic were also on hand to provide information during a small reception afterwards.
Past President Norma Tapia-Cannon gave a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a briefing from past district Youth Exchange Chair Maria Enedina Arellano, who explained how the Rotary Youth Exchange program works. The school is very interested in a youth exchange program with clubs in other countries.
The Ajijic club's members, many retired from successful careers, will take an active part in guiding the Interact club students through Rotary's "New Generations" service by providing vocational guidance. They will arrange for "meet the doctor/lawyer/chiropractor/company CEO" days.
Dr. Don Culton, visiting past President of the Ajijic club's sister club in California, which has a successful Youth Exchange program, was also present to provide information. The founding members of the Interact club will be officially installed by Rotary District Governor Arturo Ruiz at an inaugural ceremony.
 
 
 
 
Students, parents, learn about Rotary, Interact, and Youth Exchange Julianna Rose 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Spencer McMullen Induction Into Rotary Club of Ajijic

Posted by Carole Wolff on Apr 25, 2014
Rotary Club of Ajijic held there general membership meeting at the Hotel Real de Chapala on April 22, 2014 and President Norma Cannon inducted Spencer McMullen in to the Club.  He was sponsored by Dr. Santi Hernandez Martinez. The photo below is from L to R:  Dr. Santi, Spencer McMullen and Norma Cannon.Inline image 1 Spencer is a licensed Mexican attorney with many postgraduate studies as well here in Mexico in the areas of taxation and real estate law, he also holds a mortgage adviser certification from the Mexican Association of Financial Intermediaries.  He is a Jalisco State Court approved translator and has offices in Chapala and Guadalajara.  He has 5 attorneys on staff, two are Official Court translators and all speak English very well.  3 people are ex court officials.  His firm focuses on immigration issues, translations and general litigation and helping the public in their dealings with the Mexican government offices.
 
We are so very pleased to have him as a member of our Club and look forward to his active membership and support in our community projects.
 
 
Spencer McMullen Induction Into Rotary Club of Ajijic Carole Wolff 2014-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Surviving The Killing Fields

Posted by Carole Wolff on Feb 16, 2014

On Tuesday January 28 there was not a regular club meeting, as we had a special speaker that day for which the public was invited. A notice in the newspaper prompted more than 170 people to sign up! (note photos of the event in our album section)  Hotel Real de Chapala gave us a large room for this event and provided a set lunch for 70 Pesos. The speaker was Lori Vinh Sok Brown, a Cambodia genocide survivor, sharing her story of how, as a young mother of two, she had escaped the killing fields in the late 1970s. For those of you who could not make it to the event; Julianna Rose interviewed

Lori Brown.

 

SURVIVING THE KILLING FIELDS: A COMPELLING STORY OF HOPE AND RESILIENCE  by Julianna Rose

 

Little did Lori Vinh Sok Brown know as a young Cambodian girl growing up in the farming village of Or Prasath that only a few years later she would be embarking on a dangerous and harrowing journey. A journey that would ultimately land her in another country, thousands of miles away from her beloved homeland. Although her mother had passed away when Vinh Sok was four, she was taken care of by the village, which consisted of 50 families, all their members related. Life was relatively peaceful except for her father beating her every day and not allowing her to go to school. Only boys went to school. But she was a smart girl, and determined to learn, so she went secretly after doing her work at home. She cut her hair short, dressed like a boy, and sneaked into the classroom, continuing this until the age of 14. She then helped run her family's 50‑acre farm. By then her entrepreneurial spirit had emerged: she sold farm products, and she was good at it. She married, though not for love - an arranged marriage - and had her first child when she was 21.

 

Then the day came, in April 1975, that stands as one of the worst days in the history of Cambodia. The day the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed Phnom Penh and overthrew the corrupt regime of General Lon Nol. Literally overnight, the entire population of Cambodia was thrown into the streets and told to move to the countryside, under the ruse that America was going to bomb the cities. Once the population was in the countryside, the Khmer Rouge tortured and starved roughly 2 million people. Those that did not die from starvation were worked to death. Millions of people simply disappeared never to be heard of again. The genocide, which followed the communist takeover in Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War, killed first the country's leaders - politicians, academics, doctors, teachers - in Pot's attempt to establish an agrarian utopia.

 

Lori's baby was only two months old when she was forced to abandon her beloved home. It was to be destroyed, along with the entire village, and she, with many others from her village, was sent to a concentration camp to work in the rice fields. Fourteen-hour days, with an additional two hours walking from the camp to the fields and two hours back. Husbands were sent to a separate camp, far away. Once a month, families were allowed to get together. There was no food; the government took all the rice. People were fed banana root, and papaya root, the latter being dreadful and extremely bad, causing thousands of people to die each day. Many also died from being forced to eat soup that soldiers had poisoned. Lori, determined to survive, ate scorpions, large spiders, and snakes. It was not long before she realized that adults and children who admitted they could read or write, or sing, were called to "meetings", never to return.   Lori pretended that she had no education.

 

During that time, she became pregnant with her second child. When she was not forced to work in the killing fields in inhuman conditions under the hot blistering sun with little food and water, she had to nurse other women's children, a life-draining task. Children under five were sent to a "grandma", who would have to take care of 20 or so infants. All children of five and above would be brainwashed by the soldiers to spy on their families. Anybody who made negative comments would be summoned to come to a "meeting".  People who protested would get rags soaked in gasoline pushed down their throats and set alight.

 

Living in constant fear, Lori wondered when the day would come that she would be told to come to a "meeting". And in January 1979, that day came. Her immense yearning for freedom gave her the strength to grab her children and run. Her little girl was four and her little boy only 20 days old when she made her daring escape. The Khmer bullets miraculously missed her, and though her feet were bleeding, she kept running, thinking only of saving her children. After four months of wandering, during which time she made it back to her village to look for her family, left once more and found her uncle, who then helped carry her baby, Lori returned to her village again. The Khmer Rouge had lost the war, but had destroyed everything. Some people decided to stay, but Lori did not want to, thinking there would be no education and no future for her children. She stayed for only for six weeks to collect enough food for herself and her family, and then left with her husband and children, her father and stepmother and a group of almost 200 other people from her village, to seek refuge in Thailand. Paying guards to help them and to remove landmines, they walked for 15 days and nights through the jungle, full of dead bodies even on the only trail. Stepping over the stinking bodies was the only way. When they washed with water from a pond, they discovered that even the water contained dead bodies. All they had to eat was dry rice, which they just sucked on to make it last. By then, Lori did not only have her own children in tow, but also two little boys who had lost their families and begged to walk with her. When the guards decided to split up the group and make everyone hand over their money and jewelry to them for "safekeeping", Lori hid hers in her clothes. During the journey people got sick, died, or became separated from Lori's original group of 50. Exhausted, and not having eaten any food for days, they accidently stumbled upon the Thai border. To their horror, the Thai soldiers did not want to accept them and said they would send them back. They abused the group and raped the women. Lori managed to save a 14‑year‑old girl from the soldiers. The group, then down to 40, was told that a truck would come to send them back. They sobbed, begged, and finally just waited in defeat. Great was their relief when, miraculously, a United Nations truck pulled up and the soldiers were given orders not to send the people back, but to give them food and water.

 

A 24‑hour bus ride later, the group arrived at a Thai refugee camp, where Lori and her husband and children lived from 1979 to 1981. As her father was Thai and she could speak Thai, as well as being smart, Lori had the privilege of working for the camp Commandant General. She had learned French in school, but France said no to her immigration application, and so did America at first. But Thailand accepted her, so she was moved to a Thai camp. Food was better; they gave her two cans of rice and two fish a day. Lori however was not satisfied to just sit there, waiting like most of the others, and started a weaving business in the camp. She remained there until her sister, who had escaped earlier and immigrated to Hawaii, sent a letter sponsoring Lori. America then accepted her.

 

Once in Hawaii, Lori did not want to hold out her hand to receive benefits. Though she did not speak a word of English, she started sewing and made clothes, including Hawaiian shirts that she sold at swap meets determined to provide for her children and give them a good education. But her hardship did not end there. She had a third child, a boy, who appeared to be sick. Lori thinks because of medication that had been administered to her in the Thai camp while unaware she was pregnant. The boy developed seizures and Lori had to helplessly watch him lying in coma until he died at the age of 22. During those years, she and her husband became estranged and later divorced.

 

One day in 1990, when Lori was taking a day off and relaxing on the beach, she was spotted by her present husband, Jerry Brown, an American who had moved to Hawaii from California. Jerry had owned several companies and Lori's entrepreneurial spirit struck him. Thanks to his help and encouragement, Lori started a cleaning business, took an accounting course at night school, and became an American citizen. She built her one-woman cleaning business into a successful enterprise of over 100 clients, making around US$150,000 a year. She was loved and respected by everyone, clients and employees alike. Never forgetting her roots, she hired any Cambodians that entered the country.  Happily married for 23 years, Lori and Jerry retired in 2006. They travelled the world, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of Lori as a little girl. To date they have visited 33 countries together. She has been back to Cambodia several times, for the first time with her children in 1997, 18 years after she escaped the killing fields with them. Tay, her daughter, and Tam, her son, are exceedingly proud of their mother. Both graduated from college and are successful in their careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori and Jerry have spent several winters in Ajijic. While here, Lori sews beautiful dresses for local Mexican children and donates them to Needle Pushers.

 

Lori's courageous journey to freedom ultimately ended thousands of miles from her homeland. Today, even though Cambodia has made immense progress, the scars of the war remain visible. The country is marked with 30,000 mass graves, and 40 percent is still covered by land mines. About 85 percent of the population lives off farming, in part because the Khmer Rouge executed the country’s academics. Despite its scars and the past suffering of its population, Cambodia is a beautiful country, with lush green vegetation and great historic sites. And Cambodia's people are friendly and helpful to visitors.

 

Lori is very thankful each day for the freedom she and her two children enjoy. Her message: "Whatever situation you are in, don't lose hope. What is past is past, don't dwell on it. Focus on the present and look to the future".


 
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General Membership Meeting at Tepehua

Posted by Carole Wolff on Dec 01, 2013
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Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C. will be visiting Tepehua, located on the hillside above the downtown Chapala, for our Tuesday Meeting, December 3rd, 2013. This event is in place of the regular Tuesday Meeting at the Hotel Chapala Real. 

 

Susan Netherton, Vice President of Tepehua and a member of our club,  will be the host.   There will be a complimentary lunch, cash bar and a tour of the grounds. All members and guests that need to carpool need to meet at 11:30 AM at the Walmart Parking lot in Ajijic at the intersection of the Carraterra and the Libermente to travel to the site. 

   

The Mission of Tepehua is in helping a village to help itself.  Tepehua Centro Comunitaro AC is committed to providing assistance to families in the Tepehua community of Chapala, one of the poorest in all of Jalisco. Offering support through education, counseling, nutrition and health with the hope of bringing back independence and self-respect to the people of the village.  The website for this organization is http://www.tepehua.org/ .

 

Any questions please contact Anita Hocker, Club Administrator by emailing her at ganitahocker@gmail.com or call her at 766.2010.

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Rotary At It's Best

Posted by Julianna Rose on Dec 01, 2013

Ajijic Rotary Club celebrated November as Rotary Foundation Month

 

Ever wondered how Rotary Clubs manage to fund the many, sometimes expensive, community projects they are involved in? Of course, they do fundraising like all other on-profit organizations, depending on the generous support of local businesses and lakeside residents, and heavily rely on their members, known as Rotarians, to physically help and spend many hours on projects, using their expertise and talents. But that is not the only way that Rotary Clubs can maintain their local activities.

 

The Rotary Foundation plays a fundamental part in empowering Rotarians to take action to improve lives in their communities. The Rotary Foundation helps fund the humanitarian activities of the Clubs, from local service projects to global initiatives such as the eradication of polio throughout the world. The Rotary Foundation, founded in 1917, has awarded more than US$1.9 billion in grants, which are distributed by local Rotary Clubs. However, there are 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, and to obtain a grant from the Rotary Foundation, a Club has to go through a time-consuming application process, whether or not in partnership (matching grant) with another Rotary Club. The Foundation is very selective. Its decisions are based on assessed community needs and the commitment of experienced project managers. A thorough review of each application in terms of post-funding sustainability is also part of the process. In adherence to Rotary International standards, projects must be completed on time and within budget. Officials from the Foundation may come to view and inspect a site for themselves.

The Rotary Club of Ajijic has been serving the community and making a positive difference in the Lake Chapala area since 2002. It is very fortunate to have 42 dedicated members composed of Mexicans, Americans, Canadians, and other nationals, who work in Mexico or are retired here. They are leaders, and business or other professionals. The Club currently has 19 international partners in other Rotary Clubs in the USA and in Canada.

Among recently completed projects in the last year or two are:

A solar energy water and electric system, together with commercial kitchen equipment, at Hope House;Industry-standard woodworking machines and tools for a comprehensive furniture making training program at Hammers;

A solar energy system at Love in Action;

Computer lab equipment and musical instruments at the San Nicholas de Ibarra Secundaria school;

A potable water facility in Tlachichilco.

 

The Rotary Club of Ajijic is excited to have the following community projects constituting the current project plan, and for which the Club is seeking partners and funding:

Love in Action Facilities Repairs. Maintenance repairs to buildings, and upgrading of kitchen equipment.

Humane Education Alliance. Anti-violence/bullying prevention/intervention and conflict resolution curriculum for lakeside public schools.

San Juan Cosala Malecon Expansion. Additional recreational facilities.

San Juan Cosala Soccer Sponsorship. Funding to purchase uniforms, shoes, and equipment for the formation of a soccer league.

Stop Hunger Program. Distributing meals in poverty-striken/poor areas.

Ajijic Fire Department Equipment. Fire trucks, apparatus, personal protection equipment, and an ambulance

Tepehua Young Adult Education. Educational program for drug and violence prevention, and sexual awareness with gender perspective for young adults.

Hope House Multi-Sport Field. Building an athletic field where the boys can exercise, learn different sports, and learn how to be team players. The field would also benefit the local village of Ixtlahuacan.

Codeni Dance. Workshops for developing dance and music skills, and providing positive alternatives to urban street life and delinquency. The program is intended for all youth at risk in Guadalajara and other communities.

Hope House Industrial Arts/Literacy Training and Agricultural Training. Outfitting an existing facility with tools for life-skills training purposes. Providing a solar water heating system, a storage shed and tools. In addition, the purchase of fish, seeds, and other items to yield a thriving aquaponics system for providing both food and a meaningful agricultural training for the boys.

Tepehua Maternal Health. A contination of the Maternal Health Program. Education and prevention instead of just curing problems.

Habitat Tepehua and Foundations of Hope. Teaching the men in the local community how to repair and build, especially foundations that will not move or crack, and contain water pipes for connecting to city water supplies.

Wheelchair Distribution and Seating Clinic. Providing wheelchairs and other mobility equipment to disabled poor children and adults in Guadalajara and the surrounding area, including the training of physiotherapists.

Hands On. Providing labor and addressing maintenance needs of two orphanages and a community center.

And of course Education. The Club's long-established program Scholarships, for which the Club has set up an Endownment Fund that enables others to contribute to the program; and the ongoing program ARDAT (Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy), which utilizes trained dogs to help children improve their reading skills and teach them respect for animals (and hence for each other). This should help prevent violence and bullying.

 

To contact the Rotary Club of Ajijic, view photos of projects, or obtain information about membership, please visit www.rotaryajijic.org.

 
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Rotary Club of Ajijic Year 2014-2015

Posted by Carole Wolff on Nov 13, 2013
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President Juan Eufracio Marquez Flores, Treasurer, Gin Pelzl and Secretary, Carole Wolff would like to thank our Membership for re-electing us for the year 2014-2015 and President Hal Brown for 2015-2016 as a team in working on making the Rotary Club of Ajijic the best it can be in our community, national and International.

President Juan spoke to the Membership on our continue effort as a club to focus on our special projects with  community and the importance of each member to work within their committee groups as an important strength in making things happen.  He also spoke of our need to work on the retention of our membership through friendship and respect and to remember that we are here to serve our club and community.
 
Again thank you for your trust and support in electing us for these leadership positions for Rotary Club of Ajijic Year 2014-2015.  We promise to serve you you well as a club and to the community.
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Welcome to our New Members!

Posted by Mac Whyte on Jan 01, 2012

Welcome to Jim Ewing!

Joining Jim, (L-R) Ann Drake, Public Relations, Jim, Alicia Salcido, sponsor and President Sandra Loridans Image

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Rotary Supports Education

Posted by Marvin Harthcock on Nov 28, 2011

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Rotary Club of Ajijic currently sponsors eleven students with scholorships at the Chapala Preparatory (high school). Pictured with Marvin Hancock, Rotary scholorship chairman, are six of the students at a Rotary luncheon where Marvin spoke on "Education in Mexico - It's not Free."

All six of these girls want to go to the university and appreciate the value of a college educaton.

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Festival of Brotherhood Showcased Project Mac Whyte 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fund to Fight Faine in Africa

Posted by Mac Whyte on Sep 30, 2011
In response to the humanitarian crisis which hit parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, the Foundation has established the Rotary Fund to Fight Famine and relief to refugees in the Horn of Africa, through which finance reconstruction projects in the affected areas.

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in six decades, which has caused a severe famine in parts of Somalia and triggered the displacement of hundreds of thousands of residents to Ethiopia and Kenya for assistance. The victims number more than 10 million in the drought-stricken countries, of which 3.7 million are in danger of starvation.

Cash contributions to the Rotary Fund to Fight Famine and relief to refugees in the Horn of Africa will be recognized for Paul Harris Fellow recognition - Extraordinary Giving.    Although donations are credited to the contribution goals set by clubs and districts, the donations will  not count toward the goals of the Annual Fund Programs.

Inquiries about contributions should be sent by email (contact.center @ rotary.org) Contact Centre or by phone at +1 866 976 8279.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kordell (jennifer.kordell @ rotary.org) at +1 847 866 3104.

It is hoped that your Club will make a decision to support this project.


Mr. Manuel Nandayapa Garcia.
Govt. RI Dist 4150.


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Welcome to our newest member! Mac Whyte 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

Community Service

Posted by Mac Whyte on Sep 03, 2011

 Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker


The board selected new proposed project ideas to move forward for development at their August 25th, 2011 meeting.   No funds were allocated for any of these ideas;

Reverse Water Osmosis-Love in Action. The system installed needs to be upgraded.

Vocational-Sewing, Bakery, Horticulture. Love in Action. The training of students in skills that will enable them to enter the job market is critical.  This project involves building remodel, purchase equipment, furniture, materials to start programs, funds for trainers in the first year.


Maintenance-Love in Action  Window, screens, plumbing


Solar Energy-Electricity/Water for  Hope House-Goal is to reduce electricity and gas costs throughout the facility


Health-Tepehua CC-Facility is in the process of setting up a free health clinic for the community.  Equipment, furniture, consumable are needed.


Education-Tepehua CC-Vocational programs to teach employable skills in sewing, woodworking, house keeping.  This would require a new building, equipment, furniture, consumables. 


Facility Expansion-Tepehua CC-Expand the existing kitchen to set up a commerical grade kitchen, replace equipment, new furniture, storage, prep areas.  Provide training in cooking for clients to learn employable skills


Painting    Community    LiA, Tepehua, HH-This would be a long term project in which visiting clubs who want a "hands on activity, would provide the funds to buy paint, brushes.  A local contractor would be hired to direct the project, take care of daily cleanup, materials.


Education-Provide adult level English courses to local area emergency personnel, fire, ambulance, police. 


Education-Install new play ground equipment at Villa Infantil Orphange, San Pedro Tesistan.  



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Rotary Club of Ajijic Tops District Membership

Posted by Mac Whyte on Aug 16, 2011

The top five clubs in the district in terms of active members;

AJIJIC  44

PUERTO VALLARTA SUR 40

CULIACAN ORIENTE 40

MAZATLAN NORTE 36

GUADALAJARA (6991) 35



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Mark Your Calendars! Mac Whyte 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
A Quote from Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary Mac Whyte 2011-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

What You Need to Know About Future Projects & Funding

Posted by Mac Whyte
As we move forward to planning for future projects and funding its important to know that the expectations and rules have changed.
Areas of Focus-When developing project ideas we need to address a need within one of the 6 areas.
Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
The types of grants available to fund projects have changed.
 
 
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Ajijic Rotarians Immunize Against Polio in India

Posted by Barbara Wilson
When Rotary pledged its effort to eradicate polio worldwide, in 1985, there were 125 polio endemic countries and 71 polio-free.  Since then 2 billion children have been vaccinated in a global effort to eradicated the disease..  Rotarians alone have contributed over $1Billion and participated in National Immunization Days around the globe. 
 
One of the last countries to report a case of polio was India. It has been two years since that Indian case in West Bengal was documented.  
Since the polio virus can live in the ground or sewage for the up to three years, the World Health Organization (WHO) is about to declare India “polio free”.  
The Indian government continued its strategic approach to ensuring that all children under the age of 5 continue to be vaccinated.  
This year’s National Immunization Day was February 24, and local Rotarians, Barbara and Bill Wilson flew to India to be part of this grand effort.
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LIVE FROM LISBON! ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Posted by Barbara Wilson
In Lisbon today, Ajijic Rotarians Barb and Bill Wilson met up with frequent visitors to the Ajijic Club, Bernie and Penny St.Louis. The couples are attending the Annual Convention of Rotary International.
 
At the plenary session earlier in the day, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a 2 for 1 matching grant for new monies donated by Rotarians up to $35 million, for each of the next 5 years to End Polio Now.  Three countries; Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are still polio endemic and neighboring countries continue to be threatened by the possibility of polio crossing borders. At the meeting, one Nigerian Rotarian announced a personal donation of $1 million to help kick off the matching grant.
 
The Wilsons and St. Louis's attended training and workshops on Future Vision, global grant writing, Water, sanitation and health strategies, Rotary partnerships with the United Nations and USAID, and Rotary Foundation donations and recognition.
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Project Grants Awarded

Posted by Mac Whyte

We received notice this week that two of our projects for which matching grants applications were submitted were approved.  


The Hammer Hammers Equipment grant is for $26,277.0 USD which will cover the purchase of large equipment, small power and hand tools.


The Hope House Solar Energy grant is for $29,204.0 USD. which will cover the installation of a solar system to generate hot water and electricity.

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We Moved our Weekly Meeting!

Posted by Mac Whyte

As of February 26th we are moved our general Tuesday meeting to the Hotel Real de Chapala.  

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HANDS ON PROJECT NEEDS HELP

Posted by Mac Whyte

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The Santa Clarita Rotary Club of California has contributed $1500 (USD) for the sealing of the roofs at Love in Action in Chapala.  

Members of their club are coming to Ajijic during the period of February 7-13, 2013.

On February 8th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with time off for lunch, we are working on the roofs at LiA.  The main roofs we are working on are accessed by stairs. 

The roofs are flat. The roofs need to be cleaned and then the sealer applied.  

A member of the LiA maintenance team is directing the work.  We need a total of 10 workers.

Then at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9th, we will have a dinner with the members of the Santa Clarita Club and their spouses at the Neuva Posada.

We do need a total count for the dinner.

Please let Mac Whyte, macrotario@gmail.com, if you are planning to be in the work party and/or at the dinner.


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Visit of Tarahumara Students

Posted by Mac Whyte
At the general meeting of May 15, 2012 the Tarahumara Students visited the club as part of their annual field trip to the State of Jalisco.  The leader and organizer of the trip is Doug "Diego" Rhodes, a fellow Rotarian. The Rotary Club of Ajijic, AC had donated $350 USD to help fund the trip.  In addition club members donated personally, helped plan activities for the group and went with the group on activities. Additional photos are in the Photo Albums section.

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General Meeting Highlights for April, 24th, 2012

Posted by Mac Whyte

We had a wide range of presentations during the meeting, with the featured speaker being fellow member Victor Youcha who volunteered his expertise as a chiropractor at the Para Panamerican Games that were held in Guadalajara.  Great work by Victor in helping athletes compete!

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Induction of new member Nancy Heine
(L-R) Membership Chair Johanna Burton-Fuller, Member Walter Heine, Nancy Heine, President Sandra Loridans








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Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy (ARDAT)

Posted by Julianna Rose

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ARDAT (Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy) is an ongoing community program, providing therapy dog visits to institutions, as well as education to increase respect for animals and preventing animal cruelty in the lakeside area. The objective of the program is to utilize dogs for education, and in a therapeutic method that provides joy, comfort, and motivation to the elderly, children and adults in the lakeside area who are sick, mentally or physically handicapped, or have emotional problems. ARDAT dogs also provide comfort to victims of disasters. It has been clinically proven that great emotional and physical benefits are achieved through petting, touching, stroking, and talking to dogs. 


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Visit of District Governor

Posted by Allan MacGregor

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Maria Magdalena Sanchez de Nandayapa, wife of, Ing. Manuel Nandayapa Garcia-Governor of District 4150,

Member Norma Cannon and President Sandra Loridans enjoy the spirit of Rotary during the Governor's visit on August 23, 2011.

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What Can Club Runner do For You?

Posted by Mac Whyte
  ClubRunner is a tool to aid us in how we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively. ClubRunner is an all-in-one membership and communication software package designed for Rotary.
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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Mac Whyte
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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Whats Happening Now!

Posted by Mac Whyte
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Each week or as needed Whats Happening Now! is sent to all members.  Generally sent out by Monday of each week, it includes the past weeks meeting mnutes and the Tuesday agenda.  
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Community Service

Posted by Mac Whyte


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SUCCESSFUL PROJECT COMPLETED AT LOVE IN ACTION.
 
LiA Director Dina , Ed Gresham, Rotary Project Manager, Gustavo Marquez, Contractor

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