Christmas party, December 21
A holiday celebration was held at the Cacique Inn, with about 18-20 members and friends attending. Pictured are: members Mohamed Gohar and Mayra Lisbeth Tobías, with guest, Norma Bajan Balan, Country Director for the organization Starfish.
2018 Belize Project Fair, reported by David Griggs
Dr. Will Boegel, David Griggs, and Carolyn Johnson, a Rotarian from Maine, attended the Belize Project Fair, January 26 and 27. Belize did a wonderful job of hosting Uniendo América, the 2018 Rotary Central American Project Fair at the Best Western Hotel in Belize City. On Friday evening, they treated attendees to dinner, drinks, and entertainment at Old Belize on the waterfront. One helpful feature was the placement of the display tables around the perimeter of the room, with tables and chairs in the middle for people to chat or have serious conversations about projects.
A highlight of the program was a series of informative talks. Azka Asif, a Program Communications Specialist in the Rotary International Service and Engagement field, gave a presentation entitled “Engagement Opportunities to Enhance your Projects.” She talked extensively about the community assessments which now are mandatory to include in international grant applications, as well as resources which are available for those clubs who are putting together grant applications.
Carolyn Johnson, representing the Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors, spoke about the wealth of assistance that Cadre members can provide to clubs in planning, monitoring, and evaluating grant applications. Other talks included valuable information on the Rotary Foundation, the WASH in Schools Target Challenge, and Rotary Action Groups.
A.J. Garis of Bend, OR, met with with e-club’s president, Dr. Will Boegel. AJ’s Rotary District in Bend, Oregon, sent him down to investigate international service opportunities in Central America.
The Rotary Club of Punta Gorda, Belize, provided impressive presentations on a number of programs: a four-school waste water treatment/drainage/fencing project; a medical waste incinerator; a photovoltaic system for a school; a project for women’s shelter, education, and outreach; a WASH proposal for sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene, and education in two villages; and a proposal for a solar water pump for a village.
Luis Godey represented his very active Rotaract group from San Ignacio, Belize. The Yalbac School Project seeks to pay the cost of tuition and school supplies for students who could otherwise not afford to attend school. The Rotaract School Refurbishment Project aims to conduct repairs and provide necessary equipment to schools. The Maternity Care Project would like to provide new mothers with maternity baskets containing prenatal vitamins, diapers, bottles, and informational packages.
Rotary representation at community information and engagement room for Mardi Gras celebration at Panajachel Colegio Internacional
David Griggs, Vivian Harvey, and John Van Lante presented information about local efforts in remediation of Lake Atitlan, including the tul reforestation project.
The immediate goal is seeking more volunteers for the twice-monthly tul program, with the long-term goal being to involve the Panajachel community in the efforts to save the lake.