Students from AMA work to improve Lake Atitlan
At the last meeting in March, 9 fifth/sixth grade students from the Atitlan Multicultural Academy (AMA) in Panajachel, along with their teacher, were recognized for their efforts to improve the condition of Lake Atitlan by planting tul along the shore of the lake. By helping to reforest the tul along Lake Atitlán, students work to promote the lake’s ability to cope with environmental contaminants while improving local economies through the handicrafts made by local tuleros.
The students spoke about their concerns about Lake Atitlan and were awarded a “Save the Lake” Certificate. During this project they also developed a slide presentation about ways those who live around the lake can join in efforts to help save the lake.
Their teacher, Joe Dvorak, is from Tully, NY, was a Rotary Youth Ambassador to Spain as a high school senior, representing Rotary District 7150.
Mama Hope and El Arbol de Niño
Three representatives from Mama Hope, an international global development program, Katie Carey from Boston, Katrina Boratko from San Francisco, and Ingrid Villaseñor from Panajachel, presented their plans for a partnership to develop for an eco-school in Panajachel,El Arbol del Niño.
Building will take place over the next three years, and when completed, in addition to a holistic educational center for 100 students, El Arbol del Niño will develop an ecofarm employing local families and an ecotourism program with birdwatching and hiking opportunities.
Rotary Meeting in Guatemala City, April 1
On April 1, William Boegel, President and Mayra Tobias, Secretary, represented our club at the meeting for Presidents and Secretary Training (PETS), an annual program for updating the leadership functions of Rotary clubs. In attendance were the governor-elect, current past governors, assistant governors, district instructors, and a large group of Rotarians in leadership positions throughout the country, providing an enriching sharing experience for all.
The presence of our local officers at this type of activities generates contacts with other national clubs and allows us to present information about our achievements toward the fulfillment of our goals, in addition to fulfilling our club obligations and responsibilities.
Learning more about procedures with Rotary International helps our club members learn more about the benefits of Rotary membership, while at the same time building strong friendship ties with other local Rotary groups.