Local Rotary Club makes a global difference

Local Rotary Club

Many people don’t understand the positive impact local Rotary Clubs make, not only in their surrounding communities, but also in other countries throughout the world. Rotary clubs such as the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke can participate in international projects which often help less developed countries in ways only limited by the creativity of the participants. Some focus on providing clean water to areas with limited access to it, while others could include building a new school or helping build local economies.

On December 6, two members of the Rotary Club of Marana, Mary Strauss and Randy Brooks, will present a program about their recent trip to Cameroon where they are laying the framework for a new international project. Every international project requires a host club, which is responsible for the oversight and implementation of the plan and an international club, which writes the grant and helps raise money to fund the project. The Rotary Club in Cameroon will act as the host club, while the Marana Rotary club will serve as the international club. The main goals of this project are to increase “Economy and Education” in Maroua, the capital of the Far North Region of Cameroon. The villagers in this area often struggle to make ends meet, and since the legal marrying age is 15, most girls are married off before being educated due to financial constraints.

The economic aspect of this project will focus on providing fabric, sewing machines, embroidery machines and other supplies to the locals so they can create and maintain a new income stream. Also, the Rotarians plan on also providing 30 head of cattle to provide milk and eventually meat for the village. The education aspect will focus on digging a new well to be used for a garden to feed school children who can’t walk home to eat lunch during the day, building the school six new latrines to combat sanitation problems and providing new school supplies for the classrooms.

Join the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club for lunch on December 6 for a special presentation from our neighbors at the Rotary Club of Marana, where you can learn more about this amazing organization and how you can get involved and start truly making a difference.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke, www.saddlebrookerotary.com, chartered in 1997, meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at SaddleBrooke One. For information contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or wguyton17@gmail.com.