November 7, 2018 – Rotary Foundation, Ugandan Learning Center, Andra Watkins, novelist
Through a scheduling mix-up, we had three speakers this past week, but those in attendance were invigorated and charmed by all three of the speakers.
- Bonnie Korengel, representing District 7454 Rotary international and assistant regional Rotary foundation coordinator
The Rotary foundation was founded over 100 years ago. All the projects supported by the foundation have now been fit under six major areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
Statistics to illustrate these issues: 400 million children immunized against polio every year, one in three people worldwide lack access to a toilet, 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water, 59 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school, 750 million adults are illiterate, 2/3 of them are women.
To these ends, the foundation has a fund drive every year with the slogan EREY: Every Rotarian Every Year. Our local chairman is Lou Richman.
The money raised by the foundation is kept for three years, and the earnings on this support the administration of the fund. After that time, the money is returned, to be used for district grants (in 2018-19, $86,563 came back to District 7450) and half is used for global grants.
- Barbara Wybar, administrator of Wybar Learning Center in Bududa, Uganda
Barbara is a Quaker called to go to Uganda, where she has helped to run the Learning Center. The biggest project currently is a vocational Academy, where seven categories of skills are taught to locals.
Our club as a tradition of donating money for support of this center.
- Andra Watkins (andrawatkinslcom) is a novelist interested in historical phenomena. She wrote a novel about the supposed suicide of Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark), and then decided to publicize this novel by walking the 444 mile Natchez Trace.
Andra gave a very stimulating description of getting started on this walk, and how she eventually bonded with her father. She wrote a memoir that is very touching in its description of the changing relationship that she has had with her father because of this trip – Not Without My Father. She has written three novels based on historical circumstances, all available both in print and as e-books.