Exchange Student LeoExchange Students Duda and Leo
Exchange Students Duda and Leo talked about Seattle trip with another exchange student and how fun it was to explore the wonder of Seattle with other exchange students.  

District Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts

District Governor Maureen Fritz-RobertsDistrict Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts talked about her decision to become DG, because She and her husband Dale found that Rotary projects, travel, and friendships they formed to be such meaningful and significant parts of their lives. This is her way of giving back. 
On a National Immunization Day in Ethiopia, she saw a village with a new well. The new well provided extra time for the women and children. In the course of their visit she met a woman named Joy.
 
She talked about Joy an incredibly happy person. Joy was a single mom, tiny house, without running water or bathroom, and with a dog tied up in the back yard because she could afford a fence. 
 
A year after Mo first met her, Joy received a micro-credit loan from a collaboration Mo and Dale got passionate about developing a micro-credit lending program for the women. Their club raised US$45,000, which was half what they needed. She and Dale connected with a Rotarian they met in Ethiopia, a tire salesman. On Christmas Eve he called and said that he’d asked three people, and they’d kicked in $15,000 each so they had the total $90,000 they needed.
 
For a micro lending program, they needed at least seven borrowers to spread the risk across a number of small loans. Each borrower's repayments to the program can help fund new loans that allow the borrowers to advance towards their goals. Joy borrowed $50 and started a bakery. She repaid the loan, and then it trickled down through the other seven members. She was able to borrow additional money to expand her bakery. With her business, she was able to send her two children to school. Her home had been completely painted, and she was able to get electricity and water in her home, including a television. The dog was running free in the fenced back yard. Joy showed all the other seven people that she now had a thriving business.
 
On another topic, Mo noted that Rotary has a problem. We have a duty to make sure that we properly care for the youth we’re dealing with. Rotary wants each club to have a youth protection officer and youth service chair. 
 
Mo told another story about visiting a school in Uganda. She walked into a classroom that had dozen girls of about 12 years old sitting at a treadle sewing machine. Beside each girl was a two-year-old child. The girls had been kidnapped and held as sex slaves. When they were rescued, they were brought to the school to learn a skill to support themselves and children. The machines created joy and opportunity for the girls, and the money that furnished these opportunities came from Rotary. Mo compared that joy to a buying a nice coffee a couple times a month, and instead giving that money to the Rotary Foundation. 
 
She encouraged Rotarians to consider attending the Rotary International Conference in Hawaii. She especially encouraged Rotarians to attend the District Training Conference and Assembly on May 15 & 16 in Victoria. This provides us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments for the last year and learn skills to run our clubs and make a bigger difference in the world.
 

Rotary Awards Presented

Jon PaveyBonnie Pederson

PK MaCleanMeredith Green
Our club’s Rotary Foundation chair and Mo awarded Paul Harris Fellows. Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, foundation of Rotary International, receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. Pins awarded for reaching this contribution level subsequent times have small jewels to distinguish the award level. received a PHF+5, Bonnie Pederson PHF+2, Pat Ryan PHF+6, PK McLean PHF+7. Meredith Green received a Polio Plus Society for her commitment to donate $100 per year until polio is eradicated.