As an amazing entrepreneur, Abby will share with us her road to success from Iran to Bethesda. In addition, she will discuss her sponsorship of an intership for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management CTE student from Edison High School. She and Sue McWilliams, the Internship Instructor at Edison and an ownermanager of a local restaurant, are going to collaborate on a multinational menu at Oakville Grill. Food for thought: NB Rotary should consider having the monthly social dinner at Oakville Grill with different multinational menus.
NB Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Poona Downtown of India are submittig a Global Grant application to Rotary International to provide sustainable drinking water to a tribal village in the Borghar Area in Maharastra State of India. The purpose of the project is to ensure availability of water for farming and drinking throughout the year in one of the most neglected tribal villages of Ambegaon Taluka of Maharashtra, India.
Water is the essence of rural economy in India. Rain is the primary source of water for this hilly region. The construction of watersheds and plantations will raise groundwater level and prevent unhurdled run off of rain water and soil loss. The rainwater saved by this project will provide fodder and biomass to the community and increase the number of crops in a year. Throughout the year, it will give the community a dependable source of drinking water.
The availability of water will prevent the migration of people from rural to urban area to meet the necessity of their livelihood and it has the potential to the reverse migration trend. Since the watershed are to be built with continuous Contour Trenches,Water Absorption Trenches, Stone Bunding and Plantations on it’s border, it is expected that the life of the watersheds will be at least ten years making this a long term sustainable project.
NB Rotary Club’s commitment to the project is $10,000. Hat’s off to Bob Sanowane for fundraising 90% of the funds. To donate to the project, please send a check to the NB Rotary Rotary Charitable Foundation of North Bethesda, Inc.
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”