Jay Davies—Africa Peace Corps and Alaska Experience

March 23rd

Jay Davies discussed his early years in the Peace Corps and in Alaska. Jay and his wife served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, where they worked on community projects, including planning and construction projects. After the Peace Corps, he returned to his native North Dakota, and then decided to go to a warmer climate…Eagle River, Alaska. Jay worked on a variety of jobs in Alaska, helping with major construction projects. One of his favorite projects was a school in a remote village–all the building materials had to be brought in by cargo plane. The school eventually became a community center and is still in use. Jay learned about Rotary in Alaska, participated in an exchange program, and eventually joined the Rotary Club of Eagle River, where he became president. He later moved to the Washington area, joined our club, and served as president in the early 1990s.

Rock Creek Watershed Cleanup April 22

March 16th

Once again, we’ll be getting our feet wet picking up trash in Rock Creek Park in April. Our adopted site is at Beach Drive and Kensington Parkway, where we have removed dozens of bags of trash over the past few years. We’re hoping to involve our Rotaract Clubs this year. For more information, contact Kevin Flynn. Rob Follit (shown at left) promises better weather this year.

Take action during Rotary Water and Sanitation Month!

March 10th

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

Clean water and sanitation is a human right, but not everyone is afforded that right. Rotary members are providing communities with sustainable access to safe water, improved sanitation, hygiene management training.  When people, especially children, have access to clean water, improved sanitation facilitates, and better hygiene habits, they lead healthier and more successful lives.

During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we encourage members to work towards Rotary’s goal of providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030.  Here are just a few examples of club service projects that are working towards that goal:

In Nepal, the Rotary Club of Durbarmarg collaborated with their twin club and the Rotaract Clubs of Phulbari and Eco-Himal Nepal, to provide access to safe drinking water for students at a government school. Students were drinking visibly contaminated, untreated water directly from the water source. Rotary members installed 14 low-cost colloidal silver-enhanced ceramic water filters with strong filtration systems. These filters were manufactured locally, and are a traditional practice in availing safe drinking water to those lacking access.

In the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Lubang Island trained mothers and children living in rural mountain areas on proper handwashing and sanitation methods.  The community was getting their water from a local river and not washing their hands regularly.  Club members trained the community how to keep their hands clean while conserving water.

The Rotary Club Loja Los Zarzas in Ecuador aimed to provide safe water in the province of Loja to improve the living conditions of 50 rural families.  Members installed a small pumping system powered by a solar panel, a distribution tank, a basic sanitary unit(shower,hand basin and toilet), a wastewater treatment system, and then implemented an organic family garden irrigated by gray water.

In India, the village of Kolawade was consuming unsafe water delivered by a rusted 40-year-old water pipeline.  The Rotary Clubs of Pune Central and Pune Kothrud came together to provide a new pipeline for the village, allowing 1200 villagers to have access to clean and safe water.