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All interested members and friends are invited to join us on the morning of Thursday, October 19 at 9:00 AM to visit 5 area businesses that have been recipients of rotary financed micro loans.
We will meet at the Apoyo office, Vicente Araiza #90, Col. La Lejona at 9;00AM. The 5 businesses are located in the communities of La Esperanza, Col. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Santuaro, Los Ricos, and La Cuadrilla. We will then be served lunch in La Cuadrilla.
if you plan to attend, need directions to the Apoyo office, if you are able to drive, and how many people you can accommodate. Also please notify me by October 16 so we can let the community know how many people will be eating lunch.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to speak with the individuals who have been helped to lift themselves out of poverty and hear how the loan changed their lives and the lives of their families.
Please RSVP to Norman Feldstein at email@example.com
What was your most impactful Rotary Event? Please share your story with all of us.
The three San Miguel de Allende Rotary and Rotaract Clubs were honored to host the District 4140 breakfast this past Saturday. About 170 Rotarians and Rotaract members were present to hear talks that focused on community projects, how projects are funded and monitored by Rotary International and growing membership.
There was also an opportunity for clubs to showcase their ongoing projects that are having a positive impact in the community. Our Midday club showcased the school for deaf students (EESMA), the water projects (cisterns and dry composting toilets), and the Girls Empowerment project. At the end of the meeting the Girls Empowerment Project was recognized by the District and awarded a certificate along with a prize of 5,000 MXN.
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And a Great Time Was Had by All
by Robin Loving
We have all stepped up and down from various responsibilities in our lives, but seldom with as much fun as we all had at our Step-Up/Step-Down party in gratitude for Lee Carter’s most recent presidency and Joe Ruffino’s current presidency.
Lee set the tone by giving Joe a tiny wooden gavel, saying with what we all knew was a little exaggeration, “This is all you’ll need to govern this year, for your team will handle the rest!”
Joe’s outstanding team includes an indefatigable vice president of Community Service, Andrea Spessard; the most well-connected person anyone knows in San Miguel, Vice President of Club Services Ron Lenox; six-year treasury veteran Treasurer Melody Smith; well proven Vice President of Membership Peter Fay; detail-loving Secretary Eddie Colbeth; Sergeant-at-Arms Robin Loving; and the host of the party, President-Elect Dorothy Wallstein.
“Great food, fun and fellowship,” said President Joe. “I believe there isn't anything this Club isn't capable of. The love and dedication that the membership has for the
community and one another is amazing! It makes me proud and honored to belong,” he
Watch for more opportunities to revel in Rotary coming up!
by Robin Loving
San Miguel’s three Rotary Clubs gathered for three historic firsts in July: blood donations, installations of officers, and wheelchair distribution to children.
Under the leadership of President Joe Ruffino from the English-speaking club, President Miguel Rangel Lara from the Spanish-speaking club, and President Victoria Nolasco Olvera from the young-members’ club, Rotary District 4140 Governor Pepe Garcia Leon installed each club’s 2023-2024 officers.
“We are gathered together to Create Hope in the World,” said Garcia. “This year, we are focusing our work on creating hope to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and to help achieve lasting change,” he concluded.
The three clubs then joined to create hope through donating blood. Twenty-seven Rotarians and friends participated in what is intended to become a regular activity.
“We are thrilled that most of our donors were Mexicans since this has not been a tradition here in the past,” said Nolasco Olvera.
Finally, the three clubs came together to help build, adjust, and donate more than 200 wheelchairs to children who heretofore have had to depend on others for mobility. This project has long been a tradition of the Spanish-speaking club, and now is a larger project shared by the three clubs.
The children’s ages ranged from under 1 to 18 years old. Some were orphans. Many were transported by organizations, while families brought others. Their conditions included cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, scoliosis, and encephalitis, among others. Each wheelchair is adjustable to continue to suit the children as they grow.
The average cost of each wheelchair, some of which were new and some of which were refurbished, was $3,000 USD. Each family contributed $1,000 pesos toward the cost, and the Rotary clubs raised the rest.
The children live in eight cities in the region as well as many smaller communities. The children were identified by various media and a variety of local health organizations, including CRISMA, DIF, IMSS, Institucion Caises, ISSSTE, and Patronato Pro Ninos,
Other major partners included Hope Haven West of California and Mexico which provided the assembly technicians to customize each wheelchair for each child. Two of the technicians from Mexico came in their personal wheelchairs. All of these technicians travel globally to provide their expertise.
Additional collaborators included Bajio Go for transportation, CANIRAC for food, Keller Williams Realty for additional volunteers, San Miguel Shoes for publicity, UTSMA for location, as well as Cruz Roja, Design SMA, and the Municipality of San Miguel for additional support.
“Thanks to Jose de Anda, for bringing us together for the first time in our combined 81-year history for these three impactful events,” said Rangel-Lara. De Anda founded Rotaract and is its secretary. He also is the official liaison between that club and the other two. “QUOTE FROM JOSE,” said De Anda.
Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information about Rotary, contact our President, Joe Ruffino Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.