Officers & Directors
Four Avenues of Service
Rotary International Theme 2008-2009 Make Dreams Real
District 7980, Club 6738
April 1, 2009
Pledge: Marcelo Martins
God Bless America: Don Zehnder
Invocation: John Ford
Four Way Test: Mike Elser
50/50 Winner: Joe DaSilva
Song: The Battle Hymn of the Republic - chosen by Don Zehnder
Food Bank: $80.00 was collected
SaA: Duncan fined Mike Elser, Manny Vieira, John McCormack, and Joe DaSilva.
Duncan played an April Fool joke on his puppy Lulu. He told her they were taking her for a nice ride in the country, but took her to the vet to get fixed instead. How mean!!!
Jeanine had a happy dollar for the YMCA's phone-a-thon. They raised just under $5500 in one hour!!
General fine: Anyone that did not participate in the phone-a-thon paid a dollar.
Announcements & Information
Jane Walsh reminded everyone of the GSE brunch April 19th welcoming the teams from Germany and Guatamala.
Thursday, May 7th at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, the GSE teams will see a show , "Rock Legends". Please see Jane as soon as possible if you are thinking of attending. There will also be a Friendship Party at Rick Benson's home on Friday, May 8th.
Marcelo asked for volunteers for Sargent at Arms for the District Assembly Thursday, April 23rd. Please see Marcelo to sign up.
Jeanine announced the soon there will be Duck Race Tickets available for sale. Remember, for every ticket we sell, we receive one half of the sale price. Buy a lot of tickets.
Anne Butler is looking for sponsors for her participation in the MS Walk. Anne will bring her sponsor sheet next week for us to participate.
David DeBisschop - Speaker
Debra daSilva & Joe Iannuci
Birthdays and Anniversaries
none this week
John McCormack - 4/12/06
Rebecca Zandvliet - 4/7/99
Manny Vieira - 4/1/72
Rupi Rupwani - 4/30/00
Our Speaker Today
Speaker host, Peggy Dufresne introduced David DeBisschop.
David has gone to The Dominican Republic and installed BioSand filters in the communitites that house sugar cane workers. In La Romana there is no indoor plumbing or running water in the homes or shelters. Since January 2008, the program of BioSand filters has installed over 800 filters in these homes. The program is run out of the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana. The filters are constructed on the hospital site and transported to the remote regions of the workers. Each filter is then "sold" to the families or individual at a cost of 100 pesos or $2.95. This transaction gives the family ownership of the filter in the hope of continued upkeep and maintenance. The families are taught to maintain and clean the filter when necessary. The incidence of gastrointestinal disease has drastically been reduced in the regions where the filters have been installed.
The construction of the filters begins with a mold. 170 pounds of concrete is poured into the mold. The housing is removed from the mold and then 2 types of gravel is poured in layers into the bottom of it. 2 or 3 tablespoons of clorox is added, then 75 pounds of washed and sifted sand is added. Dirty water is poured in and then clean, filtered water is forced out of the spigot. The filters remove and kill 90% of ecoli bacteria and 99% of organisms.The last item to be placed onto the outside of the filter is the Rotary International ensignia.
Absent Members Today
Brian Barrett, Mary Connolly, Barbara Csanka, Jonathan Farmer, Ginger Fennell, Tracey Kelly, Cathie Mauritz, David Mulhall, Tony Purcaro, John Roman, Rupi Rupwani, Michael Steir, Debbie Wheelahan, Rebecca Zandvliet
Upcoming Club Events
Annual Meeting at the Waterbury Club - June 24th
Happening Around the District and RI
April 19, 2009 GSE Inbound Teams Welcome Brunch
April 23,2009 District Assembly, Sheraton Four Points, Meriden
May 1-3 2009 District Conference, Newport, Rhode Island
May 15, 2009 GSE Farewell Brunch/Memo of Club visit due to DG
June 21 - 24 2009 International Convention, Birmingham, England
AREA CLUBS FOR MAKEUP AND INFORMATION LINKS
Silvermine Tavern - Norwalk - Monday 12:15 pm
The Inn at Newtown - Newtown - Monday 6:15pm
John J Sullivan's Restaurant - Ansonia - Tuesday 12:15 pm
The Waterbury Club - Waterbury - Every other Tuesday 12:15 pm
Sandwich Man - Seymour - 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:15 am
Brownson Country Club - Derby - Thursday 12:15 pm
Crowne Plaza - Southbury - Thursday 8:00 am
www.rotaryeclubone.org online makeup
P.O. Box 484
Naugatuck, CT 06770