Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 01, 2019
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We are currently planning to post the on line application in mid -July.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz yacht club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We will be having our fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth, with set up or clean up, or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
Ryan and Aaron Bettencourt two of our three Aptos scholarship recipients were here to share with us their plans for the future. Aaron is entering the honors program at Cabrillo to study computer science and Ryan will go the University of Nevada as a pre-med student.
Dr. Art received an award from Rotary International for donating $50,000 to the Polio Plus Program. We have six major donors in our club which is quite exceptional compared to other clubs in our district and around the world.
Second Harvest received its check from our fundraiser today. Suzanne Willis accepted the check for Second Harvest. She thanked us for our support which will fund over 75000 meals and reminded us that Oct 12th is the holiday food drive barrel wrap.
Peggy Pollard was here today to speak to the club about a Rotary International project in Uganda  which was supported by the DDF funds of this club.
They also did other events including handing out t shirts to the soccer team and handing out toothbrushes and hygiene supplies and hygiene training and ‘teaching how to make “tippy taps”  a way to improve the cleanliness of the water.
She said there used to extreme poverty in the nation but they have a stable government and things have greatly improved in the past few years. The group put in cement tanks and two extra taps for clean water and sanitation for the rest of their lives. They also built 40 composting latrines. There is a model village for the whole area and their goal is to reach 5000 people in the whole area.
Their trip was in April and they hope to do another trip in a couple of years.  Ms Pollard said the highlight of the trip was getting to stay in the village and getting to know the people in the village.