Yesterday I attended the weekly meeting of the San Miguel de Allende Mid-day Rotary Club. I first learned of this meeting from the folks at Casita Linda, one of the many non-profits that receives funding from the Rotary Club.
I shared a bit about Berkeley College's connection with the club both on the District level (7490) as well as the local level (Bergen and Passaic counties) and the service of our very own Teri Duda. The attendees were pleased to learn that Berkeley also started the first Rotaract Club in Northern NJ and still supports the club to this day, now at our Garret Mt and Paramus campuses.
The visit was also a bittersweet one for me, as my late father, Stanley Milton Frasier, was an active member of the Rotary Club in our hometown (Mays Landing, NJ) for more than 35 years and served as President from 1968-69.
In addition to Casita Linda, the San Miguel de Allende Midday Rotary Club supports the following organizations in the area:
Hospice San Miguel - The first full comprehensive Hospice facility in Mexico.
Computadores Pro Jovenes - Refurbishes computers which are donated to local schools and students with special disabilities.
Diabetic Retinopathy Camera & Diabetic Retinopathy Laser Machine - There is a severe diabetes problem in Mexico, especially in this area where 13% suffer from diabetes and 10% of those are in danger of losing their eyesight. The Rotary Club has committed funding for these two machines.
Casa de los Angeles - Day care center for children of single working moms who come from the outskirts of town to sell their wares in the market or work in homes, restaurants, etc.
Los Torres Water Project - Together with Rotary Clubs in U.S. and Canada, they are launching a water harvesting project to provide safe drinking water. The 92 families living there are now drinking water heavily contaminated with fluoride -- which causes brain and bone damage.
You can visit this Rotary Club's website at: www.rotarysma.org