Friday, June 5, 2015

Local Rotarians Come Through….Again!

It is with GREAT appreciation to the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club (the Noon Club), sponsors and participants of this year's "Evening at Erna's" that we THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the incredibly generous donation of $3035 from the evening's proceeds. Rotarians and the staff at Erna's Elderberry House volunteer their time, energy and passion to make this an unforgettable evening. 

This donation and the continuing support of Rotarians throughout District 5220 (Central California) supports educational opportunities and clean water projects in developing communities.

Rotarians' motto of "Service Above Self" is exemplified by the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club.

Haiti Here We Come !!

We had our last organizational meeting yesterday in prep for next week's trip to Haiti. We are so looking forward to seeing our friends, sharing some activities at the school, visiting Jean-Ronel and Chedlin Michel's Kids Club of Pignon, talking with the folks at Haiti Outreach about another well project, touring the hospital and maybe even getting in some sightseeing. Very busy, very rewarding trip. 

We will have three first-time Haiti travelers with us; Melissa, a local business women, Roberta, a retired teacher and Rachel, a medical professional. We are excited about sharing our experiences and hearing their impressions of this life changing adventure. 

This will be a short trip so we are forgoing long car rides on the wicked rural Haiti roads and flying on a five passenger plane from Port-au-Prince to Pignon. The charter operations are run by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). With their weight restrictions we may not be able to take all of our school supplies with us on the flight. MAF has graciously agreed to store this excess luggage and deliver it on a future flight. We all plan to diet so we'll be allowed to bring more school supplies and soccer balls. 

So many people have stepped up to make this trip a success. They include: Mountain Area Soccer League, Drs. Brosi and Horasanian for toothbrushes and toothpaste, Rev. Sandy West for more toothbrushes (These are a huge hit with the kids at school), Mandy and Kris at Oakhurst Office Outlet, Oakhurst Rotary Clubs, Bob and Cathy Wood, Jesse Chadwick, Trudy Shields, Fran Bruner, Lauren Madden, Maggie Butterfield and so many others. 

More info and pictures later…..