Panama Rotary Trip

Panama Rotary Trip, March 17th:
Today we took a short flight to David, a community of 200,000 and the agricultural bead basket of Panama. For some 18 years our Rotary district in Kansas has partnered with the 15 Rotary clubs in Panama, doing many different service projects; at every project we do, there are local Rotarians who implement the SERVICE project.

Typically, the Rotary foundation matches our funds, the local Panama club matches the funds, and by volunteering their time, our giving is multiplied many times over. Additionally, Rotary is very strict about insuring accountability; we painstakingly account for every dollar and emphasize long term solutions and programs with long term value. We are trying to teach people to fish, not just give them fish. We are largely here today as ambassadors for Rotary, assessing and grading our past projects, following up on the dollars and work our district has participated in the past.

Today, we open the basketball court our district has funded as well as a ground breaking ceremony at a new playground park located within the local city of David Woman and children's hospital. This hospital serves the indigenous local native Panamanians who live in the surrounding mountain village. Both projects are dedicated to one of Rotary's true ambassadors, the late Dr. Bill Grimes from Smith Center, Kansas, who came to Panama no less than 15 times. Dr. Bill was dedicated to "Service Above Self."  We are privileged to have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps; largely because of his efforts we are treated as "Rock Stars" everywhere we go here.

May I (we) invite you to be part of us, Rotary, the world's oldest, largest service organization? We are 1.2 million strong, in over 200 countries. We go places the US government and churches are not allowed. We are ambassadors for peace and good will, leaving a positive legacy in this world. 
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