Polio Plus in October every year
Empowerment of women here and abroad
Eradicating Trafficking Orange County & Nepal
International Grant, $61,000 submitted for a large Water project to serve single women paired with Rotary Monarch Beach Sunrise,
Patan South Rotary-Nepal and R Star Foundation.

Rotary E-Club of the West promotes World Polio Day, October 24, 2018

Rotary E-Club of the West members submitted to their local and state governments to have Wednesday, October 24, 2018 proclaimed as World Polio Day in their city, county or state.  Only two of the 50 states contacted had been previously contacted by other Rotary Clubs.  A few states required the request come from a state citizen, and we found someone to submit in all but one state.  We were amazed by the number of proclamations we received.  Here 19 photos of those received from Wisconsin, Utah, Hawaii, West Virginia, Montana, South Carolina, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, New Mexico, Wyoming, Illinois, Mississippi, Idaho, New Hampshire, and the City of Laguna Beach.


Rotary E-Club of the West plans on making this request on an annual basis, hoping to secure proclamations from all 50 states along with city and county proclamations in hopes of publicizing Rotary’s work in eradicating Polio throughout the U.S.

Rotarians from E-Club of the West, Yorba Linda Sunrise, Los Altos, and Gachie-Nairobi work together to put forth Rotary’s 1st Global Grant for the environment and fruitful co-existence of animals and humans in Kenya.


Rotarians in California (Rotary Clubs of Yorba Linda Sunrise, E-Club of the West and Los Altos) have galvanized the support of San Diego Zoo Global to put forth Rotary’s first global grant to benefit the environment and the fruitful co-existence of animals and humans. With the support and enthusiasm of their host partner, the Rotary club of Gachie-Nairobi, they are working to create a sustainable and creative project that meets TRF Conditions and Guidelines.  

The proposed project will take place in the Northern Rangelands Trust  (NRT) in Kenya, which is a community-led, non-governmental organization with 35 community conservancies across 11.1 million acres.  The project is a three-pronged community development approach designed to support wildlife clubs for children, teacher workshops in conservation science and conflict mitigation for pastoralists’ livelihoods and eco-tourism.  

The Areas of Focus are Education and Literacy and Peace and Conflict Resolution.  The estimated budget is $197,000 and will take 2 years to complete. These community-led projects seeks to build peace and security in the region, protect wildlife, increase awareness of natural resources management, create sustainable businesses linked to conservation and inspire wildlife appreciation and conservation awareness.

Rotarians have been working with San Diego Zoo Global for the last year hoping to bring about Rotary’s first global grant to benefit the environment and the fruitful co-existence of animals and humans.  The President of the San Diego Zoo Global Foundation is a Rotarian and he along with his staff have worked diligently with Rotarians to see how we can join forces within the context of TRF Conditions and Guidelines for a global grant.  Our hope is to galvanize a worldwide team of Rotarians who can help us with their technical/social/educational expertise AND their enthusiasm.


Project Details:

    • Current Areas of Focus – Education and Literacy, Peace and Conflict Resolution
    • Primary Host Club – Rotary Club of Gachie-Nairobi
    • International Host Clubs – Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Club, Rotary E-Club of the West, California, District 5320
    • Cooperating Organizations – San Diego Zoo Global, Kenyan Northern Rangelands Trust
    • Project Name – Community Development Initiatives in Samburu and Maasai Communities in Northern Kenya
    • Project Scope – A three-pronged community development approach (educational support for children, capacity building for educators and veterinary paraprofessional training -capacity building of animal care staff).
    • Project Length – 2 years
    • Project Budget – $197,000
    • Rotarian Action Group Involvement – Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (Dr. Christopher Puttock, Chair-Elect), Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species (Dr. Tom Tochterman, Chair)
    • Rotary Clubs – Interest and Support from Clubs in southern and northern California, India and South Africa so far

Brief History of San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG):

San Diego Zoo Global’s guiding principle when developing conservation projects grows from an understanding that conservation initiatives that focus solely on wildlife without regard to people and cultures are not sustainable.  They develop programs that help build and support collaborative initiatives that benefit both people and wildlife.

For over 15 years, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) has been working in Kenya chiefly through the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). This community-led collaborative program seeks to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The community conservancy model represents a shift in land tenure and ownership in Kenya that formally secures rights to natural resources for pastoralist communities. The community conservancies increase socio-ecological resiliency, improve governance, and support sustainable development of the region through additional economic opportunities, such as through growth of responsible tourism, support of women-led craftwork businesses, and access to livestock markets.

R Star Foundation: Women helping Women and Children in Nepal … therefore the world.

Rosalind Russell, 2018-2020 President of our club, is the founder of R Star Foundation and has been providing goats to families in rural villages in Nepal since 2003 and is now providing greenhouses.  The goats provide relief from hunger and are bred into herds which provide income for those devastated by poverty and the recent earthquakes.  Each of the women who receive goats stipulates she will “pay it forward” by providing two offspring goats to another woman in need.  The ability to be generous with the gifting of these goats has empowered the women almost as much as the receipt of their original goats.  The cost of one goat is $200, which includes microfinancing for the village women.

    Village women gathered for a meeting.     

   Suntali Danuwar in front of her unfinished home where she is drying her clothes. She has been a beneficiary of R Star since 2003.

R Star’s mission is to help needy families in rural Nepal gain economic independence “one goat at a time” – but the nonprofit goes much further than that, facilitating education for children and women in a country with a 92 percent illiteracy rate in its rural villages.

This year R Star provided 30 bamboo greenhouse for the earthquake damaged Nepal villages they support, with a need for 18 more greenhouses to be sponsored (at $600/greenhouse).  The greenhouses offer year-round organic farming, adding to the meager income they get from only two seasons working in the fields each year.  R Star greenhouses produce up to four crops per year, in some cases, five. The plants are started by organic seeds the villagers have for each growing time. Being organic means they bring in higher prices as organic produce is pricier.

Our club’s Executive Secretary, Kim DeBroux is the President of R Star Foundation and works with Rosalind to provide for the women and children in 51 villages in Nepal.

You can get more information or donate at


Tech Trek Central Oregon at OSU-Cascades in Bend, OR

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Our Society tells girls and women that they don’t belong in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. As early as first grade, children have already developed a sense of gender identity, and most have developed unconscious bias associating boys with math. Toys still reinforce rigid, highly gendered stereotypes that encourage only boys to build or engineer.

At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away. By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college. Especially in engineering, physics, and computing, female college students are likely to be outnumbered by men in their programs. With some important exceptions, schools dedicate few resources to recruiting and retaining students in fields that are non-traditional for their gender. Women who do graduate with a STEM degree enter a workforce that is historically unfriendly to them. And once they get there, stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of academic departments and workplaces continue to block women’s participation and progress.

But the low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo we can live with. It has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation.  This is why the American Association of University Women in Bend, Oregon decided to create a week long STEM camp for girls matriculating into the 8th grade in Central Oregon, who are from under-served backgrounds, to explore and celebrate their interest in STEM. They target girls from mostly rural schools who 1) demonstrate some interest in STEM learning (determined by nominations from math and science teachers) 2) are in the academic middle and are 3) less likely to have exposure to STEM due to socio-economic status, residence in a rural or under-served school, identify as students of color, are identified as English language learners, have a disability, or a combination of these factors.

Tech Trek is a residential, week-long summer STEM camp at OSU-Cascades. 72 girls stay on campus, eat meals in the dining hall, and attend core STEM classes during the first half of the day. During the rest of the day, girls go off campus to expand their knowledge and experience with STEM careers in workshops or on field trips. In the evening the girls attend social events, picnics, and have fun bonding together.

The university campus experience is one of the most important aspects of the camp, as all campers have the opportunity to live the life of a college student. Living in a dormitory, eating in a dining hall and attending classes for a full week, this immersion encourages the girls, and indirectly their parents, to visualize college in their future. The cost to send each girl to camp is $1,162, of which each family is only asked to pay $50 and the rest is raised from grants and donations.

Central Oregon has growing STEM industry networks from software development to semiconductor manufacturing, aviation innovation, a growing bio-tech industry, among others. Tech Trek increases the reach of the local AAUW network to increase opportunities for STEM professionals to interact with, partner, influence and serve as STEM role models at Tech Trek camp.  2018 is the second year of the Central Oregon camp, however Tech Trek camps started in California in 1998 and have been proven to make a real difference in encouraging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  AAUW surveyed campers who attended Tech Trek in California from 2006 to 2009 to find out how the camp is helping narrow the gender gap in STEM. The evaluation results show that Tech Trek ignites the spark of learning that stays with girls their whole lives.

Our club made a substantial donation to the 2018 Tech Trek.  Kim DeBroux, our club’s Executive Secretary and webmaster, is the Tech Trek Central Oregon camp Co-Director.  To find out more about Tech Trek Central Oregon, or to donate and help sponsor a girl, visit the website:

National Marrow Donor Program

My volunteering helps save lives social badge  One of our members volunteers with the National Marrow Donor Program on a monthly basis, helping to save lives by delivering transplant materials to donors in need.  For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match ® , operated by the National Marrow Donor Program ®  (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, working every day to save lives through transplant.  Learn more at


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