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Alpharetta Rotary Makes Impact in Nicaragua

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Alpharetta Rotarians continue to spread good will throughout the world. A group of Rotarians traveled to Nicaragua from February 6 – 13, 2016 for an international service trip coordinated through HOI, Inc. and Communidad Conne

Alpharetta Rotarians continue to spread good will throughout the world. A group of Rotarians traveled to Nicaragua from February 6 – 13, 2016 for an international service trip coordinated through HOI, Inc. and Communidad Connect. The team consisted of club president Kirk Driskell and his wife Deena, John and Karen Hipes, Bennie Shaw, Bill Weeks and Tori Alterman.

The Rotary team traveled to the mountains of northern Nicaragua and stayed on a coffee plantation overlooking the east shore of Lake Apans called Finca El Peten. They worked in the nearby Los Robles community and provided concrete floors for houses with dirt floors thereby improving the health of those families; built an indoor stove that vents smoke outside the house to improve the health of that family; cleared land to help establish a new cemetery for the community; promoted health and sanitation for 60 children in the community; and provided the local clinic with medical supplies and hygiene kits that were donated by Alpharetta Rotary club members. At the conclusion of the trip, the team spent a day in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua and toured the city, took a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua, and visited the Mombacho volcano.

The Alpharetta Rotary team traveled to Nicaragua to work with and learn from the people of Los Robles, to help improve the health and quality of their lives, and to further Rotarys mission of Service above Self. Team leader John Hipes said, Nicaragua is the land of lakes and volcanoes. It is a beautiful country inhabited by beautiful people. While the people who live in the remote mountainous area of Nicaragua are poor and have many needs, they are rich in spirit, industrious, and very welcoming. It was a privilege to work with them in their community, learn about their lives, and as a result, learn more about ourselves.

President Kirk Driskell stated, Ive served a lot in Central and South America and this is the first time I served with the community rather than serving the community. The community of Los Robles and their willingness to help those in need is an awesome example of Rotarys motto of Service Above Self.

Rotary Club of Alpharetta

The Alpharetta Rotary Club was chartered on March 23, 1983. Its membership is comprised of approximately 115 men and women representing a broad base of business and professional activities in our community. We are committed to making our community, both locally and worldwide, a better place for all of us to live. We meet every Friday morning at 7:15 AM for breakfast, fellowship and a program with speakers from the academic, business, professional, political and entertainment arenas of metro Atlanta. Visit us on the web at www.alpharettarotary.com.

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