Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment

Some thirty thousand retirees have settled on the north side of Lake Chapala, south of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  They come from Europe, Canada, USA and it is claimed that their economic impact on the area is more important than all the agricultural production from Mexico City to Guadalajara.  As they attempt to design a meaningful retirement, many become community development activists in the surrounding municipalities of Lake Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotepec.  The Ajijic Rotary Club and related organizations come together to raise funds.  The Tepehua Centro, which is a barrio north of Chapala, is the focus of some significant development efforts.  A small team from the Denton Rotary club visited them in October and in April to assess what might be the next steps to support the effort in the Tepehua Centro.  Rotary Clubs in Denton, Arlington and Flower Mound provided $5000 for pharmacy supplies in April 2015.  Future Without Poverty (FWOP) students at the University of North Texas( UNT) chapter provided $500 to repair one house in the barrio in 2014.  

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

An indirect route to build more sustainable communities through schools, is the thesis or question. Two of our partner schools in Guadalajara, Mexico are working to address this issue and build better communities. (www.SuBire.mx and www.colegiounionmexico.com ) One of those schools is SuBire, who in the last few years has demonstrated to parents and students how to create an “energy efficient” school–or by implication– energy efficient homes and businesses.

Solar panels atop subire

In 2013, they installed one hundred 250 watt solar panels, furthermore they installed another 100 panels in 2014 over the school’s parking lot. They estimate that 25% of the $5,000 monthly bill will be covered by solar power and that the system should be paid off in five years.

Solar panels atop school

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On March - 12 - 2011 0 Comment
Rotary District 5790 Selects Outstanding Young Professionals to Participate in Group Study Exchange Program to New Zealand

Rotary District 5790 Selects Outstanding Young Professionals to Participate in Group Study Exchange Program to New Zealand

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 11, 2011) – Rotary District 5790, representing 65 Rotary Districts throughout North Central Texas, has selected four young professionals to experience the way of life, customs and vocational practices of New Zealand through Rotary International’s prominent Group Study Exchange Program (GSE).

“The purpose of the exchange is to promote international understanding and foster goodwill,” explains Paul Geisel, Chair of the GSE Committee for District 5790. “While abroad, team members will share information about their home country through vocational experiences and presentations for Rotary Clubs and various organizations and businesses in Auckland. The group will also stay in host families’ homes, giving them the opportunity to form close and often lifelong friendships.” A team from the partnering Rotary District 9920 in New Zealand will have similar experiences in North Texas to learn how their professions are carried out in the United States.

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