NOGALES VISIT AUGUST 2, 2013 J. Ruland
SADDLEBROOKE ROTARY CLUB
As reported in the notes from the first visit with the Nogales Rotary Club at their installation function, this visit was to better understand projects the NRC is planning for 2013-14. The SRC members, Tom Turriff, Pepe Estrella, Neil Deppe, Bill Pohnert, Mark Miller and John Ruland were met by NRC members and escorted to the Nogales Mayors office for the initial meeting. This meeting and tour will covered in a separate report. Following this tour the combined Rotary group met at their club house to continue discussions.
Club House is an understatement – the location is actually the Rotary Community Center. Monday to Friday each week starting at 4 pm, a group Rotary Ann’s and volunteers, conduct free training sessions in home making, hair dressing, barbering, business, arts & crafts for adults, Tae Kwon Do for youth and other activities. The volunteers train interested members from the community who then apply the knowledge to make items for sale, or practice a skill for income. We were shown many of the items made for training and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. A need for TKD equipment was mentioned. Floor training mats, uniforms, protective gear, etc.
Scholarships (school supplies) for Rotary Community center students were also mentioned.
The projects planned for this year were then presented in more detail. The description following is not by priority, but in the order presented.
· Dr. Jesus Bojorquez, a dental surgeon, described an epidemic of Rickettsia, a disease similar to Rocky Mountain Fever. This past month 2-3 deaths were reportedly caused by the disease. As with Rocky Mountain Fever the vectors are lice, fleas and ticks, with ticks likely the most prevalent. The major cause is poor hygiene practices in dwellings that does not identify the presence, nor the source of the vector, that could be the family dog or pet.
On August 10th, in co-ordination with a general trash clean-up organized by the city, the Nogales Club will have veterinarians at the center to administer 1500 treatment doses to dogs, brought in by community residents, to kill the parasites. They will send out information through about 1500 high school students, and have a speaker truck driving around with the announcement. Reported cost is $1.50 per dose, cost covered by the NRC.
Further education for control and treatment of the disease will be sent through the schools.
· President Rodolfo presented a power point providing further information, statistics and data available on the Renal (kidney) disease study. This is in early stages and will be developed further as the year progresses. Pres. Rodolfo will send a copy of this study to SRC for our information and use. The goal is to test and identify symptoms for further treatment.
· The need for wheel chairs and other orthopedic hardware was repeated. This was linked to the Children’s Center visit covered in the alternate report.
· Water – an immediate project that will request assistance and/or help with RI grants. Dr. Jesus explained the problems in school facilities. Drinking fountains, outside faucets connected directly to the water supply do not have adequate filtration nor treatment. A plan is being developed to provide a filtration system to properly treat any source of drinking water. The system uses a cartridge filter unit installed in a container prior to the water distribution piping. A source for a system in Hermosillo was shown. They estimate a package unit cost of $1500. Not sure if this included installation.
· Horse Therapy – an expansion of the program was again mentioned. Charro, the vet, has been supporting the program for the last 3 years, with help from parents or friends of participants. Any suggestions or help from SRC would be welcome.
During the discussion after the presentations, President Rodolfo explained the planned development process using the RI sources for guidance. They will forward their completed study plans with problem, solutions, cost, timing, etc for SRC use to determine how, when, and magnitude of help that could be offered.
Later, Rodolfo indicated he would assign their priority to the projects, and a suggested priority for SRC
A possible source of revenue generation for NRC was discussed. President Rodolfo said he had seen the Cell Phone project on our web page, and thought this might be of interest. He will discuss locally and let us know. Pace, the buyer of the cell phones, has indicated to us they will send the funds to any location designated, however they cannot provide pre-paid shipping from outside of the U.S.