MURC Newsletter
May 12, 2021
May 19, 2021 12:00 PM
U.S. Relations with Africa
Jun 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Discussion with Rotarians from the Rotary Club Mbarara
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Finding grace, justice and purpose in the midst of tragedy
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Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
May 19  Lolla, Lori, Lori
May 26  No meeting
June 2   Mahmood, Jean, Jean
June 9   Ferd, Jean, Jean
June 16 Sandi, Carole, Carole
June 23 John, Lori, Lori
If you cannot complete your assignment, please find another member to take over your duties.  Thank you, Everyone!
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile


  • MURC will follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local guidelines for holding in-person meetings.  The club is also working with the hotel to plan future in-person meetings.
  • The MURC Board is planning an end-of-Rotary-year celebration, to be held outside, on August 18.  More to come!
  • There is no MURC meeting on May 26, 2021.
  • Upcoming Rotary Service Opportunities 
               -  Feed My Starving Children -                        MURC to resume                                          participation this fall
               -  Mentoring an immigrant                              family - watch this space for                      more information to come
  • Erik van Kuijk finished an important presentation on the use of zinc in Covid treatment.
  • Carole Peterson is in Folsom, California, to help her son decorate his first home; she says the outside of the Folsom Prison, of Johnny Cash fame, is very attractive!
  • Ellen Kennedy was thrilled to announce that attorney Guled Ibrahim, who completed a Rotary Peace Fellowship, has been selected for a Bush Fellowship; the Bush Fellowship is an investment in individuals to develop the skills and relationships to drive large-scale change.  Guled will work to close the justice gap by increasing the number of new Americans in the legal profession.
  • Mahmood Zaidi was delighted that today we would be hearing an update from Jean Westberg about
         the cataract surgery project in San Felipe, Mexico, which Mahmood                 called a landmark project that has had continuing success.  
  • Lola noted she was excited to be travelling to Miami to visit her sister!
  • Jean is ready to get on with life now that she and her husband, John, finished their Covid vaccinations.   
  • Erin Bagniewski will soon be travelling to Uganda.  
TODAY'S SPEAKER - Jean Westberg, Charter Member of MURC
Jean has been visiting San Felipe, Mexico, where she has a home, for a good number of years.  Jean and her husband, John, learned that San Felipians, many of whom are fisherpeople, have experienced more-than-normal stress on their eyes due to working in the bright sunlight, often on the water, and generally without use of sunglasses, and sometimes without caps.  Cataracts often develop in people as they age, but may be exacerbated in those with over-stressed eyes due to extra exposure to bright sunlight.    
The San Felipe villagers struggle to meet their everyday needs, and something like cataract surgery and eye care were generally unreachable.   
So, Jean and John collaborated with San Felipe Rotary and the non-governmental organization "Better Together," to provide cataract surgeries and other eye treatments to low-income blind and near-blind residents of the village.  
A grant from Rotary International, together with MURC and its partners, have funded over 100 cataract surgeries and other treatments, including preventive services, for the local community.  
This work has been a resounding success.  It has changed people's lives in ways many of us can only imagine - being poor, with lost or diminished eye sight, with not even a dream of seeing again, only to have help that restored vision.  Wonderful, remarkable work. 
Thank you, Jean, for being a great leader.  We're all proud to be associated with you and this work in San Felipe.  
To see a video on San Felipe, please click.
Bulletin Editor
Lori Simpson
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