Posted on Jan 17, 2021
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Past District Governor Bob MacDonald presents the Restroom Matron with a ceremonial shawl at an event honoring her for her conscientious cleaning and maintenance of the public restrooms (restrooms on the left). The Shimoga Rotary Club purchased the Matron a home next to the public restrooms.
 
On Tuesday, January 12th, West Springfield Rotarian Bob MacDonald gave a presentation highlighting the Rotary Club of West Springfield's long history of service projects in Shimoga, India.
 
Under Bob's leadership, the Club has coordinated seventeen projects, from 2008 to present, targeting community needs that fall under Rotary International's Areas of Focus.  In his presentation, Bob spoke about each of the projects, the impact they had on the Shimoga community, the Rotary International Global Grants program that provided the funding and the framework to orchestrate the projects, and his trip to India to see firsthand the projects at work.
 
As an example, the photo above shows the Club's 2014-2015 project which brought public restrooms to the city's marketplace, meeting Rotary International's cause of providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.  Prior to the project, there were no restrooms at the marketplace, leading to poor hygiene and its related negative health effects.
 
To finance the 2014-2015 project, the Rotary Club of West Springfield spent $5,000.  Rotary District 7890, of which the West Springfield Club and sixty other western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut clubs belong, also spent $5,000.  In addition, the Shimoga, India Club and District made contributions, and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International matched the Club donations fifty cents on the dollar and the District donations dollar for dollar under the Global Grants program.  After the matching, the project's total budget was $33,871 US Dollars.