Posted on Sep 22, 2020
 
On Tuesday September 22nd, the Rotary Club of West Springfield welcomed Rick Lawrence as its guest speaker.
 
Rick joined the Manchester, Connecticut Rotary Club in 1978 and has served as the District 7890 Chair for Water & Sanitation Projects for the past six years.  In 2014, Rotary International presented him with the ‚ÄúService Above Self" Award- Rotary's highest honor which is awarded annually to a maximum of 150 individuals throughout the world.
 
While vacationing in Guatemala in 2006, Rick attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala, making the initial connections that resulted in twenty-five sustainable clean water and sanitation projects completed from 2007 through 2020.  Combined, these projects have raised in excess of $1 million dollars, providing clean water and sanitation to 2,429 families, representing 14,784 men, women, and children.  His presentation included efforts to fund another two villages in Rotary Years 2019-2021.
 
The Rotary Club of West Springfield has been an annual contributor to these deserving projects.