World Service 2015 – 2016 Committee Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

June 9th – Year end wrap-up

Attendees:

  • Kara McKernan
  • Todd Fischer
  • Scott Gill
  • Susan Mahoney
  • Mark Smith
  • Dave Bennion

Agenda

Purpose of meeting was a year end recap. No spending decisions or votes taken.

2015 – 2016 World Service Funding Sources

  • $4810 – Club Service To Communities budget 2015-2016
  • $500 – Released funds (unable to get matching grant)
  • $7,220 – Released funds (unable to get matching grant, need to spend in Ecuador)
  • $13,900 – Semilla Nueva – carry over from 2014 – 2015 waiting for grant approval
  • $517 – Firkin Frolic
  • $98 – Happy dollars

Total: $27,045

2015 – 2016 World Service Spending

  • $5,000 – Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project
  • $5,625 – Village Hope Gari Factory
  • $2,220 – Esmeraldas Microcredit Project
  • $13,900 – Semilla Nueva

Total: $26,745
Unspent: $300

2015 – 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Special Fund Drive

$2,405 – raised from Rotarian donations to address the urgent needs due to the devastating April 16th 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the Pacific coast. The funds were routed to our long time partner club in Bahia.

Project Status

Burangi Kenya

In its sixth year, built 8 Km access road, created a self sustaining health care center opening on Feb 23rd, and started economic development focused on chickens and a fish pond. Future focus includes mentoring, leadership development and assistance to scale the economic projects to a level that allows a critical mass of individuals to transform this community.

Semilla Nueva

Grant application re-submitted and approved May 26th. Great effort by Kara! Funds will be used primarily to purchase hybrid high protein maze seed, replantable high protein maze seed, and rice seed.

Esmeraldas Microcredit Project

On April 21st, Keith Axtell reported they are delaying sending in the grant application until the Progress Report for the current microcredit project is submitted. They will use the information in the Progress Report to fine tune the current grant application. I told Keith that Rotary Club of Boise will carry over the $2,220 into the 2016 – 2017 budget.

Village Hope Gari Factory

Grant approved March 22nd. Factory in place with equipment installed. Tractors arrived late May. Project in the early stages with factory equipment needing tuning, fields needing planting, and lots of mentoring and training to get the factory operating effectively. Regrouping with Village Hope, Freetown Rotary club and Boise Rotary club on best path forward.

Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project

Grant application, minus budget section, drafted January 26th by Bob Almquist. Grant application will be submitted in 2016 – 2017.

Gorongosa National Park Ambulance Project

On May 4th over 240 Rotarians, friends and family enjoyed an evening at a fund raiser at Zoo Boise. In addition to providing a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship, the event also raised over $6,800 towards the Global Grant for improving medical services to the people living around Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. The grant is sponsored by the Boise Sunrise club and has been approved by The Rotary Foundation.

March 3rd – emergency meeting to discuss final funding for Village Hope grant

I need to find the meeting minutes so I can post them.  Bottom line is Kevin Learned moved that the remainder of the $3925 WSC uncommitted funds go toward the Village Hope grant.  It was moved and the vote approved.  Later when the final number from The Rotary Foundation came in, only $5,625 was needed.

Feb 18th – Firkin Frolic wrap up and Gorangoza project update

Attendees:

  • Steve Merrill – Guest
  • Kevin Learned
  • Todd Fischer
  • Scott Learned
  • Scott Gill
  • Susan Mahoney
  • Kevin Allen
  • Mark Smith
  • Dave Bennion
  • Jon Bart

Action items:

  • Todd to contact attendees to see who will be attending SL fund raiser
  • Kevin Learned to contact Marianne to find out if RI will match DDF local fund grant
  • Scott G to check on scarf

Firkin Frolic fun raiser

  • $550 cleared, still have a $1000 worth of scarfs we can sell.  Scott suggested we sell the scarves at the Rotary Ball.
  • We do not have the final number for the funds raised by ticket sales.  The guess is a couple thousand dollars.  World Service Committee needs to wait until the board indicates how much of the Firkin profit goes to the WSC.

Commercializing Cassava as a Poverty-Reduction Strategy in Sierra Leone

The Massory community and Village Hope built the Cassava processing factory building in January.  Equipment is in the queue waiting on the grant approval.

We have received an invitation to show case the project at the Rotary International Conference.  Ken Howell is attending the RI conference and will be representing the project.

Andy and Ken will be hosting a fund raiser for the Sierra Leone project.  Date is March 8th.  You are invited to attend as long as you RSVP Todd.

The grant application is almost ready to submit.  The last item is the Virginia district DDF match amount needs to be agreed to.

Gorangoza Medical Transport Project

Steve Burns Zoo and Jim Hansen presented the project to downtown Rotary club in Nov 2015.  Sunrise club has connections with the Boise Zoo.   Greg Carr’s organization started in 2004 to save the wildlife in Gorangoza Park.  Sunrise investigated what medical needs of those living around the park.  4 projects are all in need of a vehicle to reach the other ½ park perimeter villagers.  $48.3K  project with 20% train new medical support staff, 80% for vehicle.  Have secured commitment for the DDF funds, hopeful to raise the needed club funds in this fiscal year.  Need $12K in club funds.  Have $6K commitments from clubs.

Boise Downtown WSC will need to vote on support for the Gorangoza project once we know how much unspent funds are available for World Service projects.

Jan 21th – Firkin Frolic scarf sales planning meeting

Attendees:

  • Marianne Barker – Guest
  • Kevin Learned
  • Todd Fischer
  • Scott Learned
  • Scott Gill
  • Susan Mahoney
  • Kara Rousselle

Action items:

  • Todd and Kevin to send pictures to Scott
  • Todd to bring computer and display for scarf table
  • Todd to make sure two copies of the club Global Grant memo of understanding get signed and turned into Marianne
  • Todd to check with club board on overall understanding on funds available to World Service Committee to commit to international projects

Scarf sales at Frikin Frolic:

  • Scarves will be in line with where everyone walks into the beer festival.
  • 120 scarves total for sale $20.  Some sales have already occurred.
  • Kevin, Susan, Kara, and Todd will staff table.

Project committed funds:

  • $5,000 – Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project
  • $2,000 – Sierra Leone Cassava Project
  • $2,220 – Esmeraldas Microcredit Project
  • $13,900 – Semilla Nueva

Projects under consideration:

  • Burangi Kenya – grant that focuses on water and sanitation projects, with a heavy emphasis on education.
  • Gorangoza Park Project – mobile health care unit

December 7th – Holiday Party

Attendees:

  • Mark Smith
  • Kara Rousselle
  • Kevin Allen
  • Kevin Learned
  • Todd Fischer
  • Other family members

Rotary Club of Quito Occidente (District 4400) Esmeraldas microcredit project

A vote was taken and approved to contribute $2220, which is the remainder of the Ecuador funds raised last year, for the Esmeraldas microcredit project.

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Attendees:

  • Mark Smith
  • Kara Rousselle
  • Kevin Allen
  • Scott Gill
  • Susan Mahoney
  • Kevin Learned
  • Jon Bart
  • Todd Fischer

Commercializing Cassava as a Poverty-Reduction Strategy in Sierra Leone

The meeting focus was on the Sierra Leone SL) poverty reduction project that our club is teaming up with Village Hope (VH) to implement.  Jon recently returned from Masori Sierra Leone providing an update on the progress of the project.  Jon also gave his talk he is presenting to other Rotary clubs and asked for feedback.

  • Ebola wrapping up in Sierra Leone. Need 42 days with no new cases to be declared Ebola free. Sierra Leone is currently at day 23.
  • In 2007 Village Hope was created. Since end of Sierra Leone civil war in 2002, there have been two fair elections, with a  competent government in place.
  • Masori gets 9 feet of rain a year. The gently rolling hills and soil conditions are suited for agriculture.
  • Life in Masori – no electricity, very few vehicles, most kids have had malaria, most have intestinal parasites, very few kids attend school, most are malnourished.
  • Since 2007, Village Hope has built schools, water supplies, tractor lease program, and  teacher computer training class.  When doing the post-project analysis, VH felt they did not transforming lives.  This caused a paused in the direct activities with an analysis on what it would take to really make a difference in the everyday life of a Masorian.
  • VH has recruited five Sierra Leonians – with expertise in business and agriculture.DSCN0404
  • New VH strategy is to start medium size commercial business.  This will pay real salaries and still generate profits. Use profits to fund those projects so near and dear to Rotary – health, education, clean water.  These can be funded in a sustainable way if the community itself can generate profits to invest in the community.
  • In SL, cassava is the 3rd largest source of carbohydrates.  Cassava is dry roasted to produce gari.  People use gari to thicken soups and stews.  We know of cassava as tapioca is made from cassava.
  • Currently there are 180 acres of casava ready to harvest. This is 15,000 tons in the ground.  There are six local ports in which the gari can be sold.
  • Goal is for a 500 acre farm, 60 to 80 employees, benefiting 300-400 people, with a starting wage of $3.50/day moving to $20/day. Expect around $200K/year surplus for funding community projects.  An example project is the Farmers Assistance Program, a great tool for farmer education and access to needed supplied to further reduce malnutrition.
  • VH has received donations for building structure. From Rotary, need $66K for pledges, with $66K DDF and $100K TRF to meet funding needs.
  • Freetown Rotary has primary oversight in country. This project will bring Freetown club back up to max 10 active GG projects.
  • There are nine communities in project area. One of key local people on the VH team grew up in one of these communities.

From Jon’s trip report:

Dr. Donald Plumlee, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and I were in Sierra Leone and Nigeria from September 21st to October 2nd.  Our main goals were to select the site for our gari processing factory.

We met our main collaborator, Rotarian Lansana Sesay, in the morning and had meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Peace Corps, and a construction company. We then headed for Masori, one of the villages where we are working. We arrived late and were reunited with the residents there and with two of our senior managers, Usman Fornah and Muckson Sesay.

In Masori, Don and a group of village residents cleared and surveyed the site. The discovery of a black-necked spitting cobra under some boards in our old processing building there provided some excitement. These snakes can project their venom up to ten feet, and often aim for the eyes. The venom irritates the skin and can cause temporary, and even permanent, blindness. Fortunately, no one in our party was injured.

We identified the site for our new processing factory and then left for Nigeria. There we visited a fabricator who specializes in cassava equipment and a cassava processing factory. A few days later we were on way home after a whirlwind but successful trip.

September 21st

Attendees:

  • Kara Rousselle
  • Kevin Allen
  • Kevin Learned
  • David Bennion
  • Todd Fischer
  • with special guest Ireland

Decisions:

  • $5000 club commitment to Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project
  • $2000 club commitment to Sierra Leone Cassava Project

Action Items:

  • Kevin Learned – Work with Vivid Roots to get an updated commitment for matching funds for the Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project
  • Todd Fischer – Send Pintag Ecuador school pictures to Peg in MN.  Kevin Allen has her contact info
  • Todd Fischer – Check with Marsha Almquist on their club’s thoughts on Group Study Exchange
  • Kara Rousselle – Find out about the donation amount of $1,954 to see how much of that is for WS

Discussion Notes:

  • Dave Bennion is exploring how Group Study Exchange (GSE) works under the new district grant model and how GSE funding could impact other projects funded by district grants.  Dave feels strongly that a two way exchange is the most effective.  The idea was floated to see if a GSE could be done in concert with a World Service project to leverage the partnerships in place with international Rotary clubs.  The timing would be a year or two in order to get the partnership and funding in place.
  • The existing paperwork with Vivid Roots doesn’t mention a specific project.  Need to get an updated commitment for matching funds for the Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project.

2015 – 2016 Available World Service Funds

  • Club budget 2015-2016 – Schools – $3,845
  • Released funds (unable to get matching grant) – $500
  • Released funds (unable to get matching grant, need to spend in Ecuador) – $7,220

2015 – 2016 Committed World Service Funds

  • $5000 – Pasochoa Ecuador Water Project
  • $2000 – Sierra Leone Cassava Project