A busy week for Southampton Rotary hosting international guests

First boat tour of Croatians left for Chantry Island
… and then it was time for the second group to go over
Cameroon visitors presented gifts to Southampton Rotarians that included traditional, hand-made garb

Southampton Rotary had a busy last week when it hosted two different Rotary groups from very different parts of the world.

The first group consisted of 11 Rotarians from Croatia while the next group of two came from Cameroon in Africa, worlds apart.

Rotary Croatia

The Croatian delegation were all professional people that included surgeons, an architect, biomedical scientist, professors and engineers, who were part of a cultural exchange following a  visit by Canadian and U. S. Rotarians to Croatia in May.

Sasa & Terezija Silvija Marenjak with son Dino and Rotarians Geza Kocsis (L) and Tony Sheard (R) strolled through Pioneer Park and along the Capt. Spence Trail

Although their visit in Southampton was short, they had the opportunity to visit a variety of sites that included Inglis Falls, the Bruce Peninsula, Regal Pointe Elk Farm and Maple Syrup Sugar Shack and, finally, they went on a tour to Chantry Island

Sasa and Terezija Silvija Marenjak were enthralled with the Monarch Butterfly pods

Rotary Cameroon

Ibrahim Yaouba President of Cameroon’s Rotary Club of Kumbo

Rotarians from Cameroon however, had other stories to tell.  Ibrahim Yaouba and Chin Medorni from the Rotary Club of Kumbo, NW Cameroon were in Canada to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto as part of the Hand-Up program.

(L) Tony Sheard, Chin Medorni and Ibrahim Yaouba

The program involving over 50 Rotary Clubs and  Interact Clubs has invested over $2 million during the past 20 years in Cameroon to bring convenient, clean potable water to over 100 communities.

Yaouba and Medorni told stories at the Southampton Rotary June 20th meeting of how the water project is nearing completion and how it has made a dramatic difference to the people.

Where they once had to drink the water from the same scarce sources as their cattle, and with many suffering water borne diseases, the four villages with some 10,000 residents now have a source of water that is spring fed and delivered by gravity taps within their community at a total cost of approximately $70,000 U.S.

The Hand-Up program also focuses on basic education and literacy, economic and community development and providing hospital equipment and supplies to rural hospitals. For more information on the many projects, visit: https://www.facebook.com/rotaryhandup/