Welcome to the WASH E-Club newsletter

Message from our President- Rob Overly

I would like to first extend a welcome to Dr. Bob Chagrasulis of Casco, Maine. Bob, a general/ trauma surgeon is no stranger to Rotary or its WASH efforts having been the Water Management Chair for District 7810 (2007-2013) and the recipient of Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award. It goes without saying that he will be a valued addition to the club and, now that his contact information has been uploaded on Club Runner, I encourage each member to reach out, welcome, and take some time to get to know him.

With regards to getting to know each other, not that Past-President Chris Bloore has taught me the intricacies of ZOOM, we will begin to record and upload the club’s “How I Got To Where I Am” interviews with our club members which should be a great way for all of us to get to know each other. To date, seven members have agreed to begin the process so you can expect to see these talks on our website soon. Please don’t be too concerned if you have yet to be contacted. You will be in due time!

Bruce Lindsey and his “all inclusive service committee” have been working diligently on the geo-mapping project. I am sure that those of you that have been involved with the project, or have had the opportunity to “listen in” on the committee’s last meeting are aware that we have decided to dovetail these efforts with Neil Van Dine’s work in Haiti, considering the extensive amount of work that has been done there. If you have not yet “sat in” on the committee’s meeting discussing these efforts, I would highly suggest that you take the opportunity to do so. You can do this through the following link.

After a very successful initial forum featuring Beatrice Chisenga, Jessica Murison and the Gender, Power, and Social Change Issues in WASH team will be following up with a Forum led by Tiffany Cone in Bangladesh. “Reflections on Teaching at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh” will be given on Saturday, November 11, at 5:00 pm UK to 7:00 pm UK. If you are a little confused as to how that translates in your time zone, you can visit the EClub of WASH’s Google Calendar which should convert the series to the time of your zone. I would also encourage each  of our members to broadcast this Forum to the Rotary clubs in your area (or any individual or organization that might be interested. You can also cut and paste the EClub’s Facebook link to that or yours. This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to promote the very issues that we are passionate about as well as promoting our club.

The EClub’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 2pm New Zealand Daylight Time. Again, this is also on the club’s Google Calendar which converts the date and time to each member’s personal zone. This is an ALL MEMBERS meeting. Because of this, Bruce Cowan, the governor of District 9980 (which the EClub falls under) has made it a point to not only attend, but use it as his club visit. Therefore, it is extremely important that all of us make a special effort to attend. Expect an email from Chris Bloore, inviting you to the ZOOM meeting.

In closing, I would like to express my appreciation to each and every one of you. The members of this club have been extremely engaged this year and I truly believe that we are laying the foundation for what should be a very dynamic and purposeful club.
Yours In Rotary Service,
Rob Overly

This month’s Guest Speakers

Lesley Rene Stahl (born December 16, 1941) is an American television journalist. She has spent most of her career with CBS News, is affiliated with that network since 1972; since 1991, she has reported for CBS’ 60 Minutes.  An honors graduate of Wheaton College who majored in History, Stahl began her television broadcasting career at Boston’s original Channel 5, WHDH-TV as a producer and on-air reporter. She joined CBS News in 1972, and became a correspondent in 1974.  An honors graduate of Wheaton College who majored in History, Stahl began her television broadcasting career at Boston’s original Channel 5, WHDH-TV as a producer and on-air reporter. She joined CBS News in 1972, and became a correspondent in 1974.

Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet’s groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it can be replenished.

Rotary WASH eClub Weblog discussion starter:
Can WASRAG and/or WASH eClub scientists help the world address this broadly?


Paul Mason (born 1960) is a left-wing British commentator and radio personality. He was Culture and Digital Editor of Channel 4 News, becoming the programme’s Economics Editor on 1 June 2014, a post he formerly held on BBC Two Newsnight programme. He is the author of several books, and a visiting professor at the University of Wolverhampton.

Paul Mason argues, in this National Radio interview, that in our lifetimes, we will see the end of capitalism.  If he’s even partially correct, this may have profound effects on Rotary, and on the way WASRAG-supported aid-work gets funded.

Rotary WASH eClub Weblog discussion starter: How might Rotary International’s humanitarian aid and development work need to change, in terms of its overall business model?

 News and Views

Have you seen this report?

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) has produced regular estimates of national, regional and global progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 1990. This July, 2017 report makes for interesting reading which includes their vision for 2030.

What’s happening water-wise for farming?

Henning Bjornlund &Jamie Pittock. (2017) Exploring the productivity and profitability of small-scale communal irrigation systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development 33,5:685-689.


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