Rotary Meeting Notes – 1/24/19





12 WEGO Members in attendance. Visiting Rotarian: Gus Mbuy from the WC Sunrise Club.

Announcements:
  •        Souperbowl 2019 Planning is going well: 16 Beers, 13 soups, 3 bread vendors we are still working on getting additional dessert vendors
  •         Barbara is working on contacting Chaney & WC Rotaract. WC Fraternity is also attending to help.
  •         We sold 93 blocks for the Rotary Block Pool. Winners to be announced soon.
  •      Feb 14th meeting will be canceled.
  •         Membership Offer still stands. Stephanie is by far in the lead to win!
  •          Tickets at the Door will be $60 for non-Rotarians & $50 for Rotarians.
  •         WEGO Newsletter – We are going to drop the old format (pdf)
  •         Next Thursday is our final meeting before the Souperbowl. We will have a volunteer signup sheet then for the various tasks needed throughout the night.

Program:

Gus Mbuy, a member of Greater W.C. Sunrise Club since 1999, presented information on a project in the Congo, with a view to possible WE-GO involvement.

Gus is the oldest of 8 kids and was born in the Congo. He graduated from High School in 1968. Afterwards he landed a scholarship in the US and attended USLA to study microbiology. He received his master’s and PhD at Cincinnati. He and his wife have 4 kids (3 daughters, 1 son). Currently he can be found teaching microbiology at WCU. He later became a US Citizen. He was away from the Congo from 1968-2004. In 2004, he finally had the opportunity to return to his home country. What he saw was people were suffering…

EHOBO (Empowering Humanity One by One) – a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing aid to families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Congo, formerly Zaire is a country located in Central Africa. It is roughly ¼ the size of the United States, the population is approximately 60 million. Government corruption and civil war has resulted in social collapse and wide spread poverty.

A lot of kids in the Congo die from water-born disease and malnutrition. Child mortality in the Congo is the 5th highest under-5 mortality rate in the world (source: USAID). The mission of EHOBO is to reduce the rate of premature deaths in children less than 7 years of age in the Cong. Over the past 10 years they have served 7 communities; 850 families; and 2100 children. Their programs are focused on nutrition; medical assistance; micro financing; & education.  His trips are financed by Gus’ summer teaching pay and by gifts through Rotary and other friends. They also have 2 fundraising events a dinner and a luncheon. The entire team is comprised of volunteers. Upon graduation all participants receive a certificate of completion.

For more information: http://www.ehobo.org/

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