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All are welcome in 2023 at the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan

What do “dry” toilets, tackling depression, colleges in prison, and schools in post-civil war Liberia have in common?


You are all invited to travel the world with the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan every Tuesday night in 2023 starting January 10th. We meet weekly at 6 pm Pacific – online and at The Davis in downtown Eugene. As always, all are welcome!

January 10th, 2023 – Mexico
How can Rotary clubs bring “plumbing” to the Wixarika indigenous community without running water? How can they reduce dysentery by 80% and protect the local water supply and generate compost fertilizer to better grow traditional glass gem corn? In rural Los Guayabos, Jalisco the Rotary Club of Zapopan is partnering with the University of Guadalajara and local communities to build “dry” toilets for 30 families. They’re teaming up with Rotary clubs from Sweden and the US as well as two other Mexican clubs from District 4140 to make this innovative and replicable Global Grant a life-changing reality.

January 17th – Nevada
Author, mental health advocate, and Food Network Chopped champion Brooke Siem, (pictured above) will share her latest book, May Cause Side Effects. “I speak on the work it takes to heal yourself in a world that demands instant gratification. I believe that if there is any chance of fighting depression on a global scale, we need to present patients with real-life examples of people who don’t just survive but thrive after depression.” We’re ready to destigmatize depression and learn how to help others who are struggling. 

January 24th – San Quentin State Prison
Aristotle in the prison yard? “Education was like redemption for me,” – Corey McNeil. Join us at Mount Tamalpais College in the San Quentin State Prison for former inmate Corey McNeil’s story. President Jody Lewen will also join us to talk about how and why they “provide an intellectually rigorous, inclusive Associate of Arts degree program and College Preparatory Program, free of charge, to expand access to quality higher education for incarcerated people; and to foster the values of equity, civic engagement, independence of thought, and freedom of expression.”

January 31st – Liberia
United Nations fellow and Liberian refugee Leo Nupolo Johnson is the executive director of Empowerment Squared. This Canadian-based NGO is active in Canada, Liberia, Ghana, and South Africa – “building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society. We do this by empowering newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities in Canada and across the world to succeed through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, professional skills development and entrepreneurship, and sports and recreation.”

Comment below for Metro’s permanent Zoom link or have dinner with us in beautiful downtown Eugene where we love supporting local business.

¡Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all of our fellow Rotarians!

Photo credit © Brooke Siem

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