This is my favorite time of year! Plus, I now work at Oklahoma City Public Schools, which means I get a full week off for Spring Break to spend time with my family, get a jump on some spring cleaning, squeeze in a site visit at the Artesian for our Rotary Weekend Getaway May 3-4, and get ready for our new adventure at Mid-America PETS later this month.

This month’s Rotary theme is Water and Sanitation, which is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. While most of us have the luxury of clean water, that is not the case everywhere, even for some parts of Oklahoma. In particular, the town of Picher, Oklahoma comes to mind. Mining waste runoff into the town’s water supply poisoned residents. There’s more to this story, and if you’re interested, click here. While it’s rumored that there are still a handful of residents who call Picher, OK, it is mostly a ghost town of abandoned buildings and massive sinkholes.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

If you are interested in getting involved in Rotary’s work for clean water and sanitation, you can join the Rotarian Action Group (RAG), WASRAG which invites Rotarians from around the world to join them and engage in the battle to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all. Any Rotarian interested in supporting WASRAG can Get Involved with their activities and be Linked to global WASH assistance efforts. To learn more or join in, visit wasrag.org.

 

Jessica Sherrill
Rotary District 5750 District Governor