LIMA — The Lima Rotary Club will meet at noon Monday, March 2, at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima.
Speakers Bob Ruehl, Beth Seibert and Eli Zechman will give presentations on clean water to celebrate World Water Day on March 22.
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The Lima Rotary Club will hear three speakers on the topic: club member Bob Ruehl who has traveled extensively in South America helping communities build wells and sanitary facilities; Beth Seibert who coordinates the Ottawa River Coalition, an organization dedicated to the health of the Ottawa River; and Eli Zechman, a 5th grade student at Waynefield Goshen who is one of the students leading Coins for the Congo.
Eight students read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and became very passionate about wanting to help the 370+ orphan children get clean water to drink. These eight kids decided they were going to raise $15,000 to build a well (and if possible another $2,000; enough to add a restroom for them—currently just a hole in the ground at their school). They did all the research and found a person from the Congo to assist them and take the funds to the Congo to build the well, Emmanuel Cibasu (attends church with Mrs, Johns). They designed their own logo, built their own campaign “Coins for the Congo,” and put tumblers in all the classrooms. They have also been at two basketball games and have a long list of other activities they will be doing. To date they have raised about half of the money!