I just wanted to check in and let you know that I will be returning from overseas September 16th and hope, if jet lag isn’t too acute, to be at the meeting the next day.
I am sorry I have been absent, but I know you all understand.
Perhaps sometime down the road, I can do a presentation to the Club and/or Board on where we are.
My travels recently have been a result of planning a strategy with our Ukrainian staff for our continued work in response to Putin’s Russian invasion and annexation of the Crimea, where our Ukrainian work had been focused. In fact, our last Dental Clinic with Gabe Rich leading was in October, at Bakchesseri Orphanage in the Crimea.
It seems we have come up with a solid and responsible plan, and will be exploring continuing our work in Ukraine, at least in the west at orphanages there.
In addition, our work in Latvia and Belarus goes on unhindered, and a main focus of my time there will be on the new school year of our ‘Fresh Start’ program, for adult orphans like Laura Gaigalniece (starting her third year of university studies, unprecedented since 95% of orphans who ‘age out’ do so with a ninth grade or lower educational equivalent) and finding $19,000 to replace the generous Rotary Matching Grants that were used 2012 thru 2013 so that Laura and Vitalik and others may continue their participation in ‘Fresh Start.’
Thank you for all you do, and for your continued support.
All the best,
Pictures of our Crimean Dental Clinic at Bakchesseri Orphanage, October 2013, including dental treatment, fluoride treatments for all orphans, oral hygiene instruction, distribution of new toothbrushes & toothpaste, visit to Simferopol Rotary, presentation of ‘Thank You’ certificate from Ministry of Education in presence of whole orphanage and staff….