Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Charter (July 31, 2001)
20 weeks of "TBT" memories
Week #5 (August 26 2021)
   In early 2005 we had funded part of a pilot project to determine the feasibility of generating and distributing clean drinking water in a remote area of Margarita Island (Venezuela) by way of fog collectors on Cerro Copey (Copey Mountain) in a National Park at an elevation of 900 m (3000 ft).  The project was undertaken by a Canadian charity, FogQuest.  Our contribution covered the cost of 10 fog collectors (1m x 1m in size).  By January 2008 FogQuest had sourced a contact/partner on the island and had advised the club that further work was proceeding on developing a project to install large fog collectors to provide a source of potable water to the residents there. While FogQuest was Ontario based in 2005 they relocated to B.C. in 2006 and we have not had any further involvement with their projects since 2008.
   February 23 2005 marked the 100th anniversary of the first Rotary meeting in Chicago and, as well as holding a joint meeting on that date, the 4 Guelph-based Rotary clubs collaborated on a centennial project “Rotary4Hopewell” in celebration of that anniversary: an addition to the Shelldale Community Centre that would be used for the Hopewell Homes’ Playsense Activity Centre.  The 4 clubs and their members held fundraisers, donated furniture and equipment, and contributed elbow grease by way of painting and decorating the new facility to get it ready for use.  The centennial was further marked by both the City of Guelph and Township of Puslinch by the flying at their municipal office of a special Rotary flag that we purchased for the occasion.
   May 2005 marked the first year of our participation in the Rotary Golden Triangle Camp Enterprise program, sponsoring 3 students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in Guelph.  This is a program where youth and community leaders, including Rotarians and Rotaractors, explore the nature, development and opportunities of business and the free enterprise system: 3 days of fun, learning and leadership.  We have continued to be involved with this important vocational service initiative, sponsoring either 3 or 4 students each year.  We always look forward to a visit from the students following the conclusion of the program so they can provide us with an update on their experience.
FogQuest team on Copey Mountain (Margarita Island, Venezuela) with 1 of the 10 fog collectors we funded in January 2005
Groundbreaking ceremony for addition to Shelldale Community Centre for Playsense Activity Centre, to celebrate Rotary International's Centennial.
(2nd from left: President Neil Mahnke)
High school students attending the 3-day "Camp Enterprise" residential vocational service program, hosted by 9 Rotary clubs in the Guelph-Cambridge-KW area. 
Russell Hampton
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