This will be the fifth consecutive year the Chemainus Rotary Club has sent a work team to San Antonio Palopo in Guatemala. It will be the 4th trip for Tom Andrews and the first for Susan Martin, Derek Hardacker and David McCormick. The team leaves Wednesday Jan 31 for the 2 week venture.
Before The Trip
Here is our Guatemala team for 2015. This year our focus will be on repairing damaged stoves and stove pipes plus all the extras we did last year. We invite you to follow our blog and encourage you to post comments as we go. We will be in Guatamala Feb 8th until Mar 1st, 2015
Google tells us we had a enough views in 2014 to fill the Sydney Opera House 4 times. It is rather fun to watch the number of clicks on our blog but more important is the more clicks the more people are aware of the desperate needs of our Guatemala friends. We encourage you to tell your friends about our blog and encourage them to “follow” the blog.
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Last night was the last chance we will all be together before our February 22 departure. The occasion was marked with a group photo by Art with our team shirts. During the meeting we were able to talk on the phone with the Rotarians already in Guatemala. The materials are in place for us to made and install 30 or more beds. You may like to check out Graham’s blog , http://grahamandvickiguate.wordpress.com, to learn about some of the difficulties working in the villages.
Thank you to Susan Martin and her assistant Christina Godbolt for opening the doors at The Book Nook to host ladies night. The evening generated just over $200 for both the Little Town Christmas and the Rotary Guatemala project.
The Book Nook Coffee House and the Flowering Tree Natural Spa on Oak Street in Chemainus are hosting a silent auction in support of the Guatemala project on November 26th, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Ladies only, bring you mint condition jewellery , bags, boots or home decor items for auction and join the fun. Proceeds will be split 50/50 between Chemainus Rotary Guatemala project and the Little Town Christmas Society.
For further information or to donate items if you can’t come call Susan at The Book Nook at 250-246-9188
Each team member will be responsible for all their own travel and accommodation but fundraising is under way to provide items for the needy in Guatemala. A garage sale was held on October 19th and generated over $800 to buy supplies in Guatemala. A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated items and made purchases.