For those of you who attended this meeting, John and I apologize for our intermittent participation from a travel plaza in upstate New York!   Thanks to incoming President John DeBettignies for beginning the meeting in my absence, and filling in whenever we became disconnected! 
 
The meeting included some reflections on my year as Richfield Rotary President, a presentation by Sandhya Gupta on the small international project our club supported in 2019-2020, and the proposal approved by the club for 2020-21, subject to approval by the District 5950 grants committee.   
Reflections on 2019-2020 Program Year
I am proud to have served as President of Richfield Rotary in 2019-2020, and am gratified at our progress and accomplishments throughout the year.  Click here to read some personal reflections, “thank yous” to members who have made special contributions throughout the year. 
  
International Project Update
Due to the pandemic, Sandhya Gupta was unable to travel to the U.S. this spring to meet with area Rotary clubs that have supported past small international projects, several of which have focused on supporting science and math education through Aavishkaar, the organization founded in 2014 by Sandhya to “replace rote memorization” with “active, hands-on learning” that nurtures a “joyful relationship with science and math.”  In 2019-2020, Aavishkaar-trained teachers brought science and math experiments to students in 15 schools.  Additional Aavishkaar programs benefitted 10,000 students, 400 teachers, and 730 schools across India.
 
Small International Grant Proposal Approved for 2020-2021
On a motion by Brandt Krueger, seconded by John DeBettignies, club members authorized a contribution of $1000 toward a small international project that, if funded, will provide nutritional and hygiene needs for the Musahar communities of Bihar, made up of daily wage landless labors who are severely hit by the lockdown due to Covid 19.   Richfield Rotary will serve as the primary applicant, with additional financial contributions from the Bloomington Noon and Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Clubs.  Click here to read the full proposal.
 
Sandhya also invited individual Rotarians to support the non-governmental organization, Nari Gunjan, founded in 1987 to support education, health, and empowerment of Dalit girls and women in Bihar.   Contributions will be used to provide additional COVID relief to the Dalit community.
Please make the checks payable to "Bloomington Noon Rotary" with "Nari Gunjan" in the memo line. Please mail the check to:  Karen Moore, 1350 Rosemary Court, Hastings, MN 55033.  Thank you for your generosity!