WASRAG Newsletter - June 2019
Creating Lasting Change
"Every year the World Water Summit (WWS) gets better and better. WWS 11, held on 30 May, 2019 was no exception," said Julia Phelps, Co-Chair of the WWS11 Planning Committee. She went on further to say, "This Summit addressed an issue we are all facing - creating lasting change. By all reports the plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and round table discussions helped everyone deepen their understanding of the issues we face. It was a wonderful day of fellowship, learning, and fun!

Copies of some of WWS11 presentations are available on the WASRAG website. You can also download a copy of the impressive WWS 11 program and list of sponsors who made the Summit possible
B.R.E.W donates $4,000 to WASRAG
At the Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (B.R.E.W.) made a donation of $4,000 to WASRAG.

Go to the WASRAG Facebook page to watch the video of Moses Ayree, Chairman of the Rotary B.R.E.W. Fellowship make the donation to Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, WASRAG.

What a great partnership working towards clean water!
Building WASH Partnerships that Work!
As Rotarians scale up WASH programs, what can we learn? Why do some partnerships produce result and others fizzle. The World Water Summit 12 team is already working on the program to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 5 June 2020.

If you sign-up to attend WWS 12, BEFORE 30 June 2019 , you will be entered into a draw for a FREE round trip ticket (economy) to Honolulu. To register and learn more go to World Water Summit 12 .
World Water Day Competition Winners
Seedballs, river cleanups, tree planting, student educational programs, water filtration systems for a school were some of the submissions for this year's World Water Day Competition.

The Rotary Club of Voi, Kenya won $500 for the Most Innovative project and the Rotary Club of Nasik Grape City, India won $500 for the Most Impactful project

Read about these projects and all the submissions on the WASRAG Stories page
WASRAG Members of the Year
Almost since WASRAG was founded Nancy Gilbert’s diverse skills have been a huge asset to WASRAG. Her strong communications and artistic skills are evident in our wonderful logos and beautiful World Water Summit programs for WASRAG’s Water Summits.  She was also involved in developing the fantastic program for the World Water Summit 11. 
Carolyn Meub’s contribution to WASRAG is enormous. She was one of the founding members and served on WASRAG’s first Board of Directors. Incredibly generous with her time and her talent, Carolyn has served as a member of WASRAG's Board Nominating Committee and helped design powerful programs for the Toronto and Hamburg World Water Summits.
Rotary E-Club of WASH
The E-Club of WASH, is a unique on-line Rotary Club with a focus entirely on water, sanitation, and hygiene topics. Rotarians are always welcome to join by going to https://zoom.us/j/314362718

The meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thurs. at 8 pm Eastern and then repeated the following Tuesday at 12 noon Eastern. Check out upcoming meeting topics in the Calendar of Events
$5 Can Help Girls Stay in School
Far too many girls drop out of school when they reach puberty for lack of a secure way of handling their menstrual flow.  

Rotarians in upstate NY have witnessed the sheer joy of girls who have received a free MoonCatcher kit from the  MoonCatcher Project . The MoonCatcher design was invented by Ellie von Wellsheim.

The Rotary Club of Scotia NY and the Rotary Club of Namugongo Uganda are actively seeking partners to help provide girls in Uganda with free MoonCatcher kits for $5 each via Global Grant GG1872625.  

The MoonCatcher Project is always looking for Tyvek®, the rip-proof material used in overnight mailers. So consider placing a Tyvek® collection bin in an office building. Or, for a hands-on project, they can send the materials for a handful of seamstresses to hold a “MOONBEE” to assemble 25 MoonCatcher kits. 

To learn more about the MoonCatcher project visit their website at www.mooncatcher.org or Facebook page.
Fluid Approach to Water
Rotary International recently posted a story, " How Rotary has changed to help people get clean water for longer than just a few years" The article highlights WASRAG, the Rotary-USAID partnership, and Operation Toilets.
Calendar of Events
Jul 4, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Foundation Presentation - Trish Boyle

Jul 9, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Henk Holtslag - Club Members Talk

Jul 18, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Braimah Apambire, Desert Research Institute

Jul 23, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Braimah Apambire, Desert Research Institute

Aug 1, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Stew Martin - Sanitation - Basics and Tech Options

Aug 6, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Stew Martin - Sanitation - Basics and Tech Options

Aug 15, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Club Assembly

Aug 20, 2019 - E-Club of WASH - Club Assembly

Oct 24, 2019 - WORLD POLIO DAY

March 22, 2020 - WORLD WATER DAY

To submit stories, videos, and pictures for the WASRAG Newsletter send an email to info@wasrag.org .
The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. WASRAG can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.