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Rotary 5010 eClub, Alaska-Yukon
Meeting
Week of March 13, 2016
 
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Welcome
 
 
 
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  Rotary Thought of the Week
 
 
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President's Comments
 
 
 
  
 
Vocational Focus for the Week
 
 
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Announcements
 
The next eClub 5010 Alaska-Yukon Board Meeting,  Tuesday Evening, April 12 at 5:00pm Alaska time via go to meeting, all members are welcome to attend. Time may change - contact Julie if you want details on Go-To-Meeting.
 
 

Upcoming Meetings:
 
March 19: Live Iditarod Wrap-up
March 26: Live Club Assembly

May 13- 10:00am Live Charter Celebration from Talkeetna
 
 
Happy Bucks and Feed Back
 
Based upon contributions for February, it was a fairly blah month. One person happy, no other comments on "life on the e-line". 
 
Feed Back from our 6 Mar meeting:
 
-Thought much about water - as we carried water in Jamaica - used water from our roof top and boiled the life out of it.  It tasted so flat.
When brushing my teeth allowing the water to run while brushing is often the amount of water some people have for the entire day.  Drought in Jamaica meant we had little water for the school and our own use.
Living on the shores of the Great Lakes often makes one unaware of our fresh water resource!
 
- Thanks, a great introduction to a  With water solution!  I appreciate that this bottle really addresses the crowding and infrastructure problems that come with providing disaster relief. How can people return home or rebuild if they are bound to an imported or limited water source? For those who don't speak pounds and liters, 6,000 liters of water comes out to about 11 cents per gallon. That's a great deal less expensive - and lighter - than you can buy in the store and move anywhere.  Water filters can be pretty expensive as an up-front cost - this is about $150-$170 - so I can still see why people want to ship water by the case.
 
This is relevant to our area. Even if water is relatively particulate free, like many of our rivers and lakes, boiling takes a lot of fuel.
 
-Enjoyed this week’s meeting on clean water and sanitation. I learned a lot about the need for water purification since one of the pieces of equipment in the shelter box is the thirst aide station. It works in a similar manner to the safe drinking bottle shown by Mr. Prichard. I will bring a thirst aid station to the district conference. It's cleans enough water for an entire family for an entire year.
 
- This has long been an interest of mine.  Early travels through Mexico, Guatamala and Indonesia peaked an interest and I've long studied the topic.  Later years doing housing remodels in the US and working as a water system administrator for a small community in Washington and later working with all the permit requirements and issues in AK in logging camp water and sanitation provide quite a perspective on the topic. 
 
Knowing the importance of water and sanitation issues my personal opinion is that the TED talks topic covering the SafeWater small filters is not practical.  It is great product emergency water for AID workers at disasters but not as a sustainable water supply.  We are talking about whole communities and countries that have no concept of water and sanitation issues.  Problem with 1st world countries is that they apply technology they have to a problem that cannot be solved that way.   To solve the problem there needs to be a move to create ways to get clean water to the communities using simple concepts that are easy to maintain and utilize.  
 
Even in the US we can’t live up to the US water quality standards.  Sure larger communities and cities do but there are a lot that don't.  Let's not try to get 3rd world impoverished communities up to World Standard water quality standards and look to improve them from the current standards.  Seems like the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day" fits here.  Improvement and education will work much better than attempting to create the absolute solution.
 
 
 
 
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Speaker/Program
 
 
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 Meeting Conclusion
 
 
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