Program Recap - Sept. 17, 2014
Highlands Rotarian Dr. John Baumrucker spoke to the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley last week on his leadership in organizing and running the Highlands Bolivia Mission in Montero, Bolivia.
He travels there and stays for three months at a time working on many kinds of projects alongside the local Rotary Club. The results of his work and those who accompany him are wonderful and extremely well received.
Through Rotary International and matching grants he has accomplished much including building foster home housing for 23 children that includes a carpentry shop, re-opening another foster home, a local AIDS project, and supplying the local hospital with over $1 million in needed medical supplies. Through his efforts with the Highlands and Cashiers Rotary clubs they were able to supply over 840 wheelchairs (over three trips) to local individuals in need. His mission also teaches children skills like woodworking and health skills. They have set up free local dental clinics.
Dr. Baumrucker’s involvement with these local clinics and hospital includes teaching the locals and giving them the benefit of his insights and experience. He is now fostering two boys in Highlands. They will be graduating soon and will return to Bolivia. Also, he is bringing groups from UNCA, Johns-Hopkins and other youth groups to work and study in Bolivia.
Dr. Baumrucker encourages all club members to participate in the Bolivia Mission personally by joining his next trip (to be determined). The cost for a Rotarian is $2000 each and covers all transportation, rooms and meals.
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meetings are held Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Cashiers United Methodist Church, 894 107 S. Non-Rotarians are welcome to attend as a guest by contacting a Rotary member or calling Club President Milt Stork, 828-526-0288. For more information go to www.cashiersrotary.org.