Every week at our Rotary meetings, we read and confirm the Rotary’s vision statement. It goes like this: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities, and in ourselves”. This vision statement is the essence of what Rotarians practice and believe.

Our Rotary continues to make improvements for the people that live in our community, and we have been busy painting all of the handicap accessibilities in four parks in town. We feel it’s important for all of our citizens to enjoy the amenities of the parks where they live. We also have been painting certain parts of the hospital to upgrade the atrium area so that patients and their families have a tranquil place to go and relax.

As this Rotary year comes to a finish it is a bittersweet time because we say goodbye to our visiting Rotary exchange students. Our four students, from Hungary, Germany, Denmark, and Brazil spent a year with us going to school in Puerto Peñasco and living with host families. As the students gave their exit presentations to the club, I was amazed that all of them spoke beautiful Spanish. This was one of their achievements of the year. They also shared their experiences and high points of their exposure to the Mexican culture. Their reports were outstanding, and the connections that were made by these young people will be life-changing both by the students and the Rotarians…both whose lives were touched by this exchange.

Our Rotary takes great pride in the dental clinics that we hold twice a year. This year over the Fourth of July we were able to help over 200 people with free dental care. We hosted the clinic at the Chamber of Commerce and with the help of a dental school in Utah, along with some volunteer dentists, we made this happen. The program is called, “Alas De Amor”.

In July we welcome a new slate of officers for the fourth coming year. Every year this happens, and we then prioritize projects and initiatives of our new president. Although the priorities may change a bit, you can rest assured that there will still be projects that benefit our community, and that the ‘service above self’motto will remain in place.

Remember, if you would like to learn more about Rotary or just come to one of our meetings, we meet every Wednesday morning at 9 AM at Puesta del Sol Restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort on Sandy Beach, and we would love to have you join us.