The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Club of West Liberty
Since Rotary Year 1996 – 97, West Liberty has contributed to The Rotary Foundation. In 1999 –
2000 Rotary Year, the West Liberty Club contracted with a firm in Washington, Iowa to produce 25
water purification systems to be distributed by a medical doctor who provided medical services to
people who lived in the “highlands” west of Manzanillo, Mexico. The water purifiers were simple in that
they were hand cranked and used salt. During the process, salt was converted in to chlorine gas that
purified the water. The people lived in remote areas, only accessible by horses and only had about 100
people in each village. In addition, the same year West Liberty purchased a used school bus from EBay
that was donated to the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico. The water purifiers were put on
the bus and driven to southern Texas where a person from the orphanage took the bus and purifiers to
Manzanillo. The bus remains in use by the orphanage, and the resident doctor took the water purifiers
to the villages.
Between 2005 and 2014, West Liberty utilized Global Grants driven by matching funds to
purchase and install a new kitchen, sleeping facilities, medical equipment, books, and supplies to the
Casa Hogar orphanage. Members of our Rotary Club visited the orphanage yearly to view the process of
improvements. Concurrently, the Rotary Club sponsored young people in the orphanage yearly.
The Rotary Club has utilized the District Grant process to improve parks, light walking trails,
purchase Ï Can Read” diskettes for kindergarteners, Rotary Four Way Test books, and many other items
involved in education, and park beautification.
Rotary Club West Liberty has been the leading per capita club in District 6000, giving annually
$400 to $500 per member. In addition, the club has provided giving to Rotary’s number one program,
“the eradication of Polio.”