Edwin Wanji, the owner of local company SPHERE SOLAR ENERGY, presented to our club over a year ago. Now, with climate change rapidly becoming more apparent each year, Governments around the world are racing to step up their support of renewables. Come learn the latest about Solar panel installations in our area, as well as in the third world, where Edwin has established projects funded by his own US based non-profit.
Edwin has successfully worked for over 15 years in construction both in the private and public sector. After 5 years of working for the City of Seattle, he left to pursue his passion for renewable energy, designing and installing solar systems all over Washington State as well as overseas in East Africa.
Now, as CEO of Sphere Solar Energy for the past 6 years, he continues his dream of introducing solar to educational facilities, agricultural enterprises and remote healthcare clinics in the less fortunate communities around the world.
He has written 4 Rotary International Grants for Project Peanut Butter programs in The Philippines, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Dennis can be reached at Ph. (760) 327-9402 email@example.com
Heather Ringoen will show us how HEALTHY START is a proven solution that tackles the causes of chronic malnutrition and food insecurity in Guatemala by focusing on nutritional intake, health care & health education, and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
In late May, Seattle NE members visited local Lake City community projects that the Club has supported. The night started with a visit with Gabrielle Abbott (artist) and Mark Mendez (organizer) to view the mural that depicts the history and cultural changes of Lake City. The mural is another addition to the Lake City Murals Project that aims to beautify the community, support local businesses, and uplift and support underserved youth.
After the Mural visit, Club members moved on to get a Refugee Artist Initiative Workspace (RAI). Seattle Rotary NE has been a partner and funder of RAI since its inception. RAI provides a pathway for immigrant and refugee women to become self-supporting. RAI partners with immigrant and refugee women in Lake City to foster an inclusive, prosperous transition to the US through artisan skills training in small-batch manufacturing. We have partnered with RAI to make masks during COVID and now scrubs for front-line workers. We have also contributed to their #StopAsianHate campaign. We presented Founder and Executive Director Ming-Ming Edelman with a check for $2,300. This check brings total Club support for this project to over $15,000.
We ended the evening at the Hellbent Brewing Company with beer and pizza. Some members ordered GateCity IPA, where $1 from every pint goes towards the North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank.
Come learn about Rich's new Ice Cream shop, and about Bounceback Seattle's mission to create a bed, a job and a home for every individual in need.
"Empowering Independence One Neighborhood at a Time"
BRIDGES is a Seattle-based alternative peer group (APG) bridging the gap from addiction to long-lasting, fulfilling recovery for adolescents and their families. They promote long-term adolescent recovery through an empathetic, inclusive, and enthusiastic network of peers.
Through medical, dental, and optical clinics, as well as water improvement projects, educational aid, and church development, the mission has grown into a major source of help for people living on less than $2US per day throughout the hemisphere. www.corneroflove.org
Hosted by our Presidents, Tom Tutt and Juergen Schatzer, it is time to reflect on some key questions:
Who are we?
What do we want to do?
How can we accomplish it?
Give these questions some thought before the meeting, then be prepared to discuss them with your Fellow Rotarians.