The Blowing Rock Music Festival paid our club $500 for helping with parking Saturday. Here are pictures of our members hard at work!
Below is a letter from Van Joffrion, who is in Swaziland doing free eye care:
I have been here 10 days and feel fully part of the eye staff. The hardest part is learning the routines and local names of eye meds. The clinical part has come back well and I am comfortable practicing. The Internet is a wonderful resource for medical information and there is wifi in the hospital. My biggest challenges are the diseases of the eye exacerbated by HIV. My South African colleague has been a great help in this area. The HIV epidemic is large and without a change in folkways and mores, all the meds in the world will not solve the problem.
The Swazi people are closely kin to the Zulus. They are gentle and friendly and quiet spoken. The Swazis actually asked the British to protect them from the Zulus during colonial times; so Swaziland was a British protectorate and not a colony. There is not the same history of apartheid here that there was in South Africa and relationships between the races are good.
The Good Shepherd Hospital where I work was started by Catholics and has a good and compassionate staff. The church has pretty well left now and the hospital is supported through patient fees and mission aid. The population here is better off than in Haiti, Ethiopia, and Madagascar where I’ve worked before.
I had a pleasant surprise as a group from Christian Blind Mission (Canada) visited and I got an update on the people and organizations I used to work with. CBM does wonderful work around the world. So much of medical care in Sub-Sarahan Africa is due to the work of Christian missions. The compassionate medical service has had a lot to do with the spread of Christianity.
We are reading Acts in the Bible study and Stephen is next. I have volunteered to lead the Bible study on the speech and martyrdom of Stephen next Wednesday. It is a beautiful and tragic story. Intelligent and interesting folks in the group.
I moved into Dr Pon’s home last night as a house sitter. There is a full time cook and a cleaner; so I feel a little like I am at Downton Abbey!! (I haven’t rung any bells for service yet and I still dress myself !!). I don’t lack for the comforts of home.
I have been to the nearby (30 minutes) game park twice. Still have not seen the elusive lion, but next time will use a guide. They were booked up last visit. Had a good talk with Margaret yesterday. She is thriving very well without me.
Thank you for your prayers.
Many blessings to all.
Career Day Chair Chuck Canady called this year’s Career Day on September 4th a big success even thoough there were about twice as many students (around 600) This year they accepted both 7th and 8th graders. He thanked all the volunteers who made it possible:
Sandy Barber (The official Career Day photographer)
Kenneth Wehrmann (He recruited the Rotaract club members to help).
Hank and Pat Collins
Wayne and Kathryn Holliday
Mike and Cindy Kebelbeck
Jim and Joyce Zellner
Chuck said he has received grateful feedback from teachers and presenters for the Rotary volunteers. Chuck added “Volunteers, please give yourselves a big round of applause for walking up and down stairs, hearing bathroom requests all day and doing it with smiles on your faces, even though your feet or backs were starting to ache!”
Here’s some photos from the event. You can see many more by clicking here: