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Earl Murray Jr. and Wade Nomura

Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village President Earl Murray Jr., left, with Past District 5240 Governor Wade Nomura.

Past District 5240 Governor Wade Nomura, a member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, was the guest speaker Friday at Vandenberg Village Rotary Club meeting. 

Nomura discussed the Rotary Foundation.

"The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects," he said.

"Our 35,000 Rotary Clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water and strengthens local economies."

Nomura added, "Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives and create a better world to support the peace efforts and end polio forever."

The six areas of focus are: peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention, clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

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"Water sanitation is the most important because you cannot focus on the other areas without this resource," Nomura said.

He discussed how Rotary Clubs in the United States partner with international clubs to work on these service projects. They are called sister districts, where agreements are worked out to do joint projects. One example is Sister District 4160 in Mexico, which worked on a schoolhouse project.

Nomura's focus is on water and sanitation and economic development projects. He said he is tasked with assessing and evaluating all rotary projects to ensure funding dollars are spent efficiently along with other resources so that service projects are successful.

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