Rotary Club of San Miguel turns 55
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Rotary Club celebrated its 55th anniversary with a ceremony to bestow Paul Harris Awards. The Club Rotario de San Miguel (made up of Mexican members) was founded in 1958, and its first president was Salvador de Lara Martínez. This club was one of the pioneers in changing their regulations to allow women to hold the office of president. A few days ago, the board of directors changed, and the new president is Fernando González León.
On Saturday, August 3, several activities were held, among them a thanksgiving mass in San Francisco church, attended by the governor of the 4170 district, Wolf Stuellemberg, who later handed out Paul Harris recognitions. These awards are received by those members who make donations to the association up to US$1,000. Those honored included don Horacio Zepeda, don Luis Ferro de la Sota, Christian Gutiérrez Sierra and Sergio Oribio.
Horacio Zepeda, coordinator of public relations for the club, commented that the association is a group of people with a common interest in helping the communities in which they live.
During its 55 years the club has donated two engines (one imported from England and one from the US) to the fire department and distributed 24,000 packages of food staples over four years in rural communities, constructed an elevated tank for potable water in Jalpa, supported the construction and equipping of the dining area at Casa Hogar Santa Julia and donated playground equipment to 50 schools.