Rotary Club’s 2014 Citizen of the Year
The Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende — Midday is a humanitarian service organization with about 30 members. The club focuses on philanthropic work in the community, raising funds from all over the world and implementing solutions. This organization has invested more than US$750,000 in 58 projects in 24 rural communities since 2007. Some of the current projects include rainwater harvesting, the school for the deaf and blind, ecological stoves and treatment for those with diabetic retinopathy. The Rotary Club gives a prize once a year to an outstanding humanitarian in the community, the Farley W. Wheelwright Citizen of the Year award. This year’s winner was Olivia Muñiz Rodríguez, a native of San Miguel de Allende.
Olivia taught for several years and in 1995 started to work with the organization Feed The Hungry to develop a program aimed at providing meals to school children and homeless adults in San Miguel and surrounding rural areas. In 2008 Olivia was promoted to program director and extended the program from three kitchens to thirty. She also has been responsible for identifying rural schools needing a school lunch program, design and construction of functional kitchens, hiring local women as cooks and the purchase, distribution and preparation of food for 70,000 meals a year. This nutrition program has benefited about 38,000 children and seniors from the poorest communities in San Miguel. Olivia also teaches children to paint in the Ejido Tirado, Santa Julia and San Rafael neighborhoods.
The award ceremony was held at Hotel Misión El Molino on February 18 and was attended by Rotarians, members of Feed The Hungry and other humanitarians and social workers. For more information, you can visit rotarysma.clubwebsource.com.