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Rotary Announces Leadership and Programs for 2016–2017

By Robin Loving

As Rotary International celebrates its 100th anniversary with the theme” Rotary Serving Humanity,” the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende–Midday is celebrating its 11th anniversary—and more than a million US dollars raised for local projects.

Its new board for the July–June year will include President Nate Fultz, President-Elect Fred Collins, Past President David McGinnis, Treasurer Layla Wright-Contreras, Secretary Barbara Johnson, Membership Chair Norman Feldstein, Community Projects Chair Howard Tisler, Fellowship Chair Beatriz Salcedo, Club Services and Programs Chair Tom Schneider, Webmaster Gary Peterson, Tree Planting Chair Glenn Zipp, Citizen of the Year Chair David Bossman, Pancake Breakfast Chair Tony Ronci, Cistern Chair and Hospice Chair Lee Carter.

Fultz’s slogan for the year is “Make Lifetime Memories,” and toward that end he has outlined an extensive set of goals, including:

collaboration with individual young professionals in Rotaract, increasing membership to meet community needs, and continuing to send locks of love to those who have lost their hair due to illness. The Citizen of the Year celebration and the annual Super Bowl Party are planned for February.

Collaboration with local businesses is planned, as well as collaboration with other local nonprofits, including enhancing economic bootstrapping with Apoyo, tree planting with El Charco del Ingenio’s guidance in communities, a peace project, and continuing the development of community water cisterns with CEDESA and SAPASMA.

In addition, the annual pancake breakfast is planned for November 26 to benefit orphans and special education students with games, a Gravityworks performance, and a raffle at Hotel Misión. Additionally, Rotary wants to raise funds for a mobile library to be used by CASA and help Patronato Pro Ninos give free and low-cost medical and dental care to local children and youth.

Collaboration with the municipality will include the retinopathy project at General Hospital and contributions for a future Don Diego community center. A hospice grant is also in progress. Collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Mexico, North America, and the world will continue to make all of this possible.

“We encourage all who are interested in our varied community projects to get in touch,” said President Fultz. For more information, contact Fultz at


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