Club Foundation Projects

The Aquaponics Project


The Aquaponics Project was a vision of Ralph Cowell, a member of the Rotary Club of the Villages. Ralph did an area needs assessment and determined that the Boys and Girls Club in Leesburg was interested in working with the Rotary Club to establish an Aquaponics greenhouse to produce Tilapia fish, vegetables & herbs to help feed & provide good nutrition for the families of their kids in Lake County. These kids attend the middle school & the villages charter school & range in age from 6-18.
In addition, the Rotary Club and Boys and Girls Club entered into a 3-year agreement with the First Baptist Church of Lady Lake and Pastor Paul Harsh to provide a site for the project. 
The church also provides after school meeting places for BGC programs at this location. 
The 4th non- profit partner is Morning Star Fisherman from Dade City Florida. They run a large aquaponics farm & provide hands-on classroom instruction to teach the art of aquaponics farming. They will also be an educational consultant & trainer for this project.
 Freddy Williams the area CEO for BGCLSC is very excited about the food and educational value of this project & has hired and trained a team leader Stephan Alderman for this project. 
The Rotary Club of the Villages has donated $8,000 for the greenhouse, tanks, & plant beds. Rotarian David Reed as project Manager has put in countless hours researching & drawing up the plans & building this project with the help of club members. 
It is the goal of all involved to use this as a showcase Aquaponic site that will be duplicable for other groups and children in need in Rotary District 6980 and other communities.

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Shelter Box USA


Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions, and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival and our mission is to help them.
ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict.
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 on a very simple principle: the right to life and dignity. We asked, "What would a family need to survive if they lost their home?" This question became a quest to provide a compact, universal tool kit to families displaced by disasters. ShelterBox would afford dignity, self-sufficiency and most importantly, human survival in the chaotic weeks following an earthquake, tsunami, landslide, flood, or another disaster. 
The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water, and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks, and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.  
Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. 
The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.
The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor, you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the web site.
Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies, and a global network of volunteers.
Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for people who need it most following more than 180 disasters in over 85 countries.
Our club donates Shelter Boxes around the world when the need arises. For more information about how you can be a part of the Shelter Box program, click HERE.

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