Steve Solbrack ’80

Posted on August 24th, 2014 by

Steve and kids in Queruco

Steve Solbrack ’80 writes, “On May 2, 2014 at the Rotary District 5950 annual conference I received the Citation for Meritorious Service award from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. The award was in recognition of outstanding service to The Rotary Foundation and embodiment of the motto “doing good in the world”. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in over 180 countries world-wide. In a given year only 120 to 160 Rotarians world-wide receive this award, so it was quite an honor.

One of my recent roles in Rotary leadership has been to lead an international service project to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to 13 communities in western Honduras. I traveled to Honduras in the spring of 2013 to do needs assessment and build relationships with Rotarians and with World Vision for project collaboration. I have raised over $90,000 for the project, and with matching funds from Rotary District 5950, The Rotary Foundation and World Vision, this has become an $800,000 project that has been approved by both The Rotary Foundation and World Vision. I traveled to Honduras again in the spring of 2014 to lead a group of 8 Rotarians, 4 spouses and 3 teenage daughters to travel to the project area to visit communities and build relationships with community members, local leaders, World Vision and our Rotarian partners in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras.”

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