SAN JUAN DEL SUR—Two new Rotary Clubs in Nicaragua have been accepted as chapters of Rotary International, one in Ciudad Sandino, north of Managua, and the other in San Juan del Sur, in Rivas
Rotary’s District Governor Rodrigo A. Terran traveled from Panama with his wife Sheila to inaugurate the two new chapters on May 4 and 5. At a dinner meeting in Ciudad Sandino on May 4, a Rotary district governor from Minnesota presented flags to both new clubs. Representatives of the San Juan del Sur Club and the Padrino Rotary Club in Granada attended that inauguration. On May 5, the Terrans and five members of the Padrino Club attended a meeting, toured a Rotary project, and had a luncheon in San Juan del Sur.
According to Jane Mirandette, treasurer of the San Juan del Sur Rotary Club, about one-third of the members of both new chapters are U.S. expatriates interested in providing service in their adoptive communities.
For years, Rotary chapters in Gillette, Wyoming, and Woodstock, Vermont, have provided materials and human resources to improve schools and other facilities in the San Juan del Sur area. Those chapters encouraged Mirandette and the other local people they worked with in San Juan del Sur, including the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca, to form a local Rotary chapter that would include both nationals and expatriates.
The fledgling club on Nicaragua’s southwest coast, the two Wyoming chapters and the library worked together starting in February to repair, paint and improve sanitation at a number of schools surrounding San Juan del Sur. The Gillette chapters also provided teaching material such as whiteboard markers, shoes, uniforms, and supplies for students for many of the schools served by the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca mobile project.
While the U.S. volunteers had to leave after a couple of weeks, local volunteers continued the project until this year’s tasks were recently completed. The Granada chapter helped with a project to upgrade SJDS’s cultural center.