Posted by Robert Homann
Our scheduled speaker was a "no show", so Lee Holmes graciously stepped up to tell the club about some projects he is involved with in South Africa.  Lee is a retired veterinarian from Iowa. 
District 6000 in Iowa received a grant from Rotary to build wells in South Africa.  They auctioned off an expense-paid trip which Lee bid on and won.  He and Roberta spent their 30th wedding anniversary on this S. African mission trip.
While there, the Rotary group dug 14 wells situated near schools.  Some of the wells are powered by electricity - a couple are solar powered and one is wind powered.  They actually bought a used windmill for the latter. 
In the interim, the Holmes have been involved with the Blessman Ministries.  That organization donated 8,000 pairs of shoes.  Other projects are vegetable gardens, better toilets, donating eye glasses, microcredit projects (sewing, cafe'), a chicken-raising project, a female hygiene program and a feeding program.
John and Roberta are inviting the club to their home for our annual Christmas social.  See elsewhere in this eBulletin.