Governor Bruce Baumberger recently appointed Larry Kanar (Northbrook), International Service Co-Advisor, as the District 6440 Special Representative for Guatemala Relationships.  This is because:

  • For the past several years, our district has been conducting annual hands-on service projects to Ak’-Tenamit, an organization transforming lives in the Mayan villages of Guatemala.
  • Many District 6440 Rotary clubs are involved with humanitarian projects in Guatemala.
  • Guatemala is the location of the first installation of WHIS-RAD, digital x-ray equipment for developing countries, a major project being undertaken by District 6440 Rotary clubs.

·         District 4250 that includes Guatemala is a Future Vision Pilot district, but District 6440 is not a Pilot district.  That adds to our need for an extra level of project coordination to help our clubs sustain their relationships in Guatemala during the Pilot period. The Future Vision pilot, a three-year test of The Rotary Foundation's new, streamlined grant structure, is underway. The pilot officially began last July, with 100 pilot districts that were selected from among hundreds of applicants. The pilot districts will spend the next three years testing and helping to refine the Foundation's new grant model before all districts begin to participate in July 2013.

One of Larry’s first steps in his new role will be to identify all District 6440 project relationships in Guatemala.  Each club president should send Larry an email describing their club’s Guatemala projects.  As soon as that inventory is complete, Larry will share it with all involved parties to help identify opportunities for inter-project synergy.