Making a Difference: St. Michaels’ Rotary on Haiti Mission


While the Rotary Club of St. Michaels has played a critical role in supporting local organizations with both funding and volunteers, many might not realize that Rotarians also believe in serving internationally as well as in their own communities.

So when the Rev. Clelia Garrity for St. Michaels Christ Church made a presentation to Rotary last February about her work in Haiti, there was a quick decision for the local chapter to not only provide needed financial support her community work in two rural Haitian communities, Bondeau and Matel, but is sending eight Rotarians down early next year to help directly with the program.

As a member of the Bondeau Partnership, Christ Church will be supporting the development of a locally sustainable health care program managed by a community health nurse and community health workers. It is also refurbishing the clinic nurse’s station and pharmacy, developing an electronic charting system, and this October will establish a contract with a Haitian Medical Director for ongoing continuity of care.

In our Spy interview, Marcia Hall, Michael Mabe, Rev. Clelia Garrity, Bob Holden, Debbie Collison, and David Shaw ( not shown are John Marrah, Jerry Quance, and Al Hayward are also joining the group) talk about why they decided to participate, and what expectations they have as they prepare for service is the world’s poorest country.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. The Spy will be circling back with our volunteers after they return for a follow-up interview on what they saw and learned.

To support the Bondeau mission, please contact St. Michaels Christ Church here or the St. Michaels Rotary here.

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