Wade Bruns, board member of the International Farmers Organization for Sustainable Development and Valley City area farmer, spoke to the Jamestown Rotary Club at its recent meeting. This organization is a 501(c)(3) organization started by farmers in the Northwood, N.D., area to provide training for farmers in Haiti.
It was started with 4 acres of land in the Portau-Prince, Haiti, area to help farmers grow sugar cane. The program provides training for 250 farmers — 50 from five different areas of the country. The program has grown to include growing corn and working with livestock. The training is very intense with both men and women taking part, Bruns said. The tradition in Haiti is every man for himself and this program encourages helping your neighbor, he said. Many people of Haiti are illiterate, which makes the training even more difficult. An earthquake five years ago caused major damage to the country. Hurricane Matthew, which recently hit the country, has wiped out a major portion of the food basket of this country, Bruns said. The training includes Bible education as well to provide a spiritual component. The program continues to look for grants and donations to keep it going.
Mark Sherfy said three students have applied to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Program, and the Rotary board has decided to fund all three students to attend this summer. Carrie Orn reminded club members of the annual Wine and Brewhaha, set for Thursday, April 27, at the Quality Inn & Suites. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian for $15. Raffle prizes are needed.
There were two student guests of the club from Jamestown High School, Baylee Hatlewick, who is active in tennis and hockey and will attend North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in pharmacy, and Tamika Nitschke, who is captain of the dance team. Mindy Schmidt was a guest of Gail Martin, and Tiffany Ruff was a guest of Bruns.
Sherfy presided over the meeting. The invocation was given by Darrell Losing. Larry Motacek collected “Happy Dollars” to support Rotary projects and also led the club in songs.
The Tuesday, April 11, meeting will be introduced by Mike Smyth. Bob Badal is the sergeant-at-arms, Martin will have the invocation, and David Rogers will be the music leader.