President Ryan Micke welcomed Rachael Martin as this week's speaker. She offered to substitute for the scheduled speaker, who was unable to attend. Rachael's power point program called Amigos Rotarios, described the 2001 trip she took with Duluth Club #25 members to Yucatan, Mexico, as part of a Rotary international 
service project.
 
The purpose of the 2001 trip was to follow up on an ongoing project of building new houses for needy people, and to see how the new houses turned out. Seven people from Duluth met in Cancun, rented a van and traveled to Merida, the capital of Yucatan, as home base. They met with the Merida Rotary Club, and traveled to Izamal to meet with their Rotary club. 
 
Rotarians showed them the new homes, which were cement block structures, and they also viewed the old stick homes with dirt floors. The new homes could be locked for security, kept out rain and wind and were an improvement from the traditional Mayan stick structures. International service projects like Amigos Rotarios are waiting to become a reality. Partnering with other clubs around the world brings Rotarians and  communities closer together. We should all be aware of others' needs, Rachael concluded.
 
 
Excerpts taken from the Cloquet Rotary log, edited by Rachel Martin.
 
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