Supporting the environment is Rotary's seventh and newest area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. (It joins peace building and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.) Ashland Rotary's Committee kicked off this new environmentally focused committee last year by creating and funding, with the Ashland Food Co-op, the free compost bin drop off at the Tuesday farmer's market. Rotary volunteers help staff the bins each week. Other projects now under development may include working with other area environmental organizations on land conservation work projects, and visits to protected lands. Join us and bring your ideas about how to shape this exciting new committee.
Photo: Helga Motley