Posted by Bob Heck on Jul 20, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Bob Wubbena: Clean Water Projects
Meeting Called to order: President Sean @ 12:04 pm
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  • Dustin Wilson – Lacey RC
  • Dan Smith – Tumwater RC
  • Bruce Smith – West Olympia RC
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Program: Bob Wubbena: Clean Water Projects
Jim Larson introduced Bob. Founder, CEO and President of Economic and Engineering Services 1978-2004. Bob has travelled to over 70 countries for both pleasure and volunteering, specifically to support clean water projects. He is the current chair of Transform International. Bob joined Olympia Rotary in 2002 at the same time the event Cool Jazz, Clean Water, kicked off. He served as club President in 2013-2014.
Bob gave the history and background on how the Cool Jazz, Clean Water event came to be, and how it involves local high school Jazz bands. The funds that are raised are used to support clean water projects around the world. The very first project funded by Cool Jazz, Clean Water was a small well in a remote village in Malawi. The Livingstonia Water Project has been an ongoing project since 2005 and now includes 10 villages and 20,000 people – the project has capacity to serve 30,000 people. When involved in these projects our club provides design guidance, engineering and money for the materials – the local communities provide the labor.
Bob shared both about the coalition of Rotary Clubs and engineering work that goes into each of the water projects. Since its inception, Cool Jazz, Clean Water has raised over $300,000 for local non-profits and $300,000 for clean water projects, magnified to over $750,000 via the Rotary Foundation matching funds. Following the presentation, Bob took questions from club members.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:15pm by President Sean