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Album Name: Costa Rica 2013 Return to Albums
Album Date: Mar 11, 2013
Description: In early March of 2013 three Peninsula Rotarians, two representatives of our Interact Club at Peninsula Catholic High School, and one Rotarian daughter went to Costa Rica to meet with our partners, the Escazu Rotary Club, to see our newly-completed water treatment project and to help plan our next international project. They enjoyed themselves a bit, as well.
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Here are the travelers--Rotarians Ray Spencer, Jim Pierce, and Danny Carroll (out of view taking the photo); Interact Club representatives Linda Ellis and Lynn Dinh, and Jim's daughter Cello.  They are in the home of friends Mario and Miriam Gil with their daughter and son, Carmen and Mario Junior. Ray meets the director (principal) of El Llano School, where a water treatment station was installed as part of our last project. Philippe D'Eaubonne of the Escazu Rotary Club explaining the newly-installed incoming water treatment unit at El Llano school.  The treatment is two-stage, with an ultraviolet lamp to Purification units were installed at ten schools for our last Costa Rica project.  Each is identified with a tag on the door to the equipment rack.
We join children eating breakfast.  Water purification units at ten schools--our just-completed last project--will help almost seven thousand children in the area around Escazu. Our Interact Club at Peninsula Catholic High School has raised several thousand dollars for our projects in Costa Rica.  On this trip they were represented by the Vice President, Lynn Dinh, and the faculty advisor, Linda Ellis. Shown outside the Jimenez School are Ray Spencer, Ray Waldron of the Escazu Club, and Danny Carroll. We are shown here meeting with the director of the Jorge Jimenez School, one of fifteen schools to get water purification equipment in our next project. Shown is a discussion at Jimenez School about the location and configuration of the planned purification station.  In the photo are Philippe of the Escazu Club, Ray and Jim of the Peninsula Club, with the director and the maintenance person for the school.
Ray Waldron, relatively new to the Escazu Club but not new to humanitarian projects, will be our chief contact in Costa Rica for the upcoming water treatment project. Our visit with the Escazu Club culminated in our attending their weekly meeting Monday evening. The Peninsula ladies at the Escazu Club meeting--Cello, Lynn, and Linda. Ray speaks at the Escazu Club meeting. Costa Rica has more to offer than humanitarian project opportunities.
The intrepid six battle the angry waters of Rio Balsa. On the road we encountered a band of coatis. There was youth along on the trip, Lynn and Cello.  Lynn's safety hat is for riding the zip lines. Here, Lynn is preparing for a landing after a zip line run.