Long ago when my husband got involved with the Rotary Club of Bucyrus, it was clear that this group was not only hardworking but very productive. Looking at a community and acting out of dedication to its health is key to Rotary considerations.
Rotary International deduces a concept that takes the long arm of influence far beyond Bucyrus.
Rotary’s youth program, Interact, meets in Wynford. The youngsters recently held a silent auction to fund MESA (Medical Equipment Supplies Abroad). My support has been sent. When Julie Rexroad told me that the MESA contact was coming to accept a check and explain his work to me, I wanted to meet this man. Last week, Mel Honig, Interact coordinator for the Rotary Club of Sylvania, was at the local Interact meeting.
As soon as human cloning is done, my intention is to nominate Mel. His biography sheet sent me into orbit, maybe whirling. People like Mel belong on the front page of a newspaper. The word diverse is what came to mind. His 20 years of membership in Rotary as a board member have grown. His Rotary mission trips touch El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica and Paraguay. As president of the Youth Exchange for Rotary, he is an advisor for Inbound Exchange students. His family hosted eight exchange students. He and his wife Gail, a registered nurse, have traveled to all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
Wynford Interact members tackle a puzzle
Educational credentials reflect Mel’s interest and appeal, describing all the work as “fun”. His BSc in Botany and Bacteriology just wasn’t good enough. He added postgraduate work with Spanish and art lessons, even welding. He teaches English as a second language.
Mel met the members of Wynford High School Interact with a puzzle. What seemed like a four day undertaking ended up being completed in minutes. They weren’t big chunks. Mel identified this as a problem-solving activity. The four volunteers replied that it involved communication, memory, vision with problems of shape and color, touch and, ultimately, teamwork. The work was completed without the emergence of a leader.
Mel compared the mind to a blank sheet of paper. At the moment, his missionary work is aimed at very young people. “The early years of learning experiences increase mental capacity,” he said. Parents in the countries served love their children and want them to be wise enough to solve their own problems later.
Rotarians ship large quantities of educational materials
The Rotarian network handles huge shipments of learning materials that Mel oversees. District grants help carry out the work in more than 20 schools. The greatest need, IT, is the pride of each school site. Books and bookshelves, puzzles, sporting goods and Xerox paper are collected. If space remains, the medical supplies are placed in the shipment.
Mel beams as he admits Rotary empowers him as he continues this support for education.
In less than a month, on April 9, Rotary AuctionFest 2022 will take place at the Trillium Event Center. Rotarians moved. The partner this year is the Bucyrus Backpack Program.
If you can, please step up to support this local challenge and the continued reach of Rotary.
Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, certified master gardener, flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, and former sixth-grade teacher.