Rotarians bring clean water, school clothes to poor Mexicans

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Esther Short -- Over the last few years, two local rotary clubs have put together volunteers and funds to make life better for needy Mexicans. Charlie Bishop of the Rotary Club of Vancouver said $5,000 in seed money from his club eventually grew into $22,000 in matching funds and other gifts, and went to provide a clean water system for four Puerto Vallarta-area villages. Now, his wife, Patti Bishop, has led her Rotary Club of Greater Clark County to ante up another $5,000 for more water projects. Charlie Bishop said the couple spends about half of each year in Mexico and has learned firsthand that many children miss lots of school because of waterborne illnesses. Meanwhile, the Vancouver club has also leveraged $3,500 into $17,000 for school uniforms and shoes for children. "Rotary does everything it can to help kids stay in school," he said. Learn more at vancouverrotaryclub.org and greaterclarkcountyrotary.org.