April Membership Meeting
The RSPS April Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Knights of Columbus in NE Raleigh. Please come support your squadron for what will surely be an informative evening and one to enjoy with friends and guests. Included in the evenings events is a presentation by Dave Simons on his travels to the Dark Continent of Africa.
Another fine catered dinner will be provided by Kyle's Catering Creations. The menu will be determined shortly.
Cost will be 18.00/person and $33.00/couple.
World Water Day 22 March 2013
World Water Day has been observed since 1993 following its creation at a United Nations conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. The date is always 22 March. It was started in recognition of the fact that a significant segment of the world population does not have safe water to drink. The goal was to make the rest of the world aware of the dilemma and to get those countries involved in solving the problem. There are numerous charities around the world involved in providing water and making progress, but there is still a long way to go. The exact numbers are not known because the people are so widely scattered and the developing countries do not really have the means to accurately assess the size of their populations. The most recent estimates from the United Nations are that 11% of the worlds people are in this situation. This is approximately 1 billion people. Of that number, 3.6 million die annually from water-borne diseases. What is even worse is that 60% of that 3.6 million are children under the age of 6.
The charity Global H2O was incorporated in 2009 by James (Jamie) Wilde, the son of Carolyn Simons. He was motivated to do this by what he saw and experienced in various parts of the world during his mountain-climbing expeditions. The other founding members are Christopher Wooten of Charlotte and David Simons of Raleigh. Most of the efforts to provide clean water are being directed at organized communities where there is a government infra-structure to work with. But there are a large number of people who live in a truly self-sufficient agrarian society with no real government. These people have no alternative but to obtain water from streams and such in their areas. They have no electricity or plumbing. It is a way of life completely alien to what we are so accustomed to in the USA. It is in these areas that Global H2O has chosen to concentrate its efforts. Global H2Os first well (borehole is the technical term) was completed in 2010. To date Global H2O has drilled 15 new wells in Uganda and 1 in Ghana, as well as rehabilitating 5 wells in Uganda which had ceased to operate.
Water was the cause of many of the range wars in the early days of the American West. Major arguments continue to this day concerning such sources as the Colorado River. Water continues to be a major cause for concern right here in North Carolina as we see news reports about potential cancer-causing water problems at Camp LeJeune and the uproar about fracking. It is the opinion of many people and governments, including me, that water will be the crisis of this century.
D/Lt/C David J Simons
MENU: Smothered Steak and Chicken in a light sauce, steamed rice, string beans, salad, rolls and iced tea.