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Thursday, August 25 2016 @ 07:31 AM EDT

800 Million People Have No Safe or Clean Drinking Water Says Distinguished Speaker Dan Paynter of Safe Water Network .


At their regular meeting, Sunset Rotary Club members were given a grim picture of areas of the world where hundreds of millions of people have no clean drinking water and 500,000 children a year die from dysentery and other diseases as a result. Mr. Paynter, seen here being greeted by club member Steve Wolferman and long time Paramus resident, is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Safe Water Network and has a long background in water engineering having earned a degree in Environmental Engineering, worked with the Water & Sanitation department of the World Bank in Tanzania and at Charity Water whose mission is to provide clean drinking water to every person on earth.

Safe Water Network (SFN), founded by Paul Newman, applies expertise from leading organizations in business, the public sector, not-for-profits and universities to develop locally owned and managed water systems to achieve lasting health impact. While we may take clean, safe drinking water for granted, 800 million people around the world cannot. Learn more about this problem from the SFN website: www.safewaternetwork.org
Sunset Rotary Club – Glen Rock, Paramus and Ridgewood, is one of the huge family of Rotary clubs worldwide. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Bonefish Grill, Paramus Park. The Club is one of the most active in the region, hosting distinguished speakers every week, organizing fund raisers and food collections, providing meals and barbecues for those in need; aiding servicemen who have been injured in the recent wars. All of the members give of their time and resources selflessly in the true tradition of Rotary, the oldest philanthropic organization in the world with 1.25 million members in 34,000 clubs in 175 countries. Anyone interested in becoming a member can learn more by contacting President Tom Shea at 201-447-4215 (topoftheday@att.net) or Membership Chair Steve Wolferman at 201-483-7193 (Stephen_L_wolferman@ml.com).


by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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