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Sister Mary Ann Smith of Maryknoll Sisters Is Distinguished Speaker at Sunset Rotary Club

At the most recent meeting of the Sunset Rotary Club-Central Bergen, the distinguished speaker was Sister Mary Ann Smith of the Markyknoll Office for Global Concerns. Sister Mary Ann is seen here being greeted by Andy Curshen, club member and long time Glen Rock resident.

Sister Mary Anny spoke about human trafficking which is now a $150 billion world wide industry. Human trafficking is defined as the use of fraud, force or coercion to drive girls, children and men into the sex trade, servitude, exploitation and forced marriage.

   

Sister Mary Ann has had a long history with  Maryknoll Sisters. She  lives in Washington, D.C. where she volunteers with the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and with ECPAT End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking, USA (ECPAT-USA). Sister Mary Ann entered Maryknoll in 1952 from Archbald, Pennsylvania. Assigned to the Philippines in 1960, she began teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and studied the Ilocano language. She founded the Diocesan Adult Training Center for the Vicariate of the Mt. Provinces, fostering adult education and community development. This still exists as an independent NGO, The Development Agency for the Tribes of the Cordillera.

 

Her years in the Philippines launched her search for justice and concern for the integrity of the environment, a search and concern which continues today. At the Center in NY she contributed to the Research and Planning Office. Assigned to the Eastern US Region in 1982, she served as a resource specialist for CODEL, Inc. (Coordination in Development) - a consortium of ecumenical organizations whose goal was to assist development activities among disadvantaged people overseas.

 

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).

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