EDWARDS — The Edwards Rotary Club Foundation has met its goal of funding sanitation and water upgrade facilities for six rural schools in Peja, Kosovo, thanks to Terry Herron and the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. Herron, of New Frontier Financial in Denver, secured a $4,000 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation on behalf of the Edwards Rotary Club Foundation. Herron, a nine-year Million Dollar Round Table member, is an active supporter of the Edwards Rotary Club Foundation.
The Edwards Rotary Club is spearheading the upgrading of sanitation and water in six rural schools of Kosovo. The availability to provide clean water and improved sanitary conditions is a major focus area of Rotary International. This project will improve the environmental conditions for students in six rural villages in the Peja Region of Kosovo. As a result of the ethnic conflict in this area of the Balkans, there was little or no funds made available by the ruling government for infrastructure in this part of the former Serbia. For years, almost no funds were made available for the repair and upkeep of schools, potable water systems and roads.
This year, the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation will award more than $850,000 in grants to more than 100 charities. Herron presented the $4,000 grant to the Edwards Rotary Club Foundation at a recent breakfast meeting. This grant also brings with it another $10,000 in matching grant funds.
The Rotary Clubs in Vail, Edwards and Eagle have over 150 members and work together by dedicating their talents and resources to help serve communities locally, nationally and internationally. For this project they also partnered with Rotary Clubs in Grand Junction, the Palisades and the Broadmoor District (Colorado Springs) and an individual Rotarian from Huber Valley, Utah.
For more information on the Rotary Clubs of the Vail Valley, visit www.vailvalleyrotary.com.