• Arcadia Rotary Club Supports Thai Village With Purest of Waters


    by Winston Chua

    ARCADIA – Three Arcadia Rotarians, its president MattWeaver, Arcadia City Councilman Bob Harbicht and Rose Mares will be makingtheir way to a remote village in northern Thailand in early January to helpprovide people there with clean water.

    Roughly 100people live in this particular village where, currently, residents of thevillage must walk a quarter of a mile for the nearest water source without theguarantee of clean water.

    This is notthe first trip for Weaver, an insurance broker, who has made consistent tripsto Thailand to provide water and transform villages and even lighten the burdenof carrying the water to the village. He last went two years ago.

    “We’re tryingto get more rotary members involved,” he said. Weaver, a devout Christian, willbe bringing both physical and spiritual living water to people who might needboth.

    “I’m intriguedby what a relatively small amount of money and manpower can do,” said Harbicht,who has been a financial supporter of the effort for a number of years. Theteam of three will help build a water system that includes pipes to bring waterto the village and a concrete cistern.

    A generousfinancial contributor to the effort is Ernie Posey and the Posey Company.Various other members of Arcadia Rotary have also made financial contributions.The three voyaging members will provide support to workers who are already inThailand laying foundation for the clean water.

    The Rotarianswill travel from a larger Thai city and travel eight hours to and through ajungle to help change lives in the remote village.

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