Club members touched by need and humanitarian organization's mission.

At their March meeting, the GFWC Woman’s Club heard from Sleepy Eye native, Jory Mages, about his volunteer involvement with World Solutions Initiative, according to its website: “a humanitarian organization focused on helping people enhance their quality of life and fulfill the potential of communities by providing sustainable access to clean water, education and economic opportunity.”

Mages has primarily been involved with projects related to providing clean, safe water in under-developed countries and told the club about his travel to Cambodia. Club members were struck by the importance of the work that World Solution Initiative does and were surprised to learn that $300 could pay for a well to provide a community with clean water—a resource we take for granted.

After Mages’ visit to the club, his stories stayed on the minds of the Woman’s Club members and they decided to do something about it. The club generally donates to some cause each year, often locally. Their financial resources are not large—a donation of $300 is just what they can handle.

A couple weeks ago, several club members met Mages, and two of his fellow volunteers, at Sleepy Eye Lake—chosen to symbolize abundant water—to present them with a $300 check to pay for a well.

Mages, an insurance agent in Owatonna, met Dale DeRaad, a CPA and Tom Kraus, an attorney, both from Waseca, at a business function and in conversing learned about their work with World Solutions Initiative. His interest led to his trip to Cambodia and he now plans to travel to Peru with the organization. DeRaad’s next trip is back to Cambodia and Kraus plans to travel to Thailand. The men find great fulfillment in their volunteer efforts and are eager to continue.

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