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Leverenz spreads hope in Africa

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Bowling Green native Julie Leverenz recently returned from a nine-day trip to Africa. No, she wasn’t enjoying a luxurious safari getaway; she was dedicating her time and effort to helping the residents of a third world country live a better life, even if only for a little while.

Leverenz flew out of St. Louis on Oct. 15 and arrived in Lome, Togo in the early evening of Oct. 16.

“We were there to participate in the West African Project Fair, perform polio immunizations in a village, and participate in several service projects in villages near Lome, Togo.   Most importantly we were there to convey first-hand the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” by building goodwill and better friendships with our fellow Rotarians in Africa.”

The Hannibal Regional Hospital vice president was just one of the 42 U.S. and Canadian Rotarians in her group. In addition to her group, there were others from France, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Benin, and several other African countries, as well as many groups local to the area participating in the 9th Annual West African Project Fair.

“Every day was filled with opportunities to give, learn, and grow.”

Leverenz spent more than a week in the region helping with a variety of projects to improve the local people’s living conditions, including vaccination clinics, health classes, and school construction.

Check out the rest of Julie’s story, as well as several photos from her mission trip, on the front page of the Nov. 6 edition of the Times.