Clean Water for the World
February 19, 2016
Hosted by Nelinia Varenas
J. T. Warring has served as an ambassador of goodwill and service as a Rotarian for over 42 years. He currently is at the helm of several Rotary fresh water projects in Asia. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhea-based illnesses, 90% of which are children under 5 years old mostly in developing countries like Myanmar. Water and sanitation are two of the primary factors for public health concerns. "Once we can secure access to clean water and to adequate sanitation facilities for all people, irrespective of the difference in their living conditions, a huge battle against all kinds of diseases will be won," stated Dr. Lee Jong-wook, former Director-General of the World Health Organization. Moreover, investments in safe drinking water and sanitation contribute to economic growth. J. T. Warring gives us his first-hand experience in the battle to bring clean water to underdeveloped countries and the world of service.
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Why do people decide to take a bold action or to do nothing? This smart, spirited and fun show takes you on an inspiring tour through the life-defining experiences of remarkable people who, with grace, selfless purpose, vision and drive, have saved lives, infused hope and provided critical help to others. These true stories delve into the thoughts, perspectives and emotions of guest speakers as they juggled decisions that ultimately altered lives of others for better. Provocative and yet sincere questions will reveal motivating touchstones for you as you apply what you hear to your own life. Our program is designed to provide authentic, frank, and at times humorous conversations. The undercurrent of the program is to help you expand the legacy that you leave in your wake and to become an inspiration and a beacon of joyful living to others.
Nelinia’s parents immigrated to the United States with the dream of living a life of which they could be proud and that would grant fulfilling opportunities, happiness and intrinsic satisfaction. Nelinia’s father and mother instilled the values of integrity, responsibility, respectfulness, curiosity, knowledge, sacrifice and hard work. Throughout her life, Nelinia has surrounded herself with role models who encouraged her to set high standards, achieve and succeed. These same role models also helped her evolve into the caring and compassionate person she is today. Nelinia is committed to helping people in the same way that she was helped: through encouragement, kindness, selflessness and vision. As a perennial student of life and boundless optimist, Nelinia stays engaged with people in all walks of life. She is a member of Rotary International, Junior League, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters International and Business Networking International.