Clubs Rotarians learn about Uzbekistan

The Vermillion Rotarians with Mercy Hobbs presiding met for our weekly lunch at the Neuharth Center on Feb. 15. Guests today were Mary Merrigan, Chon Sommervold, and VHS seniors Stephanie Morse and Nikki Larson. The 100th anniversary of the founding of Rotary takes place on Wednesday,Feb.23, and we will celebrate the occasion with a special dinner of more and less exotic chilies. Call Sue Ann Stutheit to reserve your place. Our program today was presented by Sabohat Khalilova, currently a student at USD in the masters of public administration program and a visiting scholar here in the previous year under the Fulbright Program. Sabohat comes to us from Uzbekistan which was, until 1991, a part of the Soviet Union. The now independent Uzbekistan is dealing with many problems and possibilities. Some problems go back to its exploitation as the largest cotton producer in the Soviet Union which led to over-irrigation, pollution, and continuing medical problems for the population. More recently (since Sept. 11, 2001) Uzbekistan has been used as a base for U.S. military operations in the region. We Americans should know more about this.

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