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Devin D. Thorpe
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Octogenarian Provides Water To 1.5 Million

George Lewis is an octogenarian who has no plans to slow down. So what’s he doing that keeps him going? He’s changing the world one glass of water at a time.

George is better known as the Water Man. He’s using his membership in Rotary to really make a difference in the world.

He explains, “6,000 children die every day from water born diseases.”


By leveraging his Rotary Club, his Rotary District and Rotary International’s Rotary Foundation, he’s learned how to turn one dollar into $3.5 of impact for water.

Over his lifetime, George reports helping over 1.5 million people gain access to clean water.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at noon Eastern, George will join me for a live discussion about his water works. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Water Team International:

Our mission and vision: We want to help every less fortunate person in the world to have clean drinking water. More than one billion people lack this most basic commodity. Having safe drinking water helps to liberate people so they can live healthier, fuller, and more productive lives. 6,000 children die every day from water borne diseases. We want to help solve this problem and lessen the suffering.


George’s bio:

George Lewis, better known as the Water Man, was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Wagner College and serving in the Army, he played professional baseball for several years in the Boston Red Sox organization.
George was a stock broker, mostly with Merrill Lynch, until he retired in 2000 while living in San Diego.
In 2002 he moved to Florence, Oregon and immediately joined Rotary for the first time. The next year he was Treasurer and Membership Chair. In 3 years the membership grew from 75 to 118. In 2006/7 he was President and the club was named the Most
Outstanding Club in the District.
His real passion is to help the less fortunate around the world to obtain clean drinking water and he is the Founder and President of Water Team International. The Rotary Global History Fellowship recently named him the first charter member of the HEROES which honors those Rotarians whose deeds and dedication to the ideals of Rotary are recorded for posterity.
He is a Major Donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
George presently lives in Sarasota, Florida and is a member of the RC of Lakewood Ranch.

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