WASH Rotary Action Group


About Us


The WASH Rotary Action Group was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects. Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices. We encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community. Most importantly, WASH Rotary Action Group links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.

Vision Statement

Health, education and prosperity for all through safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Mission Statement

WASH Rotary Action Group supports and ensures sustainable long-lasting safe water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to communities in need.

WASH Rotary Action Group Goals:

  1. Every Rotary WASH project is part of a program, technically sound & sustainable.
  2. Every Rotary WASH Program has measurable impact on Health, Education and Prosperity Program Standards: National and/or International Standards for WASH
  3. Expand the reach of WASH Rotary Action Group
  4. Enhance participant engagement (Program impact)
  5. WASH Education of Rotarians, beneficiaries and strategic partners

Board of Directors


Patricia Merryweather-Arges
Chair- District 6450, USA

Brian Hall
Vice-Chair, District 6840, USA

Mike Colasurdo
Treasurer, District 7505, USA

Chris Etienne
D-6290 – USA

Ron Denham
District 7070, Canada

Patrisio N. Njiru
District 9212, Kenya

Kundleswar Panigrahi
District 3261, India

Mary Beth Growney Selene
District 6250, USA

Bruce Clemens
District 4250, Guatemala

Patrick Karney
D4250 – Belize

S.N. Srikanth
(D-3230 – India)

Julia Phelps
Secretary, Non-Voting



Calling all WASH Supporters

As a Rotary Action Group, WASH invites all WASH supporters from around the world to join us and engage in the battle to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all. Any person interested in supporting us can get involved with our activities and be linked to global WASH assistance efforts.

Rotary Action Groups are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field, such as economic development, peace, addiction prevention, the environment, or water.

Action groups offer their technical expertise and support to help clubs plan and implement projects to increase our impact, one of Rotary’s strategic priorities. This support includes helping clubs find partners, funding, and other resources. Action groups can also help clubs and districts prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, and develop plans to monitor and evaluate their projects. Read more about these activities in the Rotary Action Groups annual report.

Anyone who wants to share their expertise to make a positive difference can join an action group. Only Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Peace Fellows can serve in leadership roles.

WASH Rotary Action Group Operations Team

The WASH-RAG Ops Team manages the operations of our action group. The team is led by the chair and is subdivided into various committees with specific responsibilities.

If you are interested in supporting any of the Ops Team chairs, please contact the chair below and let them know.

OPS Team

Wade Nomura - Chair
Operations Team
Carolyn Meub Vice Chair
Ambassador Program
Patrick Coleman
Lisa Talley
Michael Brown
Technology Support
Michael Fernando
World Water Summit
Monica Louie
Professional Services
Richard Churchman
Technical Officer / Cadre
Abdul Rashid Alhassan
Rotaract Outreach
Ian Rumbles

I believe the strength of Rotary is the advocacy role it offers, that can influence decision-makers with making real systemic changes in the role of governments. Rotarians are in a unique position, as they have great and extensive networks. Rotarians have changed national agendas.

Area of Focus Water, Sanitation and Hygiene logo

Erica Gwynn

WASH Area of Focus Manager, Rotary International