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Rotarian since 1978 – Temporary Location to Haiti 2010 after Earthquake - Organized $1.5 Billion Relief Effort for Haitian Government, NGO’s & Private Benefactors – Pro Bono Humanitarian Relief. Initiated Medical Support: Hospital Ship for Emergency-Care and Devised Work-force Training Program for Haitian Citizens to participate in Reconstruction Programs. Rotarian of Year of 1995-1996. District Governor's Rep. 1996-1997 – President 95-96 As Rotary President 95-96, Lead Club to Win Top 3 Honors in District of 53 Clubs.

Pro-Bono Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti ---- Humanitarian work includes, but is not limited to: a.) emergency aid to Kuwait, Haiti, and Venezuela; b.) reconstruction-redevelopment initiatives related to hurricane disasters (Andrew-1992; Katrina-2005; Sandy-2012; Irma and Harvey-2017); c.) devising a Structural Insulated Panel manufacturing facility for Haiti to enable employment and training to local citizens for work - also devised a window and door fabrication facility, and a concrete brick & block manufacturing facility, and 4.) comprehensive involvement with carbon foot print mitigation affecting global warming and greenhouse gas emission through renewable energy projects.

Worked with Charitable groups and NGO's, including the President of Haiti and its Parliament, landowners and other government agencies to establish a Jatropha Plantation planting procedure and operational plan to create small plantation sites to grow Jatropha to solidify the soils, prevent mud slides and major erosion, to provide for ground cover and rain propagation - also, to provide for a biodiesel product to create jobs, a small export industry and to provide for energy fuels on Haiti that would not require burning the forest for charcoal.
A sample of Client Comments

     “I worked with Mr. House while he was providing pro-bono humanitarian assistance and consulting services to the Haitian Parliament subsequent to the 2010 Earthquake. Mr. House was in Haiti at the behest of the Ministers of Economic Development and Finance for the purpose of developing a reconstruction and rehabilitation program to rebuild Haiti infrastructures and social housing programs.  The scope of our work together centered on establishing a reforestation program of Jatropha for a multitude of purposes. First, the planting of a Jatropha crop would [reforest] the landscape to reverse the devastation caused by a 98% depletion of all vegetation for cooking, heating and other needs. Absent vegetation the country could not retain rainfall without landslides and devastating erosion.  Mr. House wrote an entire business and financing plan to plant Jatropha across the country, to establish family managed plantations, to harvest the Jatropha into a biodiesel product to establish an export commodity, create jobs in farming and in production and to reforest the landscape with a plant that is uneatable, nonflammable and at the same time extremely useful to provide heating, export and production capacities.  "It is my great pleasure to have met Art House and have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him.”  Ronald D. Harvey Chairman/CEO MarketPlex International, LLC, Dunn Loring, VA

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