Senate recognizes Rotary clubs’ contributions

From Press, Staff Reports

The Mississippi State Senate issued a resolution recognizing January
2013 as “Rotary Awareness Month in Mississippi.”

Resolution No. 520 acknowledges the 108-year service history of
Rotary International and its 1.2 million Rotary club members made up
of professional and business leaders from across the world.
Currently, 34,000 clubs are in 200 countries and geographic areas.
The resolution also recognizes the more than 100 Rotary clubs in
Mississippi and the service projects they support.

Those clubs include the Eupora Rotary Club, which was organized in
1937. Officers for 2012-13 are Stan Blaylock, president; Chad Winter,
president-elect; Russell Hood, secretary; and Bonita Martin, treasurer.

“Rotary is a valuable asset to all of the towns and communities
across our state. Our clubs provide numerous volunteers and funding
for many needed projects,” said Danny Williams, Rotary district
governor for District 6820.

“It is amazing to me the number of lives that are touched each year
by the Rotarians across our state. We are doing good in the world,
and we need to do a better job of making the public more aware of our
organization. It’s great to have the support of our state legislators
through their recent joint resolution. Rotary finds club projects and
sponsors volunteers with community expertise to provide medical
supplies, health care, clean water, food production, job training and
education to millions in need, particularly to those in developing
countries.”

As volunteers, Rotarians conduct projects to address today’s
humanitarian challenges including illiteracy, disease, hunger,
poverty, lack of clean water and environmental concerns while
encouraging high standards in all vocations.

Most notably, Rotary clubs around the world have contributed to the
near eradication of polio. Since Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985
and spearheaded efforts with the World Health Organization, U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to immunize
children of the world, polio cases have dropped by 99% since 1988.

To date, Rotary has contributed nearly $850 million and countless
volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children
in 122 countries. The organization has also raised $200 million
toward a $300 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation for a total of $355 million. These efforts are providing
much needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory
equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents.

For more information about Rotary International or the Mississippi
Rotary District 6820, go to www. Rotary6820.org and “like” the Eupora
Rotary Club’s page on Facebook.