Submitted by Jim Dilamarter
We are proud to report that Past President, Cathryn Buckley, has been presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by our club. This is the highest honour a club can give to an individual. Anyone named a Paul Harris Fellow must have served their community with distinction. Cathryn is certainly deserving of such an honour. She has contributed so much to our Rotary Club and to our community. She has led our club as President and chaired many, many projects over the years. We congratulate her.
Paul Harris Fellowships have been awarded to several people not only in our club but in the community as well over the years. They are given to acknowledge outstanding service to the community or the world. Cathryn joins a group that includes such world figures as Mother Teresa who was given recognition in 1980, Pearly Bailey, President Jimmy Carter, and Jonas Salk, the polio vaccine developer. Paul Harris Fellowships are given to people who give outstanding service to their fellow human beings. We are so proud of Cathryn.
NEWEST MEMBER TIM LAMOND
Rotary has been growing steadily over the last six months. Our newest member is Tim Lamond. Tim is actually a returning Rotarian having been a member for many years when his Dad, Ross, was also a member. Ross was a good example of a Rotarian who loved to help others. He always said what he thought and kept us on track. He helped at countless projects. He passed away a number of years ago and we all miss him.
Tim had to leave Rotary when his job took him away from the area for many years but now he’s back and we are so happy to have him as our latest member. Having been a member, Tim knows Rotary well and will be able to help with our many projects in the months to come. Welcome back Tim.
We now have 22 members as part of the Rotary Club of Northern Bruce Peninsula. We welcome more. If you are interested, talk to a Rotarian and find out what we do. We need people willing to serve the community, work hard, have fun, and participate in an International Organization which has the motto: Service Above Self.
I promised to describe some of the programs sponsored by Rotary and I thought I would start with an International Project that has been going on for a number of years. We call it Polio Plus. Its purpose is to eradicate polio from this planet. We have been very successful. Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotary launched its Polio Plus campaign in 1985 and Rotary Clubs have responded with enthusiasm since then.
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60 a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
Our club contributes to the Polio Plus every year through our own contributions and donations to the Rotary Foundation. All of us who are seniors can remember someone, maybe in our family, who had polio. We are winning this battle and we are so proud of all who have helped over the years.
MOVIES AT THE ROTARY HALL
Our Movies at the Rotary Hall series continues throughout February. Watch our FaceBook page for details on each movie. We post the movie titles there each week and also put them on the answering system at our hall. Check them out. You will have a great time. Every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. there will be a new movie shown. We have soft drinks, popcorn, chocolate bars and other snacks available for a small cost. Admission is only $5, or $15.00 per family.