On Monday, October 20th, during its regular meeting at The Beekman Arms, the Rhinebeck Rotary featured a presentation by Rotary District Governor Penny Byron in her official club visit.
Ms. Byron discussed this year’s Rotary International Assembly in San Diego and the new Rotary Foundation theme: “Light Up Rotary,” quoting Rotary International President Gary Huang’s charge to “light up the world.” She also introduced to the membership the idea of having “Rotary Days” to highlight the club’s work in the community. “Let people know Rotary is out there, doing good work,” Bryon said.
Ms. Byron talked about the worldwide push to eradicate polio by 2018. “Polio has been eradicated in India, an important step.” She called attention to the partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation on this critical health issue and to Friday, October 24th, World Polio Day. Byron then turned to the issue of expanding membership by slowly introducing the mission to interested local candidates, including business owners and their employees. Currently, there are 1.2 million Rotarians throughout the world.
The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm at the Beekman Arms throughout the year. The Rotary is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local, national and international service projects. The weekly meetings feature speakers covering a variety of human interest topics. For more information on becoming a member, or to reserve a speaker’s spot at an upcoming meeting, please call David Albahary at 914-244-0333.