Rotary Presentation

Rotary  On April 11th, Mary had the privilege of presenting our foundation to the Brookhaven Rotary Club.  First of all, it was very interesting to hear and understand what Rotary Clubs are all about.  The first one was formed in 1905 in Chicago so that professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.  A big part of who they are began in 1979 with their fight against polio.  They began a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries — down from 125 in 1988.  Being a child of the 1950’s who lived across the street from a girl my age who had polio learning this brought this important project directly home.

The Rotary Clubs have what they refer to as the “Four Way Test,” something that we could all live by:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Having said all of that, I will say that my presentation was accepted in a wonderful way.  I felt there was genuine interest in what we are doing.  A Q&A session followed and I happy to answer all of those.  I believe that going forward, in one way or another, Rotary will be beneficial to our foundation.

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