Lee’s Summit Rotarian attends worldwide convention

June 11, 2014 

Australia Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, addressed the 20,000 Rotary members at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. He announced a 100 million dollar Australian grant to help eliminate polio from the world.

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Sydney, Australia – Some 20,000 plus Rotarians from around the world, have been gathered in Sydney for their annual convention.

These Rotarians were honored to hear from Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who said “Rotary volunteers around the world provide wonderful service to their local communities and it is great to welcome them here to Sydney to share their experiences and exchange ideas.” Prime Minister Abbott also announced his government’s commitment to end the crippling disease of polio with a commitment of $100 million dollars for polio eradication and to provide routine immunizations. With his announcement, Abbott received a standing ovation from the Rotarians. Rotary has worked since 1985 toward the eradication of the polio virus from the earth.

Past Rotary District Governor, Dan Hall, and his wife, Phyllis Hall, from Lee’s Summit, have been participating in the Rotary International Convention. Hall said, “With the gathering of Rotarians from over 150 countries, you feel like you are at a meeting of the United Nations. In a way, we are but just without the politics.”

He said that the Rotary goal of eliminating polio has been amazingly successful.

“Since the polio initiative was launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 case a year to only 416 confirmed cases in 2013,” Hall said.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotarian work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.Rotary.org.

Lee’s Summit has three Rotary Clubs who meet weekly, a Friday breakfast club, a noon Thursday club and a late afternoon Tuesday club.

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