(A Continuing Series For The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club)




 The January 2011 issue of The Rotarian celebrated the magazine’s 100th anniversary. The editor of The Rotarian spent much of the summer of 2010 culling through articles by notable authors and thinkers such as Isaac Asimov, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, and many, many others, to choose selections to run in the 2011 commemorative issue.  Here is another example of two of these contributions….



“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.  It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics, and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.” 


November 2008

Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general



“For 23 years, the Rotarians have dedicated their time and efforts to eradicating polio. They have done so in the face of extraordinary challenges. They have overcome financial shortfalls, conflict, and lack of security.  They have conquered cultural barriers and lack of political will. Rotarians have shown the world what can be achieved when civil society and the United Nations partner together.

When the last chapter on polio eradication is finally written, it will tell one of the most spectacular success stories in public health.  It will describe one of the world’s most remarkable partnerships.  And it will highlight the Rotarians’ personal service to humanity.  I know Rotarians will go the distance.  And I will be with you every step of the way.”



JUNE 2008

Ban Ki-Moon, UN, secretary-general