PDG Chet Sawyer (1990-1991) is no stranger to Middletown Rotary and he was welcomed again yesterday to represent Knut Johnson, serving as District Chair of the Rotary Foundation for a three-year term.
The number of international projects and issues that the Rotary Foundation funds is overwhelming. Chet touched on a few as he gave an update of District efforts. PolioPlus, also known as Polio Eradication, is Rotary's signature project. Chet announced that Middletown Rotary has been an exceptionally high donor over the years to PolioPlus and that District 7210 has given $1 million. October 24, 2009 is World Polio Day and Rotary will take time to reflect on the progress made in eradicating this disease from mankind. We're not done yet as polio is still endemic in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. Our club is waiting on a Foundation grant application for the Plumpy Nut project, a nutritional feeding program for children ages 2 - 7 in Haiti. Dr. Parida continues to lead the way locally with the IMRF (International Medical Relief Foundation). Orange County has provided the use of two storage rooms at the Community Campus in Middletown to house the retired medical equipment until it can be shipped overseas. Lastly the cost of bio-sand filters continues to go down. These simple filters bring clean water to Central American communities. Matching grants from the Rotary Foundation make these projects possible. Every Rotarian is encouraged to give $100 every year to support the Foundation. Our District Rotary Foundation Gala is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, November 1st at the West Point Club.