Dennis White introduced our presenter, Brenda Cressey, telling us that she has been with Paso Robles Rotary since 1989. She was named a Trustee for Rotary Foundation in 2017 because of her experience in fundraising for Polio Plus, Annual Fund, Paul Har- ris, Endowments, Major and Legacy Gifts. She has been awarded RI “Service Above Self” award, TRF “Citation for Meritorious Service”, and “Distinguished Service Award”. She was also named one of President Bush’s “1000 Points of Light” and the American Cancer Society “Volunteer of the Year”.

Brenda told us that she is an old friend of our club having been President of the Paso Club when Nancy Carr was our President, DG when Bonnie Cameron was President and when Jane Howard was inducted into the club.

Brenda and her husband, Dick, are Major Donors, Bequest and Paul Harris society members, and recent induc- tees of the Arch Klumph Society which recognizes The Rotary Foundation's highest tier of donors — those who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetime. Brenda explained how she and her husband saw the difference Rotary is making in people’s lives all over the world. She is very proud to have had Chairman Ron Burton name her as the first female Vice Chair of the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary’s number 1 priority is eradication of Polio. Today it costs $3 to completely protect a child from polio. Over 430 million children were vaccinated last year. Currently only Afghanistan and Pakistan are not yet polio free. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a huge differ- ence in our goal to rid the world of this terrible disease. After the last case, our goal will be to maintain a polio free strategy and contain the source. Brenda asks that we all share the story of how Rotary is tackling Polio with every- one we meet.

Many thanks to Brenda Cressey for a powerful presentation.

Brenda then presented a Paul Harris +8 to Sharon Harvey, a Paul Harris +5 to Roger Robinson and a Paul Harris +3 to Chuck Foerster.