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Rotary International District 9465

Governor Robyn Yates  

From the Rotary Club of  Collie

                    With RI President Barry Rassin (Esther)
 

I grew up with parents who were willing to put themselves out for others in need and so I was comfortable at a young age in giving without expecting anything in return. I learnt how the smallest acts of kindness could change someone’s day for the better and put a smile on a stranger’s face.

Joining the Rotary world has allowed me to continue to help others in need and I still marvel at how the effects of the simplest act of kindness can last forever. 

Rotary is indeed a phenomenal and unique organisation consisting of members worldwide. There are no boundaries, we have different backgrounds and different cultures, yet we come together as one to better the lives of those in need. Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, has designed the 2018-19 theme logo on this basis-how the oceans and skies connect continents to come together as one. 

An example of this is the tireless work being undertaken by Rotary to eradicate Polio worldwide. A challenge deemed impossible in the beginning is now so close it’s almost unbearable to hear of new cases. As heart breaking as it is, eight new cases in two countries this year is a far cry from the beginning. 

As Bill Gates has said “we are achingly close to getting rid of Polio; more than 99% of the way. Finishing the job is the big challenge, but it is very doable, if we keep up the effort.” Bill Gates believes in our work and through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has extended the two-for-one funding agreement for another three years.  

I also believe in this worthy cause, so much that I have chosen to support the world-wide project during my term as District Governor. I would like all Clubs and even individual members, to consider making a donation to continue eradication efforts; don’t forget, we need to be Polio free for three years before we can announce that, finally, the world is Polio Free. 

To entice your contributions I have decided to do something a little extreme in anticipation of the funds that will be raised. At the District Conference Governor’s Gala Dinner in Collie on Saturday 23 March 2019 I will shave my head. I trust this will be an incentive for you to support the Polio eradication programme. 

I look forward to the next twelve months and visiting all the Clubs in District 9465 and I thank you in anticipation of the continued good work you do as Rotarians.

             Wear a ROTARY shirt on Saturday 23 February 2019

 

 

 
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