July is the first month of the new Rotary year and it is an exciting time for both Nelson Rotary clubs. The Rotary Club of Nelson’s new President is Kevin Underwood and the club will continue to meet at the Hume Hotel at noon on Fridays. The President of the Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak is Mike McIndoe and that club meets at the Hume on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. The local clubs are part of a world-wide service organization that approximately 1.2 million Rotarians.
The local clubs are involved in both international and community service initiatives. Together they intend to contribute to Rotary’s world wide effort to eradicate polio. Rotary has been a leader in the fight against polio since PolioPlus was launched in 1985. Recently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded two grants to Rotary totaling $355million in support of its work in eradicating the disease. Rotary has pledged to raise $200million to match this generous contribution. The 3rd annual Seafood Feast will be held on Feb. 7, 2011 to support the local initiative to contribute to this worthwhile cause.
Locally, the focus for the Rotary Club of Nelson will be improvements to the wharf at Rotary Lakeside Park. This project is in the planning stage. Nelson Daybreak is concentrating its effort on construction of a bridge at Cottonwood Creek to enable cyclists and hikers to better enjoy this ‘rails to trails’ route. Nelson Daybreak is continuing its’ effort to eliminate graffiti that detracts from the beauty of the city; more information about mural projects will be forthcoming.
For more information about Rotary locally and internationally, contact any of the Rotary club members.