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10/12/2017 A half century of service
Valley Rotarians ready to mark milestone At its weekly Monday noon meeting this week, the Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club celebrated its first half century of presence and activity in the community. In recognition of this milestone event, special guest Rotary District 5470 Governor George Small presented a certificate from the President of Rotary International recognizing the club and its accomplishments in the 50 years since the Club’s first meeting. Started in August, 1968, the Club was chartered in February, 1969. According to the Club’s website, wetmountainvalleyrotary.org, the founding officers were August Menzel, President; Myron Chesley, Vice-President; and Roderick Canda, Secretary. They served the original 24 members. The Club today numbers 30, and is led by Leonard Ketchum, President; Merton Young, Treasurer, and June Ketchum, Secretary, along with 15 committee and service chairs. Among its many service oriented programs, the Club is one of more than 33,000 such groups participating in World Polio Day on Tuesday, October 24. Rotary has made a lot of progress fighting polio around the world, and has eliminated polio from all but two countries in the entire world. The last time anything like this happened was with the small pox vaccination program. Over $1.4 billion has been pledged in the eradication effort from such notable groups as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom, Canada, and of course, Rotary International. The worldwide celebration details can be found at end-polio.org with viewing parties, celebrations, and donations. To help end polio forever, donate accordingly to the Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club, PO Box 425, Westcliffe, 81252. Information on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and infographics on the remaining cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan are available at the website noted. - W.A. Ewing