Tuesday, October 9, 2012
District Governor salutes Oakbrook Rotary Club
By Jim Friar
Special to The Journal Scene
Oakbrook Rotarians hosted their annual meeting with Rotary District 7770 Governor Ed Duryea at the Westcott Plantation Club House on Sept. 29.
Duryea was introduced by Rotary Assistant District Governor Tony Pope, a member of the Summerville Lunch Rotary Club.
Governor Duryea saluted the Oakbrook Club for its being such a fun-filled group at 7:30 on Monday mornings.
He began with a short explanation of Rotary's theme for the year : “Peace Through Service.”
“This is our focus point this year as we continue in our global efforts to eradicate polio in the world and to improve health standards in many countries," Duryea said.
Duryea also spoke about how district and local grants are made to aid clubs in funding local and international service projects. He pointed out three of the Oakbrook club's recent projects:
• The re-roofing of a shelter for a youth organization
• The distribution of dictionaries to elementary schools in the Oakbrook area
• Its two decades of support for Alzheimer's research.
On a personal side, the District Governor told about how Rotary Club members provided a great deal of personal aid to him and his family.
“My personal experience with local Rotary members played a large role in my desiring to be more involved in the organization and give back in return. Rotary’s unselfish actions have led to my being here today to salute all of you,” he said.
He thanked Oakbrook Rotary members for its support of the district’s program in the eastern half of the state and for the members’ continued leadership in the Oakbrook area. “I can see as your club enters its third decade of service that you are ready for the opportunities you will have to serve your community," Duryea said.
The Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club meets on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Wescott Plantation Golf Club. Call 509-9035 for more information about the club’s activities.