Stone Rotary celebrates 108 years of Rotary International

Rob and Bev Kenney were welcome vistors to the Rotary stall
Rob and Bev Kenney were welcome vistors to the Rotary stall, seen here with Rotarian Ken Rogers

Saturday 23rd February was Rotary Day and Rotarians the world over were celebrating 108 years of Service to the Community. Rotary International started in Chicago in 1905 and the Rotary Club of Stone & District has been in existence since 1939.

Rotarians were marking the day worldwide by raising funds for Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio and the Rotary Club of Stone & District was in Stone’s Market Square collecting a total of £96.67 towards the target.

Ken Rogers, Stone Rotary’s co-ordinator for this campaign said “Rotary has been committed to the End Polio Now campaign since the mid-eighties and all Rotarians are involved in a polio related activity in one way or another. There are now only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic and we fully intend to see the job through. Whether it is by raising money or donating time, we are delighted that the local community supported us this Rotary Day to help end this crippling disease. A lifesaving polio vaccine costs as little as 20 pence”.

Many members say they join Rotary because it gives them a chance to give something back to their community. In local communities alone, each club raises £1000’s for community projects and local charities. Members also volunteer their time – supervising and organising community events, projects to promote the achievements of young people and coordinating educational programmes.