International President of Rotary will visit in 2019

Jody Light

BUCKHANNON ­— “For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end,” according to rotary.org.

The Buckhannon Rotary club discussed the International Rotary foundation and the plans for the Rotary International President to come to West Virginia.

Rotary member Jody Light spoke to the club about the work Rotary does in other countries, particularly the work they do with administering polio vaccines.

“A lot of polio virus is carried by humans waste it's not an airborne thing,” Light said. “ You look over and here is a mom washing her clothes and you look over here and there's kids playing in the water with buffalo everywhere you can figure what comes with them  and everything else and then you look at another place and you see someone dipping water in a bucket that they end up taking home.”

Light said people have to take the vaccine multiple times for it to work in their system.

When I got involved with the vaccine or the polio program these folks are vaccinated 10 and 12 time and it was foreign to me as to why,” Light said. “Well it didn't work well because they have so much hygiene issues it does not stay in their system.”

The Rotary International website said Rotary has been trying to eradicate polio for over 30 years.

“As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.”

Light also updated the club on the upcoming centennial celebration with the president of Rotary International.

“Our district has never in our history had a president of rotary international come to our district, but of all the presidents I can’t think of a better more welcoming president to come to West Virginia.”

Light said Barry Rassin the President of Rotary International will be coming to town March 28 and on the 29 there will be a special dinner at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

“This dinner started out as a celebration of our club, it was our 100 anniversary in May and he was going to be here, but things got kind of crazy and he told me he wanted to come down to West Virginia.”

Light said the club will try to show Rassin what West Virginia is really about.

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