BUCKHANNON — Tuesday was a day of reuniting with old friends and planning for the future for the Buckhannon Rotary Club.
Kwame Boateng, a longtime friend of the Buckhannon Rotary Club and the Buckhannon community spoke at the club’s Tuesday meeting about the work that Rotary Clubs do internationally and why he believes in Rotary’s mission.
“Rotary is doing wonderful things around the world,” he said. “I don’t think I can come on a Tuesday and not be at a meeting.”
He encouraged Rotarians to attend the conventions and get more involved at the district level or above.
“We should all be proud to belong because we are helping humanity,” he said referencing the slogan, Rotary Serving Humanity used by 2016-2017 Rotary International president John F. Germ.
He also touted Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio in the world.
“It’s almost eradicated in the whole world and we all know that it is wonderful,” he said.
Rotary’s presence in countries like Ghana, where Boateng resides, is always noted from roadside signs to other ways.
“The four-way test used by Rotary is in the Ghana Supreme Court,” he said.
Boateng came to the United States to study through the help of a mission. He studied international relations at the University of Tennesee-Knoxville and went on to earn a Ph.D.
After teaching at UT-Knoxville for a year, he saw an advertisement for a political science professor position at West Virginia Wesleyan College and decided to take on a new adventure.
A few years ago, he returned to his native Ghana, has served in leadership positions and is currently working on research but returns to Buckhannon to visit.
“I loved my stay here,” he said.
Dan Martin, incoming president of the Buckhannon Rotary Club, asked members to be thinking about ideas for meeting speakers in July, August and September.
He also asked the club to be thinking about the anniversary for Buckhannon’s Rotary Club coming up in 2018.
“It’s going to take some hands and some time to go through this, pull things together and find pictures,” he said.