Rotary District 6960 District Governor Cyndi Doragh is pleased to announce that the World’s Greatest Meal, part of a global movement to support Rotary International’s campaign to END POLIO NOW, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at the Westin Resort in Cape Coral. The public is welcome to join Rotarians for this special evening hosted by The Rotary Club of Cape Coral Sunset. The price is $25 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer. To RSVP and prepay before Nov. 9, email Suzanne Vasbinder at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 239-357-8787.
Polio survivor Susanne Rea, past president of the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise in Queensland, Australia dreamed up The World’s Greatest Meal, where clubs and individuals can hold their own meal events and donate the proceeds to PolioPlus the 30-year-old Rotary program that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate polio. Having promoted the concept across far-flung destinations in India, Rea has embarked on an eight-country tour, including district conferences in the United States such as Southwest Florida’s District 6960 Rotary Club Conference this past May at South Seas Resort on Captiva.
In her world travels, Rea has witnessed the creative concepts that have come out of her call to action, from a simple gathering of Rotary members over coffee to an amazing auction of Pele soccer memorabilia in Brazil. In 2014 Rotary members raised enough money through the World’s Greatest Meal to vaccinate four million children against polio. Through 2018 every US dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary District 6960 Governor Cyndi Doragh said, “Susanne’s project has highlighted the impact one person can have to further invigorate an initiative that is already deeply ingrained in the culture of Rotary. Her passion and the innovation she has encouraged with The World’s Greatest meal is an inspiration, and unites us all in a project for the good of the world.”
To learn more about the World’s Greatest Meal project, including how to hold your own event or to donate directly, visit wgmeal.com.
Rotary is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs. Rotary District 6960 in Southwest Florida has 51 clubs. Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. The Rotarian’s primary motto is “Service Above Self”; its secondary motto is “One profits most who serves best.” For more information visit RotaryDistrict6960.org.