Estes Park Rotary Welcomes Russian Health Care Delegation
Thirty Russian leaders participating in the Library of Congress Open World Program spent April 12-21, 2008 in Colorado examining health fairs. The Rotary Club of Denver and five other Clubs from Rotary District 5450 hosted the delegation in collaboration with 9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest, volunteer-driven non-profit health fair program which ran from April 12-20, 2008.
In honor of this year’s International Rotary Motto, Rotary Shares and in recognition of the global importance of Rotary International Partnerships, the Estes Park Noon Rotary was especially pleased to partner with the Denver Rotary Clubs of District 5450 and the Historic Stanley Hotel on April 20, for a special welcome to the Russian Leaders participating in the Library of Congress Open World Program. A delicious buffet lunch, compliments of the Stanley Hotel and General Manager Matthew Kryjak, and a bus tour of the National Park with local professional guide and Rotarian, Bill Wachs completed their Colorado stay and left memories of “A Day in the Rocky Mountain National Park.”
Guests for the occasion included the Russian Medical Delegation, Past Rotary International Director Grant Wilkins, Open World Coordinator for Colorado Dick Richards, Estes Park Rotary President Gladys Van Drie and President-Elect Ray Leaycraft. Assistant Governor of 5440 Julie Phares, Past District Governor Bob Hamblin, District Governor Nominee Elect 2010-2011 Brian Cook and the new Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham was also in attendance. Local representatives of the Estes Park Medical Community and Board members of the noon Rotary shared in the greetings.
“More than a 100 successful health fairs were already conducted in Russia over the last few years by Rotarians. They are determined to continue building on to this success by standardizing and expanding the health fairs education and implementation practices with the help of Colorado experts,” said Grant Wilkins, Past Rotary International Director and a member of the Rotary Club of Denver. “A $330,000 3-H matching grant is secured from Rotary International to serve as seed money for the first stages of implementation. In later stages self-sustainability of Russian Health Fairs is expected.”
“The scope is unprecedented for both Rotary International and the Open World Program of the Library of Congress,” said Irina Bulkley-Hopkins, Director of the Rotary Club of Denver and the Organizational Committee Chair. “This strategic, global effort will assist in addressing a major need in Russia to restore the fallen health care system, country-wide. It will also enable more smooth, expeditious and effective development of Rotary in Russia and promote good will and better understanding between the two countries and their peoples.” Rotary Shares!