Rotary International President Coming To Estes Park
More than 400 Rotarians and their families will travel to Estes Park in June to attend the annual conference of Rotary leaders from Wyoming, Northern Colorado and sections of Idaho and Nebraska. Kalyan Banerjee, a businessman from Gujarat, India who heads the worldwide Rotary organization will be the keynote speaker.
The conference will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies family resort June 7-9. President Banerjee is expected to focus on the accomplishments of Rotarians throughout the world that have just raised over $200 million in the past two and a half years to assist in the eradication of polio. The latest effort by Rotary was in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue funding the immunization of children around the world.
Since the mid-80s Rotarians have contributed close to $1 billion to polio eradication, resulting in the immunization so far of two billion children from the crippling disease. With the exception of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, the remainder of the world is now polio free. (India reported its last case of polio just 13 months ago.) The incidence of paralytic polio infection has plunged worldwide from 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 1,000 in 2011.
Rotary District Governor Mary McCambridge, Loveland, will host this year’s conference. “We’re delighted that President Banerjee has agreed to join us in Estes Park,” she said. “He will be one of several inspiring speakers on our agenda that week, together with a wide variety of seminars, work sessions and entertainment,” she said. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work on service projects at the Estes Valley Library and the historic MacGregor Ranch.
There are about 210 Rotarians in the three Estes Park Rotary clubs according to McCambridge. “They do an amazing amount of community service here and are also actively involved in staging our conference and also offering their homes to many visiting Rotarians in our district,” she said.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. Rotary clubs around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.