Happy Birthday Rotary!
Rotary International Proclamation
Unanimously approved and read at the 109th U.S. Congress
WHEREAS, Rotary International,
founded on February 23, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois USA, is the
world's first and one of the largest non-profit service organizations;
WHEREAS, there are over 1.2 million
Rotary club members comprised of professional and business leaders
in over 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries; and
WHEREAS, the Rotary motto "Service
Above Self" inspires members to provide humanitarian service,
encourage high ethical standards, and promote good will and
peace in the world; and
WHEREAS, Rotary funds club projects
and sponsors volunteers with community expertise to provide
medical supplies, health care, clean water, food production,
job training, and education to millions in need, particularly
in developing countries; and
WHEREAS, Rotary in 1985 launched
Polio Plus and spearheaded efforts with the World Health Organization,
U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to
immunize the children of the world against polio; and
WHEREAS, polio cases have dropped
by 99 percent since 1988 and the world stands on the threshold
of eradicating the disease; and
WHEREAS, Rotary is the world's
largest privately-funded source of international scholarships
and promotes international understanding through scholarships,
exchange programs and humanitarian grants; and
WHEREAS, more than 35,000 students
from 110 countries have studied abroad since 1947 as Rotary
Ambassadorial Scholars; and
WHEREAS, Rotary's Group Study
Exchange program has helped more than 46,000 young professionals
explore their career fields in other countries; and
WHEREAS, 8,000 secondary-school
students each year experience life in another country through
Rotary's Youth Exchange Program; and
WHEREAS, there are over 387,000
Rotary club members in more than 7,700 clubs throughout the
United States sponsoring service projects to address such critical
issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment
in their local communities, and abroad.
Therefore, we, the United States
Senate/House of Representatives, do hereby proclaim February
23, 2005, as Rotary International Day and encourage all citizens
to join us in recognizing Rotary International for 100 years
of service to improving the human condition in local communities
around the world.
Dec. 10, 2004: Rotary International
President Glenn E. Estess Sr. will serve on a new federal commission
to evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery of U.S. humanitarian
and development assistance around the world.
According to the 10 December
announcement issued by U.S. President George W. Bush, Estess
will be one of 21 members of the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood
of People (HELP) Around the Globe Commission, which the U.S.
Congress created to identify barriers to the effective delivery
of aid to developing nations and devise new approaches to ensure
that assistance reaches those most in need.
The HELP Commission will report
its findings to Congress within two years after it is established.
Estess, who will serve for the life of the commission, is among
six members appointed by the president and one of two representing
non-governmental organizations. The commission’s launch
date has not been finalized.
"I'm honored to be chosen
to represent the private sector on this important commission,"
said Estess. "I believe this clearly demonstrates the important
role Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation play in
the field of development assistance and humanitarian aid worldwide."