Mayor of Belleair Proclaims February 23, 2013 as Rotary Day in Belleair

DSC00465During the Belleair Town Meeting last evening, Belleair Mayor Gary H. Katica proclaimed this Saturday, February 23, 2013 as Rotary Day in recognition of Rotary’s work in the community and around the world.  I wish to extend a hearty congratulations to all Belleair Rotarians and a heartfelt thank you to Mayor Katica, the Town Commissioners, and our own Belleair Rotarian Kevin Piccarreto.  Here is the Proclamation:

Rotary International Proclamation

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; and

WHEREAS, there are over 1.2 million Rotary club members comprised of professional and business leaders in over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas; 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 PolioPlus 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, To date, Rotary has contributed nearly US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries; and

WHEREAS, Rotary has raised US$100 million towards a $200 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total US $355 million; and

WHEREAS, These efforts are providing much needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents; and

WHERES, In addition, Rotary has played a major role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $4 billion to the effort; 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, about 40,000 students from 130 countries have studied abroad since 1947 as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars; and

WHEREAS, Rotary’s Group Study Exchange program has helped more than 67,,000 young professionals explore their career fields in other countries; and

WHEREAS, 7,000 secondary-school students each year experience life in another country through Rotary’s Youth Exchange program; and

WHEREAS, 7,000 secondary-school students each year experience life in another country through Rotary’s Youth Exchange program; and

WHEREAS, there are several Rotary  Clubs in this area sponsoring service projects to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment in their local communities, and abroad.

Therefore, I the Mayor of the Town of Belleair do hereby proclaim February 23 as Rotary Day  in the Town of Belleair, and encourage all citizens to join me in recognizing Rotary International for its more than 108 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world.



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