District governor speaks to Rotarians

TROY — Are you a gift to the world? That’s the 2015-16 Rotary International focus and a key talking point for District 6670 Governor Bill Shula during his visit with Troy Rotarians at their weekly meeting on Nov. 3.

Shula challenged the club members to consider someone who has had a positive impact in their lives and then turn that positivity towards another who could benefit from kindness and experiencing an example of global citizenship.

A long-time Rotarian, Shula learned at an early age the devastation polio has had in the world when a school classmate contracted it. A key Rotary program is End Polio Now, a campaign that has been instrumental in eradicating the disease from much of the world. This program inspired Shula to become more involved in Rotary. He reminded members that the current Rotary International president encourages all Rotarians to be engaged and active in their local communities. Globally, Rotary clubs strive for diversity in membership and unity in purpose. Eradicating polio, encouraging peace through student exchanges and supporting local needs are all part of what makes membership in this organization so rewarding. For more information on Rotary International, visit www.rotary.org.

Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary website at www.troyohiorotary.org and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.