SPEAKER

Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 16, 2017
Jay Jones introduced our speaker of the day, John Pennypacker, who is a member of the District's Rotary Foundation Committee.  John is well-known to our club since he served as District Governor in 2014-15 and he has been out to speak at our club several times.  He is very active in Rotary leadership areas.
The Rotary Foundation funded 1,165 Global Grants in 2015-16 for 76 million dollars to support a wide variety of good causes.  Our dues help pay for the global grants and so we all participate in these grants indirectly if not directly.  On the Polio Plus front, there were only 7 new cases worldwide in 2016 so we are very close to getting it eradicated.  Compare 7 in 2016 vs 1,000 new polio cases a year in just the USA in 1955.
 
John announced the Rotary Foundation Dinner "Abundant Harvest" to be held on Saturday, November 4 at 6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe.  It will be a buffet dinner costing $50.  The speaker will be Ray Klinginsmith, past Rotary International President.  Cowboy attire is welcome.
 
John made two special presentations to two club members who have become members of the Paul Harris Society.  PHS members pledge to support the Rotary Foundation to the amount of $1,000 per year. 
Presentation to Dr. Tracey Yamamoto
Presentation to Ed Shockley
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO TRACEY AND ED FOR THEIR STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GOALS OF ROTARY!!