Photo 8668: New Rotary President Karl Kessler presents plaque of appreciation to Past President Gary Good.
Tuesday evening at 1812 Food and Spirits Karl Kessler was sworn in by District Officer Duane Waite as the 67th president of Port Clinton Rotary. Actually, Kessler is the 66th, as he had served previously as president.
Port Clinton Rotary was formed in 1946. This year’s motto is “Engage Rotary, change lives”. In keeping with that theme, Kessler says, “If we keep our eyes on the international projects, the things at home will take care of themselves.” He also set as a goal to keep and expand the things they do locally, like providing scholarships and funding the Port Clinton High School scholarship banquet and the local skateboard park. In addition Kessler envisions a “Rotary Spotlight”, a sharing of profiles of Rotary members so that Rotarians can better know and appreciative their fellow Rotarians.
Internationally, Rotary has the goal of eradicating polio from the planet. “The program began in 1985, when Rotary International teamed with the World Health Organization and other organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stamp out polio,” shared Kessler. “We are now just about an inch from succeeding. In India, who once led the world in polio cases, there has been no polio in over a year. This is the final push.”
Another Rotary International project is MESA (Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad), a program that re-purposes hospital equipment and donates money and medical supplies where needed.
One of the ways Port Clinton Rotary raises funds for international and local programs is through their famous Perch Wagon, often seen at local festivals and events.
Kessler concluded that, “if we have one eye on the big picture and one on the little picture, we will have fun and boost attendance.”
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