As is the practice of all district governors, a recent visit to the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club from Rotary District 7090 Governor Rick Sterne of Brantford, Ontario was one of the many he will make this year.
"I am impressed," he said. "If I lived in this area, this is the club I'd want to belong to."
The district includes 74 clubs in Southern Ontario, Canada, and Western New York, each having about half of the 74. A third generation Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, Sterne's business was computers.
Rotary District Governor Rick Sterne, left, presents Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club President John Hamels with a check for $1000 as an initial pledge with regard to Rotary International Foundation through the coming year. After delivering the district’s challenges for 2013, Sterne conveyed the news that there have been no new polio cases this past year. Stamping out Polio has been a long-time goal for Rotary International.
This year's mission, approved by all district members, was Sterne's topic.
"Why do we do what we do," he said. "It is to pursue peace and conflict prevention."
Dubbed the "High Five," the pursuit targets goals of disease prevention, purifying and providing water for those less fortunate, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
For many years, Rotary International has been heavily involved in stamping out polio around the world. Sterne delivered good news:
"There were no new cases this past year," Sterne said, noting there are only three areas left in which there is polio. "There were 350,000 cases when we started and we're now down to 200."
His final statement, as club members applauded, was, "We will eradicate it."
Before Sterne ended his message, he presented a $1,000 check to the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club as a first installment for its support of the Rotary International Foundation for the coming year. Sterne concluded by listing several projects for the district in 2013 and ended with this year's theme that all Rotarians might consider projects that focus on "Peace through service."