ABOUT ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The world’s first service club was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The club was formed in Chicago with just 7 businessmen; Paul P. Harris, Silvester Schiele, Montague “Monty” Bear Harris, Bernard E. “Barney” Arntzen, Rufus F. “Rough-house” Chapin, Harry L. Ruggles, and Robert Fletcher. The new Rotary Club of Chicago was born. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.
Not long after the formation of the Chicago Club, 100 years ago the very first club to Charter in Florida was the Jacksonville Rotary Club. George W. Clark, a close personal friend of Paul Harris became the first club president in February of 1912, six short years after the meeting of the first club in Chicago. Since then the Jacksonville Rotary Club has helped the growth of Rotary in Florida by fostering many more clubs. The Green Cove Springs Club is one of their most recent additions.
Service Above Self
Help Us End Polio
October 24th is World Polio Day and The Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs is marking the historic progress made by Rotary Clubs across the world to end polio, a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.
Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to ending polio since 1985, and our Northeast Florida Rotary District 6970 is the state leader in donations to this important cause. If we can eradicate any cases, and not see any new cases occur for a period of three years, will have achieved our goal. You can contribute to ending polio once and for all by going to https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day
Welcome New Members
Rotarian George West interviews new Rotarian Lt. Chris Coldiron, Director is Detention with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Rotary Supports Shepherd’s Center