Walker completes PETS training
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:30 pm
Consisting of well-known exceptional speakers, informative roundtables and discussion groups, detailed district training sessions and fellowship and networking.
The basic purpose of P.E.T.S. is to have the best prepared, most enthusiastic club presidents in the Rotary world. Annually, over 400 presidents-elect return home from Mid-South P.E.T.S. prepared to carry out their Rotary duties when they take office in July.
Rotary is a volunteer organization with over 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
The Martin Rotary Club’s most recent community projects included a pavilion for The City of Martin Parks and Recreation Department at Harmon Field and benches along the walking trail at the Martin Recreational Complex. The club also provides scholarships to the University of Tennessee at Martin as well as contributing to We Care Ministries, Education Edge and many other non-profit organizations. The club also provides funds and manpower each year to international projects such as providing electricity to homes in Honduras, South America. Funds are raised throughout the year with events such as the Soybean Golf Tournament, Rotary Ham Breakfast and the Sing-a-Like country music show held each April.
Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio, which is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in Africa and Asia. To date, Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion toward the eradication of polio, a cause Rotary took on in 1985. In 1988, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Rotary as spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More recently, the Gates Foundation has become a major supporter. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave Rotary a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, increasing it to $355 million in 2009. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012.
Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 650 in 2011. To learn more about polio eradication, visit rotary.org/endpolio.
Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.
Published in The WCP 4.3.12