Rotary Foundation Dinner to raise funds

The annual dinner is open to all Rotarians and the general public.  Tickets to the event are $100 with $40 of the ticket price going directly to the Rotary Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping alleviate hunger, improving health and sanitation, promoting literacy, and eradicating polio from the world.  

Social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.  Wilfred Wilkinson will be speaking of the Rotary Foundation’s work in helping the world through efforts of local Rotary Clubs.  Over 300 people are expected at this fundraising event.  

The Rotary Foundation does its work through local Rotarians, now numbering over 1.2 million worldwide, in some 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world.   Its special focus is on helping those less fortunate in local communities along with the world’s poor and less fortunate.  Since 1985, Rotary’s primary focus has been the eradication of polio from the world.  Success is elusive but within reach as it now remains endemic in only four countries including Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. 

Mr. Wilkinson will speak of the passion he has for the Foundation and its work.  He hails from Ontario, Canada and is a retired chartered accountant.  He was the founding partner of Wilkinson & Company, a public accounting firm.  Mr. Wilkinson has been a Rotarian since 1962 and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario.  He has served Rotary International as president, vice-president and director of The Rotary Foundation, and as a district governor. 

As a member of the International PolioPlus Committee, Mr. Wilkinson has been dedicated to the global effort to eradicate polio.  He participated in National Immunization Days (NIDS) in Kenya, Tanzania, and India, and administered life-saving drops to Pakistan refugees in Afghanistan.   Mr. Wilkinson has been honored for his humanitarian service by the Knights of Columbus, the Province of Ontario, the government of Canada, and in 2001, was honored by Pope John Paul II with the Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice medal.

Reservations for the dinner may be made through John Smith, Rotary District 6540 Foundation Dinner, 5307 Cloverbrook Drive, Fort Wayne, IN  46806.  Payment must accompany your reservation request.

Further information may be found at www.rotary6540.org or by visiting/contacting your local Rotary Club.

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