Honoring Rotary International for 108 Years of Serviceby Representative Gus M. Bilirakis
Posted on 2013-01-23
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mr. BILIRAKIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and congratulate
Rotary International for selflessly working for 108 years to improve
communities around the world and to recognize the Rotary Clubs of the
State of Florida for the important work they do in our communities. The
organization's motto of ``Service Above Self'' inspires its members to
provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and
promote good will and peace in the world.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International has become one of the world's largest non-profit service organizations. In my home State of Florida, there are nearly 400 Rotary clubs throughout 8 Rotary districts. These clubs represent thousands of Floridians who actively sponsor service projects throughout the State and internationally. Through their charitable spirit, these clubs provide solutions to problems impacting society, including poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and more. Since its founding, Rotary has contributed more than one billion dollars and countless volunteer hours in the fight to eradicate polio. Last year alone, the organization raised more than $200 million for global polio eradication.
Rotary is also the world's largest privately-funded source of international scholarships. Annually, more than 7,000 secondary school students are able to study abroad through the organization's Youth Exchange Programs.
Mr. Speaker, for more than 100 years, Rotary International has represented the best of [[Page E56]] the human spirit, and the organization and its State and local chapters have become pillars in their communities. Their humanitarian efforts and successes exemplify the strength of compassion, and I commend them for their contributions.