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Rotary District 7350 adopts the theme of oncoming president

August 02, 2007

"Rotary Shares," this year's theme of incoming Rotary International President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, is also the message of Dale Lepovetsky, district governor of Rotary District 7350.

Lepovetsky and his wife, Susan, of St. Marys, Pa., visited the Hancock Rotary Club on July 17 to review the club's past service projects with present club officers, board of directors and past President Daniel Fleming. Ross Cook, president of Hancock Rotary Club, reviewed the condition of the club, its projects and activities report.

Lepovetsky is asking the district's 45 clubs to continue their support of the Dictionary Project for third-graders. In the past two years, 25,000 third-graders residing in District 7350 have received a dictionary from their local Rotarians. Also, the speech contest based on the Four-way Test introduced last year for high school students will be continued.

In addition to these projects, Lepovetsky is challenging the district's clubs to be a part of a new project - one that will provide 50,000 food products for the district's neediest in the participating Rotary Club's areas.

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Lepovesky presented Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to Rotarian Melinda Golden and Rotarian Lee Fleming and his wife, Joyce. Fleming made a $1,000 contribution in Joyce's honor to Rotary Foundation to be used to provide clean water in Danli, Honduras.

Joyce Fleming received a certificate, pin and medallion.

Golden is a charter member of District 7350 Paul Harris Society and gives $1,000 or more each year to the Rotary Foundation's nonrestricted Annual Program Fund (APF). Fifty percent of funds contributed to APF are returned to the district in three years as district designated funds for local projects. Melinda is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and received her fourth pin.

Following the Rotary Club meeting, Cook and his wife, Rotarian Carol Becker, gave the Lepovetskys a brief tour of Hancock. They saw the plantings the club had made at the East End welcome sign, at the entrance to Widmeyer Park, as well as the benches and apple trees the club had placed in the Joseph Hancock Primitive Park. He expressed hope that as more people become aware of the club's impact, the membership will increase from one of the smaller clubs in the District to a larger club.

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members belonging to more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Hancock Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Park 'n' Dine.

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