DG George W.S. Hays emphasized the core values present in the Austintown Club and all Rotary Clubs of:
diversity, fellowship, integrity, leadership and service. Be loyal to the 4-way test. The slogan adopted
by International is “Reach within to embrace Humanity”, and each time we do something for others,
we all reach within to embrace humanity.
After an accident in 2001, Mr. Hays experienced first hand with all the Rotarians who helped
him during his time of need. He joined Rotary 21 years ago and he began giving back to Rotary by allowing
him to serve. His emphasis for 2011-12 the need for members and of course money to make things
happen in Rotary. Polio Plus is an example of what an impact Rotary has made and this was
acknowledged by Bill Gates. The cost to eradicate polio has been estimated at $1 billion.
The Polio Plus drive has transformed Rotary from valuable to a key player in world health.
In India there was only one case last year, 309 in the entire world. We are getting close to the eradication of Polio.
Growth of membership is the key to this organization. Rotary is ranked third in what we do
with the money we raise. Rotary International is only as successful as it’s clubs.
Shown in picture: District Governor Hays is presented with certification by Austintown President,
Deanna Spirko for a book to be donated to Woodside Elementary Library for the Woodside reads project.