Council applauds county Rotary Club members

on 100th anniversary of

Rotary International Foundation



Rotary marks a century of changing lives

Delaware County Council recognized local Rotarians on the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation. Shown at the Dec. 7 meeting are, front from left, Rotarians Warren Sell, Peter Mardinly, Councilman Dave White, Rotarians Bonnie Korengel, Fran Cross, Louise Vitello-Burroughs, Dan Lievens and Edith Hilton, and back, Gary Zebrowski, Joseph Batory, Council members Colleen Morrone, Mario J. Civera Jr., John McBlain and Mike Culp.

For 100 years, members of the Rotary have been helping people around the world achieve better health, clean water, education and life-sustaining economies.

In Delaware County, there are 13 Rotary clubs whose members have traveled far and wide to help children and adults. The humanitarian engine that supports all of these Rotary projects is the Rotary International Foundation.

At the Dec. 7 County Council meeting, Councilman Dave White recognized several Rotary Club members for 100 years of work on behalf of people in need.

“The foundation was launched in 1917 with a humble contribution of $26.50. Today, the Foundation is one of the largest in the world, helping to connect 1.2 million Rotary members in 35,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries,” White said.

One of the initiatives the Rotary is most well-known for is the eradication of polio. Their projects also fight poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition.

“Today, we want to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and congratulate some of our local Rotarians,” he said. “ Tonight, they are holding a gala called ‘The Million Dollar Journey Celebration’ at the Springfield Country Club.

Attending the meeting on behalf of the Rotary were Joseph Batory, a 30-year Rotary member including 13 years in the Upper Darby Rotary, Media Rotary members Dan Lievens, president, Gary Zebrowski and Peter Mardinly, Chester Rotary members Fran Cross, Louise Vitello-Burroughs, Warren Sell, Edith Hilton and Longwood Rotary member Bonnie Korengel.