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On Friday January 8th the Evergreen Rotary Club was honored to host Rotary International’s President, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran at a dinner held at the Mt. Vernon Country Club.
Over 100 braved the cold and fog to attend the “Conversation with the President” event. In addition to local Evergreen area Rotarians, several District Governors and Evergreen’s own vice-president of Rotary International, Greg Podd, who arranged the private meeting, were in attendance.
Evergreen Rotary President Bob Bradley introduced Mr. Ravindran and recognized several local Rotary members who have been engaged extensively in international initiatives.
Rotary International boasts over 1.2 million members around the world, two-thirds of whom reside outside of the USA – which explains why Mr. Ravindran, who hails from Sri Lanka and is based in Chicago, clocked more than 470,000 miles around the world last year. His travels have provided him with some very special moments such as his meeting with Mother Theresa – “Such a fragile lady, but a giant when she walked into the room” he noted.
Following the dinner, members were invited to participate in a Q&A session. In keeping with Rotary’s current slogan, ‘Be a Gift to the World,’ Mr. Ravindran’s advice to new members was to “Immerse yourself in Rotary and you will receive far more than you give.” He also commented, “There is no such thing as a self-made man – we all owe our success to someone.” His final words of advice were, “Live each day as if you will die tomorrow; plan each day as if you will live a hundred years.”
The Rotary International president, District Governors and various other dignitaries were visiting Denver to attend a fund-raising dinner the next day for the Polio Plus Fund. The local area Rotary members were honored and privileged that they had chosen to spend time at 7,500 feet with the Evergreen Rotary Club.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Evergreen Rotary Club meets every Friday morning, 7:00 am, at the Evergreen Country Day School, 1030 El Rancho Road. For more information, visit Evergreen Rotary.
Photos by Carolyn Alexander