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Santa Monica Rotarians Hear Merits Of Paul Harris Society:

Rotary District 5280 Foundation chair Rick Mendoza spoke to the Santa Monica Rotary Club June 26 about the Paul Harris Society, a 15-year-old program named for Rotary’s founder, and encouraged Rotarians to annually support the Rotary Foundation.

RoseMary Regalbuto, retired executive director of Meals on Wheels West, introduced Mendoza, also a past District Governor of District 5280.

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of the Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity of annual support to the Rotary Foundation.

With their gift, Rotarians promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies through grants – projects include vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa; providing water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India; and distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali, among others.

One of the most recognizable grants is raising money for polio eradication. All funds raised have supported crucial immunization activities in polio-affected countries. In 2014, there were 359 new cases of the wild poliovirus, but in 2015, there were 27 polio cases.

In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave the Rotary Foundation a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, and in 2009, increased it to $355 million. Rotary pledged to raise $200 million in matching funds by June 30, 2012 and ended up raising $228.7 million.

In 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation extended that partnership in a two-for-one match agreement up to $35 million per year through 2018.

Another speak, Myles Pritchard, a former Bahamian Olympian in sailing and current financial wealth advisor, encouraged the audience to attend the Special Olympics opening ceremony and to sponsor athletes as ways of supporting the games.

“These athletes are no different from us, they’re no more special than I am,” Pritchard said. “The fact that they’re special Olympic athletes is irrelevant. It’s a chance that you have to go and change a person’s life like my life has changed. And I ask each and every one of you to get involved in the Special Olympics.”

The 14th Special Olympics Games will open July 25 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympic athletes from 177 nations. Tickets are $35 and T-shirts are $35.

Santa Monica Rotary also announced raising $6,200 for Nepal earthquake relief.

A scholarship, sponsored by the law firm of Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP, was awarded to Shaila Hernandez, who will attend Occidental College in the fall.

A grant was also made to the Westside Family Health Center, an organization providing primary health care to low-income families, women and children in Santa Monica on Ocean Park Blvd. for 41 years, represented by Molly Maher. Maher said the check will go to two of their four primary programs: pediatrics and pre-natal care. Rotarian Melissa Dagodag presented the check.

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