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District governor 's visit to Rotary is part of 70-club tour

Rotary District 6910 Gov. Bill St. Clair addressed the Thomson Rotary Club on Aug. 25.

He brought a tiny cloth figure, Miles, symbolic of the travel St. Clair is doing this year. His Thomson visit marked the 31st club visit as part of his tour of 70 clubs. St. Clair is a member of the Gainesville club.

Also attending was Jim Walson, the assistant governor of Area IX of District 6910. Waldron is a member of the Columbia County Rotary Club.

Before his address, St. Clair presented Rotary pins to two new club members, Steve Huff and Garth Snow.

"No other civic organization in the world has the breadth and width that Rotary does," St. Clair said.

He called special attention to the approaching 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Foundation. The convention will be held in 2017 in Atlanta, where the foundation was begun. He said the district is a leader in donations to that foundation, and the Thomson club is a leader within the district.

The spirit of Rotary is global, he said, as he told the story of Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee, of India. "My wife (Elizabeth) passed away," St. Clair said. "There are 534 district governors in the world. And he took time between meetings to call me. It was a very nice, pleasant conversation. I very much appreciated that phone call."

St. Clair urged support for the Rotary Foundation's goal of eradicating polio. He said since 1985 the group has donated more than $1 billion to polio prevention. The number of new cases has fallen from 500,000 per year to just 400 last year. He said 100 of those cases were in India, which has witnessed only one new case this year.

Web posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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