District Governor Visits Effingham Noon Rotary

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Published on September 5 2012 5:58 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Rotary District 6490 Governor Gordon Bidner addressed the Effingham Noon Rotary Club September 5 during his official visit. 

(ROTARY DISTRICT 6490 GOVERNOR GORDON BIDNER IS FLANKED BY PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR AND EFFINGHAM NOON ROTARIAN RON SCHETTLER AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT GOVERNOR JOE FEARDAY)

As Governor, Bidner is tasked with visiting each of the more than 50 Rotary clubs in District 6490.

Bidner focused on three matters.  One is polio eradication. Rotary has spearheaded a worldwide eradication effort, which has seen new cases of polio limited to three nations.  He said the goal of eradicating polio is a good one since it is a measurable goal.  He said, "If we don't eradicate polio, it's not because we didn't try."

Bidner also spoke to Future Vision, a new Rotary method of providing funding for people-helping projects, work for Rotary Foundation, retaining and expanding membership, and New Generations including Rotary-sponsored clubs in area high schools and colleges.

Bidner participated in the induction of new Effingham High School Principal Jason Fox as a member of Noon Rotary, assisted by Noon Club President Rosie Gibbons, who pinned Fox's Rotary membership pin on him.

Noon Rotary welcomed back an old friend.  Nao Oe was a Rotary Youth Exchange Member from Japan who lived with the Tod and Marge Lancaster family 15 years ago.  Nao paid a visit to the Lancasters and to Rotary and brought along her young son, Taisake or Ty. 

(NOON ROTARIAN TOD LANCASTER IS SEEN WITH HIS FORMER HOST DAUGHTER NAO OE AND HER YOUNG SON TAISAKE ALONG WITH ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR GORDON BIDNER AND HIS WIFE SANDRA)

The Rotary weekly student guest was Jessica Bowlin, daughter of Tom and Carolyn Bowlin and a senior at Effingham High School.  Jessica is pictured with her principal, Jason Fox.