Rotary Club: serving Mexia, serving humanity

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Members of service organizations, like the Rotary Club of Mexia, often consider helping their fellow human beings the highest form of satisfaction. Virtually every Rotarian when asked gives that as their reason for membership.

“What I like about being a Rotarian first off is that it’s international and we can help undeveloped countries around the world in projects with schools and hospitals or fresh water, things like that,” said Teresa Price recently.

The Rotary motto is “Service above self,” and the members do this through working on a voluntary basis to achieve humanitarian goals throughout the world. Their primary objective internationally is to eradicate polio. Rotary has been involved in the fight to eradicate this disease since the late 1970s. People doubted the Rotarians’ efforts could make a difference but Rotarians persisted and by 1998, they had immunized tens of thousands of children and were having an effect on the total number of cases reported. In 1988, there were still 350,000 children afflicted with polio. By 2011, there were only 642 cases reported worldwide; and in 2012, only 223.

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