Submitted by Ted Barber
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Lake Butler Rotarians not only distributed 145 dictionaries to all the LBES Third graders, but honored our District 6970 Governor, Brent Coates.
Brent Coates began his career as the District 6970 Governor on July 1, 2017, the beginning of the Rotary International’s new fiscal year. He had completed most of his 61 Rotary Club visits representing the 3,400 Rotarians in the District. Brent began his Rotary Career at the Palatka Sunrise Rotary Club in 1998. He served as the Palatka Sunrise Club President, Treasurer, Sergeant at arms, and board member. At the district level he served as the associate governor, and three tier assistant governor, and the sergeant at arms. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and is dedicated to our Rotary International Motto, “Service above self, one profits most who serves best”. Susan Spain, the District 6970 Foundation Governor, provided her support to this important visitation.
Near and dear to the hearts of all 1.5 million Rotarians worldwide is the total elimination of polio from the face of the earth. Brent described our fight to, “End Polio Now.” Worldwide we are at ten cases since the first of the calendar year. Twenty years ago we were at 350,000 cases of polio. So far in this world we have only eliminated small pox and with the help of people like Bill Gates and all Rotarians, Polio will be the second dreaded disease to be totally eliminated.
Brent asked the Lake Butler Rotary Club to be a leader in the elimination of polio and to quantify our efforts by logging in the many volunteer hours and monetary contributions. In our 112 years the Rotarians have accomplished many great local and international activities for humanity since we are people of action.