2078 : White House to Honor Marion Rotarian as Champion of Change
- White House to Honor Marion Rotarian as 'Champion of Change'
A Marion man and member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary will be honored at the White House as a 2013 Rotary Champion of Change.
Barnes is being honored for his work with the "Shoes for Kids" program.
"Barnes leads a project that has provided new shoes to more than 3,500 children from low income families across Iowa," according to a statement about the program.
Barnes is one of 12 Rotary club members from across the United States that will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change for their volunteer work to improve the lives of others.
This is the second annual Rotary Day at the White House.
"It is a great honor to see these dedicated Rotary members recognized by the U.S. White House as Champions of Change for their work to improve the lives of people around the world," said Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, of Japan, who will participate in the day's events with Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike McGovern and Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko. "Their commitment to humanitarian service reflects that of our worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women, all of whom deserve to share in this recognition."
The Other 2013 Rotary Champions of Change are:
* Bob Dietrick, Brentwood, Tenn. A member of the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club, Dietrick is the driving force behind Operation Starfish, a club project that provides clean water and sanitation to low income residents in the region who would otherwise have to rely on contaminated shallow wells.
* John Germ, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. A member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Germ is a leader in fund development for Rotary's polio eradication program, recently coordinating an effort that raised more than $228 million in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also leads projects to assist mentally and physically challenged children and adults in Tennessee.
* Peggy Halderman, Lakewood, Colo. A member of the Rotary Club of Golden, Halderman five years ago launched Golden Backpack, a program that provides nourishing food every weekend to more than 520 underprivileged schoolchildren in the Golden community.
* Nancy Sanford Hughes, Eugene, Ore. A member of the Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club. Hughes helped establish Stove Team International, a program that manufactures and distributes small, portable, and safe stoves to needy families in Central America. The program is now supported by Rotary clubs throughout the United States, Mexico, and Central America.
* Walter Hughes Jr., Union Hall, Va. A member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Hughes leads a multi-national Rotary partnership that is helping to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Ghana and South Sudan through the implementation of clean water projects.
* Ann Lee Hussey, South Berwick, Maine. A member of the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club, Hussey has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio victims her life's work. A polio survivor herself, she has led numerous Rotary volunteer teams to Nigeria, India, and other polio-affected countries to immunize children and provide assistance to people disabled by polio.
* Jeremiah Lowney Jr., Norwich, Conn. A member of the Rotary Club of Norwich, Lowney led the effort to establish the Haitian Health Foundation, now the primary health care provider in southwestern Haiti, delivering live-saving services to a quarter million people in 104 rural villages.
* Douglas McNeil, Monte Sereno, Calif. A member of the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club, McNeil leads area Rotary members in programs that mentor and inspire young people, such as the Rotary Earth Day Project. He also helped establish Lighting for Literacy, a program which provides low-cost solar lighting systems for communities without electricity, promoting more at-home reading, a key tool in increasing literacy rates.
* Harriett Schloer, Bend, Ore. A member of the Bend High Desert Rotary Club, Schloer in 1999 enlisted Rotary support to launch the Shots for Tots program which provides free routine immunizations to any area schoolchildren, insured or not, through age 18. Deschutes County now has one of the highest immunization rates in the state.
* Bonni Sirower, Glenn Rock, N.J. A member of the Rotary Club of Patterson, Sirower organized and coordinated Rotary relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the region in October 2012. As a result, truckloads of critically needed relief supplies were sent from Rotary clubs to communities throughout the East Coast.
* Neli Vazquez-Rowland, Chicago, Ill. A member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Vazquez-Rowland and her husband in 1994 established Safe Haven, a comprehensive program that assists thousands of people dealing with homelessness, hunger, addiction, chronic unemployment and other issues.
Source : Marion Patch
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