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Shrewsbury Rotary Is Welcomed By Kiev Rotarians
While visiting grandchildren in Europe, Shrewsbury Rotarian Roy Balfour (shown, left, posing with a member of Kiev Rotary) made a stop in Ukraine, where he shared his Club's banners with four Kiev Clubs. Many Shrewsbury Rotarians may recall that in 1990-1991 then-Shrewsbury President Roy Balfour and then-Club Officer Art Dobson spearheaded a Global Grant project to co-sponsor the first Kiev, Ukraine Rotary Club along with five other clubs (Vancouver, Edinburgh, Linwood, Toronto, and Clarkson). Today, the Kiev Club efforts have inspired the creation of more than 50 clubs throughout
Ukraine Rotarians have made significant community and global impact. An example of that is that one of the founding members of the Kiev Club, John Hewko, encouraged by his father, Lou Hewko, from the Clarkson, Michigan Rotary Club, went on to become Rotary International
Despite political complexities in Ukraine, Rotarians continue to work hard on amazing community projects and against the return of polio. Only 30 percent of the children of Ukraine have been inoculated, so Shrewsbury's personal and Happy Dollar contributions to Polio Plus have a personal connection to our fellow Ukrainian Rotarians’ efforts.
Westborough Inspired By Razia's Ray Of Hope
Westborough Rotarians recently had a very inspiring presentation by Razia Jan and Patty Quigley from Razia’s Ray of Hope. Several of the Westborough members stood up after and said it was one of the most inspiring speakers they had ever heard in Rotary.
Razia talked about the new college for young girls that they have built just outside Kabul, Afghanistan. Clubs in our District, led by Nashoba Valley, are working toward a possible Global Grant to provide equipment for a midwifery program at the college.
Razia has received the following Rotary International awards in the last 12 months:
- Service Above Self Award, 2016
- Global Woman of Action Award, 2015
Razia Jan (middle) and Patty Quigley (left) are shown posing with District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney (right).