Reporter’s notebook: Rotary clubs celebrate 100th anniversary

CNJ staff

The Clovis and High Plains Rotary clubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the international service organization during a meeting at the Holiday Inn.

District governor Charles R. “Rick” Akins spoke to the clubs on the achievements of the service organization in last century years.

“One of our greatest accomplishments as an organization is our campaign to eradicate polio,” Akins said. “We have almost completed that goal.”

He said in 1985, the Rotary Club started a campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. With world partners and foreign government support, the club has aided in raising funds to immunize thousands against polio, a virus invades the central nervous system, destroying the motor neurons that activate muscles.

As a district, New Mexico and a portion of Texas’ clubs have established annual scholarships, education programs and participated in the Group Study Exchange Program.

Attorney Paul P. Harris founded Rotary Feb. 23, 1905 in Chicago. The Clovis Rotary Club has 66 members.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Leslie Radford. Suggested items may be mailed to managing editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com