Monday, April 13th 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The Rotary International organization is one of the single largest humanitarian organizations worldwide with over 34,000 clubs in most countries.
Belize’s 9 clubs are located in District 4250 which covers the Northern Triangle of Central America along with Guatemala and Honduras. In July this year, a new District Governor takes charge and he is a Belizean – the well-known radio broadcaster and media executive Rene Villanueva, Sr.
On Saturday at the Radisson Hotel he was overseeing the annual Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), in which the country presidents serving under the Governor report on their organizations’ activities and plans. Villanueva is taking over from Guatemala’s Jose Mauricio “Chepe” Rodriguez Wever, who says that each country is scheduled to hold its own seminar later on.
Governor-Elect Villanueva told us of the organization’s plans to assist in the worldwide organization’s determination to rid the world of polio, the crippling disease that has killed millions. It is apparently on the way out and Rotary is determined to speed it along.
Exact plans will be detailed during the year. For Belize, Villanueva envisions closer cooperation between the 9 clubs located here. He says he wants to be the link between each club in Belize and their counterparts in Guatemala and Honduras, because the Rotary International organization sees beyond boundaries and other differences to a people united by the capacity to help each other.
Rotary’s well-known Gift of Life program sends multiple children to the U.S. every year for life-saving surgeries and the organization is also a supporter of the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT).
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