MIDLOTHIAN — Rotary clubs around the world have made a difference in the 100 years the foundation has been around, District 5810 Gov. Bill Dendy told Midlothian Rotary Club members Tuesday.

But there is more work for Rotary to do, he said.

One of the biggest successes has been the near international irradiation of polio, Dendy explained.

“When they said you can't inoculate all the children in the world, we said we think we can,” he said.

As of 2016, 80 percent of the world's population lived in polio-free zones, according to the Center for Disease Control. Rotary International is still working with the CDC and other groups to continue efforts to spread the life-saving vaccination.

Rotarians also show up in many different peacekeeping initiatives around the world, Dendy continued.

“We have a major influence because we invite people to join and serve,” he said.

Part of Rotary's success comes from its international membership, he said.

“Our money gets where it is supposed to go because we have Rotarians on both ends of it, giving and helping disperse it on site,” Dendy explained.

On a local level, participating in weekly Rotary meetings builds friendship and cooperation in the community. Those feelings of goodwill are shared when state, national and international conventions gather thousands of Rotarians together, he said.

To continue the strong history of making a difference in their communities and around the world, Rotary Club members should make sure to plan ahead and work together, Dendy said.

“So plan how you will get your Rotary's mission and service out to the people,” he said.

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