Over 200 incoming Rotary Club presidents and key personnel, including Rome Rotary Club President-elect Nancy Neiley, received training for upcoming responsibilities during a conference on March 15 and 16 in Syracuse.
The PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) Conference program will benefit Rotary Clubs in more than half the counties throughout upstate New York, according to an announcement.
The event started with Rotary volunteers meeting at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center, where the incoming leaders helped to pack 44,000 individual meals. The meals were to be divided among the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, the Food Bank of Central New York and Foodlink, Inc. to help feed the hungry throughout
Individuals, organizations and businesses willing to support the project can make donations to local food banks, which provide critical nutrition to children, adults and families in need, the announcement said. It added “they are a critical part of our social infrastructure and an excellent partner for Rotary.”
The upstate New York region includes 198 Rotary Clubs with 5,879 members, while worldwide there are 35,000 clubs with about 1.2 million members and a Rotary presence in over 200 countries.
Most members join to serve their local communities, the announcement said, adding that action items can include support to non-profits, scholarships, leadership training for youth, student exchanges with other countries, capital improvements and collaboration on tougher issues in communities.
Rotary Clubs are interconnected across the globe, and their largest international challenge is the eradication of polio; working with partners such as the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation, Rotary has inoculated over 2.5 billion children and the disease is close to being eradicated.