ROTARY INTERNATIONAL MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
Rotary International, also known as the Rotary Club, is an international service organization dedicated to building goodwill and peace, both at home and abroad. There are 34,282 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.
Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are blessed to have five Rotary Clubs — Rotary Club of Bluffton, Okatie-Bluffton Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Sunset and Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island VanLandingham.
All five clubs help make the world a better place.
In July 2010, VanLandingham Rotary president Lew Wessel was contacted by Matt Pepe of La Paz Rotary Club in Bolivia. He was requesting the club’s help to open Bolivia’s first prosthetic clinic. Pepe’s budget of $7,500 wasn’t enough to open the clinic. He asked for help. After sharing the request with his newly formed International Committee and the rest of his club, VanLandingham Rotary agreed to wire $3,000 to the clinic on Feb. 7, 2011.
With the help of that donation, La Paz Prosthetic Clinic has greatly improved the quality of life for amputees and handicapped children of low income Bolivian families.
More than 25 Bolivians have been fitted with prosthetic devices.
Some patients had not waked for as long as 25 years. Some were so poor, they had to be carried into the clinic because they couldn’t afford crutches.
Under current president Mike Middleton, VanLandingham Rotary is committed to continuing its financial support of the international project. In addition to its local funds, the club will be applying for a district matching grant. The club has also partnered with clubs in Irving, Calif., and La Paz, Bolivia in seeking a $40,000 international matching grant for the free clinic.
Pepe anticipates fitting 125 amputees with prosthetic knees and legs in the next six months. By contributing their dollars to a less fortunate part of the world, local Rotarians helped improve the quality of many lives.
LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS
ROTARY CLUB OF BLUFFTON
Oscar Frazier Park P.O. Box 142
Bluffton, S.C. 29910
Meeting: 7:30 a.m.,
Wednesdays at Community Center
OKATIE-BLUFFTON ROTARY CLUB
12 Sheridan Park Circle
Bluffton, S.C. 29910
Meeting: 12:15 p.m., Tuesdays
at Sigler’s Bluffton Restaurant
ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
30 Governors Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC
Meeting: 12:30 p.m., Thursdays,
Sea Pines Country Club
ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND - SUNSET
14 Greenwood Drive
P. O. Box 22565
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29925
843-384-1910 Meeting: 6:30 p.m.,
Mondays at Palmetto Bay Yacht Club
ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD
ISLAND - VANLANDINGHAM
P.O. Box 1234
Hilton Head, S.C. 29938
Meeting: 8 a.m., Tuesdays at
Hilton Head Country Club