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Wellsville Rotary Club Celebrating 100 Years This Week at the David A. Howe Public Library

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The display will be available for viewing by the public at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville starting Monday, June 14th through Friday, the June 18th. We have a reception open to the public scheduled for Thursday evening, the 17th of June from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. There you can meet your local ‘Rotarians’ and enjoy punch and hors d’oeuvres while you browse the displays. At that time, we will also open the time capsule that previous Rotarians created for their posterity.

The time capsule usually resides in the David A. Howe Library, bolted to the foundation. We will display what’s in it and will accept suggestions on what to add to the capsule before having it resealed with a neutral gas for future generations. You’ll have to come and look at the time capsule yourself on Thursday evening to find out when it was first sealed!

The nitrogen sealed time capsule next to the Rotary podium contains unknown artifacts

Wellsville Rotary Club Interim President Barry Dunne provides some preview of the display and history of the Rotary Club International:

“This display is about the Rotary Club of Wellsville celebrating our 100th year in existence. We have the original charter on display in the central display case.”

“The Rotary club was, and remains a service organization that focuses on helping and building communities across the country and now across the world…

…By far the biggest accomplishment for Rotary International is the virtual elimination of Polio across the entire world. Decades ago, the thousands of clubs around the world agreed to dedicate themselves to a signature project that could make an enduring difference to the world. They decided on attempting to eliminate the degenerative disease called Polio(FDR had Polio and was wheelchair bound for most of his presidency for example). Today, there are only two countries left that have active cases of Polio; Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Rotary International is on the verge of completely eradicating this disease.”

The showcase of the the Wellsville Rotary over the last century will be on display in five sections:

1.) “What is Rotary”

2.) “Recent Projects”[showcasing what we’re doing now]

3.) “100 Years of Service” [our local history]

4.) “Who Are We?” [membership in town]

5.) “Rotary International”

6.) “You can make a difference”

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