Salem rotary Horton visits

The Rotary Club of Salem smiles with guest speaker District Governor John Horton, of District 6080.

The group was honored to have District Governor John Horton, of District 6080, as its speaker at the Aug. 29 meeting.

The district governor shared a simple, but significant, goal for local clubs and that is to promote and grow.

"I want to keep my year as DG simple, but yet make a significant impact for Rotary and the world citing Rotary's 2022 Vision Statement. "To provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders".

Promoting and supporting the Rotary Foundation is an important part of John's service to Rotary. The Rotary Foundation, which has been a top charity for years, helps members advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment and alleviating poverty. The Rotary Foundation is one of four charities that consistently earn a 4/4 rating by charitynavigator.org.

Horton updated the club on Rotary's initiative to eradicate polio, which is an infectious disease caused by a virus that can spread from person to person and can cause paralysis. He said Rotary's efforts, which began in 1985, have saved 20,000 kids from polio. But work is still to be done on the fight against polio. John also discussed Rotary Fellowships, Mental Health and the upcoming District Conference. Horton was presented a nature print donated by local artist David Plank, a bottle of Orange Blossom Mead donated by Ozark Viking Meadery and a turned wooden bowl by Rotarian Ty Richards.