Friday, June 04, 2010

May 17, 2009
US Rotarians address Rotary meeting

Rotary Club of Lahore and Rotary Club of Lahore Garrison organized a joint meeting in the honour of Rotarians Lon and Helen Penna from Rotary Club of Glenville, Rotary International District 7190, New York, USA. The visiting Rotarians have been instrumental in initiating numerous community service projects through financial assistance from The Rotary Foundation. Lon and Helen informed how they got involved in Kujer village near Sheikhupura after the villagers gave them a Royal reception without knowing that they would do anything for their community. This gesture won their hearts and they vowed to carry out some projects for the village. With active assistance and contribution from Rotary Club of Lahore Garrison, they have been able to provide basic necessities to four government schools. In addition, they have provided an ambulance to Kujer village,
and computer and vocational centers in more than ten villages and communities around Sheikhupura. They mentioned that they consider Pakistan as their second home and feel at ease while in Pakistan. They stressed on the need to project soft image of Pakistan outside the country and informed that they are already doing their part in this regard. After the meeting, they exchanged signed Sister Club Agreement between Rotary Clubs of Glenville, USA and Lahore Garrison, Pakistan. At the end District Governor 2010-11 Shehzad Ahmed presented Rotary Wall Clock as souvenir to the guests. During their current visit, they have donated laptops to two organizations and have shown keen interest in starting micro-credit projects in Pakistan.

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