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Rotary International honors Church

Published: Saturday, April 26, 1997

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Rotary International honored the Church April 24 for its contributions to help eradicate polio around the world.

During a luncheon, in which President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed Rotary Club members about the sacrifices of the pioneers, the Church was lauded for its donations to Rotary's worldwide effort to eliminate polio and other childhood diseases.A letter, read during the luncheon and signed by Rotary leaders from India and Argentina, said the Church's donations were the "largest of any charitable organization in the world."

"The support offered by your organization has moved us much closer to a polio-free world," the letter said.

President Hinckley explained that, through LDS Foundation, the Church gave an initial donation of $250,000 to the organization and an additional $100,000 pledge this year for the same purpose.

"I don't know of a better thing we could do than assist in this cause," said President Hinckley.

The Rotary Club of Salt Lake City also gave President Hinckley an honorary membership - "the highest mark of distinction that a Rotary Club can confer" - and the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after Paul P. Harris, who established the international service organization in 1905.