From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Athens Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held a joint meeting on Thursday at Athens Country Club.
Pam Burton, president and 19-year member of the Athens Rotary Club, introduced Cedar Creek Lake RotaryClub President Kathi Nailling and other members of the lake area Rotary Club.
Dr. Phil Bandel, Rotary District 5830's District Governor, was the guest speaker. Dr. Bandel, a dermatologist, is a member of the Rotary Club in Paris, Texas. Bandel has been an active member of Rotary for more than 30 years.
Bandel updated both clubs on upcoming District 5830 Rotary events. He said the Rotary District Conference will be held in Texarkana in April. Bandel also talked about Rotary's effort to eradicate polio worldwide.
“Two years ago there were 600 cases of polio throughout the world,” Bandel said. “So far this year 10 cases have been reported.”
Until the Rotary International took on the goal to eradicate polio, more than 1,000 people were dying each day from the disease. Rotary International has raised more than $240 million in its efforts to stop the disease.
Both the Athens Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake contribute to their respective communities by providing college scholarships, supporting local libraries and food pantries, as well as many other organizations in the Henderson County area.
Athens Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at noon at the Athens Country Club. Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets on Fridays at noon at Vetoni's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.