|Outgoing RI General|
Secretary Ed Futa
Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told Rotarians that eradicating polio was his foundation’s top priority. Rotarians must intensify their efforts to wipe the deadly disease off the earth, he said. Watch the video.
Kathie G. Short, of the Rotary Club of Pass Christian, Mississippi, and Kathleen Koch, a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, revisited the devastation of Hurricane Katrina during a panel discussion. Michael McQueen, founder of the Nexgen Group, said Generation Y has much to offer Rotary.Read an interview with McQueen.
The family of Rotary put Service Above Self in New Orleans, working on projects to help rebuild areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They helped build a house, finish and furnish a 1,400-square-footlibrary and reading room at the New Orleans Mission, and painted homes. Watch the videos.
Convention attendees were entertained by some of the city's best musicians, including Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield and trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins. They also saw performances by one of Klinginsmith’s favorite artists, songwriter Michael Martin Murphey.