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Monday, October 3, 2011

Atlanta Rotarian Honored by Rossin Portrait Bid

A Paul Harris Portrait painted by Rossin for Rotary International. Auctioned off at the 2011 International Convention in May. The high bid of $170,523 was made by the members and friends of the Rotary Club of Atlanta in honor of Rotarian Wilton Looney and his wife Martha. All proceeds went to help in the fight to
eradicate polio worldwide. 

Since the fall of 2007, Wilton and Martha have contributed about $400,000 to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication. The Rotary Club of Atlanta and District 6900 were challenged by Wilton and have matched the Looney’s gifts with almost another $1,000,000 for polio eradication. Martha had polio in 1949 and now has post polio syndrome.

Photo above taken at Rotary International Headquarters on SEP 19. L-R: Zone 34 Polio Challenge Coordinator Robert Hall, Trustee Anne Matthews, Artist Rossin, Trustee Chair Bill Boyd, Trustee Vice Chair John Germ, RC of Atlanta Immediate Past Chair Bill Nordmark.

In 2001 Rossin relocated to the US where he has now created more than 280 portraits. Rossin joined Rotary in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1998. Today he and his family live in Atlanta and he is member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. 

Reprinted from The Zone 33 TRF Newsletter, Joe Mulkerrin RRFC

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