Wilson Congratulates Rotary International on 100th Anniversary

Feb 15, 2005
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House floor: "Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize the 100th anniversary of Rotary International, the world’s first service organization," said Wilson. "In 1905, Paul Harris had a vision of an organization that would provide service opportunities in Chicago. Today, his vision has become a reality and Rotary International promotes voluntarism throughout America and 166 countries worldwide. With over 1.2 million members, Rotary International is an organization of community leaders that networks to provide humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards, and helps build goodwill and peace. "Throughout the world, Rotarians are helping to provide scholarships and group study exchanges. Its Polio Plus Program to eradicate polio is being achieved by vaccinating more than 2 billion children worldwide. "As a Past Rotary Club President, I’ve seen first hand the tremendous goodwill the club is spreading throughout the world. I am grateful my Chief of Staff Eric Dell is a charter member of the new Capitol Hill Rotary Club where he is current president. Congratulations on fulfilling The Four-Way Test and the motto of 'Service Above Self.' "In conclusion, God bless our troops and we will never forget September 11th."