Fulton Rotary working to fight polio

Allen Huggins, Fulton Rotary president; John Horton, District 6080 governor; and Brad Martens, assistant governor, were present during a recent Fulton Rotary meeting. (Fulton Sun photo)

The district governor for Rotary Clubs shared a simple, but significant goal for local chapters: Grow.

John Horton, District 6080 governor, visited the Fulton Rotary last week and shared that vision.

"I want to keep mine simple, but yet make a significant impact," he said.

Growing Rotary is one way he said he could make an impact.

Horton said another initiative he will be promoting is support of the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Foundation, which has been a top charity for years, helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment and alleviating poverty.

Horton updated the local chapter on Rotary's initiative to eradicate polio, which is an infectious disease caused by a virus that can spread from person to person and can cause paralysis.

He said Rotary's efforts, which began in 1985, have saved 20,000 kids from polio. But work is still to be done on the fight against polio, he said.

Mary Ann Beahon, Fulton Rotary community service chairwoman, said October is World Polio month. She said she is currently planning ways to raise money for the cause.