President Nadja Lepere welcomes District Governor Melisa Schrock and Rotary International President Barry Rassin to the 2018 District Conference at the NOTL Community Centre. 

Barry urged the audience to build a stronger organization by inspiring young people and by spreading the word in their communities about the work Rotary does. “I ask you to inspire with your words and with your deeds.” 

One source of inspiration, Rassin said, has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made in the past three decades: In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; in 2017, just 22 cases were reported. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

Left to right; Melisa Schrock, Nadja Lepere, Barry Rassin