In celebration of the cooperation, camaraderie and BService Above SelfC objectives, the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria and Nipomo held a Group 12 joint meeting in November.

The meeting featured keynote speaker World War II veteran Sam Greene, a past Rotary International director.

Coordinated collaboratively by the Rotary Club of Santa Maria South, Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon, Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast and the Rotary Club of Nipomo, the event hosted more than 200 club members as well as Rotary District 5240 Governor Jane McClenahan, Past District Governors Arnie Dowdy (formerly of Grover Beach), Chungsam Doh and Ned Rickett (District 656).

Assistant District Governor and Santa Maria Breakfast Rotarian Frank Ortiz and Group 12 District Representative and Santa Maria Noontime Rotarian Connie Blackwell were also in attendance.

Greene?s keynote focused on Rotarian principles, but included several stories about his World War II and Rotary International service.

The program also included information about the Dec. 1 Parade of Lights, a joint event of the four Rotary clubs; the upcoming Rotary Poverty Conference and the 2008 Rotary Convention which is being held this year in Los Angeles.

Foundation Chair Arnie Dowdy informed the Rotarian audience that District 5240 finished third in the world in terms of Rotary Foundation contributions, an amazing feat for the Central Coast District competing against major global metropolitan center districts.

Rotary International is the world?s first service club, with approximately 1.2 million Rotarians 200 countries.

Rotary International?s BPolio PlusC campaign is credited with helping to eradicate 99 percent of polio cases worldwide, and its 32,000 clubs across the globe focus on water, health, children and literacy programs improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of the world?s people.

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