District official addresses Rotary

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By Charles Liston
Special to The Banner
Local Rotary clubs such as Bedford have two primary responsibilities:  first of all, involvement in local community service, and international activities for serving needs on a global basis. Both are service programs to do deeds for raising hope and bettering living conditions for fellow members of the human race. Each year local Rotary clubs help support the Rotary Foundation whose mission is to make the world a better place. Most often, small clubs such as Bedford have so many activities and challenges for serving local needs that international programs are not a high priority. However, being in Rotary International, as we are, requires us to do what we can beyond Trimble County.
On April 8, District Rotary Foundation Chairperson, Jo Ann Heppermann, of the Prospect/Goshen Club, gave the Bedford Rotary Club an inspirational talk on Rotary International projects and the good they have done worldwide. Many projects have been undertaken, but perhaps the most outstanding has been as the primary force for the almost total eradication of polio the past 20 or years.
RI projects focus on World Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy and Economic and Community Development.
Of these, Jo Ann asked the Bedford Rotary Club to consider teaming with several other area clubs to address the cervical cancer issue in Haiti.  While cervical cancer is not a major problem in the US, some 10,000 Haitian women are infected with the virus that causes cervical cancer each year. Apparently, a simple test using a “see and treat” method for detection using ordinary vinegar can lead to easy treatment. The Bedford club is being asked to contribute to this worthwhile cause, and the members are considering.  
Jo Ann Hepperman “opened our eyes” much to our need to assist international programs, and helped us look over the horizon more from a Trimble County perspective. She is a professional speaker and is very entertaining. A lawyer by trade, she now works with her husband in a consulting business where they own, race, and syndicate Thoroughbred horses. On July 1, she will become Rotary’s Assistant Governor for Area 9, encompassing the Bedford, Eminence, Carrollton, Lagrange, South Oldham and Prospect/Goshen clubs. We look forward to having her back for a further inspirational message. She can be reached at 502-228-0723 (www.equinebusiness.biz) should anyone desire further information. She speaks to many businesses and organizations about the “Power of Hope.”