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Rotary International President, Ron Burton, To Speak In Huntington, WV on October 17, 2013
“It is quite an honor to have the Rotary International president visit the Huntington Rotary Club,” said Laura Gilliam, president of the Huntington club. “ There are over 34,000 clubs in the world, and Mr. Burton will visit only a few during his tenure.”
Members have been working for months to secure the visit and speaking engagement. “Bob Carpenter, a longstanding member of the Huntington Rotary Club and former District Governor, was instrumental in bringing RI President Ron Burton to our area,” Gilliam explained. “Bob works with Rotary International in several capacities and worked for over a year to bring Mr. Burton to the region.”
The event is open to any and all Rotary Club members, as well as guests and community and business leaders. “This is the chance for Mr. Burton to learn about the great work that the local Rotary clubs are doing, and for Rotarians to learn more about Rotary’s work on a global level,” said Gilliam. “It’s always good to hear how we fit into the big picture.” Burton will also be awarding Paul Harris Fellows that evening. “Anyone who has become a new Paul Harris Fellow, by donating at the $1000 level, will be pinned by RI President Burton. This is quite an honor.”
Tickets for the event are $35 each and reservations, which must be made in advance, are due by Monday, October 14. You can order tickets by calling the Cabell County Public Library at 304-528-5700 or on line at http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/index.cfm?EventID=77218841
For those wishing to stay overnight, a block of rooms at the Pullman Plaza Hotel and at the Holiday Inn Express downtown have been reserved. Ask for the Huntington Rotary Club block of rooms. Pullman Plaza Hotel –$92.00, includes breakfast; call 866-613-3611. Holiday Inn Express Downtown - $99.00, includes breakfast; call 304-523-8880.
About RI President Ron Burton
Ron D. Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Cleveland County Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA Section of Taxation Exempt Organizations Committee, and the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate, and Trust Committee on Charitable Organizations. He was vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award. He also received the Norman United Way and Junior League Volunteer of the Year Civic Award.
A Rotarian since 1979, Burton has served RI as director, president’s aide, RI president’s representative, committee and task force member, Rotary information counselor, zone trainer, International Assembly group discussion leader and moderator, Council on Legislation representative, and district governor. He also chaired the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee. As director, he served as chair of the Executive, Administration, and Audit Committees.
His extensive service to The Rotary Foundation includes vice chair and member of the Foundation Trustees, vice chair of the Future Vision Committee, and member of the International PolioPlus Committee and PolioPlus Speakers Bureau. Other service includes national adviser for the Permanent Fund Initiative, member of Permanent Fund Leadership Team, and consultant to the Development Committee. In addition, he has served as a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator and moderator of the regional Rotary Foundation coordinator training program.
Burton has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris, Bequest, and Arch C.