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President to speak at Pullman Plaza Hotel

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 12:24 AM

HUNTINGTON — Anyone elected to the highest position in Rotary International is bound to be dynamic speaker and impressive individual, said Ed Tucker of the Rotary Club of Huntington.


And the Huntington community will have an opportunity to hear him speak on Oct. 17, as Rotary International President Ron D. Burton comes to Huntington for a rare visit.


The Rotary Club of Huntington and District 7550 will host Burton next month and are planning an event at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. The event begins with a reception and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, with dinner planned for 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35.


“It’s a really big deal,” said Huntington Rotary President Laura Gilliam. “We were really pleased to have him come to this area. There are 34,000 clubs across the world, and he will be visiting very few durin


g his tenure, so it’s quite an honor to be one of the selections of the places he will visit.”
Rotary Club members from this region are strongly encouraged to attend and bring guests, Tucker said, but the general public is also invited.


“I think it would be a great opportunity for people to learn more about Rotary,” Gilliam said. “It’s nice when you have somebody like this come into the community because they provide the big picture. They help club members and the community at large understand how we’re all connected and what Rotary is doing outside our local community.”


Rotary International has 1.2 million members, many of them professionals and other community leaders, who come together to provide services to their communities around the world.


Burton has been a Rotary member since 1979 and is a retired president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc.


According to the Rotary International website, 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.


He will arrive on Oct. 16 and visit several prominent people and organizations while in town. During the Rotary event in Huntington, he will award Paul Harris Fellows, which recognize special accomplishment.


For ticket information, visit www.rotary7550.org or call the Cabell County Public Library at 304-528-5700.



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