New tree donation is one in a million

2017-09-26 06:01
Ian Riseley, Rotary International president, planting a tree in the Company’s Gardens on Wednesday.

Ian Riseley, Rotary International president, planting a tree in the Company’s Gardens on Wednesday.

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As part of a dream to plant over a million trees, Rotary International has left its mark on the Company’s Gardens.

Rotary International president, Ian Riseley, joined local Rotary members to plant a pine oak in the Company’s Gardens on Wednesday. Riseley is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham in Victoria, ­Australia.

The planting commemorated the planting of a tree by Rotary founder, Paul Harris, in 1934. Harris, an attorney from Chicago, formed the Rotary Club of Chicago in February 1905 so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary members believe that they have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. The over 35 000 clubs work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.

Riseley has called for every one of the 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree this year, making the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. “One of our objectives is to tell the world that Rotary cares about the environment. What could be simpler than planting one tree per Rotarian? I hope it shows Rotary cares for the planet on which we live and ­depend.”

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