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Rotary International President to Visit Buffalo

by mmcnamara

First Visit in 25 Years Will Celebrate Rotary Club of Buffalo Centennial

Mon, Apr 4th 2011 03:00 pm

(Buffalo, NY) — The president of Rotary International, one of the world's largest service organizations, will visit Buffalo on April 28 for the first time in 25 years to celebrate the Rotary Club of Buffalo's 100 Years of Service to the Western New York community. Ray Klinginsmith will celebrate the club's 100th anniversary with a visit to Rotary Park and as guest speaker at the club's Centennial Gala. (More information about the Gala follows this release.)


Klinginsmith, an attorney from Kirksville, Missouri, took office as president of Rotary International on July 1, 2010. As president, he leads a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders who, through volunteer service, help meet the needs of communities worldwide. (A biography of Klinginsmith follows this release.)


"Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work," said Klinginsmith. "The Rotary Club of Buffalo has been fulfilling this mission with distinction for the past 100 years and I look forward to congratulating the Buffalo Rotarians on their extraordinary leadership and accomplishments in the Western New York community."


Media are encouraged to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation visit at the following locations:

  • 2 p.m. - Klinginsmith will appear at the corner of Porter Avenue and Rotary Row (located at the first right off
    the I-190 Porter Avenue exit) for the unveiling of a new "Tree of Life" sculpture and signage that will mark the
    entrance to Rotary Park.
  • 2:30 p.m. - A press conference and check presentation by the Rotary Club of Buffalo and local dignitaries to Klinginsmith will take place at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse (located at the end of Rotary Row,
    next to the West Side Rowing Club).
  • 5:30 p.m. - A VIP Reception and Centennial Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency (located at 2 Fountain Plaza, downtown Buffalo).
  • 8:30 p.m. - Speakers at the Centennial Gala are expected to start.


Funds raised at the Gala will help support The Buffalo Rotary Foundation, which over the last 20 years alone has provided more than $1 million in charitable grants for much needed operational support, personnel, equipment, and educational materials to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment in Buffalo and Western New York. In addition, the Rotary Club of Buffalo donated $500,000 to complete Rotary Rink, Buffalo's only outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown at Main and Chippewa streets, and contributed $500,000 toward the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse on Buffalo's waterfront, providing the city with another architectural gem and a home for the West Side Rowing Club, the nation's largest rowing club.


More information about the Rotary Club of Buffalo and its Centennial Gala can be found at More information about Rotary International can be found at For questions about this release, please contact Marian Hetherly at 716-308-9649 or


More About Rotary

Founded in 1905 in Chicago, Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders whose mission is to provide fellowship and networking opportunities for business, professional and community leaders, to provide service to the community, and to promote high ethical standards and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotary Club of Buffalo was the 28th club in the world and currently has more than 150 active members serving the local and international communities.



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