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Rotarians celebrate groups 100th anniversary
As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates Sr. has overseen nearly $7.5 billion in charitable grants since 2000.
But the work of Rotarians around the world, he commented Wednesday night, really inspires him.
Youve set a whole new standard for what people think a volunteer organization can accomplish, Gates told Kitsap-area Rotarians this week. The idea used to be that volunteer organizations were there to solve a problem down the street not across the world.
Bremerton native and Seattle Rotarian Gates was keynote speaker at a countywide event Feb. 23 marking the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The Bremerton conference centers banquet hall was packed with hundreds of Kitsap County Rotarians and distinguished guests from the larger District 5020, which stretches from Vancouver Island through Pierce County and the Kitsap Peninsula. Through a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday To You and a toast to their parent organization, Rotarians marveled at the milestone.
Ive never celebrated an occasion like this before, said Brian Beagle,