Civic & Service

Leigh McIntosh

With daily headlines designed to provoke strong emotion rather than truth, it is not surprising that people with opposing views would be offended. We hear of the division between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, citizens and illegal immigrants, whether or not to build a wall, provide national healthcare, or manage crime.

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Leigh McIntosh

As the Christmas season winds down, presents to families in need have been delivered and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army ends, it is time to look forward. Vocational Service becomes the focus for Rotarians in January and includes:

- Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.

- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.

- Contributing vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

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Leigh McIntosh

During December, one focus of the Rotary Foundation is on disease prevention and treatment. Each year, they spend millions of dollars on polio eradication, providing clean water to people, helping to reduce the transmission of HIV, malaria and other diseases, and helping to educate others who can make a difference.

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Leigh McIntosh

If you have never heard of the Rotary Foundation, let me give you a little history. Created in 1917, their mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

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Leigh McIntosh

Those of you living in Gwinnett for decades have had an opportunity to see sweeping changes. As a child, I remember Gwinnett County as primarily rural. On a visit to Scotland long ago, I was asked what my property in America had been before my house was there and I realized that I lived on forested land that had never been developed.

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