Last week, Atlanta played host to the Rotary International Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center. Approximately 40,000 members from a veritable Olympics-level number of countries – more than 170 – were in town, discussing the various projects that are a focus for Rotary, including eradicating polio and ending human trafficking. Bill Gates, John Cena, Ashton Kucher, Senator Bob Corker (R- TN), Governor Nathan Deal and a who’s who of other speakers were on the program. Rotary International also committed to raise $150 million over the next three years – matched two to one by the Gates Foundation.

Michael N. St. Charles, president of the Chattanooga Rotary (the home of the Rotary International president John Germ), was in town for the convention and talked with Insider Advantage. One of the things he was impressed by was the “international” in Rotary International. St. Charles said he met Rotarians from every continent except Antarctica – which, incidentally, does have a club. 

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