Head of Rotary International meets with Peru’s president in Lima



PRESS RELEASE — Peruvian President Alan García met Monday with a delegation of Rotary International, led by Ray Klinginsmith, who is in Peru to learn more about Peruvian Rotarians activities.

After the meeting, Ray Klinginsmith, shown in the, right, described the dialogue with the president as "very satisfactory" and reaffirmed the commitment of his institution to continue doing volunteer work in Peru.

Klinginsmith  commented that Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Klinginsmith announced that his institution will open a foundation in Peru in a short time in order to make more viable and easier the channeling of donations.

The Rotary International president noted that the foundation will also help overcome the existing red tape, which prevents the arrival of international aid.

He said there are various types of assistance that could arrive in the country, including medical products, wheelchairs, computers, vehicles for the Fire Department, ambulances, among others.

The Rotary International delegation to Peru was composed of July Gerada, governor of District 4450; Juan Castagnino Lema, governor of District 4460; Carlos Capellino, governor District 4300; Judie of Klinginsmith; and Ernesto Carlin, instructor.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.