Gregorio Gutiérrez/ Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO, TX –  Ray Klinginsmith was affiliated with the International Rotary Club as the organization sponsored him in 1960 as an international ambassador scholar to Africa. During his 57 years as a member, Klinginsmith held positions along the way as club president (2010-2011), of 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs in 200 countries, a district governor, an RI director and eventually a former chairman of the foundation in 2015-2016.

From Left to Right: Roland Peña, Wayne Merrill, Greg Duke, Doug Holmes, Ron Hubbard, Allen Anderson, Jerry Hardy, Lisa Herring, Ray Klinginsmith, Carol Holmes, Kathryn Hubbard, Sherri Muniz and Stephanie Macchia.  

Mayor, Brenda Gunter, gives Mr. Klinginsmith, a proclamation recognition which she read at the San Angelo Rotary Club prior to his speech,

Since the San Angelo International Rotary Club has never had a past president visit it, Mr. Klinginsmith was invited to be a guest speaker last Saturday as the event was held at the San Angelo Country Club.

Conexión asked him what his message was to the local Rotarians. 

“The main topic for this evening’s presentation is on the Rotary’s Foundation which is the charitable arm of Rotary International,” said Klinginsmith. “We fund projects for clubs all over the world.”

Last year Rotarians received three million dollars, of which all of it was given to the clubs for their projects.

Klinginsmith stated there are six areas of concern to the Rotary Club: water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment; there are a number of projects that clubs can apply for and received funding, he stated.

“As a matter of fact, the San Angelo Rotary Club received a grant for $250,000 about five years ago to build 26 water wells in Honduras,” Klinginsmith said.

“It is the local clubs which identify the project, carry out the work and the International Rotary Club assists with half the funding.” “The IRC is very unique in the world and I believe the best force to make the world a better place,” concluded Klinginsmith.

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