Take Back Your Health as Health Clubs Open Their Doors to the Public in May

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and member health clubs across the nation announced today the upcoming start of the 7th annual Get Active America!, IHRSA’s national health promotion program. From May 3-9, participating IHRSA-member health clubs will open their doors to the public to encourage and inspire Americans to take control of their health by becoming more physically active. Find a participating health club near you.

Get Active America! is part of an ongoing effort by the health club industry to change the direction of the nation’s health by making exercise more accessible to millions of Americans and by helping them take the first step toward healthier lifestyles.

“As obesity levels associated with chronic diseases increasingly burden our health care system and interfere with our quality of life, one thing is clear: Americans urgently need to take control of their health,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “This year’s program theme, ‘Take Back Your Health,’ is a reminder to all Americans that they have more control over their health than they realize. Better health management begins with a commitment to daily exercise, and Get Active America! is the jumpstart people need to get on track.”

Now its seventh year, Get Active America! takes place every May, during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which is coordinated by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The purpose is to challenge Americans to get moving for better health and to get more active and fit during the Month of May.

“May is an ideal time and Get Active America! is a great program for helping people maintain the momentum of their New Year’s fitness goals,” said Moore. “As warm weather approaches, people become more aware of their physical appearance. We want to remind people that exercise is more than just a way to look better. It is also an effective way to feel better and live better. Get Active America! provides the kind of support people need to both achieve their fitness goals and maintain them year-round.”

As part of Get Active America!, many clubs will be educating their local communities about disease prevention and healthy living through exercise. And clubs will be offering programs to benefit the wide array of people in their communities, all with diverse health and fitness goals. Clubs will also be encouraging their members to sign up for the Woman Challenge, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This eight-week physical fitness challenge encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. It’s part of National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 9-15, 2010. Participants will be able to track their steps online at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/woman.

Important Information

May 3-6, 2010: Bring a Friend

Participating health clubs nationwide invite current members of their clubs to bring in their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers so they, too, can experience the health and quality-of-life benefits of exercise!

May 7-9, 2010: Open House

Health clubs nationwide open their doors to their communities free of charge to help Americans learn how they can live more physically active and healthier lives.

Find a Club

To join Get Active America!, find a participating health club near you, at http://www.healthclubs.com/active.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. The association’s membership includes over 9,000 clubs in 75 countries, along with over 650 industry suppliers. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years










Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010

PACE Fitness has been marketing its hydraulic circuit training equipment to women’s fitness centers and coed health clubs for over 20 years. PACE has now joined with the Medical/Weight Management Industry’s leader in the development of weight management products to offer an extensive line of meal replacements and protein supplements which have been scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of the Low Calorie dieter just in time for New Year’s Resolution memberships.

PACE President Rande LaDue states, “We have always suggested our health club customers offer some type of nutrition program to their members, but up until this point, we have never offered anything. We are happy to introduce our comprehensive program to help facilitate faster results for members and increased profits for the clubs. Exercise alone is only half of the wellness equation; now our health customers can offer a complete package.”

“January is typically the busiest month of the year for health clubs; however, it is even busier for weight loss centers because of the intimidation factor. Overweight people typically are too intimidated to join conventional health clubs. Our non-intimidating hydraulic equipment has helped many clubs overcome this hurdle; however, without a nutrition program, clubs are not offering what these people want and need as well as missing out on a great deal of profit.”

“Simplicity has always been a key factor to the success of our hydraulic circuit program. The same holds true with our new nutrition program. Our turn-key start up package for clubs includes staff training, marketing and program manuals as well as a start up supply of products for immediate sales.”

PACE Nutrition products will be available direct to the consumer through its website pacefitnessandnutrition.com for those areas without a PACE club nearby.

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The Edge Fitness Clubs Announces NEW Club Opening!

The Edge Fitness Clubs Announces NEW Club Opening!










Derby, CT (PRWEB) May 11, 2011

The Edge Fitness Clubs announced it will open a brand new multi-million dollar facility at the former Staples store at 600 New Haven Av-enue, Derby, CT. The club will feature unique items such as an indoor turf area for athletic training, a space for functional training, a large spinning studio with fresh air and windows, and separate personal training areas throughout the club. The Edge Fitness Clubs is known for it’s group exercise offers. The new club will have several large studios that will offer a host of classes such as ZUMBA, Spinning, Kickboxing, Extreme Sports, Pilates, yoga and so much more! The Derby Edge will offer the latest in health club equipment; with individual television screens, heart rate monitors and ipod docking stations.

“We are excited about building this club,” says Vincent Sansone, company President. “Our current members have been requesting a in the valley area and we believe we have found a perfect space – access to route 34, convient to New Haven, Orange, Seymour and all of their surrounding towns”.

The Edge Fitness Clubs are high service facilities at a competitive price says Sansone. “Many clubs eliminate services in order to keep their prices low,” says Sansone. “We take the opposite approach, by offering more services and keeping our price reasonable we are able to please more members and keep them involved in fitness at The Edge longer”.

The Edge Fitness Clubs also offers one-on-one services like personal training, Pilates and specialty classes like TRX, Body Method and Kettlebell. Each new member to The Edge receives a complimentary personal training session so that they can acquaint themselves with the gym and develop a workout routine that will get them results.

The company will be announcing the club to its 50,000 members in its six clubs today and unveiling architectural plans to the public in the coming weeks. A fall 2011 opening date is projected.

“We are excited about being able to layout an exceptional world-class facility with state-of-the-art equipment,” says Sansone, “When it’s done, it will be a premier fitness club in a great community”.

This new location is part of The Edge Fitness Clubs, which are located in Fairfield, Stratford, Milford, Shelton, Norwalk and Greenwich, CT. Multi-club memberships are offered, giving members access to all locations

The new club will have approximately 40 employees including managers, personal trainers, Pilates instructors, babysitters, group exercise instructors, cleaning staff and customer service representatives.

For more information on the facility, please log onto http://www.theedgefitnessclubs.com.

Contact:    Nicole Falco

Phone:    203-273-0630

Website:    http://www.theedgefitnessclubs.com

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BroadcastVision Entertainment Demonstrates New Video Game Exercise To Health Clubs At Club Industry Show 2005

BroadcastVision Entertainment Demonstrates New Video Game Exercise To Health Clubs At Club Industry Show 2005










Agoura Hills, CA (PRWEB) November 2, 2005

BroadcastVision Entertainment, a leading provider of exercise entertainment solutions for the fitness industry, will be demonstrating their new interactive exercise system, Dance Exercise Revolution™ at the Club Industry 2005 trade show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 3 -5.

Dance Exercise Revolution™ is an industrial strength, hardware package for the popular consumer video dance game, DDR™ (Dance Dance Revolution™) created by Konami Corporation. Scrolling onscreen arrows show exercisers where to place their feet on the corresponding Cobalt Flux dance platform. Points are gained by stepping on the right area of the dance platform at the right time. Some of the DDR™ games even provide a “workout” mode, which actually tracks how many calories the exerciser has burned. A person weighing 150 lbs. can burn about 640 calories in just one hour!

BroadcastVision Entertainment has created a durable hardware package suitable for the rigorous use in health clubs, YMCA’s and schools. The Dance Exercise Revolution system consists of a BroadcastVision 23” or 27” LCD screen mounted on a telescopic stand, a Playstation 2 with locking security enclosure, the Cobalt Flux industrial grade dance platform and controller, game software and speaker system. Key to fitness center operators is the 1 – 4 year warranties available on the dance platforms. “All the other dance platforms that we’ve seen in the market are designed for home use and they just don’t hold up in fitness center environments. Our partner, Cobalt Flux, has actually driven an SUV over the platforms and they don’t even crack! States Kevin Fee, V.P. of Marketing for BroadcastVision Entertainment.

Fee further adds “The fun and interactivity of Dance Exercise Revolution™ opens the door for people of all ages that don’t connect with conventional forms of exercise. It also creates an opportunity for membership-based clubs to attract entire families who can work out together. The combination of music, video and competition make Dance Exercise Revolution appealing to many of the couch potatoes of the world”.

BroadcastVision Entertainment, widely regarded as a pioneer of fitness entertainment, will be presenting many fitness entertainment solutions at Club Industry 2005. These would include personal cardio LCD TV’s that are positioned in front of cardio equipment that allow exercisers to watch their favorite television show, DVD or listen to a music CD. The exerciser simply plugs their headphone into the new BroadcastVision ORBIT screen controller, which they had designed by BMW Designworks.

BroadcastVision Entertainment will also present a new, Internet delivered, music and messaging system that will allow clubs to customize and day part music programs along with audio messages or advertisements that increase the club’s brand awareness, drive ancillary revenue streams and impart important messages to members.

DDR and Dance Dance Revolution are registered trademarks of Konami Corporation.

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Warrior Custom Golf Supports the Hillcrest Country Club?s Rally For The Cure (Pink Ribbon) Women?s Golf Tournament

Warrior Custom Golf Supports the Hillcrest Country Club’s Rally For The Cure (Pink Ribbon) Women’s Golf Tournament










Irvine, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2011

Warrior Custom Golf is proud to announce their support of the Hillcrest Country Club’s Rally For The Cure women’s golf tournament held at the Hillcrest Country Club in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Dr. Stephanie Frantz is hosting the event in an effort to spread the life saving message of early detection of breast cancer to Rally For The Cure participants and to the people in their lives.

“The Hillcrest Women’s Golf, wish to sincerely thank Warrior for their fabulous donation. Thanks to Warrior and our other donors all the money we take in will be given to Rally For The Cure for breast cancer,” stated Dr. Stephanie Frantz host of the Hillcrest Country Club’s Rally For The Cure Women’s Golf Tournament.

Rally For The Cure is a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Conde Nast Publications, the volunteer Ambassadors and the participants nationwide. Since its inception in 1996, this awareness-driven event has spread the life saving message of early detection of breast cancer to more than 1.4 million Rally For The Cure participants and to the people in their lives.

About Rally For The Cure

Rally for the Cure® is about people who are committed to making an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Rally is an awareness program that provides a simple platform for people to educate their friends, family and community about breast health and breast cancer. Our volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events have communicated the important message that early detection saves lives to over 1.9 million people and have generated over $ 60 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® since 1996.

For more information visit their website at http://www.rftcpromotions.com

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like Rally for the Cure®, Komen has invested nearly $ 1.5 billon to fulfill their promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

About Conde Nast

Rally for the Cure® is a division of Condé Nast, the premier media company that publishes magazines like Golf Digest, SELF and Bon Appétit. Condé Nast supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s commitment to awareness as the first step in eliminating breast cancer by supporting the Rally program and providing Komen for the Cure invaluable exposure across its magazine brands.

Through the efforts of Rally, Condé Nast is Komen’s largest cause marketing partner and financial contributor. Without the support and ongoing commitment from Condé Nast, Rally for the Cure would not be in existence. To learn more about Condé Nast Publications visit http://www.condenast.com

About Warrior Custom Golf

Warrior Custom Golf, Inc. was established for the singular purpose of developing, manufacturing and marketing custom golf clubs for golfers worldwide. They are dedicated to the continual development of affordable state-of-the-art custom golf products.

Warrior produces many more club sets in a given week than some of the most “famous brands” with one distinct difference – every one of their clubs is custom built to the exact specifications of each customer.

As a result, Warrior has surpassed $ 200 million in sales with over 500,000 satisfied customers and is one of the fastest growing golf companies in the nation. Warrior’s corporate headquarters is located in Irvine, California where its 30,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility employs over 200 individuals year-round. Building Warrior golf clubs on-site makes the latest technology available to their customers at the lowest price possible. The quality of their products, affordable pricing and their 100% satisfaction guarantee policy all contribute to Warrior’s continued success. Also every year Warrior donates to thousands of charity golf events nationwide to help raise money for worthy causes.

For more information on Warrior Custom Golf you can contact them at (800) 610-9592 or visit their website http://www.warriorcustomgolf.com

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade











Dominique Dawes


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 22, 2009

Three-time U.S. Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will appear on the Lions Clubs float in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade. She is an honorary member of the Washington DC (Special Olympics) Lions Club.

Dawes is the first African-American to win an individual gymnastics Olympic medal. Graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, Dawes is a renowned public speaker on health issues, sports participation, equality for women and African-Americans, and self-esteem. She has also made her mark as an actress on Broadway and in television broadcasting with CBS, CNN and TNT networks, notably as an analyst for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Yahoo! Sports.

She will be sharing the float with reality TV star and Navy Lieutenant Dr. Andy Baldwin, Lions Clubs military veterans and a representation of the 2008 Lions International Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner.

The Lions will also be collecting unwanted glasses in their Recycle for Sight boxes around the float in an attempt to set the largest collection of recycled glasses in one day.

“We are thrilled to have Dominique on the float with the Lions,” said Paul Hawkins, District Governor of the Lions Clubs of Washington DC and metro Maryland area. “Her determination and dedication to women’s issues, health and fitness, especially her work with Special Olympics, is an inspiration to us all.”

Dominique Dawes joins other celebrities, Ernest Borgnine, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Dr. Andy Baldwin at the National Memorial Day Parade. In its third year, it expects to attract over a quarter of a million spectators and be viewed by over sixteen million homes on WJLA and the Pentagon Channel.

This is the first time the Lions Clubs have appeared in the National Memorial Day Parade. The Parade is on Monday, May 25, 2009, along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets in Washington DC and free to the public.

Lions Clubs of Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia include over 500 clubs and almost 17,000 men and women. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

To schedule interviews with Dominique Dawes, please call 301-404-8010.

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David Lloyd Leisure Launches Triathlon Clubs Across UK

David Lloyd Leisure Launches Triathlon Clubs Across UK










Hatfield, UK (PRWEB UK) 7 June 2011

David Lloyd Leisure has become the first health, fitness and leisure chain to affiliate and launch triathlon clubs with Triathlon England in all of its English clubs.

It has also gained the same status with Triathlon Scotland for its six Scottish clubs and with Welsh Triathlon for its Cardiff club.

The clubs, present in all David Lloyd Leisure clubs across the UK, will offer members of all fitness levels and sporting ability the opportunity to take part in structured training programmes and sessions run by British Triathlon -qualified coaches, as well as discounted membership of Triathlon England, Scotland and Wales. The health and fitness chain also plans to offer its own triathlon events for members across the UK in 2012.

Group Health and Fitness Manager for David Lloyd Leisure Rob Beale said: “We are excited to be able to launch these clubs after feedback from our members indicated many wanted to get involved. With all our clubs having first class facilities and Triathlon-trained coaches it made sense to offer triathlon training with a structured programme. We are looking forward to seeing our members competing in triathlons, including our own family-friendly events in May next year.”

Gareth Hall from Triathlon England said: “We’re passionate about creating opportunities for all people to discover how much fun the triathlon challenge can be. It’s one of the fastest growing, dynamic and modern sports around and, with the Olympics just around the corner, we are delighted to have David Lloyd Leisure involved offering even more people the opportunity to get engaged in a structured but fun way.”

The triathlon clubs will offer members a minimum of two training sessions each week for all levels of fitness as well as provide information and motivation to take part in local and national events.

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 79 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 750 and more than 350 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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Ottawa Rotary Clubs Continue to Support Sri Lankan Tsunami Victims on Second Anniversary of Boxing Day Disaster

The cornerstone was laid on December 19 for a community Rotacentre located in Paiyagala, 45 kilometers south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the use of fishermen victims of the 2004 tsunami and their families. On the second anniversary of the Southeast Asian disaster that deprived so many Sri Lankan fishermen of their homes and livelihood, several Rotary Clubs in Ottawa are now financing the construction of the “Ottawa Rotacentre” there.

The Ottawa Rotary Clubs are co-operating with the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan which is overseeing the construction and operation of this first Rotacentre in Sri Lanka. It will complement the gift of some 27 Rotaboats given to 54 Tamil and Sinhalese fisher families in the summer of 2005 by these same Ottawa-area Rotary Clubs. Before the tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004, fishing was the basis of the local economy and a chief source of food for Sri Lankans. West Ottawa Rotarian George Grande, Canada’s former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, commented, “This Rotacentre project carries on the vital work already done by Ottawa Rotary in Sri Lanka. It fills a continuing need in the efforts of fishermen to return to normal life. We must never forget them and their disaster.”

The new Rotacentre will be used for repairing nets and engines and also for recreation and meetings of the fishermen’s families. It is planned to build an adjoining playground later. The cornerstone was laid by George and Charmaine Neufeld of Ottawa, charter members of the Ottawa Rotary Tsunami Support Group, and co-ordinated by Kathryn Williams of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.

The Rotary Clubs co-operating in this venture are the Rotary Club of Ottawa, Rotary Club of West Ottawa, Rotary Club of Ottawa South, Rotary Club of South Nepean, Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata, Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown, Rotary Club of Kanata Sunrise, and the Rotaract Club of Ottawa (university students’ club).

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 32,000 clubs in 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues such as violence, AIDS, hunger, the environment and health care.

Health Club takes to the Outdoors with New Running Clubs

Health Club takes to the Outdoors with New Running Clubs











Running Club


(PRWeb UK) July 22, 2010

Virgin Active Health Clubs has launched Running Clubs at its 71 fitness centres across the UK. Inspired by the Virgin London and Brighton marathons, thousands of their health club members are taking to the streets, parks and tracks across the UK every week, making their surroundings into their gym for a fun, effective workout.

Completely free to members of Virgin Active Health Clubs, Running Club sessions are timetabled alongside other weekly gym classes but take place outside of the health clubs themselves, allowing members to keep fit in the open air. Small groups of health club members simply meet at the appointed time and a Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach then leads the group on a running session around the area of their local fitness centre.

Running Clubs start with 5K routes, and are carried out weekly for 6 weeks, meaning stamina is built up and times are recorded in order to track development as the course goes on. As the health club members progress, different running techniques are introduced to further aid and maximise improvements to their times.

There are also 5K sessions for intermediate runners which also follow a 6 week schedule. Thereafter, health club members can choose to progress to run 10K. In addition, there is an 8 week plan for these runners and for advanced runners, as well as gym-goers training specifically for charity runs and races. There is an ‘improvement’ phase for post-10k.

Commenting on the newest fitness initiative from Virgin Active Health Clubs, Gillian Reeves – National Group Exercise Manager said: “Running is a fantastic way to improve general cardiovascular fitness and is a really enjoyable way to workout. Running Clubs have the benefit of offering the motivation and social aspect that exercising in a group offers. Running outdoors, coupled with interval training on a treadmill, is hugely effective as the body experiences different types of motion and terrain which will build stamina and fitness.

With the summer weather, I’m sure that running outdoors, coupled with the added benefit of a professional fitness instructor, will be a big hit with our health club members.”

For more information on Virgin Active Health Clubs and its Running Clubs, please visit http://www.virginactive.co.uk

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Rotary Clubs Use Tsunami Aid Monies to Rebuild Livelihoods in Sri Lanka

Rotary Clubs Use Tsunami Aid Monies to Rebuild Livelihoods in Sri Lanka










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 11, 2005

More than 54 Tamil and Sinhalese fisher families in the eastern coastal district of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, received canoes and nets in a humanitarian mission supported by the Rotary Clubs of Ottawa, West Ottawa, Nepean-Kanata, Ottawa South, South Nepean, Hawkesbury and Colombo Metropolitan (Sri Lanka).

Funds were raised by the Rotary clubs for the purchase of 27 canoes, known as “Rotaboats”, and nets for fisher folk in Trincomalee, one of Sri Lanka’s poorest districts. The Rotaboats, eleven feet long and made from fiberglass, are ideally suited for lagoon and harbour fishing—the primary method of fishing in the area.

“There are NGOs supplying boats, but the demand for them is very high and they’re in short supply. If we do not help supply these canoes and nets, the fishermen in the area will have to wait a long time, maybe one to two years, to receive them,” said Michael Perera of the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan.

Before the tsunami struck, fishing was the basis of the local economy and a chief source of food for the Trincomalee district. Rotarian George Grande, Canada’s former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka said, “This project gets directly to the fisher families with the help of Rotarians in Sri Lanka.”

Local craftsmen in Trincomalee built the Rotaboats. The Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan monitored the distribution of the canoes to ensure they were delivered to those families in greatest need.

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 32,000 clubs in 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues such as violence, AIDS, hunger, the environment and health care. This year, Rotary is celebrating its 100th anniversary; a key project is the eradication of polio.

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