Rotary District Governor Ulysses James and Assistant Governor Carol Bates were the special guests at the weekly meeting of the Hammonton Rotary Club Monday, Oct. 17 at Rocco’s Townhouse in Hammonton.
Important topics included plans for reconfiguring and combining Rotary districts, the May 2017 district conference in Gettysburg, Pa., and the annual Rotary International Convention, set for June 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. He also addressed a media campaign to promote membership and the many humanitarian programs supported by Rotary Foundation.
He noted that Rotary Foundation, which turns 100 in 2017, does a world of good supporting economic development, basic education and literacy, maternal and child care, water sanitation projects, disease prevention and treatment, and peace and conflict resolution.
Among the many examples he cited was a foundation micro loan programs, which has a 99 percent repayment rate, to help people start small businesses, distributing water filters in places like Panama where clean water is in short supply, sponsoring Peace Fellows with full scholarships to one of six Rotary Peace Centers located at partner universities worldwide, and underwriting and actively participating in the global campaign to eradicate polio, an enormous commitment that has seen Rotary invest more than $11 billion since the 1980s.
James joined the Rotary Club of Washington Township Breakfast in 2001 and has traveled to many places in service to Rotary including India and Ethiopia. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Winslow Township.
A native of North Carolina, he trained as an engineer at North Carolina A & T State University and Drexel, eventually working for RCA in the space program. He has three adult children and seven grandchildren.
His second career is as owner and operator of an embroidery business that he and his wife started 23 years ago.