EVANS CITY — The Northwestern Pennsylvania District of Rotary International donates to organizations both in the Butler County area and in other countries.
Lee Dyer, district governor of the Rotary District 7280, talked about the donations that the 1,900 Rotarians in 42 clubs from Dubois to Erie to Butler County make from their fundraising projects.
Dyer, who is the first district governor from the Evans City Rotary Club, said $11,000 will go to a program in India that provides school desks, and $15,000 will support the international Polio Plus program. Dyer said only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria have polio cases in the world.
He said $6,000 will go to a water filtration and quality project in the Dominican Republic. Another $6,000 will support a literacy project in Haiti, where children who speak Cajun French can only attend school through the sixth grade because French is spoken in higher grades.
In the county, Lifesteps will receive $5,500 for its early-screening program for preschoolers. The program tests for autism disorders, Dyer said.
The vocational-technical schools in District 7280 will share $2,400.
Dyer said the district also has spent $27,000 to sponsor a student from Africa who is studying at Slippery Rock University.
Dyer said many clubs in the district have worked hard and raised funds for a host of causes.
The Rich-Mar Rotary organized a project that had a tractor-trailer load of supplies shipped to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Mark Wilson, Evans City Rotary Club president, called Dyer a tremendous individual and an excellent, caring leader.
“Rotary has a motto: Service before self,” Wilson said. “Lee Dyer is an example of that motto in action.”
Dyer’s term will end June 30.