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HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Rotary Club welcomed three new members during its weekly meeting June 6 at Rocco’s Townhouse.

Sworn in were Leo Petetti, Mark Fiorentino and Tom Harrison, all of Hammonton.

Petetti and his wife Tracy have two children, Sal and Reece. He is owner operator of a vehicle damage appraisal business. Fiorentino and his wife Gloria have six children: Nicholas, Logan, Hunter, Blake, Griffin and Faith. He is a police officer. Harrison works as a statistician.

Tom Fletcher, district governor nominee for Rotary District 7640, was the club’s guest speaker and did the swearing in honors.

Fletcher congratulated the club on adding members and reported some of what he learned at Rotary International’s recent convention in Seoul, South Korea.

He noted that Rotary International, which is 101 years old, is growing with 1.3 million members, 33,000 clubs in 171 countries. It is the world’s largest provider of scholarships, and promotes clean drinking water and humanitarian causes around the world.

He also highlighted the continued success of Rotary’s global campaign to wipe out polio, which he said could be all but eliminated within three years. Transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, leaving just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where it still persists.

The eradication of polio has been a priority for Rotary International since 1985 when it made a commitment to immunize the world’s children against polio and later became a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.

Over the years Rotary’s global effort has contributed more than $1.5 billion to the cause.

Locally the Hammonton Rotary Club, in addition to helping fund Rotary International, supports numerous local projects including scholarships, youth leadership programs, youth sports, disabled veterans, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and sustainability projects such as a recently approved initiative to install bicycle racks in Hammonton.

You can help support Hammonton Rotary Club’s charitable efforts by purchasing a raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which are on sale now and available from local Rotarians.

Learn more at www.hammontontrotray.org, or follow Hammonton Rotary on Facebook and Twitter.

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