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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 9, 2008

The Estherville Rotary Club had a number of visitors Thursday. They included a five-person study tour from India as well as seven Estherville Lincoln Central High School juniors who were awarded the Service above Self award.

The fact that such a diversity of people could be recognized and honored all in one place, and at one time, is a testament to the universal mission of Rotary.

Biswajit Pati (Bulu), team leader for the entourage from India, spoke to his great interest in hosting people from around the United States. his guests have included a doctor from Texas and a youth from South Dakota.

“I and my whole family love to host GSE team members and Youth Exchange Members every year and it was my dream to be a part of this unique program of Rotary, which provides an opportunity to interact one-to-one with host families and Rotarians of distant countries having diverse cultures and lifestyles,” Pati said.

The students who were honored with the Service above Self award included Anna Bruns, Paige Evans, Katie Lowe, Brooke Johnson, Krista Lowe, Stephanie Wittmer, receiving special recognition, and Megan Lappegard.

It was not the first time these students’ names have been in the media for their accomplishments, and it will certainly not be their last.

They have struck the same cord as Pati.

Rotary International has all but eliminated polio from the face of the earth by working person by person, nation by nation, vaccinating no less than 2 billion children.

Service to others knows no national, ethnic, social, or racial boundaries. One can serve others if he or she is a Christian, Moslem, or Buddhist. In fact, the more one serves others before self, the more those racial and ethnic lines blur. It is then that one realizes how human we all really are.