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July 3, 2014

Meridian native assumes Rotary post

MERIDIAN —     A Meridian native assumed the volunteer post of Rotary International District Governor Wednesday afternoon at a weekly Rotary Club meeting.

    Paul Bucurel will take over role as governor for 2014-2015. As governor, Bucurel coordinates community and international service projects for the 44 clubs in the Central Mississippi area. He was officially handed the position Tuesday and will serve through June 30 of next year.

    Bucurel is one of 537 Rotarians worldwide serving as a district governor this year. He has been a member of the Rotary Club for 21 years.

    Bucurel said his main responsibility is to organize new Rotary Clubs and strengthen existing clubs.

    During the installation ceremony at Northwood Country Club, Bucurel said his goals for the coming year are to "continue to address the challenge illiteracy in Mississippi."

    "As local leader and volunteers, Rotarians can help find community solutions to local needs," Bucurel said. "Our ongoing support of club projects that include scholarships, literacy projects, disaster relief and humanitarian projects will remain our topmost priority."

    Bucurel has served on a variety of community organization boards including the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Diabetes Association, and Easter Seals.

    Rotary International says its main objective is service, in communities and throughout the world. There are more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide.

    Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat various issues such as hunger, sanitation, health problems, and polio . The club also provides education, job training, and promotes peace. The club motto is "Service Above Self."

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