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HSV Rotary now home of District Governor

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- The election of Dennis Cooper, a member of Hot Springs Village Rotary Club, as Rotary district governor, marks the first time a Villager has been elected to the position, the club said in a news release.

During his term, Cooper plans to visit all 36 clubs in the central Arkansas district.

"The main responsibilities of the district governor are to provide leadership, guidance and motivation to the 36 Rotary Clubs in our district. The Rotary theme this year is 'Be the Inspiration,' and that is what I have tried to do. Every time I visit a Rotary Club it is special," he said in the release.

"The clubs are the same in several ways, but each is unique. All the clubs work hard at making their local communities better."

Last year, Cooper also visited the Mexico City area where homes had been destroyed by an earthquake.

"We visited one family who had moved into an unfinished house where there wasn't a sink, stove or a toilet," he said. "They needed about $500 to get everything they need and the group of Rotarians I was with passed a hat and raised the money. The mother said, 'Today God sent me angels!'"

Cooper recently took another trip south of the border where his group worked to provide clean water for two schools. They also helped to repair wheelchairs at a facility that gives wheelchairs to people who cannot afford to buy one. In addition, Cooper helped administer polio vaccine to children.

"Words cannot describe that experience," he said.

Society on 03/18/2019

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