The Edmond Sun

October 28, 2012

Rotarian works to stamp out polio around the world

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Marion Paden, OCCC Vice President and downtown Rotary Club President, will speak at the Boulevard Rotary Club about her participation in a polio immunization project in Gujarat, India on Oct. 29.

The Boulevard Rotary Club meets from 6-7 p.m. every Monday evening at The Martini Lounge, 505 S. Boulevard in Edmond; social time begins at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited and participation is free.

Rotary has influenced Paden, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at Oklahoma City Community College, and the 103rd president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, since childhood.

The granddaughter of a Montgomery, Al., Rotarian, Marion was encouraged to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance goodwill and understanding from a very early age.

While in high school in Norman, Marion was selected as a Rotary Club Student of the Month, attended weekly meetings, and was chauffeured by Dr. George L. Cross, past president of the University of Oklahoma. These weekly meetings helped to crystallize Marion’s admiration of Rotary, the work of Rotarians and launch her career aspirations.

A Paul Harris Fellow with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Marion joined fellow Rotarians in the spring of 2012 for National Immunizations Days in Gujarat, India, in the humanitarian effort to “End Polio Now.”

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