Gary Hirsch and Marga Hewko, wife of Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, take a selfie during the ride.
By Gary Hirsch, a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson, Arizona, USA
In many ways, the 2015 Ride to End Polio by Rotarians in District 5500 was “The Big Ride.” Maybe it’s that Rotary members’ commitment grows each year. Maybe it’s just that the fellowship, fun, fitness, and collaborative spirit bring out the best in each of us. Whatever it is, the numbers say that this, the sixth year of our event, was the biggest in every way.
Although overall ridership in El Tour de
Tucson was down about 7,000 cyclists this year, Rotary fielded almost 100, a record for our event. This was also the first year that we included a “virtual ride,” inviting people to support us by riding stationary bicycles at their homes or gyms. We registered 17 teams, totaling more than 250 indoor cyclists. Our celebration dinner on the eve of the ride hosted just under 100 cyclists, friends, family, and supporters. And most important, it appears that we once again we have exceeded the amount we raised the previous year.
It takes a while to gather the numbers for all of …read more
Source:: Rotary International Blog