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February 5, 2014

Keefe Gorman: The Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise Partners with Ovalle Chile International

M. Keefe Gorman, CSNA, CFM, CFP®
Managing Director – Investments Wealth Management Advisor NMLS ID 579816 Merrill Lynch 235 South Cayuga St. Suite 100 Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
Fax: 607-215-7173 Ph: 800-815-5796

The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club, a charter of Rotary International, is committed to peace through service – the 2012-13 Rotary International theme. To this end, Ithaca Sunrise Rotary has partnered with the Ovalle, Chile Rotary club to build a facility for teaching English. Through district matching with International Rotary foundation grants, the funds to equip an English teaching lab will be raised. Keefe Gorman is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club and recently traveled to Chile to check up on the project.

The need for English teaching facilities in Ovalle is great because residents of this small city north of Santiago do not have access to English language classes beyond high school. English speaking and writing skills are important for Chileans wishing to do business with English speaking countries.

Rotary International’s strength lies in the ability to connect people who otherwise may not be aware of another’s need, and in the connections already in place through Rotary clubs. This partnership between Ithaca and Ovalle is an example of that strength.

December 9, 2013

Rotary International Announces Dates for Its 2014 Convention

Recognized by Barron’s as one of the top-100 financial advisors in the country, Keefe Gorman currently works with Merrill Lynch as a managing director of investments. Aside from his duties at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman supports a number of charitable and civic organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, and Rotary International.

Rotary International recently announced the dates for its 2014 International Convention, which is scheduled to take place June 1-4, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. In its 105th year, the Rotary International Convention also serves as the organization’s annual meeting, at which traditional association business is conducted. The convention is also designed to inspire Rotarians from around the world and inform them about incoming officers, such as president and governors-elect, so they can convey this information to members at the district and club levels.

Established in 1905, Rotary International is a worldwide organization that develops and coordinates global campaigns and initiatives for the greater social good. Among its many accomplishments, one of the most notable successes of Rotary International is the eradication of polio in all but three countries in the world.

December 6, 2012

Michael Keefe Gorman Discusses Rotary International and Polio

Since Rotary International’s creation in the early 20th century, it has involved itself in numerous philanthropic activities. One important mission for the organization concerns the elimination of polio, and it has raised over $1.2 billion to eradicate the disease. One way it accomplishes this goal is by partnering with the 24-year-old Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

In September 2012, Rotary International announced its commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative by pledging $75 million to partly cover its $945 million funding gap. Rotary International announced this plan at a September 27 event featuring United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates, and other leaders. Due to their efforts, polio hit an all-time low in the first three-quarters of 2012, with only 140 cases reported. Also that year, the World Health Organization removed India from its polio endemic list. Today, the poliovirus is only endemic to Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

About the Author:

A graduate of St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish, Michael Keefe Gorman serves on the board of his local Rotary International chapter.