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St. Marys

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Rotary Parkview building
22 St. Andrews St. N., St. Marys
Parkview banquet hall, lower level east entrance
St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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Ray Bennett
Raymond Elgin Bennett, age 85, of St. Marys, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on November 21, 2019. Born in East Wawanash Township, son of the late Carl and Alberta Bennett.
Ray owned and operated Ray Bennett Men’s Wear in St. Marys for 52 years until his retirement in 2010. He spent many years volunteering in his community. He served on St. Marys Council, was a member of the Rotary Club of St. Marys where he was involved with the International Youth Exchange and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Ray has also been a board member of the Parkview Foundation for many years.
Beloved husband for 60 years of Jo (Easson). Loving father of Dawn Bennett (Matthew Certosimo), Denise Drinkwalter (Paul) and Dwight Bennett (Mary Lou Burtwistle). Grandfather of Meredith and Francesca Certosimo, Alexandra Lebold (Jonathan), Cassaundra and Connor Drinkwalter, Wesley, Alta and Evan Bennett and great grandfather of Jedsen Lebold. Brother of Iona Walker, Glen Bennett (Cathy), Dolly Somers, Carman Bennett (Cindy). Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Predeceased by his siblings Roy Bennett (Margaret), Clifford Bennett (Agnes), Mabel Templeton (Fred) and brothers-in-law Allen Walker and Ron Somers.
At Ray’s request, his body has been donated to the University of Western Ontario, Department of Anatomy. A private service will be held for immediate family only. The family will host a Celebration of Ray’s Life which will be announced at a later date, in the summer of 2020. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of St. Marys, Stratford General Hospital or St. Marys Memorial Hospital through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411
Today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in sometime in 2020.

“The eradication of wild poliovirus type three is a critical step in Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio,” said Michael K. McGovern, Chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Even as we’re addressing major challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we continue to make historic progress that shows us that eradication is possible. Today is World Polio Day—a time to reflect on our efforts, how far we’ve come, and the work that still needs to be done to fulfill our promise of a polio-free world. It’s important that we remain optimistic and harness the momentum of this good news as we tackle the remaining challenges in the global effort to end polio.”

Anyone can help Rotary and its partners continue to make progress against polio. Donate to End Polio Now and view Rotary’s World Polio Day program, which will be available starting at 12 PM CDT/6 PM CEST.

CC: RI Board of Directors, TRF Board of Trustees, International PolioPlus Committee, District Governors, Club Presidents, 2019-20 EPN Countdown to History Campaign Committee, Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the US, PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisors, National PolioPlus Committee Chairs, Regional Leaders, End Polio Now Zone Coordinators.
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