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Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is 100

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The rotary club of Cedar Rapids is 100 years old.

This evening, the event brought state leaders including the governor, club members and a special guest, together to celebrate the huge milestone.

Iowa's largest rotary is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

"When they started rotary they had no idea it was going to last as long as it has and it's a very positive thing, said John Wasta, President of the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids.

Especially because of its service to the community.

"We did all of the playground equipment at the title 1 elementary schools, he said.

Aside from the festivities this is also a chance to talk about what the club is doing internationally, regionally and locally.

Which is why the general secretary of rotary international and the rotary foundation, John Hewko, is here.

"To give them an update on some of the things we're doing at world head quartets in Evanston to take our organization into a second century, Hewko said.

Hewko has other experiences under his belt.

While working in Ukraine, he assisted the group that prepared the initial draft of the nation's post-soviet constitution.

He says the situation there right now is complicated.

"But what's that we not have a Russian invasion, that both sides stand down and that we really do achieve a lasting peace in Ukraine for the good of the Ukrainian people, he said.

He says Europe, Russia & the United States need to continue the dialogue that will hopefully help sort things in Ukraine.

"They deserve peace and they deserve to be able to take their country to the next level which is what the revolution that happened several months ago was really all about, said Hewko.

Back in Cedar Rapids, this night is all about appreciating how far the rotary has come.       

One little fact about the Rotary Club both here in Cedar Rapids and globally: their chief initiative is the eradication of polio.
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