Foundation honors four couples for major gifts
Roberto Luiz Barroso Filho and his wife, Eliane, pose for a picture in front of RI World Headquarters before their induction ceremony in April.
Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
ine Rotarian couples were recently inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors people who give at least US$250,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Four couples, District Governor Roberto Luiz Barroso Filho and his wife, Eliane; Past District Governors Dennis and Kathy Crawford; Don Blackburn and his wife, LaVonne; and Carlos E. Sandoval Delgado and his wife, Martha, were honored the third week of April during ceremonies at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, where their portraits now hang in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery.
Four more members of the society will be profiled next week.
about another April inductee, Karien Ziegler.
Roberto Luiz Barroso Filho, a technical engineer and real estate agent, joined the Rotary Club of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1995. He is governor of District 4420 and was president of his club in 2005-06.
Founder of Engelplus Construction Incorporated Ltd., Barroso has implemented more than 30 projects to build hospitals, universities, and other facilities. He is a finance board member of the Association of Construction Entrepreneurs of Baixada Santista. He also served on the board of Casa da Esperança, which assists people affected by mental or physical illnesses.
Barroso and his wife support the Foundation's
Annual Programs Fund
. The couple's son and daughter are Rotary Youth Exchange alumni and former Interact club members.
Dennis and Kathy Crawford are members of the Rotary Club of McCandless, Pennsylvania, USA, and have both served as governor of District 7300.
Dennis is co-owner and president of All-Pak Inc., an international container distribution company. He is also involved with the National Association of Container Distributors, the National Association of Wholesalers, and the International Organization of Packaging Professionals.
Kathy retired in 1999 as owner of Kathy's Kloset, a women's apparel store she founded in 1975. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Fashion Association. She has also served on the ways and means committee of the Northern Area Chamber of Commerce.
The couple took part in National Immunization Days in Niger and Nigeria. Kathy says the experience gave her a clearer understanding of why it's important to support the Foundation.
"Rotary is the greatest volunteer organization in the world," she says. "We have the international networking ability to meet the needs out there."
The Crawfords support
Annual Programs Fund.
Don Blackburn joined Rotary in 1970 and is now a member of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, where his wife is an honorary member. He retired in 1998 as CEO and chair of the American Foodservice Corporation, which he founded in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
"The Foundation is doing so much good for the health and well being of all people," says Blackburn. "It does fundraising the right way, the best way, because it's done within the organization. Each Rotarian is a fundraiser."
Blackburn and his wife donate to PolioPlus to support Rotary's effort to eradicate polio. He has been involved with the fight against the disease since the 1950s, when he served as county chair of the March of Dimes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Blackburns are also major contributors to the Mayo Clinic. They support the Foundation's
Annual Programs Fund
Carlos E. Sandoval Delgado is the chair and manager of the ORSAN Group, a gasoline enterprise with service stations throughout Mexico. He joined Rotary in 1975 and has served as governor of District 4130 and president of the Rotary Club of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León.
He also founded and serves on the board of Integral Health Development A.C., which raises funds for the Dr. José Eleuterio González University Hospital. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Monterrey branch of the Mexican Red Cross and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León.
The Sandovals have four children and nine grandchildren. Their family formed the ORSAN Foundation, which supports health initiatives.
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