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Zilliox installed as Rotary district governor

Larry Zilliox, a member of the Alexandria Rotary Club, was installed as governor of District 5950 in a ceremony held July 8 in Alexandria.

Zilliox is just the second Alexandria Rotarian elected to this office; Joe Perino served as district governor in 1968. Zilliox is one of 533 district governors worldwide.

As governor, Zilliox presides over a district comprising much of Southern and Western Minnesota, which includes 65 individual clubs and about 3,000 members. Over the next several months, Zilliox will visit each of these clubs. He has selected as his theme for the year, "I'm a Rotarian: I KNOW I Can."

"I have always been impressed with trains and the children's story The Little Engine That Could," Zilliox explained. "I try to be positive and look forward to the challenges daily life brings. Rotary's motto, 'Service above Self' has always been a part of my life."

Rotary International, founded in 1905, is the world's original professional service organization. It currently has 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs worldwide.

The mission of Rotary is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Alexandria club, which meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom, currently has 80 members.

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