Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed Rotary District 6970 Foundation Chair Bill Griffin as a guest speaker.  Griffin, who is the Director of System Research and Planning for Halifax Health, has also been a member of the Daytona Beach West Rotary Club for some 30 years.  He spoke to the club about the work of the Rotary Foundation, saying its mission is to promote friendship, peace and understanding throughout the world.  The Rotary Foundation’s most notable project has been End Polio Now, which has reduced the number of polio cases globally from 365,000 in 1985 to just 175 cases in 2012.  He went on to thank the club for its financial contribution to the nearly $1.3 million the District has given to that project.  With the threat of polio all but eradicated, Griffin said that the Rotary Foundation has identified six areas of need for future Foundation funding, including water and sanitation, maternal and child healthcare, economic and community development and peace and conflict resolution.  The Foundation’s goal is to focus on sustainable projects that provide long-term benefits and result in a brighter future for those in need worldwide.  He closed by applauding the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club for partnering with the District Foundation on grants supporting the local Dictionary Project and St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Van as well as the club’s international projects such as ShelterBox and the Honduran clean water project.