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Two Kingsport Children Raise $250 from Lemonade Sales to End Polio:Give to Tri-Cities Rotary Club


Tri-Cities Club Rotarians Lori Cooper and Mary Ellen Miller accept the check for Polio Plus from Nora Owen, age 8 and Ethan Owen age 11. Their father, Rotarian Phil Owen, looks on.

Members of the Tri-Cities Rotary Club were recently treated to a presentation by some young, potential future Rotarians. 11-year-old Ethan Owen and his 8-year-old sister Nora presented an oversized check for $250 to the club to help combat polio worldwide. The money they raised comes from sales of their lemonade stand, Ethan & Nora’s Fresh Squeeze. The two set up their stand during Folk Fest in downtown in October to raise money for Rotary's Polio Plus.


“Rotary International is committed to eradicating polio across the world and, in fact, celebrates

World Immunization Week April 24-30,” said Tri-Cities Rotary Club’s President-Elect Mary Ellen

Miller. “For these young people to see the importance of helping many children from other

countries, who they do not know and will likely never meet, is so impressive. They truly have a

heart for service which is what Rotary is all about.”


Former TriCities Rotary Club President Phil Owen is their father. “Mandy and I have been blown

away watching Ethan and Nora and their friends make an impact in the world. They made their

mission ‘To quench thirst and create smiles,’ and they are living that out. They’ve contributed

over $2,000 so far to charitable causes. We are proud that they chose to impact the world

through Rotary’s ‘Polio Plus’ initiative this year!”


The budding young entreprenuers told us the secret to their success includes specialty drinks

like the “Arnold PAL-mer” that includes their homemade lemonade mixed with Pal’s Ice tea.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.6 billion dollars and countless volunteer hours

to the fight to #EndPolio. Together with partners, Rotary immunizes over 400 million children

every year.


Tri-Cities Rotary Club meets Mondays at noon at Northeast State. The second Monday of each

month they serve at Second Harvest Food Bank for their “Power of One Hour” program. Visitors

are welcome anytime. For more information, please visit Tri-Cities Rotary Club on Facebook and

Instagram.


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