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As the world’s 12th largest Rotary club, our members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, and professional leaders who make decisions and influence policy throughout northwest Ohio. For the past 100 years, the Rotary Club of Toledo has made a difference in meeting the needs of deserving people in our community and elsewhere. Together, we are capable of achieving great things as we begin our 2nd century of service to our local and international communities!
Upcoming Rotary Speaker
Monday, June 1 Chris Figureida - Cycle for the Heart
Chris Figureida is not your average 34-year-old welder. In April of 2007, he rode a bicycle across America to raise kids’ awareness about heart disease. Cycle for Heart has been so successful that come this Fall, he will attempt his 9th cross country ride. Chris is a dedicated volunteer for the American Heart Association and uses his physical prowess to help kids make healthy lifestyle choices. During his cross-country bicycle treks, he has spoken to elected officials, government offices, and over 50,000 students, in 44 states from California to Maine; speaking about healthy and active lifestyles and explaining why physical activity is important. The next Cycle for Heart will cross the country in a different direction – from Angle Inlet MN to Brownsville TX. The 2500 mile ride will take 70 days to complete. Who better to bicycle across America touting an active lifestyle than a would-be Indiana Jones whose passport stamps exceed his age? Physical activity is something that was always part of Chris’ life growing up in Ventura, California. The 34-year-old’s adventuresome spirit has led him to distant places – riding elephants in Thailand; hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, Peru; camping in the wild Serengeti of Tanzania; soloing the 22841 foot peak of Mt. Aconcagua; and riding his bicycle 7,700 miles from Southern California to Alaska and back. “I am very fortunate that healthy habits are something I grew up with,” Chris says, “I know that’s not the case for many kids.” He decided to put his good health to work educating others about healthy lifestyle choices. Chris notes, “It seemed like a bike trek would be a good way to draw attention to the importance of physical activity in reversing the trend of childhood obesity.” He went to work putting together the inaugural Cycle for Heart, which was a two-month long, 3,746-mile trip from Ventura, California to Lubec, Maine. He secured sponsors and mapped out visits to schools, state capitals, and city halls along the way. In addition to promoting the American Heart Association, which seeks to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, Cycle for Heart seeks to promote Rotary International and the Polio Plus Program. During his next ride, and on top of his meeting with schools and state officials, Chris will be speaking to Rotary Clubs across the nation to raise funds for the fight against polio.
The Rotary Club of Toledo is a community of highly engaged leaders, committed to ever-increasing involvement and service to Rotary International and our own region. Club members share friendship and fellowship through service above self and provide extensive resources to fund community transformation programs and major long-term projects.