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The Rotary International president was scheduled to travel to New York and Singapore on Wednesday before hopping on a flight to Korea on Thursday, but first he made a stop at the Yorktowne Hotel.

K. R. Ravindran, from Sri Lanka, spoke at the Rotary Club of York's meeting in recognition of the organization's 100th anniversary.

Ravindran, who has been living in Evanston, Illinois, for two years to serve in various Rotary leadership positions, said he had visited other cities in Pennsylvania, but this was his first time in York City.

He spends most of his time traveling, but he rarely visits specific clubs, he said, despite receiving an estimated 20-30 invitations per day.

Marsha Bornt, president of York's club, said she started begging and pleading for Ravindran to visit last August.

"We're very luck to have him," Bornt said.

The Rotary Club of York currently has 350 members, and Bornt estimated about 260, along with members of nearby Rotary Clubs, would show up to hear Ravindran.

Ravindran said he's been a Rotary member since 1974, and he attributes many of his accomplishments to the organization.

Ravindran, CEO and founder of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry, has been invited to United Nations events, spoken on stopping the exploitation of women and recently met with Pope Francis regarding his effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

He said he urges people to join Rotary to support their local communities.

"We can't expect the government to do everything," Ravindran said. "Rotary is a great medium to take small projects and do things ourselves."

Ravindran added that York's club, from what he had seen so far, was an ideal model for bigger cities.

Bornt said the club will wrap up its centennial celebrations on June 3 with an event at the Country Club of York.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.

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