Val Stratford, owner of the Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah, handles a variety of leadership roles, including new client sales and human resources. As a contributor to worthy causes, Val Stratford is a member and former president of the local Rotary Club, a part of Rotary International.
Rotary International’s history dates back to 1905. Over the years its service missions have grown to include the elimination of polio.
Honoring this commitment, nine Rotary members from the headquarters staff raised some $4.4 million to foster research into curing polio. They participated in 2015 in the annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race, the race taking place over a 104-mile course around the perimeter of Tuscon, Arizona. Over 100 other Rotary members from Arizona and elsewhere also took part.
The nine fundraisers had been training for the race since September. It was a daunting challenge, but their confidence built as they practiced with runs of 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. Adding to their motivation was a 2-for-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which brought the total amount raised to $13.5 million.