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 EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida businessman who led Rotary's national campaign raising $119 million to protect children in developing nations from polio, was today nominated as the 1995-96 world president of Rotary International, the network of 26,000 Rotary clubs with 1.1 million Rotarians worldwide.
 Herbert ("Herb") G. Brown, a member of the Rotary Club of Clearwater, was chairman of Rotary's U.S. PolioPlus Campaign Committee from 1985-88. The amount was nearly half the international total raised by Rotarians to help eradicate polio by the turn of the century in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
 Brown, age 69, is chairman of the board of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., a publicly held corporation with 325 restaurants in 20 states. For more than 30 years, he owned and operated furniture stores and drug stores in Florida and Louisiana. He was born in Iota, La., and graduated from Opelousas high school in Louisiana at 16 and opened a furniture store in Opelousas.
 "This is the greatest honor ever bestowed on me," Brown said today. "When they told me I was speechless. I love Rotary second only to my wife, four children and five grandchildren."
 If elected, Brown will serve as president of Rotary International, the world's first service club association which is often likened to a `mini-United Nations,' for a one-year term, starting July 1, 1995.
 Brown has served as president of the Boy Scouts of America in Louisiana and Florida and holds the Silver Beaver Award. He was president of the Opelousas Association of Commerce, a past Citizen of the Year in Louisiana and a former commander of the American Legion in Louisiana.
 He is a recipient of the Tampa Bay "Humanitarian of the Year Award," Clearwater's "Service to Mankind Award," and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Silver Medallion Brotherhood Award. He was Florida's Entrepreneur of the Year 1991 and elected to Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in February 1992.
 For 14 years he was closely involved in Clearwater's Morton F. Plant Hospital, serving as a trustee and one term as chairman.
 Brown has been a Rotarian since 1945 when he joined the Rotary Club of Opelousas. He was a director of Rotary International from 1978-80, and was a trustee of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International from 1983-86. He was chairman of the committee for Rotary's 1991 international convention in Mexico City. As chairman of the Rotary Foundation's Health, Hunger and Humanity committee, he visited many developing countries to see for himself the work undertaken by Rotarians.
 Brown was nominated by a Rotary International committee of 15 Rotarians from eight countries, meeting at Rotary's world headquarters in Evanston. If elected, he will become the 84th international president, succeeding Rotarian Bill Huntley, of England.
 In addition to the committee's nomination, any Rotary club may nominate an additional qualified Rotarian. If, by Dec. 1, 1993, no such nomination has been filed, Brown will be declared the sole president- nominee and will be elected at the 1994 international convention in Taipei. He will then serve on the Rotary International board as president-elect beginning July 1, 1994.
 Founded in Chicago, in 1905, Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders devoted to volunteer community work, promoting high ethical standards in all vocations and fostering international good will and peace.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To contact Mr. Brown, call business 813-443-6488, or home 813-447-6243./
 /CONTACT: John O'Brien of Rotary International, 708-866-3240/

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