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My sincere condolences to the family. We lost a good friend who was also a great Rotarian.
John Veldhuis

I got this sad news with tears and saddened my heart who love and live with Mert in our Club. He was a great Rotarian knowledgeable and active. He  welcomed me when I join rotary with smile and welcome. Always encouraging me mentor and guide in a sincere sense you deal it with your heart. He introduced distinguished speakers to our club...etc and a lot of positive roll in our club. May the Lord have mercy and reposes his soul in paradise and me and Feryal send our deepest condolences to his family.
Fayez Saleeb


I fondly remember Mert--especially when I first joined Rotary in 2013.  We will miss him and offer condolences to Janine and family.

Tim White


Dear President Randy, President-Elect Fayez and club members:


What a lovely photo and remembrance for all of Dr. Bland. He had a wonderful life a great part of which was your

Rotary Club.  Moreover, through his many professional and volunteer acts of kindness he made the lives of many

so much better, as well.


Among the several meetings at your club over the last 7-years, I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Bland.

He was so generous with his welcome.  I can appreciate how deeply his loss is felt by your club.


A part of an Irish sympathy saying includes the phrase, “…and let be able to say, the world was better because

he was here.”  So, true of Dr. Bland.  His spirit will continue to guide all of you and your club has you continue to

“do good in the world.”   I’ve copied Dave with this information.


My best,

Pat Boroski

RC of Bailey’s Crossroads


Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Rotary friend, Dr. Merton Bland.


Paula Kelley

AG  Area 9

I am writing to pay my respects to Dr. Merton Bland, a dedicated public servant, lifelong humanitarian, and proud Rotarian. I never had the honor of meeting Dr. Bland in person, but I could tell he lived a life well lived. Godspeed Dr. Bland!
Bertrand Ishimwe Bahizi
Independent Consultant