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on Mar 04, 2014
A benefit barbecue for SLO Daybreak Rotarian Nancy Beighley will be held on Friday, March 21 starting at 4:30pm. Swing by the Comfort Inn & Suites Lamplighter at 1604 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo and pick up a delicious meal of tri tip, beans, bread and salad for only $20. Pick up dinner to go or take it over to Vintage 1255 right down the way at 1255 Monterey St. and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and your meal there. Advance ticket sales are available by calling The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop at (805) 543-1958. Please come out and support this great event!
Come Celebrate a 25 years of women in Rotary and Rotary's extraordinary fight to eradicate Polio at the annual District 5240 Foundation Gala. Celebrate recipients of the Rotary International Foundation - Group Study Exchange and Ambassadorial Scholars - and our keynote Dr. Sylvia Whitlock who was the second woman in Rotary, first woman Club President and a Past District Governor. Celebrate the continued effort to eradicate Polio from the world! The festivities will be held at the Madonna Inn Venetian Room on Friday, March 21beginning at 6:00pm. Cost is $50 per person, dress is cocktail or international attire and along with dinner there will be a no host bar. Click here to register.
on Jan 15, 2014
Join Rotary members from around the world in Sydney, Australia, June 1-4. The 2014 Rotary International Convention will bring together some of the world’s leading experts on water, polio, and social media. Your convention experience will include an opportunity to hear nationally recognized speakers, enjoy excellent entertainment, learn from workshops, and network with other Rotarians. Click here to register and make your reservations.
on Oct 22, 2013
An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication. The Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to $35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018. District Governor 5240, Jack McClenahan, has been getting our clubs excited about this challenge and wants to see our district's clubs raise 1% of that overall goal.At this year's Rotary District 5240 Conference in San Luis Obispo, over $7,539 was raised for Polio Plus through the raffle and generous donations from individual Rotarians. Click here to learn more.
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Littered with old National Geographic magazines, a model volcano, and a solar cooker, Bartholomew Meena’s crammed science room in Machame, Tanzania, captured Amy Kaspar’s heart at first glance. “He created all the science projects we had from our childhood in one room,” recalls Kaspar, a former Rotary Scholar who’s now a member of the Rotary Club of Capital Square in Ohio. Within those projects, she saw Menna’s passion for his environment and a wealth of unexplored opportunities, particularly the chance to collaborate and study the environmental impact of Mount Kilimanjaro’s melting glaciers...
Global star Angélique Kidjo champions Rotary’s efforts in new song
In her new album, “Eve,” Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo honors the women in Africa, and pays tribute to Rotary’s work to end polio worldwide. The singer and activist from Benin chose to include Rotary in the soon-to-be-released video of the album’s signature song, “Eva.” Rotary’s presence in the video is no coincidence. The relationship between the singer dates back to 2011, when she joined about two dozen celebrities, including Jackie Chan, Jack Nicklaus, and Jane Goodall, in Rotary’s “This Close” polio awareness campaign. “I am the cherry on top of the cake,” says Kidjo in an exclusive...
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No polio vaccinator had ever set foot in Killi Baksho, near Pakistan's rugged northwest border with Afghanistan. Most people there have long opposed immunization, believing the polio vaccine causes infertility or AIDS. The combination of that public mistrust and intimidation from militant groups has been nothing short of deadly. In 2013, 20 polio vaccinators and nine police officers assigned to guard them were killed in Pakistan. With that memory fresh in their minds, a team from a Rotary-supported polio resource center went to the village to promote acceptance of the vaccine. They expected...