Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention. While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by...
A major breakthrough against polio
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012. "We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC. Rotary has played an important role in bringing type 3 polio close to extinction. PolioPlus grants have provided key...
Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event is a huge success
More than 23,000 viewers in 24 countries tuned in to Rotary's World Polio Day event, streamed live on 24 October. Health officials including James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave an update on the polio eradication campaign and praised Rotary's achievements to date. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion to polio eradication since 1979. For World Polio Day, Rotary released $44.7 million in grants to fight the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to the update, the event included entertainment by...
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The Chicopee Rotary Club donated $500 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner to be prepared by the Chicopee Elks. The dinner will honor area veterans and will be held at the Chicopee Elks Lodge located at 431 Granby Road, on Wednesday evening November 5. Event Chairman Jim Cartwright, and the Lodge's Exalted Ruler Gerald Cove were on hand to speak about the event.
The Rotary Club of Chicopee was glad to welcome Ronald Belair from the Knights of Columbus to our meeting. The club presented Ron with a check for $1,000 toward the Knights annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers begin food preparation on Monday of Thanksgiving week, providing meals to the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club dinner that evening. By Thanksgiving day the Knights are ready for their feast, which includes meals delivered to the elderly and disabled, along with a sit down meal for people in need or alone.
Stas Radosz of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning displays a check from the Rotary Club of Chicopee. The donation was made by the club in memory of Walter Wrzesien, a former member, and long-time benefactor of both the Rotary Club and Polish Center. Walter was a many time honored World War II veteran who passed away in February 2014 at the age of 93. He is missed by us all, and will be remembered fondly as a generous old-world gentleman who sincerely believed there was only one way to live: that is to say, honorably.
The Rotary year 2014 was another success for the Rotary Club of Chicopee. In addition to the Helping Hands Program which took place on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the club donated the following last year: $5,000 to the Chicopee Senior Center to complete our promised $15,000 commitment; $3,500 to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund; $2,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee for a literacy program; $2,000 to Porchlight Home Care for new nurses bags with the Rotary logo on them; $1,000 to Lorraines Soup Kitchen; $1,000 to the PolioPlus Program to help with the eradication of Polio worldwide; $750 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Elks Club in Chicopee, and $500 to the future interns program in the Chicopee Public School system. Total donations for the year were $15,750.