Polio Plus in the News
In the Savage Pacer and other other papers across Districf 5950, the announcement of the I-35 Bridge Lighting and Rotary's Polio Eradication efforts made the news
The SunThisWeek published a half page article in both the Apple Valley and Rosemount editions about the Polio Survivors Conference and the check for $1000 from Apple Valley Ford for Polio Plus.
Polio Plus
Tim Mulcrone, Polio Plus Campaign Chair, is holding up a shirt worn by the many District 5950 Rotarians who served as greeters, registrars and participant guides for the participants in the March for Babies at the Mall of America on Sat., April 25.

The Back story:  The March of Dimes was born out of polio stricken President FDR’s desire to fund research for The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.  That organization became March of Dimes (for the dimes that were sent to the White House) and funded the work of Doctors Salk and Sabin; that research led to the polio vaccines.  The March of Dimes changed focus a bit though still today promotes vaccination schedules.  Rotary adopted the effort of eradication in 1985 and has been the major driving force in fund raising and inoculating children ever since.

For more information about End Polio Now, go to their website: http://www.endpolionow.org



  • ALL District Rotary Clubs are asked to contribute $1500 to Polio Plus which is one of the signature projects for Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.
  • Tim Mulcrone is willing to come and speak to your club about the importance of Rotary's efforts to End Polio Now. Here's a photo from when he dressed as a leprechaun and presented to the Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club on March 17.
  • For questions or to schedule him, contact Tim Mulcrone at timmulcrone@aol.com or call: 952-239-1594.
Polio Plus Stories
The I-35W bridge was lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio with its 30-year long initiative, End Polio Now.
City Councils in Minneapolis, Edina, Burnsville, and Apple Valley declared October 24 as World Polio Day in their cities.
Rotary International announced it would give an additional $40.4 million to the global effort to end polio. Click to read: World Polio Day Plans.
Click to read about World Polio Day Plans when we watch Rotary's World Polio Day Kickoff on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. NYC time.
The I-35W bridge will be lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio with its 30-year long initiative, End Polio Now.
Click here for sample press release to local media which PR chairs can adapt to highlight community efforts.
The Minneapolis City Council has declared October 24 as World Polio Day in Minneapolis.  Click here for proclamation.
To get End Polio Now toolkit, graphics and other resources, click on  http://www.endpolio.org/worldpolioday
Click here to read the Thank You Letter to Rotarians from Allina and Courage Kenny Foundation
Twenty five District 5950 Rotarians from 19 clubs welcomed 300 participants at the "Life After Polio: Realities and Practicalities" conference held on October 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park.
Tim Mulcrone, pictured here with his wife Ginger, shared about Rotary's efforts to End Polio Now with people attending the conference.
Click Read more to learn more about this conference co-sponsored by Dist. 5950 and click on the Polio Survivors Conference Photo Album on the left to see other photos of Rotarians giving "Service Above Self"