Posted by Marny Eulberg (Wheat Ridge) marnyeul@me.com
What does purple have to do with Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio???
 
•  It is the title of a book, a film, and a musical….
•  Purple is a color intermediate between blue and red.  It is similar to violet but unlike violet it is not a spectral color.
•  Purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery and piety.
•  It was worn by Roman magistrates, was the imperial color worn by rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire and Catholic bishops, and by the Emperor of Japan.
•  It is one of the team colors of our Colorado Rockies.
  AND, it is the color used to mark the pinky finger of children who have been given a recent dose of oral polio vaccine administered by polio vaccinators in developing countries.
 
Rotarians from District 5450 will be offered the opportunity to display their support of Polio Plus/End Polio Now at the District Celebration May 19-20 by stopping by the Polio Committee’s table in the exhibit hall and being festooned with a tonsorial display of their support or having a fingernail(s) painted purple.  You may also be given the opportunity to pay to avoid being so adorned!! 
 
Watch for the “Purple Police”!!  Some might be “undercover officers”!!