District 5020 News
Some of you may have read that a number of new cases of paralytic polio from the type 2 circulating vaccine derived polio virus have been detected in Syria.  Most of the cases have been in the northeastern region of Syria.  The newly reported cases of paralytic polio this week in Syria will not change the outbreak response plans that are being finalized.  The response will be in accordance with outbreak response protocols internationally agreed to previously. 
We must remember that these cases are vaccine derived, not wild polio cases.  So far this year only 6 cases of wild polio have been detected.  More information about the Syrian cases and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) response can be found at http://polioeradication.org/.
More about Rotary’s amazing role in polio eradication can be found at https://www.endpolio.org/.

By Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18

I consider it an extreme privilege to lead this district; thank you for entrusting me with the care of this wonderful organization for the next 365 days. Laurie and I are already “on the road” visiting all 17 Areas in our District, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

The theme for the 2017-18 Rotary year, “Rotary: Making A Difference”, was developed by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, and reflects why many join and stay in Rotary; we want to make a difference in our community, and in our world.  We make lasting friendships with those who want to give something back, and this friendship strengthens our service because together, we can accomplish so much more. As your Governor, I see my role as being the Chief Resource Officer for the 88 clubs and nearly 5,000 Rotarians in our district. The District only exists to provide a wide range of assistance to Clubs; it is our sole purpose.  Our 2017-18 District Directory and Web Site identify the broad range of committees staffed with experienced Rotarians waiting for your cal

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every Rotarian in District 5020 for helping to make our District one of the best in the world.  
Don and I have enjoyed meeting so very many of you at our DLTA that took place in Victoria in April of 2016, our District Conferences in Olympia and in Suquamish and at either the Rotary International Convention that took place in Seoul, Korea or this month in Atlanta, GA.  The warm welcome we received at your club meetings was very much appreciated.   
Our District 5020 group at the Convention in Atlanta was over 120 Rotarians and partners.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Convention in Atlanta, do consider Toronto Canada next June 23-27.
Toronto 2018

There’s a world of opportunity waiting for you at the Toronto convention

June 23-27, 2018

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