The start of the Rotary year is always exciting with new challenges and opportunities.  This year we have the opportunity to finally end polio worldwide.  In 1985 there were 360,000 new cases of polio, last year worldwide there were only 37 new cases of wild polio in the world and so far this year there has been only 8 new cases of wild polio.  Our 2017-2018 presidents-elect could see the end of polio during their term.
 
Rotarians have fought hard to end this vicious disease that affects young children in the poorest areas of the world.  But, there's more work to be done! We are asking every club in the district to join together and host some type of public event on October 24th, World Polio Day.  The goal of your event should be three fold.  First to raise awareness of Rotary's fight against polio, second to raise funds for our Polio Plus program and finally to further introduce Rotary to your community.
 
This year’s World Polio Day celebration will take place in Seattle, Washington, on the campus of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on 24 October. The Gates Foundation, one of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, will co-host the event which will include a live-stream update with experts and celebrity ambassadors on where we are at in our goal of eradicating polio.
 
What your club does is entirely up to your leadership, be creative.  In the past some clubs hosted a community picnic, others held Pints for Polio events and some worked with their schools to raise awareness.  Whatever you decide please let us know as we want this to be a District-wide project.  Email me at earl@rioranchomagazine.com with your plans and after the event let us know how you did.
 
Remember, everything we raise will be matched two for one by the Gates Foundation.  Let's all join together to make this a great event. (Go the following RI link for ideas and more information: https://www.endpolio.org/how-to-host-your-own-world-polio-day-event?adbsc=social_20170729_1692641&adbid=891375034966474752&adbpl=tw&adbpr=4432431
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Doreen and Earl
 
 
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