In July of this year, the three Rotary club presidents of Juneau met for a planning session for their year. In this meeting they agreed that they would like to make an extra effort for the End Polio Now campaign. A Tri-Club Run/Walk was suggested as a way to involve Rotarians and raise awareness for this issue and a preliminary goal of raising $1,500 to $2,000 was set. Fast  forward to the end of September and the plans for the Run/Walk were well under way! Then, a  call was made to Juneau Glacier Valley Rotarian Richard Burns to solicit help in publicizing the Run/Walk on his and wife Sharon's radio stations. After agreeing to start blanketing the airwaves about the Run/Walk, Richard volunteered another idea for raising awareness and money to help in the fight to eradicate polio. He suggested a Rotary Radio Day!

      So, on World Polio Day, Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Juneau Gastineau, Juneau Downtown, and Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary clubs held an Inaugural Run/Walk and replaced all of the On Air staff for KINY radio from 8 in the morning until 6 at night. Rotarian Disc Jockeys spun the tunes, talked about Polio, and auctioned off many donated items. Matching challenges were issued and answered, and donations flooded in throughout the day! The Run/Walk saw stormy weather abate early on the morning of the event; then, seventy people participated in a group photo and hit the trail for the Run/Walk under sunny skies. After the Run/Walk, snacks were provided and a short speech by event organizer Glacier Valley Rotarian Keith Hermann enlightened a very receptive audience about the need for ending polio now.Juneau Rotarians rose to the challenge with both their pocket books and volunteer hours. Even members who were traveling or otherwise couldn't participate made donations that helped the success of the day! By the end of the day, $18,000 was raised to support the fight for the eradication of Polio. And with the match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these funds will swell to an impressive $54,000! These funds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund. Rotarians in Juneau are very thankful for the support of their community!