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Marlene and Dan Doherty took time out of their busy District Governor schedule to talk to the Rotary Club of Airdrie about a Rotary International program that is very close to their hearts, and that they have been intimately involved with. Rotary committed through the PolioPlus program, in cooperation with global partners, to eradicate the polio virus from humankind through prevention.
They put faces, places, stories, mothers and children, committed health workers and volunteers into their accounts of their personal experience of what this program means to those receiving and giving. Statistically, only one out two hundred that are infected by the virus suffers the disabling defects of the virus, and although the prevalence is dropping it still costs globally almost $5B in medical expenses yearly, over and above the huge impact it has on those families and individuals affected.
PolioPlus is mainly involved with detecting any traces of the polio virus through continuous surveillance and preventing the spread through immunizing children. The following link explains the strategy:  https://endpol.io/2BqPAW1
Over and above PolioPlus, there are individual Rotary clubs that undertake programs to help people suffering from the lifelong consequences of polio, through the creation or funding of facilities, mobility aids and coping programs.
Thank you to all the LIP SYNC BATTLE performers for supporting MENTAL HEALTH in Airdrie!
The evening was filled with one excellent performance after another winner:
The ‘Meatpies’ John & Pam Hodson – Meatloaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Cathy Perrotta – Pink’s Let’s get this Party Started
Stacey Lush & Katelyn Bollum – Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots are made for Walking
Justin Soutar – NF’s Mansion
Taryn Szediak – Miranda Lambert’s Little Red Wagon
Sheley Bitz, Christie Doyle, Korin Lemay & Jeanette Eglington – Tina & Ike Turner’s Proud Mary
Zada Sauder & Will Townsend – Electro Velvet’s Still in love with you
Wendy Bates & Mariann Wong – Cardi B’s I Like It
Lenora Collins & Kaidy Morgan – Lady Gaga’s Born this Way
Jared Atkin – Britney Spears’ Oops! I did it again
The ‘French Connection’ Bernard & Dianne Dumont – Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga’s Shallow
Kim Cheel – Bonnie Tyler’s Holding out for a Hero
Tracey Forbes – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars’ Up Town Funk
Brittany Harcus, Kerry Bostick, Theresa Shenkaurik & Nayely Sedlacek – Backstreet Boys’ Everybody.
What a superb event to celebrate the wonderful people and organizations in Airdrie. $24,000 to fourteen deserving organizations!
The organizations all made a pitch for funding for their project, and each one of them walked away with a check at the end of the evening.
See here below for the Organizations and their Projects.
Today, the Rotary Club of Airdrie welcomed back Abigail Gonzalez (BOBBY), one of our members, after five years of absence.
Abigail has been the Program Manager for Rocky View & Wheatland Employment Services since 2015.  Abigail and her team of professionals also provide services to Chestemere, Strathmore, Crossfield, Cochrane, Beiseker and Irricana.
Abigail’s professional trajectory has included various positions which ultimately reflect her passion for community building and leadership.  She has facilitated corporate workshops through the Calgary Board of Education.  Since she moved to Airdrie in 2010, Abigail has truly devoted herself to our community by having volunteered with
Community Links, Rocky View Schools – Adult Learning and past-member of the Rotary Club of Airdrie. 
Personal passions are word-traveling and her daughter (Abby) is currently studying her second year of University in the Netherlands.  Her son Jordan is currently in High school and considering an exchange as well.  Bobby was an exchange student herself back when she was only 16 years old at the Winnipeg- Assiniboia Rotary Club. 
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