RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin, - Oct. 2018
Thirty years ago, 1,000 children were paralyzed by polio every single day. Since then, we've marked our progress, year by year, week by week. We've celebrated as country after country, region after region has been declared polio-free. As we've come closer and closer to our goal, and the number of cases has dropped further and further, the children those numbers reflect have become less and less of an abstraction. When I open that Thursday email, I don't wonder what number I'll see. I wonder, was a child paralyzed this week or not?
We are so close to eradication – but there is so much work left to do.
This month, I ask every Rotary club to help End Polio Now by marking World Polio Day on 24 October. Last year, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world held events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. This year, we want to see more World Polio Day events registered than ever. If you have an event planned, be sure to register and promote it at endpolio.org so that more people can take part. If you haven't planned one yet, it's not too late – visit endpolio.org to find ideas, information on this year's livestream, and resources to help your club organize a successful event.
World Polio Day is a tremendous opportunity for clubs
to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio, in
their own communities. It is also a great way to take advantage
of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: For
every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates
Foundation will give two more. Join me, and Rotarians everywhere,
on 24 October for World Polio Day – and Be the Inspiration
for a polio-free world.
Trustee Chair's Message - Oct.
Trustee Chair's Message - Oct. 2018
Ron D. Burton, Trustee Chair 2018-19
Since its inception in 1905, Rotary has been
a champion for peace. The 1914 Rotary Convention adopted
a resolution that our organization "lend its influence
to the maintenance of peace among nations of the world."
Then, the 1921 convention incorporated into Rotary's Constitution
the goal to aid in the advancement of international peace
and goodwill through fellowship in the Rotary ideal of service.
In 1945, Rotary played a key role in forming the United
Nations when almost 50 Rotarians served as delegates, advisers,
or consultants at the UN charter conference in San Francisco.
Additionally, each year we select up to 100
professionals from around the world to be Rotary Peace Fellows
who receive fellowships to study at one of our six peace
centers, earning either a master's degree or a professional
development certificate in areas such as human rights, international
politics, public health, and development. To date, 1,100-plus
people have participated in the program, and we are beginning
to see positive results.
Ron D. Burton
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