The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that member Brian Julius has been awarded Rotary International’s distinguished Service Above Self Award. This award is given annually to only 100 persons from Rotary International’s membership of 1.2 million worldwide. Julius was recognized for his innovative “Speaking Books” program to carry the messages of polio eradication and healthy living to illiterate populations of the world. To date, Julius has produced more than 60 educational books in 30+ languages on such topics as maternal child health, immunizations, hand washing, HIV, suicide prevention and teaching literacy. By simply pressing a button to the corresponding illustrated page, users are able to listen to the messages recorded in their own languages. Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program to eradicate polio became a new focus for “Speaking Books” in 2014. Working with Rotary, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Julius began targeting Pakistan and Nigeria, the only two countries where polio still existed. Community workers and health professionals use the books to educate families on the steps to prevent polio and to dispel the fear of necessary immunizations. These books have become an important tool in Rotary International’s efforts toward eradicating polio worldwide. The Service Above Self Award was made to Brian Julius at the annual Rotary District 7770 Conference in Columbia last week. Brian Julius, Rotary International’s 2016 Service Above Self Award recipient, with Nancy Moody, District 7770 Conference Chair and Past District Governor.