Oct 052015

Dear Rotarians of District 7770,

In 1985, Rotary International set a goal to immunize every child under the age of five against the crippling disease polio.  The very idea that an organization such as Rotary International would attempt global polio eradication was breathtakingly ambitious, and many called it impossible.  At the time, the world was seeing 350,000 people each year diagnosed with polio.  Today, we are closer to this goal than ever before with only a few hundred cases of polio reported per year and just two remaining endemic countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  We are on track to achieve full eradication by 2018 if we can keep up the momentum that has brought us this far.


Rotarians always live up to their commitments, and it has been a long journey to get this far, but we are very close to completing the task.  That will be possible only if Rotarians, everywhere in the world, do their part.  I am asking Rotarians in District 7770 to support polio eradication by your contributions of time and money and by promoting the idea of helping to finish that task among your clubs and your community.  World Polio Day on 23 October would be a wonderful opportunity to have an event in your community to tell your world about the efforts of Rotary to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.  We are one airline passenger away from having this dreaded disease back in our home communities.  Let your community, and the world, know that the fight against polio is at its most critical stage yet.

Rod Funderburk


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