Polio Plus

Competition for the right to hoist the End Polio Now Champions award at the end of this Rotary year continues.
So far this year 32 of our district clubs have contributed something to the Polio Eradication effort. For those who are not math majors, that would be about 1/2 of our clubs.

The top seven clubs for the first half of this Rotary year, in order are: Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks; Sun Lakes; Gilbert; Sun City West; E-Club of the Southwest; Peoria North. 

District Governor Kevin has indicated that the End Polio Now Champions award will not be presented until sometime in late June. So that gives all Rotarians five (5) plus months to make a PolioPlus contribution this Rotary year that will count toward the award. For the clubs that have not yet participated, it is NOT TOO LATE to get started.
Polio Eradication - Are you a 12 Percenter?
By John Pennypacker
Chair, Rotary Club of Mesa West Foundation
Past District Governor (2014-15) 
1894    The first major documented polio outbreak in the United States occurs in Vermont; 18 deaths and 132 cases of permanent paralysis are reported.
1916    A major polio outbreak in New York City kills more than 2,000 people. Across the United States, polio takes the lives of about 6,000 people, and paralyzes thousands more.
1955    A vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk is declared “safe and effective.”
1960    The U.S. government licenses the oral polio vaccine developed by Dr. Albert Sabin. 
1979    Rotary International begins its fight against polio with a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.
1985    Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial fundraising target of US$120 million.
1988    Rotary International and the World Health Organization launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. There are an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries. Approximately 1000 cases each day of someone contracting Polio!
1994    The International Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication announces that polio has been eliminated from the Americas.
1995    Health workers and volunteers immunize 165 million children in China and India in 1 week. Rotary launches the PolioPlus Partners program, enabling Rotary members in polio-free countries to provide support to fellow members in polio-affected countries for polio eradication activities.
2000    A record 550 million children – almost 10% of the world's population – receive the oral polio vaccine. The Western Pacific region, spanning from Australia to China, is declared polio-free.
2003    The Rotary Foundation raises $119 million in a 12-month campaign. Rotary's total contribution to polio eradication exceeds $500 million. Six countries remain polio-endemic – Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan.
2006    The number of polio-endemic countries drops to 4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan.
2009    Rotary's overall contribution to the eradication effort nears $800 million. In January, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $355 million and issues Rotary a challenge grant of $200 million. This announcement will result in a combined $555 million in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
2012    India surpasses 1 year without a recorded case of polio and is removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic.
2014    India goes 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Polio cases are down over 99% since 1988.
2020    The World Health Organization certifies the African region wild polio-free.
2023    Only Afghanistan and Pakistan remain endemic.
2024    So why all the history to answer the 12% question in the title?
During a recent study at Rotary International it was determined that only 44% of Rotary clubs were contributing to PolioPlus and only 12% of Rotarians were contributing!
Are you a 12 Percenter?
In January, District Governors Elect from throughout the world gathered in Florida for mandatory training before they assume their duties in July. One of the compelling presentations they heard was from Rotary International President Elect Stephanie Urchick as she spoke about her upcoming trip to Pakistan and the vital role Rotary plays in eradicating Polio in that country. Click the link below to view the video of Stephanie's remarks. 
Questions? Please contact us:
Mike Crosby at epnczone27@zone2627.org 
Marny Eulberg at epnczone26@zone2627.org 
Watch the video:
Submitted by District 5500, sponsors of the "Ride to End Polio"
Rotarians, we've done it again. This year's Ride to End Polio drew almost 80 cyclists from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and the US Virgin Islands.
While the weather leading up to the Ride was threatening, most cyclists missed the brief and scattered rain showers. We were all a little disappointed in the location of our finish line booth, which did not lend itself to our usual post-ride fellowship. We've already begun discussions with El Tour to come up with a better option for next year.
So, How'd We Do?
Please note that these figures are based largely on self-reporting by individuals, clubs and districts and all figures include the match from the Gates Foundation.
I'd say we all have a lot to be proud of. With these numbers, the total raised over the lifetime of the Ride to End Polio now exceeds $65 million. Because we ride, millions of children around the globe need never fear the scourge of Polio.
The most successful single fundraiser (based on self-reporting) for 2023 is Karen Drevo from Nebraska. Karen raised an impressive $29,100 including the Gates Match. When asked what was behind her success, Karen said," I would say that it is a team effort with other fantastic Rotary members! The Rotary donation website was very helpful as well."
And once again, Calgary West District 5360 conducted the most successful set of Indoor Rides, raising just over $40,000 before the Gates Foundation match, resulting in a total impact of more than $120,000.
Please Visit Our Presenting Sponsor
Each year we are proud to assert that all of the funds raised in the Ride to End Polio go toward eradication, and not to support the ride operations. However, it costs to put on a ride of this size, and we are grateful for the support of the Rotary Fellowship of Cycling to Serve. Their support makes it possible for us to continue to stage the Ride to End Polio at no cost to our riders, and with all contributions going toward eradication. Visit their website and consider joining.
The objectives of the Fellowship are to develop and promote world-wide friendship through cycling both competitive and touristic; to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally through cycling activities; to promote international understanding and peace through cycling activities.

Join us for a remarkable evening of camaraderie and commitment as Rotary District 5495 proudly hosts an event like no other on the occasion of World Polio Day. This special evening promises to be a meaningful blend of awareness, advocacy, and appreciation, all set against the backdrop of delicious beer and dinner.

World Polio Day holds a special place in the hearts of Rotary members and public health advocates alike. It serves as a poignant reminder of our shared dedication to eradicating polio from the face of the Earth. On this evening, we invite you to be a part of our global mission to create a polio-free world.

As you savor a delightful dinner and sips of your favorite brew, take a moment to reflect on the progress we've made in our relentless battle against polio. It's a testament to the power of collaboration and the unwavering determination of individuals and organizations around the world. Each plate served and each glass raised symbolizes a step closer to a world where polio is but a distant memory.

But World Polio Day is more than just a celebration of achievements; it's a call to action. Together, we'll discuss the vital steps that still lie ahead on our journey towards a polio-free world. Your presence, your voice, and your commitment are essential as we work towards ensuring that no child ever has to suffer from this preventable disease.

So, mark your calendars and join us for an evening of solidarity, inspiration, and action on World Polio Day. Together, we can turn the dream of a polio-free world into a reality. Let's raise our glasses and our voices to make history!


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