As volunteers and advocates, Rotary members play a crucial role in the fight to end polio. Our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will come together in Atlanta for World Polio Day.
On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.
When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus.
Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce the number of cases to just 74 last year. When the final case is behind us, polio will be only the second disease, after smallpox, ever to have been completely wiped out.
This year's event, the fourth to be live-streamed and the first to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is our opportunity to put the fight to end polio in the public eye.
We will link the live-stream feed to our web site after the event.
Rotary UN Representative Coming to St.Marys
On October 24th the Rotary Club of St.Marys will present notable speaker Doug Vincent. The Club is presenting this opportunity to the public to hear Doug speak on the “Power of 1.”
Rotary Dinner with Doug Vincent
“The Power of 1”
Monday October 24th
St. Marys Pyramid Center
Social Hour - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner - 6:30 p.m.
Speaker - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets from St.Marys Rotarians
On September 22, 2016, Rotarian Linda Schuyler, Literacy Chair presented a $600 cheque to St. Marys Public Library CEO, Shannan Sword and Kate Long Library Collections Officer to purchase e-Books, audio books and DVDs for the Rotary Club of St. Marys 'Thank You Program' in honour of their guest speakers.
In the last 4 years, our club has donated 122 books/DVDs to the St. Marys Public Library.
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.
The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
by Polio Eradication Co-Chair Joan Fisher
Polio eradication has endured an unfortunate setback in Nigeria. Two confirmed cases of type 1 of the virus came to
light in July. Prior to this detection, there had been no new cases of polio in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.
While these cases are isolated to the state of Borno, they are linked to a strain of the virus last detected in Borno in
2011. This demonstrates the insidiousness of the polio virus that can go undetected for 5 years and then paralyze two
Afghanistan and 2 in Nigeria. At the same time last year there were 36 cases. Fundraising is one of the key ways to
combat the spread of this disease. Rotarians are encouraged to sponsor Past District Governor Tanya Wolff as she
participates in her 5th marathon, The Scotiabank Toronto Marathon, on Sunday, October 15th to “End Polio Now”.