Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Aug 26, 2018
Our individual goal for Polio Plus donations this Rotary Year is $26.50 .  

The top philanthropic priority of Rotary, and the cause to which Rotary donates the most money worldwide, is the campaign to eradicate polio. Rotarians along with our partners, have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need to finish the fight - “almost” isn’t good enough when this crippling disease threatens children in this era of easily available global travel.

Club President Caleb Summerfelt has established a goal of $26.50 for each Club member to donate to the Rotary campaign to eradicate polio. Together, Caleb seeks to lead our 59 members to donate $1,563.50 to the Polio Plus Campaign this Rotary Year.   

To date, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

We’ll focus on polio plus donations during the month of October, but you can make a donation at any time during this Rotary Year. Of course, your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. You may donate online, here , or by writing a check to the Club and marking it “for Polio Plus” before giving it to our treasurer or her representative at any Club meeting. All polio plus donations are matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which means that for every dollar donated by a Rotarian, the Gates Foundation will add two dollars, up to a total of 35 million dollars each year.

Pete Leenhouts, as our Foundation Committee Chair, can provide more information should you need it. Please dig deep and help us attain our goal!




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