For those of you who may have missed the 2017 World Polio Day Live Stream Event from Seattle, Washington on October 24, it was taped and you can watch it at your leisure. The link is https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day. As you probably know Roland Gagne and his wife, Paula, from the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, were the runner up winners of our drawing and won a trip to Seattle to be there for the event. Our district contest was a drawing with every Rotarian who donated at least $25 to Polio Plus during the first three months of the Rotary year eligible to win the trip. The trip was given by an anonymous donor in the District and this terrific idea resulted in about $8,000 more money being donated in the first quarter than in previous years. But don’t stop giving now. The true prize will go to the children of the world when polio is gone from the face of the earth.

Sadly we had one recent additional case of polio appear in Afghanistan and we are now up to 12 cases this year: 7 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. But so far, none in Nigeria. Here’s hoping that as we move closer to the end of the year, there will be no more cases. 

I’d like to remind you of the Polio Plus Society. This is a group of committed district Rotarians who have pledged to donate at least $100 per year until Polio is eradicated. You can find the application form on the District Website - click on Rotary Foundation and Grants and then on Polio Plus.

Finally, I have a 20-minute presentation on the history of polio, the nature of the disease, attempts to find a vaccine, and Rotary’s involvement leading to our commitment to eliminate the disease. If I haven’t yet visited your club, I’d love to. All you have to do is ask. (lkfurbish@mac.com, 207-490-6840)