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By: Dick Hall,
District Governor 2021-2022,
Portland RC 
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Marty Peak Helman has been selected to be a member of the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2022. This means that Marty, a member of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club, will serve on the 16-person Board that manages the business of The Rotary Foundation, which is the charitable arm of our organization that funds service activities globally. The RI president-elect nominates the Trustees, who are elected by the RI Board of Directors to four-year terms.
November is Foundation month -- a celebration of OUR Rotary Foundation.  As you probably know, The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supported solely by contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support makes it possible to fund projects, with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need around the world.
This year our district has already sent grant funds to fourteen Clubs for their projects.  In our last Rotary year, a total of 33 Clubs took part in a district or global grant-funded humanitarian project!

By: Ann Lee Hussey, District 7780 PolioPlus Chair, Portland Sunrise RC 

As of October 20, 2021, only two cases of wild poliovirus have been reported - one in Afghanistan, one in Pakistan. It is a time for optimism but we cannot become complacent. 

The wild polio virus continues to struggle for survival. I cannot stress enough how important it is for Rotarians to continue their support for PolioPlus. We must build on the progress made to date and protect children everywhere from paralysis by the poliovirus. 

450 million children need to be immunized each year in 60 vulnerable countries, where, if the virus returned, it would spread like wildfire and settle again. All our gains would be wasted.  In 1985 we promised the children of the world that we would eradicate this devastating disease of Polio from the face of the earth. Rotarians are people of integrity and we keep our promises.

Did you know: 
  • The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio. 
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the largest public health initiative the world has ever known.
  • As of September 24, it has been 7 months and 28 days since a child was last paralyzed by the Wild Polio Virus anywhere in the World!!!
#EndPolioNow is not just wishful thinking!
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