District Virtual World Polio Day Zoom
October 24, 2020.  10:00-11:30am 
  Let's all come together and celebrate accomplishments, hear speakers, enjoy entertainment, honor our Hawaii hospitals!
Zoom: Meeting ID: 941 1180 1069,  Passcode: 914821
     This year’s WPD theme is “A win against polio is a win for global health.”  Rotary International  established the World Polio Day over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio  is a fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but due  to safe and effective vaccines, it can be prevented.
     At the end of the 1980s, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio every year. Today, Rotary and its partners have reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9 percent. However, until we see the last   of the poliovirus, polio can be a plane ride away from infecting someone who isn't vaccinated. The  eradication efforts need additional funding to: IMMUNIZE more than 400 million children  against polio every yearAt the end of the 1980s, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio every year. Today, Rotary and its partners have  reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9 percent. 
Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is  going to take even more progress and perseverance. Afghanistan and Pakistan face unique challenges, including political insecurity, highly mobile populations, difficult terrain, and, in some instances, vaccine refusal and misinformation. With sufficient resources, the commitment of national governments, and innovations that improve access to remote areas, we are optimistic that we can eliminate polio.
Rotary in Action
More than 1 million Rotary members have donated their time and money to eradicate polio, and every year, hundreds of members work with health workers to vaccinate children in countries affected by polio. Rotary members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute informational materials for people in areas that are isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. They also mobilize to recruit fellow volunteers, assist in transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
Easy Way for Club Donations to PolioPlus
Form a team for your club members to donate to PolioPlus online by going to :
PolioPlus Society
Be a member of the PolioPlus Society by making the pledge to donate $100 to PolioPlus each year until Polio is eradicated. Chair Rich Courson will send you a certificate and pin. Find the pledge form on the website at:
District Online Auction: Oct 16-26
Find treasures and gifts!
Support PolioPlus and clubs. Go to:
Buy a World Polio Day tee shirt! 
Events and Fundraisers:
* Oct 24- World Polio Day Online Global Update up to 6:59 PM UTC-10 on 
Get a status update on polio eradication efforts and shows how investing in polio eradication is critical for other global health initiatives, such as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Oct 1-Nov 30: PolioPlus Chair Bike Ride Fundraiser:  Keep Rich Courson going on his virtual bike ride. Donate :
*Oct 21, 5pm: RC of Kapolei's Punch Out Polio. Join the meeting (Zoom ID # 414 560 1403). $10 a punch for prizes and 20 Foundation points. To Register: CLICK HERE 
RC of Maui's PolioPlus Bike Ride. Donate to PolioPlus by supporting Allan Bondergaard's bike ride.
*Oct 1-Nov  30, Oahu: RC of West Honolulu's “Buy a Meal, Donate a Meal, Support Local Restaurants!” A benefit for Polio Plus, a Waipahu small business restaurant and the donor. Pre-purchase a $20 meal ticket for a delicious Vietnamese sandwiches and a drink from “Pho Waipahu”. To purchase tickets,  send e-mail to
*Oct 24, Oahu,10am-2pm:  RC of Kapolei Sunset's Cupcake and Things. $1 for every cupcake goes to PolioPlus. Pick up at Cupcake and Things Bakery, 885 Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei, HI 96707.  Pre-sale on EventBrite:  “CUPCAKES for a CAUSE” -  Contact:  Alicia DuPres 808-551-7805.  
*Oct 29: RC of The Eco Rotary Club of Kaka’ako's Pineapple Carving Contest! Most creative pineapple wins a $50 gift card. Go to to register for a $10 donation to PolioPlus. Post your entry on social media @ecorotary.  
Russell Hampton
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