Date(s) - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
Incoming RI President Ravi Ravindran’s theme for next year is “Be a gift to the world.” And as Secretary John Hewko recently said, “We are on the verge of leaving the world a gift that will last for as long as humans inhabit this planet.” A planet free of the polio virus. How’s that for being a gift to the world?
Polio, as you all know, is a devastating virus that most often attacks the young. And when it does, it dramatically changes lives forever. There is no cure…but there is a prevention. When Rotary started it’s fight against polio, there were 350,000 children per year contracting the virus. Today, year to date (as of April 29th) there are only 33 new cases worldwide.
Our speaker will be Bob Rogers. Today Bob will be giving us a brief history of polio, how Rotary got involved, where we are now and the strategic plan to finish the job, as well as some vignettes of personal stories.
Bob has been a Rotarian since joining the Rotary Club of Sebastopol in 2007. As a polio survivor, he got involved right away with PolioPlus at the club level, and in 2011 joined the District PolioPlus Committee under Larry Myers. Bob was president of his club last year, is now an Assistant District Governor, and was recently selected as the District Governor Designate for 2017-2018 (The year Rotary plans to End Polio :-). He spent his career as an airline pilot, retiring from USAirways…and now he say’s his second career is Rotary.