01
Nov
2020
Durango Daybreak
Zoom D5470
CO
United States of America

On Sunday November 1st from noon to 1pm MST our District will co-host the “Eradicate Polio Luncheon” as with all other Rotary events in the time of COVID-19 this will be held virtually using the ZOOM platform that we have been accustomed to participating with. Our goal for the District is to have 100% of our clubs participating with some level of member engagement from each club.  The featured speakers for this event will be our Rotary International President Holger Knaack live from his home in Germany and Rachel Lonsdale who heads the Polio Program Advocacy group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While the “Eradicate Polio Luncheon” is primarily a Polio Plus fundraiser there is a secondary important element. The education of or members of where we stand with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and what are Rotary’s plans for the only two remaining endemic countries. As Rotarians in this country we tend to forget about the devastating effects of the wild polio virus.
   Participation in the “Eradicate Polio Luncheon” is a simple process. On October 1st we will open a registration page on the District 5470 website, and it will be like event registration pages we have used for other events. Once on the District website locate the registration page and follow the instructions. The cost for a member to join the “Eradicate Polio Luncheon” is only $28.00 of which $25.00 will be a donation to the Polio Plus portion of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). This donation to TRF will be credited to the individual’s foundation account and to their clubs account as well. Once the registration is submitted, they will receive the ZOOM link with a reminder several days before the event.
   There are several scenarios that we envision could be part of a club or individual participation in this special multi district "Eradicate Polio Luncheon." For clubs that have returned to some form of in person meetings a group of members that have registered meet for lunch at regular meeting location or possible in a home make this a social event for your club. This scenario possibility could work in communities with several clubs with a combination of clubs a even better social event. For the clubs that only have a few members register just enjoy the luncheon from the comfort of their home.
   Our hope is that as club president or foundation chair you will enthusiastically endorse this multi district effort and work to have as many members as possible joining the "Eradicate Polio Luncheon" on November 1st. Just think what if we were able to register just one quarter of our members how many polio vaccines could be delivered in Afghanistan and Pakistan.