WEEK 17 - OCTOBER 23
In 1985 Rotary International embarked on the greatest endeavor of any civic group or organization, The End Polio campaign.
In 1985 there were approximately 1,000 a day of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV).
Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than US$ 11 billion.
There are now only 3 countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan) that have never stopped polio transmission.
Global incidence of polio cases has decreased by 99%.
Today there have been 12 cases of the WPV identified since January 1, 2017 and there were 27 cases identified to date in 2016 a reduction of 56%.
It is your commitment and your efforts which will drop to zero the number of WPV cases identified in 2018.
As a Rotarian, you are making a difference in eradicating only the second disease known to man from the face of the earth.
Yours in Rotary Service,
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise
Rotary International District 6970 – “Florida’s Friendliest District”
South Jax Rotarians and Interactors Join Forces in Rising Against Hunger
In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey,Irma, Maria, and other worldwide disasters The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville in conjunction with The Interact Clubs of Bishop Kenny and Nease High School packaged over 16,800 meals for the Rise Against Hunger Organization. Working together these clubs surpassed their goal and raised over $6,500 to support the organizations’ many projects. The highly nutritious dehydrated meals consist of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief 501(C)(3) non-profit organization devoted to meeting the United Nations goal of ending hunger around the world by 2030.
The Oct 7 event held at Bishop Kenny High School was a day of fun, fellowship and teamwork as more than 85 dynamic Rotarians and volunteers packaged up in assembly- line fashion ready-to-ship meals that will be sent to those in need. It was a very special day as members of Rotary and Interact from all over Jacksonville came together to help with this crucial Disaster Relief and Recovery Program.
Special “Thanks” go out to the many involved who made this important event a success. South Jacksonville Rotary Club President Dan Robie, District Governor Brent Coates , D6970 Disaster Committee Chairs Pat Mulvihill, along with Doug Brown and Mike Selah for coordinating and connecting with Youth-Team leaders. Also and most importantly to the many Rotarians and volunteers that came out on a beautiful college football Saturday to roll up their sleeves, turn on the music and “get packing!”
District Opens Fund to Receive Hurricane Relief Donations
As hurricanes Maria's and Irma's devastation are being assessed and victims seek relief, District 6970 has put in place a system for receiving and managing contributions for hurricane disaster relief in our area. Contributions can be made to the district's York Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax deductible charity fund.
Online club and individual contributions can be made directly by clicking the DONATE button below.
In addition to needed relief support within our own district, donations will afford financial support to Rotary districts such as Puerto Rico's District 7000 and South Florida/Caribbean District 6990.
Jaguars Discount Ticket Program Benefits Rotary's Polio War Chest.
It's 2017 kickoff time for the partnership between Jaguar football and District 6970. One-thousand discounted tickets to the December 3rd Rotary Day Game — Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts. All but $10 of ticket proceeds goes to The Rotary Foundation for End Polio Now! In addition, two VIP suites are available for the November 12 LA Chargers game and two suites for the December 3 Colts game.
In addition to selling tickets to members for their use clubs can donate tickets to the military service members or to under-privileged children or given to Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange students.
Clubs can make it a Fellowship Event...a project...a way to exceed a club's Polio Plus giving goals.