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Early-mid July is humming with Rotary Zoom meetings of all types!

In addition to the important training, awards ceremonies and other activities happening in many districts, club and district leaders should consider attending the upcoming meetings.

All of these sessions are free of charge, and open to all Rotary members.

 In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.


The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.

We can be proud that in the ever-connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address — and stop the spread of — the new coronavirus, in addition to serving countless other health needs. In Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where polio personnel and assets have a significant presence, workers from all GPEI partners are engaged in surveillance, health worker training, contact tracing, and more. In 13 countries, polio volunteers have been deployed to address COVID-19 preparations and response.

8488 jpegWe recognize that the COVID-19 emergency means that some aspects of the polio eradication program will be affected. While addressing the new challenges of today, the most important thing that Rotary members can do to continue the fight to end polio is to sustain our commitment. We are aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $50 million this year so we can work to safely reach all children with the polio vaccine. In the midst of a global pandemic, we understand that attention to polio eradication will be temporarily diverted, and this makes it all the more vital for Rotarians to remain strongly committed to fighting polio and not let our progress be eroded.

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Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organizationwith over 1,200,000 members in more than 30,000 clubs spread throughout 180countries. District 6880 has four active Rotary clubs in the Montgomery area seeking to serve the community. For a few examples locally, these clubs help MACOA provide Meals on Wheels, recently they built the Rotary downtown dog park, planted trees around Montgomery including Oak Park, and delivered dictionaries to third grade students all around Montgomery. The Montgomery clubs are an imporrtant part of Rotary District 6880, led by past District Governor Skip Dotherow, of the Montgomery Sunrise Club. The District encompasses cities as far north as Clanton down to Mobile, Fairhope and Dothan. Through the generosity of 6880 Rotarians, local communities are able to provide services and structures and supplies for those in need. District 6880 built a house in Lee County last year for a displaced family as a result of the deadly tornadoes.

GHaungsm“We are so pleased to have Sam and Mary in the Society and thank them for the impact they are making through the work of Rotary around the world”

– Rotary Foundation Chair Gary Haung, Taiwan

 

Evanston, IL, USA, 28 October 2019 — Past President of the Montgomery Rotary Club, Sam Adams and his wife, the former Mary Virginia Martin were thanked as they became the first ever Arch Klumph Society members from Alabama Rotary District 6880. The District covers all of central and south Alabama.

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