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Readers say thanks

In communities like Glenwood Springs and indeed in communities all across the world, there is no organization that takes the motto of ‘service above self’ more seriously and passionately than Rotary International. Nowhere is this more evident than in Rotary’s commitment to a polio-free world.

In 1985, Rotary International took a stand against polio, a disease that crippled 350,000 children annually. Eighteen years later, Rotary has become the heart and soul of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

This year, confronted with the funding shortfall that threatens the eradication initiative, Rotary members again responded. Across the world, 1.2 million Rotary volunteers dedicated countless hours of their time to bring in vital resources and keep polio eradication in the spotlight. The results: $111.5 million for a polio-free world. Rotary International’s total contribution to polio eradication currently stands at over half a billion dollars.

For millions of children and their families in some of the world’s poorest countries, the results are plain to see. Today 209 counties are polio-free (with only seven more to go) and more than 2 billion children have been immunized. Because of the dedication of Rotary members everywhere, and the support of communities like Glenwood Springs, we are one step away from a polio-free world.

Dr. Lee Jong-wook,

World Health Organization

Carol Bellamy, UNICEF

Secretary Tommy Thompson,

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Julie L. Gerberding,

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ted Edmonds, president,

Glenwood Springs Rotary Club

David Armbruster, president,

Glenwood Springs Sunrise Rotary Club

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