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| 54 | ISSUE 607 JULY 2018
A NEW Rotary year has been
launched, and RI president Barry
Rassin requests we launch ourselves
back into the global polio eradication
campaign with renewed vigour.
At the time of writing, the number
of wild polio virus cases remains at
just eight – seven in Afghanistan and
one in Pakistan.
When the End Polio Now campaign
was launched way back in 1985,
Rotary International realised it was
never going to be a walk in the park
and the success to date is a tribute
to the dedication and tenacity of so
many amazing volunteers.
District governors, club presidents,
Rotary Foundation chairs, End Polio
Now chairs, grass-roots Rotarians
and partners... we need your
• Plan now for a major celebration
for World Polio Day (October 24).
Plan to create awareness in your
community that polio still exists in
• Plan to campaign with ALL Rotary
clubs to raise US$1500 for End Polio
Now during the year. Why not take
the cause to schools and conscript
school children to “walk” for polio,
with a gold coin donation? Plan
such a walk to take place during
the week of World Polio Day.
• Plan to continue the search
for major donors (US$10k) in
• AND, most important of all, we
urge all districts to really focus on
donating 20 per cent of District
Designated Funds (DDF) to End
Polio Now in 2018-19 – and ALL
unused DDF at year’s end!
Remember, DDF is NOT a savings
fund. At the end of May, there was
$63 million remaining in unused DDF
around the world.
As of June 22, we had $8.3 million
towards the required $10 million to
reach our Gates target in 2017-18. This
includes $21 million held in districts
that have in excess of $100,000 of
A NEW YEAR OF
By Bob Aitken AM
RI End Polio Now coordinator,
Zones 8&9, 2018-19
ABOUT a year-and-a-half
after I joined my Rotary club,
I terminated my membership
because I missed four
consecutive meetings. That
was the rule at the time. I’ll
freely admit – I didn’t care
much for the food or the
weekly meetings. I didn’t
think they were the best use
of my time. But, the real issue
was that I wasn’t engaged. I
had no role, I had no reason to
be a member and I didn’t need
to go to a luncheon meeting every
week that appeared to offer me
But then my incoming club president
asked me to chair the club’s Rotary
Foundation committee for the next
Rotary year. That was a turning point
for me, and the rest is history. I want
you all to think about engaging those
members who have their doubts about
Rotary. In 2018-19, I need your help.
I want you to join me in focusing on
our four core goals for the Foundation.
First, the number one
priority of our entire
organisation (and this won’t
be a surprise) is ending polio.
We must fulfil our promise
of a polio-free world to
Second, we must increase
the sustainability of our
service efforts within the six
Areas of Focus. This means
conducting thorough needs
assessments. It means working with
communities to see what they really
the project and measure it over time.
Our third priority is to encourage
districts to use all their District
Designated Funds. Whether through
district grants, global grants or
PolioPlus, there are many ways to form
transformative partnerships and put
these funds to work.
Finally, we choose to build our Rotary
Foundation Endowment to $2.025
billion by 2025. Our comprehensive
fundraising goal for the year is $380
million. These funds will allow us to
continue the life-changing programs
Rotary members undertake every day.
But, we each need to think about
our Rotary legacy. The Endowment is
So, please join me, and let’s make
this a legacy-building year for Rotary.
Your legacy, Rotary’s promise.
Foundation Trustee Chair
fundraising goal for the
year is $380 million. These
funds will allow us to
continue the life-changing
programs Rotary members
undertake every day. But,
we each need to think
about our Rotary legacy.
The Endowment is our
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