Madison Rotary Supports End Polio Now Project

On Nov. 18, the Madison Rotary was recognized for its financial support to the End Polio Now Project by the Rotary Foundation at the 2016 Rotary District 7470 Presidents’ and Foundation Ball.

Rotary International has reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent since its launch of the PolioPlus Program in 1985, tackling global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. At that time, there were about 1,000 new cases of polio per day.  Last year, only 75 cases were confirmed worldwide.  Today, only three countries remain polio endemic: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Madison Rotary has contributed to this significant accomplishment with their members’ donations to the Rotary Foundation and the club’s yearly contributions to the End Polio Now initiative.

With 1.2 million members making positive and lasting changes globally, Rotary International is the largest and most respected service organization in the world.  Madison Rotary currently has more than 75 enthusiastic, humanitarian, service-driven members.  They network, discuss the needs of local and global communities and take tangible life-impacting actions, while enjoying friendship, building a strong sense of purpose and having fun.  In addition to hand-on local service projects, such as End Hunger 3.6, Madison Rotary raises more than $100,000 annually. Distribution of the fund-raising proceeds takes place at the Annual Charitable Distribution Luncheon in May to more than 50 local charities/causes as well as other global initiatives such as Gift of Life.

“Thank you to every Madison Rotarian for doing his/her part in eradicating polio,” said Jeannie Tsukamoto, president of the Madison Rotary. “We are inviting like-minded neighbors, friends, and community/business leaders to join our successful and vibrant club.”

Madison Rotary meets every Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at the Madison Area YMCA and at 12:15 p.m. at Rod’s Steakhouse in Convent Station.  For membership information, contact Barry Kroll at barrykroll@aol.com  or visit www.madisonrotarynj.org.

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