Polio Plus: It May Seem Far Away – But We are “This Close!”
Posted: 4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Source: D Gryniewicz
The Rotary Club of Celebration fully supports the Rotary International Project that affects every person in every country
worldwide. Thirty years ago, the Rotary Clubs around the world began working to
eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. When the project was proposed, members in the
meeting chuckled. It was a daunting task
and the desired end result seemed so far away.
But – we are Rotarians, and despite the fact that throughout history
only one other disease, Small Pox, had been eradicated, Rotarians were up to
years later 2.5 BILLION children have been inoculated partly due to the
dedicated fundraising and service efforts of Rotarians. In 1985, there were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide and 125 countries were polio endemic. In 2013, a total of 407 polio cases were reported and
only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria remain polio endemic.
We are “this close” to reaching a goal, that in 1985
seemed like a dream. We are “this close”
to ending Polio – and when we do, no child anywhere in the world will have to
suffer from this debilitating disease again.
The time is
NOW, for the big push to END POLIO. Our efforts affect far more than just three
countries – they affect the health of the world. This is not a project that any
of us can allow to linger. This is not a project we can be lax about – or leave
to others to complete. No one gets that
message any clearer than Bill and Melinda Gates. Through the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, every dollar raised will be matched with two additional
The Rotary Club
of Celebration is participating in the Southlake Dragon Boat Festival on May 3rd
to raise funds and increase awareness of the End Polio Now! Project.
You can help us by identifying just 5 people from
your family, friends, neighbors and/or professional organizations who might
consider donating $10 to $25 to the Polio Plus Project. Send them an email
asking them to go to
https://www.rotary.org/en/end-polio. Click on the yellow “Give Now” button. Select the Polio Plus Fund and click on the
Polio Plus radio button. Enter the
amount of the donation. Enter billing
information and please, click on Gift Options. Credit to the Rotary Club of
Celebration. Finish by entering credit
card information. Remember, if you donate $10, it becomes $30 through the
matching funds offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Help us maximize the benefit of this
opportunity as we work together to eradicate polio.
Thank you. Your donations will help protect every
citizen of the world from the paralyzing effects of polio.
The Southlake Dragon Boat Festival will be
held on May 3 at Waterfront Park in downtown Clermont from 8am to 4 pm. Come out for the food, festival, health fair
Visit southlakecountydragonboat.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about participation.
Jazz Meets Motown - Every Monday!
Rotarians Enjoy 'Jazz Meets Motown' Jazz Jam Sessions every Monday night from 8 PM to 11 Pm at the new location:
Posted: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM Source: Debbie Gryniewicz
Thai Thani Restaurant
600 Market Street
Celebration, Florida 34747
Enjoy many of the great Jazz Musicians in Central Florida as they keep jazz alive right here in downtown Celebration. Come and relax! Enjoy the fun, enjoy the art. We're jamming every Monday night. Hope to see you there.
You Are Invited - Visit a Rotary Meeting
If you are a Rotarian visiting the Celebration/Kissimmee/Orlando area or if you are simply interested in learning more about Rotary, we extend a warm welcome to you. Please feel free to visit one of our fun and educational meetings:
The Rotary Club of Celebration meets every Friday morning at the Florida Hospital Celebration Health, 400 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747 in the Mangrove Conference Room I (across from the Fitness Center.) Breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 am. The one-hour meetings begin at 7:30 am. For additional information, please contact Mike Swoboda, Membership Chair, email@example.com.