Check out this piece from RI friend Unicef USA on how we’re working to eliminate polio!
Come on out to spend some fellowship time with fellow Area 5 Rotarians and to support Bridges to Prosperity, an organization helping those who live in poverty in isolated locations! The event will take place on Saturday, September 16, 12PM at Riverside Park. Tickets can be purchased at this link. See you there!
Rotary International has a longstanding relationship with the United Nations. Join Susanne Gellert, RCWS Charter President and Primary Rotary Representative to the UN, to learn more! Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 PM at LMHQ. Free for members, $25 for guests, get your tickets here. See you there!
Wishing you and your clubs a very safe, productive and service-filled 2017! We hope to see you at one of our many upcoming service or fellowship events. Check out our calendar for more info!
Save the date for Multi-Club holiday fellowship and toy drive to benefit the kids of Fraternite Notre Dame’s Soup Kitchen! We’ll be meeting with Area 5 clubs (Rotary Club of Metro NYC, Rotary Club of Harlem, Rotary Club of Wall Street New York, Rotary Club of Riverdale, Rotary Club of Chinatown, Rotaract Club at the United Nations and Rotaract Club at Baruch College) for holiday fellowship and fun at Blu on Park. Please bring an unwrapped toy in the $10-$15 range to help us reach our goal of 400 toys! Please no violent (fake guns, etc.) toys. Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to sign up to help out with our Coalition for the Homeless Van run this Monday from 6:45PM – 10PM. Please take a moment and sign up here so we know you’re coming!
Our solidarity goes with the French people in the aftermath of the Paris attacks on Nov 14.
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio.
Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling, “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard overlooking patches of farmland, except for his slight limp. She moves closer and the children pause, half encircled around the boy. Kwesell recognizes him by his eyes. Samir is six years old now, and with the help of physical therapy, he can run and play with the rest of the kids in his village on the outskirts of Moradabad.
Samir is one of the last children in India to contract polio. In March, the World Health Organization announced that its Southeast Asia region is officially polio-free. The certification came on the heels of India’s successful fight against the disease: It celebrated three years without polio in January.
The nation’s achievement is the result of a grueling 36-year battle that sent millions of health workers down alleys, up mountains, and across deserts to reach every child in this sprawling country. Not long ago, India had more cases of polio than any other nation in the world. This milestone in Southeast Asia means that 80 percent of the population worldwide lives without fear of the paralyzing disease.
Read the full article here: http://therotarianmagazine.com/polios-retreat/