Ever Wonder What Else Rotarians Do?

On 29 September 1979, volunteers administered drops of oral polio vaccine to children at a health center in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati, Philippines. The event in metropolitan Manila was arranged and attended by Rotarians and delegates from the Philippine Ministry of Health.

When James L. Bomar Jr., then RI president, put the first drops of vaccine into a child’s mouth, he ceremonially launched the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort. Rotary’s first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant project was underway. 

Bomar and Enrique M. Garcia, the country’s minister of health, had earlier signed an agreement committing Rotary International and the government of the Philippines to a joint multiyear effort to immunize about 6 million children against polio, at a cost of about $760,000.

In a 1993 interview, Bomar reminisced about the trip. He recalled how the brother of one of the children he had immunized tugged on his pant leg to get his attention and said, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”

The project’s success led Rotary to make polio eradication a top priority. Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985 and was a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through decades of commitment and work by Rotary and our partners, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

Last year, following three years with no new cases of the wildpolio virus, the continent of Africa was declared polio-free. 

There are currently only two countries left in the world which have reported cases of the wildpolio virus in recent years.  They are Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In the graphic, you will see that so far this year, only two cases have been reported - one in Pakistan and one in Afghanistan.  In fact, as of last week,  we marked the SEVENTEENTH WEEK IN A ROW that there have been no reported new cases of the wild polio virus in either country.  On top of that, we marked the THIRD WEEK IN A ROW that there has been ZERO positive environmental samples. We have now pushed the envelope out to three weeks without a case or positive environmental sample of the wildpolio virus.

Looking for Alumni with a Passion for TRVFA
Most receiving this monthly newsletter have benefitted from vocational education grants from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  The grants are made with the hope that each benefitting student will be empowered by their education to live a better life and better provide for themselves and their dependents.
Our grants are funded using donated funds.  Most of our donations come from Rotarians, but giving to support what we do is not limited to Rotarians. 
There is no requirement that you do this, but you can see how paying it forward would positively impact our ability to help others like yourself.  In our Alumni newsletter distribution list, we have over 500 names.  If each of you were to give $100 each year (less than $10/month), the additional funds available to help others would be more than $50,000.  That would fund more than 25 additional grants at our current maximum of $2,000.
In actuality, if you have a State of Arizona income tax obligation each year, your donation might not cost you anything in the long fun.  Donations to TRVFA qualify as an Arizona Tax Credit donation to a Qualifying Charitable Organization.  Our QCO code is 20698.  
What we are looking for right now is for one or more of you to write brief articles for our newsletter sharing why you decided to pay it forward (after you have done so, of course.)  It is possible through our online donation form to set up a monthly recurring donation as small as $10/month.  Where the form asks how you heard about us, just enter "Pay It Forward."
Help Wanted!! - We Need Your Story
You are very likely receiving this newsletter because you received a vocational education grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  
The funds we use to provide grants like the one you benefitted from all come from donations.  Donors like to see the results of their investment in your education.  When they see good results, they are motivated to donate again and again.
Please send us a current photo of yourself, including your family if you like.  Please tell us your story about how your vocational education grant has changed your quality of life.  CLICK HERE to send your name, a brief story, and a photo.  We know you did not study creative writing with our grant, so don't worry about putting together a perfectly written story.  Our editorial team should be able to fix spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors.
The donations your story will inspire will help others receive vocational education grants from TRVFA.
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