Posted by Una Martone
Fellow Rotarians ~
 
World Polio Day is almost here!  It’s Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  This will truly be a day to celebrate how far we’ve come, as an organization, to eradicating the 2nd disease in human history.  Smallpox was the first to be eradicated.  Rotary began the fight to end polio in 1979 when over 350,000 cases were known in 125 countries worldwide.  Thirty eight years later, there were only 11 new cases tracked globally in 2017 down from 25 the previous year: 6 in Afghanistan; 5 in Pakistan; and 0 reported cases in Nigeria.   Some of us have never known or fully understood the crippling effects of polio in our lifetimes, but the truth of the matter is that if polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere.  We must educate ourselves, share what we know, and fund the efforts of thousands of volunteers who literally stand in harm’s way to administer the polio vaccine through Rotary International.  Let’s #ENDpolioNOW 
I am so happy to tell you that Pints for Polio is really taking hold throughout the district!  Imagine if we raise $5000 in proceeds from all of our eating and drinking on October 24 and throughout the week, we could be making a $15,000 impact to end polio now!  Every dollar raised will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
 
Please share the flyer (click here) with all of your friends and family and plan to have a night out to support polio eradication.  Print the flyer and take it along to any of the destinations listed.  Other district-wide events include:
 
The Rotary Club of York is hosting pub crawl on Saturday, October 21.
Do you want to help Rotary end Polio? Do you enjoy a good beer or glass of wine? If so, purchase tickets to join us as we do a Downtown York Pub Crawl. We will meet at Central York Market and start the crawl to Mudhook Brewing Co, Holy Hound Taproom, The Handsome Cab, & Liquid Hero Brewery where we will have beer, wine, & appetizers to enjoy.  A growler of the “crowd winning beer” will be auctioned off to help support this great cause! Tickets for “Pints for Polio” are $49.50 and portions of the proceeds go towards Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign.  For more information and to register, please visit this link:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3081447
 
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is hosting a special 3-day event! 
October 24th - Funk Brewing Company - Music by DJ Dennis Mitchell from Fun 101.3
October 25th - Cox Brewing Company
October 26th - Moo-Duck Brewery - Music by Justin Angelo
TICKET OPTIONS:
Single Ticket: Select the night you want to attend and receive a commemorative pint glass and one drink ticket to be used at that venue. Approximately $10 of ticket purchase price is automatically be donated to our fundraiser.
Triple Play Ticket: Attend all three nights and receive a commemorative pint glass and three drink tickets (one for each venue). Approximately $30 of ticket purchase price is automatically be donated to our fundraiser.
 
I applaud the creativity of all these events and truly can’t wait to see how this first time fundraiser turns out!
 
Thank you all for your support and please be safe as you’re out eating, drinking, and eradicating polio!
 
My best,
 
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390