Posted by Bonnie Branciaroli on Oct 22, 2019
This Thursday, October 24 is World Polio Day.
“How can we meet our Zone 33 Polio Plus giving challenge of $35 per member to help The Rotary Foundation eradicate polio forever?


PRESIDING TODAY IS: Bonnie Branciaroli, President

bellDing! We’re now in session.

Welcome all – visitors, fellow Rotarians and guests alike to this E-Club program!

Remember the Four-Way Test!

At the beginning of each meeting we remind ourselves of the The Four-Way Test.  Therefore, please remember to ask yourself always . . .

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Reflective Moments

“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.”
       – Collection of Generous Quotes
“Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.”
       – Melinda Gates
“Humans have always used our intelligence and creativity to improve our existence. After all, we invented the wheel, discovered how to make fire, invented the printing press and found a vaccine for polio.”
       ― Naveen Jain

Leadership Quotes

Bill Gates
“We are achingly close to getting rid of polio – more than 99 percent of the way there. Finishing the job is a big challenge, but it is very doable if we keep up the effort.”
       – Bill Gates
“Whenever I go doing my work in Africa, the Rotarians have been there before me. It is a very humbling thing to discover just exactly what "Service Above Self" adds up to when you see it in practice in the field.”
       – Bono, International musician
“The fact that health prevails most of the time in such a complex living structure is a small miracle that goes unnoticed by most people most of the time.”
       –  Matous Bursik







October 24 – World Polio Day
December 3 – Giving Tuesday

World Polio Day

Thursday, October 24 is World Polio Day.
Rotary has been engaged in the worldwide fight against polio since 1985 when the organization launched the Polio Plus program. Polio Plus was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.
To most Americans today, polio (Poliomyelitis), a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours, is not considered a health threat. Cases due to wild poliovirus have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 cases then, to 33 reported cases in 2018. However, as long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting the disease.

What We Can Do

So, how does Rotary raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched two to one from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to continue this fight against polio until it is totally eradicated?
•  Consistent donation to the Rotary Foundation.
•  A minimum $35 per capita annual donation to Polio Plus
•  Accept the challenge to achieve our Foundation Goals

What Goal Can We Achieve?

The Mountain State Rotary E-Club (MSRE) is part of Zone 33, which encompasses a large portion of the eastern sector of the United States. To learn more about Zone 33, visit:

Polio Plus

Zone leadership has asked each District within Zone 33 to contribute $35 per capita to Polio Plus. That means each member of our (your) club is willing to donate $35 sometime during the 2019-2020 Rotary year. In your annual spending budget, how much is $35? Considering the good it does in the world, let’s all make an effort to donate to Polio Plus this year.

How to Donate

Rotary Direct is an easy, online donation platform located in and MyRotary. You must have a MyRotary account to use the system. A MyRotary account is simple to activate. Just go to: to open an account.
Once your MyRotary account is opened, it’s easy to donate through Rotary Direct, which can be found here: 
Once you click on Donate, the link connects to
Just follow the prompts. You can choose between Annual Fund and Polio. Polio will take your dollars to Polio Plus.
Our E-Club offers an Annual Fund donation option to members with each quarterly billing. If you don’t want to use Rotary Direct, just send your $25 payment with your dues. This $25 goes to the Annual Fund, and not Polio Plus.
The latest issue of The Rotarian (November 2019) makes it even easier to donate to Polio Plus by offering this envelope. Just be sure to check:  Eradicating Polio... and use our official RI name: Rotary E-Club of District 7545.

A Giving and Fun Event

Many Rotary clubs add a fifth option to the Four-Way Test, and that is: Have Fun! What kind of event can we as an E-club create around World Polio Day that could spur Polio Plus giving?
We have invited our D7545 District Governor to our first 2019 Coffee Chat. Feel free to join in on Wednesday morning, October 23 at 7:30 a.m. to meet the Governor. We'll be discussing Polio Plus and her experience in India during National Immunization Day in 2018.
The Zoom link is:

More Info on Polio and Polio Plus

Members, please leave a comment, so we know you've visited us! If you are a Rotarian using this program as your make-up meeting and would like to contribute the cost of your normal Rotary meeting meal, we would be grateful. These funds go directly to our service projects. You can make a contribution through the Give/Donate link on the homepage. 
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