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Monday, June 27, 2011

ZCC Message to Polio Leadership

July 1st is just around the corner, and I know you are finalizing your preparations for the new year. My good friend and past RRFC Eddie Blender has done it again. Linked here, you will find the latest edition of “Our Foundation Newsletter - Polio Edition”. This edition deals entirely with “POLIO.” As you prepare your talking points, polio newsletter items, Governor’s Newsletters and District Foundation Newsletters for the start of the Rotary year almost everything you need to know, and may want to use in those communications over the next several weeks and months is in the pages of this Newsletter.

All you have to do is click on the icons in the Newsletter and a wealth of polio eradication history and updates await you. Thank you Eddie, we really appreciate your efforts.

I wish you well as you work toward a successful 2011-2012 Rotary year. During the year I know we will meet our requirements for the “Challenge ,” and then work toward the world-wide shortfall of over $600M that Chairman Scott mentions in his article. I had received information earlier, that I mentioned to you in my last e-mail, that the world-wide shortfall was closer to $400. Chairman Scott tell us, with appropriate explanation, in his article that the world-wide shortfall is now over $600M.

Have a great Rotary year. I know your work is cut out for you in keeping our “polio message” in front of your club and district leadership. We have had “polio rehabilitation” and then “polio eradication” as one of our organization’s primary priorities for over seven decades. And, many of our members may still think of our polio efforts as short term or campaign driven. This is, in my opinion, the mindset you will have to educate and perhaps change as we work together to ensure the world is polio-free in the next few years. I know you can do it. We have been VERY successful in the past, because of your efforts, and I know that this year will be no exception.

If I can help or assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like me to attend one of your district Foundation events this coming year, I will be happy to do so if my calendar permits.

Best wishes for the coming Rotary year and many thanks in advance for your continued dedicated effort and commitment to ensuring that every community in our world becomes polio free, and we meet our 1985 promise to the mothers and children of the world.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Challenge Coordinator. Visit the Polio Eradication Page at Rotary Resources

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