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Monday, December 12, 2011

Polio Update - December 2011

The end of the year and the holiday season are almost upon us, and hopefully most of you are more ready than Jo and I are. But we are slowly getting there. As we approach the end of the year, you all know we have gone from a $200M Campaign, three years ago, to a less than $5M Campaign this month. Because of your dedicated efforts we have almost ensured a successful end to this particular polio challenge fundraising effort prior to the end of the “campaign” June 30, 2012 and a joyous celebration of everyone’s efforts in Bangkok at our annual convention.

But, the goal we started out with in 1985 and together with our partners, WHO, UNICEF, The Centers for Disease Control and our many nation states of the world, was the eradication of the “wild polio virus from the face of the earth.” When we end, successfully, this particular fund raising campaign, we should celebrate our efforts, but we must not lose sight of our primary GOAL … Ending Polio Now! As we continue to work in the four endemic countries and other areas where the “mobile” virus has recently spread, we must remember, until our GOAL is completely fulfilled, we will have polio cases spring up around the world and we must be vigilant and continue our efforts until every country in the world is certified “polio free.”

... I received recently from Chairman Germ his December 2011 Polio Update, and the Fall Polio Plus Fact Sheet. Please feel share to share this information with your colleagues as you see fit.

Jo and I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season. May you be able to celebrate and relax with your families and friends and get reinvigorated for the start of a very busy new year!

Again, thank you so much for all you do on a daily basis to insure that within the next few years we accomplish Rotary’s Number 1 Priority, the eradication of the wild polio virus. Happy Holidays.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Polio Challenge Chair  

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