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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks after accepting the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award. 

World Polio Day Concert: Tessanne Chin

World Polio Day Speaker: Minda Dentler,Athlete and polio survivor

World Polio Day speaker: Dr. Tom Frieden

Rtn. Stefan Hell from the Rotary Club of Göttingen, Germany won the Nobel prize for Chemistry with Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner from US. They were awarded the prize jointly "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy"

Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai, daughter of Rtn. Ziauddin Yousafzai, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Sathyarti, a children's right activist, of India.

The prize was awarded to them for their efforts in the education of women and against the exploitation of children respectively

Read more about Malala - Malala is One of Us

The White House honors Rotary women for their humanitarian service

2014 strategic plan survey results .pdf

Why it pays to invest in disease prevention - John Hewko

Photo essay: Rotary past and present

Miles To End Polio

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RI President Gary and his wife Corinna were invited to attend a Rotary Day event organized by District 2430 in Turkey. There were several interesting activities, such as marathon, bike racing, chess contest., etc!

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Polio Survivor Thrives At AIG, As Ironman Triathlete - Devin Thorpe

Photo Courtesy: http://www.mindadentler.com

Minda Dentler is a Director of Operations at AIG Multinational. She is also an elite athlete who competes in Ironman triathlons of 140.6 miles. And she’s a polio survivor and spokesperson for Rotary International.

Nearly 30 years ago, Rotary began its effort to immunize every child in the world against polio. Its goal to eradicate polio is well within sight.

Dentler tells me that, “On World Polio Day, Rotary is streaming a live, worldwide event that begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on October 24th. Tune in at endpolionow.org. The event will feature a global status update on the fight to end polio, the challenges that remain, and how private citizens, corporations, and non-profits can join in the historic final push.”

“I’ll be sharing my polio story and viewers will learn how we can end this disease forever,” she says.

She will be joined, she says, by the following people at the event:

  • Season 5 winner of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Tessanne Chin
  • Musician Ziggy Marley, who will play a song dedicated to World Polio Day from location on-tour
  • Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Bernadette Hendrickx from Sanofi Pasteur, the largest manufacturer of polio vaccine and World Polio Day event co-sponsor
  • TIME Magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger.
  • Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, Rotary Foundation Vice-Chair Michael McGovern.

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern, Dentler will join me here for a live discussion about ending polio. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.......

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Dynamic young club uses social media to grow

Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message.

An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team.

That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals, it is the kind of club Rotary is eager to have more of. It has also served as a bridge back to Rotary for former members of Rotaract, who must leave the program when they turn 30.

Mills says she could tell the club had something special by its third meeting. "It turned into a brainstorming session of all the projects we wanted to do. No idea was too large or too small."

An "Oscars for Rotary"

The club has partnered with PORSALEU, a local charity that provides a place for leukemia patients and their families to stay close to the hospital when they travel to the city for treatment. They held their first fundraiser during the World Cup, auctioning off a jersey signed by Uruguayan footballer Cristian Rodríguez -- through social media. And they're planning a Rotary award night to recognize and encourage humanitarian service, which they are calling the "Golden Wheel."........

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Rotary International Announces $8.4m Grant To Fight Polio In Nigeria

Rotary International on Wednesday (22ND Oct) announced a grant of 8.4 million dollars to Nigeria to assist the country’s polio fight.

In a statement issued in Dakar, Rotary said the grant came ahead of the Oct. 24 observance of the World Polio Day.

It stated that the grant was part of Rotary’s broader contribution of 44.7 million dollars to end the paralysing disease worldwide.

It added that it would be used by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support high quality polio immunisation campaigns in Nigeria.

Rotary pointed out that with a 90 per cent reduction in polio cases, Nigeria was close to ending the transmission of the polio virus.

Read more in 'Leadership', Nigeria

Yoga to end polio

For the past two years, I’ve helped coordinate yoga classes for staff at Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, bringing in a yoga instructor to lead us in stretching, bending, and breaking up the stiffness that can accumulate after too many hours staring at a computer. I appreciate yoga for the ways it challenges me, loosens me up, and quiets my mind in the midst of the cacophony of everyday life.

Recently, I’ve felt the need for yoga even more as I’ve spent hours riding my bike around the Chicago area to prepare for the 104-mile El Tour de Tucson. As part of the group of Rotary staff going to Arizona for the ride in November, I’ve been tapped as our team yoga coach, making sure that we take time to stretch our tired muscles after a long ride.

Read more in Rotary Voices

Sunil's Corner

PDG Sunil K Zachariah has been invited as a Training Leader for the International Assembly for Rotary Governors at San Diego in Jan 2015.

Why I Am a Rotarian - Sunil

Keynote Address by PDG Sunil K Zachariah on 9 Sept 2012 at the RCGF of District 3190 at Bangalore

Rotary Institute, Cochin - 2009. PDG Sunil K Zachariah welcomes the gathering

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