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

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This month marks ‪#‎WorldPolioDay‬ on 24 October.

Do whatever you can to shine a spotlight on our efforts to eradicate polio. Call your government officials and let them know that polio eradication matters to you. Go to www.endpolionow.org for inspiring stories about Rotary's work, and share them on social media.

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Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor , the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign.

The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from , 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star Ziggy Marley, and a speech by , a polio survivor and Ironman competitor. After the event, Chin will hold a concert in Chicago to benefit the End Polio Now campaign. 

Other speakers include Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representatives of , the largest manufacturer of polio vaccine, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, and Rotary Foundation Vice chair Michael McGovern.

Rotary honors Canadian Prime Minister

Rotary International President Elect K. R. Ravindran and Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson present Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Champion Award to The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

Rotary International recognized Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday, 18 October, with the organization’s Polio Eradication Champion Award for his efforts to support a polio-free world.  

With a commitment of more than US$ 580 million to polio eradication since 1988, Canada has been a longstanding partner with Rotary International in the effort to eradicate polio and a major leader among a core group of strong donor nations.

Throughout his tenure, Prime Minister Harper has maintained a strong focus on global polio eradication, particularly in Afghanistan, where polio eradication efforts have been a signature project for Canada, and also in Nigeria. Polio eradication was featured in the 2010 G8 Summit in Muskoka, and Prime Minister Harper reaffirmed Canada’s commitment during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011. Canada also significantly increased its commitment to polio eradication in 2013 when a five year commitment to provide C$250 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was announced at the Global Vaccine Summit. Prime Minister Harper continues to support global polio eradication within the context of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Initiative launched in May of this year. Immunization is a top priority of the Initiative.

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

Gallaudet University and Rotary District 7620 reach $500,000 mark for scholarship endowment

Gallaudet University and Rotary District 7620, which covers central Maryland and Washington, D.C., has announced it has reached a scholarship endowment milestone of $500,000. 

Since the founding of the Rotary District 7620 scholarship fund in 1974, it has supported more than 275 Gallaudet undergraduate and graduate students. 

At a recent annual luncheon celebrating "Gallaudet Rotary Day," held on the Gallaudet campus in Northeast Washington, D.C., District Governor Bill Fine presented Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz with a check for $10,000 as he made the surprise announcement about reaching the $500,000 endowment milestone. The money was deposited directly into the endowment and was part of the club's overall fundraising effort to achieve the $500,000 goal. Fine credited the Potomac, College Park, and Beltsville Clubs as being instrumental in the final push to reach the goal.  

This year, the endowment will support scholarships for 13 current Gallaudet students by helping pay for tuition. Scholarship recipients must meet certain criteria in order to receive the scholarships including financial need, a high grade point average, and evidence of community involvement and leadership. 

"The members of Rotary District 7620 are to be commended for their long standing support of Gallaudet students," said Hurwitz. "Especially now with students having to make tough decisions about how to pay for their higher education, the generosity of the members of District 7620 is much appreciated by the Gallaudet community."

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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

Why does ending polio matter?

On World Polio Day 24 October, Rotary will be hosting a live-streamed event including an update on our fight to end polio. Here are some links to polio-related resources and recent media articles.

- Rotary Voices Staff

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