2 June 2014 — Julie Jenkins (Live): The New Polio Crisis and Continuing Our Efforts

IMPORTANT DATES

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 — 3:30pm and DINNER — CELEBRATION AT TLC!  We culminate our Community Grant project by enjoying the grand opening of the new library, where we have provided the shelves and the books and we will help introduce the latter to the former…after we put our gift bookplates inside each book.  IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, we will proceed to Marie Callendar’s in Northridge for a Rotary Year-End dinner celebrating President Sara and our team’s accomplishments.  Details and addresses to follow.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 — 12:30pm — our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June, with a great speaker TBA.  Yes, we really can gather two days in a row, back to back.  We like each other.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

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On 5 May 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization declared the international spread of wild poliovirus a public health emergency of international concern.  It was time for an update on the situation, as well as a reminder of the importance of our continuing effort, as one of all the thousands of Rotary Clubs around the world, to eradicate this disease completely.

Julie Jenkins is a polio survivor, a Rotarian, and a leader in the drive to end polio forever.  She was kind enough to speak to us live at our monthly Fourth Sunday gathering in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s in Sherman Oaks, California, on 1 June 2014.

(We’re not math-challenged; we know 1 June is not the Fourth Sunday in May…but that Sunday fell on U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend so the Club moved the gathering by one week.  All other months: it’s the Fourth Sunday, honest.)

During her conversation with us, Julie referred to a document called “Polio This Week.”  It updates once a week, so you can find it here for the current week, whenever you are visiting this E-Club program.  POLIO THIS WEEK.

Polio is one plane flight or border crossing from escaping the relative confinement the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has succeeded in creating.  Keep up the fight.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

 

If you have never seen our interview with Julie from 2011 on the subject of her emotional journey to India to participate in a National Immunization Day, you can find that E-Club program by clicking here.

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1 response to 2 June 2014 — Julie Jenkins (Live): The New Polio Crisis and Continuing Our Efforts

  1. Very interesting & informative program. Having celebrated several successes and funding milestones with Rotary, I had no idea that the Polio partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation is still short of the funding it needs to maximize efforts to eradicate the disease.

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