30 September 2013 — Ruth Frank, Rotary’s Early Polio Eradication Efforts

PROJECT NEWS!

On Saturday eveng, 28 September 2013, we enjoyed our fourth annual DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, had a great time, and raised $4,000 for The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus fund. With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match, that’s enough to vaccinate 20,000 children. Details on our event coming soon.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

PDG Bill and Ruth Frank at UCLA in the 1940s.

PDG Bill and Ruth Frank at UCLA in the 1940s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate begin? This week we learn from someone who was there at the start.

Ruth Frank is a polio survivor, a major piece of the early PolioPlus process before it bore that name, and for more than 60 years the wife of Rotary District 5260 Past District Governor Bill Frank, who served as Governor in the 1973-1974 Rotary year. Bill passed away in 2010 leaving a legacy that, if it has to be described in words, is best summarized on his official PDG Page on the District’s website.

For that context, we ask that you please read about Bill, and take a look at the other documents on the page, by CLICKING HERE.  Of note on that page is a long but fascinating article by Bill written in 2002.

Ruth Frank is 91 years young (no, we did not ask; she volunteered it!) and has wonderful stories to tell. The world she describes from the past informs us in the present and eloquently expresses why our E-Club, friends, and Rotarians from nine other Clubs danced on September 28, 2013, and why we must finish the task of eradicating polio forever.

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Ruth also shared a separate story about the involvement of Eddie Cantor in the first U.S. polio eradication efforts starting in 1938.

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2 responses to 30 September 2013 — Ruth Frank, Rotary’s Early Polio Eradication Efforts

  1. What an amazing woman! Listening to Ruth Frank describe her personal experience with polio, as well as the impact of polio on societies here and around the world, was incredibly moving. As was hearing of the selfless contributions made by Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin to keep the cost of the vaccine down in order to reach as many children as possible, not to mention what Rotary has done throughout the years essentially spearheading the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. And of course we cannot forget Bill & Melinda Gates. We’ve come so far, with the help of so many. It’s important to hear from people like Ruth Frank who can articulate the reasons why it’s so important to continue. Great program.

  2. Such a wonderful experience to meet Ruth in person and listen to her stories. She was vibrant, caring, and full of stories. As we go forward into the future, we should always enbrase the past. Rotary makes it possible.

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