END POLIO NOW: Campaign To Combat Disease

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One of the world’s first service organizations started with one man in Chicago.  In the last century, it has grown to well over a million members.  Today marks the 109th birthday of Rotary International.

More than a dozen clubs meet once a week in the metro.  Together, they are working to rid the world of an infectious disease.

“If everybody contributes a little bit, pretty soon you have a lot of money and that’s what we’ve done with polio eradication efforts,” says Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines President Ed Arnold.

The world is 99% polio free.  Rotary has set its sights on the remaining 1%  with the “End Polio Now” campaign.  Over the years, contributions from Iowans helped vaccinate 250,000 children.

“We are not safe from it.  It is a plane ride away,” says Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines member Diana Reed.

In 2007, Reed traveled to Nigeria. …

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