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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